Five Weekend Longreads From Hacker News

Five Weekend Longreads From Hacker News
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There is no need to explain Hacker News - for the years of its existence, it has become synonymous with the Web itself. Hacker News is a place where Internet legends are born or torn to pieces. Its audience is notoriously critical - many try to win its approval, but only a few succeed to the top of its first page.

And yet, Hacker News is not a place that one would expect to go to for lengthy reading. We wanted to put that to the test, so we grabbed the first page of results (i.e., the ones most upvoted by the HN crowd in the past 24 hours) and let each website through our beloved AI assistant. The five results below are what it picked for your weekend reading enjoyment.

Happy reading!

How to Travel
On the cheap, like a local, and without a lot of luggage.
‘Status and Culture’ Review: Making the Cut
Why do fashions—hairstyles, clothes, music and language—come and go? For one writer, it’s all about moving up.
Age of Invention: Why wasn’t the Steam Engine Invented Earlier? Part I
Things I thought I knew, and on which I agreed with a lot of other historians, turned out to be ever more questionable. Perhaps even wrong. And so I had to delve ever deeper to get to the truth, and to reformulate what I knew.
Age of Invention: Why wasn’t the Steam Engine Invented Earlier? Part II
As I noted in Part I, the general idea of using heat and steam for mechanical work had a long and continuous history back to ancient times. But when we talk of the breakthrough “steam engine” in the eighteenth-century sense, we don’t mean a machine that exploits steam’s expansive, or pushing force.…
Age of Invention: Why wasn’t the Steam Engine Invented Earlier? Part III
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