Hey, hey! We’re at the start of another week. I’m still on a nature high after visiting the Grand Canyon this weekend. (In fact, I completely forgot to post this yesterday!)
Have you visited the Grand Canyon? Difficult to put the experience into words. It also happened to be the National Park Service centennial when we went, so it was quite the occasion. Pretty crazy that it has been around for 100 years. As beloved as the parks are, though, they are also
threatened. It’s up to all of us to protect them for the next hundred years.
What else interesting happened over the last seven days?
The Hawaii Mars simulation
ended Monday. Curious to see what they found out from this.
“Their hair fell out.”
What kind of regulation should the FDA have over cosmetics? It’s not doing much right now.
global coffee shortage has already begun. A future without good coffee would be a sad one. Just another reason to do whatever we can to minimize climate change.
Speaking of which, a group of scientists has moved to
formally declare the current epoch the We’re officially changing the evolution of the planet in detrimental ways. anthropocene.
“A few milliseconds makes all the difference.” Charisma is largely a matter of
thinking quickly. Do you run through options in your mind before you decide what to say and do next?
Please don’t drive slowly in the left lane. Saw way too much of this on our weekend road trip.
We tend to think that the present is much different than the past, but we’ve been
asking the same fundamental questions for awhile now.
Have you heard
the Millennial whoop? It seems to be in every other pop song.
Have an awesome week!
Hello, friend. You hanging in there? If I’m honest, I’ve been too stunned and saddened by recent current events to write. Alton Sterling. Filando Castile. Dallas. Why does it seem like every day lately gives us new violence and injustice?
Our hope in such seeming hopelessness is
action. What that action is will take time, reflection, and intentionality. When I can gather some of my own thoughts, I’ll write more about it to create a space for dialogue.
Some other things worthy of consideration from this week, and a few lighthearted ones to help with the emotional and empathy fatigue:
This June was
the hottest June the US has ever had.
Here’s a great little video on
how North America got its shape.
Google’s self-driving cars can now
understand hand signals. Automated vehicles require a lot of nuance (because driving is nuanced, obviously).
Likewise, the Tesla autopilot accidents are a reminder that
we’re too trusting, too soon. That is not a fully automated system. Don’t be dumb.
Faced with a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,
many Americans wish there was a third choice. We need more than two political parties in the United States, and this election has brought that to the fore.
This young man is bound for great musical things.
Another reminder about
democracy and the middle class in an age of automation. If we don’t act now, it’s not going to turn out well.
salt and pepper on every dinner table?
Have a great, safe week.
Hello, friend! How was your weekend? I’m on a much needed vacation right now, and I’m feeling super refreshed. Very little phone and Internet connection here, so it’s been a bit of a digital detox too. I’m not mad about that.
A little shorter vacation version of Upgrades because of that, but still plenty of interesting things this week.
Tesla has reportedly
offered up its autopilot data to the US Department of Transportation.
Norway is set to
ban all gas-powered cars by 2025. Well done, Norway!
why smart people do dumb things?
Sad news for
Hamilton fans: it appears creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is leaving the show in July. Have a few thousand dollars to see it before he’s done?
Dogs may not have become
humankind’s best friend the way we thought.
The United States is trapped in
a neoliberal nightmare. How will we wake up?
a better way to get rid of medications?
Have an excellent week!
Already? If you’ve gotta be today let’s make sure it’s good. Maybe a few more links than usual? Let’s do it.
For starters, we can be thankful how much
commercial time Netflix is saving us. Wow.
It might also be good to know
when peak road rage happens. Be an informed commuter and avoid the insanity.
how cars ruined cities. But maybe hyperloop can save mass transportation?
France is moving to ban all after-hours work emails. This seems like a good start to tackling the work-life imbalance many people are living with.
Speaking of work, we could really use
some of these emojis that show women professionally instead of just getting their nails done.
Also in the work realm, your
weekly reminder that automation is in research and development to “completely obliterate” human labor. We definitely need a new American Dream.
Have a unique coffee order? We are in the midst of
mass customization. What’s that all about?
Also in food, what can be done about
climate change visualization is indeed convincing. Time for solutions.
Other sad environmental news:
honeybees are still in decline. No!
a vicious cycle of jailing the poor in America?
A new study suggests
yoga may help stave off dementia. Just another reason to practice it.
Have a great week! You’re gonna crush it.
Hello there! Happy Monday to you. I’m still wondering where the weekend went, but let’s make this week
a good one.
This past week gave us a mixed bag. We found out
Alaska is absurdly warmer than it should be. Alaska is a bellwether of climate change, and things like this are not good signs.
