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My name's Ben Yates; I'm a technical writer, student, and keyboardist from Ann Arbor.
So. I've been here since late 2003; I started the wikipedia articles Metrosexual and Hell, Michigan (and the wikibooks summary of Understanding Comics). Most of my stuff is elsewhere, though.
How to appreciate jazz without really trying.
File sharing is theft (read all the way through before you send me angry emails).
How to build a computer out of black holes.
Why is the sky blue?.
Does the Universe have granularity?.
You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).
Now I ask you, is that any way for a cosmic body to Disintegrate?.
Schrodinger killed his cat.
On the Division of Labor.
The Sticker Underground .
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Did you know...
- ... that the "P"-badge (pictured) for Polish forced laborers was the first official, public badge introduced by Nazi Germany, preceding the "Jewish yellow star" by over a year?
- ... that Lixia Zhang coined the term "middlebox"?
- ... that Canadian artist Jillian Tamaki, of This One Summer fame, wrote the Adventure Time episodes "Astral Plane" and "The Diary"?
- ... that Bach's cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21, probably served for both a memorial service and for job applications, and certainly for the Third Sunday after Trinity in 1714 and 1723?
- ... that the golfer Bertie Snowball was a professional in all four Home Nations before being killed in action during World War I, aged just 28?
- ... that most of the flow that Wilson Creek contributes to the Lackawanna River comes from one acid mine drainage discharge?
- ... that the #NiUnaMenos demonstration against femicide in Argentina was attended by nearly 200,000 people?
- ... that in 1681, a white woman married an African slave in colonial Maryland, even though she knew that doing so would condemn her to a life of slavery?