Category: <span>Reading</span>

  • The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right
    It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; presumably ours did, too, before our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things.
    So many diets, so many foods to eat, to avoid… this pretty much nails it all. (for now at least).

  • Lift your way to strength – and help your body stay young
    Weightlifting isn’t just the preserve of musclebound hulks. Now women of all ages are increasingly turning to barbells as a way of staying healthy and warding off the effects of getting older Any woman can be strong.
    Hand in hand with the previous link. If you are in Glasgow, my gym embodies all of this.

  • Experience: I’ve played a game of tag for 23 years
    As teenagers, a group of friends and I spent every spare moment at school playing tag. The game developed into more than just chasing each other round the playground; it involved strategy and cunning.
    An oldie (that I’ve read before) but a goodie, cropped again this week for some reason but still worth revisiting.

  • If Meditation Stresses You Out, Try This
    I have a bad habit of trying to meditate, getting distracted, and immediately giving up, just to try it again six months later.
    If you’ve EVER tried to meditate but it didn’t click, this might be why.

  • Daughter Finds Box With 30,000 Never-Before-Seen Negatives In Attic, Her Jaw Drops When She Develops Them
    This is lovely.

  • Mark Zuckerberg Thinks We’re Idiots.
    Reacting to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t been as confrontational as Steve Jobs (“You’re holding it wrong”) or Sun Microsystems’ CEO Scott McNealy (“Get over it. You have no privacy”).
    I’ll just leave this here.

  • How Activists Turned Empty London Property into a Thriving Homeless Shelter
    This is good. WHY it has come to this is bad.

  • What is my dog?
    Everyone thinks my dog is a puppy. His large, wide-set eyes; small, soft body and playful demeanor belie his maturity and emotional depth — attributes that become obvious once you get to know him.
    I bloody love this. Of not real note but worth a read.

  • 6 Minutes and 20 Seconds
    When I was sixteen, I spent a couple wondrous summer weeks at a place called Governor’s School in North Carolina. It was here that country mouse me met all manner of bright and misfit kids, in social and academic pursuits. We started the term in shy quietude and ended it in tearful embrace.
    Powerful and moving.

  • The Extraordinary Inclusiveness of the March for Our Lives
    Maybe what was most extraordinary about the March for Our Lives, in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, was not its size, though that was impressive—likely hundreds of thousands of people in a long, dense ribbon winding down Pennsylvania Avenue.
    These are the kids that will run the world, I can’t wait for them to take over.

  • Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking
    “Put your phone away” has become a commonplace phrase that is just as often dismissed. Despite wanting to be in the moment, we often do everything within our power to the contrary.
    My phone is right next to me, yet I can still come up with witty remarks for … ummm.. the thing… of… what?

  • The People Who Can Control Their Goose Bumps
    How is this even possible? The “it” in this case was goose bumps, which Palejko, a 34-year-old tech worker in Argentina, says he can control at will.
    What the WHAT?

  • Heart Rate Variability (HRV): What is it, and why does the Apple Watch track it?
    Amidst the many improvements to Apple’s heart rate measurements with iOS 11 and Apple Watch, Apple also introduced a new measurement called an HRV (Heart Rate Variability) average.
    FINALLY! I’ve been trying to figure this out for ages.

  • Too Much Seep May Be Just as Harmful as Too Little
    Work was brutal this week, and as a result you got less than five hours of sleep every night. Finally, the weekend is here and you’re ready to earn those lost hours back with luxurious, back-to-back nights of 10-hour sleeping marathons. Well, science is here to tell you to reconsider that plan.
    Tomorrow, science says 4 hrs sleep is all we need. Next week on science, 10 hrs sleep a night!

  • What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—And Our Ability to See?
    The eyes are unwell. Their childhood suppleness is lost. The lenses, as we log hours on this earth, thicken, stiffen, even calcify. The eyes are no longer windows on souls. They’re closer to teeth.
    Yikes *turns off computer*

  • Exclusive: This is the most dexterous robot ever created
    It might not look that special, but the robot above is, according to a new measure, the most dexterous one ever created. Among other tricks, it could sort through your junk drawer with unrivaled speed and skill. The key to its dexterity is not in its mechanical grippers but in its brain.
    Item 4938 in ‘When our Robot Overlords ….’ ohhh you get the picture.

  • How One Writer Is Using Thrillers to Explore Misogyny
    Vladimir Nabokov once described the thriller as a “fond tradition” in which “the villain is generally punished, and the strong silent man wins the weak babbling girl.” We all know the kind of novel he means.
    More books to add to the reading list.

  • Utah’s ‘free-range parenting’ law said to be first in the nation
    It all started when Lenore Skenazy let her 9-year-old ride the subway home alone. She gave him a map, a MetroCard, a $20 bill and — just in case — some quarters for a pay phone call. Then she left him in the handbag section in New York’s original Bloomingdale’s. It was all his idea.
    I can hear the commentators now… “when I was growing up…”

  • How Europe’s new privacy rule is reshaping the internet
    If you’ve been looking for it, you may have seen a lot of privacy policies change in the past few months. From Google to Slack, companies are quietly updating terms, rewriting contracts, and rolling out new personal data tools in preparation for a massive shift in the legal landscape.
    GDPR fun! Remember, you have the ‘right to be forgotten’! (is ANYONE STILL READING THIS??)

  • An Essay by Vincent Gallo – Unfiltered and Unedited
    My name is Vincent Gallo. If you by chance know who I am, I hope that you don’t feel any negativity towards me. I don’t like to be called Vince. Please call me Vincent, Gallo, Vinnie Gallo, or Mister. Those are your choices. And I was not born Vincent Vito Gallo Jr.
    Uncommented by me. This is, startling.

  • Easter egg truthers: the annual religious row over chocolate
    It’s an annual row that seems to come round earlier and earlier every year – the great Easter egg debate.
    This fuckin country…

  • Adnan Syed, made famous in the podcast “Serial,” is getting a new trial
    If you didn’t listen to this podcast, now would be a good time to start.

  • Scientists have spent 60 years agonizing over how our knuckles crack
    Knuckle-cracking. Aside from worrying about whether it leads to arthritis (it doesn’t), most of us do it mindlessly to get ourselves in the mood to start a project—or while we fret about it.
    Snap crackle and pop indeed.

  • Those 2-Minute Walk Breaks? They Add Up
    Walk for two minutes. Repeat 15 times. Or walk for 10 minutes, thrice. The benefits for longevity appear to be almost exactly the same, according to an inspiring new study of physical activity patterns and life spans. It finds that exercise does not have to be prolonged in order to be beneficial.
    This is good news!


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Breaking with tradition, here’s a link to a wonderful newsletter. It’s only a few issues old but so far it’s made me pause and think each time.

Words. Daily. Because finding good words to think on (or use for calligraphy practice or journal pages) takes time and effort. Let me share my time and effort with you.

