Omnium Gatherum: 27oct2021

An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for October 27, 2021

Here’s a variety of notable things I’ve recently found that you may also be interested in checking out:

  • He Won the Nobel. Why Are His Books So Hard to Find? After Abdulrazak Gurnah was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, he instantly gained a wider international audience, something publishers are now scrambling to accommodate.” About Afterlives [Amazon, Bookshop UK, Publisher, Local Library] by Abdulrazak Gurnah
  • Here’s an exclusive 1st look at ‘Battlestar Galactica: Designing Spaceships’ from Hero Collector. Try saying ‘Colonial Viper’ in your mind without it being in a old-school Cylon voice. You can’t, can you?” About Battlestar Galactica: Designing Spaceships [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library] by Paul Ruditis and Mark Wright—”This new book goes behind the scenes on the award-winning TV series Battlestar Galactica to discover the concepts behind the designs of dozens of spaceships! Battlestar Galactica debuted on TV in 1978 and acquired a phenomenal following, breaking new ground for TV drama and winning several awards. It returned to TV screens in 2003 in a critically acclaimed reimagined series, with Time Magazine naming it one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time. This behind-the-scenes guide looks at the creation of the ships in both the original and the reimagined series, including vessels of the ragtag fleet and those of the Cylon enemy. Featuring artwork from the groundbreaking first series and the 2004 reimagined series, this volume explores the art of ship creation from the first sketches to the finished designs of the modelmakers. Covering 18 key ships from the two shows, including the Galactica itself, the Vipers and the Cylon Raiders, the pages are packed with original concept art from designers Eric Chu, Andrew Probert and legendary artist Ralph McQuarrie.”
  • When the Times Book Review Panned the Classics. Some of today’s best-loved books — think ‘Catch-22,’ ‘Tender Is the Night’ and even ‘Anne of Green Gables’ — had a rocky reception in our pages.”
  • ‘Unfilmable’ Books That Hollywood Should Try to Adapt After ‘Dune’.”
  • A Scientific Explanation for Your Urge to Sniff Old Books.” Excerpt from Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Smell [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Jude Stewart—”An extraordinary, strange, and startlingly beautiful exploration of smell, the least understood of our five senses. Overlapping with taste yet larger in scope, smell is the sense that comes closest to pure perception. Smell can collapse space and time, unlocking memories and transporting us to worlds both new and familiar. Yet as clearly as each of us can recognize different smells–the bright tang of citrus, freshly sharpened pencils, parched earth after rain–few of us understand how and why we smell. In Revelations in Air, Jude Stewart takes us on a fascinating journey into the weird and wonderful world of smell. Beginning with lessons on the incredible biology and history of how our noses work, Stewart teaches us how to use our noses like experts. Once we’re properly equipped and ready to sniff, Stewart explores a range of smells—from lavender, cut grass and hot chocolate to cannabis and old books—using smell as a lens into art, history, science, and more. With an engaging colorful design and exercises for readers to refine their own skills, Revelations in Air goes beyond science or history or chemistry–it’s a doorway into the surprising, pleasurable, and unfamiliar landscape of smell.”
  • How Do We Make Sense of the Meaning of Consciousness?.” Except from Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Antonio Damasio—”From one of the world’s leading neuroscientists: a succinct, illuminating, wholly engaging investigation of how biology, neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence have given us the tools to unlock the mysteries of human consciousness. In recent decades, many philosophers and cognitive scientists have declared the problem of consciousness unsolvable, but Antonio Damasio is convinced that recent findings across multiple scientific disciplines have given us a way to understand consciousness and its significance for human life. In the forty-eight brief chapters of Feeling & Knowing, and in writing that remains faithful to our intuitive sense of what feeling and experiencing are about, Damasio helps us understand why being conscious is not the same as sensing, why nervous systems are essential for the development of feelings, and why feeling opens the way to consciousness writ large. He combines the latest discoveries in various sciences with philosophy and discusses his original research, which has transformed our understanding of the brain and human behavior. Here is an indispensable guide to understand­ing how we experience the world within and around us and find our place in the universe.”
