For a long time, the word "condom" was unprintable. Neither the original OED nor The Century Dictionary featured the word. Several venues for discovering the origin of "condom" have been tried. It surfaced in texts at the beginning of the eighteenth century, but we cannot be sure that the word was coined in England.
Tags: language, history, humor
Once again, the problem isn't relative risk, but how we were lied to, and hunted down for trying to speak the truth.
Tags: pandemic, science, free speech
Craftspeople be like, "This is a simple 12-step mechanical repair job, only takes about three hours and common tools you can find in any specialty shop. Anyone can do it."
Tags: tech, updates
Campaigners criticise police action at events to mark King Charles III's ascension to the throne.
Tags: uk, free speech
Craig Newmark's explanation of the site’s evolution (or lack thereof) is surprisingly simple.
) Note the remark that to an engineer, functional is beautiful
Tags: business, web, design
Les incendies qui ont frappé l’Europe ont provoqué les émissions de carbone les plus élevées depuis 2007, d’après les données du service Copernicus pour la surveillance de l’atmosphère.
Tags: europe, climate, disaster
How not to build a site; or How I intended to build a simple one-page site and accidentally a static site with blogging and a gallery.
Tags: web, design, programming
The medieval world was a much more diverse place than it is often given credit for. Some of the best evidence of this is in the illustrations and imagery from the period.
Tags: middle ages, representation
It might not be obvious from the recent flurry of activity, but I have new plans for this page. For one thing, I've installed Shaarli again (click through to see) for use as a buffer from now on. Makes adding links so much easier. Second, no more trying to balance links between the linklog and static directory pages. Clinklog is made to manage timestamped links, so I'm going to try and migrate all of them this way. To keep things under control, the idea is to be more aggressive about cleaning up. Hope you'll find this more useful going forward, assuming of course it works out at all. Cheers.
Tags: internet, updates
Workers are livid that employers are refusing to pay more against the backdrop of wage-crushing inflation.
Tags: uk, economics, society
At least 937 people have died and 30 million are without shelter as Pakistan struggles to cope with devastating floods.
Tags: climate, disaster
People reappropriating existing software to solve their own unique problems
Tags: culture, computers
In plain English: more security always ends up being less security, as people with bad intentions inevitably abuse complicated, obscure systems.
Tags: games, computers, security
French language coverage of how a relatively obscure superhero was revitalized by a grand master of the comic book medium.
Tags: cool, comics