Weekend Reading

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  • A stylist’s five steps to make getting dressed easier
    For some people, getting dressed in the morning is a joy. Good for them.
    In my ongoing route to minimal, I’m taking notes from this.

  • People who talk to pets, plants, and cars are actually totally normal, according to science
    I frequently talk to my plants. “Harold, you look dapper today,” I compliment my tiny green succulent. “Did you miss me?” I ask my Chinese evergreen. Once they begin plotting their slow, synchronized deaths, our conversations tend to intensify.
    AKA people are people

  • Detroit Is Stomping Silicon Valley in the Self-Driving Car Race
    General Motors testing fully autonomous development fleet vehicles on public roads in Michigan.If you’re betting on Silicon Valley stars like Google, Tesla, and Uber to free you from your horrorshow commute with autonomous driving technology, don’t.
    But given the state of car technology UX, this doesn’t bode well

  • A “grammar vigilante” sneaks around at night fixing an infuriatingly common error on public signs
    In the world of grammar sticklery, there’s no rest for the weary. A video published today by the BBC shows an anonymous “grammar vigilante” roaming the streets of Bristol, in the UK, adding apostrophes where they’re missing and covering unnecessary ones.
    I can almost picture the massive spotlight, illuminating the clouds with an apostrophe – to the grammar cave!

  • Soviet women snipers
    Sniper Lyuba Makarova on the Kalinin front. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, hundreds of thousands of Soviet women sprang to join the war effort, enlisting as nurses, clerks, cooks — and snipers.
    Women can be killers too.

  • Everything Is Broken
    Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing with it. In the process, he figured out how to get total administration access over a network.
    If you are at all nervous about IT Security, skip this one… gives me the heebee-jeebies!!

  • This is how the next World War starts
    With one miscalculation, by one startled pilot, at 400 miles an hour. And now that Russia is determined to destabilize the West, this scenario is keeping the military establishment up at night.
    OK, time to build a nuclear bunker…

  • Living a Lie: We Deceive Ourselves to Better Deceive Others
    People mislead themselves all day long. We tell ourselves we’re smarter and better looking than our friends, that our political party can do no wrong, that we’re too busy to help a colleague.
    Flipside holds true as well “I am not as smart as my colleagues”.

  • Treating depression is guesswork. Psychiatrists are beginning to crack the code.
    Here’s a frustrating fact for anyone who has been prescribed medication or therapy for depression: Your doctor doesn’t know what treatment will work for you.
    Advances in this area are heartening, I know too well that current approaches are very hit or miss.

  • Ethics can’t be a side hustle
    In the last few months I’ve had a lot of designers ask me “Where can I do good work?”And they don’t mean “good” as in quality. They mean good as in “on the side of the angels.” They look at the world, they see a garbage fire, and they wanna help put it out. That’s commendable.
    Something for everyone to heed.

  • For 18 years, I thought she was stealing my identity. Until I found her
    A woman apparently using my name meant a nightmare of unpaid traffic fines and a criminal record. But when I tracked her down, a different story emerged.
    Journalism 101: let the story write itself. This could’ve been a piece on identity theft, but then, it wasn’t.