You should read this for 5/5/2018:
Art and Film
Books, Writing, and Language
Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives “A new project untangles the handwritten texts in one of the world’s largest historical collections.” This is the kind of thing that the Internet makes possible. This particular piece about the OCR methodology being used to decipher Medieval and Renaissance hands also has one of the best explanations of how OCR actually works that I’ve ever seen.
British schools are replacing analog clocks with digital ones to help clueless students I’m not really a fan of the headline here; not being able to read an analog clock doesn’t make the students “clueless.” It does suggest that teachers need to start teaching little kids to tell time on an analog clock. I had a terrible time in third grade learning to tell time; it made not sense to a visually impaired dyslexic kit with less than solid spatial relation abilities. The teachers tried to teach us to tell time based on the position of the hands geometrically, that is, half past, or quarter to, and the like. My mom was the one who actually taught me to tell time. She taught me to count by fives, and then, to count by fives in terms of the minute or “long hand.” That worked, and eventually, the method of telling time based on the relative position of the hands (rather than counting) just sort of happened. I do think it’s a worthwhile skill, because it’s a very rapid way of gauging time, and because it also teaches the concepts of half and quarter and three quarters, which apply to not only counting time, but geometry in general, and analog clocks have spawned metaphors that are deeply embedded in English.
Food and Drink
Via Simply Recipes: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp It’s rhubarb season, and this is a simple and great way to enjoy rhubarb and fresh strawberries.
History and Archaeology
40,000-Year-Old Stone Tools Unearthed in Australia Almost 100 flaked stone tools estimated to be up to 40,000 years old were uncovered in southeastern Australia during sewer work. The finds will be analyzed by the traditional land owners, documented and re-buried.
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
Science and Nature
Horses Remember Facial Expressions of People They Have Seen Before “A study by the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth reveals that horses can read and then remember people’s emotional expressions, enabling them to use this information to identify people who could pose a potential threat.”
A Growing Problem for the Military Transgender Ban: Facts “In separate statements over the past month, the chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force; the commandant of the Marine Corps; and the incoming commandant of the Coast Guard, testified to Congress that transgender service members do not impair the cohesion of military units or discipline.”