Happy holidays! Here’s my roundup of posts for you to peruse while you’re traveling (or celebrating at home) this holiday break. Enjoy!
- How Ballet Saved Michaela DePrince: From Orphanage to Nutcracker. My piece for Breaking Muscle about one of the most inspirational dancers of all time.
- University of Minnesota Explores Wearable Technology. I spoke with the amazing Lucy Dunne for TECHdotMN.
- A Night of Tweets: UFC on Fox 5. Old news, I know, but one of my tweets made it on.
- Downtown Showdown 10 Recap. Some local MMA coverage I did for MMASucka.
Good Science, Bad Science (Yes, I Lumped Them Together)
- No, Squeezing Breasts Does Not Cure Cancer. A nice piece about the spread of misinformation on the internet.
- Science Writing: How Do You Make Issues Both Complex and Readable? A fascinating panel discussion.
- Antiseptics Used to Prevent Health Care Infections Might Start Them. Oops. A Wired piece by Maryn McKenna. (No, it’s not bad science.)
- Why Is the Sky Blue? A cartoon for science geeks.
Instagram, Snapchat, & More on Photos
- Free the Photos. With two clicks, you can move your photos from Instagram to Flickr. You’re welcome. 🙂
- From Instagram to Public Journalism: Towards Public Space Online. Good food for thought.
- Look At My Instagram. A Nickelback parody.
- Could A ‘Sexting App’ Revolutionize Photo Sharing? Jamie Millard talks SnapChat. (Those of you wanting to send G-rated pics to me: I’m yaelmnop.)
- Saying Goodbye to Now: How Do iPhone Photos Impact Our Experience? The New Yorker takes a look.
- How We All Became Creeps. Great piece on Made Man.
- So, Papa, How Do You Like the iPad We Got You? No subtitles, but it doesn’t need them.
- Cat Friend vs. Dog Friend. It’s funny because it’s true.
Food For Thought
- The Secret Lives of Stories: Rewriting Our Personal Narratives. Frank Bures wrote this compelling piece for Poets and Writers.
- The Other Person Is Never the Problem. Some words of wisdom from Leo Baubauta.
- What in Holy Hell is This? A response to the Good Men Project’s rape apologist essay (just one of many, actually.)
- Bosses Can Fire ‘Irresistible’ Workers. Disturbing.
For Techies and Aspiring Techies
- Lessons in Learning How to Program. Or why you should treat people more like computers. Written by 37Signals cofounder Jason Fried.
- Get Your Cables Under Control This Weekend. From Lifehacker.
- Online News Association’s ONACamp Minnesota Roundup, Conversations and Resources For Diving Deeper. Resources include an open Google doc of notes I took on media-related apps mentioned during the conference.
For the Holidays
- LAPD Officer Reads Homeless Man’s Screenplay. This reads like an Onion piece, but it’s
realactually from a similar parody site, as I found out the hard way.
- There’s No Place Like Home…Here’s a different way to help: this site puts your address in a snow globe…and donates money to the Coalition for the Homeless on your behalf.