How an Italian businessman facing fraud charges and a Brazilian politician turned a billion dollar project to build the high speed Rio-São Paulo rail line into a farce.
Three brothers, imprisoned and hunted by a cruel knight.
"Who am I? I do not know how he changed our names. But in this world of lions and giants and the blinding shine of armor, I am called Joyless, as if it were a name."
A pair of hardware hackers bond and brainstorm.
"I grabbed a corner and walked backward. The box was heavy, but it was mostly just huge, and when we reached his beat-up minivan, he kicked the tailgate release and then laid it down like a bomb-disposal specialist putting a touchy IED to sleep. He smacked his hands on his jeans and said, 'Thanks, man. That lens, you wouldn’t believe what it’s worth.' Now that I could see over the top of the box, I realized it was mostly padding, layers of lint-free cloth and bubblewrap with the lens in the center of it all, the gadget beneath it. "
How Gary Gygax, a semi-employed shoe repairman, built and lost the Dungeons & Dragons empire.
How CREW and MUSTIE decide what books stay in a library's circulation.
Excerpted from The Shelf.
In appreciation of meaningful, ubiquitous, enduring applications.
Previously: Paul Ford on the Longform Podcast.