Weekend Reading

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RuPaul on How Straight People Steal From Gay Culture and Why Educating the Youth Is a Waste of Time RuPaul was born November 17, which makes him a Scorpio — a detail he has said accounts for his observant and analytical nature during interviews. Rey is a Palpatine This post obviously contains some spoilers. People know me as that food nerd, but I was a Star Wars nerd long before I ever even picked up a knife. The Comedian’s Comedian’s Comedian He’s a boxer, a Buddhist, a hoops junkie, and a kind of Yoda to every funny person born since 1965 (Sandler, Silverman, Apatow, Gervais, Baron Cohen…). Amy Wallace survives a rare sparring session with Garry Shandling, the reclusive master …

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Love’s labour brings down hill Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his beloved wife Mumtaz. The monument is now considered the world’s greatest monument of love. Dashrath Das’ monument of love may not be as beautiful, but in a way, it is more awe-inspiring than Shah Jahan’s feat. 7 Facts About Drugs and Addiction That Will Make You Question Everything You Know There’s no subject in our culture where the conversation is dominated by myths and misconceptions so much as drugs. We are frightened to talk about it. We are tempted to fall back on stock-phrases and mental spasms — Just Say No, and all its more modern twists. The Devil and Walt Disney We all have our origin …

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My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup I blinked. I didn’t know Justin very well. I did know that he was a very affable bearded man, and we both lived in the Bay Area. At the time, he ran a small creative agency, while I worked as a writer and digital media consultant. “I’ve been thinking about giving you something,” he said. The history of ugliness shows that there is no such thing In the 19th century, a hirsute aboriginal woman from Mexico named Julia Pastrana was billed on the freak-show circuit as ‘The Ugliest Woman in the World’. The Bidding War America’s war in Afghanistan, which is now in its fifteenth year, presents a mystery: how …

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Weekend Reading

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Reminder: you can get the Weekend Reading posts straight to your inbox by subscribing over there –>> The rise of American authoritarianism The American media, over the past year, has been trying to work out something of a mystery: Why is the Republican electorate supporting a far-right, orange-toned populist with no real political experience, who espouses extreme and often bizarre views? I’m equally fascinated by American politics, as I am horrified by the potential impact of Trump winning the whole damn thing. Given UK follows US… Boris for PM? Dear God. Sleep Munchies: Why It’s Harder To Resist Snacks When We’re Tired There’s lots of evidence that getting too little sleep is associated with overeating and an increased body weight. …

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Psssst, want to get these posts by email? Subscribe over there on the right. Why do the British say ‘sorry’ so much? It is probably the most over-used word in the United Kingdom: whether they are sorry about the weather or sorry because someone else has bumped into them, chances are your average Briton has blurted out at least one apology in the past hour or two. Obviously I’m sorry I am posting this given that you all probably feel like you should read it now, yeah, sorry about that. Your Letters Helped Challenger Shuttle Engineer Shed 30 Years Of Guilt When NPR reported Bob Ebeling’s story on the 30th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, hundreds …

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My Name Is Paul, And I Don’t Have Depression Before I start, let me paint you a picture of my Dad. Imagine you are looking at a newspaper clipping of a workers strike from the 1970’s. My dad is the third guy on the left. In his prime he worked three jobs, seven days a week. Monday to Friday he would work 6.30am – 6pm as a factory foreman. Touching article, proof you never know how mental health might kick in Winners of the 2016 World Press Photo Contest The winning entries of the 59th annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been announced. The 2016 Photo of the Year is a haunting nighttime image of refugees climbing through razor …

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KING: Peyton Manning’s squeaky-clean image was built on lies Thirteen years ago, USA Today obtained 74 pages of explosive court documents on Peyton Manning, Archie Manning, the University of Tennessee, and Florida Southern College that revealed allegations of a sexual-assault scandal, cover up, and smear campaign of the victim that was so deep, so widespread. Horrific, and not the only example of this type of cover-up. PR and Marketing over … decency? How People Learn to Become Resilient Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent …

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My family of four uses Slack and now we can’t imagine life without it Everything changed for the better when we started using Slack at work. We’ve made countless custom integrations; doorbells, intercoms, travel cards, Reddit, lunch menus, git hooks, server monitoring, you name it—we have it. My family has been using Google Calendar for a few years. My poly ‘family’ has used Google Calendar for ages, invaluable when working across four schedules. The geek in me thinks Slack could be a fun thing to try too. Where the bodies are buried Even before she became an anatomy student, Sue Black was used to death. From the age of 13 she had worked every Saturday at a local butcher’s shop. …

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The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind The brain surgery lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day. Science continues to boggle my mind (ha, geddit!) New York Is Going to Turn Off Niagara Falls. Here’s How After the construction of a cofferdam, the American Falls (left center) was significantly reduced, while the Horseshoe Falls (right) roared louder than ever. Engineering continues to amaze me. Anatomy of a good sticky note For many of our teams, the ‘unit of data’ in qualitative user research is the sticky note – or, more precisely, units of information captured onto sticky notes. People often …

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The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy Years ago, my mother complained about a terrible earache. The pain was unbearable. And it wouldn’t go away — for a week, she walked around with a debilitating ringing in her head. I always find articles about everyday items like these fascinating; how does the usage change? You’ll Spend 3.5 Days of Your Life Untangling Headphones Now instead of just being frustrated that my headphones are always tangled, now I’ll get to enjoy knowing I’m wasting a few days of my life. Untangle 4 times a day. I dunno, the estimates seem a bit light. Should Fiction Be Timeless? Pop Culture References in Contemporary Novels Should fiction be timeless? …

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