Disclaimer: I am not getting paid for the above link, I just happen to like it and happen to know the wonderfully talented person who has created it.

  • Alexandra Burke: UK has ‘massive problem’ with confident women
    Alexandra Burke has battled more than her fair share of criticism in the last year – something she says is partly down to the way confidence is perceived in the UK. There’s every reason for Alexandra to feel on top of the world.
    I don’t think this is specific to the UK, but very valid points.

  • Feminist Mug
    Either you run the day or the day runs you. Let everyone know who runs the world with this bold Feminist mug.
    Apropros of nothing. Actually, apropros of EVERYthing.

  • Father cheers on man running 10K race with son’s donated heart
    An Ontario man whose life was saved with a heart transplant ran his first 10-kilometre race over the weekend with the father of the donor cheering him on.
    Well this is just bloody, heartwarmingly, lovely.

  • With these patents, Apple could win the next major platform war
    The next stage of the platform wars may be in health. Despite being one of the most regulated sectors, where change is driven as much by law as by technological advances, the big tech giants are active.
    Apple gets a lot of criticism, but tend to play a longer game and not a reactionary one.

  • How Wikipedia Portrayed Humanity in a Single Photo
    In 1972, Carl Sagan was preparing to send humans into space. The Pioneer missions were unmanned, sure—but NASA had asked Sagan to design a depiction of Earth’s inhabitants for the trip, just in case the spacecraft ran across some aliens.
    File under: Things my privilege hid from me. What single photo would you choose to represent ALL of humanity?

  • Nearly 20% of women inmates in Japan’s prisons are seniors
    Shoplifting has become something of a lifeline for Japan’s elderly population. As Bloomberg reports, nearly one in five women in prison is 65 or older. These elderly women commit minor crimes in order to escape poverty and solitude.
    Sad when it comes to this. Loneliness really is a killer.

  • Green Mountain at Fox Run: The floodlight and the twinkle lights
    In the aforementioned Hungers That Influence Eating Behaviours class, Shiri explained that a binge acts like a floodlight. To quote her blog post: “The truth of the matter is that nothing will do it like food… Eating in that way lights up the pleasure centers of the brain.”
    Another thought inspiring post. Huge thanks to Shauna for sharing these.

  • Home
    THE COFFEE, HE THINKS. THE COFFEE’S A CONCERN. Only one hundred single-serving pouches of instant were allotted for him on Expedition Six, stowed in the galley in a metal drawer with a black net stretched over its mouth to make sure the pouches wouldn’t float away.
    Life in space is never not ordinary (no spoilers, but this is a great read).

  • Dear internet, instead of wearing your tinfoil hat ask intelligent questions
    In so many ways it’s an awful forum for in-depth analysis of Russian geo-politics – although perhaps I’m being a little too generous to label it analysis; it falls far more comfortably into the tinfoil hat conspiracy theory camp.
    Yes. More intelligent questions, less stating of ‘facts’ because you think you know them (you usually don’t. Yes, YOU).

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy of Taking Author Photos
    I walked into the bookstore gripping my debut novel, its cover puckering where my sweaty fingers clutched tight, as if to remind myself: You’ve published a book, you’re not an absolute imposter. What awaited was a lectern and a huddle of sad chairs.
    Ahhh this is REALLY what’s stopping me finishing that novel (2nd draft in progress though)

  • These Are the Most (and Least) Annoying Sounds Ever, …
    Nails on a chalkboard may be the most clichéd of the horrid noises out there, but apparently, it’s not the most annoying.
    I’m sorry. Really I am. I challenge you to not imagine these sounds and… ick ick ick! *shudder*

  • The Bidet’s Revival
    Invented centuries ago in France, the bidet has never taken off in the States. That might be changing. “It’s been completely Americanized!” my host declares proudly.
    Glad to hear this, I love having those little foot bath things when I’m abroad.

  • Romanian court tells man he is not alive
    In a case reminiscent of a Kafka novel, a Romanian court has ruled that a 63-year-old man is dead despite what would appear to be convincing evidence to the contrary: the man himself appearing alive and well in court.
    To the perennially late, this is a warning!

  • How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing
    You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it.
    I’ll just leave this here.

  • 143 Million People May Soon Become Climate Migrants
    Climate change will transform more than 143 million people into “climate migrants” escaping crop failure, water scarcity, and sea-level rise, a new World Bank report concludes.
    Anyone in the UK, given the last couple of months of weather that we clearly are not used to, still deny climate change?

  • Reasons to Believe
    In the good old days, the arrival of UFOs on the front page of America’s paper of record might have seemed like a loose-thread tear right through the fabric of reality — the closest that secular, space-race America could have gotten to a Second Coming.
    Ach, why not. If you can believe in a ‘being’ based on the stories made up thousands of years ago, why not UFOs?

  • How to Balance Your Media Diet
    In fact, ideas might be even more powerful drivers than food since we are willing to forgo food just because of entirely abstract ideas we hold. Our hunger predates our current condition.
    Following on from my Switching Off

  • I Got a Story to Tell
    My man Sam Cassell took me out the night before my very first NBA game. We were playing the Bucks down in Houston and he knew I was about to take his ass to the cleaners. But Sam is from Baltimore, and I’m from D.C.
    Yes, it’s about NBA basketball players, but it’s about so much more than that. Everyone has a story.

  • Small b blogging
    There’s an idea that starting a blog is harder than it used to be. That there used to be a way to write a few words, slap it online and wait for the traffic to roll in. I call BS. It’s not that it’s not true exactly – but that kind of thinking is living in the shadow of the Digg homepage.
    Yes to this. Ohhh hang on, I’ve been small b blogging for 19yrs FFS! Welcome back to the party!! (it was getting kinda lonely tbh)

  • One Decade to Rock, No Matter the Roll
    Obvious statement alert: The Beatles were an incredible band. But to me, the most incredible thing about them was that they released all of their albums — all the songs we all know and love — over an eight year span (from 1963’s Please Please Me to 1970’s Let It Be).
    This fact never really landed with me. It is utterly incredible (like them or not, the change in sound and approach is startling in such a short space of time)

  • Bill Murray Reads the Poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Wallace Stevens, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Lorine Niedecker, Lucille Clifton & More
    Who among us wouldn’t want the ineffably mellow, witty, and wise Bill Murray to crash their party, wedding, or White House press briefing room? Maybe you’re one of the few who could resist his comic charms.
    Because Bill Murray.

  • What Exactly Does a Librarian Do? Everything.
    Growing up, I liked to imagine what it would be like to work in a library. What little I knew about them was what I’d gleaned from movies and TV because my conservative parents never took us to any and only let me read books they purchased from the Bible Book Store.
    Who knew! Librarians are awesome.

  • 12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech
    Technology isn’t an industry, it’s a method of transforming the culture and economics of existing systems and institutions. That can be a little bit hard to understand if we only judge tech as a set of consumer products that we purchase.
    In light of the current Facebook news, this is a timely article, well worth a read.

