Weekend Reading

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  • We tested bots like Siri and Alexa to see who would stand up to sexual harassment
    If that’s the case, it’s time Cortana’s team—along Siri’s, Alexa’s, and Google Home’s—step up.
    This is weird, or scary, or … something else entirely.
  • People Who Cry During Movies Are The Strongest People Of All
    I’ll admit it: I cry during movies… and books, music, and podcasts. Depending on how my hormone levels are, I might preemptively grab tissues and just watch the movie alone. Though a lot of people smirk when they see me watch movies in tears, I’m really fine with it.
    From a ‘big greet’ I couldn’t agree more.
  • Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media
    With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network.
    tl;dr we are all fucked and big money will always win? Jesus H Christ…
  • Sarah Millican: Twitter was a pin to my excitable Bafta balloon
    I am a comedian. You may or may not find me funny, but the fact remains, that I am a comedian. This feels like a defensive start to a column but you will soon understand why. Last year, I was nominated for a Bafta. Me. The quiet girl at school. The awkward girl at college. The funny woman at work.
    I’m a fan of this lovely, silly, funny lady. This article is about more than that though. 
  • Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?
    The digital revolution is in full swing. How will it change our world? The amount of data we produce doubles every year. In other words: in 2016 we produced as much data as in the entire history of humankind through 2015.
    Yup, it’s that A.I. thing again, I’m telling ya, it’s … something!
  • These bees successfully taught their friends to play bee soccer 99% of the time
    Not all athletes are born human.
    More proof that bees are cool af.
  • Transhumanism: More Nightmare Than Dream?
    On the eve of the 20th century, an obscure Russian man who had refused to publish any of his works began to finalize his ideas about resurrecting the dead and living forever.
    And the world just keeps on getting weirder…
  • Earth’s Orbiting Junkyard Threatens the Space Economy
    You never see it in those lovely NASA pictures of Earth, but the space surrounding our pale blue dot is a cosmic junkyard. Debris abounds, moving at ludicrous speeds and presenting plenty of hassles for satellite operators who do business in orbit.
    Figures. We’ve fucked up our planet, so let’s start with space. Great job guys!
  • Crazy They Call Me
    Well, you certainly don’t go out anyplace less than dressed, not these days. Can’t let anybody mistake you for that broken, misused little girl: Eleanora Fagan. No. Let there be no confusion.
    Brutal and honest, and well worth a read.
  • Financiers Fight Over the American Dream
    One day in the summer of 2011, Christine Richard arrived at the forty-second floor of a high-rise on Fifty-seventh Street in Manhattan to visit a hedge fund called Pershing Square Capital Management.
    Ohhh goody, more big money.
  • Why Pheasant Island Is Sometimes in France, Sometimes in Spain
    On maps, international borders are two-dimensional: they can be traced out on a flat sheet of paper with latitude and longitude.
    Anyone wanna go on the day they ‘handover’?
  • Exclusive interview: Max Martin
    ”Well, I can only say what I think. I think that a great pop song should be felt when you hear it. You can hear songs that are technically great, songs that tick all the boxes. But for a song to be felt, you need something else.
    Nope, I hadn’t heard of him either. But you know his songs, ohhh yes you do!
  • A girl and her glitter-shooting prosthetic: ‘You can do anything’
    Jordan Reeves’ face lights up when she talks about “Finding Nemo,” remembering how she met the cast of the musical at Disney World last year. “I wore a Nemo-looking dress,” said Jordan, age 11. “It looked like a clown fish, just like Nemo.
    Kick ass inspiration. HER ARM SHOOTS GLITTER!!
  • The Mystery of Mr. Grass
    Mr. Grass and I have just spent a few hours on his porch talking about the factual accuracy of the movie Sully and eating backyard peaches and watching rabbits thump thump across the lawn and taking in the warming Colorado morning, so I figure it’s probably time to get out of his hair.
    No YOU’VE spent hours on this kinda thing in the past…
  • Hidden Figures will become Lego figures to teach little girls everywhere that NASA would be nothing without women
    Forget Lego Batman. The best new minifigures of 2017 are female NASA heroes. On Tuesday (Feb. 28), Lego announced it would soon release a set of minifigures of five pioneering female scientists whose contribution to NASA has largely been underappreciated.
    HOORAY!!!!!
  • How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets
    Offered in the hope that someone will make one for me? Any takers??