Friday, December 03, 2010

Good Reads and Information

Statistics tells us that 200 countries have improved in both health and wealth over 200 years. What is amazing is how this data can be made so interesting with the right graphics and storyteller.

If you enjoyed Deconstructing Gimme Shelter, you'll love this look at the separate Beatles tracks in Deconstructing Helter Skelter.

Original transcripts from NASA missions are online at Spacelog. So far you can follow Apollo 13 and Mercury 6 (John Glenn’s first orbital flight in 1962), and more are in the works.

Four-year-old conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan share parts of their brains. One can perceive what the other one sees and feels, and they are believed to read each other’s thoughts.

Capt. Robert Falcon Scott led a team to the South Pole in 1912, but didn’t make it back. He wrote a letter to his widow on the return trip, knowing it would be their last communication.

7 Silly Civic Wagers on Sports. Sometimes you pay dearly for the inevitable publicity.

Boner in a Bottle. How the pharmaceutical companies made ED medicine an integral part of middle-class life. (via Breakfast Links)

Many people say they'd love to write, if they only had the time. John Scalzi says if you can't find the time, then you don't love it.

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