Opinion | Why Sex Is Not Binary
The complexity is more than cultural. It’s biological, too.
gender  sex  identity  science  biology  anatomy 
8 days ago
A Quick Guide to Decoding English Place Names
It's generally quite easy to guess the etymology of an English place name, and quite pleasant too, as you get to sound clever. The system...
etymology  geography  england  language 
22 days ago
The Best Books on World War I | Five Books Expert Recommendations
Historian Jonathan Boff recommends the best books on World War I, and discusses how societies and individuals respond to the challenges of modern warfare.
war  firstworldwar  books  history 
25 days ago
Kitchen revolution: how Nigella Lawson changed food writing
Funny, literary and irreverent, How to Eat reinvented the cookbook. Twenty years on, Bee Wilson explores how Nigella Lawson’s evocative, appetite-driven food writing influenced a generation
food  writing  nigellalawson  beewilson  cookbooks 
5 weeks ago
How to Develop Mediocrity
Here are a list of things you can do so that you’ll never be truly, truly exceptional or standout at anything, but you’ll be mediocre to decent at a lot of things: First, don’t stick with anything for too long. Dive into it enough to learn the fundamentals, but don’t spend any more time thanContinue Reading...
generalist  learning  development 
6 weeks ago
The real victims of campus activism are the students
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. By Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. Penguin Press; 352 pages; $28. Allen Lane; £20.
AFTER John McCain died, a clip from his run for the presidency in 2008 resurfaced on social media.
university  education  society  inclusivity  activism  equality 
6 weeks ago
How a growing market for citrus fruit spawned the mafia | Aeon Essays

Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today
economics  italy  lemons  citrus  crime  mafia 
9 weeks ago
Britpop is back! What's behind the 90s music revival?
This summer’s Cool Britannia festival showed there is a huge appetite for re-formed 90s bands, including the Bluetones, Echobelly and Sleeper. Was the music really that good – or do people just want nostalgia during uncertain times?
music  culture  1990s  nationalism  identity  britpop  nostalgia  revival 
10 weeks ago
Annelieke's Analytics: How to create a Google Search Console dashboard • Yoast
Want to easily visualize your Google Search Console data with a Google Data Studio dashboard? Annelieke explains how it can be done!
Agency  google  data  visualisation  analytics  seo  dashboard 
10 weeks ago
Why Brutalism and Instagram Don’t Mix
A new exhibition of Yugoslav architecture at MoMA is a refreshing antidote to the online world's obsession with minimalism.
brutalism  architecture  social  instagram  criticism  appropriation  european 
11 weeks ago
An Oral History of ‘GoldenEye 007’ on the N64 – MEL Magazine
The Nintendo 64’s GoldenEye 007 — or GoldenEye 64, as it’s often known — is seen as one of the system’s all-time classics. Aug. 25, 2018, will be the game’s 21st birthday (allowing Bond to finally…
videogames  nintendo  rare  n64  goldeneye  1990s 
12 weeks ago
tactical tip: embedding a vertical reference line in Excel
Today's post is a step-by-step Excel “how-to” inspired by a reader question we received following a recent post on using dotted lines in data visualizations. Dave asked: “Do you know of a trick for drawing vertical lines to delineate years (or actuals/historical vs forecast/future segments of th
excel  howto 
august 2018
Academics explain David Foster Wallace to me
A report from the 5th-annual David Foster Wallace Conference, where the author’s most devoted readers are wondering how to approach him in 2018.
literature  davidfosterwallace  infinitejest  academia  conferences 
august 2018
Common webpage design mistakes
Simple layout and design tips to help you create a stunning webpage
design  ux  blog  howto 
august 2018
How to make seafood paella – recipe
Felicity Cloake’s masterclass It may not be the traditional Valencian way, but follow these steps for a surefire crowdpleaser
food  cooking  recipes  seafood  spanish  rice  paella 
august 2018
Introducing Homer's Iliad
This free course, Introducing Homer's Iliad, focuses on the epic poem telling the story of the Trojan War. It begins with the wider cycle of myths of which the Iliad was a part. It then looks at...
