I’m a huge fan of this series and this video is one of my favorites. The whole performance is great but check out the energy in the song I’ve queued this video to. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen someone actually perform on top of the Tiny Desk.
You’ve probably heard there was a pandemic in the 1918-1920 time frame, which wiped out on the order of 50 million people. This interview with Laura Spinney, author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World, provides some insights into what we can learn from that event.
Imagine a country where paid maternity and paternity leave was not just something left to the discretion of employers, but was mandated by the government.
Check out this beautiful and oddly compelling collection of intentionally inconvenient objects.
This site purportedly uses AI to measure the visual aesthetics of your website. I tried it with the one you’re now reading and was told what I knew all along: I’m visually average.
Check out this excellent New York Times profile of Erno Rubik, the man who invented one of the world’s most challenging and beloved puzzles.
Today Bill Gates published this moving tribute to his father. Anyone whose father was their role model can relate to these words.
Check out this amazing interactive visualization of what our planet looked like throughout 750 million years of history.
Global pandemic, authoritarian regimes, wildfires, climate apocalypse - 2020 has been an epically bad year. But according to historians, it’s not the worst year ever.
What proportion of current book sales, would you guess, is represented by ebooks?
Since the onset of the pandemic, not only is my short term sense of time distorted (e.g. I’ve sort of lost hold of the boundary between weekdays and weekends), but I’ve also noticed my sense of long term timing is obscured.
Mark Zuckerberg is now arguably the most powerful person on earth. I don’t remember voting for him. Do you?
Can we talk about the fact that the vast majority of people convicted of domestic and sexual violence are men (96% and 99% respectively, according to a recent study).
Have you heard of unpaired words? They’re words that seem like they should have a partner but don’t. For example…
From the New York Times, a beautifully photographed and moving portrait of one family’s struggle with Covid-19.
Nigel Richards just won the French National Scrabble championship without speaking a word of French.
It’s amazing how much you can learn about real aircraft by studying paper airplanes. John Collins is an accomplished aviator, at least on paper (pun intended). He’s also a great teacher. Watch him break down the art and science of paper airplanes.
This is from a small (50 subjects) but seemingly rigorous study on the mitigating effect of high doses of Vitamin D on Covid-19.
Looking to spruce up your document, slideshow, newsletter, or website? Check out the Noun Project, featuring over two million icons crowdsourced by designers from all over the world. It’s one of those amazing resources that reminds us the internet is not all bad.
Here’s another video from the Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series. I particularly love the second song in this set, Everything I Wanted, featuring beautiful harmonies with Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator, Finneas.
Check out this amazing performance by a French dance troupe, recorded in Berlin in 2016. The piece is entitled Celui Qui Tombe (“The One Who Falls”) and the entire performance takes place on a tilting and rotating stage.
Please take two minutes out of your day to watch Trevor Noah break down why it’s perfectly fine for some people to openly wield assault rifles, while others are shot seven times in the back, based on the speculation that they might be attempting to access a weapon.
This story from the Washington Post is true but almost too weird to believe.
I often speak with students about careers in math and computing and the most common question I hear is “what should I study?". My answer often surprises them.