What time is it?


According to Google software engineer Stefano Maggiolo, the actual time based on the position of the Sun is usually nowhere near the actual time based on the edict of a government. Which makes sense. For example, China’s about 3,000 miles wide, but only has one time zone. Sun can’t be over the entire country in the same place at the same time, can it?

(Click to enlarge, and this map is HUGE!!!)

To shill a mockingbird


Would you like to understand how the “new” Harper Lee novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” came to be billed as a long-lost, blockbuster sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” — one of the definitive books of the American 20th century — when, by all the known facts, it’s an uneven first draft of the famous novel that was never considered for publication?

Would you like to get a glimpse into how clever marketing and cryptic pronouncements have managed to produce an instant bestseller, months before anyone has read it?

If so, click on this Washington Post story.