7QT: Moss Troll Ichor and Human Hearts

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--- 1 --- This week, I had a lot of fun reading an observational study of the rituals we've built up around our interactions with technology--what they tell us about how we understand our relationship with our devices and what they portend for designs to come.  I particularly enjoyed seeing one I frequently employ: The Security Pass Hip Bump, which I first noticed a former client doing repeatedly in the library building she worked in, is particularly enjoyable. It occurs when someone carries th … [Read more...]

7QT: Stoicism Man, Semi-Imaginary Money, and Second Moons

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--- 1 --- Did you know that Earth has a second moon?   Because I sure as heck did not (I'm in the lucky 10,000!).  Apparently, the astronomical body 3753 Cruithne is also in orbit around the Earth, but its orbit is bizarrely convoluted -- to the point where it takes 800 years for it to make a full, wobbly circuit.  io9 has all the details. --- 2 --- And if you're trying to learn other, unknown-to-you, sometimes terrifyingly interlooped ideas, Existential Comics has a "How to Study Philosophy" … [Read more...]

7QT: New Riffs on Prayer, Booze, and Logic


 Last call to sign up for my book updates email list if you want to be eligible to win an early review of Arriving at Amen, my book on prayer.  I'll be sending this month's email (where you can enter my lottery) this afternoon. --- 1 --- While reading an article about why cocktails have wound up being so expensive at tony bars, I ran into what was meant to be one of the sillier examples -- an Old Fashioned served inside ice, and I found the cleverness and delight of its inventors so lo … [Read more...]

7QT: Translation, Codebreaking, and other language games


  If you're sorry to have missed my talk in San Francisco on "Cultivating Openness to Truth" this week, tune into my radio show tomorrow at 5pm ET -- I'll be covering the highlights.  And, for those of you who can't catch the livestream, my program is beta-testing Real Life Radio's downloadable podcasts, specifically because several of you wrote in to ask for that feature. --- 1 --- In three weeks, I'm really looking forward to attending Mary Stuart at the Folger and I' … [Read more...]

7QT: Faces back from the dead, Anxieties outside your head

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 Don't forget, if you're in the Bay Area, that I'll be speaking at St. Dominic's this Monday night -- tell your friends!  And for those of you not near San Francisco, you can catch me on the radio at 5pm on Saturday or 1pm on Sunday.  --- 1 --- I was really pleased to find, in the NYT artists imitating life (my life specifically).  The paper interviewed Emma Stone and Eddie Redmayne in tandem, and, when asked how she persuaded her parents to let her try to be an actress, St … [Read more...]

7QT: Terrifying Fish, Lightning-Quick Archers (and some cussin’)


Two housekeeping notes: you can still vote for me in the "Smartest Blog" category in the Sheenazing Awards, and my weekly radio show will be streaming tomorrow at 5pm and again on Sunday at 1pm, --- 1 --- Folks, this archery video (found via Deadspin) has made my day.  Based on nerdy examination of historical art of archers, Lars Anderson overhauled his shooting technique and, well, let me let Deadspin summarize, since I prefer only to swear in direct quotations: What if I told you that the … [Read more...]

7QT: Math Puns, Set Tricks, and Artificial Worlds

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Just a reminder, my new radio show ("Fights in Good Faith") began last week (and the first episode is now up for streaming).  Tune in live this week at 5p Saturday or 1p on Sunday.  I'll be talking about my visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. --- 1 --- It's hard to get more Leah-baity than a competition for math puns, so that link naturally gets first billing this week.  Here's my favorite: Heard this joke about the Banach-Tarski paradox. I was beside my … [Read more...]