August 1, 2018
Looking at art like an artist, we see that Every Painter Paints Himself. Art's Masterpieces, Explained, by Simon Abrahams [more inside]
John Egerton was more than a Tennessee journalist who crusaded for civil rights. He also foresaw the potential of black and white Southerners coming together over one thing we all have in common: the fact that we eat. He said: The time has come for all of us — traditional and nouvelle cooks and diners, up-scale and down-home devotees, meat-eaters and vegetarians, drinkers and abstainers, growers and processors, scholars and foodlorists, gourmands and the health-conscious, women and men, blacks and whites and other identity groups, one and all — to sit down and break bread together around one great Southern table.”
Chances are that you’ve never heard of General Magic, but in Silicon Valley the company is the stuff of legend. Magic spun out of Apple in 1990 with much of the original Mac team on board and a bold new product idea: a handheld gadget that they called a “personal communicator.” [more inside]
A story at the Hill took over nine seconds to load; at Politico, seventeen seconds; at CNN, over thirty seconds. This is the bullshit web.
The World’s Largest Speedo Collection Almost Oozed Away. In 2012, Australia’s Powerhouse Museum discovered that something strange was happening with some of their swimsuits: The Inherent Vice of Speedos.
What Is QAnon? The Craziest Theory of the Trump Era, Explained (Will Sommer, Daily Beast). "From celebrities to the grassroots, the right is obsessed with the idea there is a secret conspiracy where Hillary is headed for Gitmo. Here’s everything you need to know." [more inside]
Bottled, filtered or straight from the tap? With or without additives? When picking a water, even "healthy" water, it's largely a matter of taste (NPR). In most of the U.S., municipal water is as healthy as other commercial water sources, and the biggest concern is due to lead pipes, and NPR has
an app a step-by-step guide for that. This is all very focused on municipal water in the United States, so let's turn to the CDC to learn more about other water contaminants, how to identify and mitigate them, with a focus on private wells.
What does it take to understand spiders? False eyelashes, capes and face paint "By covering up or adding stripes to the live spiders, then observing interactions between them, Taylor and her students get clues to coloration’s influence. That requires putting makeup on a tiny spider, ... (and) then watches what happens"
"The vast majority of women in America give birth without incident. But each year, more than 50,000 are severely injured. About 700 mothers die. The best estimates say that half of these deaths could be prevented and half the injuries reduced or eliminated with better care."
Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay “What Is Socialist Feminism?” From 1976 with a new introduction from the author. (Jacobin) [more inside]
If, God forbid, we say something too obscene, Apple is there to remind us that we didn’t really want to say it. [more inside]
The arrival of European settlers in Ecuador had a profound effect on the country's population and environment. [more inside]
The newly formed U.S. Department of Reproductive Control's vision is simple: A reproductive health care system that reflects traditional American values and religious beliefs. And with the current administration's help, they're making great strides. They're putting doctor-patient relationships back where they belong, offering birth control for real Americans, and restoring order to your choices. But some folks, it seems, just can't be pleased.
"Nothing makes me happier than a 5-year-old boy laughing at a grown woman acting like a 5-year-old." An excerpt from Parker Posey's Memoir, You're On an Airplane.
With controversy surrounding the latest edition of the table top rpg Vampire: The Masquerade a new forward in the game book will explicitly condemn fascism and white supremacist ideology and an appendix will give advice on playing a game with mature themes.