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The lucrative world of financial domination

“The concept is simple, even if the allure is not immediately self-evident: “finsubs” (short for “financial submissives”) send monetary “tributes” to a financial dominatrix, who could be any gender, in exchange for being humiliated and degraded.” | learn more

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The last prank before PR ruined everything

“Exactly 25 years ago today, some Microsoft coworkers and I launched a complex and costly prank. We printed up hundreds of realistic shrink-wrapped boxes of a fake product, “Microsoft Coffee”, and snuck it into stores all around the greater Seattle […]

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A feminist glance at films

Found on Observable, a site that “allows you to do collaborative data analysis, and publish in one place.” This is an analysis by two university students. “We decided to look at two different feminist tests for films: the Bechdel (which […]

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The long, sweaty history of working out

This author made me laugh multiple times throughout the article. “In the two million or so years we’ve been knocking about, it’s only fairly recently that we’ve had the time and understanding necessary to think about our bodies — back […]

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First versions

This site’s tagline is “Everything had a first version: here you can find it!” Link to the page for Youtube’s first version. | learn more

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Wine & math: a model pairing

This is from The Pudding, masters of the visual essay. “We’ll build a statistical model trying to predict a wine’s quality by its properties. So grab some liquid courage in your favorite aged grape variety and get ready for MATH.” | learn […]

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Fake insider trading is illegal, too

I skipped over a headline last week about a SpaceX engineer who was insider trading. The story became much more interesting once I learned he wasn’t really selling insider info. Rather, he was selling fundamental research falsely advertised as insider […]