Weekend Reading

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We Use Sports Terms All the Time. But Where Do They Come From? Your third-grade phys ed teacher used them all the time. Your neighbor does, too. Even your kids pull them out every once in a while. We’re talking about sports idioms, those everyday phrases ingrained in our lexicon, handed down from generation to…

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France outlaws lewd cat-calls to women in public amid attack uproar France voted to outlaw sexual harassment on the streets, leaving cat-callers and aggressively lecherous individuals facing potential on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros as part of tougher legislation to fight sexual violence. Good. Somebody at Fitbit needs a lesson on the menstrual cycle…

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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…

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Worcestershire from You’re Probably Pronouncing These 30 Food Words Wrong I’ll raise my hand, it’s not “kweynoah” (quinoa) Elena Ferrante: ‘I used to devour news. Now, the uninterrupted rain of it feels like chaos’ I don’t feel desperate to be informed about everything that happens in the world. As a girl, I merely glanced at…

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An Honest Look at The Personal Finance Crisis Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. And the rich keep getting richer. Hello dystopian future. 100 Best Movies to Stream on…

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Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs? Here are three essays that make very different arguments but are worth reading, and (I think) worth reading together. Introspective time for bloggers. Why Women’s Friendships Are So Complicated When Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, was in grade school, one of…

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Knitting at the end of the world I love this picture of actor Nicholas Hoult knitting on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. As do I. Contrasts are always interesting. Trent Reznor Thinks Artists Should Speak Out “Bad Witch,” your ninth studio album with Nine Inch Nails, is the final record of a politically-minded…

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Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one needs to be exposed to that monster.’ Many propose that she’s not a philosopher at all and should not be taken seriously. The…

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Can our phones solve our love lives? It would be most of our first choices to have relationships in the real world; but for many of us, it is a great deal more plausible to pursue them with, and via, our phones. Phones provide exemplary compensation for the frustrations of living with actual people. Solve?…

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Why are (some) Star Wars fans so toxic? With at least one new film every year, you’d think it would be easy being a Star Wars fan in 2018, but it isn’t. That’s not because JJ Abrams killed off Han Solo in Episode VII, or The Last Jedi snuffed out Luke Skywalker. I love Star…

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10 Strikes and You’re Out – the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should For many years now, iOS has offered an option in the Passcode section of the Settings all: “Erase all data on this iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. tldr; the timeout between attempts increases, would take 4 hrs to get through…

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Poverty lingers a septic wound, choleric, stenching, bursting rancid all over your Sunday best. You jest at scars, that never felt a wound, I muttered to my phone screen as an avatar of a sneering man stared back, his grainy face positioned just to the left of his barbed jab about why a ‘bestselling author…

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Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data. Google has far more data about us than Facebook. Yet unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking empire, which has been under fire for improperly leaking user data, Google has sidestepped controversy. Next up, Apple who announced their own way to…

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The Power of Eddie Vedder’s Voice: Hear Isolated Vocal Tracks from Three Classic Pearl Jam Songs A lifetime of rock star excess has taken its toll on Eddie Vedder’s voice but not on his talent. Most recent performances have tilted towards the gentle, the acoustic, the Americana, reflecting his larger embrace of the broad expanse…

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Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg? Roman scholar Plutarch made the earliest written reference to this problem, but it’s clear from his treatise “On Whether the Hen or the Egg Came First” that he wasn’t the first to ask it. In his circle, it wasn’t just about poultry. Alas, this still doesn’t explain…