Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 15-21, 2015

This week’s NaNoWriMo update: 50,112 words. Yup, technically, I’ve won, but I’m going to keep going until the end of the month. Possibly beyond. I’m only on chapter 29 of 36 after all. =:D

Sweden vows to become one of the first fossil-fuel free nations. Collective Evolution.

Can drinking more be healthy? Pacific Standard. Now I think we have to look at factors outside alcohol consumption to get the whole picture, but I’ll leave it to you to figure out where you stand on the issue.

The Psychiatric Times revisits Robin Williams’ suicide.

Art heals. The Telegraph.

Teen wins $400,000 for his video explaining Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Motherboard.

Upworthy lists fifteen badass women of World War II. Thinking thoughts? I am!

Puppies learning to howl (we called it doing the O’s):


Can reptiles exhibit joy?


Peace on earth was all it said . . . One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste:


Come back next week for some more Thoughty Thursday :)

Be well.


Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 8-14, 2015

Bringing thoughty back :) Just a bit.

This week’s NaNoWriMo work count: 41,517

Once a year, on 11:11 am on November 11th, the sun shines perfectly through this veterans’ memorial. Twisted Sifter.

Does exercise slow the aging process? The New York Times.

Find out how performance reviews harm your mental health. The Wall Street Journal.

Canadian researchers break the blood-brain barrier with a new ultrasound treatment. CTV.

Three scientists who were gagged under the Harper government finally have their say. The Globe and Mail.

Scientists have measured the ‘strong force’ of anti-matter. Gizmodo.

Listen to the haunting music of Croatia’s sea organ. UpWorthy.

Gaze at these amazing trees on Dusky’s Wonders.

Someone took a picture of a rainbow cloud in Jamaica. IFLS.

Six women save nearly 100 horses stranded on an island.

Alanis Morissette updates “Ironic” for the social media age. Buzzfeed.

Buzzfeed shares the 31 realest Tumblr posts about being a woman.

This girl kicks all the ass:


See you next week!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 1-7, 2015

My brain is all NaNoWriMo these days.

So I’m going to give you a wee NaNo word count update on Thursdays. As of today: 36,466 words.

The unremembered. The Globe and Mail.

Our new government has created a Minister of Science post :) Nature.

The Sami form Finland’s First Nation. This is Finland.

A Psychiatric Times report on forensic psychiatry.

Highly sensitive people: a condition often misunderstood. The Telegraph.

This is your brain on exercise. Open Culture.

I’ll be back next week with whatever brain I can spare :)

Be well.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 25-31, 2015

Another short one this week. Hey, I went to a con. What can you do? Just a warning, November curations might tend to the small. NaNoWriMo takes precedence.

Anna Lovind wonders, what you would do if time wasn’t scarce?

Susan Lynn Reynolds shares the touching final days of her friend’s life. Janet dies at home. Conversations on dying. Phil Dwyer.

Guys, this is what it’s like to be a woman. Thought Catalog.

Buzzfeed presents 12 historical women who gave no fucks.

Why self-driving cars must be programmed to kill. MIT Technology Review.

What do you call the night before Hallowe’en? Lexicon Valley.

Mental Floss presents 10 graveside traditions at famous tombs.

Thought Catalog shares 10 delicious 14th century meals we should all try.

An ultra-successful mix of dog, wolf, and coyote, this new species is evolving right before our eyes. Now, technically, if the animals can procreate, they are part of the same species. So there may be a little issue with the terminology here. Raw Story.

Catch you next week.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 18-24, 2015

An interesting mixed bag this week.

How science helped to swing the Canadian election. The Guardian.

Michael Kimmel explains why gender equality is good for everyone, even men. TED Talks.

Shirley Cheechoo makes Brock University history. The Brock News.

Why blacks have Irish last names. Note: It was pointed out to me that there is a difference between indentured servitude and slavery. Something to keep in mind as you read. I’m not looking to be inflammatory.

Care for a road trip? You should try Ireland’s wild Atlantic way. National Geographic.

Eric Barker offers three anger management tips from neuroscience. Time.

Happiness: eight awesome new facts you should know. PsyBlog.

How solitude can change your brain in profound ways. Jane Porter for Fast Company.

i09 presents the creepy world of abandoned asylums.

The teen who hacked into the CIA Director’s email explains how he did it. Wired.

