Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Feb 5-11, 2017

I hope this batch of thoughty pops your mental corn (i.e. sets off a chain reaction that results in awesome creativity)!

Why the Middle Ages are called the dark ages. Medievalists.net

Dr. Dark Age begins a series on the “Dark Enlightenment” on Public Medievalist with this post: a brief history of a terrible idea. Fascinating reading. The gist is this: “’Dark Enlightenment’ (DE) is a theory dreamed up by self-styled Internet philosophers who claim to trace modern-day problems to the end of the Middle Ages. According to DE proponents, the Enlightenment’s humanism, democracy, and quest for equality are responsible for the decay of Western civilization.”

Simon Segal reports on the case of the curious crystal weapons (sorry to max out the alliteration there). Curious Mind Magazine

Lady Gaga on GoalCast: remember who you are.

Leroy Little Bear: Canada is a pretend nation. REDxTalks

Sylvia Van Kirk relates the tale of Thanadelthur, the Chipewyan known as “Slave Woman.” Canada’s History Mel’s note: Thanadelthur’s life and deeds were recorded primarily by the white men whom she helped. Keep this in mind as you read.

Robert Kolker introduces us to Thomas Hargrove, a life-long “data guy” who’s working on an algorithm that identifies trends in unsolved murders. Bloomberg Businessweek

Cade Metz says the danger of artificial intelligence isn’t Skynet, but the end of the middle class. Wired

Bad astronomer Phil Plait has moved to SyFyWire and shares this amazing image of Jupiter from below. Later in the week, Phil turns his gaze earthward to examine the mysterious blue jets that blast up from certain storm clouds. Then, he offered some tips on how to best see Friday’s penumbral lunar eclipse. Sadly, it was a snowy night here in the Sudz, and I couldn’t see a thing 😦

Anna Vlasits introduces us to the secret, skin-powered alphabet of squid. Wired

Short, but sweet, I hope you agree 🙂

See you on the weekend with more WorldCon reportage.

Be well, be kind, and stay strong!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 12-18, 2014

This week, the psychology stays light, the science is awesome, and pets will claim your heart 🙂

An illustrated guide to the introvert. Atchuup!

I love this girl’s response to bullying! Up Worthy.

A pep talk from Kid President and Grover for Socktober 🙂

 

Twelve personas that can supercharge creativity and innovation. Launch your Genius!

Intriguing and titillating TED talk on orgasm by Mary Roach.

Watch an x-ray of someone doing yoga. Design Taxi.

Tetrachromacy allows this artist to see 100 million colours (!) An creative superpower. IFLS.

Can we build a better solar cell? IFLS says, yes!

How a lunar eclipse saved Columbus. Discovery News.

The astronomy picture of the day: a full circle rainbow over Australia. NASA.

Wow. The lost forest world of Earth’s largest cave. Mysterious Universe.

How bees work together to defeat a giant wasp. IFLS.

Amazing pictures of lighthouses that have stood the test of time. EarthPorm.

A Labyrinth sequel? ZOMG! i09.

Here’s an idea whose time has come: Nova Scotia to make it illegal to abandon pets. Herald News.

What do dogs really think? Lockerdome.

Just a few more steps . . . and a few more drops. This pug has bladder capacity to spare! And a quirky sense of style 🙂

 

This little bulldog wants to howl. Kawaii! BuzzFeed.

And this sweet little schnauzer gets so excited when her girl comes home from college, she passes out! EarthPorm.

See you Saturday!

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