Bumper edition this weekend, mostly because I’ve had a bit of free time and have been reading a lot more. Another mixed bag of things I found interesting, enjoy!
Reading War and Peace on my iPhone
This is the story about how I read War and Peace on my iPhone. According to some scholars and pundits, I probably shouldn’t have done this. These days, critics of digital reading worry that serious literature sort of can’t be adequately read on high-tech devices.
Working Out Motivation : Here’s How To Make Your Exercise Habit Stick
It’s not always easy to convince yourself to exercise after a long day of work. (Ok, it’s never easy.) But people who consistently manage to do it may be using a simple trick—whether they realize it or not—according to a new study published in the journal Health Psychology.
The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling
Some new books tout the benefits of informal drawing and freehand scribbling—even for the unartistic. When computers entered the mainstream, some art schools abandoned drawing classes to make time for the new software they had to teach.
An Open Letter to The Guy Who Puked Next to Me at the Heavy Metal Festival.
I’m not sure how much you remember about the first time you vomited last Sunday afternoon.
Is This New Swim Stroke the Fastest Yet?
I tug my black swim cap over my hair, strap on my pink goggles, and keep a focused calm, like Michael Phelps before a race. It’s lap swim on a Monday afternoon at my local YMCA, and I’m going to attempt the fish kick. Most fish move through the water with a horizontal wiggle.
Men: a list of shit I am tired of because of you
I am tired of men thinking they are entitled to my attention because they find me attractive. I am tired of men thinking I owe them something as a thanks for them finding me attractive. I am tired of men reducing me to my attractiveness. I am tired of being on display.
When Woman Is Boss: Nikola Tesla on Gender Equality and How Technology Will Unleash Women’s True Potential
The legendary inventor predicts “the acquisition of new fields of endeavor by women” and “their gradual usurpation of leadership.
The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings
We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time.
Time management is only making our busy lives worse
Imagine your life without time, without a constant sense that you’re running behind, frustrated that yet again you are losing the battle against the irresistible force of the ticking clock. Imagine not wishing there were more hours in the day. We haven’t always been obsessed with time.
Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon for Her 21st Grand Slam Title
After winning her fourth consecutive Grand Slam title on Saturday at Wimbledon, the tennis star has become one of the most accomplished American athletes of all time. No major sport—with the possible exception of gymnastics or swimming—worships youth like tennis.
When the Revolution Was Televised: Live Aid 30 Years Later
Thirty years ago today, at lunchtime in the U.K. and just before breakfast on the East Coast, 1.5 billion people sat rapt in front of their television sets, waiting for the revolution to be televised.
We are all on the cusp of something big. For the first time in history, a spacecraft will be able to see the crags and cliffs of Pluto up close, revealing a new world to humans who have been waiting patiently for more than nine years on Earth.
The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed
The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present.
3 Simple Steps To Boost Your Memory
If we ever meet and then we meet a second time, and I greet you by saying, “Hey man,” it’s not because I’m an ultra casual kind of guy, it’s because I’ve forgotten your name. But please, don’t feel bad. It’s not because you’re boring or unimportant or uninteresting.
Chemical Apple Pie: Apple Pie Without The Apples
The first in a series about recipes that may seem odd or outmoded and yet we’re curious to try!
Berkeley Breathed Publishes First New ‘Bloom County’ Strip Since 1989
Generally, when a beloved comic strip disappears from the funnies page, it is gone for good, and its characters live on only in reprint collections and greeting cards, as parade balloons and insurance spokes-characters.
Inside The Colorful, Hypnotic World of Textile Mills
In one textile mill, the floor shudders as clanging, oily machines churn out dainty, colorful fabrics. In another, sheets of lace are quietly created on century-old looms. Welcome to the wide-ranging world of American textile mills, circa 2015.
The Deck of Cards That Made Tarot A Global Phenomenon
Picture a deck of tarot cards. What do you see? Maybe the Magician in his rich red robes, right arm raised high above him. Or the skeleton on horseback for Death. Or maybe you think of The Hermit in grey, holding his lantern, walking with a staff, featured in the artwork for Led Zeppelin IV.
The battle for the BBC
On 18 March 2015, two past and future culture secretaries ran into one another at the Tower of London, William the Conqueror’s great fortress on the Thames – historical locus of unbending power, political reversals and untimely executions.
This Is How Uber Takes Over a City
Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland, Ore., was running a zoning hearing last December when he missed a call on his cell from David Plouffe, the campaign mastermind behind Barack Obama’s ascent.
How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body
Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture. I know. I remembered the hallway I had been wheeled down, and the doctor’s office where I told the psychiatrist he was the devil, but not this room.
Dave Grohl is a back-aching, coffee-guzzling, minivan-driving classic rocker
NEW YORK — Even before he fell off a stage in Sweden and broke his leg, Dave Grohl was feeling creaky. He is 46, drinks too much coffee, and wakes up at 6 wherever he is, even on days he doesn’t need to pack lunches and get the kids into the Honda Odyssey.
The Web We Have to Save
Seven months ago, I sat down at the small table in the kitchen of my 1960s apartment, nestled on the top floor of a building in a vibrant central neighbourhood of Tehran, and I did something I had done thousands of times previously. I opened my laptop and posted to my new blog.
ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus.