The Whippet

McKinley Valentine
Science, history, weirdness and 0% contemporary politics because oh my god sometimes you need a break
Created 22 May 2020
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  • The Whippet #134: Those that tremble as if they were mad
    10 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 12 10
    Good morning! I wrote out how I was doing but it was all “first weeks out of lockdown” cliches and I know Australia was kind of early to the lockdown game and late to the vaccine game so I figure you’...
  • The Whippet #133: Someone stubborn
    27 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 18 26
    I read an interesting idea that I want to share! You might have heard the following quote by Samuel Johnson (recorded 1775): Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has ...
  • Whippet Cetera: Courage's dark counterpart
    21 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 4
    I read an interesting idea that I want to share! You might have heard the following quote by Samuel Johnson (recorded 1775): Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has ...
  • The Whippet #132: My books are getting ruined and birds wake me before dawn
    13 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 21 6
    Hi, good morning! Less rambling up top, more rambling later! The US postal service used to stab everyone’s mail, for reasons and by ‘stab’ I mean ‘make holes in it with a spiky paddle’. During epidemi...
  • The Whippet #131: How to pick up and hold dozens of animals
    29 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 10 10
    Good morning! I want to share a quote with you that I think about a lot. It’s from a book called Mr. Palomar by Italo Calvino, towards the end when it starts getting philosophical. A person, for examp...
  • That bitcoin FOMO piece as a separate article
    16 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 0
    Sorry for the spam! A few people asked for that Unsolicited Advice bit to be a separate article so they could share it. Here it is. Promise I won’t send you anything else till the next issue! The Whip...
  • No FOMO: If you’d bought bitcoin 10 years ago, you wouldn't be rich today
    16 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 6 8
    If you’re like me, you recognise that bitcoin is egregiously destructive to the environment but simultaneously are like “man, if I’d put a hundred bucks into bitcoin when I first heard of it and vague...
  • The Whippet #130: I wish to express my joy of the cat
    15 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 29 23
    Good morning! This issue kept tending towards the melancholy I’m afraid, sometimes it happens! But hopefully still interesting. Comments link: Leave a comment Council worker testing a website accident...
  • The Whippet #129: Lethal Allele
    01 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 15 18
    Hello! So, newsletter continues below as usual, but first some cool news: I’ve been hired as a writer/researcher for Season 7 of Hard Quiz! For international readers, it’s a quiz show on ABC (the nati...
  • The Whippet #128: Arbitrarily dangerous cargo
    18 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 14 17
    Hello hi! So some meta: Last week I launched a bonus supplement to The Whippet, called Whippet Cetera, a name I am inordinately pleased with. It will be some occasional extra posts from me, for paying...
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