- Graysexuality | Thing of Things
“Graysexuality is fascinating because we get to watch the process of a new orientation being constructed in real time.”
- The Optimizer’s Curse & Wrong-Way Reductions | Confusopoly
An interesting discussion of the limits of how Effective Altruists choose between charities. (Via.)
- Schools Are Full of Hungry Kids Who Aren’t Learning Anything. Why Don’t We Feed Them? | Center For Global Development
Free lunches for schoolkids in the developing world could be an effective way of improving educational outcomes. (For one thing, feeding kids is an effective way of increasing school attendance.) (Via).
- On #MeToo’s Anniversary, ‘Mattress Girl’ Doesn’t Need You to Believe Her
Emma Sulkowicz seems to have moved to a “restorative justice” position, although they don’t use that phrase in this article.
- This fifteen second video of someone drawing eleven lines (not counting some little hash marks) is extremely satisfying to watch.
Also enjoyable, in a different way, are the many responses in which people posted their (usually) failed attempts at drawing the same eleven lines.
- When a Town Takes Uber Instead of Public Transit – CityLab
An article about a Canadian town that found that adding a bus system would be too expensive, so they decided to subsidize Uber trips instead. But the program was so popular that they’re having to limit it to cut costs. (I think that, whether it’s Uber or traditional, most cities should be spending a lot more subsidizing public transit.)
- Kilogram, redefined: Why the world’s new definition of mass is such a big achievement – Vox
- No, I Will Not Debate You – Laurie Penny
“To refuse to debate someone is an act of discourtesy. It is rude. It implies that you do not consider that person’s ideas or behavior worthy of basic respect.”
- julia serano – a transgender glossary of sorts
The glossary is very useful (well, not for everyone, obviously). But I’m also linking it for the introduction, where Serano argues against word-elimination strategies: “This approach ignores the fact that most words are highly contextual, exhibiting multiple meanings or differing connotations depending upon the context. Many words and phrases can be used in both positive and negative ways, or in productive and disparaging ways. Yet, word elimination strategies insist that any negative usage (whether present or past, commonplace or occasional, real or perceived) automatically trumps all potentially neutral, positive, or productive uses of the term.”
- What It’s Like To Drive The Worst Car Ever Built
Which is the 1951 Hoffman. “It’s not a piece of shit, build-quality-wise. It’s just that every possible design decision made on this car is somehow the absolute worst decision you could make.”
- Notre Dame fire: a historian on rebuilding the cathedral – Vox
One interesting question (asked but not answered in this article): The spire that burned down was not the original spire. When they rebuild, do they rebuild the spire we’re used to, try and approximate what the original spire looked like, or create a new spire?
- The Centr of Controversy – Kivan Bay – Medium
Kivan very much opposes the use of the fat suit in Endgame.
- Dain Yoon’s Twitter feed.
Korean body paint artist Dain Yoon paints amazing and beautiful optical illusions on her face.
- No more ‘shortcuts’ in prescribing opioids for chronic pain – STAT
The CDC is, depending on your view, either walking back or clarifying its previous instructions on prescribing opioids. They’re saying they’ve been misinterpreted and that they don’t want chronic pain patients to be involuntarily forced to cut down or cease opioid use.
- The problems with one-size-fits-all laws on opioid prescriptions – The Washington Post
Presidential candidate Kristin Gillibrand has been forced to walk her position back after proposing a terrible opioid control bill.
- AMERICAN THEATRE | All Sizes Fit All: The Case for Normalizing Fatness Onstage
- A History Of Violence – Pop culture news, movie, TV, music and gaming reviews. | The A.V. Club
If you’re a fan of action movies, Tom Breihan’s series of article, with his choice for the most important action films year by year, is very entertaining reading. (Or I found it so.) And will almost certainly add some new titles to your “I wanna watch this” list.
- Back in 1896 men didn’t call women sluts. They called them “bicycle face”.
“Why? Because bicycles helped women make their own dating choices. IOW bikes were the first dating app. That scared men.” Interesting thread on Twitter.
- Licensing Reform Opponents Say Unlicensed Barbers Would Be as Dangerous as Unlicensed Chefs. Chefs Aren’t Licensed.
- (140) GOPRO Goes on Japanese Sushi Conveyor Belt (Beautiful Slice of Japanese Life) – YouTube
Gets a lot less interesting after the plot twist at 3:40. I really enjoyed this on first viewiing – all those little slices of life contained in restaurant booths – but also had some doubts about the ethics of making such a film, especially after reading this article.
- “The Prostitution Problem”: Claims, Evidence, and Policy Outcomes” (pdf link)
A readable journal paper, giving an overview of the debate and evidence about sex work.
- Velocity is strangling baseball — and its grip keeps tightening – The Washington Post
More pitchers are throwing faster balls – and the result is a(n even) duller game.
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