Weekend Reading

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  • KING: Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies
    Thirteen years ago, USA Today obtained 74 pages of explosive court documents on Peyton Manning, Archie Manning, the University of Tennessee, and Florida Southern College that revealed allegations of a sexual-assault scandal, cover up, and smear campaign of the victim that was so deep, so widespread.
    Horrific, and not the only example of this type of cover-up. PR and Marketing over … decency?
  • How People Learn to Become Resilient
    Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father.
    I could read articles like this all day, fascinated by our abilities to rise above whatever life throws at us.
  • A Wild Elephant Runs Loose in an Indian City
    A wild elephant wandered into the streets and alleys of Siliguri, India, on February 10, leaving behind a trail of startled residents, damaged structures, trampled cars, and smashed motorbikes.
    Yikes!! Poor thing must’ve been scared witless.
  • Why Your Brain Actually Works Better in Winter
    It was terrifyingly cold in New York this weekend, and this cold snap occurred right as we’re entering the postholiday doldrums.
    I could read articles like this all day, fascinating to learn how (some of us) work.
  • The Killer Cadets
    THEY PROBABLY FIRST SAW EACH OTHER at a cross-country meet in the early autumn of 1995—two high school girls from neighboring small towns, competing in the two-mile run. There is no evidence that they said hello. Nor did they shake hands, as athletes sometimes do before the start of a race.
    Terrifying story. Only in America? Gun control?
  • XY Bias: How Male Biology Students See Their Female Peers
    Over the last three years, Sarah Eddy and Daniel Grunspan have asked over 1,700 biology undergraduates at the University of Washington to name classmates whom they thought were “strong in their understanding of classroom material.” The results were worrying but predictable.
    Is there a genetic/biological reason for sexism?
  • Neurothriller
    Lynne Ramsay’s film We Need to Talk about Kevin (2011) is an exquisite study in fear.
    Regardless of spoilers, I need to see this movie. Excellent analysis, will make viewing it all the more fun!
  • You Think Mr. Robot Is Scary? You Should.
    Let me tell you what I know about you. To be sure, we’ve never met. I’ve never seen you before. Our paths have never crossed, but I know things about you. I know what provokes you. I know what influences you.
    Having watched Mr.Robot with a very smart woman I know (and love) I can confirm that all of it is based in reality. It really can be THAT SIMPLE.
  • The complete guide to reading—and even enjoying—classic literature
    The classics. Literature’s Greatest Hits. You’ve been hearing about these supposedly elite, magnificent books for forever, yet you’ve never really picked one up and cracked open its cover. Or clicked, in this digital age.
    Unfortunately this isn’t just 5 min synposis of the books but some suggestions of which ones to read and why.
  • Inside the Sweet, Strange World of Cereal Box Collectors
    Duane Dimock once paid $450 for a box of cereal. But this wasn’t the makings of a week of very expensive breakfasts: Rather, it was the box itself that he was after. Dimock belongs to a small niche group of hobbyists who collect cereal boxes, and in their world, $450 doesn’t raise many eyebrows.
    I’m a beautiful weirdo too, all hail the mighty collectors and their mysterious reasonings.
  • Apple Versus the FBI, Understanding iPhone Encryption, The Risks for Apple and Encryption
    Good morning, Today’s update is a bit tardy for good reason: I spent quite a bit of time wrapping my head around what is happening with Apple and the FBI (most of today’s content is derived from the iOS Security white paper published by Apple); it’s a more complicated case than it appears at first.
    MASSIVE story with long term implications. This isn’t really about San Bernadino, this is about the FBI using the case to get what they’ve wanted for a while and what would compromise ALL OF OUR LIVES.
  • How to protect your iPhone even if Apple lets the Feds have their way with it
    A US federal judge has ordered Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California last December.
    Not completely true but a very very good idea regardless.
  • The Wildly Misunderstood Aeronautics Event Captured in This Photograph
    An F/A-18 Hornet over the Pacific Ocean, in July 1999. Ensign John Gay of the U.S. Navy had just returned home from several months aboard the U.S.S. Constellation in the South Pacific when his phone rang.
    You’ve seen this photo, but it’s not what you think it was.