  • ‘We Were Alive and Life Was Us.’ How Ken Kesey Created LSD Subculture.” Excerpt from The Shattering: America in the 60s [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Kevin Boyle—”From the National Book Award winner, a masterful history of the decade whose conflicts shattered America’s postwar order and divide us still. On July 4, 1961, the rising middle-class families of a Chicago neighborhood gathered before their flag-bedecked houses, a confident vision of the American Dream. That vision was shattered over the following decade, its inequities at home and arrogance abroad challenged by powerful civil rights and antiwar movements. Assassinations, social violence, and the blowback of a ‘silent majority’ shredded the American fabric. Covering the late 1950s through the early 1970s, The Shattering focuses on the period’s fierce conflicts over race, sex, and war. The civil rights movement develops from the grassroots activism of Montgomery and the sit-ins, through the violence of Birmingham and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the frustrations of King’s Chicago campaign, a rising Black nationalism, and the Nixon-era politics of busing and the Supreme Court. The Vietnam war unfolds as Cold War policy, high-stakes politics buffeted by powerful popular movements, and searing in-country experience. Americans’ challenges to government regulation of sexuality yield landmark decisions on privacy rights, gay rights, contraception, and abortion. Kevin Boyle captures the inspiring and brutal events of this passionate time with a remarkable empathy that restores the humanity of those making this history. Often they are everyday people like Elizabeth Eckford, enduring a hostile crowd outside her newly integrated high school in Little Rock, or Estelle Griswold, welcoming her arrest for dispensing birth control information in a Connecticut town. Political leaders also emerge in revealing detail: we track Richard Nixon’s inheritances from Eisenhower and his debt to George Wallace, who forged a message of racism mixed with blue-collar grievance that Nixon imported into Republicanism. The Shattering illuminates currents that still run through our politics. It is a history for our times.”
  • Mummy’s older than we thought: new find could rewrite history. Discovery of nobleman Khuwy shows that Egyptians were using advanced embalming methods 1,000 years before assumed date.”
  • Study rethinks notions about the relationship between the Olmec and Mayan cultures. A study using laser mapping technology or LiDAR in the states of Veracruz and Tabasco could transform our notions about the origins of Mesoamerican civilisations.” Also “Hundreds of ancient ceremonial sites found in southern Mexico. Researchers have uncovered 478 ceremonial sites that were probably built by the Olmec and the Maya thousands of years ago.”
  • 4,250-year-old Hattian golden beak-spouted ewer returns to Turkey.”
  • ‘Teaching us wonder’: Turkey embarks on cultural mission to preserve its fairytales. Mammoth task to collate magical folklore of Anatolian plateau involves thousands of stories.”
  • From 2019: “Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor. The genetic footprint of a “ghost population” may match that of a Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid fossil found in Siberia.”—”The researchers trained the computer to analyze eight different models of the most plausible theories of early human evolution across Eurasia. The models came from previous studies that attempted to come up with a scenario that would result in the current picture of the human genome, including its known Neanderthal and Denisovan components. ‘With each of these eight models, we calculate over weeks of computations how well they are able to reach the actual, present genetic composition of humans,’ Bertranpetit says. ‘Every time we do a simulation, it’s a simulation of a possible path of human evolution, and we have run those simulations thousands of times, and the deep learning algorithms are able to recognize which of the models best suit the data.’ The machine’s conclusion? An ancestor species is present in our lineage that we have yet to identify. ‘By far, the only models we tested that really are backed by the data are the ones having this ghost population introgression,’ Bertranpetit says.” Also “Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor. Scientists use deep learning for the first time ever to account for human evolution.”
  • On the origin of minds. Cognition did not appear out of nowhere in ‘higher’ animals but goes back millions, perhaps billions, of years.”
  • The search for alien tech. Radio signals is old hat: now it’s all about hunting for extraterrestrial technosignatures. But do we want to be found?”
  • Inside the Indonesian cave where oldest animal art was found“—”Archaeologists discovered the world’s oldest known animal cave painting in Indonesia. A panel showing wild pigs believed to have been made 45,500 years ago was found in a cave in a remote valley on the island of Sulawesi. Previously, rock art found in European sites were considered to be the world’s oldest narrative artworks. BBC Indonesia was given rare access to film inside the cave.”
  • Rare ‘flesh-eating’ STD on the rise in UK, doctor warns“—”The CDC says donovanosis causes painless ‘beefy red’ lesions on the genitals that can bleed. These spreading, bleeding lesions led many to call the STD ‘flesh-eating,’ although it does not actually eat the flesh as it spreads.”
