Things of Note:
This is the week my baby nephew is due to arrive!! I can’t wait to meet him. I know for sure my sister is ready to meet him (I am really dreading that last month of pregnancy after hearing secondhand accounts). That is the biggest news. Otherwise just business and life as pretty much normal.
What’s going on for you this week?
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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin. Sometime far, far in the future, Earth (is it Earth?) is unrecognizable. The landmasses have shifted into one big, volatile continent called The Stillness. Every few centuries or so, this volatility causes a fifth season. It’s a different animal from the other four (spring, summer, autumn, winter); always inhospitable to life, it can vary in its length (months, years, decades) and the specific calamity involved. This book opens at the dawning of a new fifth season. The story is told via 3 characters: Demaya, a young girl from the countryside; […]
Cartoon of the week: How to be perfectly unhappy. Scientists have identified why binge-watching Netflix brings couples closer Can students who are constantly on their devices actually learn? No, Your Quirks Aren’t ‘OCD’. Welcome to Your Local NFL Stadium: Home of the Sensitive and Easily Offended. “If what goes on in sporting arenas represents some kind of benchmark for the exhibition of respect and national pride, well, sorry…our country is in deep, deep trouble.” Stop Taking Pride In Not Knowing How To Do Basic Shit. “We don’t need to be perfect, but we need to stop thinking that being […]
Cartoon of the week: Earth Temperature Timeline. Pretty informative and cool, and then you get to the end… 🙁 Best article-inspired-by-another-article of the week: Why I Date Exclusively Feminists. Our parents discovered leisure. We killed it. The consequences of monetizing your bliss. Why I’m done with the 9/11 ritual. “I think the 9/11-ization of American life has been a kind of poison for all of us. We had our moment when the whole world was with us after 9/11, and we squandered it.” Agreed. Trump’s history of corruption is mind-boggling. So why is Clinton supposedly the corrupt one? Google’s […]
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman. An inter-dimensional library tasked with collecting rare works from the the different alternate realities. Do you really need more of a hook than that? I didn’t. Turns out, being a Librarian for this particular library is a lot like being a spy and thief. Add in some time travel, some steampunk flavor, a few paranormal creatures, and more, and you have the makings of a delightfully entertaining read. And it was, at least, delightfully entertaining. This is a book you read for fun, not for Deep Thoughts or Social Commentary. […]
This week, in everything is a lie: Bob Ross’s Hair Was Actually Straight. Why Are So Many Wingsuit BASE Jumpers Dying? “Perhaps the most confounding question, though, is why so many people seem to believe that the unthinkable won’t happen to them.” The Pill, the Condom, and the American Dream. My Brother’s Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family. Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes, study says. But more because of gender bias than the storms themselves. “People prepare differently for hurricanes depending on whether the storm has a male or female name. Feminine-named hurricanes cause […]
The Fire Sermon (The Fire Sermon, #1) by Francesca Haig. Some time in the future, a nuclear disaster devastates the world. 400 years after that, humanity is still around but has been changed drastically. Every single person is born with a twin. One twin comes out healthy and ‘normal’ (the Alphas) and the other inevitably has some kind of deformity or abnormality (the Omegas). And despite society’s best efforts to segregate these two types, one hard fact remains: whenever one twin dies, so does the other. They are irrevocably linked. When Cass and Zach are born, it’s not clear which […]