Back once again with the renegade master.

Weekend Reading CCXII

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How the Oil Pipeline Began

Coopers and Teamsters are both professions nearing the end of their existence these days. A hundred years from now, what other titles will be faintly quaint?

Maps of the World’s Five Military Empires

Are the modern Alexanders, Napoleons, and Henry Vs now Musks, Zuckerbergs, and Mas?

Graphing the Distribution of English Letters

Maybe we need to revisit the Scrabble rules?

Photos of China’s Bitcoin Mines

The amount of energy used is astonishing, with an estimate that it could consume as much energy as a country the size of Denmark by 2020.

Weekend Reading CCXI

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The Rolling Shutter Effect

I had confused this effect with temporal aliasing.

On The Turing Completeness of PowerPoint (SIGBOVIK)

Powerpoint seems often to serve the role of general scratch pad for people. There are better tools like One-Note, Sketch and so on, but PPT still breaks through.

Declare War on Inappropriate Metaphors

Machine Learning is a great example of the power and peril of metaphors, especially anthropomorphism.

Dissolving the Fermi Paradox

Maybe we are alone, and if we aren’t, then we won’t be able to do anything about it—Dissolving-Fermi-Paradox-UKSRN.pdf

The year’s best drone photos, selected by National Geographic

Weekend Reading CCX

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Cooling the Tube

Can Fake Houses and Overheated trains put you in Nidd?

The Whispered Warnings of Radiohead’s “OK Computer” Have Come True

Twenty years later, I probably am fitter, happier, and more productive.

The Moral Question That Stanford Asks Its Bioengineering Students

How much do you trust your genes?

Yarn – search for clips of words from movies

For example, for the nations of the world.

John Wick 2’s Stunt Coordinator Breaks Down the Opening Car Chase | Vanity Fair

Keanu Reeves turns out to be a really fascinating, unexpectedly nuanced character.

Weekend Reading CCIX

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The Inside Story of Texas Instruments’ Biggest Blunder: The TMS9900 Microprocessor

I encountered the 68k first in my childhood computer (an Amiga 500), and later in college, when we built a computer from wire-wrapped circuits, and coded 68k assembly on it.

16th Century Diplomatic Excuses

Brexit is going fine. Click the link to see the thread.

Everything That is Wrong With the Animaniacs Nations of the World Song

I love me a good explainer. Since I moved to the States, I’m more interested in learning the States and their Capitals.

Weekend Reading CCVIII

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A Photo of James Comey Takes the Internet by Storm

Comey is very tall, he towers over people as he walks with his entourage, and it often makes photos of him seem awkward.
(h/t Mr E)

Hoverboards, Vapes, and Spinners are Reshaping the Economy

I have become addicted to Spinners too. They are a good way of stopping me from doodling in meetings, but if I am found beaten to death with one we will know why. Interestingly, they only really
took off when the patent expired. All three products are characterised by not having a dominant manufacturer, but rather dozens to hundreds of Chinese makers.

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

Missile post seems to me to be a perfect element from a Fallout-type setting

Decommissioning the North Sea

So much for Scottish dreams of Scandinavian Glory.