- According to StarDate, the navy bounced the first voice transmission off the moon fifty years ago today.
- The CBC has an entertaining and informative brief history of beer.
- Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting article on the legend -- perhaps apocraphyl? -- of William Tell.
- In the July issue of The New York Review of Books there is a review entitled The Lost Art of Eating. It is inspired by Roy Strong's Feast: A Grand History of Eating, which I think I must add to my to-read list; but like most NYRB reviews, it wanders entertainingly far afield from the topic of the book.
- I've mentioned Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History before. It's a fascinating book. So is The Basque History of the World by the same author (who also wrote Cod: The Fish that Changed the World -- do I see a pattern?). I stumbled across a rather shorter history of salt online, but the book is more entertaining.
I think now is a good time to close the computer and take a walk.