Readers of this “series” know that I only keep my New York Times subscription for the archives access, so here is the historical interest piece: there was actually a moment, in 1979, when the then-chairman of the Federal Reserve, said quite frankly in an interview:
“The standard of living of the average American has to decline,” he said. “I don’t think you can escape that.”
It’s now possible to create a stable plasma ring without all the magnets
“We were told by some colleagues this wasn’t even possible. But we can create a stable ring and maintain it for as long as we want, no vacuum or magnetic field or anything,” says co-author Francisco Pereira of the Marine Technology Research Institute in Italy, a visiting scholar at Caltech.
The stream of water is an 85-micron-diameter jet blasting from a specially designed nozzle at 9,000 pounds per square inch that strikes the crystal plate with an impact velocity of around 1,000 feet per second. For reference, that’s a stream narrower than a human hair moving about as fast as a bullet fired from a handgun.
“Racket-on-Chez” (for those who care) is moving along nicely
My “long read” pick of the month: Lapham’s Quarterly has an article called The Ghost and the Princess, discussion Descartian origins of the mind-body split-view, the “princess” being Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, with whole Descartes corresponded on this subject (!)
The New Yorker found one of its fiction pieces was interpreted as journalism
When we look to our texts to teach us not how to think, but what to think, we suffer for it — as artists and consumers of art, but also as citizens. We further collapse the distinction between truth and lies, fact and fiction …
Shout out to one of my frequently used productivity tools: DevonThink