Links for January 2021

The 27th Amendment, which regulates congressional pay, was originally proposed September 25, 1789 but not ratified until May 7, 1992.

Computers are great, sure, but can you give them a sense of humor? Apparently so. “A statistical machine learning algorithm to detect whether a sentence contained a ‘That’s what she saiddouble entendre was developed by Kiddon and Brun (2011). There is an open-source Python implementation of Kiddon & Brun’s TWSS system.”

Possibly the best cognitive science of the year: researchers 3D print egg-like objects to find out what counts as an egg in the mind of a robin:

What is it about tariffs on goldfish? Goldfish were one of the goods rocked by the Trump administration’s trade war in 2019. In the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930, the tariffs on goldfish were a whopping 35%. Lock in your goldfish trades now before President Biden does something reckless. Or maybe $GFSH will be the next asset targeted by r/wallstreetbets. You could try shorting them but I dunno, they’re pretty short already. 

Wide boy is a British term for a man who lives by his wits, wheeling and dealing. According to the Oxford English Dictionary it is synonymous with spiv.” Oh good, that really clears things up. 

In entertainment, we learned that if you ordered the official Spın̈al Tap calendar for 1992, you got a…

New decade just dropped. Eli Dourado is optimistic in detail. Feeling good about energy, electric cars, and filtering your blood to keep you from aging. Definitely cheaper than bathing in the blood of virgins. Don’t try this last one at home… yet 😉

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