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I stopped publishing my weekly Weekend Reading posts last year. As I said at the time: 3 years and 161 posts later and I think it’s time to admit that this is now more of a chore than I’d like. Sure it’s mostly automated, but over the past few months I’ve started searching out and filtering what I read knowing that it will appear in these posts, and that’s not why I started doing it. It isn’t supposed to be a chore, it’s just supposed to be an extension of what I already read, and it no longer is. Since then I’ve read about the same number of articles but shared a wider variety, or at the very least I …

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What Was Inside the Glowing Briefcase in Pulp Fiction? Before I started making my own web pages, I spent a not-insignificant amount of my time on the Internet trawling the alt.fan.tarantino newsgroup for bits of knowledge about Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction, and Reservoir Dogs. Fascinating! (well not really, but still v.cool) iPad Pro (2018) Impressions (to the tune of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer) You know ‘Ticci and Gruber, @panzer and Ritchie… Marco and Jason, Joe and Rosemary… But do you recall, the most famous YouTuber of all? MKB(in)HD, had a very shiny Pro… Um, so, yeah. My favourite kind of review is one written by ‘real people’.  In Defence of Hate Hate can be valid and powerful, but far often …

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12 Insider Secrets from Restaurant Kitchens (That You Can Use at Home) When it comes to top-notch restaurants, head chefs often rack up the attention and acclaim. But ask anyone who has worked behind the scenes in restaurants and they’ll tell you: The cooks are the ones who make the kitchen run. A couple I knew, a couple are new. Always learning! The problem with ‘good men,’ according to comedian Hannah Gadsby Several celebrities were still milling around when Hannah Gadsby arrived at the microphone, so the Australian comedian — no stranger to letting her audiences wrestle with discomfort — waited a few awkward minutes for everyone to take their seats at the “Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainmen Always learning. …

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Meet Alexa: inside the mind of a digital native Alexa was choosing a dress for a party. It was taking a while. This always happens, she gets carried away with every little thing. Not THAT Alexa… Social Media, Online Accountability, and the Meaning of an Apology Still so much to learn about how to ‘be’ online. Bad sex award 2018: the contenders in quotes “Empty my tanks,” I’d begged breathlessly, as once more she began drawing me deep inside her pleasure cave. Her vaginal ratchet moved in concertina-like waves, slowly chugging my organ as a boa constrictor swallows its prey. So so SO very bad. How to stop your brain’s addiction to bad news Turn on the news these days …

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“Automated Customer Service” A short story. This day is coming, mark my words! The Simple Joy of “No Phones Allowed” A few nights ago I saw Jack White in concert. It was a wonderful night, and a big part of that was due to a new rule he has imposed on all his tour dates: no phones. Kate Tempest asked the audience to do this a couple of years ago. Was utterly immersive. These days a few snaps and I’m done. Three Ingredient Oreo Fudge Recipe Line the baking tray with aluminium foil, pressing it fi rmly into the corners and sides. Put the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour in the condensed milk. Microwave on full power …

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I’m Meditating (I’m Just Not Sitting Down) For a while, it seemed like everyone was talking about how meditation changed their lives—friends, acquaintances, podcast interviewees and interviewers, authors, even the baristas at the coffee shops I went to. Someone told me about the Headspace app, so I downloaded it. Other apps are available – I prefer Buddhify – but yes to this. Re: Hate Mail I’ve received 15 emails from my internet stalker in the past four days. It’s like watching an inmate from behind a two-way mirror. He read a short story I wrote once satirically titled “The Greatest Story Ever Written.” It’s about a group of male writers who lose their way. One wish for the world: End …

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Meditation in the Time of Disruption When I was 8 or 9, I became preoccupied with death. It wasn’t that I was afraid; I just like to be prepared. Meditation. Good for you? Or just another big business cashing in? Why do some people hurt more than others? Anyone who came of age in the 1990s remembers the “Friends” episode where Phoebe and Rachel venture out to get tattoos. Spoiler alert: Rachel gets a tattoo and Phoebe ends up with a black ink dot because she couldn’t take the pain. I’ve a fairly high pain tolerance (tattoos being a good example). Until it comes to plucking eyebrows… UGH European Parliament Approves Ban On Some Single-Use Plastics, Reduction On Others The …

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The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it’s too late During the summer of 1989, Randy Ploetz was in his laboratory just south of Miami, when he received a package from Taiwan. I can’t imagine NOT having bananas. That Time Coca-Cola Released a New Soda Just to Spite Pepsi Few companies have a rivalry as fierce and longstanding as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola and in their never ending battle for soda market dominance each company has gone to some spectacular lengths to screw over the other. I find this all the more amusing given I mostly drink water these days (yeah, I’m on my high horse, what of it?!) Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism At a time when …

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This Is Your Brain on Nature When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car. “Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity. The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for. The 20 Best iPhone …

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Kitchen machismo off the menu as female chefs blaze a trail in Scotland Julie Lin MacLeod worked in male-led kitchens for years, and her experiences there – inappropriate sexual advances among them – served as motivation to open her own place, one that would be run by women. Some of the best eateries in Glasgow on this list. 5 Psychological Strategies to Ease the Stress of Perfectionism The last three months I’ve been trying an experiment. It’s something that I’ve never done before, and in a certain way, it’s been a huge challenge. However, in other ways, it’s been an enormous stress relief, and I would say a largely successful effort. Read for myself, sharing for others. ‘I have an …

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