Månedsarkiv: juni 2019

No surprise: Easier access lowers piracy

Easier online access to movies and TV in recent time has lowered piracy of those media. This is not a surprise. But now online platforms are fragmenting and siloizing, making it impossible to view a sizable part of the offerings … Læs resten

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Modern wheat is OK

I had heard that modern wheat variants were heavily dependent on agrochemicals (pesticides and fertilisers) but apparently that was wrong: Modern wheat outperforms older varieties even if less fertiliser, water or pesticide is used. It is simply more robust. That … Læs resten

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The not-so-Backfire Effect

Apparently the Backfire Effect isn’t that much of a thing, after all. The Backfire Effect is the idea that when a claim aligns with someone’s ideological beliefs, telling them that it’s wrong will actually make them believe it even more … Læs resten

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Apollo 11

The “Apollo 11” documentary about the Moon landing is interesting. It lacks voice-over narration and later interviews and relies instead on contemporary recordings. The images are amazing and the chosen style adds to the material; we all know they went … Læs resten

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This article about Solar cycles sounds like pseudoscience

This article about the Solar cycles is interesting and just for that I hope it is true. It also sounds like pseudoscience as it claims there is a connection between planetary line-ups and solar cycles. Solar cycles are of varying … Læs resten

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Obligatory Good Omens praise

I really enjoy the mini-series “Good Omens“. Currently I am watching the series with my son (available on Amazon Prime Video) and we only have the final episode left. I read the book when it came out, and again a … Læs resten

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English as lingua franca

We all know that English has become the global lingua franca, but I still find it funny just because I used to believe that “lingua franca” meant something with French. It doesn’t, as such, as it originated from “the language … Læs resten

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Read the fine print

The story of how an auction bidder ended up with a strip of land only 30 cm wide: “Auction Winner Learns Why Property Was Such a Great Deal: It’s Only 12 Inches Wide” If you don’t subscribe to Lowering the … Læs resten

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Optical illusion

Probably not new, but first time I’ve seen this; all the balls in this image are the same colour: Brown. And here is my attempt at a “clean” image, showing the balls alone:

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Advice for online sharing

From Benjamin Wittes: Here are six easy steps you can take to help control the problem of political disinformation: (1) Pause a moment–just a moment–before you share something on social media to ask whether you are being someone’s dupe and … Læs resten

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