Popular topics in Google Arts and Culture

The selections for “Popular topics” in Google Arts and Culture is quite curious Paul Gauguin — 372 items Oil paint — 5,870 items Shark Bay — 8 items Wassily Kandinsky — 39 items Renaissance — 12,200 items Post-Impressionism — 2,620 items Baroque — 34,700 items John Singer Sargent — 112 items Impressionism — 3,100 items …

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Fun with toilet paper from the past

Google Photos is a lot of fun. Upload all your photos, and Google will use artificial intelligence to identify what’s in your photos. Since everyone has been talking about toilet paper for the past week, I searched for the in-demand product in my Google Photos. Here’s what the past has brought up. 2011: One sheet …

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Einstein on time being a stubbornly persistent illusion

What is time? Shortly before his death, Albert Einstein wrote: “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” What is the context of this quote? I accidentally came across a discussion about this quote in a podcast that appeared at the top of my Soundcloud stream: Carlo Rovelli — …

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wearing rubber gloves using my own sharpie while voting

Voting with rubber gloves

What better thing to do when a pandemic virus is spreading than to go to a public place to vote? Despite COVID-19, I voted today! Everyone politely stood six feet apart in the line. With rubber gloves on my hands, I avoided touching anything inside my polling place. While waiting in line, I thought about …

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There is a 64% chance that someone I know will die of the coronavirus COVID-19.

There’s a lot of talk about whether the media is overhyping coronavirus (COVID-19). I was wondering how many people I know will be infected and possibly die from COVID-19, so I did the math. People who will die from COVID-19 Between 2% to 3.4% of people who contract COVID-19 dies. Let’s be conservative and take …

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The tweet with the ID number 1234567890987654321

Ever notice the ID number in a tweet’s URL? Take a look at the URL structure for a tweet. Here’s a tweet I made today: https://twitter.com/spudart/status/1237129038994575360 Every tweet is assigned a unique ID number. Over time, this ID number increases sequentially. The first four digits of this example tweet today is 1237! Just a bit …

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Garbage that looks like origami

Origami scattered about on the bathroom floor at work. Overflowing from the wastebasket little unintentional creations lie strewn about. Crumbled paper towels lying on the floor look just like origami creations. What if someone actually folded a bunch of paper towels into origami creatures, and left them on the floor? Who would actually do something …

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