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.
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  • 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 latest must-have gadget. But what exactly makes a product cool?
    Read: http://ift.tt/1ETlkiu
  • Lower Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Be ‘Lifesaving,’ Federal Study Says
    Declaring they had “potentially lifesaving information,” federal health officials said on Friday that they were ending a major study more than a year early because it has already conclusively answered a question cardiologists have puzzled over for decades: How low should blood pressure go?
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  • Cool cartography: the art of mapmaking
    One of the most prolific ski-trail mapmakers at work, Niehues is known for extreme attention to detail, giving unique form, structure and shadows to trees, or adding cars to resort parking lots. He usually begins by gathering images of his subject from various angles, including archival photos and flying around the area at various elevations. A medium-size ski resort takes two to four days to sketch and seven to 10 days to paint. Larger regions have taken weeks.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1QpJZfz
  • The Dunce Cap Wasn’t Always So Stupid
    Sure, a dunce cap looks dumb now, but that wasn’t always the case. The dunce cap has long been a visual symbol of idiocy and punishment, but was once seen as something closer to a wizard’s hat.
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  • This Is The Current World Record For Stone Skipping
    Kurt Steiner crushed the previous record of 65 skips with a whopping 88, the physics of which is simply mind-boggling.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1NNohE5
  • Jonny Wilkinson interview: ‘winning the World Cup was a danger for me’
    As the last moments of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final were being battled out in Sydney, Jonny Wilkinson’s mother, Philippa, was shopping in a Tesco near her son’s Northumberland home, too nervous to watch her then 24-year-old’s pivotal role in the England v Australia match.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1MdtH89
  • Why London’s music scene is still one of the best
    When it comes to underground and leftfield dance music, London’s been leading the charge for decades.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1L5r0IE
  • What the World Got Wrong About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    In the sleek, cold lobby of the Langham Place hotel in Midtown Manhattan, one of those thoroughly designed spaces in which one cannot find a right angle, much less a comfortable chair, the 68-year-old, 7-foot-2 former basketball star sits.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1FP5vEm
  • Viola Davis gives stirring speech after historic win at 2015 Emmys – video
    Viola Davis gives a stirring speech after becoming the first woman of color to win the best actress in a drama series award at the 2015 Emmys on Sunday.
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  • 10 Tips from One Week as a Professional Baker
    Be prepared to get your hands dirty and apply sprinkles liberally. Have you ever fantasized about quitting your 9-to-5 to bake cookies all day? Well, folks, I’m here to tell you the dream is alive and well.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1Ljxgeo
  • The psychology behind why couples always fight when assembling Ikea furniture
    If you have assembled a piece of Ikea furniture with a partner, then you have probably argued with a partner about assembling a piece of Ikea furniture.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1KV5TZz
  • Take a Grand Tour of the World’s Great Tattoos
    A Grand Tour of Tattooing, hitting all the highlights, might start in New York and end in Montreal. But in between, it would circle the world. You’d travel to San Francisco, Japan, Beijing, St. Petersburg, and Berlin, before doubling back through Johannesburg, Jerusalem, India, and Bangkok.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1FiOpUv
  • Scenes From a Human Flood
    For the past several weeks, the world’s attention has been riveted by the spectacle of migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East making their way across Europe. A principal entry point has been the Greek island of Lesbos, close to the Turkish mainland.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1icSWgx
  • 100 Wonders: The Everlasting Lightning Storm
    The sky above this river never sleeps. Producing 3,600 flashes per hour, for 10 hours at a time, for most nights out of the year, the “Relampago del Catatumbo,” has been raging, on and off, for as long as people can remember.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1KsLR5s
  • The Self-Made Castaway Who Spent 16 Years on an Atoll With His Cats
    The phrase “sole survivor” evokes scenes of violent disaster—a plane crash; an explosion in a mine; the eruption of a volcano whose lava destroys a city and all its inhabitants but one.
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  • The Avenger
    When Ken Dornstein learned that Pan Am Flight 103 had exploded, he did not realize that his older brother, David, was on the plane. It was December 22, 1988, and Ken, a sophomore at Brown University, was at home, in Philadelphia, on winter break.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1ircT3n
  • Hit Charade
    The biggest pop star in America today is a man named Karl Martin Sandberg. The lead singer of an obscure ’80s glam-metal band, Sandberg grew up in a remote suburb of Stockholm and is now 44. Sandberg is the George Lucas, the LeBron James, the Serena Williams of American pop.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1KPjlOu
  • 7 Insanely Inventive Movies You Have To See To Believe
    Noodles like white worms in gray-green sludge, supposedly human flesh studded with suckers like an octopus, and a very unsettling ultrasound — even the seemingly innocuous opening shot of Evolution, of a boy swimming in the ocean, seen from below, is troubling.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1QUuHzK
  • How Cocktail Culture Survived Prohibition and World War II
    ​When Esquire made its debut in late 1933, repeal was imminent and Americans didn’t know a damn thing about polite drinking.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1MmOXbC
  • Here’s Why Some People Are More Religious Than Others
    When it comes to predicting the kind of people most likely to be religious, brainiac scientists used to be everyone’s last guess. The more educated a person was, the thinking went, the more likely they were to question the supernatural.
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  • Psychologist reveals the 9 most common dreams and what they mean
    Many psychologists have given up trying to interpret dreams, but we talked to one who hasn’t. Psychologist Ian Wallace has interpreted over 150,000 dreams during more than 30 years of practice.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1QZ0Czd
  • Health
    Sitting is basically the new smoking. An ever-growing body of research is showing that being sedentary and sitting for long periods of time are linked to poor health consequences, including a laundry list of risks for conditions ranging from obesity to heart disease.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1V9vwp6
  • Why Everything Is Bad for You
    When I was growing up in the same New Jersey suburbs so expertly described in Todd Solondz movies and Tom Perrotta novels, the usual lunch for me was a sandwich consisting of Wonder Bread spread thick with Land O’ Lakes butter, a wad of Oscar Mayer bologna and a slice of American cheese.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1V87SP3
  • Netflix Data Reveals Exactly When TV Shows Hook Viewers — And It’s Not the Pilot
    Netflix crunched cold, hard viewing data for more than two dozen TV shows and says it has determined which specific episode grabbed most subscribers to the point where they watched the entire first season.
    Read: http://ift.tt/1iMlCOh


  1. Lynne said:

    Hey Gordon, question right back at ya! What are the places you are getting this stuff? Generally there is always one or two articles that you post that I have read, but other stuff is definitely new for me? Twitter is generally where I get my stuff these days. Some folk I follow just because every now and again they link to a magnificent article. Or they link to people who link to articles. And the stuff they link to are articles I would never have read otherwise.

    October 4, 2015
  2. Gordon said:

    A variety of places, some RSS feeds (Long Reads is a good one), and some email newsletters too. I can recommend NextDraft and Atlas Obscura probably the main two. I deliberately set out to find a way to get to stuff I wouldn’t normally read either, so it’s been fun!

    October 4, 2015

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