classics  homer  literature  courses 
july 2018
Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD by Martin Aston
My thoughts on the book about 4AD records, plus a 556 track playlist.
music  labels  4ADRecords  playlists  indie 
july 2018
From bedtime stories to bribes: how to get your child reading more
Summer is the perfect time to get children reading, but what if they refuse? Authors and experts reveal tips and tricks for every age group
parenting  reading 
july 2018
Hunting for fossils in the quirks of language
WHEN stone tools were recently found in China, they were interpreted as proof that the exodus of humans from Africa took place hundreds of thousands of years earlier than was previously thought.
language  history 
july 2018
Webmentions: Enabling Better Communication on the Internet · An A List Apart Article
Breaking down the walls between the internet’s many social silos, Webmentions offer a new level of freedom for web interactions.
indieweb  communication  trackbacks  webmentions  technology  internet 
july 2018
How High School Reunions Connect Us With the Past | JSTOR Daily
High school reunions have become an important part of managing and presenting identity, as these scholars and poets consider.
nostalgia  reunions  identity  success 
july 2018
5 Reasons Not to Use FAQs
Don't fall for these misconceptions about the usefulness of frequently
asked questions (FAQ) on websites. If you design useful content and
organize around the user journey, you don't need them.
content  strategy  faqs 
july 2018
The Music vs. the Moment: On "Criticism" and attempting to get a clear look at Kamasi Washington's 'Heaven and Earth'
I have written before on this blog about my ambivalence toward that thing we call Criticism, and counting myself amon...
criticism  music  jazz  kamasiwashington  hyperbole  reviews 
july 2018
Order Out of Chaos: Patterns of Organization for Writing on the Job
Your writing’s meaning isn’t only the the words. Foundational patterns of organization can help you convey what you mean to say.
writing  organising  outlining  structure  documentation  content 
july 2018
Why GOV.UK content should be published in HTML and not PDF
GDS is leading the digital transformation of the UK government.
accessibility  pdf  content 
july 2018
How You Say “I Dunno”
[ẽ̞ẽẽ̝] - That’s the way you mumble ‘I dunno’, and it has implications for the nature of meaning superlinguo: “ I always used to get into trouble with my mum for reducing ‘I don’t know’ into nothing...
july 2018
FA has right to credit where it is due for England’s advances in Russia | David Conn
Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in Russia
england  football  development  youth  thefa  worldcup  sports  investment 
july 2018
Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This?
We’ve seen it a hundred times in the World Cup: A player misses a shot and his hands immediately go to the top of his head. Why? Psychology has the answer.
sport  football  psychology  failure 
july 2018
Capturing the voice of a brilliant, unorthodox teacher of literature
If Not Critical. By Eric Griffiths. Edited by Freya Johnston. Oxford University Press; 272 pages; $35 and £25.
DRESSED in a leather jacket and a shoelace-thin tie, or with Armani trousers flapping around his trainers, Eric Griffiths would begin as soon as he reached the lectern.
education  university  teaching  literature 
july 2018
Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets
IN THE heyday of the talkie, Louis B. Mayer, head of the biggest studio, was Hollywood’s lion king. In the 1980s, with the studio system on the wane, “superagent” Michael Ovitz was often described as the most powerful man in town. Now the honour falls to someone who used to run a video store in Phoenix, Arizona.
netflix  economics  movies  tv  business 
july 2018
How To Make Baked Falafel in the Oven | Kitchn

One problem that I've had with baked falafel is that the patties can tend to dry out in the oven, becoming a bit crumbly. They still taste great, but sometimes a falafel-loving gal just likes a little more softness in the middle. To help out, I often stir a little flour into the mixture along with some baking soda — the flour binds the falafel together while the baking soda helps keep them from being too dense.
