Weekend Reading

Reading time: 7 mins
Why are (some) Star Wars fans so toxic? With at least one new film every year, you’d think it would be easy being a Star Wars fan in 2018, but it isn’t. That’s not because JJ Abrams killed off Han Solo in Episode VII, or The Last Jedi snuffed out Luke Skywalker. I love Star Wars. It’s my childhood universe. How can it bring so much hate? Ersatz Free Trials On Monday Apple announced that they are officially supporting so-called “free trials” for non-subscription apps. The reaction has been a breathless celebration that Apple has finally relented and given developers something we’ve been asking, no begging, for since the dawn of the App Store. Apple are relentless at maintaining their …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 6 mins
10 Strikes and You’re Out – the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should For many years now, iOS has offered an option in the Passcode section of the Settings all: “Erase all data on this iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. tldr; the timeout between attempts increases, would take 4 hrs to get through all 10. Wearing glasses may really mean you’re smarter, major study finds If you wear glasses I’ve got some good news: you may well be smarter than the average person. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found that needing to wear glasses is associated with higher levels of intelligence. But you probably knew that already. Does having glasses but not wearing …

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Weekend Reading

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Poverty lingers a septic wound, choleric, stenching, bursting rancid all over your Sunday best. You jest at scars, that never felt a wound, I muttered to my phone screen as an avatar of a sneering man stared back, his grainy face positioned just to the left of his barbed jab about why a ‘bestselling author needs to be begging for tips on Twitter’. Heart wrenching post from Jack Monroe. Never presume what others are going through. Appearances invariably are NOT as things actually are. Life is complex for everyone. The Unconscious Rules of Personal Space The distance you keep from others is an elaborate, instinctive dance. President Trump has a signature handshake. It hit the world stage at the United …

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Weekend Reading

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Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data. Google has far more data about us than Facebook. Yet unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking empire, which has been under fire for improperly leaking user data, Google has sidestepped controversy. Next up, Apple who announced their own way to check all your data. I’ve checked. Apple has the least data on me of the big ‘3’. Just sayin’ Rise And Shine! Astronauts Get Wake-Up Music In Space As you might expect, many of the tracks match a theme: Fries’s list includes David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on three separate occasions, and Elton John’s “Rocket Man” six. Struggle to get out of bed, wake up like …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins
The Power of Eddie Vedder’s Voice: Hear Isolated Vocal Tracks from Three Classic Pearl Jam Songs A lifetime of rock star excess has taken its toll on Eddie Vedder’s voice but not on his talent. Most recent performances have tilted towards the gentle, the acoustic, the Americana, reflecting his larger embrace of the broad expanse of American music. And yes, he can still rock when needs be. This man literally brought me to tears the first (and only) time I saw them live. They opened with Release Me. Powerful. And for His Next Act, Ev Williams Will Fix the Internet For years, Ev Williams was saddled with doubts. As a co-founder of Blogger and Twitter and, more recently, as the …

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Weekend Reading

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Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg? Roman scholar Plutarch made the earliest written reference to this problem, but it’s clear from his treatise “On Whether the Hen or the Egg Came First” that he wasn’t the first to ask it. In his circle, it wasn’t just about poultry. Alas, this still doesn’t explain why everything tastes like chicken. ErrorPort It’s a pretty standard pattern. If Apple neglects a product line for five-plus years, it’s dead, Jim. And this one, we actually already knew about in 2016. Still, it’s shockingly dumbfounding that Apple has officially killed off the AirPort product line. If only… echoes a lot of my thoughts. Unless there is a much longer game being played, surprised …

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Reading time: 8 mins
quotemail #46: stitched together It me. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about communication in the last couple of years, and how intention isn’t magical. We may not have intended to be unclear (at best) or offensive (at worse), but it is on us to repair the damage nonetheless. Breaking the format for this week, I wanted to highlight this. Partly because it’s written by a very talented person whom I’m lucky enough to call a friend, and partly because it speaks to the very heart of this blog, the title, and my entire raison d’etre. It’s a daily email which I’ve linked to before and, 46 days since it started, has yet to be anything other than interesting, …

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Weekend Reading

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Hanami Is Japan’s Annual Obsession with Cherry Blossoms There are a lot of places to be curious about, so we started a Curiosity Travel Instagram. Where will your curiosity take you? Follow us! The blooming of Japan’s cherry blossoms is not only a delightful welcoming of springtime — it’s a national obsession. Bucket list! To Hug, or Not to Hug? There’s a thing that happens on blind internet dates. I’ve never liked it. This kind of thing is alien to me. Surely you ask before touching someone! The Art of Not Working at Work At first, the ability to check email, read ESPN, or browse Zappos while on the job may feel like a luxury. But in time, many crave …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 6 mins
Public Place Meditation Exercise Excited to share my all-time favorite thing to do on the subway, or other public transportation. It’s also one of the best empathy exercises I’ve thought of and really helps to remind me to feel the moments of love and pain we all go through. Tried this a few days this week (identify the person and you can close your eyes or look away, staring is creepy!) and… it kinda works. Turkish Delight For all the haters. Turkish Delight is a thing of wonder. Who has time for that? Above: art-making advice from our 40-year-old ovens. You always have more time than you think. Twenty years ago, Netflix.com launched. The movie business has never been the …

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Africa is splitting into two after tear in Kenya’s Rift Valley [Video] After heavy rains and seismic activities on Monday, the earth has split open at Kenya’s Rift Valley leaving a huge tear that is more than 50 feet deep and more than 50 feet wide weaving through the arable land in Narok County. And here we all are worrying about Trump, meanwhile in Africa… Drawing is back in fashion as British Museum offer pencils and paper for new blockbuster exhibition It was once the staple of every artist’s practice, before falling out of fashion at the hands of conceptual art, formaldehyde cows and unmade beds. What a great idea! What About “The Breakfast Club”? Earlier this year, the Criterion …

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