- 😍 🤓 📚 Inside a hollow library book, a secret library. “Someone had carved a rectangular hole into the book’s pages. The space held a collection of zines that varied in shape, size, colour. Thumbing through them, Tatton also noticed a range of content—political, erotic, humourous. Some zines were hand-written and drawn; others had been typed out.”
- 📚 🤓 ⭐️ The Terraforming 2022: Reading List. “From the history of quarantine to space expansionism, this reading list from The Terraforming team offers an insight into the themes that will be covered in the final year of the design research program.”
- 🇿🇼 🤓 🧱 Superb animated ‘longscroll’ at The Economist. Unearthing the truth. ”The outer wall of the Great Enclosure, the apogee of the medieval state known as Great Zimbabwe, is a triumph of engineering. … More than a million granite stones are stacked without a drop of mortar, but with a geometric precision that ensures the stoutness of the edifice centuries later.“
- 🎥 🤯 🤖 👍🏼 26-year-old builds $8,000 mind-controlled bionic arms. “True Limb is both functional and realistic-looking, serving as a mirror image of the amputee’s opposing limb, even down to the fingertips. And while the prosthetic arm is 60-90% cheaper than traditional prosthetics, many users say it’s far superior to market alternatives.”
- 🇬🇷 ⚙️ 😍 I’m always there for articles and papers about the Antikythera mechanism. An Ancient Greek Astronomical Calculation Machine Reveals New Secrets. “The new model of the Antikythera mechanism proposes a total of 69 gears, forming a shockingly complex astronomical calculation tool. Most of this complexity was hidden in the innards of the devices, where trains of gears worked together on different calculations, and some gears served double duty for multiple purposes.”
- 📜 Sweet, sweet paper geekery. I blew $720 on 100 notebooks from Alibaba and started a Paper Website business “TLDR; I started a business that lets you build websites using pen & paper. In the process I went viral on Twitter, made $1,000 in two days, and blew $720 on 100 paper notebooks from Alibaba.”
- 👏🏼 🇫🇷 ♳ That’s a wrap: French plastic packaging ban for fruit and veg begins. “A law banning plastic packaging for large numbers of fruits and vegetables comes into force in France on New Year’s Day, to end what the government has called the “aberration” of overwrapped carrots, apples and bananas, as environmental campaigners and exasperated shoppers urge other countries to do the same.”
- 😱🤬 🧊 David Wallace-Wells 🧵 “Thwaites Glacier is the size of Florida. It is the cork in the bottle of the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, which contains enough ice to raise sea levels by 10 feet.” The great @jeffgoodel on the scary signs from the “Doomsday” glacier.
- 🤓 😍 Fantastic 🧵 of 🧵s by the brilliant Tim Urban of Wait But Why. 21 thoughts from 2021 I'd like to take into 2022.
Note — Jan 09, 2022