falafel  food  cooking 
june 2018
A lawsuit reveals how peculiar Harvard’s definition of merit is
ABBOTT LAWRENCE LOWELL, the president of Harvard from 1909 until 1933, thought the university had too many Jews. In the first year of Lowell’s presidency, they made up 10% of the student body. By 1922 their numbers had more than doubled. To address what he called “the Hebrew problem”, Lowell proposed an explicit Jewish quota of 15%.
education  society  bias  race  identity  harvard  admissions  university  quotas  meritocracy 
june 2018
C. R. M. F. Cruttwell - Wikipedia
Cruttwell’s surname appears frequently in former student Waugh’s writing, always given to the most unlikable characters. It is suspected that this behaviour exacerbated Cruttwell’s existing mental health problems until his death.
academia  history  war  evelynwaugh  mentalhealth  writing 
june 2018
Podsnappery and its reverse
JOHN PODSNAP is a minor character in Dickens’s last completed novel,“Our Mutual Friend”, but he is impossible to forget. He is convinced that England is the best of all possible countries and the rest of the world is nothing more than “a mistake”.
politics  migration  class  history  brexit 
june 2018
Wikitongues is saving languages from linguicide
“In the next 80 years, 3,000 languages are expected to disappear.” That’s what it says on the homepage of the Wikitongues website. And then it adds: “We won’t let that happen.” Last week, ‘we’ was Daniel Bogre Udell, one of two original founders of Wikitongues, and Kristen Tcherneshoff, its volunteer-in-chief. The frontline of their fight: Bedford. They were there to open a new ‘chapter’ of their non-profit organisation at Bedford School. It would be the first of its kind in Europe.
languages  extinction  linguicide  grassroots  society 
june 2018
Learning for earning’s sake
Review: A University Education by David Willetts and Universities and Colleges – A Very Short Introduction by David Palfreyman and Paul Temple
education  universities  economics  employment 
june 2018
'You can't judge a generation's taste': making Now That’s What I Call Music
This month sees the 100th edition of the famed (and still bestselling) album. How do you capture musical moments – one Bieber track at a time?
music  business  curation  nostalgia  mixtapes  pop 
june 2018
How to cook quiche lorraine – recipe
Felicity Cloake’s masterclass The homemade take on the picnic staple is leagues ahead of any supermarket version. Here’s how to make it right
food  recipes  baking  cooking  picnic  quiche 
june 2018
Rent the Runway is taking clothes-sharing mainstream
AT ABOUT 4.30am the first of thousands of black garment bags arrive by truck at a vast warehouse less than ten miles (16km) from Lower Manhattan. The bags brim with designer dresses and other trendy clothing and accessories. Workers begin inspecting the garments. A billowy, patterned blouse smells a bit ripe.
clothing  rental  hiring  retail  sharing  economics 
june 2018
What makes a country good at football?
ON A sunny Saturday afternoon, within kicking distance of Uruguay’s national football stadium, 14 seven-year-olds walk onto a bumpy pitch. They are cheered by their parents, who are also the coaches, kit-washers and caterers.
football  worldcup  economics  modelling  geopolitics  inequality  sport  statistics  prediction 
june 2018
Grenfell’s long shadow
FOR two weeks, the families of those who died came to tell their stories to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The father who was flying home from Egypt while his family burned; the parents whose daughter had moved from Italy to London to make a life; the young man who stood and watched the flames as his mother and sister were trapped inside.
disaster  fire  mentalhealth  urbanism  religion  community  aid  grenfell 
june 2018
Extracting carbon dioxide from the air is possible. But at what cost?
