“What if the difference between not being addicted and being addicted was the difference between seeing the world as your park and seeing the world as your cage?”
I can’t help but think this applies to so many more issues than just substance addiction — depression, for example. Perhaps understanding other things which fit this pattern as forms of addiction is a good world-understanding lens.
#TIL there’s a crater on Mercury named after Turlough O’Carolan as of yesterday! http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/news_room/details.php?id=283
#TIL about Songlines, an indigenous Australian belief which serves as a communication and navigation tool. Songlines, as well as much other aboriginal culture, seems to be fascinating supporting evidence for the thesis of The Singing Neanderthals — that proto-language was made up of holistic (no grammar), multi-modal communications utilising metaphor and mimickry.
#TIL that “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” was appropriated by Pete Seeger (and then further sanitized by George Weiss) from a song written by Solomon Linda, who died in poverty. His family only received royalties for the song’s widespread Disney use after a lawsuit in 2006 — 44 years later.
There’s an archive of the in-depth three part write-up of the whole thing from Rolling Stone by Rian Malan here.
#TIL IE doesn’t upload csv files with text/* media type. Content-type cannot be trusted, the only way of telling if data is of a particular type is to see if it parses successfully.
#TIL there’s a URL-based API for Google street view. Spent this afternoon making a tool for automating hyperlapses with it developers.google.com/maps/documentation/streetview
#TIL leathal salt dosage is around 80g