Weekend Reading

  • What made Darth Vader such a visually iconic character
    Darth Vader was only on screen in the original Star Wars movie for 8 minutes and for a little under 34 minutes in the whole original trilogy.
    I can STILL remember that opening scene. Scary.

  • Volcano Coffee
    Recyclable pod coffee – not an advert – I ordered some and they are fab.

  • I swapped apps for dating in real life – this is what happened
    Over the past five years, my online dating CV looks like this: two one-year relationships, five four-month relationships, several flings, 30 first dates, and around 2,500 Tinder matches.
    No frickin comment.

  • Liberty Media’s Ellie Norman: ‘We want to show F1’s raw emotion’
    These are challenging times for Formula One. The sport is in the process of a long-overdue reinvention under new owners in the post-Bernie Ecclestone one-man-band era.
    If you were ‘bored’ of F1 in the past, it is starting to change.

  • You’re Never Going to Be “Caught Up” at Work. Stop Feeling Guilty About It.
    Most people I know have a to-do list so long that it’s not clear that there’s an end to it. Some tasks, even quite important ones, linger unfinished for a long time, and it’s easy to start feeling guilty or ashamed about what you have not yet completed.
    So true. Give it up, let go!

  • “We’re in This Amazing Golden Era of Documentary”
    An 85-year-old Supreme Court justice. A pastor with a public television show. Identical triplets separated at birth. A songbird gone too soon. A pope. Pandas. It isn’t a bad joke or the line at the post office that unites these figures.
    So true. I’m starting to get hooked on them.

  • From Africa to tea with the Queen
    Eighty-year-old women are supposed to stay at home. The neatly dressed grandmother of our collective imagination derives her pleasure from indoor pursuits – cooking, reading, knitting.

  • The Sherpa Of New York
    “This was the original price,” Serap Jangbu Sherpa assured them as he pulled down a waterproof jacket from the rafters, “but now you get 35 percent discount.”
    Ain’t life a funny thing.

  • “I Saw Kink In God”: Dominatrixes And Their Orthodox Jewish Clients
    “Hasids are outsiders in New York, and so are sex workers. So, I think they maybe see us in a weird way as outlaws, like them.” We took turns peeing on Moishe’s face while he lay face up in the tub, lapping at our urine.
    Live and let live. Each to their own. Whatever. Life is too short for people to get all worked up about this kinda thing, no?

  • Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason
    In June 2016, Antonio Perkins unintentionally broadcast his own death to the world. It was a sunny day in Chicago, and he was sharing it on Facebook Live, a platform for distributing video in real-time, released just a few months earlier. The video is long.
    Ignore all their recent marketing, FB is still not good.

  • Japan’s Emperor Is Stepping Down Soon, Which Could Cause Major Headaches for Computer Calendars
    For most people, resigning from your job doesn’t necessitate the invention of any new computer characters, just a new Twitter bio. But as The Guardian reports, when Emperor Akihito, Japan’s current ruler, abdicates the Chrysanthemum Throne next year, that’s exactly what the country will need.
    This seems a little short-sighted?

  • Lawson Craddock’s Amazing Last-Place Finish In The Tour De France
    A broken shoulder blade; cobblestone roads; the Alps and Pyrenees: none of them were enough to stop U.S. cyclist Lawson Craddock from finishing the Tour de France on Sunday. Wearing number 13, he suffered a bad crash on the race’s first day – and refused to quit.
    Jesus. What a courageous idiot.

  • Conspiracy theorist Jones seeks dismissal of Sandy Hook defamation suit
    Lawyers for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones were due to ask a Texas court on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit against him and his InfoWars website filed by parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre who accused him of slander, according to court papers.
    Without clicking, what do you think this guy looks like? Yup. What is with these people?

  • The case for puns as the most elevated display of wit
    Humor me please, and consider the pun. Though some may quibble over the claim, the oft-maligned wordplay is clever and creative, writer James Geary tells Quartz. His upcoming book Wit’s End robustly defends puns and tells the distinguished history of these disrespected witticisms.
    If you don’t like puns well… nope, I’m out.