IN MAY some 250 scientists and policy types from around the world convened in Gothenburg, Sweden, to discuss a dirty secret of the three-year-old Paris climate agreement.
science  climatechange  technology 
june 2018
Ode to the Dinkus
All I think about 24-7 is the dinkus, a line of three asterisks (* * *) used as a section break in a text.
typography  punctuation 
june 2018
The university of the future will be interdisciplinary
Traditional departmental structures are preventing research and education from evolving. It’s time for something new
interdisciplinary  education  research  academia  universities  structure  organisation 
june 2018
How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock - Mac Rumors
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june 2018
The Great American novelist
Benjamin Markovits explores the work of Philip Roth, one of the "last literary links" to "immigrant Jewish life", and whose novels continually evolved
writing  fiction  philiproth  judaism 
june 2018
#SWDchallenge: slopegraph
Last month, we focused on a variation of a bar graph when I challenged you to make a waterfall chart  (45 people shared their creations: be sure to check out the recap post !) This month, we’ll be practicing an alternative form of a line graph: the slopegraph .   what is a slopegraph?
data  visualisation  graphs  design 
june 2018
Last orders for political drinking
FOR political journalists of a certain age it is impossible to read about the imminent closure of the Gay Hussar, due on June 21st, without a flood of nostalgia. The restaurant is a purveyor of memories as much as Hungarian food. The walls are lined with cartoons of leading politicians and journalists.
politics  society  alcohol  drinking 
june 2018
An eerie dystopian prophecy by a disillusioned Bolshevik
We. By Yevgeny Zamyatin. Translated by Clarence Brown. Illustrated by Kit Russell. The Folio Society; 240 pages; £36.95.
IT IS the 26th century and humans have become “Numbers”—automatons who prioritise efficiency over freedom. They are watched by menacing drones, which hover above the OneState’s streets.
fiction  dystopia  sovietunion  we 
june 2018
Dreaming of England: nationhood, football and the World Cup
With the tournament almost upon us, England fans expect – but the game has changed over the decades, and the country with it
football  worldcup  politics  society  history  nations 
june 2018
The weasel voice in journalism
ON MAY 14th, as Palestinians massed at the Gaza Strip’s border, Israeli soldiers fired on them, killing around 60 people. Shortly afterwards, the New York Times tweeted: “Dozens of Palestinians have died in protests as the US prepares to open its Jerusalem embassy.” Social media went ballistic.
grammar  passive  verbs  journalism 
may 2018
The primeval tribalism of American politics
A RUDE but incoherent comment by President Donald Trump last week revealed the damage partisanship has done to America’s body politic. The president described a group of Hispanic gangsters, or illegal immigrants at large, or maybe both, as “animals”. It is impossible to know whom he was referring to.
politics  partisanship  tribalism 
may 2018
On David Foster Wallace, Georg Cantor, and Infinity
Few ideas have had a racier history than the idea of infinity. It arose amid ancient paradoxes, proceeded to baffle philosophers for a couple of millennia, and then, by a daring feat of intellect, was finally made to yield its secrets in the late 19th century, though not without leaving a new batch of paradoxes. You
books  philosophy  mathematics  davidfosterwallace  infinity  georgcantor 
may 2018
This Is America
If you’re the kind of person who reads this blog, then by now you’ve probably seen this video. But if not, watch it now. Be warned that it’s upsetting. Donald Glover is best known…
music  hiphop  donaldglover  theory  analysis 
may 2018
Felicity Cloake’s masterclass: a hollandaise recipe
This rich, velvety sauce can be temperamental, so follow these simple steps to get it just right
food  cooking  recipes  sauce  hollandaise  howto 
may 2018
Transcending Geo-culture - e-flux Architecture - e-flux

Depending on one’s perspective, the concept of geo-culture has two definitions. One is a view from the outside, from where geo-culture can be understood as the characteristics of a place or a region against a greater context. By this definition, geo-culture is a local one, or to be exact, a culture of the “Other,” and therefore indicates hierarchy. The other view, from the inside, understands geo-culture as an expression of identity and self-reflexivity that emphasizes difference, and thus, indicates exclusivity. Both viewpoints are products of modernity, and due to the fact that they have served as the foundation for the recognition of culture as such, it is difficult today to distinguish between the two. Hierarchy and exclusivity cannot but cloud our thinking and judgement.
culture  geography  geoculture  cities 
april 2018
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