You Might Like…

This is a post in a series to appear occasionally, 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.

Vimeo – Faces – arturo castro – “This is a technical demo for face substitution technique. The application works in real time…”

Lapham’s Quarterly – Staking a Life – Christopher Hitchens – A polemic against capital punishment on the day after the execution of Troy Davis in the United States.

The Millions – 9 Ways of Looking at a Single Paragraph – Michael H. Rowe – Not quite the kind of thing you have in mind when you’re looking for peer review in the office.

Musicovery – A very cool interactive dot map representing tunes over the last five decades and assessing their popularity: hovering over a dot (a square, in actual fact) plays you a snippet of the song in question. Filters by kind of music are available.

The Toronto Review of Books – Toronto Twitter Scene – Shawn Micallef – Says Micallef, “I now follow roughly 1100 people.” I’d say “roughly” would have to be right with a number like that. Still, it’s fun to read more than 140 characters about the 140-character app.

Statistics Canada – EnviroStats: Precipitation trends in Canada: 1, 2 – Jeff Fritzsche – Yes, folks, some charts. We talk about the rain and snow and now we can get some ammo for our griping: it’s getting wetter over time, but mostly in the east and the arctic.

YouTube – The Actual 1973 “Giving Tree” Movie – Shel Silverstein – An animation of his children’s book narrated by himself, the man who’s also responsible for writing “Sylvia’s Mother.”

The Atlantic – The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills – Alexis Madrigal – “While people of all cultures experience sleep paralysis in similar ways, the specific form and intensity it takes varies from one group to the next.” For the Hmong it can prove deadly.

The Believer – Doubling in the Middle – Gregory Kornbluh – A discussion with Barry Duncan, a man who can fashion palindromes of incredible length. See his Greenward Palindrome, 1544 characters (401 words) long.

The New Yorker – What Good Is Wall Street? – John Cassidy – “Much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless.”

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