A weekly round-up of links to interesting things I find around the internet. Links can range from funny to serious, and across all sorts of topics.
- Heart attack of the week: The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber. This guy climbs without ropes, thousands of feet. !!!
- 12 sci-fi technologies already changing the way we live.
- What Makes a Good Book Cover? If you’ve ever wondered, wander over to my design site.
- Why it pays to be grumpy and bad-tempered. “The truth is, pondering the worst has some clear advantages. Cranks may be superior negotiators, more discerning decision-makers and cut their risk of having a heart attack. Cynics can expect more stable marriages, higher earnings and longer lives – though, of course, they’ll anticipate the opposite. Good moods on the other hand come with substantial risks – sapping your drive, dimming attention to detail and making you simultaneously gullible and selfish.”
- This is what’s missing from journalism right now.
- Solving All the Wrong Problems. Do we really need an app that lets you brew your coffee from anywhere?
- The Hypnotic Highs and Agonizing Lows of the 2016 Olympics.
- Closeness. “We’re taught to be patient about the way people might get a bit odd, or self-sabotaging, when trying to express their needs in the beginning phases of love. The assumption is that the terror of rejection will be limited in scope and focused on one particular stage of a relationship: its beginning. In truth, the need for reassurance, yet fear of rejection, never ends.”
- Getting Pregnant Changed My Mind On Women’s Reproductive Rights.
- Pregnancy-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled In Texas After Cuts To Women’s Health.
- In news that surprises no one: Turns Out People Who Are Homophobic Are More Likely To Be Gay.
- For people with the last name Trump, America is not so great. Sucks to be them.
- Italy Sets Example on Reducing Food Waste as U.S. Tosses $161 Billion Worth a Year.
- Bad news: July was ‘absolutely’ Earth’s hottest month ever recorded.
- But some cool science news to end: Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be explained.
Things of Note:
Whew, that’s a big list for you. But since I missed last week’s TTT, I had double the links saved.
We spent last week in rural Kentucky visiting my in-laws on their new bit of farmland. There were lots of good eats, but not as much free time or privacy as I’d hoped for, so I wasn’t able to get last week’s post done. We also discovered something important: Sienna is emphatically a city dog. She did NOT approve of country life’s abundance of strange animals and their accompanying noises. Kitties? A threat. Rooster? Nemesis. Cows? Dangerous things to be growled at from a distance. Poor thing was on high alert the whole week, when not worn down from the in-laws’ 7-month-old puppy. Next time she’ll stay at doggy day camp boarding in Austin, and probably be much happier for it.
Are you city or country at heart?
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Video of the week: The World’s Biggest Asshole. This did not go the direction I thought it would. A+ though. Babies on planes: stop saying sorry. I am with the author on this. Parents don’t need more work, they need the general public to be less judge-y. Reading Makes You Carsick Because Your Brain Thinks It’s Being Poisoned. The brain is a weird, wonderful thing. I do not have this problem reading in cars, thankfully. Talking Dirt with Dirty Harry. The managing editor of the internet sets Trump-supporter Clint Eastwood straight on a few things. “While political correctness is […]
This profile on Julie Andrews’ and Christopher Plummer’s friendship makes me want to watch The Sound of Music all over again. Is UNESCO cultural heritage status for foods just a load of PR hot air? The Food-Sharing Economy Is Delicious And Illegal—Will It Survive? The global environmental impact of air conditioning is big and will get even bigger. Is Watching Gymnastics Worse Than Being an NFL Fan? Could Women Be Trusted With Their Own Pregnancy Tests? The history of at-home pregnancy test has more controversy than you’d think. Congratulations: Your Stray Chin Hairs Qualify You for Equal Pay! Lol-worthy […]
Video of the week: The Try Guys Get Photoshopped With Men’s Ideal Body Types to address body insecurities. Aw. I want to give these guys a hug. Can The Perfect Algorithm Brew The Perfect Beer? Don’t Panic, But Our Technology Now Defies Human Understanding. History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump. And it’s not good. “Lead people to feel they have lost control of their country and destiny, people look for scapegoats, a charismatic leader captures the popular mood, and singles out that scapegoat. He talks in rhetoric that has no detail, and drums up […]
This story made my day: This book nerd’s tweet to a bookstore’s official Twitter account ended in a love story. Bizarre article of the week: What to Eat for Breakfast if You Want to Live Forever. How to Avoid the Most Common Fake Foods on Restaurant Menus. I do not think that food is what you think it is. A Guaranteed Income for Every American. “Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture.” Why the Clinton America sees isn’t the Clinton […]
Video of the week: Mesmerizing Sand Art on Pottery Wheel. This is indeed mesmerizing. Cartoons of the week: 10 Disney Princesses Enjoying Motherhood. Aloe Vera Is a Lie. WHAT. The Art Of Being Emotionless. FYI. Your Brain Is On Autopilot More Than You Think- Here’s How to Wake it Up. Teenagers Surrounded by Green Are Less Aggressive. Unfortunately relevant: What to Say When the Police Tell You to Stop Filming Them. FBI’s warning of white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement nearly forgotten. Oh, great. Related: Who Are All These Trump Supporters? We’ll end on a feel-good nostalgia story for you: […]
The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before And After Mainstream Tech. This is me, and most of my friends. So spot on. “Because we had one foot in the traditional ways of yore and one foot in the digital information age, we appreciate both in a way that other generations don’t. We can quickly turn curmudgeonly in the face of teens who’ve never written a letter, but we’re glued to our smartphones just like they are.” Obama After Dark: The Precious Hours Alone. Hey, the Prez is a night owl, too. Why you shouldn’t drive slowly in the left lane. […]