Weekend Reads II

Watch the Titanic Sink in Real Time
If you knew me in 5th grade, then you knew me as “that weird girl obsessed with Titanic.” In honor of the 104th anniversary of the sinking last week, this eerie video hit the internet. It’s a real-time recreation (devoid of humans) of the ship’s sinking. Tedious yet fascinating. Bonus link: play my favorite computer game, Titanic: Adventure Out of Time, online for free. I haven’t actually played yet (I have issues with Java), but this game is actually the greatest thing ever and I named my GPS after the butler.

What I Learned From Tickling Apes
I adore apes. You may have experienced my trying to convince you to watch the 1970s Koko the Gorilla documentary. If you haven’t had the pleasure, allow me to tell you that you should totally watch the Koko the Gorilla documentary.

How to Avoid Boring Sunsets
love a good sunset. I don’t think there’s anything more gorgeous on this planet than what the setting sun can do. As a photographer, it can be pretty horrible to go to a location in the hopes of catching one, only to be met with an overcast sky and disappointment. Well, be disappointed no longer! SunsetWx is the brainchild of three men at Penn State who have come up with a way to predict whether or not an area will experience a good sunset (or sunrise!) much in the way one would predict other weather events. It’s awesome.

Ted Talk: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator
Fun fact: I’m such a procrastinator that I procrastinated watching this Ted Talk.

Newsweek: An Interview with Steven Avery’s New Attorney
Is anyone else still obsessed with Making a Murderer? No? No one else has been checking up on the subreddit to see what new facts have been unearthed? Just me? Ok, I’ll just leave this here then…


Weekend Reads

Throughout the week I usually come across some fascinating articles that I like to save for my lunch break, or to read over the weekend. Periodically I’ll be compiling them here, so you can enjoy them as well!

The Woman Who Couldn’t Swallow
A fascinating read about dysphagia, a swallowing disorder the greater public knows little about. I first learned of dysphagia when I was working as a proofreader for a medical foods company, and it’s interesting to learn more about this life-altering condition.

Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream
I’ve really enjoyed the articles Huffington Post has been putting out on their Highline offshoot. And by “enjoyed” I mean “horrified by what their investigative reporting has uncovered.” This article, a startling look at sexual harassment and misogyny in the National Parks Service, is no exception.

The Man Who Sailed His House
5 years on from the tsunami that ravaged Japan, GQ presents a beautifully written piece about Hiromitsu, a man who was found floating at sea on the remnants of what used to be his roof days after the disaster.

Why Does America Hate Roundabouts?
I probably only find this interesting because I grew up in a neighborhood with a very tiny roundabout. I also pass through a small one on a route I take home, and it drives me absolutely crazy that no one seems to understand that you’re meant to keep right and bear left around a circle, not just stop before entering and make a full left turn to reach the furthest exit  (as you can imagine, it’s pretty dangerous). I was surprised to see such a low rate of roundabouts on the map in NJ, though—I mean it’s not called a “Jersey Circle” for nothing, right?

How ‘LOL’ Became a Punctuation Mark
“Instead, McWhorter argued, the ‘LOL’ in the women’s exchange is standing in as, effectively, a marker for empathy. It is replacing the things that can be achieved in an in-person conversation—the nodding of the head, the contact of the eyes, the tiny gestures that together lend the ‘L’ to the ‘IRL’—with a three-letter symbol.” I kind of hate that this article is framed around a dissection of Kim Kardashian’s nude photo, but the actual subject matter of “lol” as a new addition to grammar is particularly fascinating.