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[Update: The goat survived, for the third year in a row!] For 51 years, the gallant people of Gavle, Sweden, have been putting up a straw goat, and arsonists have been burning it. Apparently, they didn’t have Twitter back then, and needed alternate ways to get into flame wars. Previously: Gavle Goat at Shostack &…

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Today is John Harrison’s 352nd birthday, and Google has a doodle to celebrate. Harrison was rescued from historical obscurity by Dava Sobel’s excellent book Longitude, which documented Harrison’s struggle to first build and then demonstrate the superiority of his clocks to the mathematical and astronomical solutions heralded by leading scientists of the day. Their methods…

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