Weekend Reading

Been hard to avoid Halloween articles this week but I’ve done my best! How Friendships Change in Adulthood In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first. This is true in life, and in science, where relationship research tends to focus on couples and families. Read: http://ift.tt/1KqlqK5 Why Working Form Home Can Be Both Awesome and Awful For over a year, I worked almost exclusively from my tiny apartment in Harlem. Aside from trips into an office every six weeks or so, my work schedule and surroundings were mostly left up to me. On some days, I would fly through assignments and personal tasks with unusual efficiency. Read: http://ift.tt/1PKHlm8 The best way …

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Hitchrick and the new job

I’ve spent the last few hours filling in forms, lots of forms, repeating the same information over and over. But I don’t mind because it’s because I’ll soon be starting a new job. The paperwork is a little more involved because I’m making the move from a permanent salaried role (which is all I’ve ever known) to a contract. That means I need to think about things like hiring an accountant, setting up my own limited company, getting a business bank account and lots of other fun things that require a lot of reading. I’m excited though, not just because I’ll be getting back to work but because this is something I’ve considered in the past but never really had …

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Weekend Reading

Some cracking reads this week, some quite dark, some wonderfully uplifting and the usual nonsense in-between. The Doctor As the sun set on a Saturday in early February, Mubarak Angalo, a farmer in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, was riding in a pickup truck with two friends. They had spent the day at a market, selling vegetables, and were returning to their village when they heard a low droning sound overhead. Read: http://ift.tt/1QoHWZ9 Out of the Darkness — Accountability for Torture — Medium THE CIA USED the music of an Irish boyband called Westlife to torture Suleiman Abdullah in Afghanistan. His interrogators would intersperse a syrupy song called “My Love” with heavy metal, played on repeat at ear-splitting volume. Read: http://ift.tt/1KeFwHa Mr. …

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Create to win

I have no job at present. All the fish I had have died. I started Couch to 5K but my ITBS flared up so I can’t run. I’m behind on my reading challenge for the year. Just in case anyone was wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet on this blog, and other places, it’s because I’m failing. I predicted this would be a year for failing I just didn’t think it would be this kind. I like to keep busy, so not working isn’t the best for my mental health, neither is not being involved in anything creative so I’m pushing to fix that in a few ways, one of which being NaNoWriMo which starts in November. I know. …

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Weekend Reading

This week I started the Couch to 5K program. This has no bearing on the following links, other than I’ve spent more time reading/recovering because I’m so unfit! 22 Candid Photos from NASA’s Just-Released Project Apollo Archive An image from Apollo 9, March 1969. (All Photos: Project Apollo Archive/flickr)  Between 1969 and 1972, 12 men, on 6 different space flights, walked on the moon, with NASA’s Project Apollo. And one of the few things that came with them? A camera. Read: http://ift.tt/1MZUvsX The Silver Arrow, the Real Ghost Train Haunting the Stockholm Metro Fanciful legends about ghost trains regularly pop up around subway systems, rail tunnels, and abandoned tracks. But in the case of the Stockholm Metro, the ghost train is real. …

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Apple hedging on good enough

I’m a big fan of Apple products. Their hardware is always well designed and well made. I like using them, I like they way they work, how they feel in my hand. I am not a fan of most Apple software. The operating systems are good enough, but not groundbreaking. I don’t want all the baffling options and lack of consistency I see with Android – I had an Android phone for a year or so, it never felt “nice” to use – and whilst it sounds like Windows is getting back to being usable, I like the Apple hardware too much to move (maybe the new Microsoft lap/tablet/top thing will sway me?), and most Linux variants I’ve seen and …

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Weekend Reading

I’m behind on my Goodreads challenge so I’ll admit I haven’t read all of these this week but they all looked interesting… ‘If the Camera Moves it’s Got To Be for a Reason’: An Interview with Roger Deakins Nobody shoots movies as well as Roger Deakins. He is without question our greatest cinematographer: an exemplar without comparison. Read: http://ift.tt/1L8Zb0g Blank Space: What Kind of Genius Is Max Martin? Among the stranger aspects of recent pop music history is how so many of the biggest hits of the past twenty years—by the Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, and Britney Spears to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd—have been co-written by a forty-four-year-old Swede. Read: http://ift.tt/1FLqgWR Study: White people react to evidence of …

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Once more unto the breach

Once more unto the breach Dear friends, once more; I had plans and goals, but then I always have plans and goals, and I achieved one of them in August yet, whilst September slipped by in a Singapore haze, October has loomed large and plans were made once more. The plan for October had been to start Couch-to–5k on the 1st of the month, alas man-flu felled me, reducing me to a lump on the sofa. But I WILL start and I WILL be at 5K distance for the end of the year (hear me, ohhhh god of positive thinking!). At that point ParkRun will beckon, the habit will be established, I will be a runner once more. I’m keen …

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I am a feminist

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts can be found at http://www.polymeansmany.com. I am a feminist. Perhaps not a very good one, but I’m still learning. Hang on, how can you be a bad feminist? I’m either a feminist or not. Let me start over. I am a feminist. I thank my Mum for even though, I wasn’t consciously registering it, her constant, quiet, protestations about the patriarchy (not a word she has ever used) stuck in my brain. I know the very last thing anyone needs is another white cis male voice in this conversation, but as that would …

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Weekend Reading

More random stuff from various sources, enjoy! Inside the Group of Straight Men Who Are Swearing Off Women All over the world, straight men are making the conscious decision not to be involved with women. This isn’t a decision in any sort of metaphorical sense. These men are literally cutting women out of their lives, completely. Read: http://ift.tt/1KTweVZ Coming out of the bisexual closet For decades, I’ve called myself a lesbian. Is it finally safe to admit I like men, too? The candles were lit for dinner, and my date had arrived. I really liked this person, and I looked around a bit nervously, wondering what everyone was thinking. Read: http://ift.tt/QYLSXY What Happens Next Will Amaze You This is the …

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