Lovely Linky Bits
Thoughtful reads and so forth.
Our Yearning for Immortality:
Alan Lightman on one of the most Profound Contradictions of Human Existence
“In our constant search for meaning in this baffling and temporary existence, trapped as we are within our three pounds of neurons, it is sometimes hard to tell what is real. We often invent what isn’t there. Or ignore what is. We try to impose order, both in our minds and in our conceptions of external reality. We try to connect. We try to find truth. We dream and we hope. And underneath all of these strivings, we are haunted by the suspicion that what we see and understand of the world is only a tiny piece of the whole.”
Michael Atiyah’s Mathematical Dreams
“The crazy part of mathematics is when an idea appears in your head. Usually when you’re asleep, because that’s when you have the fewest inhibitions. The idea floats in from heaven knows where. It floats around in the sky; you look at it, and admire its colors. It’s just there. And then at some stage, when you try to freeze it, put it into a solid frame, or make it face reality, then it vanishes, it’s gone. But it’s been replaced by a structure, capturing certain aspects, but it’s a clumsy interpretation.”
Māori Women Talk About Their Sacred Chin Tattoos
“The moko process is intensely personal, Pip tells Broadly. ‘I prefer to draw straight onto the person, because it’s an exchange of wairua, or energy. It’s working with the contours of their body and translating their story, and for a lot of people it’s a transformative experience. Every time they see it, it’s a reminder of what they’ve achieved, and that their tupuna [ancestors] have their back.’”‘
Goodnight. Sleep Clean.
“It’s like the difference between a snowstorm’s disrupting a single day of trash pickup and a prolonged strike. No longer quite as easy to fix, and even when the strike is over, there’s likely to be some stray debris floating around for quite some time yet. “Recovery from sleep loss is slower than we’d thought,” Dr. Veasey notes. ‘We used to think that after a bit of recovery sleep, you should be fine. But this work shows you’re not.’”
Curiosities & Delights
Some things to be glad about.
All of the MoMA on one website.
(Or perhaps you’d prefer one petrol pump museum.)
Hello, compassionate ostrich.
An appreciation of buttons.
One man’s walkable map of the world.
Italy’s cultural allowance for teens.
A handy list of common misconceptions.
Justin Trudeau-scented candles.
101 small ways to improve your city.
Videos upon which to press play.
Book releases, courses, and other timely tidbits.
Business for Bohemians.