It’s time to get your mental corn popping, that is, to present you with some interesting stuff in the hope that the resulting creative connections will lead to your next awesome project! Yup, that’s what thoughty Thursday’s all about.
Patricia Grisafi writes about the terrible “what if”: how OCD makes every day a matter of life and death. The Guardian
Brenda Knowles wonders if solitary activities are only half-fixes for anxiety and depression. Space2Live
Your brain on caffeine with Shannon Odell. Inverse
Tom Wipple: how to edit a human. On unlocking the human genome, ethics, and CRISPR. 1843
Jason Pontin discusses the genetics (and ethics) of making humans fit for Mars. Wired
Disney princesses look more like children as the years pass. It’s not accidental. It’s all about neoteny. It’s Okay to be Smart
And, for your amusement: Ze Frank’s true facts about the dung beetle.
Be well until next tipsday!
A.K.A. Catching up on the catching up.
Just a little of the thoughty today. Far more fun.
How a bacterium was engineered to use two ‘alien’ bases, from Nature.
How an autistic boy’s love of wind chimes grew into something wonderful. Upworthy.
A Psychiatric Times article on creativity and mental illness. Interesting stuff about writers in particular.
Kevin Briggs’s TED talk on suicide.
Look up. Spoken word awesome by Gary Turk.
What you see in the mirror. A comic by The Oatmeal.
How one little letter can raise your IQ. Really?
Love these fantastic children’s rooms. In fact, I want the Narnia one!
Mary Robinette Kowal sings “Roxanne” in a puppet voice, while dressed in a Regency gown (which she made herself). Brilliant!
Another cover of Pharell’s “Happy.” A bunch of dogs and a cat frolic on the beach.
Cows like jazz. Who knew?
Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” a la Star Wars. Just fun.
The kakapo is a rare, flightless parrot. Watch this hilarious video to find out what it did to a photographer. Plus, Stephen Fry 🙂
Enjoy, my writerly friends.