Video - Does sex affect athletic performance?
On the origin of 'Fuck'
One origin story for f*ck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F.U.C.K. But obviously that's wrong. And if you do believe that, stop it. Stop it right now.
Monday, February 17, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
Cartoons I Liked - 4
The first lesson of Marriage 101: There are no soul mates
What if the purpose of love is to get us out of relationships, not into them?
“What if the purpose of love isn’t getting people into relationships, but out of them?” asked Konner, author of more than a half-dozen books on human nature. Think about it, he urged. Love makes us irrational. And what’s more irrational (in a universe in which there are surely more bad possibilities than good ones) than leaving the safety of an existing relationship?
But is it unreasonable to suppose that, in the sense most of us understand it, one of the “purposes” of love, not incompatible with the binding together of two people, is to make them crazy enough to ditch their current partners first? Certainly, the overwhelming evidence from our genes and from the history of human societies is that something is driving breakups just as powerfully as that same mechanism, or some related one, drives people to get together in the first place.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
The 'most complicated animal-puzzle ever' solved by a crow
More on the programme, 'The Problem Solvers'.
Friday, February 14, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
Soon automatic dosa machines in your kitchen!
Video - Movie Title Breakup
Photographer captures the moment he tells his friends he has AIDS
Adrian Chesser's photo series, 'I Have Something to Tell You', captures 46 of his friends at the moment when they learn that he has been diagnosed with AIDS.
I don't know if this is unethical and if such an intensely private moment should be captured and presented in this way. I felt uncomfortable viewing them and maybe that was the photographer's intended reaction.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
Ads I liked - 3: Bell's Whisky and The Sunday Times
Bell's Whisky - The Reader
Directed by Greg Gray of Velocity films, the ad shows a man deciding to learn to read as he wants to read the book his son has just published.
The Sunday Times
Ad for The Sunday Times Culture section. Very nicely done.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
Origami door unfolds open and closes with a single touch
Austrian company Klemens Torggler has designed a door that gently slides open and closed without running along tracks. The Evolution Door was designed based on the concept of rotating squares. A gentle nudge or push triggers the door to slowly slide sideways towards the opposite side of the wall. (Via)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
Misunderstanding orange juice as a health drink
Adee Braun in The Atlantic.
Most commercial orange juice is so heavily processed that it would be undrinkable if not for the addition of something called flavor packs. This is the latest technological innovation in the industry’s perpetual quest to mimic the simplicity of fresh juice. Oils and essences are extracted from the oranges and then sold to a flavor manufacturer who concocts a carefully composed flavor pack customized to the company’s flavor specifications. The juice, which has been patiently sitting in storage sometimes for more than a year, is then pumped with these packs to restore its aroma and taste, which by this point have been thoroughly annihilated. You’re welcome.
Monday, February 10, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
The return of the anonymous internet
On newly launched apps like Snapchat, Secret and Whisper and the possibility of a post-Facebook anonymous internet.
Now over a billion people use Facebook every month, most with their real names. When I meet someone new, there’s a very good chance I can find them on the site, or on LinkedIn, or elsewhere through a Google search. Real identity is now the internet’s default setting. Anonymity is the deviation — the internet hasn’t criminalized it, exactly, but Facebook has at least made it seem more illicit. Consider: YouTube doesn’t even want anonymous comments anymore. YouTube!
Sunday, February 09, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
I didn't wash my jeans for 7 months—and it's the Internet's fault
A user's guide to the bizarre toilets of Sochi
The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Movie Trailer - Ankhon Dekhi
Ankhon Dekhi is the story about 'Bauji', a 55 year old man, who lives a dreary but eventful life in a joint family, that shares a small house cramped with people and drama. One day Bauji has an epiphany and decides that from that point on he would only believe what he sees with his own eyes, nothing else can be certain.
Written and directed by Rajat Kapoor. Starring Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa, Taranjeet, Maya Sarao, Namit Das, Brijendra Kala, Manu Rishi Chadha and Rajat Kapoor.
I loved Rajat Kapoor's Mithya. Looking forward to this one.
Thursday, February 06, 2014 / 0 comments / Link
Is organic food better for your health?
It might be better for the environment or a more human way to raise livestock, but nutritionally speaking, you're paying out the nose for the same exact thing.
- The research paper quoted in the video - Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?: A Systematic Review
- Norman Borlaug, Nobel laureate and "father of the Green Revolution", in an intereview.
If people want to believe that the organic food has better nutritive value, it's up to them to make that foolish decision. But there's absolutely no research that shows that organic foods provide better nutrition. As far as plants are concerned, they can't tell whether that nitrate ion comes from artificial chemicals or from decomposed organic matter. If some consumers believe that it's better from the point of view of their health to have organic food, God bless them. Let them buy it. Let them pay a bit more. It's a free society. But don't tell the world that we can feed the present population without chemical fertilizer. That's when this misinformation becomes destructive.
- Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming > Conventional Agriculture
- Healthy food doesn't mean 'organic'