Weekly Reads 2018: 9.16-10.15

A bit behind on posting these because of some ongoing health issues. I’m looking forward to doing a lot more reading again soon. 😀
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How One Man Is Recreating Lost Colors – The New York Times
In our ephemeral world, so many things slip quietly away. It always pleases me to find someone is doing this kind of work and research.

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The Rise and Demise of RSS
Fabulous article on the history of my beloved RSS. I still miss Google Reader every single day.

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Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong – The Huffington Post
This is a long read, but no matter what your weight is, it’s worth the time.

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558m-year-old fossils identified as oldest known animal | Science | The Guardian
How on earth these scientists even found these fossils in the first place feels miraculous. The journey from 558m years ago to today, where these fossils exist and show us a picture of an incomprehensibly long ago past? Mind boggling.

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Now Damien Echols Will Teach You the Secrets of Magick – The New York Times
Surprised to see this level of openness in an article about high magick, though in a lot of ways this reminds me of Alan Moore.

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Where in the World Is Larry Page?
Interesting read that gives some insight into what’s going on at Google, and I was really surprised to hear that Page is little more than a phantom at the company.

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How Your Notifications Are Lying to You and How to Make Them Stop
A much healthier approach to dealing with notifications. These things are tools that are supposed to help us, not make us miserable. It is possible to have a more humane relationship with our devices, but it takes a little work.

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The Festival Where Millions of Women Prepare a Feast for a Goddess – Gastro Obscura
It’s unfortunate that for the rest of the year these women’s lives are so restrictive, but even so, this kind of ritual is amazing to learn about.

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Kitchen Soap – On Being A Senior Engineer
As I struggle to find my identity in this field, this piece was helpful in clarifying that my attitudes and approaches are in the right place, even if my technical skills are a mashup.

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The Joy of Cooking for One – The New York Times
I’ve been cooking for myself a lot lately out of necessity and this sums up a lot of what I’ve been feeling about it.

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’M.A.S.H.’ Remains One Of The Most Influential Sitcoms of All Time | Inverse
A piece of writing that sums up so much of what I love about this show. It remains relevant in so many ways and had a huge influence on me.

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We Could All Use a Little Snail Mail Right Now – The New York Times
Love this and would love to get into sending more snail mail. Just tactile, physical things in general seem to be getting more and more important to me.

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How to build rock-solid Ruby on Rails apps with BDD – DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻
Coincidentally part of a book I have queued up to read. This was a nice overview of the flow from scenario to code and back.

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Notes to Myself on Software Engineering – Member Feature Stories – Medium
A great set of reminders for those that build software. Some real gems of wisdom in here.

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A Suggestion on How to Spend a Day at Home
This is just delightful. And full of breakfasts.

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