Dear Conference Organizers: You’re Doing Chairs Wrong - Motherboard
There are lots of conversations about the lack of diversity in science and tech these days. via Pocket
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yesterday
How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People
It started with money, as it so often does in New York. A crisp $100 bill slipped across the smooth surface of the mid-century-inspired concierge desk at 11 Howard, the sleek new boutique hotel in Soho. via Pocket
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3 days ago
Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter's Power Users | WIRED
Elon Musk is tweeting up a storm, and he’s loving every minute of it. With 21 million followers, Musk has emerged as one of the defining Twitter voices of 2018, someone who will happily and democratically engage with anybody who @s him. via Pocket
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7 days ago
NSW to change laws to allow child abuse survivors to sue churches | Australia news | The Guardian
Survivors of child sexual abuse will be able to sue churches and other institutions under changes to New South Wales’s civil litigation laws. via Pocket
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9 days ago
Facebook-WhatsApp turmoil takeaway: Mark Zuckerberg can’t be trusted.
The Wall Street Journal published a bombshell story on Tuesday about what reporters Kirsten Grind and Deepa Seetharaman call “the messy, expensive split between Facebook and WhatsApp’s founders.” The dishy piece makes for great reading. via Pocket
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9 days ago
Epimetheus and Prometheus
There was once a time when there were gods, but no mortal creatures. And when to these also came their destined time to be created, the gods moulded their forms within the earth, of a mixture made of earth and fire and all substances that are compounded with fire and earth. via Pocket
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11 days ago
Our Gently Aging Avatars
Every week or so someone I know on social media, but not in my daily life, updates their avatar, and suddenly they’re three or four years older than they were the day before. Some of these people I’ve known for 20 years, and it’s happened several times. via Pocket
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15 days ago
Citizenship for sale: how tycoons can go shopping for a new passport | World news | The Guardian
It’s the must-have accessory for every self-respecting 21st-century oligarch, and a good many mere multimillionaires: a second – and sometimes a third or even a fourth – passport. via Pocket
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16 days ago
When a Couch Is More Than a Couch - The New York Times
Were I healthy enough these days, I would be sipping a glass of free wine and running my hands over an exquisite accent pillow in an impossibly hip showroom called something like Space or Lust, while a sales assistant speaks to me of the virtues of aniline versus semi-aniline leather. via Pocket
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16 days ago
Why are all our dual citizens white?
New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Especially the United Kingdom. These are the countries that define the dual citizenship crisis that claimed five more of our politicians this week. via Pocket
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16 days ago
Asian Americans Are the Least Likely Group in the U.S. to Be Promoted to Management
Asian Americans are the forgotten minority in the glass ceiling conversation. This was painfully obvious to us while reading the newly released diversity and inclusion report from a large Silicon Valley company: Its 19 pages never specifically address Asian Americans. via Pocket
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16 days ago
Ask Polly: ‘Should I Have a Baby?’
How did you decide you wanted kids? I’ll be 32 soon and am still on the fence. I’ve always been on the fence. Until a few years ago, I always said I didn’t want kids and that I even hated kids, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I actually like kids. via Pocket
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17 days ago
"When Breath Becomes Air" widow and "The Bright Hour" widower find love --- together - The Washington Post
SAN MATEO, Calif. — The literary pairing was inevitable. “When Breath Becomes Air,” Paul Kalanithi’s memoir of his final years as he faced lung cancer at age 37, was published posthumously, in 2016, to critical acclaim and commercial success. via Pocket
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18 days ago
Why is the DOS path character ""? – Larry Osterman's WebLog
Many, many months ago, Declan Eardly asked why the \ character was chosen as the path separator. The answer’s from before my time, but I do remember the original reasons. via Pocket
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27 days ago
How to survive Trump’s presidency without losing your mind.
