You Might Like … to Learn a Tad About Pallets, Thinking, Greed, Pain, Bears, the Universe 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.

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Slate Magazine – Pallets: The single most important object in the global economy – Tom Vanderbilt – Underneath it all — literally — they account for “more than 46 percent of total U.S. hardwood lumber production.” A fascinating look at the ubiquitous and invisible.

YouTube – Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 12.5 years – Noah Kalina – Invisible too are the slight changes that we undergo as we age a day at a time. Kalina runs a dozen years by us in 7′ and 40″, which comes out to . . . 595.6 days a minute. I think.

Devlin’s Angle – What is mathematical thinking? – Keith Devlin – “Mathematical thinking is more than being able to do arithmetic or solve algebra problems. In fact, it is possible to think like a mathematician and do fairly poorly when it comes to balancing your checkbook. Mathematical thinking is a whole way of looking at things . . . .” Let the Executive Director of the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute at Stanford tell you about that way.

Rolling Stone – Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital – Matt Taibbi – Romney seems like a mathematical thinker. “How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill.”

Radiolab – Inside “Ouch!” – Tim Howard – Romney might say to those “others,” I feel your pain. If so, what exactly would he be feeling. Here are three tries at putting a number on pain.

The Morning News – Ursine – Jill Greenberg – From bearing pain to bear of a different sort: this Canadian born artist snaps some shots of “working bears” in Calgary.

Calgary Herald – Adult kids of immigrant parents mired between cultures – Malwina Gudowska – Speaking of Calgary, here’s a good piece on being the child of immigrants, something that a lot of us in Canada will have a view on.

Paris Review – Books and Bodies: On Organs and Literary Estates – Casey N. Cep – As immigrant children carry forward the experiences of their parents, so the heirs of artists traffic in their works — whether the artists wished it or not. Does it matter that Kafka wanted his unpublished material burned?

The American Scholar – Living With Voices – T. M. Luhrmann – Parents, manuscripts — these can all be avoided. But what about the messages from within? “A new way to deal with disturbing voices offers hope for those with other forms of psychosis.”

Vimeo – Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan / Adam Winnik – Finally, a voice from the past: the charming astronomer Carl Sagan narrated a portion of his book, Pale Blue Dot, and here a Sheridan College student adds equally charming animation to that narration, bringing a welcome dose of perspective to the week, the month . . . life.

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