Weekend Reading CXCIII

by uber

Tabletop Whale: scientific Infographics

These are quite beautiful, especially the animated ones. The variation in style is stunningly broad, and there’s even information on the process used to make them.


Who Needs GPS? The Forgotten Story of Etak’s Amazing 1985 Car Navigation System

There is renewed (military and civilian) interest in celestial navigation, and in nations building competing satellite navigation systems. There are worries about GPS being undermined, and escaping sub-continents.

https://www.fastcompany.com/3047828/who-needs-gps-the-forgotten-story-of-etaks-amazing-1985-car-navigation-system


Monitoring Dominos Pizza Orders

Writing secure code is hard, applications require a defensive, ground-up vision. You have to have a frankly perverse mindset.

http://www.technologyversus.com/pizza/


Cathedrals of Power: Philadelphia’s Abandoned Turbine Halls in Pictures

This reminds me of Crossness Pumping Station, though it’s less Gothic



The Weird Economics of IKEA

Having recently bought furniture, I went for the super-premium experience: it was delivered and assembled for me. When I saw the number of moving parts, I was quite glad. Certainly my macho-quotient dipped, but I have all fingers intact.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-weird-economics-of-ikea/


Inside the Dude’s Stoner Soundtrack

The Big Lebowski contains countless gems.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/inside-the-dudes-stoner-soundtrack-19691231