Books, Writing, and Language and Libraries
A Novel Concept: Silent Book Clubs Offer Introverts A Space To Socialize “The concept is simple yet revolutionary: Members meet up at a bar, a library, a bookstore or any venue that will host them. Once the bell rings, silent reading time commences. After an hour, the bell rings again.”
The Idea That Whites Can’t Refer to the N-Word “It’s long been accepted that the slur shouldn’t be used by white people to refer to black people. What about referring to the word itself?”
“The death of Miss Jessie Allan is doubly sad because of the excellent reputation which her work won for her and the pleasant affection which all librarians who knew her had come to feel for her, and because her death has given rise to a fresh discussion as to the possibility of infection from contagious diseases through library books
Via Life Hacker: The Ultimate List of Work and Study Music
Food and Drink
Via Simply Recipes: How to Make Bacon in the Oven I’ve been enjoying (and baking) bacon in the oven for a few years now, but this is another source that suggests putting the bacon in a cold over (rather than pre-heating the oven) for crisper bacon.
Via Elise Bauer and Simply Recipes: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies “Oatmeal and chocolate chips are great together. Add in some pecans and coconut and we’re pretty excited. But it’s the brown butter that take these cookies over the top!”
History and Archaeology
Science and Nature
Massive pumice ‘raft’ spotted in the Pacific could help replenish Great Barrier Reef “The 150 sq km field of floating rock was created by an underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga”
YouTube BBC Video: The Raven: Stealing, Spying and Bluffing | Extraordinary Animals | BBC Earth
Via Life Hacker: Keep Your Space Clean With Regular ‘Purge’ Days
Like a lot of good ideas, this one requires you to schedule a specific day and time. Just do it.
The Guardian view on Gamergate: when hatred escaped “Five years after an online movement based on male rage started, its destructive effects have leached into our politics and daily lives”
💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰
Three days ago I argued that if Donald Trump were in any consequential job other than the one he now occupies—surgeon, military commander, head of a private organization or public company, airline pilot—he would already have been removed.
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
The kindest thing I ever saw … “The Guardian’s Upside series asked readers to tell us about random acts of kindness they have witnessed. Hundreds of emails later, we collate the best.”