17 Jul

Links for a Sunday Morning

Cleveland’s RNC “Event Zone” May Be A Petri Dish For Violence – Fast Company

Cleveland is an open-carry city, so anybody visiting the city to either participate in the convention (or protest it) can carry a firearm, or even an assault weapon, within the 1.8 square-mile “event zone” cordoned off in downtown Cleveland. Meanwhile, items like tape or tennis balls or water guns, however, are expressly prohibited.

A cringeworthy supercut of the sexism Gretchen Carlson put up with on Fox & Friends – Vox

If Carlson had responded to all of this on-air sexism with full-throated outrage, she would probably have been dismissed as oversensitive at best, and faced professional repercussions at worst.

10 Home Upgrades With the Best Return on Your Money – Credit

Earning a decent return isn’t the same as making a profit. On average, money spent on the 30 projects earned a 64% return. In most cities, the best projects only came close to breaking even. The one exception this year was beefing up attic insulation.

The Try Guys Get Photoshopped Like Women – Youtube

I don’t want to be seen like a sex object, I want to be seen as a fun person

Open-carry gun laws create chaos, fuel ‘us vs. them’ mentality of police – CBC

Open-carry laws further that “us versus them” mentality that’s pervasive among police, because of the high-pressure nature of the job. More guns mean more uncertainty and more risk and the feeling that things could very quickly go wrong. Open carry can exacerbate that sense. Instead of de-escalating a tense situation, police can become the ones escalating things and it makes everything worse.

Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree – NY Times

Yes, some foods, like kale, apples and oatmeal, are considered “healthy” by nearly everyone. And some, like soda, french fries and chocolate chip cookies, are not. But in between, some foods appear to benefit from a positive public perception, while others befuddle the public and experts alike. (We’re looking at you, butter.)

Anglicans to allow same-sex marriage after vote recount – CBC

Toronto Archbishop Colin Johnson called same-sex marriages — at the discretion of the bishop and with agreement of local clergy — a logical step in the evolution of the church.

What you read matters more than you might think – Quartz

Deep reading occurs when the language is rich in detail, allusion, and metaphor, and taps into the same brain regions that would activate if the reader were experiencing the event. Deep reading is great exercise for the brain, and has been shown to increase empathy, as the reader dives deeper and adds reflection, analysis, and personal subtext to what is being read.

30 works of Canadian fiction to read before you’re 30 – CBC Books

30 pivotal, engaging books every Canadian should read before they turn the big 3-0.

Faroe Islands fit cameras to sheep to create Google Street View – Guardian

So tired of waiting for Google Street View to come and map the roads, causeways and bridges of the archipelago, a team has set up its own mapping project – Sheep View 360.

Is American Culture Asking Too Much of Marriage? – The Atlantic

For the first time in history, we want one relationship to give us all the needs that have to do with anchoring and rooting and a sense of belonging and continuity and stability and predictability and security and safety and that whole dimension of our life—and we still want that same person to also provide us a sense of novelty…. I want the same person to be familiar and to be new, and to be comfortable and to be edgy, and to be predictable and surprising.

28 Feb

Links for a Sunday Morning

The Single American Woman – NY Magazine

Today’s women are, for the most part, not abstaining from or delaying marriage to prove a point about equality. They are doing it because they have internalized assumptions that just a half-century ago would have seemed radical: that it’s okay for them not to be married; that they are whole people able to live full professional, economic, social, sexual, and parental lives on their own if they don’t happen to meet a person to whom they want to legally bind themselves.

Boring, dependable guys are rare — and desirable – Vox

‘Do you like the same things I like? Will life with you be exciting? Will you surprise me?’ Those questions didn’t matter. The things I needed were boring things like consistency, reliability, enthusiasm.

Never touch an Englishman: The cuddliest nationalities in Europe, ranked – Quartz

“We were a bit surprised at how reluctant men were [to be touched] compared to women.” The heat map showed that men weren’t even comfortable with other male strangers touching the back of their heads—it was a “taboo zone.”

The Quantified Welp: Why you shouldn’t track everything – The Atlantic

Measuring an activity, whatever it is, decreases people’s motivation to keep up with it. In other words, it proposes that the more you quantify something that’s rewarding for its own sake, the less likely you are to enjoy it

Female Anatomy, The Q-Angle, and Lifting – Lift Big Eat Big

The wider the q-angle, the more risk you are at for knee pain and ACL injuries, and the more force you could lose on the concentric phase of your squats (because your quads will pull the kneecap outwards).

Juicing is bad for you and the Earth – Daily Beast

Juicing is not just another fad though: it is a privileged, wasteful form of food consumption that’s worse for you than cooking and bad for the environment; juicing is the triumph of marketing over science.

In 2050, Half the World Will Be Nearsighted – The Atlantic

The projected increases in myopia and high myopia are widely considered to be driven by environmental factors … principally lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased near-work activities.

What a caveman’s DNA says about the Paleo diet movement: Humans have evolved since the Stone Age – National Post

“It drives me crazy when Paleo diet people say that we’ve stopped evolving — we haven’t,” said Anne C. Stone, a professor of human evolution at Arizona State University who has shown that genes related to starch digestion appear to have changed in number apparently in response to farming. “Our diets have changed radically in the last 10,000 years and, in response, we have changed, too.”