In less dire but still saddening news, we also found out that
Disney plans to replace the Tower of Terror with a . I loved Guardians of the Galaxy ride Guardians of the Galaxy, but I’m not sure how I feel about this. Tower of Terror was my first true thrill ride as a kid. I suppose change is inevitable though–especially for theme parks trying to stay current.
In really encouraging things, there’s a movement now
even among many doctors for a single-payer healthcare system. Pretty soon this is going to reach a tipping point–to the benefit of American doctors and patients alike.
Also very encouraging, this long-term study appears to show that
there is no link between cell phones and brain cancer. I hope other studies confirm the same findings.
A review of clinical trials has demonstrated that
acupuncture has real health benefits. Have you done it? I would really like to try it sometime.
To be sure, here’s an important reality-check on
scientific studies in the media from Mr. John Oliver. Thank God for Last Week Tonight. Let’s all stay a little bit skeptical.
The ride-sharing app Lyft has found their vehicle, and apparently
they’ll start launching their self-driving electric cars in 2017.
Google has also found their self-driving vehicle, but why did it have to be a minivan?
Did you grow up on Barbies or Transformers? Can we let
? toys be toys
SpaceX has hired a renowned costume designer to make sure their suits are as badass as their mission programs.
Have a brilliant week! Whatever happens, try to focus on self-compassion instead of self-esteem.
Hello, friend. Is it Monday again already? I hope the weekend treated you well.
I spent much of it cleaning the house from top to bottom, which–though probably not as fun as whatever you did–always feels good to complete. There will need to be some
How To Adult cleaning posts in the future. I’ve learned a lot about what not to do.
In case you missed it,
American currency is . Pretty awesome that Harriet Tubman will be on the $20 ( officially getting a major redesign though not everyone was thrilled). It’s interesting to see how bills have evolved over time.
This week we found out that
nearly half of Americans could not come up with $400 for a personal emergency if they had to. There’s some serious work to be done to help the middle class.
In more uplifting news, this week also gave us
this video of 7 girls on appreciating culture rather than appropriating it.
Season 2 of ! Season 1 was so good. Chef’s Table is almost here
“a thing” a thing?
We need to
get serious about soda.
why we procrastinate? Seems to explain why we’re bored, too. More reasons to do yoga.
Solar-powered planes aren’t practical for commercial flight yet, but they’re its green future.
we whiffed on electric cars in the past, but hopefully we can get it right this time.
Have a great week!
Hello there! Welcome to a new week. I don’t know about you, but I’m locked in a real battle with my tiredness. Last week was a long one without a lot of free time.
But in the time that I did have, I’ve been enjoying reading
The US, along with the rest of the world, needs to take a good look in the mirror about our relationship with nature, and what we need to do now to adapt to climate change. After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. After Nature has a lot of great things to say about that, and I’m sure some of it will end up in future posts.
It was a busy week for human things happening the world. Here are some of the most interesting:
Twitter announced that they’ll be offering employees 20 weeks of paid parental leave. That’s not bad compared to other businesses and some US cities, but still not even close to other countries. Paid maternity and paternity leave of several months should be in every presidential candidate’s platform.
In encouraging environmental news,
wild tiger populations are growing for the first time in 100 years. The world’s wildlife has been decreasing dramatically in recent decades.
Quartz took a look at the paltry state of public transportation in the United States and who will fix it. Plenty of room to improve where I live. How about where you are?
Such a curious thing that we have moving stairwells everywhere. Have you ever wondered about
the invention of the escalator?
The more we study bacteria in the gut, the more we understand how important it is. A recent study shows how they relate to
Speaking of bodily health, almost all of us will probably have checked WebMD at some point.
Is it trustworthy?
Continuing the conversation about
: stuff fast fashion is not sustainable. Let’s fill our closets with stuff made to last, yeah?
Have a great week!
Have a great weekend!
Why men always think women are flirting with them.
The Science of Us
Screen addiction is taking a major toll on children. Probably not a surprise, but no one seems to be doing much about it.
New York Times
Habits of people who are achieving work-life balance. Solid list.
People age at dramatically different rates. What do you think your real age is?
An animated history of transportation. Just brilliant.
Performance wear for classical musicians. Is it a baselayer or a tuxedo shirt? Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?
According to one researcher, “we are very close to having gene therapies that can restore hearing loss from a wide range of causes.”
Introducing probiotic skincare. Absurd or ingenious?
Braces are more popular than ever. “The choice to leave one’s mouth in aesthetic disarray remains an implicit affront to medical consumerism.”