What we are we even on? Oh, right, week 20. So much keeps happening. It’s hard to believe it’s already April. It feels like it should be the end of the year already.
Anyway! You’ll notice this week’s articles are a bit lighter than my normal selections. Sometimes that’s just what we need. Please enjoy them.
- Lucian’s Trips to the Moon With his Vera Historia, the 2nd century satirist Lucian of Samosata wrote the first detailed account of a trip to the moon in the Western tradition and, some argue, also one of the earliest science fiction narratives. Aaron Parrett explores how Lucian used this lunar vantage point to take a satirical look back at the philosophers of Earth and their ideas of “truth”. (Public Domain Review)
- Shanghai’s Daring ‘Rooftoppers’ Are Taking Urban Exploration to New Heights But a local crackdown on building access is making expeditions more difficult. (Atlas Obscura)
- How to Clear a Path Through 60 Feet of Snow, Japanese Style Snow Canyon in Toyama is both visually stunning and quite the technical feat. Atlas Obscura)
- Catharsisbot 5000: Robot Literally Burns Donald Trump’s Tweets as He Sends Them Internet of Petty Things. (The Mary Sue)