New Viking Site in Canada . . . er, North America, We Mean

Delightful how the teaser for the new Nova show on this discovery utterly fails to use the word “Canada,” always preferring “North America.” The site was identified last summer after satellite images showed possible man-made shapes under discolored vegetation on the Newfoundland coast. Source: View From Space Hints at a New Viking Site in North …

 Jobs Are for Machines

A decent piece on “deep learning,” which in my view, is not the same as true AI, but which, even so, is doing much of the work now. How will we merit our daily bread? Capitalism is in need of a paradigm shift or replacement. Source: Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the …

The Preservation of Documents

Society ignores the role of libraries and archives at its peril. Last year saw the 800th anniversary of that “great charter of liberties”, Magna Carta. It survives not in one copy but in multiple originals, distributed around the kingdom, as well as numerous later affirmations. Its survival as a potent set of legal and political …

The Clocks at Grand Central Station Are Permanently Wrong

Grand Central, for years now, has relied on a system meant to mitigate, if not prevent, all the crazy. It is this: The times displayed on Grand Central’s departure boards are wrong — by a full minute. This is permanent. It is also purposeful. Source: The Clocks at Grand Central Station Are Permanently Wrong – …

Predicting Trump Supporters

Authoritarianism is the key, says Matthew MacWilliams, the tendency to obey. So, those who say a Trump presidency “can’t happen here” should check their conventional wisdom at the door. The candidate has confounded conventional expectations this primary season because those expectations are based on an oversimplified caricature of the electorate in general and his supporters …

Canada’s Pants Hiking North?

Long ignored and called derogatory names like “America’s hat,” Canada — that vast expanse of snow and maple trees — became the Promised Land. Not sure that we’ll be far enough away up here (or down here, depending on which bits of the US you’re looking at) to escape the wreckage. I’m thinking of a bunker …

Death Valley Comes to Life

Thanks to the extraordinary El Niño, flowers are blooming in the desert in California and Nevada. They don’t last long, but they are beautiful . . . and tough. Source: A rare and beautiful “super bloom” of wildflowers is taking over Death Valley – Quartz

Major League Legends: Hank Aaron

This is one of the rare moments when I wish I still bothered to have cable TV. Hank Aaron has been a hero of mine ever since my time in Milwaukee and the glorious World Series where the Braves downed the Yankees, way back in the day. Follow Hank Aaron’s rise from below the poverty …