Here we are, it’s yet again Sunday and here’s a list of some of my favorite articles this week.
- Scientists played music to cheese as it aged, guess which genre produced the funkiest flavor? From Mozart to Led Zeppelin to A Tribe Called Quest, The Smithsonian Magazine reports on what happened when they played an endless loop of the same song to nine wheels of cheese for six months.
- After 20+ years as a staff writer and columnist for The Guardian, Gary Younge moves on. I always love to hear retrospectives and words of wisdom, but I was especially moved by his closing words –
“I sign off from this column at a dispiriting time. With racism, cynicism and intolerance on the rise, wages stagnant and faith that progressive change is possible declining even as resistance grows. Things look bleak. The propensity to despair is strong, but should not be indulged. Sing yourself up. Imagine a world in which you might thrive, for which there is no evidence. And then fight for it.”
- Art as a mechanism for resistance – everything you ever wanted to know about Shen Yun. “Wherever Shen Yun goes, the Chinese government follows. In Ecuador and Ireland, Berlin and Stockholm, theatres and local governments have reported receiving letters or visits from Chinese embassies attempting to shut down the dance show.” This makes me really want to catch the show Asha!
- On September 24, 2013, Popular Science was one of the first major publications to make the decision to shut off its comment section. Almost a decade later, the Seattle-based Crosscut and The Oregonian are following suit. As an old-school blogger who has made real-life friends from the comment section of my blog, I wholeheartedly agree with killing the comment section. When looking at the statistics, the folks who are commenting are predominately trolls – out of the “roughly 17,400 comments were made on [Crosscut] in 2019 … 45% came from just 13 people.” Absorb that for a minute.
- And when you lose hope about the world, look to Greta Thunberg:
I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I’ll see you tomorrow.
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