Weekend Reading

Some cracking reads this week, some quite dark, some wonderfully uplifting and the usual nonsense in-between. The Doctor As the sun set on a Saturday in early February, Mubarak Angalo, a farmer in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, was riding in a pickup truck with two friends. They had spent the day at a market, selling vegetables, and were returning to their village when they heard a low droning sound overhead. Read: http://ift.tt/1QoHWZ9 Out of the Darkness — Accountability for Torture — Medium THE CIA USED the music of an Irish boyband called Westlife to torture Suleiman Abdullah in Afghanistan. His interrogators would intersperse a syrupy song called “My Love” with heavy metal, played on repeat at ear-splitting volume. Read: http://ift.tt/1KeFwHa Mr. …

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Weekend Reading

This week I started the Couch to 5K program. This has no bearing on the following links, other than I’ve spent more time reading/recovering because I’m so unfit! 22 Candid Photos from NASA’s Just-Released Project Apollo Archive An image from Apollo 9, March 1969. (All Photos: Project Apollo Archive/flickr)  Between 1969 and 1972, 12 men, on 6 different space flights, walked on the moon, with NASA’s Project Apollo. And one of the few things that came with them? A camera. Read: http://ift.tt/1MZUvsX The Silver Arrow, the Real Ghost Train Haunting the Stockholm Metro Fanciful legends about ghost trains regularly pop up around subway systems, rail tunnels, and abandoned tracks. But in the case of the Stockholm Metro, the ghost train is real. …

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Weekend Reading

I’m behind on my Goodreads challenge so I’ll admit I haven’t read all of these this week but they all looked interesting… ‘If the Camera Moves it’s Got To Be for a Reason’: An Interview with Roger Deakins Nobody shoots movies as well as Roger Deakins. He is without question our greatest cinematographer: an exemplar without comparison. Read: http://ift.tt/1L8Zb0g Blank Space: What Kind of Genius Is Max Martin? Among the stranger aspects of recent pop music history is how so many of the biggest hits of the past twenty years—by the Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, and Britney Spears to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd—have been co-written by a forty-four-year-old Swede. Read: http://ift.tt/1FLqgWR Study: White people react to evidence of …

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Weekend Reading

More random stuff from various sources, enjoy! Inside the Group of Straight Men Who Are Swearing Off Women All over the world, straight men are making the conscious decision not to be involved with women. This isn’t a decision in any sort of metaphorical sense. These men are literally cutting women out of their lives, completely. Read: http://ift.tt/1KTweVZ Coming out of the bisexual closet For decades, I’ve called myself a lesbian. Is it finally safe to admit I like men, too? The candles were lit for dinner, and my date had arrived. I really liked this person, and I looked around a bit nervously, wondering what everyone was thinking. Read: http://ift.tt/QYLSXY What Happens Next Will Amaze You This is the …

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Weekend Reading

Back from my holiday, so a bumper edition for you! Ohhh and if anyone has any good sources for interesting articles (newsletters, RSS feeds, etc) then leave a comment. I’m always thirsty for more! What It Means To Be Me Navigating boundaries as a biracial agender person.A Roundtable Discussion – In my sophomore year of college, while navigating my gender identity and coming to terms with the fact that I might be a trans guy, I took a course called The Sociology of Gender. Read: http://ift.tt/1EWoFgq Why we crave what’s cool You probably heard quite a bit during the last 24 hours about the latest cool new products from Apple, iPads and iPhones, that in some circles quickly become the …

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Weekend Reading

Enjoy this weeks random selection of random articles. No Weekend Reading next week as I’m on holiday, but will be back with a vengeance (and a bumper edition) in a fortnight. The Cold War : Epic Magazine “Sure,” Efrain said. He was guarded and didn’t know where this was headed. Dennis took the lead, plunging into a list of complaints: Efrain boxed his drivers in, dropped prices, even catcalled people. Efrain sighed or shook his head in denial at each allegation. Read: http://ift.tt/1VzUos0 On How to Disagree We live in a world saturated with disagreement. Read: http://ift.tt/1sq2etL Scientists say they’ve found a way to slow ice cream’s melting Ice cream is already a scientific miracle. It has all three phases …

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Weekend Reading

I’m a little behind in my reading so a shorter set of links than usual. The incredible life and haunting death of world traveler Harry Devert Photos of Harry Devert almost inevitably show him standing somewhere breathtaking — a frozen cave in Iceland, a mountaintop in the Himalayas, a waterfall in Brazil — with his arms out wide and his face tilted up towards the sky. Read: http://ift.tt/1NN6dZz The contagious madness of the new PC It’s becoming pretty clear, as the year rolls on, that some of our brightest youngsters have gone round the bend. It’s as if they’ve caught a virus, a mental one, a set of thoughts and ideas that might loosely be called political correctness, but seem to me weirder …

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Weekend Reading

Quick poll: anyone still reading these? Lemme know in the comments please. Anyway, enough about me, on with the good stuff. Missing Scientist Found Hiding in Drug Lab Officers say that they could hear the man yelling in the basement the moment they entered the Morgan’s home.  But when they moved cautiously into the basement they saw nothing. Read: http://ift.tt/1U85fXI World’s fastest-melting glacier loses massive chunk in 2 days One of the world’s most rapidly flowing glaciers may have just set another record, and it’s not one not that bodes well for low-lying coastal cities and nations around the world, which are vulnerable to sea level rise. Read: http://ift.tt/1hBxq5w Where Are The Women In Tech? Coding Bootcamps Only 29% of …

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Every week I have to think about something to write as an introduction. Sometimes I just can’t be bothered though and wanna post the links. That ok? Yeah? Cool. Here ya go! Ohhh and whilst there is an article on Trigger Warnings, I should probably also point out the same for the article on Depression. Polyamory book reviews: Useful ideas for all relationships I was excited to be asked by the excellent people at Thorntree Press to review two new books about polyamory: Franklin Veaux’s memoir – The Game Changer – and Elisabeth Sheff’s edited collection of poly lives – Stories from the Polycule. Read: http://ift.tt/1WxHso9 Is There Any Right Way to Reject a Guy? [Updated] Telling someone you don’t …

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Weekend Reading

A quieter week, but hopefully a few things that might pique your interest! The Almost Perfect World War II Plot To Bomb Japan With Bats Mexican Free-tailed bats spill out of Bracken Cave in Texas. (Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service) Imagine: a quiet, tense night in the middle of wartime. A plane rips through the air above your city, rupturing the stillness. The bay doors open, and out whistles a bomb. It drops and drops. Read: http://ift.tt/1IXaAB9 Places You Can No Longer Go: The Love Shack Join one of our regional event announcement lists for first crack at upcoming explorations near you. 100% spam free, we promise. Read: http://ift.tt/1hn3YzK Book Club of California For over a hundred years the Book Club of …

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