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Friday links

Fashion Advice from a 1980s Stasi (East German secret police) disguise seminar.

Is Margarine Dead?

Snacks and serendipity: How the microwave was invented by accident.

This is very cool to watch: The Chemistry of Matches, in Super Slow Motion.

13 classic video games you can play right now in your web browser.

The next generation of Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is here, and it’s approaching Terminator Genisys-like appearance.

ICYMIThursday’s links are here, and include calculating how long would it take for a single person to fill up an entire swimming pool with their own saliva, real-life technologies inspired by video games, a human-sounding Dorito-eating goat (with bonus goat-related links), and 10 of history’s most famous prostitutes.

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Economy & Business

The Compulsory Society

Vox may still be keeping up its risible just-the-facts posturing, but it is tendentious to the point of dishonesty: “Colorado baker who refused to serve gay couple now wants to refuse to serve transgender person,” it says. That is not true, of course. (But everybody knows that.) Phillips serves ... Read More
Books

The Maker of Middle-earth, in Gorgeous Detail

Oxford, England — After five months of ferocious and futile slaughter in “the Great War,” an Oxford undergraduate — knowing his deployment to the Western Front was inevitable — used his Christmas break in 1914 to cultivate his imagination. Twenty-two-year-old J. R. R. Tolkien began writing “The Story ... Read More