  • Crab in amber reveals an early colonization of nonmarine environments during the Cretaceous“—”Amber fossils provide snapshots of the anatomy, biology, and ecology of extinct organisms that are otherwise inaccessible. The best-known fossils in amber are terrestrial arthropods—principally insects—whereas aquatic organisms are rarely represented. Here, we present the first record of true crabs (Brachyura) in amber—from the Cretaceous of Myanmar [~100 to 99 million years (Ma)]. The new fossil preserves large compound eyes, delicate mouthparts, and even gills. This modern-looking crab is nested within crown Eubrachyura, or ‘higher’ true crabs, which includes the majority of brachyuran species living today. The fossil appears to have been trapped in a brackish or freshwater setting near a coastal to fluvio-estuarine environment, bridging the gap between the predicted molecular divergence of nonmarine crabs (~130 Ma) and their younger fossil record (latest Cretaceous and Paleogene, ~75 to 50 Ma) while providing a reliable calibration point for molecular divergence time estimates for higher crown eubrachyurans.” “Here, we describe a previously unknown eubrachyuran crab, Cretapsara athanata, preserved in Cretaceous amber (~99 Ma, Cenomanian) from Myanmar, Southeast Asia (Figs. 1 and 2). This is the oldest occurrence of a true crab in amber and one of the oldest crown group eubrachyurans known. Micro–computed tomography (CT) digital reconstructions reveal that antennae, large compound eyes, mouthparts with multiple fine hairs, and even gills are preserved (Figs. 3 and 4). Our phylogenetic analysis supports the establishment of a new family with a unique mixture of primitive and advanced characters.” Also “Tiny ‘immortal’ crab entombed in amber discovered in a first of its kind. Scientists say it could represent a bridge between freshwater and marine species.”
  • Some of the world’s oldest rubies linked to early life. Carbon residue that was once ancient life found encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby.”—”While analyzing some of the world’s oldest coloured gemstones, researchers from the University of Waterloo discovered carbon residue that was once ancient life, encased in a 2.5 billion-year-old ruby.”
  • Ancient asteroids struck Earth frequently, delayed rise of life – study. Some of these asteroids were around 10 kilometers in size, and struck the Earth 10 times as often as current models would have suggested.”
  • Signs of first planet found outside our galaxy. Astronomers have found hints of what could be the first planet ever to be discovered outside our galaxy.”
  • Watch “Could These Distant Planets Support Life? | Universe I BBC Earth”—”Meet TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star almost twice as old as our sun, but less than 1% as bright. And seven Earth-sized planets are in its orbit that could have the potential for supporting life…”
  • Watch “Water Discovered In Space! | Planet Explorers | BBC Earth”—”If you know about Saturn from Interstellar, you will love this. There may not be a wormhole, Saturn has 82 crazy moons, with one of them hosting a liquid ocean and erupting geysers. And like the best Sci-Fi movies, there’s good women at the helm. Dr Leah – Nani Alconcel is one of the team that has changed the way we see the solar system today.”
  • How climate change is changing northern Sweden and the people who live there. A journalist from the AFP news agency visits the far north of Sweden, where global warming is happening three times faster than in the rest of the world.”
  • Greenhouse gas levels hit record; world struggles to curb damage. UN seeks ‘dramatic increase’ in climate commitments. Summit will seek to avert menacing levels of warming. UK’s Johnson says COP26 outcome is ‘touch and go’. We need to revisit our whole way of life – Taalas.”
  • Treating beef like coal would make a big dent in greenhouse-gas emissions. Cattle are a surprisingly large producer of greenhouse gases.”
  • Elephants born without tusks in ‘evolutionary response’ to violent poachers. Rare genetic condition in Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique has become far more common after years of hunting.”
  • A Prototype Original iPod. If you can believe it, the iPod is 20 years old, today.”—”Now, there are a lot of mysteries in the Panic Archives (it’s a closet) but by far one of the most mysterious is what you’re seeing for the first time today: an original early iPod prototype. We don’t know much about where it came from. But we’ve been waiting 20 years to share it with you.”
  • The robots have infiltrated Buffalo Wild Wings. Flippy the Robot has a brand new baby brother-bot.”—”In early 2018—18 whole months before I founded The Takeout’s official Robot Beat—my predecessors premptively rejoiced at the ‘failure’ of Flippy, the burger-cooking, French fry-frying, and ‘definitely not evil’ A.I. robot. Its public debut was an absolute disaster, with Flippy becoming quickly overwhelmed by orders and breaking down before its shift was over. Oh, what simpler times those were! Back then, we could delude ourselves into thinking that it would be years before the robots posed a serious threat, forgetting that robots literally devote 100% of their time working towards their ultimate goal: total fast food domination. By 2019 it became clear to us at The Takeout that we could put nothing past the robots, because much like human babies, they quickly grow up and start destroying everything in their paths. By 2020, Flippy successfully infiltrated White Castle, and within months, it was a valued employee. And now, after a relatively silent 2021, Flippy has spawned. This unholy robo-progeny is named Flippy Wings, and it’s already taken a major step toward the full-fledged subjugation of the chicken wing industry.”
