One of the cooler blogs out there is Ironic Sans by David Friedman (the same guy who made scientific Valentine cards). He's started a new blog called SundayMagazine.org, where he posts and discusses old issues of the New York Times Sunday Magazine from the ancient archives.
In his first one, he found quite the catch:
How cool is that? The article is about a lettered French scientist speculating about what life would be like on other planets. David has a PDF of the article as well, which is an absolute delight to read. How wonderful to see something like that; an apparently scientifically-minded article, but free to have fun and take the reader to a totally different place than what they might expect!
It's inspiring, in fact. Given that kind of freedom today, I wonder what other famous scientists of today would write about.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.