Okay, so I said I'd tell the full story of the perennially misbehaving student from the 18th-century. Here it is!
Catseye presents a provocative potboiler about a puckish pupil from the past.
My current job is reading novels and what's called "writing coverage" on them. (Coverage is the entertainment industry equivalent of a book report, wherein people like me read things so that more important people can pretend they read them.) I read 2-3 novels per week, mostly self-published genre novels.
Sara C. has an interesting job, and some good advice on context, details, sources and backgrounds for historical fiction, in answer to the question, "what were the details of everyday life in late 16th century Italy?"
But what's The Peutinger Map? Also known as Tabula Peutingeriana, it is a Medieval copy of highly stylized 4th Century map of the Roman road network, extending to India.
Kattullus invites us to explore the roads leading to Rome via "The Peutinger Map Reconsidered" with a variety of ways to view this ancient artifact, including overlays and lists of geographical features, while BWA offers What Latin Sounded Like and How We Know, and other linguistic treats from Nativlang.
Kid, champ, you, we: what do you call yourself when you're talking to yourself?
Rolling your tongue and using bright light to induce a sneeze: body tricks that not everybody can do
Seeing where it all starts: fun experiments on your toddler's amazing brain
I thought it would be interesting if mefites posted lists of what they plan to or have read, listened to, or watched this summer. I don't want to leave out people in the Southern Hemisphere, though, so feel free to post seasonal lists for whatever the season you may be experiencing!
ArbitraryAndCapricious asks Mefites to share their seasonal reading/ listening/ whatever list
I'm an anxious beanplater in desperate need of a positive distraction. I want to come up with a long list of activities I can refer to that will help me 'get out of my head' - in other words, the activities are so (manageably, safely) intense or consuming or absorbing that I don't have the time or mental space to waste on unimportant worries and anxieties that would otherwise eat me alive.
Ask Mefi helps nightrecordings out with some distraction action.
In fact, the proximate cause for posting this was so I could more effectively answer the question I frequently get from people I work with: "what should I learn next?"
If you didn't catch it, blahblahblah's post about Gabriel Weinberg's list of useful mental models is a good roadmap for exploring approaches to brainstorming, deciding, reasoning, negotiating, strategizing, managing, mitigating, and much more. Gray cells, activate!
Come join us on FanFare to discuss the Olympics! Tonight the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. All athletic events will be in the Olympic all-sports thread, and specific sports will be listed on the Olympics page as the games go on.
There's a MetaTalk thread for giving feedback on this experiment.
Tornado sirens, weird traffic signals, and more... What are some locally-normal things unique to your home area, that you thought were universal 'til you left home?
fraula and others describe food culture in France
beagle explains some of the appeal of Dutch carbide shooting - "perhaps the pinnacle of cultural achievement in a nation of soccer-playing, bicycle-riding dairy farmers with long winter nights"
Want to be recognized as an independent nation-state? First, get a national football (soccer) team -- diplomacy by sport in occupied Western Sahara.
"Even outlaws have to grow old" -- the story of a legendary Florida marijuana bust in 1973
Get to know tiny Hans island, center of a genteel Canada vs. Denmark conflict -- with booze.
Recently on Ask Metafilter...
And the lion shall lie down with the lamb. It's in the Bible, right? Well no, Isaiah 11.6 says the wolf will lie down with the lamb. Why do I and so many other people remember it as a lion?
Can someone explain to me why my non-stick pans are still greasy, even after I thoroughly wash them?
Marine biologists, what was that thing I saw all the time in Bermuda?
WTF Abe Lincoln Ephemera, ISO uncanny things related to Abe Lincoln
What's making this creepy noise in the woods?
How is this street performer just sitting there, balancing his bike on the front wheel?
How does the icing get on black and white cookies?
What could have killed a shrub/bush in one day?
bassomatic says, "my dad and his team of underwater archaeologists were the first to find an ancient shipwreck using side-scan sonar..."
Scary stories and freaky facts about oxygen deprivation at altitude
AskMe offers some resources on cloudwatching for beginners
Moby Dick is fabulous - Mefites talk Melville and subtext, and what you thought of classic novels before you read them, and the linked writer drops by to respond
Submersible finds glowy purple orb in the depths
And finally, that pressing question, what if I fell out of an airplane in a tank full of water?
So MANY great photo posts this month: a rare view of Victorian Women of Color; "Through Our Eyes" asked 100 homeless people in Spartanburg, South Carolina to take pictures of their lives; Vintage aerial photos of rural America; Was Diane Arbus the Most Radical Photographer of the 20th Century?; Six degrees of Copenhagen by Jens Juul; WaterWigs project by Tim Tadder; Restricted Areas series by Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko; freaky and cute Secret Friends; photographs by Degas; using drones to portray scenes of inequality in South Africa; Famous landmarks photographed from the "wrong" direction.