Random Geek Roundup #14

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Charles Darwin. Image: Public Domain
Charles Darwin. Image: Public Domain

Welcome to the fourteenth irregular installment of Random Geek Roundup! This is where I collect a variety of links and sites and products that have come across my virtual desk in recent days. Just because you’ve discovered a specific interesting tidbit doesn’t mean that everyone has. So in the spirit of sharing awesome, here is the next collection of links.

What Books Did Charles Darwin Curl Up With at Night?
Charles Darwin had a decent library, and did extensive reading. How else would one have been educated before the technology of the 20th and 21st centuries? The Cambridge University Library has shared his “To Read” list with the rest of us, which you can see online but was originally located in Darwin’s Notebook C. You can even read the books online for free. Internet FTW.

Coming Up on World War I’s Centennial
The Great War started almost 100 years ago, and Erik Sass at Mental_Floss is helping us follow along. Here is one great post about how German newspapers were contributing to the growing sentiments at the time.

Literary Women Often Had Great Husbands
Being the husband behind a great wife isn’t new to modern times. It actually used to happen on a regular basis. Literary women often had dedicated supporters in their partners, which this Salon article demonstrates.

There Is More to Curling Ice Than You’d Expect
There is a real science to preparing curling ice for the sport. The Smithsonian covers the process from start to finish, giving us a glimpse behind the scenes of what goes into the sport.

The Right Music Can Help Your Workout
This seems like a no-brainer, but listening to music with the right cadence will help you stay motivated and on task while you workout. Recently, however, new websites and apps to help you figure out how to go about this have cropped up, and there are guides for how many beats per minute are good for which exercises. The Washington Post breaks it down for us.

Beautiful Mathematical Equations Can Give You an Emotional Response
What one person finds beautiful will cause them to have an emotional response, while not causing the response in someone who doesn’t find it beautiful. That’s a long way of saying that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, as neurobiology shows us. Science!

That’s it for this installment of Random Geek Roundup. You can also go back and look at the links from previous Random Geek Roundups for more interesting news and websites!

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