  • The decades-long quest to end drought (and feed millions) by taking the salt out of seawater
    In October 2017, Charlie Paton was driving across the parched plains of northwestern Somaliland when he passed a seemingly endless queue of rumbling trucks. Each was piled high with containers of grain – 47,000 tonnes in all – to be distributed as food aid across Somalia and Ethiopia.
    Sounds straight forward enough.

  • Sony world photography awards 2018 – in pictures
    Belching volcanoes, a boy cuddling his goat, an upside-down car … here are some of the winners in the national and open competition categories of the world’s largest photography competition.
    Some breathtaking stuff here.

  • Stunt pilot restarts his single engine in the nick of time
    I always feel a little silly when I click through to watch videos with titles like “Plane Miraculously Flies To Safety After Sudden Engine Failure”, like I’m indulging in clickbait, a sugary online snack when I’m supposed to be consuming healthier fare.
    Take 5 mins to watch this. I guarantee it will raise your heart-rate!!

  • Omnisexual, gynosexual, demisexual: What’s behind the surge in sexual identities?
    In 1987, the French philosopher Michel Foucault made the meticulously researched case that sexuality is a social construct used as a form of control. In the 40 years since, society has been busy constructing sexualities.
    For those struggling to keep up with the terminology, a tip. Don’t worry about the terminology, just don’t be a dick if someone calls you on it!


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Extra long list today as I was too busy wandering the streets of Barcelona last week!

  • Stephen Hawking obituary
    The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination, as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter.
    A sad day.

  • ‘Remember to look up at the stars’: the best Stephen Hawking quotes
    The British physicist and author had a way with words. Here are a collection of some of his greatest quotations Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, combined a soaring intellect and a mischievous sense of humour that made him an icon of both academia and popular culture.
    More stories of his sense of humour are surfacing, utterly inspirational.

  • ‘I have a loving husband and thought I was secure. Then a cat came into my life’
    Pets can highlight your mental health issues. Ask my late dad how he was, he would tell you, “Fine”. If you wanted more information, it was best to ask him how the dog was. “Oh, the dog is depressed.” My dad was doing what Freud described as projection.
    I do not have a loving husband. Nor a cat. Am I doing ‘life’ wrong again?

  • Halsey delivers powerful, personal poem about sexual abuse at Women’s March
    Halsey penned a striking, personal poem about her own experiences with sexual assault and abuse for 2018’s Women’s March in New York City.
    More power to this, more eyeballs on this, more action because of this, please!

  • The Lottery Hackers
    Gerald Selbee broke the code of the American breakfast cereal industry because he was bored at work one day, because it was a fun mental challenge, because most things at his job were not fun and because he could.
    As always, the varied workings of humankind fascinate me.

  • This Mutant Crayfish Clones Itself, and It’s Taking Over Europe
    Frank Lyko, a biologist at the German Cancer Research Center, studies the six-inch-long marbled crayfish. Finding specimens is easy: Dr. Lyko can buy the crayfish at pet stores in Germany, or he can head with colleagues to a nearby lake.
    The real worry is they hook up with those freaky robots that open doors. All hail our new Crustaco-bot overlords!

  • Watch Jack Nicholson Get Maniacally Into Character for The Shining’s Iconic Axe Scene
    “C’mon you f#ck! C’mon death! Die! Axe murderer! Kill!!” That’s my best transcription of Jack Nicholson’s loopy warm up dialog seen in the above clip, taken from “Making The Shining.”
    I cannot get enough about the makings and workings of this movie.

  • How a Meditation App Changed the Way I Deal with Difficult Emotions
    To say anxiety has always been a part of my life would be an understatement. Quite often, it takes the driver’s seat. It affects everything from little tasks to big decisions, and shows up both in my personal relationships and work life.
    A gentle nudge towards trying some guided meditation. It really can work.

  • Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? Should You Change?
    It is certain that being insensitive is an undesirable trait, but does that mean that the opposite, ‘being sensitive’, is a desirable one?  Apparently, in our Western society we cannot make up our minds: We consider either being insensitive or being sensitive to be unfavorable.
    I think I fall under the ’empathetic’ banner, not sensitive about ‘me’ but can be very sensitive about others (even strangers).

  • Do We Need to Redefine Masculinity—or Get Rid of It?
    I would bet a large sum that my father has seen 90 percent of the films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. And my guess, too, is that he cried during every single one of them. He’s not embarrassed to cry at movies, or television shows, or commercials. He’s a sap, pretty proudly.
    GET RID!

  • Go Ahead, Millennials, Destroy Us
    As with all historic tipping points, it seems inevitable in retrospect: Of course it was the young people, the actual victims of the slaughter, who have finally begun to turn the tide against guns in this country.
    More of this. Destroy us faster. Please.

  • Long-awaited statue of Scots rent strikes legend Mary Barbour to be unveiled on International Women’s Day
    The organiser of the Govan rent strikes will be honoured with a statue  to the woman behind the Glasgow rent strikes whose name is still synonymous with tenants rights will be unveiled in Govan on International Women’s Day this week (8 March), after a long-running fundraising camp
    A timely day to unveil this. What a powerhouse.

  • 11 Clever Buildings Whose Architects Refused To Cut Down Local Trees
    Because everyone loves trees!

  • Chuck Feeney: the billionaire who gave it all away
    Chuck Feeney today is a man of no property. He and his wife Helga live in a modest rented apartment in San Francisco. He has no car or luxuries of any kind. Actually, come to think of it, he has a very nice watch. It is plastic and cost about $15.
    Forwarding this to Bezos, Musk, etc (not you Gates, you’re doing ok)

  • The Ordinary Greatness of Roger Bannister
    The remarkable—and frustrating—thing about watching Roger Federer hit a forehand is that it is impossible to know, as a spectator, what hitting a Roger Federer forehand feels like. No one else in the world can hit a ball like that.
    Never thought about his achievement this way. Remarkable.

  • What Should I Teach My Sons?
    How to Raise a Boy is a weeklong series centered around this urgent question in the era of Parkland, President Trump, and #MeToo. Sometime around 1987, my father tried to teach me how to shoot a gun.
    More men need to ask this question.

  • Humans slapped and shouted at robot cars in two of six DMV crash reports this year
    The human response to possible takeover by robot overlords is off to a troubling start. Of six crash reports involving robot cars filed in California so far this year, two involved a human approaching the car and attacking it.
    We are all thinking about that Fawlty Towers scene, right?

  • #AskMoreOfHim invites us to expect more of men. Good
    Men in Hollywood have launched #AskMoreOfHim, a campaign to call on men in the movie industry to stand by women in the fight against harassment and violence, organised by The Representation Project, an action group dedicated to combating gender stereotypes.
    Yes to this. It’s not ‘the answer’ but another step on this long overdue journey.

  • Everyone Is Going Through Something
    On November 5th, right after halftime against the Hawks, I had a panic attack. It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if they were real. But it was real — as real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle.
    Good to see role models speaking up on mental health. Normalise it and it’ll be better for everyone.