  • From the Uplift dept: “Are We on the Verge of Chatting with Whales? An ambitious project is attempting to interpret sperm whale clicks with artificial intelligence, then talk back to them.”
  • OM Digital Launches ‘OM System’ Brand, Leaving Olympus Name Behind“—”OM Digital, the company that was spun off from Olympus early this year by Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), is making its next major step: rebranding the cameras it will produce as OM System and leaving the Olympus name behind. OM System will be the new name of the company’s line of interchangeable lens cameras, lenses, compact digital cameras, audio products, and binoculars and all Olympus imaging and audio products will be released under this new brand going forward.”
  • Amazon ‘Delivery Partners’ Hit Amazon With $15 Million Lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Amazon ‘controlled nearly every aspect’ of two Portland delivery companies’ businesses and ‘created unsafe working conditions.'”
  • Inside Amazon’s Worst Human Resources Problem. A knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers.”
  • Curiouser and curiouser. Whistleblower is kinda cringe. A pox on both their houses. “Inside the Big Facebook Leak. In a time of mega-leaks, journalists’ sources have become power players. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.” Also “Facebook’s Internal Chat Boards Show Politics Often at Center of Decision Making. In hot debates, employees and management spar over allegations content rules aren’t enforced for Breitbart and other right-wing publishers for fear of public blowback. Other internal documents show management expresses wariness of appearing biased.” Also “People or profit? Facebook papers show deep conflict within.” Also “Frances Haugen took thousands of Facebook documents: This is how she did it. The company’s documents were available on its internal social network, which resembles the Facebook used by billions.”
  • ‘Mark Changed The Rules’: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures. Facebook’s rules to combat misinformation and hate speech are subject to the whims and political considerations of its CEO and his policy team leader.” Tweet—”Mark Zuckerberg is what happens when someone takes Bill Hicks’ ‘righteous indignation/trapped/anger dollar’ rant as unironic marketing guidance.”
  • Facebook built an undersea cable to connect its data centers to Asia. The project was 2 years late and suffered from leaks of drilling fluid, sinkholes and abandoned buried equipment. The project finished almost two years late, and prompted Oregon to pass new legislation regulating future undersea cable projects in the state.”
  • Facebook Warns Anonymous Content Against ‘Recklessly’ Proceeding With ‘An Ugly Truth’ TV Adaptation.” About An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library] by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang—”Award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang unveil the tech story of our times in a riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace. Once one of Silicon Valley’s greatest success stories, Facebook has been under constant fire for the past five years, roiled by controversies and crises. It turns out that while the tech giant was connecting the world, they were also mishandling users’ data, spreading fake news, and amplifying dangerous, polarizing hate speech. The company, many said, had simply lost its way. But the truth is far more complex. Leadership decisions enabled, and then attempted to deflect attention from, the crises. Time after time, Facebook’s engineers were instructed to create tools that encouraged people to spend as much time on the platform as possible, even as those same tools boosted inflammatory rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and partisan filter bubbles. And while consumers and lawmakers focused their outrage on privacy breaches and misinformation, Facebook solidified its role as the world’s most voracious data-mining machine, posting record profits, and shoring up its dominance via aggressive lobbying efforts. Drawing on their unrivaled sources, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries within the company to shine a light on the fatal cracks in the architecture of the tech behemoth. Their explosive, exclusive reporting led them to a shocking conclusion: The missteps of the last five years were not an anomaly but an inevitability—this is how Facebook was built to perform. In a period of great upheaval, growth has remained the one constant under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Both have been held up as archetypes of uniquely 21st century executives—he the tech “boy genius” turned billionaire, she the ultimate woman in business, an inspiration to millions through her books and speeches. But sealed off in tight circles of advisers and hobbled by their own ambition and hubris, each has stood by as their technology is coopted by hate-mongers, criminals and corrupt political regimes across the globe, with devastating consequences. In An Ugly Truth, they are at last held accountable. ”
  • Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse.”
  • Jeff Bezos Reveals Plans to Build a Space Station Called ‘Orbital Reef’. The station is envisioned as a ‘mixed-use business park’… but in space.” A Starbucks on every Lagrange point.
