Weekend Reading

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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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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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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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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Google Home vs Alexa A year ago, my boyfriend got an Amazon Echo. I remember first using the product, dazzled at its ability to process requests from across the room. Alexa, play us some music. As the year progressed, the wow factor faded quickly. Going to be an interesting space to watch… er… listen to. How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind Since the election, a lot of people not previously involved in activism have jumped in with both feet. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood have been inundated with donations, mostly from first-time givers. US focused but still valid in the current climate Hackers downloaded US government climate data and stored it on European servers as Trump was being inaugurated …

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When You Name Your Fictional War Criminal After a Real Man By Accident When the name of my novel’s antihero popped up in my inbox one afternoon, I didn’t even pause for thought. I had just spent six long years with the man. Why wouldn’t he be emailing me? Even as I read the first few lines, I had no doubt this was my character writing to me. I get emails from fictional characters all the time. Mostly from Nigerian Princes. 10 Simple Ways to Help You Say No It’s important to say no so we can create more time to engage in what matters most. Even though we may feel bad or worried about saying no, it’s still important, …

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I wore men’s clothes for a month – and it changed my life It’s 9am and I’m having breakfast at the House of Commons. I’m wearing a three-piece pinstriped suit, matching tie and pocket square, and the confidence of a mediocre white man. To my left, a man is pouring me coffee; to my right, another is listening respectfully. How did I get here? This is my – if you only read one post, read this one – entry this week. Five Documentaries Worth Watching — Tools and Toys Rather than make a super-extensive list of my all-time favorite ones, I figured I’d put together a short list of documentaries from recent years that I heartily recommend. Enjoy! Warning: This …

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A billion dollar gift for Twitter Listen, it’s almost 2017, so it’s absurd to still be writing “how to save Twitter” thinkpieces. My use of Twitter is waning. It might just be the usual cycle of the mehs, but I’m finding myself increasingly less bothered about it recently. But Really, Why DO We Post So Many Food Pics? There is no sincerer love than the love of food. – George Bernard Shaw And no, it’s not JUST because we are all fat bastards (what? just me, ohh ok then) Things I read this year: My favourite books of 2016 2016 has basically been a left-up toilet seat of a year, but it wasn’t all terrible. Some great books were published …

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