Mathematical Symbol Fight


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

How useful would they be in a fight …

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How Not to Lose the Lockdown Generation


(The Intercept) – Naomi Klein:

Lessons from the New Deal point the way forward in the era of Covid-19. …

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Hamlet: Act 5, Scene 1 (part 4)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Today’s comic shows us the origins of the phrase “wrestling in a graveyard”! …

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Testosterone Rex


(Aeon Essays) – Cordelia Fine:

The charge of ‘feminist bias’ is used to besmirch anyone who questions sexist assumptions at work in neuroscience. …

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LibreOffice 7.0


(TDF Blog) – Italo Vignoli:

The Document Foundation announces the availability of LibreOffice 7.0, a new major release providing significant new features: support for OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.3; Skia graphics engine and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration for better performance; and carefully improved compatibility with DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files. …

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Unknown Materials!


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

I saw a UFO, once. I was going north on I-70 outside of Pittsburgh and suddenly there was a gleaming shape in the sky, reflecting light, receeding slowly from me. It looked sort of conical and had a pair of leg-like things at the bottom, and blade-like things from the sides which curved down slightly.

It took me several seconds to realize that I was seeing an Airbus A-310 that had taken off from the airport and was at a sharp angle of ascent. From directly behind the aircraft, at that angle, it did not trigger my brain’s recognition of an airplane, so I was suddenly captivated (briefly!) going “what!? what?!” …

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Hamlet: Act 5, Scene 1 (part 3)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

It’s August! And we’re still doing Hamlet! Send help! …

goodticklebrain hamlet-513Mya Lixian Gosling: A Stick-Figure Hamlet: Act 5, Scene 1 (part 3)

The Giving Pledge


(Guardian Comments) – Chuck Collins:

Billionaires get huge tax breaks to park money in private family foundations operated by wealthy heirs. Little goes to actual charity work. …

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What is the Lincoln Project?


(CNNPolitics) – Michael Warren and Ryan Nobles:

The Lincoln Project is a relatively small super PAC run by Republican or ex-Republican political professionals who oppose the President. Their goal is for Trump to lose reelection, and last month the group ran an ad endorsing Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. But getting under Trump’s skin is an added benefit for the group. …

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(Jesus and Mo) – Mo:

“I don’t get why Christians think you’re so awesome.” …

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