Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 23-29, 2016

Let’s get that mental corn a-poppin’, shall we?

Terri Windling muses upon the death of the year. Myth & Moor

Shahan Russell writes about the mysterious death of Rasputin, the Siberian monk who brought down the Tsar of Russia. War History Online

The Medievalists present the medieval walking dead. Better that the latest series premiere? You be the judge.

Michael Livingston delves into the medieval origins of Hallowe’en. Tor.com

Debby Banham and Christine Voth explore the diagnosis and treatment of wounds in Old English medical collections. Medievalists

Archaeologists make a baffling Celtic find in France. The Vintage News

Ben Thomas shares his research into four great African empires that astonished the world. Medium

Discover Sanxingdui, the ancient Chinese city that’s older than Rome. The Vintage News

The tragedy of Meagen Pilon and human trafficking in Sudbury. Laura Stradiotto for The Sudbury Star.

Ashton Kutcher’s mission to end human trafficking has rescued 6000 people so far. The Earth Child

“Bitch.” Brave New Voices

 

Anxiety is an invalid excuse. Just Cut the Bullshit

Ephrat Livni: scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative. Quartz

Alan Watts – why your life is not a journey.

 

Andrew Griffin reports on signals from outer space that scientists believe could be messages from aliens. The Independent

Laura Parker digs into bioinspiration, the thrilling new science that could transform medicine. The Guardian

The man once thought to have spread HIV to America has been cleared by science. James Gallagher for the BBC.

Adam Capay’s treatment reflects poorly on corrections and on government. On all of us, really. The Globe and Mail

Remember Jumpy, the dog who does parkour? Well, he’s also the smartest dog in Hollywood. Amy Nicholson for MTV News.

Moar dog shaming?  Oh yeah! I waste so much time

Cosmic guinea pig.

 

The Pentatonix cover Hallelujah.

 

Thoughty Thursday will return, December 8th.

And watch for my two-month next chapter update on December 3rd.

Then, you can find out what I was doing instead of blogging in the month of November 🙂

Be well until then!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, April 10-16, 2016

It’s mega-thoughty Thursday this week 😉

This is the next emergent issue in Canada: the quality of life in First Nations. This is our Prime Minister’s next big challenge. One First Nation has become the focus of media, recently, but it is not the only place where living conditions have been shown to be deplorable.

Attawapiskat in the news:

Just because our Prime Minister’s a geek (and yes, I realize he was dodging a question, but he did it well, don’t you think?).

 

Sandra Martin explains why we need better end-of-life policies in seniors’ residences. The Globe and Mail.

North Carolina passed ridiculous legislation that discriminates against transgendered people in the name of safety. Lindsay King-Miller covers the issue for role reboot.

Carla Ciccone wrote an article to warn women about Jian Gomeshi and it nearly destroyed her life. Chatelaine.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay wonders, will ‘it’s on us’ finally put an end the sexual assault on America’s college campuses? I hope so. It’s time and long past. Mic.com

Jia Tolentio explains how empowerment became a product for women to buy. The New York Times Magazine.

Leah McLaren explains why she’s teaching her son to embrace the ‘girlish.’ The Globe and Mail.

James Phelps, MD, makes the distinction between borderline personality disorder and bi-polar disorder. The Psychiatric Times.

The Mighty shares the secrets of people with anxiety.

 

Nancy C. Andreasen shares the secrets of the creative brain. The Atlantic.

I didn’t know where to put this tasty tidbit: How to see all the companies tracking you on Facebook and block them. Tech Insider.

The Shell Grotto in Margate, England.

 

Göbeklitepe. An amazing ancient site.

 

Photos of the Fukushima exclusion zone show how nature has taken over in a few years. BoredPanda.

Phil Plait debunks the planet nine comet scare for Slate.

Yuri Milner develops Breakthrough Starshot. CBC.

Phil Plait presents a tale of three Jupiters in four parts. Part one: A lonely young Jupiter wanders the galaxy. Part two: A Jupiter analogue orbits another star. Part three: Jupiter’s brother has three suns. And, finally, part four: Great Jupiter’s ghost! Slate.

Where do minds belong? In this fascinating essay, Caleb Scharf speculates on the fate of human, and alien, intelligence. Aeon.

Ariana Eunjung Cha examines Sean Parker’s revolutionary project to ‘solve’ cancer for The Washington Post.

Sarah Laskow considers the original copy of the Malleus Malificarum in Cornell’s witchcraft collection for Altas Obscura.

Food in its growing state 🙂 Bright Side.

Dog shaming always makes me smile. They know we’ll always forgive them 😉 Here are a couple of sites to bookmark in case you need a mid-week pick-me-up. Dogshaming and Dog Shame Awards.

Be Deutsch! Just AWESOME.

 

All the best.

See you on Saturday!

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