Wikipedia articles of interest

Mostly just links and mostly just to at least post something (I know it’s been a while). I’ll try to post something a little more substantive later this week.

i. Thomas Blood. A “noted bravo and desperado” who tried to steal the Crown Jewels of England. Unsuccesfully. He didn’t get the death penalty for that, which is perhaps even more remarkable. During his life he also tried to kidnap and later on -murder one of his enemies, the Duke of Ormonde.

ii. Timeline of the far future.

iii. Polish–Soviet War.

iv. Iguanodon (featured).

v. Linear momentum. (the first stuff isn’t too hard and it’s quite instructive. But if all you have is HS math you should probably skip some of it, for example the section with the ‘more general derivation using tensors’ where Gauss’s divergence theorem is applied…)

vi. Shoaling and schooling. “In biology, any group of fish that stay together for social reasons are said to be shoaling […] and if, in addition, the group is swimming in the same direction in a coordinated manner, they are said to be schooling.” (it’s not a ‘good article’ according to the wikipedia community, but I thought it was. Lots of good stuff, good links at the bottom.)

vii. Indonesia.

Incidentally, this is post number 1500 ever published on this blog.


May 9, 2012 - Posted by | Astronomy, Geography, History, Mathematics, Paleontology, Physics, Wikipedia, Zoology


  1. This one is more interesting.

    Comment by Emil | May 13, 2012 | Reply

    • No, I don’t think it is.

      And just so that you know, in my mind I probably often subconsciously mentally replace the words ‘singularitarian’ and ‘singularitarianism’ with ‘crackpot’ and ‘crackpot idea’. And also just so that you know, I don’t want to discuss those kinds of things here on this blog.

      Comment by US | May 15, 2012 | Reply

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