  • Glasgow’s oldest street will be desecrated, its built heritage disfigured
    One by one the lights are going out on the most historic street in Glasgow. The High Street slopes down through the city in an arc from north to south, taking in the medieval grandeur of Glasgow Cathedral and some of the best preserved examples of Victorian red sandstone tenements in the UK.
    Utterly shameful. Plenty of example of preserving and re-using these buildings.

  • Aprium, anyone? The pick of hybrid fruit and vegetables
    Row 7, a collaboration between a chef, a plant breeder and a seedsman, aims to sell seeds for vegetables that might not otherwise reach a broad market, reported the New York Times last month.
    Bonus points for first live sighting. You win if you are the first to see any of those ‘smashed on sourdough toast’ (hello Shoreditch?)

  • I Think These Dogs Are Broken…
    And another reason why dogs rule, cats drool.

  • Sir William Henry Perkin: Who was the Victorian chemist who made it possible for Prince to wear purple?
    Pioneering British chemist Sir William Henry Perkin (1838-1907), the man who discovered the first artificial clothing dye entirely by accident, was born 180 years ago today.
    And where would we be without Purple Rain…. *sniff*

  • The ability to feel empathy—or not—is shaped by your genes
    Parents are used to getting the blame for their children’s emotional defects. When it comes to empathy, it turns out they are partly responsible.
    Given my Dad and I react the same way to the same kind of thing, I’ll file this under ‘no shit Sherlock’ (entry #5643)

  • Running From the Pain
    Here’s the most important thing I learned while writing a book on running and mental health: In clinical studies, regular aerobic exercise is as effective as antidepressants in reducing symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
    It’s been over a year since I went out for a run. I’m fitter/stronger now than I’ve ever been, maybe it’s time. It all helps.

  • For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It
    It is November 2, 1930, and National Geographic has sent a reporter and a photographer to cover a magnificent occasion: the crowning of Haile Selassie, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. There are trumpets, incense, priests, spear-wielding warriors.
    A gentle lesson to us all. Acknowledge your failings and rise above.

  • 135 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts
    Unsurprisingly not all of these are ‘amazing’ … but quite a few are!

  • Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet
    Which Web sites get the most traffic? According to the ranking service Alexa, the top three sites in the United States, as of this writing, are Google, YouTube, and Facebook. (Porn, somewhat hearteningly, doesn’t crack the top ten).
    Reddit has long had many dark corners, so every little helps.

  • ‘I want to explain arranged marriage to white people’
    When Pakistani designer Nashra Balagamwala produced a board game about arranged marriage, most news reports about her wrongly assumed she was dead against it. Actually her position is far more nuanced. And one goal is to explain to people in the UK and elsewhere how it works.
    A lot I didn’t know. Acknowledge, rise above, etc.

  • The “Wakanda Forever” salute has become a symbol to celebrate black excellence

  • Rumpus Exclusive: Passing as Privileged
    I was at a networking event a couple of months ago, talking to a few other young New York City journalists.
    I get this feeling a lot too.

  • Even After 22 Trillion Digits, We’re Still No Closer To The End Of Pi
    Depending on your philosophical views on time and calendars and so on, today is something like the 4.5 billionth Pi Day that Earth has witnessed. But that long history is nothing compared to the infinity of pi itself.
    But is it a proper ‘pi’! (sorry, pie joke there)

  • Nobody Knows Quite Why Elon Musk Has Been Hiring Staffers From The Onion
    Elon Musk, the man who brought you Telsa, SpaceX, $500 flamethrowers, and a whole lot of bad tweets, is apparently now trying to bring you comedy.
    I know it won’t be THAT straightforward but I can’t figure this out. Maybe the beginnings of a media fight back against the far right? He is a humanitarian after all.

  • Green Mountain at Fox Run: It Never Ends
    Maybe I subconsciously paced my scribbles but it’s still a pleasing outcome. Even if I hadn’t learned a thing, the trip would have been worthwhile just for the fun of writing things down all day long like a big nerd.
    The ever wonderful Shauna writes from the heart. All the feels for this one (and some good thoughts too)

  • Meet the tech evangelist who now fears for our mental health
    Belinda Parmar was a passionate advocate of the digital revolution – but has started keeping her family’s smartphones and laptops locked away to protect her loved ones. Is she right to be so worried? In Belinda Parmar’s bedroom there is a wardrobe, and inside that wardrobe there is a safe.
    Are these stories just a ‘trend’ or is there something more to them?

  • Yale neuroscientists debunked the idea that anyone is “normal”
    Don’t you wish everyone would just act more normal, like you? I know I do. But normal is a relative state that depends on time, place, and circumstance. There’s no one right way to be a human, and that applies to mental as well as physical states.
    YAY! We’re all fuckin weirdos!! (I knew it!)

  • The Books You Need to Read Before Seeing Their Adaptations in 2018
    With Springtime in the air, it’s a great time to leave behind the Winter blues, do some watch-list Spring cleaning, and look forward to what’s to come.
    But first, read The Power by Naomi Alderman. Trust me.


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  • How to get yourself out of a funk
    On Tuesday, I woke up feeling a bit tired, uninspired, and just generally not in the mood to tackle my to-do list for the day. I understand myself well enough by now to know how to react to this situation (most of the time) but was curious about how other people deal with such episodes.
    For those of you suffering a bit of Cabin Fever thanks to all the snow…

  • Soderbergh’s thriller shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin
    Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller “Unsane” on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking.
    Interesting thoughts on the impact of smartphones.

  • How the sushi boom is fuelling tapeworm infections
    As eating raw fish has become more popular, gruesome tapeworm tales have emerged. But how worried should sashimi lovers be – and how else might we become infected? The good news, said A&E doctor Kenny Bahn, was that the patient who had turned up at the emergency department was not dying.

  • Adopting a more active lifestyle today could have benefits for your personality decades from now
    According to statistics published by the British Heart Foundation, we spend 76 days per year, on average, sitting. Indeed, the World Health Organisation describes physical inactivity as a “global public health problem” that contributes to millions of deaths each year.
    Reminding myself of this when I drag myself to the gym

  • My Abuser’s Gender Made Me Doubt My Experience
    Here are some things I know: It happened in September of my junior year at college. It happened on a Friday. I left the party and went home with a well-liked acquaintance. The next morning I met a friend for coffee. She laughed, and said she was proud of me for being so “wild.
    Abuse is abuse. But how it is presented does differ. Horrible.

  • Scotland on target to deliver biggest boom in social housing since the 1970s
    NEW RESEARCH HAS revealed that Scotland is on course to achieve its pledge of delivering the biggest boom in new social housing since the 1970s.
    Go Scotland!

  • This Woman Is Taking On Racism And Sexism In Italy — And Getting Death Threats For It
    Laura Boldrini didn’t worry much about the death threats until she received a bullet in the mail.
    This is fucking awful. All power to her.

