Type and Spice
The Ministry of Type has a lot of interesting posts about typeface. I really like the one on science and technology advertisements in the 1950s and 1960s. I had once wondered aloud if it would be cool to use this sort of aesthetic to design a presentation, but no one, as usual, paid any attention to my ramblings.
What’s So Hot About Chili Peppers? (via Monkeyfilter) It’s a fascinating article about an ecologist playing the chili tasting version of Russian Roulette in Boliva. In the process, he finds out that perhaps the production of capsaicin evolved to fight off fungal infections.