What New Horizons is showing us about Pluto’s moon, Charon.

Jackfruit might be a meat substitute. And yes. It’s a fruit. The Business Insider.

The Issus coleoptratus is the only insect that has biological gears. The Smithsonian.

There are whales alive today that were born before Moby Dick was written. The Smithsonian.

An animal shelter on Kauai allows visitors to take dogs on day trips. This is sweet. The Los Angeles Times.

Florence + the Machine: Delilah.

Sorry to say, but Saturday posts are on hold until NaNoWriMo is over. Then, I’ll start in on the Can-con panel reportage.

In the meantime, look forward to Tipsday and Thoughty Thursday between now and then.

Have a great weekend!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, October 11-17, 2015

Making up for last week!

Here are 13 reasons we need a change in government up here. Press Progress. And guess what? We got it (!) For better or worse. I hope for better. Really, anything’s got to be better.

Providing safe drinking water on reserves (one of numerous issues First Nations face) is simple. Just do it. The Globe and Mail.

Ken Taylor, the Canadian envoy who hid Americans during Iran Hostage Crisis, died last week. NPR.

Brainpickings has unearthed a rare BBC interview with Carl Jung.

Understanding sleep paralysis. IFLS.

The Psychiatric Times reviews the DSM-5 changes for sleep-wake disorders.

How we might cure Alzheimer’s (TED talks):

IFLS explains why you shouldn’t wear a bra. Your boobs will thank you :)

Eight things Michelle Coombs is too old for. The Huffington Post.

Bizarre star may suggest the existence of alien civilisations. BBC.

i09 lists five gruesome murders that inspired spooky ghost stories.

600 year old Henry V warship found in Hampshire river. The Telegraph.

Chivalry isn’t dead. You just don’t know what the fuck it is. Myths retold.

Doctors take women’s pain less seriously. The Atlantic.

Jennifer Lawrence speaks out on wage inequality in Hollywood. Salon.

A male engineering student explains why his female colleagues aren’t his equals. Click-bait title for a fair and thoughtful post. The Huffington Post.

Meg Urry writes about ending sexual harassment in astronomy. We need to do this across not only STEM fields, but all fields. Seriously people. Scientific American.

How California’s largest school district blamed an eighth-grader for her rape. This one made me swear. Copiously. The Atlantic.

Nobody cares how hard you work. 99u.

Ravens can tell if you’re a cheater who can’t be trusted. Corvus corvus rocks my world :) IFLS.

Twin pandas were born last week at the Toronto Metro Zoo. IFLS.

Here’s a Red Panda and a pumpkin :)

I hope this will hold you until Saturday when I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the fall season television shows (what I’ve seen so far, at least).

Hang in there. Tomorrow’s Friday.

Now, hie thee to a thoughtery!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, October 4-10, 2015

I must have been a little light-headed last week . . .

Last week, Margaret Atwood had her say. This week, Joseph Boyden takes on Stephen Harper. MacLean’s.

A real nation would not let this happen. Why we need to care more about our First Nations. MacLean’s.

The rise of the teaching class: how the learning landscape is changing, by Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.

Arthur B. MacDonald shares the Nobel Prize for his work on neutrinos (done right here in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory – SNO)! CBC.

People can do some crazy things when they’re asleep. Psychiatric Times.

Tommy Walker explains why hope is not a valid social media strategy. ConversionXL.

What Dylan Thomas’s seminal poem can teach us about resilience. Forbes.

i09 shares the ten most excellent nicknames in history.

This song was just on Quantico this evening, and there I was, boogying in my seat. Beck – Dreams:

See you Saturday!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Sept 27-Oct 3, 2015

Somber and reflective tonight. I turned on the furnace for the first time this fall. *sob*

T squared is bringing the mixed bag. I was challenged to find some kind of logical organization. I kind of gave up. Sorry, but you never know, it might encourage those creative connections.

We have an election coming up in a couple of weeks. I’ve tried not to post too much political stuff, but this is an important issue in Canada, and one that many people still don’t fully understand. Federal NDP candidate, Tom Mulcair, wants scientists to speak their minds. The Toronto Star.

President Obama challenged the media to compare terrorism-related deaths and gun-related deaths. So, Vox did.

Last weekend, there was a supermoon eclipse, or blood moon. Of course, just at we were getting to the good part, it got cloudy :(

Here’s my consolation: Gizmodo shares their best images of the supermoon eclipse.

