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Why Does Research Clump?

Robin Hanson, the economist and futurist with a great deadpan, has been thinking about why academic research tends to clump around particular problems. Like many American thinkers today, he appeals to a theory of mind where most of what people do is really about status and social position and nobody is sincere. 1,155 more words

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The Forces of Madness Over-Reach

The forces of madness have been on an around-the-world tour, but when they got back and slept off the tasty kebabs, weak bear, and very sweet sweets they discovered that their agent in the Alps had over-reached himself. 287 more words

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Be Creative: Faux Marble DIY

For this week’s DIY, we’re teaching you how to automatically upgrade your home or work space. Take a look at how we’ve been adding class and elegance to many of our platforms and vases- and how you can, too!  348 more words

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Armour of the Month: Tatami-dō

It seems like I have been making a lot of long, wordy, academic posts in the past few months. This week, I would like to focus on pictures of one of the artifacts I have seen in my travels, a Japanese armour imported into Europe at the end of the 19th century. 723 more words

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Real Wedding: Modern Elegance at Monarch Beach

If you haven’t noticed, ceiling installations are in, in, in! Take a look at one of our favorites from this year in all of its crisp, modern elegance!  179 more words

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The Information Density of Cuneiform Tablets

When I was visiting the tablet collection in Jena (as one does) my mind naturally turned to fact-checking GURPS books. Back in 2007, some of the thoughtful writers at Steve Jackson Games put together an article… 747 more words

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