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I stopped publishing my weekly Weekend Reading posts last year. As I said at the time: 3 years and 161 posts later and I think it’s time to admit that this is now more of a chore than I’d like. Sure it’s mostly automated, but over the past few months I’ve started searching out and…

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The Fascinating, Creepy New Research in Human Hibernation for Space Travel No interstellar travel movie is complete without hibernators. From Prometheus to Passengers, we’ve watched protagonists awaken in hibernation pods, rebooting their fragile physiology from a prolonged state of suspended animation—a violent process that usually involves ejecting stomach fluids. It’s such a staple of Sci-Fi…

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Unexpected Life Lessons from the Gym Now there’s a title I never thought I’d type. It’s been bang on a year since I started regularly going to training at AG Fitness and it’s been nearly 10 months since I upped my sessions to three times a week. I love Abba! A great write up of…

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This Melissa McCarthy Story Just Might (Maybe? Possibly?) Cheer You Up Melissa McCarthy was hovering six feet above Los Angeles, in a glass tube, wearing a helmet and goggles. Just when you thought you couldn’t adore her more. There is no non-wanky way to sign off an email, study finds THERE is no way to…

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Fluid Dynamics: How a Wall of Lava Lamps Helps Encrypt 10% of the Internet Computers have a real problem when it comes generating truly random numbers, which has led one web-critical cybersecurity firm to reference an array of lava lamps to create unique and unpredictable code. Clever and pretty. Nothing like me then! Attitude of…

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STOP! If you haven’t seen Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, go and watch it right now, don’t worry. I’ll wait. Watch Prince Play Jazz Piano & Coach His Band Through George Gershwin’s “Summertime” A rock enigma wrapped around an R&B quandary, wearing platform shoes and purple velour. The cheekbones of an angel,…

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Thanks to the people who threw a couple of these my way, if you do spot anything and think ‘that weirdo will probably find this interesting’ then send it on (Twitter usually best way). And yes, it takes a weirdo to know a weirdo… Commencement 1999 Rocker David Bowie and jazz innovator Wayne Shorter accepted…

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Last one of the year (I’m taking next week off to focus on family and friends), I hope you’ve enjoyed these random selections as much as I have. It’s been quite a year, but here is to a wonderful 2018 for everyone. The house that Edek built – and the secret suitcase kept inside When…

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The Problem with Muzak Imagine you are in an airport, and you have forgotten to eat lunch. It’s a mistake you will pay for with a dull, expensive dinner. I like Spotify but also aware it is limiting my musical view. Something for 2018 I think… Former Facebook executive has sworn off social media because…

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Remove the legend to become one When I started my first job at Amazon.com, as the first analyst in the strategic planning department, I inherited the work of producing the Analytics Package. From little acorns, mighty rainforests are borne. Have you tried making yourself a more interesting person? Another passed-down tale: a student getting her…

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These Are The 8 Friends You Need To Be Happy In Life Do your friends sometimes disappoint you? Ever feel like there is something missing in your relationships? You’re not alone. The real question is, which friend are YOU? This could be a fun Xmas party game… (not really) Over 400 of the world’s most…

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Good News Thanksgiving Extravaganza Welcome to the first ever NextDraft Good News Only Thanksgiving Extravaganza. (OK, the name needs work, but candidly, good news is not something I have a ton of experience with.) These stories were submitted by NextDraft readers. If you only want tales full of love, hope, and inspiration. Stop here. What…

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Science Is Far Too Often Communicated as a One-Sided Conversation A 17-year-old named Gwen remained in my head after I read a recent story centered around the challenges of teaching climate science — i.e. our human contribution to climate change — to students already skeptical of its existence in rural, post-coal, post-manufacturing America. As with…

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The Unforgiving Minute Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while. While forgiveness may come one day, it won’t be soon. If you are a man, and you only read one thing from this list. READ THIS. LEGO Lawnmower Man Kinetic Sculpture A kinetic LEGO sculpture of a man pushing a lawnmower. Inspired by…

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Why Is It You Can Sense When Someone’s Staring at You? Say you’re engrossed in a task, scrolling through your phone or reading a book. Suddenly that creepy, prickly feeling grabs hold of you. Someone’s staring. You turn to find out who it is. Be they friend or foe, the feeling itself seems like an…