infidelity, oysters, and balancing rocks

Reading

Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill. After finishing a mammoth book last week, I wanted something quick and much less demanding; this fitted the bill perfectly. I don’t entirely remember how I ended up with a copy of this, but I’m glad I did. It’s occasionally a tough read (emotionally) as a married person with kids getting on for middle aged (* not that there’s anything wrong with my marriage!) but an enjoyable and interesting read.

Modern javascript explained for dinosaurs. On the plus side, I didn’t find anything really new there (so, I’m not a dinosaur?) but I still find things like this useful to help reframe things. It’s sometimes nice to step back and take a high level look at how things have changed.

Listening to

The rest of Ear Hustle. Such a good series, and I hope they come back with a second run soon.

Oyster-tecture on 99pi. A fascinating look at an area of New York history (and potential future) that I had no idea about. Turns out Oysters were a pretty big deal in olden NY, and now that the Hudson River is pretty much devoid of them, there are all sorts of implications for the city, exacerbated by climate change.

Much as coral reefs help protect many tropical islands from hurricanes, oysters protected New York City. They broke up large waves before they could crash onto the shore. And below the surface, their rough texture would increase friction and slow down the water.

Things I Mean To Know on This American Life. “Stories of people trying to unspool some of life’s certainties, and what they find”. I loved the section on the location of the sun rise in the Arctic – it’s a great example of why you can’t entirely trust what you think you know and the value of doing some research.

Watching

‘.. this guy balance rocks on water in the most mesmorizing way‘. This short film is 70% frustrating as hell to watch, then 30% mind-blowing. I do NOT have the patience to do something like that, but kudos to those people who do. I mean, it’s ultimately pointless of course, but undeniably impressive.