  • As Medals Pile Up, Norway Worries: Are We Winning Too Much?
    Surpassing its own lofty expectations, Norway has delivered the greatest performance in the history of the Winter Games, winning a total of 39 medals, 14 of them gold.
    How lovely are the Norwegians?

  • Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone?
    I’ve gone gray, and it’s great. In an effort to break my smartphone addiction, I’ve joined a small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale — cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black.
    Another article on ‘less smartphone’. Tempted to try this, but not THAT tempted. Pick up a book already, people!

  • We need an internet of unmonetisable enthusiasms
    The best podcast in the history of the world ever (right now, according to me, your mileage might vary) is the declaratively titled A History of Jazz. It’s informal subtitle – One Record At A Time – hints at its genius. This podcast is not in a hurry.
    Loving this so far.

  • Anatoli Bugorski, the Man Who Put His Head Inside a …
    A particle accelerator is a machine that propels charged particles at nearly light speed. Invented in the 1930s, it’s used to study all thing particle physics, and has led to discoveries of groundbreaking new particles like the Higgs boson.

  • You’ll Need to Cool Off After a Bowl of Respiro del …
    Picture this. It’s a boiling hot summer day, and you just need to cool off. So you pop into a little shop and order yourself a cone of bright-pink ice cream (strawberry is so refreshing) without bothering to read the label first.
    I love ice cream but… nope! nope nope nope nope nope.

  • Your Guide to the King-Sized World of ‘Castle Rock’
    2017 was a banner year for Stephen King fans. From “Mr. Mercedes” to “Gerald’s Game” to the record-breaking success of It, King adaptations saw a major bump in quality.
    Fab stuff and interesting news about a new TV show (please be good!)

  • Review: Plus+ by Bethany Rutter
    For a few years now, I’ve had trouble finding a style icon I can relate to.
    Great article, inspiring stuff for everyone. Find your style icon!

  • With ‘Mudbound’ and ‘Black Panther,’ Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison has already made history
    A mere two months in, and it’s already been a career-boosting, history-making year for cinematographer Rachel Morrison.In January, she became the first woman ever nominated for a cinematography Oscar for her work on Dee Rees’ 1940s-set period drama, “Mudbound.

  • A Week Inside WeLive, the Utopian Apartment Complex That Wants to Disrupt City Living
    Do you ever get the feeling that you’re just slightly more alone than everyone else? Like when you’re scrolling through Instagram, and you get that sinking sensation that you’re missing out on some kind of deep human fulfillment? It’s not a specific pang of FOMO; it’s a broader suspicion.
    No. It’s not a Sci-fi movie. I don’t think.

  • How Tiny Red Dots Took Over Your Life
    As the ranks of tech-industry critics have expanded, it has become harder to tell what common ground they occupy.
    But my dots are all grey now!

  • Build Your Social Budget Like a Financial Budget
    Do you feel like your social life is out of control? Maybe you (or your kids) have events every evening, when all you want to do is spend a quiet night at home.
    File under: common sense that you sometimes need pointed out to you.

  • Amazon Agrees to Buy Smart-Doorbell Startup Ring Inc. has agreed to buy connected-doorbell startup Ring Inc. for about $1 billion, a person familiar with the matter said. The move helps Amazon expand further into the consumer market, including providing security for package deliveries.
    Hmmm what was that other thing Amazon were gonna do?

  • Amazon Will Deliver Packages Straight Into Your Living Room Inc. is going to start delivering packages not just to doorsteps, but inside homes as well.
    Ohhh yes, this! This isn’t scary/creepy AT ALL.

  • Palantir has secretly been using New Orleans to test its predictive policing technology
    In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against dozens of men accused of membership in two violent Central City drug trafficking gangs, 3NG and the 110ers.
    No. It’s not a Sci-fi movie. Oh wait, THIS ONE WAS! Holy frick.

  • Yes, bacon really is killing us
    Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap.

  • Furry Nation: Inside America’s most misunderstood subculture
    At conventions across America, thousands of people from all walks of life converge to celebrate a broad but oddly specific interest. They wear custom-made badges and fursuits that project a chosen animal identity: foxes and deers and every manner of mythical hybrid.
    Some of the costumes are amazing! Each to their own I say.


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  • Apple Music’s Archaic Album Categorization→
    Benjamin Mayo sums up one of the most annoying features of Apple Music: the way the service thinks everything is an “album”, making it extremely inconvenient to find what you’re looking for. These artefacts of compact discs show up again when looking at an artist page.
    And this, amongst other reasons, is why I use Spotify.

  • Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about at 20
    In 2013, Jason Kottke wrote a prediction for Nieman Lab’s year-end roundup: “The blog is dead, long live the blog.” Kottke was then (and still is) owner of one of the longest continuously running blogs on the web:, founded in 1998. “Sometime in the past few years, the blog died.”
    Pffffttt, he’s only a year or so ahead of me (although his is a ‘true’ weblog, not this ramshackle nonsense)

  • The Breakup Museum
    It’s a simple necklace: a tiny, brown-striped clamshell tied to a black leather cord. The shell was gathered from a beach in Italy, and attached to the cord by means of two holes drilled into the shell with a dental drill.
    It’s always the little things, found one such item myself just this past week. *cries a river*

  • “Some women will shag anything to get anywhere”: Lisa Stansfield on fame, Weinstein and the problem with Jeremy Corbyn
    She was the biggest British female soul star of the Nineties. At 51, she’s back and ready to let loose. Lisa Stansfield likes to do an impression of Lisa Stansfield.
    What a great voice to be heard.

  • A true Olymipic moment
    Something like this happens at every Olympics. Humanity is strong than we give it created for.

  • A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day — until his co-workers found out
    Trenton Lewis’ legs ached from the 11-mile walk he made every morning to get to his 4 a.m. shift. And yet the 21-year-old dutifully did it for seven long months.
    No YOU’VE got something in your eye…

  • My Ready Meal Is None Of Your Fucking Business.
    Tonight, scrolling through Twitter, I came across a frankly audacious message sent from the ‘Bath Conservatives’ account, that had tagged me in.
    Jack Monroe in wonderfully scathing style. They are mighty.

  • Typing Practice
    I didn’t start my journal with the idea of recording my progress toward the ultimate truth. I was nowhere near bombastic enough to think I had anything important to say, even to my future self.
    So many reasons to keep a journal.

  • How to Keep Going
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    One to print large and pin up everywhere!

  • How Protein Conquered America
    My bodega is only a little bigger than my studio apartment, and sells no fewer than 10 kinds of Muscle Milk.
    Ahhh protein. My main food source at the moment, apparently.

  • The Women of WakandaNakia is the Real Revolutionary of “Black Panther”
    This story contains spoilers for Marvel’s Black Panther.
    Yes, yes and YES.

