What I read on Friday

Friday is here.  To celebrate I am including two anecdotes about my day.

sparkling cupcake

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 great podcast on the search for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life, and a return to the dream of the space elevator, which it seems is really going happen, eventually, in the future.

Business Insider: Your Facebook News Feed Is Changing Starting Today
Not particularly interesting.

Pando.com: Jonah Peretti: “Both Time and BuzzFeed grew by creating irresistible lists”
Apparently Buzzfeed’s founder hopes that Buzzfeed will be the Time Magazine of the digital era.  It isn’t a totally crazy idea.

Scientific American: Found in Space, Part 1
Scientific American: Found in Space, Part 2
“Journalist Lee Billings Talks about his book 
Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search For Life Among the Stars. ”
I love this podcast. I may have to pick up Lee Billings’ book.

Video: Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui
Beautiful video of a huge school of dolphins, and a baby whale cuddling with its mom.

The Bloggess: Dogs love (to eat) me
I recently started following this blog (thank you, WordPress suggestions box).  She’s hilarious, and I need to buy her books.

Kickstarter: Ifukube and Godzilla: A Musical Celebration
As will eventually be evident in this blog, I have something of an obsession with Godzilla, and kaiju movies in general.  Akira Ifukube was the genius composer behind all the most iconic monster themes to come out of Japan in the second half of the 20th century. G-Fest is an annual convention for Godzilla fans that, sadly, I haven’t yet made it to. This kickstarter is funding for a live symphonic concert of Ifukube’s work at G-fest this year.

The Daily Dot: Laverne Cox should win an Emmy for ‘Orange Is the New Black’

Mashable: What Glaciovolcanoes Can Tell Us About Past Ice Ages
“In western Canada, where scores of volcanoes erupted in the past millennia, geoscientists are quilting together the past thickness of the North American ice sheet with lava, and linking it to ocean cores. For example, ocean cores are often correlated by changes in oxygen isotopes (atoms with different numbers of neutrons) in ocean sediments. Edwards can now point to a volcano in British Columbia and say the ice on land was at least 985 feet thick during a certain marine isotope stage that corresponds to a cold Earth.”

Extreme Tech: 60,000 miles up: Space elevator could be built by 2035, says new study
“Arthur C. Clarke once famously said that we will build a space elevator 10 years after they stop laughing — and they’ve stopped laughing. He said that in 2003, and while his timeline may have been off, his sentiment surely wasn’t. The concept of a space elevator is taken seriously at NASA these days, as it eyes both shrinking budgets and growing public expectations. Space is quickly becoming a bottleneck in the timeline of human technological advancement.”

Final anecdote:

lovecraft seussWhile eating my pizza at the Greek place around the corner that is far too complicated to get too, an older gentleman in an EMT jacket who sported a fantastic white mustache waved and muttered at me in an effort to get my attention. He wanted to look at my t-shirt. Realizing this, I straightened up, moved way from the table, and adjusted my hoodie so that he would have a clear view.

“Lovecraft and Dr. Seuss? Right on!” he cried out in the middle of the restaurant.

I laughed, excited that someone outside of the convention world got the joke. Especially a random old EMT guy whose visage would have fit into a cowboy movie.

 

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.

mothra dragging godzilla

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 Witch: Review: The Outer Temple of Witchcraft – circles, spells and rituals by Christopher Penczak
My friend Amanda’s blog, participating in the Pagan Blog Project. Penczak’s stuff never really appealed to me when I was still practicing.

Wired: The 5 Comics You Need to Read This Month

Marvel.com: Blast Off with Captain Marvel #1 in March
Yay! Carol’s back! I am going to go broke buying comics this month, jeez.

BJP-online.com: Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement
Wow.  That’s awesome, and brilliant. Plus WordPress jumped right on that: Announcing New Embed Support for Getty Images

NPR: Park Officials: Illegal Cutting of Redwoods Is Increasing

Wired: How Your Season of Birth Is Etched in Your Brain

KaijuCast: Godzilla vs. The Thing Daikaiju Discussion
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I’m going to start including things I listen to or watch in a given day, since this is mostly about looking at the range of information I take in.

Search Engine Land: As Google Upgrades Google Maps Business Listings, Conflicts Happen Including Duplicate Listing Issues
I’m a little shocked that articles on this are just now showing up. I’ve been troubleshooting that particular issue for our clients for months now.  It’s a pretty nasty mess that Google’s made for the SEO’s to clean up.

TheNextWeb.com: Sweden (yes, the country) wants your ideas for a new breed of games

DigiDay: Why Twitter’s growth problem isn’t a problem for Madison Avenue
The discrepancy between how Wall Street and Madison Avenue view the platform illustrates a fundamental difference between the two. For bankers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, selling the promise of future success is as, if not more, important than exhibiting actual ROI. That equates to placing a premium on growth. Agencies and brands tend to focus more on performance, and in that regard, Twitter delivers.

Scientific American: From Gadgets to Galaxies: Conference Reports
Another podcast that I love.  This one is rarely more than 30 minutes long.