Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 15-21, 2017

Another small, but insightful batch of thoughty.

Julie Beck: imagining the future is just another form of memory. The Atlantic

Ryan Krull reports on homelessness in public libraries. The Millions

ASAP Science asks, why are you anxious?

 

Natasha Frost: before mace, the humble hatpin was the unescorted lady’s best defense. Atlas Obscura

Mattie Kahn interviews Gloria Steinem about Harvey Weinstein’s fall, Hugh Heffner’s death, and the patriarchy’s endless last gasp. Elle

Lyndsey Matthews wonders, is Ikigai the new Hygge? With Venn diagram 🙂 Country Living

Walk Off the Earth covers Hey Ya!

 

I hope something there got your mental corn popping 🙂

Be well until the weekend’s writerly news post!

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, June 18-24, 2017

Here’s a bundle of stuff to get the mental corn popping.

Cathy Alex introduces us to Autumn Peltier: the twelve year old Indigenous girl who speaks for water. CBC

Ben Chapman looks at Finland’s experiment in universal basic income. The Indepedent

Adam Greenfield introduces us to a sociology of the smartphone. I’ll admit, Phil can be irritated by how much I use my phone, but my addiction’s not that bad in perspective. Longreads

I listened to this interview last Sunday—so good. And so important. Michael Enright interviews Daphne Merkin about staying alive despite her near-constant wish to die. The Sunday Edition on CBC.

Emma Young uncovers Melanie Goodwin’s life with multiple personalities. BBC

Alex Williams: Prozac nation is now the united states of Xanax. How anxiety is taking over as the leading mental illness in the US. The New York Times

David Nield reports: forgetting things could actually make you smarter. Science Alert

ASAP Science explores memory. Can you remember this?

 

Kristy Hamilton: researchers reveal the multi-dimensional universe of the brain. Mind blowing—lol! IFLS

Bec Crew reports: the first filmed DNA replication changes everything we thought we knew. Science Alert

SciShow asks, can you be allergic to sunlight? Oh, yeah.

 

Samantha Masunaga interviews Sue Finley, who was hired as a “computer” in 1958, about her long career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The LA Times

I do not help my wife. Ladies pass it on

Casey Smith: DNA shows that cats domesticated themselves (ahem, or us …). National Geographic

Annalee Newitz shows how cats are extreme outliers among domestic animals. Ars Technica

Elephant conservation is more important than you think. Samburu for The Economist.

This ferret really wants her human to love her babies. Bored Panda

Happy-making music for the week: Walk off the Earth covers Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of you.”

 

Be well until the weekend!

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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. Raptitude.com.

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 🙂

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Aug 17-23, 2014

I have a feeling that this week might be more along the lines of entertaining rather than thoughty, but we can’t be serious all the time, right?

So have some fun 🙂

Three images that will change the way you think about mental illness. Engage. I like the cartoon myself.

ASAP Science explores the science of depression. Love these videos.

 

ASAP Science mentioned Laurel Braitman in their wee video, so when I saw Laurel’s TED talk on animal madness, I had to share. She’s quite entertaining. I think she might also have a little stage fright.

 

Fond of meteor disaster movies like Armageddon? Well, this graphic shows the comparative size of the comet the Rosetta has been sent after. Just to put things in perspective. IFLS.

All right. This oceanic worm is a little creepy, but it’s also pretty cool. IFLS.

Take a look at this transparent solar concentrator. IFLS.

David Brin talks Next Technologies on his blog, Contrary Brin. Lots of linkage.

Captain America and the Hulk, explained by science (kind of). Polygon.

Kid President’s pep talk for teachers and students. Find your awesome.

 

A young goat is introduced to a litter of puppies. The San Francisco Globe. OMG cute 🙂

P!nk and John Legend in Herbie Hancock’s arrangement of Don’t Give Up. Teh beautiful.

 

Walk off the Earth covers Am I wrong? by Nico & Vinz.

 

Time explores the other roles the 12 Doctors have played over the years.

