Thrusday Ten

There’s a lot of Ebola stuff on here, sorry about that.

  • What If You Just Don’t Know If You Want Kids? Many women are certain they want kids someday. A smaller number are positive they don’t. But there’s another group that isn’t the subject of many hand-wringing studies or best-selling books: the ambivalent. The ones who vacillate between “I don’t feel compelled to have children” and “What if I regret not having had children?” (New York Magazine)
  • Hell in the Hot Zone: As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that is still feeding the worst Ebola outbreak in history. (Vanity Fair)
  • Why Don’t We Treat Teeth Like the Rest of Our Bodies? Dental care is excluded from most insurance plans for a bizarre and antiquated reason, and millions of people suffer as a result. (Atlantic) Note: I do go to the dentist regularly, but it took me a long time before I did. Thanks, mom and dad, for convincing me to go.
  • Forget GMOs. The Future of Food Is Data—Mountains of It: Inside a squat building on San Francisco’s 10th Street, packed into a space that looks a lot like a high school chem lab, Hampton Creek is redesigning the food you eat. Mixing and matching proteins found in the world’s plants, the tiny startup already has created a reasonable facsimile of the chicken egg—an imitation of the morning staple that’s significantly cheaper, safer, and possibly healthier than the real thing—and now it’s working to overhaul other foods in much the same way. (Wired)


Friday Links (are somewhat depressing)

  • Some truly beautiful photos. The View from Above: from landscapes to seascapes, from mountaintops to the valleys below, from Bhutan to Bismarck — a bird’s-eye tour of the world (Foreign Policy)
  • Another really interesting, somewhat unbelievable (but all too real) and ultimately depressing article. It’s also a good demonstration of how the internet brings people together more than it isolates us. Omar and Me: My strange, frustrating relationship with an American terrorist (Foreign Policy).

And now for some music, a little post-rock for relaxation. Enjoy the album Restore by My Cats A Stargazer:

Some of the links in this post came from the following newsletters: Longreads, NextDraft and Story of the Week.

Friday Links Are Back (and so am I)

I’m attempting to revive this blog. We’ll see how long this lasts!

  • One of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire, reblogged this super cute comic about friendship. I’m lucky to have a couple of people (and my sister) who are my really good friends. I’d be lost without them (and they know who they are).
  • I’m still a fan of Big Bang and although I haven’t been watching the TV show Running Man, I’m excited about a few of the members (including my favorite, Daesung) being on the show again!

I know, it’s short. But here, have a video. It’s the newest MV from Drunken Tiger (Korean hiphop) and I absolutely love it: