Weekend Reading

  • 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.
  • Gillian Anderson’s & David Duchovny’s Voices Return for An X-Files Case on Audiobook
    X-Files fans who still want to believe there’s more supernatural mystery stories to be told, the truth is out there. And by “out there,” we mean another X-Files mystery in the form of an audiobook.
    File under: Some people might enjoy this.
  • Will London Fall?
    London may be the capital of the world. You can argue for New York, but London has a case. Modern London is the metropolis that globalization created. Walk the streets of Holborn, ride an escalator down to the Tube and listen to the languages in the air.
    Part of me doesn’t care. Part of me knows the impact will be massive.
  • Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?
    There was no reason for the patients to receive vitamin D tests. They did not have osteoporosis; their bones were not cracking from a lack of the vitamin. They did not have diseases that interfere with vitamin D absorption.
    Another health fad? Perhaps.
  • Why Do Movie Villains Have So Many Dermatological Issues?
    In the real world, a prominent facial scar can cause embarrassment and social anxiety. In the movies, it’s enough to drive a man to murder. This discrepancy is the focus of a new investigation published in JAMA Dermatology last week.
    Glib headline for an interesting topic.
  • The subtle brilliance of Sesame Street’s first episode starring an autistic Muppet
    When I was three or four, some friends of my parents threw a party; the kids went and played in the basement while the adults sat upstairs and talked.
    Yay for this. More of this needed!
  • An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life
    Running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy, according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death.
    File under: But didn’t ‘scientists’ say running was bad for us, not that long ago?
  • What happens to political satire when the real world goes mad?
    On Nov. 8, as the nation picked its 45th president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus spent the night observing a fake election. The scene, filmed for an upcoming episode of the political comedy “Veep,” unfolded in what was supposed to be a polling station in a post-Soviet republic.
    Wait, Trump ISN’T satire? Depressing news.