Australian prime minister loses control of WeChat account (Mon, 24 Jan 2022)
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat account and a lawmaker has accused China’s leaders of political interference
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All 100 lab monkeys accounted for after several escape crash (Sun, 23 Jan 2022)
Federal authorities say the last of the escaped monkeys from a Pennsylvania highway crash of a truck towing a trailer load of the animals has been accounted for
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The Ghost of Invention: A Visit to Bell Labs (Wed, 08 Jan 2020)
Whatever happened to Bell Labs, which was once the hallmark of invention? The famed author Douglas Coupland investigates.
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Inside a Strange Three-Day, Hand-Crafted Mission to Europa (Wed, 08 Jan 2020)
Adam Savage, prop designer and Mythbuster, explores the sublime handmade brilliance (and deep space nerdery) of artist Tom Sachs.
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“I have no idea what another writer feels when they’re writing.... (Tue, 22 Aug 2017)
“I have no idea what another writer feels when they’re writing. I don’t know if, like me, they’re walking down the street thinking they’ve got all these yummy treats for dinner—a bag full of
delicious antipasto and stuff—and just as you’re ready to eat you suddenly get this thing, this idea, and instead of eating you grab your iPad or your pencil and run away to another room while
everyone else fills their plates. It is what is is. You recognize the message when you start to receive it and you drop what you’re doing.“
—Tori Amos on listening to your muses (via @thecreativeindependent)
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Handpicked Happening: “It’s okay to have some help.” (Sun, 20 Aug 2017)
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“It’s okay to have some help,” says Femsplain founder Amber Discko. That’s why she created Aloe, an online community focused on self-care.
She’s launched a Kickstarter project to turn Aloe into an app
that will send “gentle self-care reminders from yourself.” Below, Amber recommends some soul-soothing books, videos, and Twitter bots, and shares her own self-care strategies.
What does “self-care” mean to you?
Self-care is taking steps to maintain physical, mental, and emotional health. For me, self-care is disconnecting from the internet and doing activities that don’t stress me out — things that are
soul-fulfilling or relaxing, like cooking soup or taking a bath in the morning.
What is the Aloe community? How does the app build on
The Aloe community exists on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. We share daily self-care reminders with our followers, things like remembering to have a sip of water or to have a snack around
lunchtime. The Aloe app will do the same thing by sending these gentle reminders to your phone, making it easier for you to stay on top of your self-care tasks.
What is Internet Self-Care Day, and how can people get involved?
International Self-Care Day was on July 24, but we’re proposing a separate holiday on August 21 that takes the spirit of self-care online. Join us in celebrating Internet Self-Care Day by sharing
your self-care routines and tips using the hashtag #ISCD17.
You can also tune into Aloe’s Internet Self-Care Day
live stream on August 21 at 8 pm EDT for a lesson from a self-care specialist, a group meditation session, and more.
Five projects I’m into
HelloplantCritical Chips, Volume 2Since 1984: Modular Furniture SystemDisabled People Destroy Science FictionLivesglass: Hourglass-Inspired Miniature Greenhouse
Page from Carta Monir’s RIPMOM in Critical Chips, Volume 2
Three books I’m reading now
Hunger by Roxane Gay
As a fat woman, reading this book feels like self-care. Roxane’s writing has always inspired me to keep learning about experiences beyond my own.
The Whole World Is Meditating by Mu-Tae Seo
I found this in a pile of books at my therapist’s office. It has helped me find clarity and calm on so many occasions.
Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
This book is adorable and relatable, and so many of the characters feel familiar. For example, there’s a bee who doesn’t actually want to sting anyone, he just loves his family and wants to protect
Four Twitter bots to brighten your timeline
Tiny Care BotEmoji MeadowEmoji AquariumTiny Star Fields
From Tiny Star Fields
Three things to watch
Jenn Schiffer’s talk at XOXO
This presentation on how to talk to people on the internet, imposter syndrome, and trolling back as an art form has inspired me to continue putting things out online.
How to Paint Your Mind by Amelia Halls
Amelia uses art as a way of coping with her mental health and spreading hope to others struggling with mental illness. Her story shows that it’s possible to create something positive out of the bad
Pokémon Go (to Sleep) by ALB in Whisperland
One of my favorite ASMR videos. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and it can help people relax or fall asleep at night. It also helps people like me calm their anxiety.
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