Weekend Reading

Two notes on today’s post. I’m finding it harder to wade through my usual sources and avoid the T word. Especially this past week. It’s depressing stuff and shows no sign of abating. I tend to leave the order of the links in these posts unaltered. They are presented as I discovered, oldest to latest. But the news about Chris Cornell hit me really hard, largely because grunge was the ‘music moment’ I identified with growing up. Chris Cornell Was a Rock Star for the Ages Chris Cornell, frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night in Detroit, a few hours after a Soundgarden show. He was 52. He died by suicide, a medical examiner determined. Cornell was one of the …

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The ‘Shazam’ For Plants Will Identify Any Plant From A Picture An estimated 400,000 flowering plant species exist in the world, and, understandably, it can be difficult to keep track. The vast majority of us can only recognize and name a handful of plants, even if we would like it to be otherwise. This’ll be one of those apps I forget about until I need. And by then I’ll already have asked my mate Graeme… Strong language: swearing makes you stronger, psychologists confirm It isn’t big and it isn’t clever. But the benefits, known to anyone who has moved home, climbed a mountain, or pushed a broken-down car, have finally been confirmed: according to psychologists, swearing makes you stronger. Bet you are …

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To Everyone Who’s Just Barely Holding It Together I remember a lot of days feeling like an egg; an intact shell that looked smooth and clean, with an inside that was messy and maybe even rotten. You’d have to break it to find out, I guess, but it never quite broke. A thin membrane was all that was keeping it together. If anything in this article hits home. Stop reading. Go do something good for yourself instead, walk in the sunshine, have a long hot bath. Make time for you (awesome, amazing, you). The stupid reason that larger clothes fit so badly A common complaint among women who wear sizes 16 and up is that if they can find items …

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Redshirts Aren’t Likeliest to Die — and Other ‘Star Trek’ Math Lessons The original “Star Trek” series isn’t just a milestone of science fiction, it’s also a treasure trove of mathematical ideas — as Space.com discovered when we attended “Star Trek: The Math of Khan” at the Museum of Mathematics. Star Trek in FAKE NEWS shocker. Honestly, what IS the world coming to? “Many American adults are wary of pedophiles”: The best internet advice for traveling to the US So you want visit the US. You’ve packed your bags, gotten your documents together, maybe paid for a pricey tourist visa, to sprawling land of barbecue and purple mountains. A gentle reminder to everyone across the globe that we ALL live …

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Busy week + reading things printed on paper = short list today! Plus it’s Earth Day, so go outside and appreciate this amazing planet of ours! Selling Mark Zuckerberg Until recently, Mark Zuckerberg’s most iconic public appearance may have been the image of the young startup founder sweating through his hoodie onstage while journalist Kara Swisher grilled him at a tech conference in 2010. Part of me feels a bit sorry for Mr.Z, he has grown up in a strange world (admittedly of his own creation) in the public eye for the large part. Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85 Like many inventions, the internet was the work of countless hands. But perhaps no one deserves …

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LEGO Macintosh Classic with e‑paper display tl;dr: I built a Wi-Fi enabled LEGO Macintosh Classic running Docker on a Raspberry Pi Zero with an e‑paper display. Docker deployments via resin.io. [photos] I am not a 100% sure if it was this exact model or perhaps even the Macintosh 128K from 1988, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. File under: Will likely never do but GEEKtastic Margaret Atwood, the Prophet of Dystopia When Margaret Atwood was in her twenties, an aunt shared with her a family legend about a possible seventeenth-century forebear: Mary Webster, whose neighbors, in the Puritan town of Hadley, Massachusetts, had accused her of witchcraft. I’m a ‘late’ fan of hers, wonderful profile of an amazing talent. …

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A stylist’s five steps to make getting dressed easier For some people, getting dressed in the morning is a joy. Good for them. In my ongoing route to minimal, I’m taking notes from this. People who talk to pets, plants, and cars are actually totally normal, according to science I frequently talk to my plants. “Harold, you look dapper today,” I compliment my tiny green succulent. “Did you miss me?” I ask my Chinese evergreen. Once they begin plotting their slow, synchronized deaths, our conversations tend to intensify. AKA people are people Detroit Is Stomping Silicon Valley in the Self-Driving Car Race General Motors testing fully autonomous development fleet vehicles on public roads in Michigan.If you’re betting on Silicon Valley …

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Smurfette’s Roots When we were kids, my brother collected plastic Smurf figurines. While they were all fundamentally the same (blue body, white pants and white hat, except for Papa Smurf, who sported a red hat and white beard), each had different accessories based on their archetypal traits. I collected these too, in fact, in my younger rebellious days, I think I shop-lifted Papa Smurf! Survival of the Friendliest Violence has been the sire of all the world’s values,” wrote poet Robinson Jeffers in 1940. “What but the wolf’s tooth whittled so fine the fleet limbs of the antelope? What but fear winged the birds, and hunger jeweled with such eyes the great goshawk’s head?” It’s nice to be nice! TV show contestants …

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Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer We’re proud to feature “Hrafnkell,” the first chapter of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper. We are in an uncomfortably small conference room. Words are such wonderful, powerful, beautiful things, this sound like a joyous celebration of a book. The Enduring, Anxious Appeal of Gray Looking back, I should have realized it sooner, this problem that I have. The only excuse I can give is that introspection often takes time, and it’s only slowly that one recognizes an obsession, though signs of it may appear everywhere. No. NOT 50 bloody shades. Reading this I realise that I have been fighting this too, largely by …

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How I Came to the Church of Rock and Roll True, in junior high I sang along to John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” and knew every word on the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack. I was lucky, being introduced to Queen at an early age. Their album “Jazz” still resonates. “Tyler, you’re fucking Marla”: A perspective on Fight Club to piss off its devotees Content note: there’s a lot of discussion of sex and violence in this post. Also, spoilers for Fight Club, if somehow you’ve made it without watching it or knowing “the twist” for almost twenty years. A fav movie of mine, and a fav type of article. Take a movie and offer a different perspective. I’m gonna …

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