Random Interesting Links July 2015 Edition 2

  • Jennifer Pan’s Revenge, and related: Tragedy of ‘golden daughter’ resonates with Asian immigrant children
    I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I used to hide my report cards in high school; they were quite often bad, or bad enough. My parents didn’t know which day the report cards came out, so I would ask my sister to hide her perfect straight-A report cards too. She always did it for me even though it meant she got zero pats on the back for her effort. Got me some extra months though of being not in-trouble. :D Not that I ever wanted to kill anyone. And my parents were softies compared to some other parents.
  • 35 Bill Cosby Accusers Speak Out
  • CDC warning: Stop hugging and kissing your chickens
    The headline sort of cracked me up. American chicken flu or SARS next?
  • No Time to Be Nice at Work

    Robert M. Sapolsky, a Stanford professor and the author of “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers,” argues that when people experience intermittent stressors like incivility for too long or too often, their immune systems pay the price. We also may experience major health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and ulcers.

  • Masters of Love
    It turns out kindness and civility aren’t just important at work; it helps make a happy marriage too, and the lack makes for an unhappy marriage or divorce.

    There are two ways to think about kindness. You can think about it as a fixed trait: either you have it or you don’t. Or you could think of kindness as a muscle. In some people, that muscle is naturally stronger than in others, but it can grow stronger in everyone with exercise. Masters tend to think about kindness as a muscle. They know that they have to exercise it to keep it in shape. They know, in other words, that a good relationship requires sustained hard work.

    That’s a good explanation of the whole “relationships take work” trope, I think.

Random Interesting Links, July 2015 Edition

The whole July 2015 thing is less silly now because I have had more than one interesting links post. Right?

  • The Really Big One — The really big earthquake in the Pacific Northwest is overdue! Scary, but actually, it’s worth reading because it’s a good read.
  • I, Racist — Powerful stuff
  • Men who harass women online are quite literally losers — “It’s also in keeping with the evolutionary framework on anti-lady hostility, which suggests sexism is a kind of Neanderthal defense mechanism for low-status, non-dominant men trying to maintain a shaky grip on their particular cave’s supply of women.” Haha. And also, *sigh*.

Ranking Every Episode of Every Star Trek

Some superfan, Jordan Huffman, ranked every episode of every Star Trek series ever. Seriously. I can’t speak to this, since I’ve only watched The Next Generation completely (but at least one episode of every other Star Trek except the animated series) but holy cow what commitment. In my opinion, TNG was the best, but if you’ve never watched any episodes, and start from season 1, there was a lot more inconsistency. It hit its stride by season 2 or 3 though. I think this is true in general of most shows? I mean, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a great TV series, and still it took a little bit for it to get amazeballs.

Random Interesting Links

Hey it’s another edition of random links!

Review: Plumb Goods Notebooks (& Giveaway): The Well-Appointed Desk is giving away a $50 gift certificate to KnockKnock/Plumb Goods. Just comment between now and Friday, July 18th at 10pm CST. She reviews the notebooks, too, which look lovely.

The Future Resident of Helsinki Will Not Own a Car: OMG this is the dream, as far as I am concerned. :) What will it take to get it done here?

Ohio Amish begin vaccinations amid largest measles outbreak in recent U.S. history: I kind of wish people were required to vaccinate before going to public places (unless you have a good reason like a compromised immune system, of course). Is that too harsh? It just seems to be one of those “your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins” sorts of things… Maybe I am oversimplifying, but please vaccinate. Sheesh.

16-Year-Old Says Her Rape Went Viral; Alleged Rapist Tweets His Innocence and Mocks Her: This is so damned sad. I hope that the existence of the photos is proof enough to charge these horrible people. She’s brave for speaking up.

My New Ink Journal in an Old but Loved ARC Notebook: I should do something like this. I mean, I sort of do, but in a bound journal and I just write a quickie quote. And I do it randomly when I think of it. Well… maybe that’s close enough. HAHA

TWSBI Mini Fountain Pen 1.1mm Clear Piston Filler Review: I love this pen. Everything he says about it is true! I really don’t like the tinted hood in the cap though — mine cracked. It doesn’t affect the functionality of the pen at all.

Should I organize these links?

Interesting Links From This Past Week

Some of these are old, some are new, but I thought they were all interesting.

Funny robot gifs — The robots are trying, but failing. Funny! My fave is the ketchup one; lol, literally. [via Kottke]

Lionel Messi is Impossible — The best soccer player right now, by a lot of stats.

Solar Has Won — In Queensland, Australia they have enough sunny days and solar panels that coal is having a hard time competing.

Winter Session + Doane Paper Flap Jotter Transport Small Giveaway — The Pen Addict has a giveaway! Comment on his blog before 11:59PM ET on Thursday 10 July!

Sonic Ratchetta Sharpener review

Brooks Falls – Brown Bear Cam — Sometimes boring, sometimes awesome live bear cam. Always relaxing watching the bears.

Turn Right

I don’t drive much — I mean, I have my driver’s license, and a Zipcar membership but no car. I think it’s the right choice for more people — it’s about access now and then when needed, not habit and not ownership. But anyway, I’m getting off topic! (Yut thinks I’m a nut about the topic of cars.)

When I do drive, I make right turns sometimes when I need to go left, just ’cause sometimes the left is too damn hard. Well guess what? According to UPS it’s really the better way to do it.

UPS engineers found that left-hand turns were a major drag on efficiency. Turning against traffic resulted in long waits in left-hand turn lanes that wasted time and fuel, and it also led to a disproportionate number of accidents.

and! Mythbusters checked out the claims and basically agreed: “They found the UPS approach saved gas but took a bit longer”.

Vindication! :)

(via kottke)

Tournament of Books 2014

The Tournament of Books X has been announced! As usual, I haven’t read any of the books, but a lot of them are on my To Read list for one reason or another. Still, even if I don’t read any of them, I still enjoy following along. It’s like March Madness for books, more subjectivity but also I just love discussing and reading about and listening to discussions about books. It’s all fun! And usually the winner and semi-finalist are both worth reading. Last year The Orphan Master’s Son beat The Fault in Our Stars. I still haven’t read Orphan Master’s Son, but I loved The Fault in Our Stars. Plus John Green is a judge this year. Should be fun!

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