Three articles. Three videos. I hope something here gets your mental corn popping!
Ali May: you can hike to the end of the world—in a wheelchair. Ozy
Peter Kotecki and Frank Olito look at nine body parts humans no longer need (and some of us don’t even have anymore!). Business Insider
SciShow Psych looks at why music gives us the feels.
Shannon Odell: your brain on conspiracy theories. Inverse
Maggie Koerth-Baker thinks that the era of easy recycling may be coming to an end. FiveThirtyEight
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony on One Guitar – Marcin Patrzalek (this is freakin’ awesome)
And that was thoughty Thursday.
Until next Tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
It’s time to pop that mental corn, people.
In the war between Baby Boomers and Millennials, we’ve forgotten the hard-working, hard-playing Generation X. Um, no. We haven’t. Interesting article nonetheless. David Barnett for The Independent.
Jon Brooks: Girl? Boy? Both? Neither? A new generation overthrows gender. KQED Science
How slavery changed the DNA of African Americans. Michael White for the Pacific Standard.
Sarah Dziedzic discusses African-Canadian history with Cheryl Foggo. Canadian Living
Tristan Hopper recounts how smallpox decimated BC. The National Post
Bruce Kasanoff: intuition is the highest form of intelligence. Forbes
Anna Lovind: what if you’re on the wrong train?
I love language, and so, when I saw this article on Queens, the linguistic hub of the world, I had to share. Thanks, Lori. You always post teh awesome. Gus Lubin for The Business Insider.
This makes me sad, though. Kat Eschner: four things that happen when a language dies. The Smithsonian Magazine
Elizabeth Kolbert writes about why facts don’t change our minds. The New Yorker
Phil Plait: SpaceX nails the landing after an historic launch. Blastr
Umir Abrar is slightly embarrassed. A giant, dark galaxy is orbiting ours, but astronomers just noticed it. Physics Astronomy
Seven Earth-sized planets found orbiting around a nearby (relatively speaking) star. Phil Plait for Blastr.
NASA presents a celebration of clouds.
Brian Cox explains how the Large Hadron Collider disproves the existence of ghosts. BBC
Healthy Holistic Living shows you how to make a bee waterer to help support pollinating insects 🙂
Lauren Cassani Davis: horses can read human facial expressions (more than dogs or chimpanzees). The Atlantic
Moby just released four hours of free music composed for yoga and meditation. Educate Inspire Change
Imogen Heap – Run-time.
I hope you’ve got some good ideas to fuel you through the week.
See you Saturday for my February 2017 update 🙂
Be well until then!
Renny reading from Family Business
After the Tweet chat and HVC, I shot downtown to catch what I could of Renny’s book launch for her novel Family Business at the Fromagerie Elgin.
I managed to be in time for her reading and to purchase a book and get it signed.
Renny signing a book for a fan
The afternoon also included performances by one of the tenors Renny manages, and a classically trained pianist.
Music feeds the writerly soul.
Artisan cheeses, fruit, and baguettes were provided.
Though smaller than her Toronto launch, the afternoon met Renny’s expectations and generated additional publicity for her novel.
You should really check it out.
Here’s what Amazon says:
Set in the Netherlands against the backdrop of the Great Depression and through World War II, Family Business follows the story of Agatha Meijer and her sons, André and Johan, as they build their textile business, a business Agatha is determined her sons will carry on, regardless of their own desires. Family tension comes to a head when the boys each take a stand, sending all their lives spinning in directions none of them would have ever anticipated, and making each of them question the true meaning of loyalty, love, and freedom.