Some links for your Friday (on Monday, oops!)

This first link is from my dad — I’m very lucky to have parents who know what I like and while they don’t always approve, they do pass things along to me that might be interesting. This article is one of those instances. Actually, there are two articles from my parents in this post! The first, from my father, and the second, from my mother. In the first article, much of the article is about my favorite author, William Gibson. The second article is told in a webcomic format, which my mother knows I like.

  • What Is an @uthor? Today’s social media landscape confronts contemporary authors with a qualitatively different opportunity to confront their public selves. (LA Review of Books)
  • Guilty, Then Proven Innocent With eight successful exonerations so far, North Carolina’s Innocence Inquiry Commission could be a national model for fighting wrongful convictions. (The Atlantic)
  • Scorched Earth, 2200AD Climate change has done its worst, and now just 500 million humans remain on lifeboats in the north. How do they survive? (Aeon)
  • Send in the Weathermen: As the Department of Defense’s only commando forecasters, SOWTs gather mission-impossible environmental data from some of the most hostile places on Earth.
  • Wokking the Suburbs As he stepped woozily into the first American afternoon of his life, the last thing my father wanted to do was eat Chinese food. (Lucky Peach)
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Music Sundays: Jung Yong Hwa with JJ Lin – Checkmate

Jung Yonghwa (left) and JJ Lin (right)

Jung Yonghwa (left) and JJ Lin (right)

Yonghwa is the lead singer of the kpop band (they don’t really dance, they play instruments and sing) CNBlue, of whom I am a fan. While Yonghwa isn’t my favorite in the group, I absolutely love his voice. When I read that he was going to release a solo album, I was pretty excited. And then I found out that he was collaborating with one of my favorite Mandarin singers, JJ Lin, which made me even more excited. This is the music video for their collab song — and it’s fantastic. For subtitles, just turn on closed captioning (CC).

Links for your Friday

I haven’t posted links in a long time, it’s a habit I’d like to get into again. So, this is the first of what will hopefully be many. I don’t know that I’ll have a set day, I just want to post a few links (one or two to five or more) once a week. We’ll see how it goes. There are a couple of articles that I read this week that I really, really liked. One of them has been in a the news a lot, the story about the man who walked 21 miles every day to and from Detroit to his job in Rochester. Others include the story about combining libraries (mostly because of the love of books that’s so obvious within the article) and the story about our digital lives after we die.

I hope y’all find one (or more) of these that you like.

  • DeathHacks Tech tips for people who are going to die (someday) [Medium]
  • What Does The Internet Look Like? If you wanted to destroy the internet—rip out the cables, smash the boxes, kill the Takes—would you know where to start? Last year, as the world slowly got wise to the depth of government surveillance in their smartphones and inboxes, artist and writer Ingrid Burrington recognized a trend. (Gothamist)
  • What Really Happened to Baby Johan? The father, mother, police, doctors, and hospital records all tell different stories about that night. Does anyone know the truth? (Medium|Matter)
  • My Dad, the Pornographer My father, Andrew Jefferson Offutt V, grew up in a log cabin in Taylorsville, Ky. The house had 12-inch-thick walls with gun ports to defend against attackers: first Indians, then soldiers during the Civil War. At 12, Dad wrote a novel of the Old West. He taught himself to type with the Columbus method — find it and land on it — using one finger on his left hand and two fingers on his right. Dad typed swiftly and with great passion. In this fashion, he eventually wrote and published more than 400 books. Two were science fiction and 24 were fantasy, written under his own name; the rest were pornography, using 17 pseudonyms. (New York Times)
  • The Books Bills, garbage duty, cleaning up after dinner—living together will test any couple’s bond. But the act of combining bookshelves supplies its own revelations. (The Morning News)
  • Heart and sole: Detroiter walks 21 miles in work commute (Detroit Free Press)