Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My top shared links of 2016

Killer Drones

TL;DR - In the future, cyborg assassins can kill you because of your Facebook posts (416)

“This is not about losing an election. This is about two very different ways of seeing the world.” (333)

"The person who is best suited to us is not the person who shares our every taste (he or she doesn’t exist), but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently — the person who is good at disagreement." (251)

“I deserve to be treated like a human, not just a woman, because that means something different these days.” (231)

“The families investing the most in presidential politics overwhelmingly lean right” (215)

How One 19-Year-Old Illinois Man Is Distorting National Polling Averages (213)

“We can hear the Tesla Autopilot’s Forward Collision Warning sending out an alert for seemingly no reason, but a fraction of a second later we understand why when the vehicle in front of the Tesla crashes into an SUV that wasn’t visible from the standpoint of the Tesla driver, but apparently it was for the Autopilot’s radar” (210)


“The flavor was slightly less potent than meat, but if I didn't already know this burger was made from plants, I wouldn't have guessed it.” (177)

This may be the best example of opportunistic marketing I've seen this year (112)

“Men who were raised and socialized as female described all the ways they were treated differently as soon as the world perceived them as male. They gained professional respect, but lost intimacy. They exuded authority, but caused fear. From courtrooms to playgrounds to prisons to train stations, at work and at home, with friends and alone, trans men reiterated how fundamentally different it is to experience the world as a man.” (110)

Debunking the "Marshmallow Test" and all the pop psychology derived from it (108)

“I want to sew this film into a sleeping bag and kick it into a lake.” (168)

“For Marvel to have access to the Chinese market, The Ancient One can be in no way shape or form Tibetan.” (77)

“Unwilling to replace the plural voice in the document, he did the next best thing - added a second author: his cat” (62)

“I am not a nice person, and even took some pleasure in watching him trying to get his words together.” (58)

"Studies have consistently shown that weight training and sprinting are more effective than running at targeting belly fat and creating a good hormonal environment for fat loss, meaning better insulin sensitivity, less of the stress hormone cortisol, and more growth hormone and testosterone. (Yes, that's a good goal for women, too.)" (55)

“The question of how to determine a 'worst year' in history piqued my interest. So I decided to ask a group of historians to nominate their own 'worst years' and to reflect on what constitutes a 'really bad year.' Ten brave souls agreed to play this parlor game with me. Here are their picks.” (52)

Did you know that StubHub can un-sell you tickets if they decide later they can sell them to someone else for more? (51)

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