Report: Florida man high on flakka has sex with tree and calls himself Thor | Miami Herald Miami Herald
“The officer used a Taser, but Crowder, who pulled the electric probes from his body, then punched the officer and tried to stab the cop with his badge, according to the report. “
Lost Friends Exhibition – The Historic New Orleans Collection
“The “Lost Friends” column, which ran from the paper’s 1877 inception well into the first decade of the twentieth century, featured messages from individuals searching for loved ones lost in slavery.”
The Archer’s Paradox in SLOW MOTION – Smarter Every Day 136 – YouTube
I don’t think this is cognitive bias but it’s interesting.
Education Outrage: Reading is no way to learn
“I said that I had never actually read an instruction manual and that they haven’t actually been around for very long in human history. When a young boy wanted to learn to hunt lions he didn’t read the instruction manual, nor did he take a class. Throughout human history we have learned by watching someone older than ourselves, trying to copy that person, trying to be part of the team, and then trying things for yourself, and asking for help when we have failed. It is not that complicated. This is what learning has always looked like. And then, someone invented instruction manuals and we all forgot what we knew about learning. We replaced human mentors by Power Point lectures and asking by reading.”
Here Comes Santa, That Sexy Shaman | Atlas Obscura
“Other researchers, such as John Rush from Sierra College in California and Carl Ruck at Boston University, have continued investigating the role of the fly agaric in Siberian shamanism and its connection to Santa Claus, adding that shamans traditionally traveled among communities giving gifts of fly agaric during the winter solstice and often dressed in red-and-white to evoke the sacred mushroom.”
Why Give Away Your Work for Free? — Writing Prompts — Medium
“The thing about an e-book is that it’s a social object. It wants to be copied from friend to friend, transmitted between mobile devices, pasted into a mailing list. It begs to be converted to witty signatures at the bottom of e-mails. It is so fluid and intangible that it can spread itself over your whole life. “
How we traded a million Minecraft blocks in Bitcoin — Crypto Brief — Medium
the #swag syllabus — the #swag class — Medium
This course is not one in which an instructor feeds you information and you regurgitate it for a good grade. You (the student) and I (the instructor) are almost certainly going to disagree on some things, and that’s just fine (see the Grading section below).
It’s probably easiest to think of this course as a small, independent publication/think tank focused on the concept of ‘cool’. Your job is to look carefully and thoughtfully at the world around you, and produce a series of essays that would help a potential reader understand your stance on what ‘cool’ means to you. You’ll be using the process of writing and editing to help you define, and refine, that stance for yourself. You’re also responsible for helping your fellow writers do the same.
The Open Notebook – Carl Zimmer’s Brief Guide to Writing Explainers
“Imagine you’re a crime reporter writing a story about a shooting at a nightclub. Now imagine that none of your readers know what a gun is.
Suddenly, your story got a whole lot harder to write.”
Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’ | WIRED
““and their recommendation—and this was actually in a peer-reviewed journal—was to just lie down and start screaming, because few if any people could maintain verbal and physical coordination after getting stung by one of these things. You’re likely to just run off and hurt yourself. So just lie down and start yelling.””
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.