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.
Popular Science – No Pulse: How Doctors Reinvented The Human Heart – Dan Baum – The incredible piece of muscle that’s at the… well, heart of it all is very very difficult to replace. It seems that the stead beat of it is part of the problem. Fascinating if gruesome story.
Vimeo – Three Little Pigs – BBH Creative Agency – This is the two minute video ad put out by the Guardian that you may have heard about. It retells the story of the the famous porcine trio — and the story of how journalism is made nowadays.
listsofnote.com – Lists of Note – Shaun Usher – Man, I loves me a good list: the feeling of control and accomplishment is one reason; and the ability to juxtapose whatever I feel like to create effects is another. Seems I’m not alone in this passion. This site is a fount of lists from the famous and funny — which I’ll refrain from listing here. Go look for yourself.
The Atlantic – Josef Skvorecky on the Nazis’ Control-Freak Hatred of Jazz – J.J. Gould – The writer, Skvorecky, who died recently, was an immigrant to Canada from Czechoslovakia (who lived around the corner from me at one point, as it happens). Here Gould takes us through some of the writer’s recollections about the Nazi prohibition of jazz. Rule #6, e.g.: “also prohibited are so-called drum breaks longer than half a bar in four-quarter beat (except in stylized military marches);”
YouTube – SHORT stories: “Fresh Guacamole” – PES – A stop-motion bizarre “cooking demo” on making guacamole. Cute.
Al Jazeera English – The Justice Boat: The Fight for Amazonia – Arne Birkenstock – This is a 47-minute film that takes you up the Amazon with Brazilian judge Sueli Pini as she and her entire court entourage serve the people who live along the great river.
Quora – What do all the controls in an airplane cockpit do? – Tim Morgan – From boats to planes now. Morgan, a pilot, takes you through the astonishing number of dials and levers and buttons and switches that festoon the many dashboards of a modern plane. There’s way more here than you want, but there’s something awesome (awful?) about seeing the complexity.
The Morning News – The Setup – Adrian Samson – “Selections from three series—one in the studio and two in the street—where the photographer waits until his subject finds a moment of perfect lighting.”
dieantwoord.com – ‘I Fink U Freeky’ – Die Antwoord – Well. Freaky is right. This Cape Town hip-hop group (“die antwoord” means “the answer” in Afrikaans) has produced a riveting music video that may be too odd for some folks to watch, so close one eye. Good to see that kids are still out to épater la bourgeoisie.
Discover Magazine – The Giant, Underestimated Earthquake Threat to North America – Jerry Thompson – Equally freaky in its own way is the content of this piece. And, yes, we’re looking at you, Vancouver and Victoria. Don’t know that there’s much new here, but the everpresent threat has been revivified by the recent catastrophic earthquake off Japan.