1. Nate Rawlings in Time about the latest technology in prosthetic limbs.
2. Burt Likko at the League reviews the new Lara Croft game.
4. Turkish novelist Tasja Dorkofikis on the evolution of Turkish writing and on the Western publishing business: “Western publishers sit up and pay attention if you write novels which deal in the Ottoman histories and histrionics that appeal so much to the Western reader. They want stories of abject penury: about lives ruined under the weight of customs and traditions, about the unbreachable chasm between Muslim and Western lifestyles, and tales of ethnic strife. … But the problem is this: most publishers are more often interested in examples of these themes that are tawdry, clichéd, and that barely trouble the intellect of the average reader.” (Via Mark, who says: “literature can…explore the universal. If, of course, there’s the market to buy it.”)
5. Why do the Orthodox churches celebrate Easter on a different date than the Western (i.e. Catholic and Protestant) churches? The answer has to do with leap years, the calendar reform under Pope Gregory XIII, and the October Revolution in Russia. Remember, the real year (i.e., the time for the Earth to make one complete revolution around the Sun) is something like 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds long. Leap years help to correct some of the discrepancy, but small errors add up over time.
Image Credit: View of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the north shore of the Tennessee River, showing the Walnut Street Bridge (foreground) and the Market Street Bridge. Photo by “GarnetJ,” June 2008, and used under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 2.0 license. Source: Flickr.