This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.
Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.
NPR Krulwich Wonders – Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years – Robert Krulwich – A great story: a giant insect discovered on a weird island called Ball's Pyramid in the Pacific off Australia. As big as a human hand, these things were called "tree lobsters" when first discovered. We had thought them extinct, but now, lucky us, they're baaack!
Core77 – Case Study: Ento, the Art of Eating Insects – Core Jr. – If those not-so-wee creepy beasties give you the jim-jams, you could solve the problem by eating them up, it seems. This piece on a design site tries to tempt us into the protein for a food-challenged age. From the supply side it makes sense: for every 10kg of feed, you get 9kg of edible insect protein, compared to only 1kg of beef. But from the demand side… not so much.
YouTube – Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium – PBS – Speaking of scary things that have returned, animated GIFs are now everywhere. Not quite as annoying as the "blink" function that desecrated web pages everywhere fifteen years back, these mini movies now increasingly regale us with repetition just about everywhere on the web.
The Atlantic – Confirmed: The Internet Does Not Solve Global Inequality – Alexis Madrigal – Not only does the internet blink at you, but it does so more if you live in a rich country. Surprise, surprise: the rich get richer, even where data on the internet is concerned. Nice graphics from the Oxford Internet Institute (in a rich country).
Vimeo – This Is My Land – Ben Rivers – This might all get too much for you, so consider running away and living as a hermit. Doesn't happen a lot anymore, I think. But Scot Jake Williams has taken himself away and apart from the rest of us. Filmmaker Rivers made a documentary movie about Mr. Williams, and this is a small bunch of clips from various stages of that project.
American Journal of Psychiatry – The Illness of Vincent van Gogh – Dietrich Blumer – Or you could leave the business world and become a painter. Just don't do it if you're depressed, like van Gogh. This is a serious attempt to describe the artist's malady in modern terms.
BBC – A Slideshow of 14 Paintings by Lucien Freud – Your Paintings – Better to become Lucien Freud, perhaps, "one of Europe's greatest modern artists," and by all accounts he was no unhappier than you or me. Lovely work and, fortunately, no need to choose between his and van Gogh's paintings, 14 of which are also available here in a slideshow, along with works from three dozen other artists..
The New Yorker – Dentists Without Borders – David Sedaris – On the other hand, if it all gets too much, a good laugh might be the safer way to go. This very funny man treats us to his experiences with socialized medicine in France, where he lives.
YouTube – Discover the NEW AR.Drone 2.0 – ARdrone – Or, rise above it all (by proxy, of course) using one of the new mini helicopters that are available now. Notice, in this promotional video, that it's an iPad he's using to control the thing; and I think he's just tilting the tabled this way and that.