  • I have forgotten how to read
    Author of Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World and The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in an Age of Constant Connection. Turning, one evening, from my phone to a book, I set myself the task of reading a single chapter in one sitting. Simple. But I couldn’t.
    Wow this sat down HEAVY.

  • The Winter Olympics Feature 2,951 Of The World’s Greatest Athletes, And Also This Woman
    There’s a premise built into the structure of the Olympics that pretty much every single Olympian, even those far down the standings, are elite athletes at the top of their game performing at a level most fans could only dream of.
    This one of these stories at every Olympics. Humanity sometimes is a bit odd.

  • The ‘Poor Jen’ Narrative Fails Every Woman, Everywhere
    Jennifer Aniston and husband Justin Theroux have announced their split after six years together.
    I pains me to admit that this needed pointed out to me. A trope I’ve seen so so often.

  • Hundreds of rough sleepers in Scotland to be offered homes
    At least 600 of Scotland’s most vulnerable rough sleepers are to be provided with homes and the continuing support they need to sustain their tenancies, in the largest commitment of its kind in the UK.
    Proud to be Scottish (and proud to have contributed).

  • Japan’s Stock Market Got You Confused? Try Analyzing Eyebrows
    With Japan’s stock market having slipped away from strategists’ targets set at the start of the year, investors seeking alternative analysis could consider studying eyebrows.
    Because I’m not confused enough about the ‘magic marker’ eyebrows already??

  • Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight
    A unicorn, a monster, a phoenix, a machine, a heavyweight fighter, an astronaut, a superhero, a thoroughbred, a home-run hitter, a waitress juggling “16 entrees, 42 starters, 16 desserts,” a jazz virtuoso, LeBron James, Magellan, Snuffleupagus.
    Mild Lady Bird spoilers, which you should go and see because Metcalf is mesmerising.

  • From imitation to innovation: How China became a tech superpower
    In late October 2017, when I went to visit Kai-Fu Lee, China’s premiere artificial intelligence (AI)-focused venture capitalist, I entered his office complex from the back side of the building.
    My prediction: The war is coming, ideologies will build on the back of such achievements, they always have. Tech is the new battleground.

  • At Japan’s suicide cliffs, he’s walked more than 600 people back from the edge
    Almost no one jumps on rainy days. They jump when the sun returns and the masses step outside, reminding them of their misery. They jump during financial crises and in the early spring, when Japanese schools open and the pressures of life converge.
    It is always, ALWAYS good to talk. Even a few words can change a life. You have no idea the impact your words may have with others. Don’t be scared to reach out.


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  • In Conversation: Quincy Jones
    In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do.
    Quite the interview this, to say he’s not shy about revealing secrets is… well just go read it.

  • String Theory Says We Have At Least 10 Dimensions, But That’s Not The Weirdest Thing About It
    Okay, well, maybe string theory isn’t all that simple. For one thing, it requires the universe to have at least 10 dimensions to work (and some versions require as many as 26).
    You know, some of us struggling in just one of these dimension things. Calm down, science, calm down.

  • Deadpool 2: is this the most annoying marketing campaign ever?
    At this stage, it feels like Deadpool 2 has been coming for several eons.
    LOVED Deadpool but yeah, the sequel already had a lot to live up to but already feels over-hyped?

  • My secret battle.
    It was 28th October, a few short weeks ago. It was about 11:10 on a Saturday afternoon and in twenty minutes time we were going live for Saturday lunchtime’s game on Sky Sports between Manchester United and Tottenham.
    Many people struggle, and the more voices that talk about this stuff the better.

  • What is happiness made of?
    An infographic for you.
  • 6 Artists on Their Favourite Abba Songs
    Who knows what strange formula goes into the perfect pop song. Some strange admixture of melancholy, melody, joy, lust and a glorious middle eight, maybe? But something else, too, something far more elusive that structure and theme.
    Who doesn’t like Abba! (note: if you don’t like Abba don’t darken my door again!)

  • Oxford Comma Dispute Is Settled as Maine Drivers Get $5 Million
    Ending a case that electrified punctuation pedants, grammar goons and comma connoisseurs, Oakhurst Dairy settled an overtime dispute with its drivers that hinged entirely on the lack of an Oxford comma in state law.
    This is hilarious, although the solution looks so ugly (but is grammatically correct, I checked with a lawyer!)

  • Satire only makes Jacob Rees-Mogg stronger
    Take heed, the metropolitan liberal elite! Cower, all you Conservative moderates!! Weep, environmentalists, and prepare your online petitions!!! Jacob Rees-Mogg is upon you, a black darkness over the shire, a shade upon your allotments, a frozen shadow upon all your back garden gazebos.
    We need more direct criticism of people like him (see also Trump, stop laughing at him, starting taking him down!)

  • 15 ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use in daily life
    Plastic pollution is an issue many of us are now highly aware of, thanks to David Attenborough’s recent series Blue Planet II shining a light on the staggering scale of harm plastic waste has on the environment. “A truck load of plastic waste enters our oceans every minute.”
    A handy list and definitely something I’ve been much more conscious of since said TV series.

  • The Sound of Ice: Nordic skating on thin black ice sounds like lasers
    This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science.
    Fascinatingly eerie.

  • He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He’s Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
    In mid-2016, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm.
    Right. That’s it. Turn off the internet already!

  • Nana’s Famous Pancake Recipe
    Today is without doubt one of my favourite days of the year – pancake day! I  love pancakes… I am not talking crepes, which are lovely in their own right, but a Scottish pancake which is a thing of beauty.
    Shared because Scottish pancakes are the best pancakes (aka drop scones don’t ya know).

  • Olympic biathletes learn to shoot between heartbeats
    U.S. biathlon Olympian Jeremy Teela at the Vancouver 2010 Games. Back in 1767, Norwegian border patrol troops had far too much time on their hands. So they decided to put their two best skills —firing a gun and cross country skiing—to good use.
    Lunacy! After that much cardio the ‘between heartbeats’ for me is about an hour after I stop for a lie down.

  • Drones that dodge obstacles without guidance can pursue you like paparazzi
    Artificially intelligent drones are coming—and they’re going to shoot some really sick snowboarding videos along the way.
    Once again my love of tech (there is some cool stuff happening to make this work) and my desire for the world to be a better place (can I use this to stalk someone?) collide.

  • New dog-like robot from Boston Dynamics can open doors – video
    Ground-breaking robotics engineering and design company Boston Dynamics have released footage of the SpotMini, a dog-like robot that can open doors in the most unsettling manner possible.
    No doubt you’ve all seen this. Combine with the link above. Smart machines that can track you, and then open the door you closed to keep them out. All hail Skynet.

  • Ambitious Women Shouldn’t Afraid Of The Word ‘Bitch’. Or The Term ‘Ambitchous’
    I was talking to a friend about a big step-up she was facing at work and she suddenly said, “I know I need to do this. But I’m hesitating because I am scared people will call me a bitch.” My reply was harsh: “They might call you a bitch. It doesn’t mean you are one.”
    An aside: what percentage of women who are called a ‘bitch’ are called that by other women? (anecdotal evidence from my very very small pool suggests it’s high?)

