NME is collecting the wit and vitriol of Mark E Smith.
— A perspective from Alexis Madrigal’s response to the “y’all ain’t payin’ yer freelancers nothin’” kerfluffle.
— Utne Reader on local currencies.
“The Ballad of Ira Hayes,” by Johnny Cash
Happy birthday, Mr. Cash.
Warms my heart more than any Valentine ever could. This might make me wrong, but I don’t care; I’m having a moment.
Melba Roy, NASA Mathmetician, at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland in 1964. Ms. Roy led a group of NASA mathmeticians known as “computers” who tracked the Echo satellites. The first time I shared Ms. Roy on VBG, my friend Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a former postdoc in astrophysics at NASA, helpfully explained what Ms. Roy did in the comment section. I am sharing Chanda’s comment again here: “By the way, since I am a physicist, I might as well explain a little bit about what she did: when we launch satellites into orbit, there are a lot of things to keep track of. We have to ensure that gravitational pull from other bodies, such as other satellites, the moon, etc. don’t perturb and destabilize the orbit. These are extremely hard calculations to do even today, even with a machine-computer. So, what she did was extremely intense, difficult work. The goal of the work, in addition to ensuring satellites remained in a stable orbit, was to know where everything was at all times. So they had to be able to calculate with a high level of accuracy. Anyway, that’s the story behind orbital element timetables”. Photo: NASA/Corbis.
I won’t even attempt to describe how satisfying this Tumblr is to me.
In The Meaning of Liff, Douglas Adams and John Lloyd gave definitions to place names, creating words that should exist but don’t.
There was a word that was an adjective describing something that fit perfectly - like the last book on a bookshelf sliding into the last available space as if it was made for it. That word is kentucky. A kentucky fit.
He made sound go with the moving pictures.
“After the bombings, investigators found a wooden sign wired to the farm’s fence with Kehoe’s last message, ‘Criminals are made, not born,’ written on it.”
Bu as in bushido as in “war” and geisha as in… geisha?
Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan, beginning long before samurai emerged as a warrior class.
- Charlie Lloyd, “Perhaps it is broken, the cover of your diadem […], darkness collar […]?”, a reflection on Mayans, poetry, cycles, loss, translation and comic books.
But mostly about how things mean things.