The Woman Who Saved Shakespeare and Helped Win Two Wars: Cryptanalyst Elizebeth Friedman (Women In Science 20)

The Woman Who Saved Shakespeare and Helped Win Two Wars: Cryptanalyst Elizebeth Friedman (Women In Science 20)

Before Elizebeth and William Friedman, American cryptanalysis did not exist. The best thing we had, theoretically, were the occasional musings of Edgar Allen Poe, and even those were decidedly dilettantish put next to the organized efforts existing since the Elizabethan era in England. When World War I came to the United States, the armed forces simply did not know how to deal with the creation of... »

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Mad Quickies: Pendulum Waves Made From Bowling Balls, Ancient Egyptian Art, Historical GIFs and much more!

Welcome to your Wednesday Quickies, my dears. I’ve got some really nice stuff lined up for you all, so strap in and get gone! What would your favorite film look like if it was spread out and compiled by the average frame color? The Colors of Motion answers the question you didn’t even know you had, and it’s really neat. -Via Kim You’ve probably seen a pendulum wave before. ... »

Logophile Tuesdays: Portwomanteau

Logophile Tuesdays: Portwomanteau

Anne brought to my attention, this week, the use of an appalling portmanteau: “womenpreneurs.” This is unclear if this is a more grievous offence to women, or language. I would argue that it is a worse crime against the latter. Regarding women, it is simply adding gender to a term that was previously fairly gender-neutral and celebrating the long tradition of reminding ladies that prof... »

Mad Quickies: paper art, female warriors, an imploding drum and more!

Mad Quickies: paper art, female warriors, an imploding drum and more!

Welcome to the [traditional] working week, all. Here. I baked you some nice Quickies. Absolutely no cricket flour. Unless, of course, you order the last of these items. Artist Yulia Brodskaya creates illustrations via quilled paper sculptures. This literary map of London employs data from 250 novels. And it’s a typographical triumph. André the Giant had a cool technique to memorize his lines... »

Lab Track: Scientist

Lab Track: Scientist

I’ve been listening to The Dandy Warhols recently, since I’ll be seeing them at the Chicago iteration of Riot Fest in a few weeks. I happily stumbled upon this old gem, which features simple lyrics about a scientific approach to life over a driving groove. Enjoy! Scientist The Dandy Warhols In me the scientist always stuck on Always trying this I try to live on science alone Analysis a... »

Mad Quickies: mad honey, Chola’d celebs, Tokyo nightlights and more!

Mad Quickies: mad honey, Chola’d celebs, Tokyo nightlights and more!

Alright, alright, alright! It’s the Weekend Quickies! “The Heir’s Not Apparent” reports on the strange events that are adding up to a legal battle over Vivian Maier’s photography. This could render Maier’s body of work, primarily street photography, un-seeable for years. Read more about her work here and view the Finding Vivian Maier documentary trailer here. {t... »

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