Berfrois

January 2021

Bubbledom

Bubbledom

They cover the first bubble in 1720, the Latin American mining stocks bubble in the 1820s, the UK railway stocks bubble of the 1840s, the Australian land bubble of 1886-93...

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Weathering the Pandemic

Weathering the Pandemic

Time will tell exactly how serious the pandemic’s disruption of weather-data gathering and forecasting will be...

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The Chewa in Malawian Prehistory

The Chewa in Malawian Prehistory

Among Juwayeyi’s most important contributions is the argument that the Maravi state predated the expansion of Indian Ocean trade into the region...

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Madras Meridian

Madras Meridian

The era’s greatest promoter of astronomy was Jai Singh II, the 18th-century raja of Jaipur...

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Over One Billion Edits

Over One Billion Edits

I had been watching the growth of open source software and I had this concept of a free encyclopedia...

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Tough on Populism

Tough on Populism

The likely economic consequences of the pandemic—unemployment, insecurity, soaring public debt and perhaps inflation—will probably feed a second wave of populism...

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When you’re listening to jazz, you lose your sense of time…

When you’re listening to jazz, you lose your sense of time…

We're in a dance with the tools we make and the technologies we create...

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Investigating the Genetic Origins of the Platypus’s Weirdness

Investigating the Genetic Origins of the Platypus’s Weirdness

It was reported that platypus fur glows blue-green under UV light...

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Indigenous groups are often the best protectors of their lands…

Indigenous groups are often the best protectors of their lands…

With more than 60 percent tree cover, Panama is one of the most forested countries in Central America...

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Our Whispering Hour by Jessica Sequeira

Our Whispering Hour by Jessica Sequeira

We will only take as many fish as can fit into this basket. We must only use what the tree gives us...

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What was Dilophosaurus really like?

What was Dilophosaurus really like?

The animal that departed most from the fossil evidence was Dilophosaurus. In the movie, it takes the form of a golden retriever–sized creature with a rattling frill and venomous spit...

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What might José Ortega y Gasset say to us now?

What might José Ortega y Gasset say to us now?

Far from fitting the stereotypical image of a philosopher, sat in an ivory tower, Ortega y Gasset was engaged with his society and its troubles...

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Jumbled Sea Ice

Jumbled Sea Ice

In 1913, a group of seven Americans headed north from New York City. Their mission was to find and explore Crocker Land, an unexplored island or perhaps small continent...

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Optimistic New Year!

Optimistic New Year!

In the coming year, we can lay the foundations for a new era of sustainable development, peace, and cooperation...

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Joseph Spece
Joseph Spece: When Gamers Attack

Like many ugly controversies, the beginnings of #gamergate are linked to the end of love — well, the end of a relationship, at least....

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Jeremy Fernando: Not

A response — Bartleby’s response — foregrounding the fact that it is the “I” that “prefers not to”: not that ‘I cannot’ nor ‘I...

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Owen Vince on HARK

As a poet, you are your grandmother; you are browsing the obituaries with a red pen and an address book in your hand. The...

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Jay Aquinas Thompson Interviews Eric Weisbard

Eric Weisbard wrote twenty years ago, introducing the voluminous, era-summarizing, contrarian and contradictory Spin Alternative Record Guide.

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Collective Destruction by Keith Doubt

What, then, is sociocide? Sociocide resonates with the term demodernization formulated by A. V. Tishkov to account for the consequences of the war in...

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Heather Lang on Fiona Sampson and Sarah Morgan

Poet Fiona Sampson is a former career violinist, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, overt references to music appear in her work.

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Setsuko Adachi: Azalea Exuberance Strikes

In May, in the garden of the elevated house at the bottom of the hill, four shrubs of stunning azaleas come into full blossom....

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Joe Linker
Joe Linker on Li Po

Florence showed me what she called the most famous of Chinese poems. She had made her own translation from a Chinese language newspaper clipping....

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Teresa K. Miller and Gregory Giles Discuss Luc Moullet

To begin at the end: After nearly two hours exploring facets of exploitation in the globalized food system, Luc Moullet closes Genèse d’un repas/Origins...

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Adam Staley Groves: Iowa Nasty

Now it seems the state’s radical conservatives are degrading the historic, populist-provincial mentality of Iowa; they are revising the state’s legacy within the broader...

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Animal Spirits at the Nueva Burdalesa Bakery by Jessica Sequeira

A few years ago all I had was a certain ambition and an understanding, more or less, of how things work in this world....

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Sebastian Normandin
Meaning and Pseudoscience by Sebastian Normandin

The persistence and proliferation of pseudoscientific thinking in contemporary culture demands explanation. Clearly there are some pragmatic reasons for its expanded existence, and people...

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Janice Lee For the Ghost

The memories are like stutters. Sometimes I inhale for air, and exhale a shaking chain of memories. A choking hazard. I for the ghost....

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Edi Rama’s Bunker Mentality by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

As many former Eastern Block countries in the EU display a hardly dissimulated form of racism and religious hatred, Albania, always a little behind...

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