Bonus Links for June 17 2016

Because, wow, there were a lot of neat things on the interwebs this week!

* Clickspring

This is a YouTube channel devoted to a guy in Australia making a clock in his home workshop. I am finding it mesmerizing. It is quiet and slow and finicky, and at the end of each short video he has made a small, beautiful thing. I love it.

* Why the elevator could be the next great disruptive technology

“It’s true that many people prefer a single-family home, all else being equal. But what makes the elevator so disruptive is precisely the reality that all else is not equal.”

* How To Tell If a Lion Is Happy

“It’s tricky to get an answer out of an animal. You can’t ask a lemur to fill out a questionnaire, or put a lion on a therapist’s couch. Over the past couple of decades, though, scientists like Gartner have put their human heads together to try and better understand what’s going in animal ones.”

* The Arms of Individuals in Same-Sex Marriages: The text of a ruling by the Kings of Arms dated 29 March 2014

“We, Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy & Ulster King of Arms, do rule, ordain and decree as follows… ”

* The Toast Looks Back: The Best of Western Art History

* How juice companies game science to perpetuate the myth that cranberry prevents UTIs

“The gold standard measurement is a urine test that finds higher than normal levels of bacteria. In the Ocean Spray study, the cranberry juice group and the placebo group had about the same number of infections by this measure.

But instead of focusing on that, the researchers emphasized their findings on “symptomatic UTIs” — meaning women who simply complained of UTI symptoms but didn’t actually have a positive urine culture.”

* I Tried a Medieval Diet, And I Didn’t Even Get That Drunk

“Although medieval doctors legitimized their recommendations with these ideas about how the body worked, their medical advice wasn’t as random as it might seem. “They justified their practice by humours, but they had arrived at these ideas by trial and error,” says Noga Arikha, the author of Passions and Tempers, a history of the humours. These doctors had one major disadvantage compared to modern doctors—they didn’t know about germs, so they didn’t know what caused sickness. But their ideas about how to keep healthy, particularly by controlling a person’s diet, weren’t so different from our ideas today. “The idea of balancing out—that remains and it makes complete sense,” says Arikha.”



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