  • Photographer Kristina Makeeva Captures the Otherworldly, Frozen Beauty of the Earth’s Oldest & Deepest Lake
    If you’re a nature lover, Siberia is where you need to be.  This is home to Lake Baikal, the oldest lake in existence and it is famous for the depth and large size of it that was made famous by the Great Siberian March by the Russian army in 1920.
    More frozen water that is utterly utterly beautiful.

  • No, opposites do not attract
    Everyone seems to agree that opposites attract. Young and old people, happy and distressed couples, single folks and married partners – all apparently buy the classic adage about love. Relationship experts have written books based on this assumption.
    Great, so I have to find someone who is the same as me? Awesome… /sarcasm

  • An Oral History of The Wire’s Unforgettable 5-Minute ‘F*ck’ Scene
    One of the greatest moments in TV and, as the article suggests, one that cemented by love of The Wire.

  • The United States of Guns
    Like many of you, I read the news of a single person killing at least 17 people in Parkland, Florida today.
    I don’t even know what else to say.

  • The publishing company that’s only publishing female authors in 2018
    When author Kamila Shamsie challenged the book industry to publish only women in 2018 to help address a gender imbalance in literature, just one publisher took up the challenge – the Sheffield-based company And Other Stories.
    For all you book club attendees out there.

  • Snapping Into Focus: Photography As Mindful Practice
    The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the pen and the camera alike. —László Moholy-Nagy, 1934 Photography is a powerful form of visual expression, available to everyone. Most people have cameras and take pictures—lots of them.
    I never thought about my random ‘stop and snap’ desire as anything other than curiosity.

  • Google turns on default adblocker within Chrome
    Google will start automatically blocking intrusive ads within its Chrome browser for desktop and Android from Thursday 15 February.
    This is good. So royally fed up of my actions being hijacked.

  • In Her Own Words: Lena Dunham on Her Decision to Have a Hysterectomy at 31
    “Hmm, your blood pressure is low. We’ll check that again in half an hour. Is there any chance you could be pregnant? Wait, of course not; you just had a hysterectomy!”
    There are comments about the fact she is white and has money, where many still struggle, but it’s a story worth sharing.

  • What Color Is a Tennis Ball?
    It seemed like an easy question. The query came from a Twitter poll I spotted on my news feed last week, from user @cgpgrey. “Please help resolve a marital dispute,” @cgpgrey wrote. “You would describe the color of a tennis ball as:” green, yellow, or other.
    Oh dear god.

  • Hot on Instagram – but is it art?
    Video: Hot on Instagram – but is it art? Some museums are incorporating cameras in their exhibits for visitors to get the perfect picture.
    Yes it is. Next question?

  • This woman trolls trolls with cakes
    Kat Thek’s Brooklyn apartment looks like it came right out of a Wes Anderson movie. A pink flamingo and a golden skull sit on tables; vintage posters and bags of spices from all around the world hang on colorful walls.


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  • I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great
    It has been one year and 28 days since my last tweet. I deactivated my account shortly after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” on Jan. 2, 2017.
    Not sure I’d go as far as quitting but more and more I think on having less social media time. It just ain’t good for ya!
  • How ‘Baby Driver’ Orchestrated a Car Chase Timed to a Musical Beat
    The kinetic opening of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Bellbottoms” playing on its soundtrack, had to accomplish a lot: quickly introduce the characters; set up the geography of a bank heist and the car chase that follows; and tell the audience exactly what to expect.
    I only just watched this the other day. A little over-styled but great movie to watch, especially this stuff (it’s peppered throughout the movie, watch it again and you won’t help but notice).
  • ABBA gold
    As London’s Southbank Centre celebrates a major ABBA exhibition Mike Atkinson takes a look at the legacy of Sweden’s hottest export At any decent-sized Pride festival during the Nineties, the chances are that you’d have been entertained by Björn Again, the first of countless ABBA tribute acts.
    Who doesn’t love ABBA? (seriously, if you don’t, GET OUT!)
  • This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry
    Yes, Uma Thurman is mad. She has been raped. She has been sexually assaulted. She has been mangled in hot steel. She has been betrayed and gaslighted by those she trusted.
    Another voice. More of this, less of ‘men’.
  • The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery
    Beneath the bland veneer of supermarket automation lurks an ugly truth: There’s a lot of shoplifting going on in the self-scanning checkout lane. But don’t call it shoplifting. The guys in loss prevention prefer “external shrinkage.”
    I’m ok with people ‘tricking’ these systems (aka stealing), think of it as payback for ‘Unexpected Item in Baggage Area’.
  • Luge Yourself
    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. We can start with the suit. It was blue, with splashes of red and white. It said “USA” on the left leg. There were these stirrup feet, which felt very 1990s. Sartorially speaking, it was not my sharpest look.
    The Winter Olympics are here. Every year I think I won’t watch much and then these lunatics turn up and I can’t help myself.
  • Senate passes bill to make O Canada lyrics gender neutral
    The Senate passed a bill that renders the national anthem gender neutral Wednesday despite the entrenched opposition of some Conservative senators.
    That’s it. I’m moving to Canada.
  • The Power of RAW on iPhone, Part 1: Shooting RAW
    I take a lot of photos. Usually I pack either a Sony A7R2 or a Leica M—two cameras with massive sensors and brilliant lenses. But lately, I’ve been shooting exclusively with the iPhone X, and have found it absolutely excellent.
    Nice series if you have an iPhone capable of shooting in RAW.
  • I deleted WhatsApp for a year and here’s what I learned
    At the end of 2016, I sent a message to all my contacts: “After 31 December, I will not use WhatsApp any more. Instead, I will use Threema and Signal.” On New Year’s Eve, I closed my WhatsApp account and deleted the app from my phone.
    Ohhhh the peace and quiet, can you imagine?
  • On Imposter Syndrome
    Imposter syndrome wasn’t something I was even aware of until a year or two ago, but now I realise I’ve had it all my life. It’s strange, because I’m a fiercely independent person and I don’t really care what other people think.
    Mental Health issues impact everyone. They are not visible. You never know.
  • Super Mario Odyssey producer settles the debate over Toad’s head
    In a new video, Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi addressed longstanding mysteries about Toad’s head, Mario’s belly button and the nature of Mario, Peach and Pauline’s relationship. First, let’s address the all-important mystery of Toad’s head.
    Not sure why I’m sharing this. It made me chuckle.
  • Hear Freddie Mercury’s Vocals Soar in the Isolated Vocal Track for “Somebody to Love”
    For some time now, certain fans of Queen have sought the elusive answer to the question “what made Freddie Mercury such an incredible singer?” That he was an incredible singer—one of the greatest in terms of vocal range, emotive power, stage presence, songwriting, etc.
    No YOU’VE got something in your eye.
  • Why Paper Jams Persist
    Building 111 on the Xerox engineering campus, near Rochester, New York, is vast and labyrinthine. On the social-media site Foursquare, one visitor writes that it’s “like Hotel California.”
    Technology can’t do everything OR why do we STILL use so much paper?
  • The Man Who Saw Inside Himself
    For years, Larry Smarr has used a supercomputer to monitor his health and peer at his organs. Recently, he used his knowledge to help direct his own surgery.
    OK. I’m all for the ‘quantified self’ if that’s your thing but this is surely too far?
  • SpaceX launches its powerful Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time
    SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this afternoon and soared to space, carrying its payload — CEO Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster — into orbit.
    Watch the video, even if you only skip forward to the two thruster rockets landing again, perfectly in sync.
  • Paradise found: how The Good Place divinely remixed the sitcom
    The Good Place isn’t the funniest comedy on television, but it’s probably the most enjoyable and easily the most radical. A sitcom about self-improvement at all costs, made just as the world is flushing itself down the toilet. Who on earth saw that coming?
    But the BIG question is, WHEN IS SEASON 3?!
  • The incredible story of Glasgow’s suffragette tree planted 100 years ago to celebrate women’s voting rights
    And in a little-known corner of Glasgow stands a century old tree planted in tribute to these suffragettes and the victory they so rightly deserved. Standing tall on Kelvin Way, Glasgow’s Suffrage Oak tree was planted on April 20 1918 by women suffrage pioneers.
    I’m going to go and find this, had no idea it existed.
  • Spreadsheet realism
    When Beeker published the brilliant essay, by Rod McLaren in 2015, I was blown away by the poetry of Rod’s writing. At that point in my career, I had a growing reliance on Excel as a mode of planning and organising of education.
    Ohhh lordy. Close to home.
  • Behind-the-scenes look at mixing the clay for Wallace and Gromit
    When producing their claymation-style feature films or Wallace and Gromit & Shaun the Sheep animations, Aardman Animations goes through 100s of pounds of modeling clay.
    Love these behind the scenes insights.
  • Stop Crying! Tear-Free Onions Are Here
    Using onions to explain away crying is a familiar gag. On The Brady Bunch, housekeeper Alice answers the phone and cries as the caller tells her a sad story. After hanging up she says, “Darn onions,” holding up the offending allium.
    Great! But… Sunions? Hmmm not so great.
  • Beating yourself up is not as helpful as you think
    I don’t have a name for my inner critic, unless ‘shut up shut up SHUTUP’ counts.
  • The House That Spied on Me
    In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home”.
    Privacy versus convenience? A tough balance. This is very much on my mind at the moment.