  • Tweet—”Tired: Kessler Syndrome is a serious impediment to our continued ability to operate in Earth orbit. Wired: Kessler Syndrome is a necessary impediment to rich idiots who believe they can escape to space to avoid the ecological catastrophe they’re causing down here.”
  • I Was Hacked. The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable. Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused. Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.”
  • Watch this spoof promo for facegoomicroappama™️: “Made By Us.”
  • A Patent Troll Backs Off. We scared them off… this time.”—”tldr; The patent troll Jason Nguyen of Altair Logix couldn’t shake us down so he dropped the case. It cost us $12,645.”
  • In secret vaccine contracts with governments, Pfizer took hard line in push for profit, report says.”
  • 3 Teens with COVID-19 Developed Sudden Severe Psychiatric Symptoms. Why? UCSF-Led Study Shows Unruly Immune System May Trigger ‘Turncoat’ Antibodies.”
  • Watch “UK Covid cases could hit 100,000 a day – BBC Newsnight.”
  • ‘It’s absolutely getting worse’: Secretaries of state targeted by Trump election lies live in fear for their safety and are desperate for protection“—”Officials and aides in secretary of state offices in Arizona and other states targeted by former President Donald Trump in his attack on last year’s election results told CNN about living in constant terror — nervously watching the people around them at events, checking in their rearview mirrors for cars following them home and sitting up at night wondering what might happen next.”
  • A QAnon conspiracy theory about election fraud is becoming a pro-Trump push for traceable ballots.”
  • Tweet thread—”this is still really difficult for me to talk about so apologies for any missed words/typos/lack of clarity. i want to talk about something i observed outside the us capitol on january 6th. it hasn’t really been discussed because you had to be there, not as a rioter, to see it.” “people who were there to document know what i’m talking about. it’s the thing none of us can put into words. but you see it in our eyes, how our demeanor changes when we go back to that day in our memory. a black hole opens up.” “Angry since 60s they have to share USA w non-white, non-Xian, increasingly educated/bilingual ‘others’-cuz the marginalized’s progress is their ‘loss’. Its revenge on a world that they aint prepared/able to compete in. World’s passing em by and they rage at their own indolence.”
  • EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff. Two sources are communicating with House investigators and detailed a stunning series of allegations to Rolling Stone, including a promise of a ‘blanket pardon’ from the Oval Office.”
  • It’s Time to Officially Clear the Names of the ‘Groveland Four’. In 1949, three young Black men and a teenager were wrongfully accused of raping a white teen girl. Now, a state prosecutor wants to get the case dismissed.”
  • United States issues its 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker. Advocates have long been calling for an ‘X’ marker on federal IDs as more Americans have come out as nonbinary, or neither exclusively male nor female.” Also “US State Department issues first passport with X gender marker.” Also “Issuance of the First U.S. Passport with an X Gender Marker.”
  • Democrats’ billionaire tax would heavily target 10 wealthiest Americans, but alternative plan is emerging. Many lawmakers want to resolve their differences by the end of the week, but they are still stuck on the thorny issue of taxation.” Counterpoint from an asshole: Tweet—”Exactly. Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you.” Countercounterpoint: “The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax. ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.”
  • Tweet—”The judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial says lawyers cannot call the 2 people he killed ‘victims.’ Rittenhouse killed 2 people and wounded another with an AR-15 style weapon. The judge says ‘victim’ is too ‘loaded’ but will let lawyers call them ‘rioters, looters or arsonists.'” Tweet—”To put it plain, the Wisconsin Judge in Rittenhouse’s case has ruled that lawyers can use the prejudicially loaded words which make the jury sympathetic *To Rittenhouse,* but not a word which would accurately describe his VICTIMS.” Tweet—”I just saw that the judge in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse ruled that the prosecution may not refer to the people he shot as victims. Justice isn’t blind if you are BLM.” Definition of victim from Merriam-Webster. Sitting judge needs a dictionary or two sent to him, probably c/o the courthouse.
  • ‘Ignored for 70 years’: human rights group to investigate uranium contamination on Navajo Nation. Boost for advocates’ group is step further in decades-long fight against mining pollution.”
  • The Evangelical Church Is Breaking Apart. Christians must reclaim Jesus from his church.”—”‘Nearly everyone tells me there is at the very least a small group in nearly every evangelical church complaining and agitating against teaching or policies that aren’t sufficiently conservative or anti-woke,’ a pastor and prominent figure within the evangelical world told me. (Like others with whom I spoke about this topic, he requested anonymity in order to speak candidly.) ‘It’s everywhere.'”
