What I read on Tuesday (week 2)

I need a new title for this content roundup thing I seem to be doing now, as there’s an increasing ratio of videos being included. Nothing has come to mind yet. Laughing Squid: President Barack Obama and Zach Galifianakis Insult Each Other on ‘Between Two Ferns’ So good. It is this marketing professional’s opinion that viral videos about putting off going to the doctor for months while your spider bite wounds fester is the way to advertise the Affordable Care Act to younger people. Youtube: How Wolves Change Rivers Fascinating video on the interconnectedness of environments. American Anthropological Association: Take a #StandForScience “The original COMPETES Act established a vision for revitalizing the nation’s… Read More

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What I read on Monday (week 2)

This was a long Monday, following a weekend of birthday parties, putting our house back together, and celebrating a friend’s new sandwich shop/console game arcade. No article commentary, but mostly interesting stuff.  Cupcake post later this week! I need so much coffee… The Mary Sue: 10 HARDCORE FEMALE MILITARY LEADERS FROM HISTORY The Verge: Google’s Eric Schmidt: ‘let us celebrate capitalism’ San Francisco CBS: Google Engineer Targeted By Protesters In Front Of His East Bay Home The Verge: The Classics: ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ text adventure Youtube: Mystery Tubes in the Stick Bug’s Gut Geek Feminism Blog: On being geeky, disabled, and also kinda smokin’ Live Science: Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Triggered Lethal Acid Rain Mashable: Craig Ferguson… Read More

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What I read on Friday

Friday is here.  To celebrate I am including two anecdotes about my day. A coworker showed up with amazing chocolate cupcakes. This makes me self-conscious because I’m planning to get up early tomorrow to make chocolate cupcakes for my boyfriend’s birthday party (but they’re not traditional cake cupcakes, they’re going to be my ridiculous dark chocolate pumpkin bread in cupcake form).  Coworker’s cupcakes have beautiful, perfect, home made frosting in a delightful pink shade balanced with chocolate chips.  My frosting execution tends to look like something about to creep, and leap, that one should generally beware of. Anyways, here’s some marketing stuff, an article on how cool volcanoes are, a… Read More

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What I read on Thursday

Twitter keeps doing things, shockwaves from the Target hack continue to be felt in the tech world, the next revolution in stock images is happening, and LifeHacker, as always, has some great advice. Then I listened to some podcasts. ReadWrite: The Death Of The Magnetic Stripe Claims A Scalp As Target CIO Resigns Google Maps: Photospheres of Egyptian Ruins I could look at these photospheres all day, especially the one of Hatshepsut’s temple. LifeHacker: What Can I Actually Upgrade On My Mac? Doing research on keeping my old macbook alive. LifeHacker: How to Stop Being a Cynical Asshole PreviewsWorld: Jeremy Barlow Picks Up From The Clone Wars With Darth Maul Series  Super Duper Space… Read More

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What I read on Wednesday

I didn’t have time to publish this yesterday. Read most of this stuff during my lunch break. Lots of variation in this sampling, no wonder my brain was mush when I got home from work last night. Search Engine Land: Logged Out: Yahoo To Stop Allowing Facebook & Google Sign-Ins I think this will prove to be a smart move. Huffington Post: Long-Term Drought Doomed Indus Valley Civilization, Researchers Say I’ve had a mild obsession with the Indus Valley civilization ever since I took an archaeology course on it in college. This headline is a bit ridiculous, of course. What researchers say is that they’ve found evidence of a 200 year long… Read More

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What I read on Tuesday

Continuing the experiment of noting how I waste my time. Today’s reading includes edible unspeakable horrors, the secret eldritch ceremonies of those who control the internet, Apple CEO Tim Cook telling climate deniers to suck it, and a real magic ring you can buy on Kickstarter that works with your smartphone. The Guardian: Tim Cook tells climate change sceptics to ditch Apple shares “When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI,” Cook said, adding that the same sentiment applied to environmental and health and safety issues. He told Danhof that if he did not believe in climate change, he should sell his Apple… Read More

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What I read on Monday

Here’s what I read today in between spreadsheets taking forever to calculate, and various local software taking their sweet time to accomplish things. Search Engine Land: Social Media Predicted 80 Percent Of Big Oscar Winners Wired: The Secret Behind America’s Best Hoodie? A Design Process Worthy of Apple Wired: So, You Think Yellowstone Is About to Erupt LiveScience: Mummies’ Milk: World’s Oldest Cheese Found in China Wired: Israel’s Commercial Jets Will Soon Be Firing Lasers SFgate: Twitter steps up efforts to woo users as growth slackens Search Engine Land: Is Chasing AuthorRank A Waste Of Time For SEOs? Business Insider: RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World Io9: Physicists find a new ‘state of matter’ in the eyes… Read More

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What I read today

My boyfriend commented yesterday on how much information my brain sucks in every day from what I read on the internet. I was a little skeptical, so thought I’d start keeping track.  Here’s a list of what I read during spare moments at work while pages loaded or spreadsheets tried to die on me. Pockets of Oil from Exxon Valdez Spill Persist Along Alaskan Coast Somewhere between amazing and sad. Project Ara is Google’s moonshot for the smartphone world So cool! A modular phone you can piece together yourself.  Control over the camera specs of my device would be amazing. 5 Ways to Make Shareable Images That Drive Traffic Decent… Read More

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My Stormtrooper, and an embarrassing anecdote

I drive a white SUV that we refer to as “The Stormtrooper,” because of its great resemblance to the helmets of the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire (Star Wars). I’ve been talking for a year about strategically changing the white trim to black, and of putting an imperial cog on the spare wheel case. A huge vinyl decal Imperial symbol arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago, courtesy of my loving partner, Reed.  He had been scouring Etsy for cool Macbook decals, and that wild journey led him into the shadows of Ebay, and the seller d-a-r-k-s-i-d-e. My car was filthy (it was arguably tan in color… Read More

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Austin’s abnormal winter

The fraction inch of snow that completely shut down the entire city of Austin, TX, this morning.  I’m originally from the Texas Panhandle, where we have to deal with all the nasty stuff that blows down off of the Rockies. I am fascinated by the response down here to some ice on the ground.  

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