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Miscellany

Happy Monday! I’ve put together some interesting reads to help you start your week off right. You’re welcome.

Elle Hunt in the Guardian: “For the vast majority of our history, while we roamed the Earth as hunter-gatherers, we enjoyed more leisure time than we do today.” This seems like as good a time as any to remind you that, as Christine Rosen reported way back in 2008, multitasking is a myth.

Speaking of multitasking, did you know that manned torpedoes used to be a thing? I didn’t.

Never mind all that. Greg Ross over at Futility Closet asks the important questions. Like, say, “Can every convex polyhedron be unfolded into a shape that doesn’t overlap itself?” Turns out nobody knows. Here’s more for you math nerds out there.

And speaking of math, I’ve wasted far too much time today on this sweet, sweet Mandelbrot set generator. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.



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