Jonathon Rowe muses on the Romantic naivety of Milton Friedman. Amidst a plethora of discussion of the intellectual legacy of Milton Friedman, Rowe throws a light upon what is perceived as realistic and hardheaded amongst economists by taking a look at his encounters with the person of Milton Friedman.
Jure Robes literally takes cycling to insane lengths. Welcome to the world of ultra-endurance cycling, where riders cram up to 10,000 calories per day into their bodies, ride further than the Tour de France in a week and finish events being unable to turn a key without using two hands. more inside
Measuring less than 8mm, the world's smallest fish calls Sumatran swamps home. Scientists have discovered the world's smallest vertebrate, Paedocypris progenetica in acidic swamps (with a pH around 3) on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. more inside
An Alabama State Represenatative doesn't see that banning of homosexual authors and books with homosexual characters as censorship. Republican member Gerald Allen is unselfishly "protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children." How nice. more inside
Useful, green urban technology or over-hyped greenwash? This Kitchen-based composter offers a clean, efficient method of composting your kitchen waste. Those of us who already compost using traditional methods, including those who do so inside, may be slightly sceptical of the green benefits of this new device.
You've never heard of Tchoukball? Wll, neither had I until I visited this site. As a rather active monkey interested in the philosophy and ethics of sport, Tchoukball provides an interesting example of how different starting points can influence the direction of a sport's rules and culture.
Eerie and informative colour photos of WWI I have come across only a few colour images of WWI (sic). These images used the autochrome method. Developed by the Lumiere brothers, autochroming was the only industrial colour photography method available until 1935, when it was largely replaced by the system developed by Kodak. These pictures can completely change one's perception of the War. They are far different to the monochrome images of the trenches and the wounded that I am most familiar with.
The Free Library of Philadelphia is an increasinly librarian-free Library service. Due to funding cuts, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be operating 20 out of its 49 branches without librarians. Library assistants will provide lesser reference services at these branches. more inside
Just what is around the corner? I know that quite a few Monkeys are science fiction readers. So, here is a brief discussion involving Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross about writing science fiction when you the world around the corner is perhaps even less knowable than before.
Employees at the Providence Public Library are fuming. Staff at this public library in the US have set up a website to state their side of the case and gather support from the public as they face unemployment or significant changes in working conditions. As a library worker myself, I can only sympathise with them.
Ken James died after falling from a bike in Swanston Street, Melbourne, on February 27. Police believe the 64-year-old was stealing the bike when he fell and hit his head. Unfortunately, as we live in another state, none of these bikes were my brother's (he has had three stolen in one year). Most bike thieves I have come across (to a cyclist they usually stand out like a sore thumb) have been kids, or addicts looking to finance their habit. more inside