The Wednesday Four

Here is Week 23. What I did this week was attend the March for Science in downtown Detroit with some friends. It was good, there were some decent speakers and we walked down Woodward. You can see some of the photos I took over on my Instagram.

As for the links? Everything old is new again as in I’m digging in the bottom of my pile of articles to read and have pulled four. Please enjoy them!

  • Fewer Americans Are Visiting Local Libraries—and Technology Isn’t to Blame
    Only one trend is closely associated with their use. (The Atlantic) Note: The reason may not surprise you!
  • A Lost Scottish Island, George Orwell, and the Future of Maps A 141 square-mile island vanished from Google Maps, and the company has yet to restore it. What do glitches mean for little-known places? (The Atlantic | CityLab) Note: If you look on google maps, Jura is back, but this article is still fun and interesting.
  • Taxonomy: The spy who loved frogs To track the fate of threatened species, a young scientist must follow the jungle path of a herpetologist who led a secret double life. (Nature) Note: I recommend listening to the podcast (about 13 minutes) as well as reading the article. Also, I have mixed feelings about specimen collection and those feelings were not changed by this article.
  • How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy (NPR) Note: Two library articles in one post! You’d think I was still a librarian.
Howell Carnegie District Library

Howell Carnegie District Library in Howell, MI. Photo (c) Paul Cooper

A few years ago a (now former) coworker and I went to Howell to hear an author speak and we walked to this library, although it was closed and we couldn’t go inside. Maybe next time.

The Wednesday Four

Week 22 brings us every closer to World War 3 or the end of the world, or perhaps both (or neither, should we be lucky — are you feeling lucky?)

To make up for that, have an article about The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson and some really beautiful artwork of birds. And some other stuff, too.

  • Toxic Shock: Why This Woman Is Suing a Tampon Company After Losing Her Leg (Vice)
  • The Lock Pickers Victorian England made the strongest locks in the world—until an American showed up and promised he could pick them. (Slate)
Baseball

Baseball (c) Andy B

The Wednesday Four

If you skip these weekly posts I link to, you shouldn’t. I have been skimming them, but for week 21, I read it all the way through. I realized several things while reading it, the most important was how much I have already normalized, as Amy describes it, the Trump regime. While I try never to refer to him by his full title and I shudder when I hear others do it, sometimes I do forget or ignore how bad things are. Reading week 21 made me realize that, well, things are bad and they’re getting worse. Please remember that this is not the world we want and yet, here we are.

Anyway, your links this week:

  • Redux: You’ve got mail, you idiot! This post originally ran on October 26, 2011, back when Donald Trump was relentlessly propagating an easily debunked conspiracy theory about President Obama. As we ponder the triumph of “alternative facts,” it’s worth considering what makes bullshit so appealing and why it’s so hard to debunk. (The Last Word On Nothing)
  • Letter to My Younger Self by Pete Sampras (The Players Tribune) Note: For most of the time he was active, Pete was one of my favorite tennis players. The others are current player Gilles Simon and legend Bjorn Borg.

Self-Care Friday (Week 9)

I haven’t done much this week, aside from watching sports and reading (and working, of course). This will be a bit thin — though the first week of baseball season has been kind to me.

What I’m reading:

Completed

  • What Did You Eat Yesterday vol 11 by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino
  • Chimes At Midnight by Seanan McGuire (audio book: October Daye, Book 7)
  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Currently reading

  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audio book – on hold)
  • Chapelwood: the Borden dispatches by Cherie Priest
  • A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles

 

What I’ve Been Watching:

Not a lot, apparently! I was doing other stuff. I will probably start watching more soon.

  • Oh My Ghost (kdrama)
  • Last Week Tonight (HBO)

 

What I’m listening to:

I listen to podcasts, almost all of them are video game ones (I’ll post about that some day), but at the recommendation of a couple of my friends, I decided to listen to the newest podcast from This American Life and Serial ignoring the fact that I am not interested in either of those shows. But, hey, why not. S-Town (short for Shittown) is a unique podcast and extremely interesting. I may or may not review it, since I completed all seven episodes this week. But it’s worth at least reading about.

S-Town Podcast

I’ve been listening to some music, too.

Victon

BLANC7

Crucial Star

DPR Live

This week’s photo is of Bang Yongguk (if you know me in person or on twitter, you know who this is). My friend and I will be seeing his group (and him) on Wednesday next week.

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Bang Yongguk of B.A.P