Saturday, May 21, 2016

This Week on the Internet

At the ole homestead this week we've had a lot of fun being outside. We were surprised to find out that Russell's family spent hours while we were away on Saturday working on our yard. We had them over for a  fun campfire on Friday as a thank you. Which got me thinking... hey, my family can pull weeds too! So I very tactfully asked them to come over and do my work for me. :) Luckily the weeds hadn't latched onto the bedrock yet and they were pretty easy to pull out. The only problem is... there were a lot of them. By the time we had them all piled up they were a good deal higher than Jonas. Phew! So glad to have help, and so glad that I could help! YAY FOR MEDICINE! It's so fun to have campfires in the backyard with both sides of our families. I hope this'll be something we do often this summer.

Alright, onto the Internet:

The Reductive Seduction of Other People's Problems. Such a great title and interesting idea. Complexity, man.

The Unhealthy Truth Behind 'Wellness' and 'Clean Eating'. Nutrition is another complex arena - and those who make it seem to be black and white are either misleading or misled. There's so much unnecessary moralistic judgement in the way a lot of "clean eaters" talk about food. This is like a breath of fresh air to read. I've had my fair share of trying to obsessively control my diet in the hopes of curing all my problems. Surprise, it doesn't work. See also this article about how gluten is not the devil incarnate (for everyone. some people obviously need to avoid it.).

Favorite quote this week from Madeleine Albright: “We should use our opinions to start discussions, not to end them.”

Hooray for new food labels that announce added sugar, among other things. Coming to twinkies near you by 2018.

This article about reading and novels was so so interesting. Reading Fever? Wow: the 18th century many prominent voices were concerned about the threat posed by people reading too much. A dangerous disease appeared to afflict the young, which some diagnosed as reading addiction and others as reading rage, reading fever, reading mania or reading lust. Throughout Europe reports circulated about the outbreak of what was described as an epidemic of reading. The behaviours associated with this supposedly insidious contagion were sensation-seeking and morally dissolute and promiscuous behaviour. Even acts of self-destruction were associated with this new craze for the reading of novels.
Amazing pictures of Tokyo and London at night. Man.

These had me and Russell busting up all night. Stories of kids embarrassing their parents.

Similarly and finally - What to Expect.

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