Weekend Reading

I don’t often muck about with the order of what follows, I tend to list things in the order I’ve read/bookmarked them. But given there was one topic that dominated and resonated I’ve bumped them all together. I’d urge any men to read the first few links in particular, especially if you’ve missed the horrifying build of the #metoo on social media this week (horrifying in terms of the numbers as they rose and rose through the week). Two alternatives to #WomenBoycottTwitter that don’t rely on women’s silencing After Twitter extending their risible “abuse” policy to a suspension of a celebrity white woman speaking out against sexual violence, the problems in their model have been laid bare, and to my …

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Weekend Reading

Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Fleabag, Star Wars and presenting this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards When Phoebe Waller-Bridge was writing Fleabag, her show about a chaotic twentysomething woman who, as she winningly puts it, “w**ks down the barrel of the camera”, she had just started dating the man who is now her husband. Massive fan of this very talented person. If you haven’t seen Fleabag, find it, watch it now. I’m getting really fed up recommending it to people WHO HAVEN’T WATCHED IT YET!! ’Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on …

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Infertility and Me: Part One Where do you start telling people life hasn’t been too swell for the last couple of years? That you didn’t want to push anyone away but that keeping your head down and getting on with it felt like the only way to survive? A series of posts that you should read. Brave and honest writing, the more voices on this the easier it should be for others. 7 Pieces of Wisdom That Will Change the Way You Work “If wisdom were offered me on the one condition that I should keep it shut away and not divulge it to anyone,” said Roman philosopher Seneca, “I should reject it. There is no enjoying the possession of …

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Bananas Emit Antimatter Almost Every 75 Minutes Potassium-40 is a fairly unstable isotope, although the half life is nearly a billion years. Because bananas have so much of this isotope, there is enough decay to generate one positron (approximately) every 75 minutes. Hey CERN, hey, see that super collider thingybob… HAVE YOU TRIED A BANANA IN IT? A Story About ‘Magic’ Some years ago, I (GLS) was snooping around in the cabinets that housed the MIT AI Lab’s PDP-10, and noticed a little switch glued to the frame of one cabinet. It was obviously a homebrew job, added by one of the lab’s hardware hackers (no one knows who). A metaphor. I think. Maybe? I dunno. Flip that switch and see …

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Chords of Inquiry It’s 1984 or 1985, Prince and the Revolution are in California, and they decide to drive out to Joni Mitchell’s house in Malibu for dinner. Can still remembering ‘discovering’ Joni Mitchell about 10 years ago. I’m not a big reader of biographies but might pick this one up. Keeping ‘Insecure’ lit: HBO cinematographer Ava Berkofsky on properly lighting black faces The actors on HBO’s Insecure are hotter than you. They’re hotter than your friends, they’re hotter than me and they’re even hotter than the ex the show won’t let you forget about. That’s why I’m not hot, IT’S THE LIGHTING! (I’ve been saying this all along). A moment that changed me: turning my back on monogamy Brought …

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Shorter list this week, largely because I’m presuming everyone is already aware (if they wanna be) of whatever the idiot President of the USA has said/done now, that you’ve already seen/heard enough hurricane horrors, and frankly want a break from the pending nuclear annihilation we might be facing (thanks North Korea!!). Ummm, so on that… er… cheery note… How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality Until recently, it was easy to define our most widely known corporations. Any third-grader could describe their essence. Exxon sells gas; McDonald’s makes hamburgers; Walmart is a place to buy stuff. This is no longer so. Today’s ascendant monopolies aspire to encompass all of existence. If this piqued your interest, I’d suggest heading over to …

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Hogwarts as Never-Never Land: Stephen King on The Goblet of Fire “I read the first novel in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, in April 1999 and was only moderately impressed. But in April 1999 I was pretty much all right.” Pop culture clash with the ever wonderful Mr. King. Insightful as ever. What Do We Mean When We Say “Toxic Masculinity?” This. All of this. ‘It was wonderfully scary’: Tim Curry, Rob Reiner and Kathy Bates on the joy of adapting Stephen King Four decades after Carrie, the master horror writer’s It is the latest of his tales to be turned into a film. Actors and directors explain what’s kept the industry hooked Hollywood pounced …

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Can Tattoos Help With Body Image? We Asked 7 Women “My parents are very old-fashioned when it comes to tattoos. Even though their generation does sometimes understand the younger generation’s culture, they still feel like being tattooed makes life as difficult today as it was when they were younger. But it really isn’t. Times they are a-changin’ and for the better (nice to find some cheer in the gloom) Introverts Don’t Hate People, They Hate Shallow Socializing For a long period of my life, I lived convinced that I don’t like people. As a teenager, I was sure that socializing is simply not for me and that I have to get to used to it and learn how to live …

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Why we fell for clean eating In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At the time, Younger, 23, believed herself to be eating the healthiest of all possible diets. It’s nice to have been ahead of a curve for once. I’ve always viewed ‘diets’ as wrong, and that sensible controlled eating, not following fads but science, is preferable. (I don’t adhere to this mind you…) How TV Addles Kids’ Brains: A Short Film Directed by Godfrey Reggio (Maker of Koyaanisqatsi) & Scored by Philip Glass On October 4, 1982, “more than 5,000 people filled the Radio City Music Hall to experience a remarkable event. That event …

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Another shitty week of news. A racist President, Nazis, terror attack in Barcelona. It’s not always easy steering the line through knowledge and despair. As ever, I’m staying away from such news here. Not because I don’t care, but because I need an outlet where it isn’t always front and centre, all the damn time. A theory of jerks Picture the world through the eyes of the jerk. The line of people in the post office is a mass of unimportant fools; it’s a felt injustice that you must wait while they bumble with their requests. No YOU didn’t have any problem ‘picturing the world’ like that… JERK! Going Up Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to …

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