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  • Björk on creativity as an ongoing experiment
    You collaborate with a lot of people, often over a long period of time. How do you find a good collaborator, and what do you think makes a good collaboration? There’s a different story with every collaborator. It’s really like friendships.
    Because Björk.

  • Story Ideas: How to Beat Shiny-New-Idea Syndrome and Actually Finish Your Projects
    Authors often get asked where they get their story ideas. It’s one of the most common questions my student writers wish they could ask their writing heroes.
    Not just for those wot does righting…

  • Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read
    Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, who reads, it is fair to say, a lot of books.
    As the internet kids say, ‘It me!’

  • When internet trolls told this record-breaking teen explorer to ‘make a sandwich,’ she did just that
    She’s only 16 but, Jade Hameister has accomplished way more than people twice her age. She’s skied to the North Pole. She’s skated across Greenland’s largest icecap. But there are always those who’d rather focus on her appearance than her achievements.
    It’s a long way to go to do it but ULTIMATE MIC DROP!! Amaze!

  • End of Watch
    Here’s how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I cheated while watching Thor: Ragnarok, in meetings, at brunch.
    File under: Curmudgeonly behaviour #487

  • Mark E. Smith Was An Uncompromising And Essential Voice From Music’s Fringe
    It is safe to say that there was no one else like Mark E. Smith. The irascible leader of the legendary Manchester post-punk group The Fall — who died yesterday at the age of 60 — was a true artist and eccentric.
    Was never a fan, but it was never really about the music anyway.

  • A Simple Phrase to Help You Stop Buying Stuff You Don’t Need
    Confession: I am a longtime lover of things. Cute things, shiny things, sparkly things. Things that smell good, things that look pretty on an end table, things that make entertaining more fun, things that remind me of happy memories.
    Lessons for me, I STILL buy too much ‘stuff’.

  • Harry Potter Finally Gets Translated Into Scots: Hear & Read Passages from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane
    In something of a landmark, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone has just been translated into its 80th language–Scots, a language spoken by 1.5 million people in Scotland.
    Did ye, aye?

  • My problem with Spotify – even though I’m a subscriber
    In the last 20 or so years of technological revolution, has any artform been as transformed as music? Film and literature may still be adjusting to new platforms and business ideas, but they cling to the same basic rules. Art and theatre seem largely unchanged.
    Nailed it. I have the same problem with Spotify.

  • Infamous Atari Player Disqualified From World Record After 35 Years
    In 1982, video game score-chaser Todd Rogers supposedly set a world record time of 5.51 seconds in the Atari 2600 racing game Dragster. Last year, speedrunners called that score into question.
    I love that this happened, that people are STILL passionate about this stuff. Humans are ace.

  • The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s
    In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet.

  • Earths Magnetic Poles are overdue a switch
    Yeah. Just gonna leave that one there.

  • Michael Mosley: ‘Forget walking 10,000 steps a day’
    These days it is hard to walk the streets without running into someone who is anxiously looking at their wrist to see if they are on target to reach the magic 10,000 steps. Is it really a goal worth striving for, or might there be something better?
    I’ve not given two (or 10,000) hoots about my step count for ages. Turns out, I wasn’t just being lazy!

  • Japanese farmers created a new kind of banana with an edible peel
    Most of the world’s bananas are grown in tropical temperatures that consistently hover around 80°F (27°C), but D&T Farms in southern Japan keeps its banana trees at a frigid -76°F (-60°C). Then, the farmers replant the trees in an 80°F environment.
    Y tho?

  • Security measures at the Winter Olympics include drones that catch drones
    Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea have plenty to deal with, including the late addition of North Korea as a participant. But it’s not just events on the ground they have to worry about. Security personnel will be looking skyward, as well—for suspicious drones.
    Breaking News! Drone drama likely to be more exciting than people sliding down a hill!!

  • It’s Surprisingly Easy To Plant False Memories
    The 1990s were a scary time for psychology. Many therapists were touting the idea that traumatic experiences could produce repressed memories, ones that could only resurface through therapy.
    I’ll be right back, just going to check the memories of MY ENTIRE LIFE! Sheesh.

  • It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
    For most of modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated. Shutter the news­paper, pressure the broad­cast chief, install an official censor at the publishing house.
    This is the real reason I’ve not posted anything all week, I’m trying to dial back on the noise… (seriously though, this is some fucked up scary shit).


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