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Primitive Technology: Pottery and Stove

Digging clay out of a streambed, making some coiled pots and firing them in a campfire. Then, making a cooking pot and a dugout stove for heating water and cooking. Brilliant.

There are many more of these great videos at the Primitive Technology site and for those who prefer, he has a Primitive Technology YouTube Channel.

[via The Kid Should See This]

Hillary Diane Andales explains relativity and frames of reference

This is brilliant.

How do you explain something complex in three minutes? Let twelfth-grader Hillary Diane Andales from Tacloban City, Philippines show you in this prize-winning video on the theory of relativity and the equivalence of reference frames.

Incredible!

Here’s an interview with her: Meet The Winner Of The 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

A lot of work goes into making something simple.

[via Core77]

Dance in the Real World

The New York Times has a dance documentary channel on youTube: Dance In The Real World which is brilliant.

Here are two of the five up there now:

Dance in Trinidad: Moko Jumbie on 9-Foot Stilts

Dance in New York City: The New Vogueing Scene

Note: I have and love the movie mentioned in this one: Paris is Burning about the vogueing and ball scene in New York City.

[via The Kid Should See This]

Andy Weir on The Martian, Artemis and more

Andy Weir on ‘The Martian,’ ‘Artemis’ and when we’ll live on the moon

This is a terrific interview by Edmund Lee with Andy Weir who wrote The Martian which was turned into a film and has now completed a new novel, Artemis.

Weir is a science fiction writer but he’s very much into the real science: he writes about a possible future but the current laws of physics apply, and for me, not a great fan of sci fi, this is a big piece of the appeal. His stories feel possible, even probable.

If you missed my post on Weir’s talk to a group of scientists at Lawrence Livermore Labs, I highly recommend watching it first as it goes into more detail about his writing process and the history of The Martian project.

Andy Weir talks to Lawrence Livermore Labs

The Atlas Robot

This video has been making the rounds. If you missed it, it’s a mind blow.

Boston Dynamics has been releasing amazing videos of their various robots doing more and more things. This particular demo is the most amazing yet. Watch the arms when the robot jump-turns, they look so human-like it’s a bit scary.

Here’s the Boston Dynamics TED talk with a different robot, also impressive:

Affiliate marketing gone wild

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

This is an incredible piece by David Zax on affiliate marketing in the online mattress sales world.

For me, the bottom line is, any site that makes money from affiliate links loses objective credibility in reviewing the products its making money linking to.

If I review mattresses and also make money linking you to various mattress companies, I can easily be influenced by one mattress company offering a bigger payout for each sale I send their way.

And, this is not small money: a number of these mattress review sites are making over a $1 million a year in affiliate payouts.

This is an incredible story, read until the end, it will blow your mind.

Tip: if you are doing research online on a product you want to buy and follow a link from a review site to, say, Amazon or the company selling the product, look closely at the URL in your browser and you can see the affiliate link clearly. If you want to support the reviewer (the linker), buy with that link, if not, change the link.

Note: This site does not take part in affiliate marketing. The link below to Jason Kottke’s site does not generate income for me or him, it is simply an acknowledgement that I read about the Fast Company article at his site and followed a link from his site to the actual article. I try to acknowledge sources as I can.

[via Kottke.org]

America’s Shameful History of Housing Discrimination

America’s Shameful History of Housing Discrimination

This is a brilliant comic by Jamie Hibdon and Sarah Mirk.

For what it’s worth, the very first place I lived with my parents was a Levitown development in Hicksville, New York. I have pictures of the little white cape, white picket fence and all the houses looking pretty much the same. My father was a returning GI who no doubt qualified for a loan to buy there. Given my parents’ politics I doubt the reason they bought there was racially motivated but my father was a real estate broker so no doubt he was well aware of the policies noted in this piece. We lived there for four years, then moved to an apartment closer to where my father was working.

The Fresh Air interview with Richard Rothstein noted in the comic is here:

A ‘Forgotten History’ of How The U.S. Government Segregated America