Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins

Why Time’s Trump Cover Is a Subversive Work of Political Art Time Magazine’s annual “Person of the Year” announcement is, year after year, grossly misunderstood. The power of a photo, and I bet Trump had no idea, and likely won’t ever realise what has happened. 12 Gifts for Perennials, a curious people* Perennials is a…

Weekend Reading

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The True Purpose of Microsoft Solitaire, Minesweeper, and FreeCell If you haven’t ever played Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts or FreeCell, it’s safe to say you’re in the minority. These simple Windows games have probably caused more lost worker hours than anything short of a worldwide coffee shortage. We’ve all been played! (geddit, played… ohh COME ON!) The…

Weekend Reading

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Typography + Language + Writing Systems = Afrikan Alphabets I am quick to confess that I am an easy sell-out to a top piece of print, yet at times this has been thwarted by unresolved issues that I hold with the graphic design profession. As an individual who mediates between art and design, I am…

Weekend Reading

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Noisli – Improve Focus and Boost Productivity with Background Noise Now, put your headphones on and start boosting your productivity. I’m a bit of a sucker for these things but this one is a good one, calming too if you get the right combo. Productivity Is Really About What You Don’t Do The best productivity…

Weekend Reading

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“It’s an exercise in seeing”: An artist’s mind-opening ritual of doodling on Sundays Sundays used to be sacred, reserved for prayer, family or sightseeing. Today, a third of busy Americans let work seep into their weekends, according to a 2014 National Bureau of Economic Research study. There is a lot to be said for switching…

Weekend Reading

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Trump warning: Skip the first two links if you want to avoid Trump related links (I know, I’m feeling very fatigued by the whole thing too). President Trump’s First Term On the morning of January 20, 2017, the President-elect is to visit Barack Obama at the White House for coffee, before they share a limousine—Obama…

Weekend Reading

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Why we need loneliness Loneliness is epidemic, and in the coming years it could explode. Forty percent of people age 65 and older report being lonely at times. And the percentage of people living alone has been rising steadily since the 1960s. Lots of negative connotations around loneliness but we all need a little space….

Weekend Reading

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Inside the Lively World of Competitive Stone Skimming Fog shrouds Easdale Island, a windswept 62-acre chunk of slate, grass, and shrubs just off Scotland’s west coast, as rain intensifies on the roof of the Puffer Bar and Restaurant. I thought I was doing well with 5 or 6 ‘bounces’. Amateur! The origins of the high…

Weekend Reading

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Yelling at Amazon’s Alexa The first time I met Alexa, the A.I. robot voice inside the wine-bottle-size speaker known as the Amazon Echo, I was at my friends’ house, in rural New England. “Currently, it is seventy-five degrees,” she told us, and assured us that it would not rain. The future is coming. I admit…

Weekend Reading

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A Freudian theory, now backed up by neuroscience, explains why so many fear clowns Creepy clown sightings across the United States are no laughing matter. Glimpses of disturbing clowns began in South Carolina in August, but the phenomenon of pranksters in sinister costumes has become so widespread that it was even mentioned at a White…

Weekend Reading

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Bedlam: The story behind the London mental hospital that came to mean hell on earth The word “Bedlam” conjures up scenes of wild chaos and confusion but, in the 13th century, it was linked to one specific place: The Bethlehem Royal Hospital in London. This was the first asylum in England, founded in 1247, and…

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The women of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel answer your questions about working as legal prostitutes In August, two Quartz reporters, Allison Schrager, who’s also an economist, and Siyi Chen, a video journalist traveled to Carson City, Nevada to visit the famed Moonlite Bunny Ranch Brothel. How do you break the stigma around sex workers?…

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The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale The day after Apollo 14 landed on the moon, Dennis and Terence McKenna began a trek through the Amazon with four friends who considered themselves, as Terence wrote in his book “True Hallucinations,” “refugees from a society that we thought was poisoned by its own self-hatred”….

Weekend Reading

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Not all men commit abuse against women. But all must condemn it Male violence against women is rife – and it’s getting worse. We need a new, inclusive form of masculinity to eliminate it. The failure of men to speak out about male violence against women and girls renders us all complicit. A (now) long…

Weekend Reading

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How Japan went crazy for KitKats Photos: How Japan went crazy for KitKats Having recently tried some of these, the Wasabi one was delicious (seriously!) Life I am in Waterstones, pushing my son in his pram. We are on the hunt for an indestructible book, because my son has destroyed all his books so completely…