Monday links

Spring is here – this year’s vernal equinox was on Monday, March 20th at 6:29 a.m. EDT. Here’s Vivaldi, science, myths, “spring spheres” and more.

How Movie Effects Were Done in the Silent Film Era.

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years.

Blowing up a watermelon with 20,000 volts of electricity, in slow motion.

17 ridiculous ’smart’ gadgets that really exist.

A gallery of vintage armored cars.

ICYMI, Friday’s links are here, and include a map of New York’s earliest skyscrapers, dozens of nuclear test videos that have been declassified and uploaded to YouTube, forged art that fooled the Metropolitan Museum for decades, and lots of information on Saint Patrick. 

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Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

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