You Might Like … a Little Learning on Baseball, Maple Syrup, Drought, SK5, Mind, Hangovers, and More

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.

Intelligent Life – Baseball is the Best Sport – Dan Rosenheck – If I had to sport, I’d baseball. For many of the reasons Rosenheck gives. Also because there’s no sound like the crack of the bat and few accesses of knowledge as satisfying as the one that tells you that ball is outta here.


YouTube – Canadian National Canthem – MyMolsonCanadian – And it’s just barely possible the first baseball game was played in Canada and not in the US. Even if not, enjoy this rendition of our national (c)anthem as a celebration of your having survived Canada Day. Amusing.

Hilobrow – De Condimentis (13): Maple Syrup
– Tom Nealon – When better to learn about our winter M (mountains, mounties, moose…) than when it’s hotter than the hinges o’. Surprising fact: Europe could have been floating in the stuff, but just never got around to making it. Or…

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – North American Drought Monitor | May 2012 – National Climatic Data Center – Speaking of hot, it sure is dry. This map shows you graphically the most recent data on how dry, with data from all three countries of North America. (Yes, for once the map doesn’t flat-line at the 39th or at the Rio Grande for that matter.) This link will let you update the map.

Foreign Policy – Dear America: Read this before heading north – Adrienne Klasa – A very brief warning to those Tea Partiers all upset about SCOTUS’s approval of (some of) Obama’s health care plan, that, sure, we’ve got some maple syrup up here, but we’ve also got poutine and taxes, which, though they don’t amount to death panels, might give emigrants pause.

YouTube – Ten Bets You Will Never Lose – Quirkology – One of which could be (but isn’t) that no Tea Partier will depart for our milder climes. Betcha. There’s some decent trickery here, though whether it’ll win you money in a bar bet is doubtful. Might be cool for showing the kids, though.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Work in Progress – How to Have a Career: Advice to Young Writers – Sarah Manguso – Whereas this, which is pitched to “kids,” is fine advice for the rest of us, seems to me — whether writers or lawyers or nurses or spies. It’s a kind of “Go placidly amid the noise and haste…” thing but more generously thoughtful and without the syrup of that counsel.


YouTube – Daft Punk performed on casio sk5 – drbenway – When the history of it all settles down, Casio will survive as really significant. This “poor man’s sampler,” introduced in 1987, can still please today. There should be one in every home, I say.

The Mind is a Metaphor – Brad Pasanek – The University of Virginia English prof has created a searchable “collection of mental metaphorics” — a database of literary instances showing how we’ve thought of the mind down through the ages (with a solid emphasis on the 18th century). Those metaphors! Can’t think without them; they’re the very life blood…

YouTube – The Scientific Hangover Cure – AsapSCIENCE – “Cure” is an exaggeration, alas. But there are perhaps half a dozen good things you can do to lessen the misery.

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