A Mind @ Play

random thoughts to oil the mind


Thermonuclear Art

Fascinating images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Julio Geordio

Meet Roberto Scousia.

Photo by Pedro Gandra (https://unsplash.com/pedrogandra)

Daily Links

Das geteilte Land – Looking at Germany after 25 years of union. Statistics show how much remains of the former East.

Spearfishing Orang-utan – A beautiful image of an Orang-utan on Borneo using a stick to try to hunt passing fish, presumably learned from watching nearby villagers.

Linguistic Ignorantisms – Nice list of words grammar nazis would find difficult to use with a straight face.

Further and Farther: A Theory – Go far and wide, go farrer and wider! Go forth and multiply, go further and multiplier!

Alice in a World of Wonderlands – A look at one of the most widely translated (untranslatable) works of literature in the world.

Some Rules of Language are Wired in the Brain – A Scientific American article shows how looking at synaesthesia might give some clues into our understanding of words.


North America 4K

Gorgeous time-lapse movie from across North America.


Daily Links

20 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are – An asinine list, as described by one commenter, but a welcome reminder of how good most of us have it.

Translating Seinfeld – Or why Rowan Atkinson will always be Mr Bean rather than Mr Blackadder abroad.

The Internet in Real-Time – Watch the internet grow (and the giants skim off the cream).

Hemingway Editor – Write like Hemingway. Or gradually be nudged into being written like Hemingway?

The Colors We Eat – Tasting colours is for more than just synaesthetes.

The Mysterious Origins of Punctuation – An often overlooked side-effect of Gutenberg’s moveable type: stagnation in writing systems.

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