Monday Miscellany

  • More than I ever knew about Tycho Brahe. The possible death by mercury poisoning, the duel, the fake nose made of gold and silver, the clairvoyant dwarf jester under his table, and the pet elk.
  • Wikileaks is more a movement than a single site, as its model will outlive the shutdown of the site or event the death of its founder. From Foreign Policy: for better or worse, over 200 mirror sites have already been set up, and thousands of individuals have downloaded a heavily-encrypted "insurance" file with the State Department cables. Meanwhile, government workers were ordered not to read the cables...
  • The singularity is past.
  • Elizabeth Pisani on the myth of hypothesis-driven science.