And then, Sudbury got hit by a couple of earthquakes, which I didn’t experience at all. CBC.

The Good News Network reports that deforestation in the Amazon has dropped by 90% in the last ten years.

i09 lists the five scariest cults in modern history.

SciShow looks at the real world of forensics:

Red dresses focus attention on Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women. The Huffington Post.

Other people’s reproductive plans are NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. CBC.

Veritasium wonders, is glass a liquid?

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson is the smartest man on television. The Rolling Stone.

Vi Hart on “Happy Birthday” day:

Why self-care is central to Anna Lovind’s creative life. Annapurna Living.

In light of the Amazon expose, IKEA and Facebook are looking at a shorter work week. CNN.

Ask a Mortician takes a look at medieval zombies:

Here’s a fun bit of satire from The New Yorker: Earth endangered by a new strain of fact-resistant humans (!)

Have you been inspired? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments :)

See you again on Saturday!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, September 20-26, 2015

Strap your thinking caps on people!

Anna Lovind asks, what fears do you have to face to commit to making your dream a reality?

Sir Ken Robinson explores creativity in teaching. Mind/Shift.

Elizabeth Gilbert on the connection between creativity and curiosity. The Science of Us.

The Canadian Supreme Court rules that we have the right to doctor-assisted suicide. A victory for compassion. The Globe and Mail.

One scientist proposes that starting work before 10 am is tantamount to torture. Personally, I’d be inclined to agree, but from the comments when I posted this to Facebook, everyone has their peak times, and many people start their work days early. The Plaid Zebra.

Four ways to recognize gaslighting. Everyday Feminism.

Why your new mantra for inner peace should be “I don’t care.” Elephant Journal.

The one practice you need to be truly happy. MindBodyGreen.

99u presents the four productivity styles.

Music from Anne Boleyn’s songbook is performed for the first time in 500 years.

A whale fossil was discovered in the mountains. How cool is that? i09.

The secret lives of horses. Scientific American.

How the Dark Net is going mainstream. Jamie Bartlett’s TED Talk.

More proof presented that galaxy-spanning super civilizations do not exist in the local universe. i09.

Hubble captures an incredible image of an exploding star. IFLS.

Cyanobacteria could be the key to colonizing (and terraforming) Mars. Gizmodo.

It’s always good to keep your scientific terms straight. Hypothesis, theory, and law. It’s Okay to be Smart.

Creativity is about seeing interesting and unexpected connections between apparently disparate things. I’ve given you the raw material. Now get thoughty with it.

See you Saturday!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, September 13-19, 2015

Moar awesome in this curation.

Dan Blank is searching for Tim Cook’s energy bar on 99u. Tips on conserving time and energy for the important stuff.

Your attitude is more important than your IQ. Quartz.

Mindfulness on the rocks. Sudbury’s labyrinth featured on CBC.

Someone explains that Beauty and the Beast is really about intolerance and bullying. Tickld.

Margaret MacPherson finds strength in vulnerability during her summer of sickness. The Globe and Mail.

Elite Daily shares 41 mental health resources you can use when you can’t afford a therapist.

The Black Dot Campaign: a very important initiative in support of victims of domestic abuse. Bustle.

What happens when women aren’t consulted on “girl toy” creation and marketing. GeekXGirls.

Want to keep a secret? Give it to a tree (or bury it beneath). Medieval skeleton found in the roots of a fallen tree. i09.

SF authors take note: Twelve ways humanity could destroy the solar system. i09.

Vertical farming: A solution to the dustbowl future presented by Interstellar? i09.

Nova’s Secret Lives of Scientists features Mayim Bialik (Amy of The Big Bang Theory):

Check out the whole series on YouTube. Lots of cool ladies of science like Jane Goodall :) And, of course, the guys . . . Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Alan Cumming shares his experience losing a pet and what it taught him. I so love this. We did a lot of the same things for Nuala. The Globe and Mail.

A few weeks ago, I shared a dolphin surfing on a whale. Now the seals are in on it! The Boston Globe.

I’ve showed these to you before, but it’s just so cool. In Morocco, the goats live in trees:

Hope some of this inspired some great ideas. That’s the whole point behind Thoughty Thursday: Popping your mental corn for . . . some time now :D

I should be able to get my shit together for more than pictures this weekend.

See you Saturday!

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