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.
lucklaboratories.com – 007 – The Business of Bond – Kelvin Luck – The Queen flies into the Olympic arena with Bond. And why not? The 007 franchise has paid its dues and then some. This interactive chart gives you the lowdown on all the Bond flicks. Click the "adjust for inflation" button for some extra fun.
YouTube – The Chap Olympiad – SNTV – A Bloomsbury parody of Britain and of athletic contests in general. As one onlooker says, "hundreds of well-dressed people watching sports that nobody has a clue about."
The Atlantic – The Speed of Sound Is Too Slow for Olympic Athletes – Rebecca Rosen – From the wobbly and wacky to the fast and furious: "Sprinters in the position farthest from the pistols were getting slower start times, so organizers switched to an electronic tone." It started in Vancouver in 2010, by the way.
Vimeo – Izhar cardboard bike project – Giora Kariv – Now this is the right way to work with two wheels. To heck with velodromes and racing bikes. The inventor says it could be built for as little as $9 a unit. Cardboard, yes; "Eppur si muove"
The Boston Globe – Boxed in, wanting out – Beth Teitell – "A new study of American families reveals troubling trends: Too much stuff, too little time." This is a report of a study, “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century”, soon to be released as a book, that finds middle class American life to be "disheartening." Breaking news, right?
Technology Review – The Curious Case of Internet Privacy – Cory Doctorow – "Free services in exchange for personal information. That's the "privacy bargain" we all strike on the Web. It could be the worst deal ever." Too much virtual stuff. Also disheartening.
Reuters – Pop music too loud and all sounds the same: official – Chris Wickham – Official because of a study run by the Spanish National Research Council that worked with data from the astonishing Columbia Million Song Dataset, finding "evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse". Also poorer "timbre palette". Also louder.
Maisonneuve – Face the Music – Tim Falconer – In case you think that the Spanish team and the rest of us are just tone deaf, I offer up this article on "the surprising science of tone deafness," or amusia. You'll learn that we are not amus-ed.
Scientific American – Why I Hate Raw Tomatoes and You Don't – Jennifer Ouellette – Of course, it may be that we just have no taste. Which probably explains why I like brussel sprouts, cilantro, broccoli and pretty much everything comestible. This Cocktail Party Physics column looks at super tasters and those lacking the odd receptor.
YouTube – Sushezi – 1stmaytagman – Speaking of no taste, the Sushezi, also known as the Sushi Bazooka, extrudes a rice-and-whatever roll in the most alarming fashion. That's a New Zealand accent you hear. I may get one — the tool, I mean.