The weird history of how America came to accept taxation

On a nippy December day in 1773, American colonists in Boston decided to jump-start the proceedings to what would later become the American Revolution by protesting against the Tea Act of May 10th. Essentially, they were damning the implications of English tax laws on their own business. Since then the American nation has had a … Continue reading The weird history of how America came to accept taxation

Digital cameras killed film, but smartphones buried them both

Film photography is dead, and we’ve killed it. Sort of. There’s no use arguing that analog met its demise in the wake of digital photography, but it wasn’t the digital camera alone that made analog go the way of the dodo. How did photography come about, anyway? Much to the name of the primary optical … Continue reading Digital cameras killed film, but smartphones buried them both

Natural selection in home entertainment: on the best video games of all time

Video games are one of the few definitive successes of the modern world. Roughly half of Americans in 2015 played video games - making for an average of two games in each game-playing US household. What’s more, 4 out of 5 US households had at least one device for playing video games. The average gamer … Continue reading Natural selection in home entertainment: on the best video games of all time

When black dogs were thought to be taboo, even though they weren’t

Adopting a dog can be a way to express our personality. If the dog breed is rare, there’s a high chance its members become status indicators for owners - as would an expensive car, a big house and other things that mark success. But if a dog breed is common or has commonly found traits … Continue reading When black dogs were thought to be taboo, even though they weren’t