Why Everyone on TV Has the Same Hair

This is the kind of hair that does not occur in nature. Nat­ur­al waves are nev­er this three-dimen­sion­al, and nat­ur­al curls con­tain way few­er strands per spi­ral. This hair, this every­where TV hair, is entire­ly arti­fi­cial, heat tool-engi­neered for your view­ing plea­sure.

Letterlocking: How did you fold a letter in the early modern period and what did it mean?

In the ear­ly mod­ern peri­od, envelopes in the mod­ern sense did not exist. Instead, let­ters would be fold­ed to form their own cov­ers. This skill was taught as a mat­ter of course as a part of oth­er let­ter-writ­ing skills, such as learn­ing the right open­ing and clos­ing for­mu­las, and how to write super­scrip­tions (address­es). Jana Dambro­gio has coined the term let­ter­lock­ing for the prac­tices of fold­ing, secur­ing and seal­ing let­ters. At this stage, we still know next to noth­ing about the vast field that is let­ter­lock­ing.

Let’s Talk about Sci-Hub

I’m strong­ly in favor of increased free access to infor­ma­tion and pret­ty cranky at how inex­plic­a­bly expen­sive most infor­ma­tion is. Plen­ty of peo­ple writ­ing about Sci-Hub are cranky about that and oth­er things, but there are some points that every­one seems to be gloss­ing over, miss­ing, or not men­tion­ing at all that I real­ly want to get out and into the con­ver­sa­tion. Let’s dis­cuss the play­ers and the things being said about them.