This past week, journalists in America were struggling to comprehend two major stories: The first was that Donald Trump announced (via tweet) on Wednesday that any news that paints him in a negative light is, by definition, “fake news. via Pocket
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4 weeks ago
The Old Guard – Rands in Repose
Dunbar’s Number is a favorite blunt diagnosis for the pains that affect rapidly growing teams. The number, which is somewhere between 100 and 250 describes a point at which a group of people can no longer effectively maintain social connections in their respective heads. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
Fitness apps found to make almost no difference to users' health | Australia news | The Guardian
An app developed by the Swedish government to curb drinking among university students actually led to them drink more, while a globally popular fitness app made almost no difference to the weight of those who used it, a review of the effectiveness of health apps has found. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
The Subtle Sexism Of Your Open Plan Office
Researchers Alison Hirst of Anglia Ruskin University and Christina Schwabenland of the University of Bedfordshire studied the process of a local government moving its 1,100 employees from a series of traditional offices to one big open office over the course of three years in the U.K. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago
My Wedding Gown's Last Dance - Modern Loss
No woman ever knows the actual fate of her wedding dress. After the celebrations are over, she has it cleaned of all traces of revelry, pressed, and sealed. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Dirty John Part 1: The Real Thing - Los Angeles Times
Their first date was at Houston’s, a restaurant in Irvine, where he opened the door for her and put her napkin on her lap. Candles flickered along the polished-mahogany bar; jazz drifted from speakers; conversation purred. Debra Newell had taken pains to look good. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Healthy Tasmanian devils discovered by scientists looking to save species - BBC News
They were found by scientists on a conservation expedition in south-west Tasmania. The marsupials' numbers have been slashed because of the spread of an infectious facial cancer. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
How Do We Define Terrorism? - The Atlantic
Two mass murders reveal how difficult—and important—it is to correctly identify terrorism when it occurs. Two mass murders took place within 48 hours this week. Both attackers were adherents of extremist ideologies. Both terrorized people. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
The Long Way Round: The Plane that Accidentally Circumnavigated the World
The morning of 6th January 1942 was going to be a cold one. Not that this was unusual for New York, mused the night-shift air controller at LaGuardia’s tower, but it did mean he’d have to wrap up extra warm when he headed home. He looked at his watch. It was 5:54AM. Two hours to go, then. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
I tried leaving Facebook. I couldn’t - The Verge
When I was in college, my high school best friend and I had a terrible falling-out. It was entirely because of Facebook. I denied that it could possibly be true. Surely Allison would have told me if she had — not post about it on the internet. via Pocket
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6 weeks ago
Why we mustn't squeeze social sporting teams out of public spaces - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Park soccer, social cricket and street basketball bring the public spaces of our cities to life. For many of the most marginalised communities, access to public space for sport is crucial for developing and maintaining a sense of belonging. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Barefoot Running: Does it Prevent Injuries?
A dive into the science so far of barefoot or minimalist “natural” running Should you run naked? Au naturale? Do barefoot runners get fewer injuries? The first real science milestone in the story of natural running & running injury prevention (finally) arrived in 2016 … about 12 years since via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
“Hotness” affects student evaluations more than gender.
At the end of each semester, college students have a chance to give feedback to their professors in the form of student evaluations, basically “rating” them. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
Now can Anzac Day return to a day of solemn reflection? | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian
There are just seven months to go before the profligate commemorative folly that has been Anzac 100 comes to an end. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago
'People are scared': the fight against a deadly virus no one has heard of | Australia news | The Guardian
HTLV-1 is endemic across central Australia. But testing takes six months and is not government-funded An Aboriginal woman – we’ll call her B – is sitting in a dry creek bed outside her community and telling the world “this is a very bad disease. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Dan McComas, Reddit Product SVP and Imzy Founder Interview
Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary internet for a project called “The Internet Apologizes.” We’re now publishing lengthier transcripts of each individual interview. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Opinion | Ask Roxane: I’m Outraged, but Failing at Activism. Why? - The New York Times
Back in January, I emailed a group of friends asking if they planned to attend the Women’s March in New York City. A progressive black woman like myself replied: “Can’t make it. Completely swamped this weekend :(.” My first reaction was irritation. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Too Many Atheists Are Veering Dangerously Toward the Alt-Right - VICE
Many Americans have been rightly horrified by the videos of white supremacists shouting “Jews will not replace us!” But what has gone less noticed is that, unlike far-right American movements of years past, you don’t hear much talk of God or religion at today’s alt-right rallies. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business - The New York Times
Harvey Karp, the pediatrician, parenting expert and inventor-slash-entrepreneur, cuts an unimposing figure. Lean and agile, with wispy dark hair, blue-rimmed glasses and a bounce in his step, Karp hugs like the Angeleno he has become and deadpans like the New Yorker he once was. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Having, or Making, or Thinking About Making a Drink - Los Angeles Review of Books
WHEN I BEGAN SERIOUSLY READING Joan Didion, in my early twenties, my response was less “this is amazing” than “this is allowed?” As is the case with many young writers, early encounters with Didion felt to me like a revelation, a shocking and delightful window into what it meant to forge via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Anzac Day 2018: Women veterans stand up for right to march after medal 'kick in the guts' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Karyn Hinder looks through the row of medals she has been awarded after 25 years in the Australian Defence Force. In the army and the air force, she has been deployed to East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, and has also been recognised for her long service to the military. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Why the Starbucks racial bias training is more than just good PR.
Starbucks is going to close all of its 8,000 company-owned stores on the afternoon of May 29, with the aim of giving a “racial bias education” to some 175,000 employees. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
When Doctors Bodyshame Their Patients - Medical Fatshaming
At 17 years old, Rebecca Hiles came down with bronchitis and walking pneumonia. Three years later, she was still coughing every day. "Doctors said, 'If you lost weight, you wouldn't have this many coughing fits,'" she recalls. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Don’t Call Adam Pally a Hero: It’s 2018 and Not Cool to Hate on Creators
On Sunday night, actor Adam Pally took the stage at the Shorty Awards, a social- and digital-media awards show, and gave a bizarre, rude, unscripted rant in which he negged specific creators for their work, trashed the industry he was there to honor, and compared the awards show itself to the DMV. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago
Sweet, sweet fantasy: Mariah Carey and Bipolar II | MHT
The singer with the most solo number records in history has spoken for the first time about being hospitalised for her mental health and being diagnosed with bipolar. She also voiced a fear of losing an essential part of herself, the part where condition and being are inseparable. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis’s Guilty Pleasure? | JSTOR Daily
In C.S. Lewis’s classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Edmund Pevensie enters a wardrobe and finds himself magically transported to a snowy kingdom. An unknown queen, who turns out to be a witch, asks him what he would most like to eat. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Stripe Atlas: Software as a Service pricing
Stripe Atlas, which helps internet companies get up and running, frequently gets asked questions by software-as-a-service entrepreneurs on how to improve the pricing and packaging of their SaaS products. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Christopher Emanuel's Struggle to Stop His Daughter’s Adoption: An Update - The Atlantic
Last summer, I wrote a feature article for on Christopher Emanuel’s struggle to stop his daughter’s adoption. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis - The New York Times
When Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Are there two pilots in the cockpit?
Ever since the early days of commercial aviation, flight safety has steadily improved. Considering the number of flights, accidents are now extremely rare, and 70% of them are attributable to human factors. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Famed Donkey Kong Player Stripped of High Scores, Banned From Competition – Variety
Famed high-score gamer Billy Mitchell, best known for his leading role in “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” documentary, was officially stripped of his “Donkey Kong” high scores and banned from submitting scores to the world’s largest tracker of video game world records following a via Pocket
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9 weeks ago
Who has any use for conservative intellectuals? — Crooked Timber
The firing of Kevin Williamson has led, predictably, to outrage from other conservatives, and in particular from anti-Trumpers like Bill Kristol and Erick Erickson. I can’t help thinking that much of their outrage is rooted in fear. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Swedish death cleaning and the anorexic home | Literary Review of Canada
A few years ago, while researching a magazine article, I began having conversations with Michael Daley, a self-styled art conservation watchdog. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Anger isn’t a mental illness, but we should still treat it.
We know who they are long before they do it. Before people kill, they espouse hatred and blame others for their problems. They are verbally abusive and threatening. They look for the confrontation in every interaction. They deflect kindness. They curse at strangers. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo | The New Yorker
Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than three decades ago. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
The demise of the nation state | News | The Guardian
After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Nota bene: Guilt trips
Every so often, after eating too much pizza or chocolate cake, I’ll feel guilty and remorseful, and I’ll want to make up for it by eating something healthy. As if too much pizza plus a kale salad is less fattening than just too much pizza on its own. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago
Jordon Steele-John has the loneliest seat in the Senate, and it's locking him out of the parliamentary process - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
There's a hush that comes over the chamber as the Senate admits its newest arrival. With the President's approval, the doors open and the soon-to-be senator nervously strides into their new workplace, bounding down three steps before coming to a halt at a table in the middle of the red room. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
How Things Work: Stopping the A380 | Flight Today | Air & Space Magazine
With the Airbus A380 weighing in fully loaded at 1,265,000 pounds, you might think stopping it within a reasonable distance after landing would require a Phalanx of Heavy-duty thrust reversers. Truth be told, in the megaliner’s braking system, thrust reversers are the least critical components. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Green Mountain at Fox Run: The floodlight and the twinkle lights - Shauna Reid
In the aforementioned Hungers That Influence Eating Behaviours class, Shiri explained that a binge acts like a floodlight. To quote her blog post: “The truth of the matter is that nothing will do it like food… Eating in that way lights up the pleasure centers of the brain. via Pocket
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11 weeks ago
Mallory Ortberg’s Favorite Advice Columns
Last year, I became an advice columnist. This is my only qualification for being an advice columnist, as I am quite literally just some guy. “Noted some guy Mallory Ortberg.” Here are a few of my favorite advice columns: via Pocket
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12 weeks ago
Working From Home is Never Worth It - The Billfold
I like to leave at the end of the day. You can’t really leave if you don’t go in. Photo credit: Daria Nepriakhina | UnsplashIt’s a weekday, a little after 9 a.m. My breath comes short and my foot starts to tap. I open the door to the second bedroom, close it halfway, open it again. via Pocket
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12 weeks ago
How to Write a Memoir While Grieving
I am writing a book my father will never see. Not in its entirety, not out in the world. He got through about half of my first draft, my mother said, or maybe a little bit more, sometimes using a magnifying glass to read the manuscript I’d sent in 12-point double-spaced Times. via Pocket
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12 weeks ago
Old networks defending college abuse culture | The Saturday Paper
This story begins in 2009, when a student of mine discovered a “pro-rape” Facebook group created by men associated with St Paul’s College, at the University of Sydney. The group was titled “Define statutory: Pro-rape, anti-consent”. via Pocket
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12 weeks ago
It’s Time To Hold Elite University Colleges Accountable For Sexual Assault
This post discusses sexual assault. Today, End Rape on Campus Australia released The Red Zone Report, a 200-page exposé of toxic college culture. via Pocket
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12 weeks ago
The alt-right is in decline. Has antifascist activism worked? | World news | The Guardian
Antifascist tactics have led not only to failed events and dwindling cadres but to infighting and blame games in an increasingly fractious far-right movement The alt-right appears to be falling apart. via Pocket
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