You Might Like … a Short Spell With Yellow, Canucks, Ice, Munro, Colorado, Tolokonnikova, Bananas 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. – Color Months: Yellow Month – Bryan Lewis Saunders – There’s something about obsessive behaviour that arrests us; the mix of human and mechanical is bizarre. Saunders is an artist who has done one self-portrait each day since 1995. “For three months I lived and worked 24 hours a day under the influence of different colored flood lights. The first month I chose yellow . . .”

Information is Beautiful – Vancouver Canucks – Chartball – Sports fans can get a bit obsessive, too. And sometimes that intensity produces art as well, as in this case, where Chartball created a giant JPEG illustrating the history of the franchise and its ups and downs. You’ve got to go full screen for this one. (This via the Information is Beautiful contest.)

Silent Listening – Dispersion of Sound Waves in Ice Sheets – Andreas Bick – From ice to ice, now — and the noise it makes when it cracks. (As well it might, moaning, under the Leafs.) Unexpectedly beautiful.

The New Yorker – Amundsen – Alice Munro – Still more ice, this from our far north via one of the world’s great writers. No obsession; just art.

Reader’s Digest – 10 Places in Canada Every Canadian Needs To Visit – Tim Johnson – From the north to… all over. Yes, the Reader’s Digest version of our country. As you’d imagine, a whole lot of Nature, with one small city and an urban object thrown in for good measure. Proud to say I’m batting 8 out of 10.

The New Yorker – Why Oak Creek Isn’t Being Treated as a Tragedy for All Americans – Naunihal Singh – One of a number of articles wondering why this massacre disappeared so quickly from the media, and why it hasn’t been framed as what it was: domestic terrorism.

Denver Westword – CU profs can’t cancel classes if student is legally carrying a gun, administrator says – Michael Roberts – The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that students may take firearms on campus. Some professors are disturbed by the prospect of armed students. The President of Colorado University has to tell them that they’re wrong. Insane.

n + 1 – Pussy Riot Closing Statements – Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich – In case you thought the women in the band were lightweight: these are serious, thoughtful, intelligent closing statements. These are brave, indeed heroic, women.

YouTube – Imaging at a trillion frames per second – Ramesh Raskar – Here’s a TED talk that will make next year’s top 20 list, I’d say. Femto-photography is quite simply astonishing. In this video you will see light itself moving.

Food 52 – The Kitchn’s One-Ingredient Ice Cream – Kristen Miglore – The secret is the humble banana. Step by step instructions on how to whip up a frozen treat from just this fruit. Bananas.

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