A Cup of Java

[Do you enjoy your Silverback Digest while sipping your morning coffee, reheated in the microwave after sitting overnight in your unwashed cup? I do, thank you very much. SB SM] When Coffee Is Like Angel Cake With Strawberry Jam An anthropologist delves into the rarefied ritualistic world of specialty coffee, where highly trained brewers and... Continue Reading →

Chasing Nature

Bryan Pfeiffer is, by his own description, a "field biologist, recovering journalist, fledgling geezer, boy explorer. I chase flying things (mostly birds and insects) and worthy ideas about human nature." His online newsletter, Chasing Nature, publishes "dispatches on wildlife, wild places, and the human condition." Here's an example: WTF No. 6: The Eroticism and Mythology... Continue Reading →

Break My Stride

BY EOGHAN LYNG DECEMBER 15, 2022 COMMENTS3 [Put this in the category of "one hit wonders." SB SM] There’s no shortage of romantic numbers bemoaning complicated relationships and breakups. But where’s the song that speaks for the independent and self-content? Take a stroll through supermarkets, cafeterias, and cinemas, and at some point, you’ll likely hear... Continue Reading →

You, too, Can Become a Publisher, Part 1

By Jennifer Jenkins, Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain January 1, 2023 is Public Domain Day: Works from 1927 are open to all! On January 1, 2023, copyrighted works from 1927 will enter the US public domain. 1  They will be free for all to copy, share, and build upon. These include... Continue Reading →

Remembering the 15th Century

Best of the 'Gest ... the other day we took you back to 1958, when cars had fins and breasts had points. When beer was yellow, and bread was white. Today, we take you back to the 15th century, when ... Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only... Continue Reading →

52 Things Tom Whitwell Learned in 2022

[This is from the Magnetic Notes feature in Medium.com. Medium is (from their website): The best ideas can change who we are. Medium is where those ideas take shape, take off, and spark powerful conversations. We’re an open platform where over 100 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered... Continue Reading →

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