by Doctor Science
Not that we had much of a January freeze, mind you.
- Hardiness Zone Changes -- good tool to show how the USDA has re-calibrated the hardiness zones used by farmers and gardeners. My town has moved from 6b to 7a since 1990, which is a pretty serious change. Detailed USDA map here.
- Swiss "Verdingkinder" and American "orphan trains" -- which took poor children who weren't necessarily orphans from cities to live with farm families as extra workers.
- Piracy is part of the digital ecosystem -- excellent graphs
- Francis Fukuyama on the Financial Crisis, plus his recommended reading
- Google Is Facebook Is AOL: What Happens When a Good Google Goes Bad: or, Every Sufficiently Large Web Company Wants to Become the Internet. And they always do it badly.
- Language Log » The “dance of the p’s and b’s”: truth or noise? -- Stanley Fish disparages the digital humanities, while defining olde-skool criticism in an eminently mockable way.
- Elsevier-funded NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Wants to Deny Americans Access to Taxpayer Funded Research
- Discussion of what a lot of young, attractive women encounter every time they appear in public. You only get the full flavor by reading the comments, too:
- Fanworks of general interest: