Sunday Papers 7-20-2014

A slowed-down Sponge Bob theme song is like 1,000 bad trips. Enjoy.

I’m okay with dogs, but I’ve had some experiences as a kid that make it difficult for me to truly trust a dog and feel safe around one. In other words, I’m definitely a cat person. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like dogs and one of the breeds I’d consider getting if I were to get a dog would be a pit bull. They’re pretty, yet their position in American culture is…complicated.

Oh, and if you are even remotely interested in video games and puzzles you probably have played Portal and Portal 2 (and if not shame on you!) and because things are not over ’til they’re over there is a semi-official mod out for around five bucks where it’s all about gels. And while we are talking about shame on you, pile on an extra helping of it if you haven’t heard of Maria Bamford, but you can remedy it by reading this profile of her (and use one of your precious NYT tokens) and then spend five lousy bucks and download her special. And if you already have Netflix, you can watch it just like that.

You know you are curious about what actually happens physiologically when you catch a kick or punch into the groin. I know I am.

Sunday Papers 7-13-2014

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This is the evil hug that is summer. I don’t mind the light and the blue skies but fuck this heat. Seriously. Heat and summer and sweat remind me of the jungle and the jungle reminds me on disease, so what’s better summer reading than the Longform’s archive of articles on disease?

On their blog is also a long-ish article about using food as a mnemonic device and while the rest of the article for some reason is about food for astronauts, I think the idea of chronicling your food intake (even though this is literally as old as the internet) is kinda interesting. I’m always getting sucked into that whole life-tracking shtick that involves gimmicks and, as The Wife says, if you have to say “it’s not a gimmick!” — it’s a gimmick. That being said, the Jawbone UP is on sale for about $70 right now.

In other news, it’s still being hard being a women on the internet, because humans suck. If you want to keep the nice places on the internet up, consider donating to or funding MetaFilter, because they’re in somewhat of a pickle.

And if you’re worried about wearable technology and crowd control, well, you should be.

Sunday Papers 7-6-2014

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I’ve mentioned over and over again to friends that I could not believe, of find it hard to believe, that a morbidly obese body is supported by a regular-size skeleton, but this is, of course, the case and proven by science.

Speaking of food, genetically (re-)engineering plants is probably not the worst path to keep us from starving and as long as they come with pretty scientific illustrations I’m all for it. And I’ve just recently had a conversations with a friend about eggs and the protective qualities of the film on their shells that — in America — is removed by ‘cleaning’ them in the factories and turns these little guys into bacteria machines.

I have said before that I pretty much try to read everything by Mary Roach and this article on hot chili peppers is no exception. The same goes for William Langewiesche and after you’ve read his article on the Camorra you might want to work your way through the archive of articles.

Because of my previous work I’m interested in the prison-industrial complex and inner-city poverty and crime and this excerpt of a book by Alice Goffmann reminded me oh so much of it.