Alexander Graham Bell's tetrahedral kites
Behold Alexander Graham Bell’s gorgeous tetrahedral kites! Wait, wait — they just pushed out a software update for Google Glass? (Guess I should dust mine off: I wore them for three months back in 2013 for a story in the New York Times Magazine.) “Floating nests of fire ants” is the creepiest thing I’ve read about today. Parametric fonts, from Google. “What was your childhood pet?”: A fiendish and elegant way to steal the answers to someone’s security questions. Thomas Edison was one of the earliest engineers to refer to a “bug” when high-tech equipment was malfunctioning. (Earlier yet, Shakespeare seems to have used “bug” to mean a troublesome person.) Reading someone else’s code isn’t like reading literature; it’s like naturalism, observing a strange creature in the wild and trying to figure out its habits. Why Uber’s problems stem from the cult of the founder in Silicon Valley. A Inuit man tells you the proper way to build an igloo. omg someone please stop me from playing this game, I’m supposed to be writing a book.

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  1. Ken Knudson

    A number of years ago I read a book about Inuit life. I have no idea now who wrote it or what the title was (wish I could remember; it was a terrific read). The author spent several months or a year among them and documented their daily life, customs, etc. He described igloo-making, hacking off frozen seal meat, sex in the igloo (zero privacy!). Absolutely fascinating stuff. Life at its most basic level…

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    1. Clive Post author

      It’s really crazily interesting stuff. In Canada as a kid, we learned a bunch about Inuit culture (even as it was being rapidly eroded due to various forces — technological advances, government meddling), and it was always compelling. Back in 1813, the Ross Expedition vanished in the Arctic after seeking the Northwest Passage; though various organizations hunted for them, they never found them until a few years ago. That was in part because for generations they ignored the Inuit, who lived up there and had occasionally run across parts of the wreckage. When the ships were finally found by the Canadian government a few years ago, it was due to a tip by an Inuit guy who’d seen an old-school mast sticking out of the ice …

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