Some Links

Some links I’ve posted on Twitter, saved on Pinboard or added to Instapaper today:

  • Very Superstitious - Lapham’s Quarterly

    For all its erudition and analysis, The Golden Bough has for more than a century helped cement the idea that magic is inappropriate, wrongheaded thought. Yet what separates magic from religion or science is not its methodology—Frazer himself notes that it “is therefore a truism, almost a tautology, to say that all magic is necessarily false and barren; for were it ever to become true and fruitful, it would no longer be magic but science”—it’s that ordinary people can do it, transforming their lives with the ambitious power of everyday thought.


  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Riding a Mountain Lion

    Tips on getting Homebrew up and running after installing OS X Mountain Lion.

  • 300bps N, 8, 1 - Noise made me do it - sound,music and things that tickle your ears

    Peace and Love, Inc. was the third album by Information Society… The album had something really interesting buried in it. The band managed to do something that nobody else had ever done – they hid a text file in the vinyl of the record.

  • TalkingArch

    An Arch Linux installation CD for blind users.

  • notes on “a little death”

    In an effort to reboot my reading habits and focus on longer blog and journal posts I asked friends to fork my OPML from Google Reader and then post their own.

  • The Aleppo Codex Mystery -

    One day this spring, on the condition that I not reveal any details of its location nor the stringent security measures in place to protect its contents, I entered a hidden vault at the Israel Museum and gazed upon the Aleppo Codex — the oldest, most complete, most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible. The story of how it arrived here, in Jerusalem, is a tale of ancient fears and modern prejudices, one that touches on one of the rawest nerves in Israeli society: the clash of cultures between Jews from Arab countries and the European Jews, or Ashkenazim, who controlled the country during its formative years.

  • Don’t Go Far

    The adventure of two Dublin children in August 1985 who chanced a free ride on the DART and ended up in New York…

  • Low Tech Magazine: The Chinese Wheelbarrow

    Glorious machines: