Weekend Reading

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  • We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment
    We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens, the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description.
    What is now? When is then? Etc etc. A notable addition to my recent post.

  • How Mountain Biking Is Saving Small-Town
    From Nevada to Minnesota, hollowed-out mining towns are seeing economic revitalization on trails and tracks that attract mountain bikers from far and wide Photo: Nearly 50 years ago, the iron mining companies that were once the backbone of Crosby.
    And the world evolves.

  • Pet Project
    The semester is almost over and the rain is only supposed to hold off for a couple more hours, but a group of Campbell University golf management majors are stuck in Principles of Marketing instead of out on the course.
    File under “Only on the internet”, also “DOGGIES”!

  • If Raw Fruits Or Veggies Give You A Tingly Mouth, It’s A Real Syndrome
    If you have ever noticed an itchy or tingly sensation in your mouth after biting into a raw apple, carrot, banana or any of the fruits and veggies listed here, read on. People who are allergic to pollen are accustomed to runny eyes and sniffles this time of year.
    Touch wood, but I don’t have any allergies, other than a dislike of bell peppers … which might be an allergy as it turns out.

  • ISIS Has A Strategy To Create A Media Frenzy And News Outlets Are Struggling To Disrupt It
    It’s 2017, and the world is shaken by another depraved mass murder, carried out and claimed in the name of ISIS. This time, it is children who are targeted.
    Amidst more horrific news I read this article. We ALL need to change our behaviours in the aftermath of these things, we are feeding the fire, even though we don’t always realise it.

  • Roger Moore Was the Best Bond Because He Was the Gen X Bond
    I heard about Roger Moore’s death during a walk in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning, when a young father looked up from his phone and said, “The worst James Bond ever just died.
    A colleague of mine always insisted Moore was the best bond. Maybe he was right?

  • Forgotten Women Writers: A Reading List
    For every Edith Wharton and Jane Austen, there are numerous women writers whose works aren’t found in the typical literary canon or school-required reading list.
    I don’t usually pay attention to the gender (or race or any other ‘category’) of authors, but good to get a steer to spread my horizons a little more.

  • What If We Cultivated Our Ugliness? or: The Monstrous Beauty of Medusa
    This is Role Monsters, a series on monstrous female archetypes by Jess Zimmerman. Myth and folklore teem with frightening women: man-seducers and baby-stealers, menacing witches and avenging spirits, rapacious bird-women and all-devouring forces of nature.
    The relentless pressure on women, once you are aware of it, is horrific and far uglier than any person.

  • Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer
    Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of Recode. This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere.
    Final column from Walt. Looking forward to Ambient Computing being a reality, right now it’s a fuckin shambles!

  • The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts
    At 11:22 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013, an orange Freightliner tractor-trailer arrived at Crain Walnut Shelling in Los Molinos, California. The truck’s driver, a man in his mid-thirties wearing a gray T-shirt, introduced himself as Alex Hernandez.
    Everything is big business. Even nuts. (So proud I didn’t make any reference to testicles!!)