Weekend Reading

Quieter week as I’ve spent most of my time reading documents at work so a bit ‘over reader’. The Generation That Doesn’t Remember Life Before Smartphones Down a locker-lined hallway at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Zac Felli, a junior, walks to his first class of the day. He wears tortoiseshell glasses and is built like he could hit a ball hard. He has enviable skin for a teenager, smooth as a suede jacket. Read: http://ift.tt/1SJ6T29 Frankie Boyle on the fallout from Paris: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’ There were a lot of tributes after the horror in Paris. It has to be said that Trafalgar Square is an odd choice of …

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Weekend Reading

Obviously a lot of the focus of the news has been, rightly, the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Mali. This list feels frivolous but perhaps it’s good to ‘look away’ for a few moments. Secret Chambers, Grain Silos and the Long, Long History of Pyramid Conspiracy Theories The Giza Pyramid complex, photographed by Eduard Spelterini from a hot air balloon in 1904. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons)  In 867 AD, a European monk named Bernard caught a ride on a slave ship out of the southern Italian city of Taranto. Read: http://ift.tt/1Qiq70H Noel Gallagher Is Esquire’s December Cover Star I was born in Longsight in Manchester, which is a really rough-arse part of town. They knocked our street down to build this …

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Weekend Reading

I start my new job in a week or so, not sure if that means the number of links in these posts will increase or decrease, part of me is interested to see what happens, part of me isn’t bothered, and part of me wonders why I’m telling you this. People who worry incessantly about failure could be better off than those who don’t For everyone who’s ever been told that they worry too much—here’s some deeply satisfying news for you. Worrying may be a good thing. Read: http://ift.tt/1HtzBhJ I’m worried how much time I’m spending compiling these posts, that’s a good thing, right? Meet one of the world’s most groundbreaking scientists As the dish of steamed chicken feet clattered …

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Weekend Reading

I’m realising the links I’m choosing for these posts are rapidly forming a pretty good picture of my interests, this week is no different. Why The Machines That Dig Tunnels Are Always Named After Women Tunnel Boring Machines, or TBMs, are some of the most fascinating manufacturers of our infrastructure: Two-ton primary-colored cylinders with jagged teeth that chomp through the Earth. And every single one of them has a traditionally female name. Read: http://ift.tt/1PXmOv0 Siri and Cortana Sound Like Ladies Because of Sexism Ask Siri if she’s a woman. Go ahead, try it. She’ll tell you she’s genderless. “Like cacti. And certain species of fish,” she might say. So is Amazon’s Alexa. Microsoft’s Cortana. Samsung’s S Voice. And Google Now. …

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Small pleasures

Those of know me will know of my tendency to research things before I buy them. A lot of the items I use most often have been bought online after a lot of comparison and pondering, and it’s fair to say that not all of them have been a success; a lot of near misses but enough successes to keep me happy. Two items in particular stand out. One I’ve had for a while now, the other a recently new addition, but both hit the mark when it comes to my criteria: I am reasonably price conscious but not overly so, I’ll happily pay to get exactly what I want. The items have to be of good quality. That’s about …

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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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