Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, March 29-April 4, 2015

Last week’s distressing news: another terrorist attack in Kenya. BBC.

Rinelle Harper gives a voice to the missing and murdered. The Globe and Mail.

The Boston Globe revisits Fukishima. Yes. Four years later, they are still cleaning up.

Related: Can you be socially conscious and happy? Vice.

Beautiful photos of gay and lesbian couples from the early part of the last century. Distractify.

George Takei is encouraging the boycotting of Indiana. MSNBC.

Some writers, like Chuck Wendig, have cancelled conference and convention appearances. Others, like Kameron Hurley, feel that despite their personal objections to Indiana’s new law, they a) don’t have the profile to make their non-appearance meaningful or financially viable, and b) don’t want to punish their fans by failing to show. It’s an interesting discussion.

Vsauce presents, the science of awkward:

HGTV goes inside Europe’s abandoned castles and chateaus.

Stanford’s new “pathfinding” class is pretty awesome. Wish I had that option when I went to university. Fast Company.

Assign people the tasks they love, not just the one’s they’re good at. 99u.

How to take a day off.

Eight reasons a vacation makes you better at your job. LifeHack.

Most antidepressants work based on an outdated theory. i09.

A medieval manuscript includes a potion that kills antibiotic-resistant MRSA. CBC.

How good is your eyesight? ASAP Science:

Philip Ball of the BBC writes about some of the best and oddest science-inspired music he’s discovered.

It turns out Carl Sagan’s billions of billions is about right:

The BBC shares this awesome infographic timeline of the future.

Tuktoyaktuk’s reindeer migration marks 80th year. CBC.

Strange but touching: dogs gather at the funeral of a woman who fed hungry animals. The Huffington Post.

This is just a bit of fun: 17 reasons you might have been thought a witch in 1692. Mental Floss.

Lindsey Stirling’s new video for “Take Flight” is Echser-esque 🙂

Walk off the Earth’s new video, Rule the World:

And that is your edutainment for the week.

Since I’m heading to Ad Astra this weekend, there may not be a Saturday post. I’ll try, but I can’t guarantee.

The good news: convention reportage will commence soon 🙂

Thoughty Thursday

3 thoughts on “Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, March 29-April 4, 2015

  1. Wow, what a lot of thinking this week. George Takei is an excellent spokesman for the LGBT community but in his call for a boycott of Indiana, has he just encouraged those companies that have secretly agreed with that policy to move their headquarters now? Is the US in the grip of some religious fundamentalism or just going back to the bad old days of bigotry?
    I hope the medieval recipe is a great hope in ridding the world of MRSA but like aspirin, I always wonder who and why they discovered that chewing the bark of the willow cured headaches.Who could possibly know that this group of ingredients was a powerful cleaner?
    The dogs at the funeral of a woman who fed them must make us ask if we’ve underestimated an animal’s capacity for understanding for years.
    Thanks Melanie.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


    • My-oh-my! Or as Mr. Takei would say Oh myyyyyy!
      Some areas of the US are in the grip of religious fundamentalism. (This is just a fact, not a criticism . . . necessarily.)
      I don’t agree with extremists of any stripe, but I support their right to have their say, just as I support the rights Of George Takei and concerned artists to speak out about their opposition to such laws/policies/ etc.
      Everyone needs to make an informed choice about these sensitive issues.
      I once heard a documentary (I think it was on the CBC?) about medical facilities in Russia and how they were addressing issues of antibiotic resistant viruses. They were using what was called phage therapy, culturing bacteria that would in turn resist and even attack the resistant viruses. It was very interesting, but the medical community outside of Russian has never adopted the practice. I must assume that they’ve researched and found the practice ineffective in some way, but I have never followed up on it. Maybe I should?
      Many have underestimate the intelligence and compassion of animals. Just this morning, one of a pair of ravens who were building their nest on a hydro pole made fatal contact with the transformer. It’s mate flew around in mourning for nerly an hour and one of my neighbours mentioned that he’d seen ravens holding “funerals” as they flew in and honoured their fallen fellow. Elephants do the same, they say.
      Glad you enjoyed last week’s batch.
      This week might be a little less populated. A holiday weekend followed by a weekend away at a convention will do that o.O


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