More random readings I’ve stumbled across this week. Note: no post next week as I’ll be somewhere in a muddy field at Glastonbury.
- How to Avoid the Productivity Rabbit Hole
This article is by Josh Zerkel, Director of Worldwide Account Management and Training at Evernote. We’re not entirely sure where the kitten photo came from. It’s best we keep it that way. We can haz productivity. And, so can you. Scroll through your LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter feed.
- 20 astonishing holiday complaints
Presented to you, for your entertainment and pleasure – 20 of the most outrageous, ridiculous and stupid travel complaints made to tour operators A recent survey from Thomas Cook and ABTA reveals 20 of the most ridiculous complaints by holiday-makers made to their travel agent.
- Does a polyamorous lifestyle reward followers with a better life?
Actors Ginnifer Goodwin, Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Chloe Sevigny starred in the popular HBO series Big Love which focused on polyamorous relationships.
- League of Legends prodigy Faker carries his country on his shoulders
‘League of Legends’: A marquee event”League of Legends” has swept across the globe in recent years, and tens of millions of gamers now play each month. Check out just how big the eSport has become.
- Camming Is Not Like Any Other Kind of Sex Work
I’m in Eevie’s bedroom watching her work. She’s wearing a little black dress and drinking merlot from a shatterproof wineglass one of her viewers sent her after she’d broken a real one on camera.
- Can Reading Make You Happier?
Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence.
- The Shittest Burlesque I’ve Seen
For some time now, on my rounds of the great and the good of cabaret spectaculars, I have found that I dread the mention of burlesque. Not because I don’t like the art form: precisely because I love it.
- Your Child Should Never Be Forced to Hug Anyone (Yes, Including a Relative) – Here Are 7 Reasons Why — Everyday Feminism
Two of my good friends had their first baby late this past year. From the get-go, Baby was a cuddly little girl. (Or, as her two moms say, “We assume she’s a girl, but we won’t know for sure until she tells us herself.
- Calling Yourself Fat For the First Time — Medium
The word ‘fat’ used to have me running scared. It stung my ears, made my heart sink, and when used by someone else about me, it made me cry.
- The Straight White Man’s Guide To The 21st Century
For the modern gent, the 21st century can be an absolute ruddy minefield. A chameleonic landscape of rights, wrongs, and rules where the unknowing and unwilling are met with gleeful admonishment and public shame. A minefield, I say!
- Laverne Cox: ‘Now I have the money to feminise my face I don’t want to. I’m happy that this is the face God gave me’
‘Until recently, I was the transgender person that people were most aware of,” says Laverne Cox, who describes herself as “an actress first and activist second”.
- The Black Knight Satellite — The Truth is Up There
The Heavens abound with no shortage of weirdness, mystery and wonder and despite intense scrutiny there is a dearth of solid, factual information; fantastic speculation isn’t going to stop any time soon and that suits your Humble Narrator just fine. Who wants to get weird?
It’s 3:35 a.m. in the morning. I am standing in an open doorway, peering into a dark wood, wearing only a pair of thermal long johns. Snow is drifting onto my face from a moonlit sky. My heart is pounding. And I am holding an axe.
- The fascinating, feel-good psychology of Internet cat videos
It’s 2 p.m. You’re tired, disgruntled and desk-bound. Casting about for something — anything! — to carry you to 5, you contemplate a coffee or an office walk-around. But not so fast, dear office drone, because there’s a guaranteed mood-lifter you can indulge in at your desk.
- Etsy infuriates the witch community with its ban on selling spells
Etsy, the online marketplace for buying and selling all things quirky and handmade, is also home to a vibrant witch community. Those witches are fuming over Etsy’s new policy of rigorously enforcing its existing ban on sales of “metaphysical services,” which is to say spells and hexes.
- Apple Watch: My most personal review ever
I have been reporting on Apple for more than 20 years now, and in all that time no product has had such an impact on my life as this little piece of hardware and software. I don’t say that for dramatic effect, it has had a profound effect on the way I live.
- Has Russian radio signal UVB-76 been solved after 40 years?
Volume dials were turned up, computers began recording, forum posts were hastily typed. Something big was happening. For the first time in a history that stretches back nearly 40 years, the mysterious Russian radio signal popularly known as UVB-76 had issued an order. On Jan.