June 3rd, 2020


Interesting Links for 03-06-2020

Why Our Intuition About Sea-Level Rise Is Wrong
Turns out that reality is complex
(tags:ocean earth globalwarming complexity )
Financial Times shares its Coronavirus excess mortality data
(tags:viaPatrickHadfield pandemic data )
Bournemouth Beach tells us how doomed we all are
(tags:pandemic OhForFucksSake uk )
Simplifying Board Games (you know, for kids!)
(tags:children games design )
The UK Now has the Highest Health Worker Deaths in Europe
(tags:UK death pandemic OhForFucksSake )
Here's the correct process to follow if you're upset about police violence in the USA
(tags:USA police violence )
Bread was invented as a way to store the ingredients for beer
This is, of course, just one theory. But a pretty reasonable one, from somd additional reading.
(tags:alcohol prehistory bread food )
The American Right is infected with Neo-Confederate apocalypticism.
(tags:politics religion USA republicans )
Travel in Scotland may be restricted after hundreds flout rules
(tags:Scotland pandemic OhForFucksSake )
Northern Ireland is not impressed with Boris Johnson
(tags:BorisJohnson pandemic NorthernIreland polls )
Maps show which UK pavements are not wide enough for social distancing
(tags:pandemic roads UK maps )
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
(tags:racism society USA )
Who needs to see the cutest thing on earth?
(tags:cute animals )
Nissan: UK factory still under threat from no-deal Brexit
(tags:uk europe manufacturing doom cars )
Urban foxes are becoming more like domesticated dogs
(tags:foxes evolution urban )
Last Person to Receive Civil War-Era Pension Dies
(tags:pensions civilwar usa history )

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A question of time

I said "Hang on ten seconds" to Sophia, which then had me wondering when the "second" became a common unit, and then going looking for other time keeping systems, discovering that both Sumeria and China had different time keeping divisions but ours is based on the Egyptian one, that the "second" is based on a "second of arc" because of sundials, and it wasn't measurable until the 1500s.

Which was a lovely excursion. The one thing I didn't find was when the second became a common term in discussion. When did people start saying "With you in a second"?
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