Weekend Reading

Reading time: 3 mins
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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Weekend Reading

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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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Weekend Reading

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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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Weekend Reading

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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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Weekend Reading

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Still managing to, mostly, avoid Trump links here. Alas not completely but I’m doing my best to read more things outside of that horror show (whilst following along as best I can in the news). Bird Man Noah Strycker spotted the first bird before I made it from the parked car to the edge of the marsh. “It’s a rough-legged hawk,” he said when I caught up to him, gesturing for me to peer through his long, 60-power Swarovski scope. I do love tales about dedication, no matter the field. David Letterman on Life After TV, Late Night Today, and the Man He Calls Trumpy Since retiring after 33 years on the late night television, David Letterman has kept a …

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Weekend Reading

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We tested bots like Siri and Alexa to see who would stand up to sexual harassment If that’s the case, it’s time Cortana’s team—along Siri’s, Alexa’s, and Google Home’s—step up. This is weird, or scary, or … something else entirely. People Who Cry During Movies Are The Strongest People Of All I’ll admit it: I cry during movies… and books, music, and podcasts. Depending on how my hormone levels are, I might preemptively grab tissues and just watch the movie alone. Though a lot of people smirk when they see me watch movies in tears, I’m really fine with it. From a ‘big greet’ I couldn’t agree more. Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media With …

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Do Not Pass Go: Interview With The Monopoly Thimble Perhaps nobody cares about their clothes anymore. Sad times for a thimble, cast aside. The Coffee Shaman “The way a shaman comes to light is that, as a child, he’s given fairy tales that are only that: fairy tales. And the shaman has to then penetrate the veil, to understand that there’s really something else beyond.” Now, I love coffee but… shaman? 4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him. Around 2005 or so a strange link started showing up in my old webcomic’s referral logs. This new site I didn’t understand. It was a …

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Weekend Reading

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Did a violin teacher from Plano, Texas solve the world’s greatest classical music mystery? In 2006, Padgett was part of an orchestra preparing for a concert dedicated to the “mysteries and hidden messages” of Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma, Op. 36. The Enigma Variations, as it is commonly called, is one of Britain’s most beloved classical music works. I love stuff like this, yeah, I’m a geek, bite me! I Work from Home ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home. OPERATOR: O.K., is anyone else there with you, sir? No longer an option but I can see how this could happen… Renewables are no longer ‘alternative.’ Fossil fuels are ‘legacy.’ …

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Simply 69 funny jokes by 69 funny comedians Just 69 brilliant jokes as written by 69 brilliant comedians. What else is there to say, take it away Spike… 1. Spike Milligan “I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine. 2. My kinda humour. Simple & clever. Like me! This New Dating App Will Find You Someone Who Dislikes All the Same Things Positivity is often advised whenever you start dating someone new: Along with hiding that you still Instagram-stalk your ex’s ex and consider a box of Wheat Thins to be a suitable dinner, you’re also not supposed to constantly bring up things that you …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins
Dearest reader, I can confirm that this week, Weekend Reading is a Trump free zone. I dunno about you but I can’t handle any more of that, so I thought I’d avoid inflicting it on anyone else.* The Secret History of the First Cat in Space On October 18th, 1963, the Centre national d’études in France was set to send a small cat named Félix into space. After lagging behind its Soviet and American competitors, France was eager to stake its claim in the space race—with cats, for some reason. Can you imagine it? A cat, in a confined space with lots of blinking lights. CARNAGE! 6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence They’re more likely to avoid games …

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