I’ve been to a lot of concerts, but not ones where I spent the night. But apparently people leave unbelievable messes, as seen here after the Reading Festival (Daily Mail).
- I meant to include this last week, at least two people that I’ve sent this two wanted them — as do I: Tiny, enclosed pod offices for the post-apocalyptic web worker (io9). If only I had a yard (and the money to buy one — or more — of these).
- The Twitter of Tomorrow (New Yorker): Most people noticed that Twitter started connecting the different tweets that make up a given conversation with a blue line. I noticed this and it totally confused me — I don’t like it because I don’t like Twitter messing with chronological order and the lines are actually super annoying — I’d rather they did conversations differently. I don’t care about reading other people’s conversations on my timelines most of the time. Ugh. I know, I hate change, but come on.
- Two stories from NPR:
- Compensation Funds For Victims Of Tragedy A ‘Small Solace’ This was a really good story I heard Sunday morning. It’s an interview with a man who hands out compensation to victims — and he talks about some of his experiences and what kind of job it is (as well as how difficult it is for victims/survivors/their families as well as himself).
- The Voice Of Rocky And Natasha Earns An Emmy: A much happier story. I’ve always been a big fan of Rocky & Bullwinkle and it was really fun to hear this short interview with June Foray. I watched the show on Netflix, but it’s no longer streaming on there, but it is on Hulu now, so I can get my fix. And in case you were wondering, my favorite part of the show is Peabody’s Improbable History.
- I emailed this to a bunch of people, but I’ll share it again here. A touching and pretty awesome story about a boy from Mongolia who used the internet and ended up attending MIT: The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator (NYT)
- How Detroit went broke: The answers may surprise you – and don’t blame Coleman Young (Detroit Free Press)
- I get a newsletter daily called NextDraft (it’s awesome, I love email newsletters) and today there were two links about food safety (or how we’re throwing out a lot of good food). I know I’m guilty of this: You Just Threw Out a Perfectly Good Gallon of Milk Because You Think the “Sell By” Date Means Something (Mother Jones) and Food expired? Don’t be so quick to toss it (TIME/CNN)
- A super interesting look into the history of the mermaid mythology: Mermaids of Asia: Dugongs, Dragon Wives and the Deep (The Diplomat)
- A new study of the snow leopard’s habitat across the Tibetan plateau has found that Tibetan Buddhist monasteries may be better equipped than formal preservation programmes to protect the endangered cats from poaching, retaliatory killing by farmers and other deadly perils. The key is their ability to extend their influence across administrative boundaries and maintain safe space for the animals. (Tibetan monks and endangered cats via The Economist)
- Amarildo: The disappearance that has rocked Rio (BBC) I can’t remember if I heard a similar story on NPR or this story on the BBC, either way, it’s really interesting and super depressing.
- A review of The Grandmaster (which stars my favorite actor, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, and that I own and have watched, twice): The Grandmaster: Returning to the Roots of Kung Fu (Tea Leaf Nation) I haven’t seen enough kung fu movies to review it adequately, but it doesn’t quite seem as good as the other Wong Kar Wai movies I’ve watched, though it is good. H and I saw it in Chicago (and got to see Tony do a Q&A in the theater(!) after the film) and I did notice what was missing (about 10 minutes were cut from the original, which is the version that I own). If you’re looking for a lot of kung fu action, this isn’t the movie you want. That being said, it’s a decent existential look at kung fu, which is what WKW is good at. I think it’s a good movie, I just think there’s a better movie in there, somewhere.
I know, this got kind of long, but whatever, I found a lot of good links. As a final note, here’s a commercial from Thailand that will make you cry (and then you can read more about it here, via The Diplomat):