“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
― Audrey Hepburn
It’s been a bad week. Work was tricky, some private concerns caused stress, and my grandfather passed on Wednesday. You’ll understand if I’m not around for a bit? Here are you links, have a good weekend and try and put something positive into the universe.
These beasts get it. (Obligatory Buzzfeed language warning.)
We, in fact, do have the technology!
An old, old post but one I was just alerted to by the hilarious Kerry over at PT&P. The problem with algorithms (her own post on how it affects writing and content creation is worth a look in too, I think!)
History humor, the captioned adventures of George Washington.
Fascinating story on what people actually see after their blindness has been cured or corrected. Sight is a skill and requires a degree of neurological experience for the brain to learn to process the incoming information.
Britain’s Crown Jewels live a mere 30-minute or so walk from me and they are pretty impressive. But I don’t think anything beats the famous troves of imperialist Russia, most of which were confiscated by revolutionaries and have been lost to time. But this post over at the Court Jeweler, a reprint of a 1920s article on the gems, is a lot of fun, shows what the imperial jewels would have looked like, and the links are jaw-dropping. Frankly I feel the same way about the spread of egg sized rubies as I do about Versailles: looking at both you think, “Yeah, I’d absolutely have revolted too.”
Sad but interesting read on how superstition causes human beings to deal with otherness.
Obligatory women in religion news update, this story on the decline of nuns was fascinating and significant to me. When the religious contributions and work of women is separate, largely without fanfare or recognition, and devoid of a lot of autonomy and authority…women opt out. They take their time, talents, and even faith elsewhere.