Tuesday News: Online Super Cookies, 2014 Bestsellers, Black Madonnas, and Tom Stoppard on love
The great irony is that the bug is caused by a feature designed to increase your privacy.
Some Web browsers remember if you used the prefix https:// in the address bar to secure your communication on a given website. It saves a super cookie that ensures the next time you connect, your browser defaults to the more secure https channel. It remembers that even if you launch private mode.
But that super cookie lets third-party Web programs — like advertisements or social media buttons — remember you too. –CNN Money
Adding up all the shares of the 2014 group of seven underscores their bestselling power: they controlled 87.3% of the hardcover bestseller territory and 91% of the paperback lists. Lest writers begin to despair, keep in mind that we are only talking about bestsellers here—books that make up less than 1% of the total number of titles published annually. –Publishers Weekly
One of the most baffling failures of logic in all of academia is the flagrant attachment to the unsupported claim that the Black Virgins of Europe, of which there are well over 300, are notblack because they are Black. For some reason, their inability to explain her dark complexion is combined with the adamant position that it must be explained. That, however, has not stopped most scholars on the subject of the Black Madonnas asserting that whatever the reason for her skin color, it could not possibly be because the artists intended to paint her skin that color, and if they did, it must be some other reason than because that was how she looked. –People of Color in European Art History
It’s to do with knowing and being known. I remember how it stopped seeming odd that in biblical Greek, knowing was used for making love. Whosit knew so-and-so. Carnal knowledge. It’s what lovers trust each other with. Knowledge of each other, not of the flesh but through the flesh, knowledge of self, the real him, the real her, in extremis, the mask slipped from the face. Every other version of oneself is on offer to the public. –Brain Pickings