From the world pool: February 26, 2016

A short list this week.

Socio-political commentary

Europe shouldn’t worry about migrants, by Laurie Penny. “It should worry about creeping fascism. The greatest threat to our “way of life” is not migration. It is that we will swallow the lie that some human lives matter less than others.”

Where Are All the Disabled People in the Body Positivity Campaigns?

​The surging ranks of America’s ultrapoor

Why Straight White Dudes Don’t Get Offended As Often As Normal People Do

Mike Monteiro: Dear design student: 8 reasons to turn down that startup job

Geeking Out

The $1 pocket microscope.  I think I’ve blogged this before, but who cares?

On Writing

Rules for Anchorites, by Cat Valante. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be past writing about Persephone. If it will ever stop being the myth of my life. I don’t really want to–the thing about katabasis (fancy Greek word for descending to the underworld and returning. It’s such an important thing it gets it own word, and my name is Cat, and it’s short for everything) is that it never stops. It’s a process. And if you don’t hit that black stair every year or so things wither up. The whole idea of that story is how a person is a world, and the cycle keeps moving, and it’s never, ever over. You have to go into the earth, you have to come back up again.”

Just cool

Experimental sunken greenhouse in Minneapolis is weathering its first winter – and growing food

The Tree Church http://treechurch.co.nz/

Just for fun

Uptown Funk, the old movies mashup

Beat Box Dude. This is a great cover of Phil Collins’ Feel It (in the air tonight) by Naturally 7, performed on the Paris Metro. (The official video is here—and yes, it’s all a capella as well.)

 

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