If you're not keen on this White House, here's a pleasant summary of the week's bad tidings for Trump & Co.

According to Popular Mechanics, the "Coastline Paradox" has been vexing researchers and cartographers since its discovery by mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson in 1951.

The explanation for the paradox is surprisingly simple: unlike human-drawn geometrical shapes, a coastline is full of nooks and crannies made by nature. The more one zooms in on the coastline, the more these inconsistencies multiply. This means that the length of a coastline is completely dependent on what size of measurement unit you use to study it. For example, the coastline of the UK is only 2,800 kilometers long when measured in lengths of 100 kilometers. Shrink that to 50 kilometer measurements and suddenly the coastline is 3,400 kilometers. 

Coastlines are like fractals—he further you zoom in, the more complex it gets (famed fractal researcher Benoit Mandelbrot expanded Richardson's work on the paradox). If you were to try to measure a coastline on an atomic level, the length would approach infinity.

Recent shifts in White House personnel suggest the Nationalists are beating the Globalists handily.
A series of world maps uses the literal translations of countries' names.
An essay on the differences between how Kenyans think of "tribe" and what history and social science have to say.

Do ships sail on railroads?
Do stones float in the air?
May meat be cut with a knife?

Lovely poetry emerges from a literacy test given to recruits during WWI.

↩︎ Futility Closet

Sex isn’t a sandwich, and it isn’t really like anything else either. There is nothing else so riven with politics and yet so inviolably personal.

Some interesting thoughts about contemporary desire, Grindr swaps, and how men explain Lolita to women.

↩︎ The London Review of Books
If you follow men's college basketball, the sudden fall of the Pac-12 probably busted your brackets.
The mystery behind the blockade of Qatar begins with a falconing party and ends with a jaw-dropping plot by Iran.
Portraits of American debt: This insurance agent in Philadelphia owes $120,000 in student loans.
Using a loophole in censorship laws, journalists pair with musicians to set stories to music, uploaded to Spotify.

One of the incidents involved the doorbell of the Indian deputy High Commissioner JP Singh being rung at 3 am. Since the Indian side felt that this was done by Pakistan’s security agencies, the Pakistan deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah’s doorbell was also rung at 3 am in the next few days.

India and Pakistan are literally doorbell-ditching one another’s diplomats.

↩︎ Indian Express
Bot networks retweet Sally Albright and Eric Garland against progressives in an internecine tussle of liberals.
Of course tech companies want kids to learn to code. That'll drive up the supply of coders and send wages down.
"GTA photographers" are gamers who make art from inside the setpieces of Grand Theft Auto.
Applying game-theory and "zugzwang" to the Trump-North Korea talks. Few moves leave America better off.
The People’s Congress appears to worship a single person (Chairman Xi) as a god. China's been here before.
Why liquor and beer makers love self-driving cars: less drunk driving, more sales, more alcoholism.
After a year in space, Scott Kelly's genetic code changed significantly; 7% looks to remain permanently altered.