Things I read while I drank coffee this morning (8.24)

What is Africa’s “Great Green Wall”?

Whoops, It’s 2016 and I Just Got Obsessed With Magic: The Gathering

Awesome Dustin pic.

Alas, the Sunrise App’s Dead—But Try These 7 Other Calendars I was a huge Sunrise fan, stinks no longer available. I have been trying Fantastical (iOS version - mentioned in article) lately and I like it so far.

Communicating Animation

“The Brit was Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Camilla, (now) duchess of Cornwall. Parker Bowles, a prominent food writer, was on a research trip for his book, The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes. He got what he wanted, and he loved his first bite. Then it started to hurt. Then came the tears. Bowles would dedicate two pages in his book to describing the misery the Prince’s extra-hot chicken put him through. “The only thing willing me on is pure, pig-headed pride,” Bowles wrote. “Each mouthful becomes more and more painful and numbing until I’m uncertain as to whether I’m swallowing my saliva or just dribbling it out of my mouth.””

The Burning Desire for Hot Chicken

And as always, Bourdain on point (at least in my experience):

Hard to believe Band of Brothers is 15 years old. Such an amazing series, and the best thing HBO has ever put out (and that says a lot). I try to watch once a year sometime around Memorial Day. Amazing men.

Things I read while I drank coffee this morning (8.24)

S/M/L clothing sizes actually came out of the Civil War. Great podcast.

99% Invisible: On Average

How the NSA willfully exposes Americans to danger

China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover

“So it may come as no surprise that within the past few months sports equipment giants Nike and Adidas have announced that they are looking to exit their golf club businesses. “ Why Nike and Adidas are hanging up their golf clubs

What’s Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens And How It Works

Things I read while I drank coffee this morning (8.23)

Discussion with Treeline Cheese & Beyond Meat

Material World: The Future of Vegan Food Is Here, and It’s Not Gross

“These lenses could be used for seeing and viewing previously ‘invisible’ structures, including engineered nano-structures and biological micro-structures as well as, potentially, native germs and viruses,” he said.”

Spider silk helps creates microscope superlens

“User research finds that tightly integrated services with a wide-ranging set of convenient features, accessed through a simple and unified design, are the reason Chinese users use WeChat so much. They do so mainly through traditional GUI interactions, not a “conversational user interface,” despite the hype.”

WeChat’s integration with the browser is what seems to keep it King in Chinese Chat apps.

WeChat: China’s Integrated Internet User Experience

Convention of the States is starting to gain some real traction. Would be amazing to see the states attempt to take back power from DC. If they could get the 3/4ths vote on some issues it would be something pretty much unheard of. -E

Inside the Conservative Push for States to Amend the Constitution

Things I read while I drank coffee this morning (8.22)

Audi A4, Kia Sorento, Lexus RX 350, Subaru Legacy, Toyota Highlander, Volvo XC90, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sequoia and Mercedes-Benz GL scored an overall death rate of zero for the years examined by the study.

Safer cars: 9 models had zero deaths in study

A closer look at an Olympic-quality bow

“But a study by health economists at Harvard, M.I.T., Columbia and the University of Chicago showed that heart attack survival gains from patients selecting better hospitals were half as large as those from breakthrough technologies.”

Penny Auctions - How to sell a $180 tablet for $7,264

Heraldry of German States

How Pittsburgh Birthed the Age of the Self-Driving Car

The Books That Shaped America

I am venturing into a new project, and I am going to use this space to keep up with it. I found a great list of books - some of which I have read, others I have not - that “helped shape America.” I think this list appealed to me because of the breadth of types of books on it. At first glance, I saw everything from poetry (Leaves of Grass - Whitman) to classic Sci-Fi (Dune- Herbert) and tons of classics stuck in the middle that I have wanted to read for awhile.

So I have decided to take this list and cram it into my “To Read” list on Wunderlist and roll a random 1-65 dice (via to see what book I get from the list and then read it in its entirety and report back here when I am done with each read. I don’t know if I will write full reviews on the books or just my interpretation of and why it probably did or did not shape the America of today in any way. We shall see what I come up with.

So onto book one:

which has determined (no Whammys, no Whammys) my first read to be:

“The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemmingway it is.

Stay Tuned.