Fall has its cinnamon and cloves, Thanksgiving its sage, but in my mind (nose?), the smell of the winter holidays is nutmeg. Baked into sweets, sprinkled over winter vegetables, and, most importanly, grated over real egg nog, it's the thing that invokes my sense memories the most.
And, apparently, its presence in North America holiday traditions? That's "one of the saddest stories of history," whereby sad means super violent and, really, kinda nuts.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
"Errors in Production" is a new website by Heike Bollig that features a fascinating collection of consumer products with manufacturing malfunctions.
Whether by urban legend or repeatable data, anyone that grew up with a Nintendo Entertainment System was aware of the, "when the game won't load, you show blow into the catridge, and even the system," particularly on pesky games like the metallic cased "The Legend of Zelda." I'm even willing to bet that that characteristic soundbite of forced air rushing around a 4x1" plastic hollow would be instantly recognized by anyone born from 1975-90.
But...did it actually work?
Michael Stevens of VSauce explores the idea of what might happen if every person on earth - all seven billion plus of us - jumped into the air at the same time.
The Janka hardness scale indicates the relative hardness of a given species of wood. It ranges from 22 pounds-force to over 5000 lbf, determined by
I don't think I ever officially announced this on ManMade, but one month ago today, I turned 30. I won't bore you with reflections (but if you wanna know how I feel about it, feel free to email me), but it certainly makes articles such as this great piece by Alex Williams much more engaging.
In "Friends of a Certain Age," Williams seeks to explore why it be tough to make new friends - real friends, confidants - after you leave college and other proximity-based experiences of early adulthood (roommates, casual dating, etc).
For some guys, even wearing a suit can be tricky. For others, it's knowing how to best plop down that initial $300-500 just to get started. But for every man? You have to know what you're looking at before you even begin to make the right choice.
Even if you've spent your cash on stylish pieces, well cut and tailored options, and just all around quaility clothing, you still have to put it together right...and therein lies the trick. You can own closets full of simple, classic style, but there's still plenty of room for errors.
Pop Chart Lab, the Brooklyn-based design studio that seems to have the ability to look into my subconcious and design posters about everything I'm remotely interested in, now offers "The Alphabet of Typography," a Futura-based exploration of what makes great letters.
As you've certainly heard, last week, scientists annouced the discovery of a subatomic particle that is "consistent with" the Higgs boson, which may show how massless subatomic particles can acquire mass.
Equally fascinating is this incredible machine, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, a four billion dollar "machine" which consists of 17 mile tunnel, whose "synchrotron is designed to collide opposing particle beams of either protons at up to 7 teraelectronvolts (7 TeV or 1.12 microjoules) pernucleon, or lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus (2.76 TeV per nucleon-pair)." Duh.
Vitória, the second-division soccer team from Brazil, changed their uniforms around for their upcoming season. The team, nicknamed the "Red and Blacks" because of their red and black striped jerseys, is promoting blood donation. So, to the surprise of fans, they changed the red stripes in Vitória's jersey's to white but they'll be filled in again with red, stripe by stripe, as blood donations increase.
The new PBS series America Revealed explores the day-to-day lives and habits of 300 million U.S. citizens. "Viewers will discover a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods."
Including this amazing takes on data visualization, highlighting trends, distributions, and travel paths of all sorts of fascinating topics:
"Productivity — the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy — is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies." But, what if, our drive to be more productive, to generate more output with fewer people, actually has met its ilmitations. What if it's time to actually shoot to be less productive? What if we can actually improve the quality of our lives, the professions of others, the economy, and our relationships, by seeking to be less efficient?
I'm the sort of guy who likes to learn to do things well. If I make a cut on the table saw, I want it to be the best cut. If I set out to create a tasty meal, I want to do my best knife work, get the crustiest sear and the perfect seasoning. You call it obsessive perfectionism, I call it trying my best. Same same.
And I write and edit for a living, so I wanna use the English language as best as possible. (Yes, I started that particularly vulnerable sentence with and and used the colloquialism wanna.) So, I tend to love the various grammar geek posts and misused words infographics about the blogosphere, especially when there's new stuff to learn.
And this, my friends, is an especially good one. If you know all these tricks to proper comma usage, particularly that trickster identifier-name syntax, you deserve
By some estimates, there are around 170,000 words in current use in the English language. The latest, twenty-volume edition of the Oxford English Dictionary records 171,476 words in current use, with 47,156 outdated words, and countless techinal terms, neologisms, and common words borrowed from other languages.
And yet, there are still those ideas that you wanna express, and simply can't find the right term...cause it doesn't exist. In English, at least.
But other languages have all kinds of interesting concepts and vocab words for things you just need to descibe. These terms don't have an English equivalent, but after reading this list, you'll sure wish they did.
A hundred years ago, men didn't leave the house without a hat. Example: the image above, a rally in Union Square in NYC, full of people, full of hats.
One hundred years later: Union Square in NYC, full of people, very few hats.