  • Churchgoers Shocked After Their Pastor Is Arrested for Sex Crimes.”
  • The Netflix Series That Should Make Religious People Uncomfortable. ‘Midnight Mass’ is a morally urgent critique of how faith can fuel everyday cruelty and violence.”
  • Tweet—”They are just saying it out loud now. Theocracy is the goal. They do not believe in the separation of church and state because they believe they have ‘dominion’ over all of us. If you disagree, start saying so.”
  • ‘The Liberty Way’: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students’ Reports of Sexual Assaults“—”The school founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell ignored reports of rape and threatened to punish accusers for breaking its moral code, say former students. An official who says he was fired for raising concerns calls it a ‘conspiracy of silence.'”
  • Rats, mold, roaches: Howard students stage sit-in over housing conditions. Students at historically Black college in DC say conditions are deplorable and would rather sleep at student center than dorms.”
  • Watch “Cowboy Bebop | Official Trailer | Netflix”—”COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them. Based on the beloved anime series, COWBOY BEBOP is executive produced by André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki and Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise Inc., Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost. Nemec serves as showrunner. Original anime series director Shinichirō Watanabe is a consultant on the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno returns for the live-action adaptation. The series also stars Alex Hassell and Elena Satine. Watch Cowboy Bebop, a live-action series, only on Netflix Nov. 19.” Also this drips style: “Cowboy Bebop | Official Teaser ‘Lost Session’ | Netflix.”
  • 50 years ago, The Electric Company used comedy to boost kids’ reading skills.”
  • Watch “Israeli Scuba Diver Discovers Ancient Crusader Sword“—”The diver was about 150 meters (170 yards) off the coast in five-meter-deep water when he made the discovery. ‘The most interesting thing is that this is one of the first… the complete sword that ever found in Israel and in a very good preservation,’ says Kobi Sharvit, Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Marine Archaeology Unit.” Also “Diver finds 900-year-old sword in Mediterranean Sea“—”A sword believed to have been used by a crusader knight some 900 years ago was discovered on Tuesday by an amateur diver in the Mediterranean Sea.”
  • Watch “You Can Buy This Flying Vehicle Now – Jetson One | How Much Does It Cost? eVTOL.”
  • Tweet—”WOW! Image Comics announces that there will no longer be any 2nd prints of comics. You’re going to see more and more of this.”
  • Björk’s New Pandemic Album Will Be Ideal For Clubbing In The Living Room.”
  • Ugh. The Owl House canceled. Disney+ needs an Adult Swim solution or something, or else move stuff like that to Hulu; because The Owl House is awesome and didn’t deserve to die. “Owl House Was Canceled Due To Exec Deciding It Didn’t Fit the Disney Brand. Dana Terrace, the creator of Disney Channel’s The Owl House, offers some clarity on why the animated series’ third and final season was cut short.” Also “Owl House boss shares real reason why Disney cancelled the show. ‘Really grinds my guts, boils my brain, kicks my shins.'”
  • Either way, it’s better than an NFT, tbh: Tweet—”If you pay your $250 maybe you’ll get the original $20,000 Warhol, but you’ll never know.”
  • Tweet thread—”A Long, Definitive Thread on ‘Flat Art’ (or, as I will be refusing to call it, ‘Corporate Memphis’)” “The discourse around people who are tired of “flat art” has been going on for several years now. So I’ve been wanting to do a break down of where flat art comes from, what are the misconceptions, what are the criticisms, and which criticisms are worth paying attention to.”
  • We are Sex-bob-omb! “Space Engine Systems to test Mach 5 Spaceplane in Manitoba Canada”—”SES will deploy its Sexbomb lift body aircraft from a stratospheric balloon that lifts it to 110,000 ft. It will free fall to Mach 1.8 where the DASS engine ram jet fires to take it to Mach 5 at 57,000 ft over the northern barren lands, before gliding back to Lynn Lake.”
  • I mean, that tracks. “Hiker lost on mountain for 24 hours ignored calls from rescuers because he didn’t recognize phone number.”
  • Spooky Halloween: the origin of ‘spook’.” Also “Spooks are spooks, but don’t ignore organic pumpkins.”
  • Watch “Why Vampires Hate Garlic – A Transylvanian Recipe from 1580.”
  • Tweet—”Bride of Frankenstein isn’t ready for marriage 💍👰‍♂👻🎃💀”—”There’s something about being brought to life purely to be the helpmate of a hideous monster that’s really bumming me out.”