Weekend Reading

It’s back! I had hoped to have a double issue today but technology (looking at you IFTTT) has failed me. Still, there’s some good stuff in this short list, personal favourite – who will debunk the debunkers, everything you thought you knew debunk but not for the reasons you think!? How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots Welcome to Visual Evidence, a new regular series about visualization in the real world! We’ll take a look at unexpected datasets, cool design solutions or insightful graphics. Mourning Prince and David Bowie, who showed there’s no one right way to be a man When the news came this afternoon that Prince had died at 57 at his home in Minnesota, a chorus …

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Getting back

For the last few weeks I’ve been battling a chest infection, it’s still lingering but the worst is past. The reason I know this is that last night I got annoyed at the state of my kitchen and cleaned it for the first time in a few weeks, yup it seems I can assess my ‘wellbeing’ by my desire to tackle the things that annoy me and how much I want to do ‘something’ rather than just sitting about. So, as I’m definitely on the mend – even if I’m not at 100% just yet – now is the time to get back to where I was which, given that it’s almost May, isn’t quite where I’d hoped I’d be …

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Weekend Reading

A list of nonbinary gender identities From the nonbinary.org wiki, a list of gender identities that aren’t male or female. transgender is an umbrella term for all genders that go beyond society’s ideas of gender, which includes some kinds of binary gender people. How one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code The story of how 28-year-old Azer Koçulu briefly broke the internet shows how writing software for the web has become dependent on a patchwork of code that itself relies on the benevolence of fellow programmers. How Reporters Pulled Off the Panama Papers, the Biggest Leak in Whistleblower History When Daniel Ellsberg photocopied and leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971, …

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Weekend Reading

RuPaul on How Straight People Steal From Gay Culture and Why Educating the Youth Is a Waste of Time RuPaul was born November 17, which makes him a Scorpio — a detail he has said accounts for his observant and analytical nature during interviews. Rey is a Palpatine This post obviously contains some spoilers. People know me as that food nerd, but I was a Star Wars nerd long before I ever even picked up a knife. The Comedian’s Comedian’s Comedian He’s a boxer, a Buddhist, a hoops junkie, and a kind of Yoda to every funny person born since 1965 (Sandler, Silverman, Apatow, Gervais, Baron Cohen…). Amy Wallace survives a rare sparring session with Garry Shandling, the reclusive master …

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