The Nerdist’s Alicia Lutes wonders why actors in fantasy and science fiction series get the Emmy snub.

So . . . were you edutained? Let me know.

See you Saturday with the next instalment of WWC 2014, and a Caturday quickie about the week’s developments. Things are looking up 😉

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Aug 10-16, 2014

Of course, the big news of the week was the death of Robin Williams. I loved his work as a comedian and an actor. The circumstances of his death were tragic, but as a friend posted, so was his mental illness, the periodic substance abuse he engaged in throughout his life, and the effect that must have had on his family. The man touched me. He made me laugh. I’ll miss him. I’m just saying.

On that note, IFLS posted this on identifying and overcoming depression.

And my friend Kim wrote this lovely post. Seriously, one of the best I’d read on the subject.

The Globe and Mail’s offering: Thoughts on depression from an artistic mind, by Michael Redhill.


Shaking my head, not so briefly, to evict the maudlin.

This is verging on the Writerly Goodness, but I decided to put Justine Musk’s post, the art of being a heroine, in my Thoughty Thursday curation because it’s not so much about writing as about the intersection of myth and womanhood. Thoughty indeed.

Why we can’t catch our own typos, from Wired. Brain science explains why writers need editors.

Wired features Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win mathematics’ most prestigious prize.

A video love letter to Curiosity from Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

How wolves change rivers. This is amazing. IFLS.

What’s the smallest thing in the universe? IFLS features Talk Nerdy to Me.

The “super moon” of August 10th, as seen from space. IFLS.

The Atlantic featured more photos of the super moon on its In Focus page.

Imogen Heap has to be my favourite musical artist. Just lurve her to pieces. So when CBC music featured her new release Sparks as a “First Play” selection, I had to tune in. I listened to the whole thing in one night. The video is a great look behind the scenes too. Heaven. Of course, Ima buy it too, but I couldn’t resist the awesome.

A couple of great covers from Walk off the Earth. First, Rude, by Magic!

Next up, Say something, by A Great Big World.

Think I got carried away by music this week. Lindsey Stirling, Master of Tides.

And Beyond the Veil. This one caught me, because Fer spends a bit of time there . . . A candidate for the revision soundtrack?

This. Saturday. Can’t. Wait.

And this is fabulous: a fan made his own opening sequence for Doctor Who. Steven Moffatt saw it, and guess what happened? Space.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz March 16-22, 2014

Thoughty ThursdayPinterest boards for writers. Do they inspire you? They inspired me to join Pinterest (finally).
http://thewritelife.com/20-inspiring-pinterest-boards-for-writers/

Inspiration can come from the strangest places:

Emily Hart addresses the issue of her depression.

46 powerful things Shane Koyczan wants you to hear:
http://www.upworthy.com/having-a-bad-day-heres-46-powerful-things-you-should-really-hear?c=tpstream

33 tips that will help you deal with stress.
http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2014/03/12/how-to-deal-with-stress/

10 simple habits that could make you happier …
http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/03/10-simple-habits-proven-to-make-you-happier.php

And if all that fails, try this cover of “Happy” by Walk off the Earth and Parachute.

Jimmy Fallon is a guy who really knows how to have fun … with Billy Joel:

And with Kevin Bacon:
http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/kevin-bacons-footloose-entrance/2764458

How spouses can help with the research from Barbara Kyle:
https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/5957418-henry-viii-my-husband-and-the-pissing-drunkard

120 year old photos of Ireland, colourized.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/30263/fantastic-120-year-old-color-pictures-ireland

More photos, this time from the 1930s. Interesting indeed.
http://www.topdesignmag.com/20-very-interesting-photos-from-the-30s/

Why kids need pets:
http://hopeshared.com/22-photos-that-prove-babies-need-pets-number-17-especially/

Imogen Heap. Need I say more?

If you like that, just wait until you see what she’s working on now. I think you may want to visit Kickstarter 🙂
http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/20/imogen-heap-funding-drive-for-gloves-that-turn-gestures-into-music/

And that’s a wrap!