One fannish link: J.K. Rowling has identified the location of Ilvermorny as being on Mount Greylock...which is literally in kouredios' backyard. And kouredios has just posted information about the area for anyone thinking of setting fic there. ^_^
"In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die". [NPR]
"This tiny camera can be injected with a syringe". [Boing Boing]
"The Reluctant Memoirist: An investigative journalist returns from an undercover mission in North Korea—only to face her critics". "As the only journalist to live undercover in North Korea, I had risked imprisonment to tell a story of international importance by the only means possible. By casting my book as personal rather than professional—by marketing me as a woman on a journey of self-discovery, rather than a reporter on a groundbreaking assignment—I was effectively being stripped of my expertise on the subject I knew best. It was a subtle shift, but one familiar to professional women from all walks of life. I was being moved from a position of authority—What do you know?—to the realm of emotion: How did you feel?"
"A Toast To The Toast, The Site That Was Just For You. Yes, Even You". [NPR] "But the Toast's biggest gift to me was permission to rethink my relationship with a lot of the Western canon. It took a long time to realize that much of the art I was told is good did not anticipate me in the audience. The Toast's satire was medicine for the slight tightness in my chest when I walk into another museum filled with paintings of clothed men and dead-eyed, nude women, or my inability to swallow yet more novels with self-serious male anti-heroes and decorative women (here's looking at you, Jack Kerouac)."
On The Toast:
--"On Not Being a Mom or a Dad". [on genderqueer parenting]
--"Sidekick No More: Writing Asian Superheroes and the Challenges of Representation".
--"Bible Verses Where “Truly I Say To You” Has Been Replaced With “Can I Be Honest For A Minute Here?”"
--"“You just get stronger”: How Powerlifting Saved My Life".
On Mental Floss:
--"13 Glorious Images of the Solstice Strawberry Moon".
--"The Short, Strange Life of McDonald's Pizza".
--"Texas Town Fires Its Library Cat".
--"Studio Ghibli releases second short adaptation of Japan’s oldest manga【Video】".
--"Japanese burger chain exorcises its demons with awesome new Ghostbusters menu".