It was a terrible week, in some respects. First, we learned of the death of David Bowie, and only a few days later, of Alan Rickman. Both at the age of 69, and both of cancer. *shakes fist impotently at the powers that be*
Here are a few posts commemorating both men:
- Charlie Jane Anders eulogized Bowie for i09.
- Maria Popova compiles a list of Bowie’s 75 favourite books. Brainpickings.
- The Guardian posts the tragic news about Alan Rickman.
- Peter Bradshaw muses on Rickman’s legacy. The Guardian.
- Emma Thompson pays tribute to her friend. Vanity Fair.
- One of Rickman’s best romantic roles was in Truly, Madly, Deeply. i09 shares his performance of “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” Then word & film shares his recitation of a Pablo Neruda poem.
The Guardian offers some tips on how to be happy in the New Year.
How to exercise your empathic muscles. The Elephant Journal.
Physician, heal thyself! Why silence is the enemy for doctors who have depression. The New York Times.
IFLS shares Stephen Hawking’s advice for people who suffer from depression.
Thirty nine: a documentary by Tara Henley on CBC’s The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright.
Childhood trauma can result in adult illness. Aeon.
Feministing reports: lesbian families produce an abuse rate of 0%. Then a kind commenter shared this: lesbian mothers’ children. Food for thought, people. Who’s producing these studies and for what reason?
Doug Saunders explains how gun ownership became a ‘right’ in the United States, and why it’s not. The Globe and Mail.
Bonus: Tori Amos’s cover of the Beatles’ “Happiness is a warm gun.”
We had another two earthquakes in the Sudbury area last week. I didn’t feel them, but that makes quite a few in the last couple of years. Is this some kind of message? The Northern Life.
Hootsuite’s CEO got clever and came up with this $25 standing desk solution. Vancouver is Awesome.
Check out this beautiful, underground kingdom. Bright Side.
A 600 million year old mutation is responsible for . . . us (!) The Washington Post.
Scientists believe they’ve found the first fossil bed from the dinosaur extinction. IFLS.
Mapping the ocean floors with gravity. Phil Plait for Slate.
Ice crystals cause this optical phenomenon and ‘draw’ a map of a city in the sky. Slate.
Open Culture brings back the animated Bayeux Tapestry. It’s really something special.
Please, cuddle the cat! It’ll make you feel better.
Quite the thoughty week, if I do say so myself 😉
See you on Saturday for more CanCon 2015 reportage.