Friday, April 21, 2017

We have made it to another Friday, hooray!

From Julie: This art machine traps your arm until someone comes along to free you. I think I would panic and probably break the machine. Or my arm. Possibly both.

From Cassandra: Psychedelics might indeed take your mind to a higher state of consciousness

Also from Cassandra: The myth of “making a superbaby” and one mother’s experience.

From the Awl: Eleanor Roosevelt is inspiring, so they created the EleanorBot to Tweet quotes from her every few hours. I was obsessed with Eleanor when I was young, so of course I think this is awesome.

From FiveThirtyEight: what’s the mortality rate like in your U.S. county? This is a fascinating interactive chart which shows the trends from 1980 to 2014. You can even narrow it down by type of cancer.

From Twitter: The Redneck Revolt is a bunch of good ol’ boys and girls who actually care about their fellow boys and girls, regardless of sexual orientation, place of birth, color of skin, etc. It’s kind of amazing and inspiring.

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Today is busy. (Oh, that’s right, it’s Thursday. Thursdays are always busy.)

What’s it like to be a lexicographer? Let’s find out what they do at Merriam-Webster! 

Archaeologists have discovered new Egyptian statues and also, possibly, the site of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Whoa.

Bad news, librarians – apparently the robot replacements are on the way, starting in Dubai. Maybe. We’ll see.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Google Earth is new and improved! Now we just have to work on the actual planet…as the icebergs are heading our way, literally and metaphorically.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Are you a Render Ghost? Do you know someone who is? (These are people who are in stock images, often unbeknownst to them.)

Where are the space hotels of the future we were promised? Amazingly, there are still plans afoot!

Monday, April 17, 2017

It is Monday once more. A long, detailed interview with Margaret Atwood is a good way to start the week.

Also, here’s an essay on Julio Cortazar’s Berkeley lectures. (I read Blow-Up and Other Stories at an impressionable age.)

Politics has seeped into Eurovision. Is nothing sacred?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Good Friday. (That always sounds weird.)

Here’s a lovely tribute to Carrie Fisher. Try not to cry.

Behold the winners of the 2017 Peeps diorama contest! 

From Matt S. via Twitter: Modern art was used as torture during the Spanish Civil War. Yes, really. It’s kind of amazing.

I took this quiz and got “Older Female Executive in Male-Dominated Workspace,” which…I guess? Sort of?

Balm for the soul: You can watch a live feed of kittens in Iceland. There are usually at least two kittens awake and trying to cause trouble. Also, there’s tiny mod furniture around them!

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, April 13, 2017