Category: Link

A collection of interesting links with a bit of commentary.


Whenever I see an article that starts with “The Rise of. . .” I think of dough. When it’s applied to African science fiction, I picture an endlessly rising (and falling) dough that will never become bread. Each “rise” is celebrated but ephemeral, existing only until the next event that is itself seen as a “rise” without reference to what has gone before, leaving the field oddly ahistorical to the uninitiated.

read the whole article over at

TIRTW #17 2018

Things I Read This Week #17, which might also be of interest to you, dear reader:

Snoozers are in fact, losers.

On a typical workday morning, if you’re like most people, you don’t wake up naturally. Instead, the ring of an alarm clock probably jerks you out of sleep. (…) Then you throw out your arm and hit the snooze button, silencing the noise for at least a few moments. Just another couple of minutes, you think. Then maybe a few minutes more.

It may seem like you’re giving yourself a few extra minutes to collect your thoughts. But what you’re actually doing is making the wake-up process more difficult and drawn out. If you manage to drift off again, you are likely plungingyour brain back into the beginning of the sleep cycle, which is the worst point to be woken up—and the harder we feel it is for us to wake up, the worse we think we’ve slept.

Maria Konnikova read on @ “Snoozers Are, in Fact, Losers.”


How to build a thermal printer polaroid camera with a raspberry pi zero w

It feels like only the other day I was going on about an instant camera that uses thermal paper being one of my abandoned dreams. I abandoned it because I found out it had already been done, and isn’t particularly hard. But! Soon after, I decided that that’s a terrible way to see things, and if we stuck by that, we’d never get much done, let alone learn anything.

So here is my attempt at an instant camera that prints onto thermal paper.” – read and watch on at Thermal_paper_polaroid


Why do shower curtains encroach your showering space?

“You are all set to kick start your day with a shower; You open the faucet and notice that immediately the shower curtain starts to bulge in to your showering space (irrespective of whether its hot or cold water).

What on earth is happening here?” Read on @


Who Built The First House? And What Even Is A House?

Who Built The First House? And What Even Is A House?


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Eiko Kadono awarded the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award

Eiko Kadono’s playful tales about a young witch and her furry companion have entertained generations of Japanese readers, and have now earned her one of the highest honours in children’s literature.
Last month the 83-year-old was awarded the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, sometimes called the Little Nobel Prize for Literature.

read on at the bbc

Does it matter if children’s books deliver inaccurate science?

“While scenes such as a talking whale in a kiddie pool are clearly fantastical, images that inaccurately reflect biological reality can lead to misinformation that lingers long past childhood.” (…)

“Because whales are a popular topic in kids’ books, Rice and other researchers have used their portrayal as a measuring stick for scientific accuracy. In a 2016 article called, tellingly, “Cetacean Frustration,” four British scientists surveyed picture books that feature whales and other cetaceans. Of 116 books, 74 had errors. The rate was higher in fiction, but almost half of the nonfiction books also contained errors.”

Read on at