Suggestion Saturday: August 20, 2011

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, charts, comics, videos and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

If You Crave This. I don’t know how accurate this chart is but the next time I have an insatiable craving for chocolate or french fries I will give raw nuts and broccoli a try first.

Save the Words. A locupletative collection of words inches away from being taken out of the dictionary. Adopt one and save a word!

From Just How Hard Should We Try to Remove the “Ugly from Life?:

Separation and unity. Diversity and conformity. Conservatives and liberals. Religion and the absence of religion. Men, women, gays, heteros, children, sages, blacks and whites. Somehow, we need it all. And I think it would be a good idea to appreciate it all for its specific, individual value.

Toronto Scientist Determines that Fiction Can Change Personalities. Wow, what a fascinating study! I wonder if the same thing can be said about reading blogs?

No Problem. It’s so easy to forget that the cool, collected image others project is not necessarily how they feel inside. Everyone has his or her own struggles.

This is well worth the five minutes it takes to watch:

Earlier this summer a friend recommended Sarah Vowell’s Unfamiliar Fishes, a history of Hawaii from the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in 1819 to the fraudulent annexation of it by the U.S. in 1898.

This is a chilling reminder of what happens when religion, politics and profit crawl into bed together.

What have you been reading?

 

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  1. Great selections.  I was particularly intrigued by the study on fiction.  A friend of mine once accused me of acting like someone who was well read.  At the time, I (shamefully) hadn’t read much at all, but this study suggests near-life experience gained through reading, bolstering my friend’s thoughts and seeming obvious to me.  Obvious now that I have finally started reading fiction.  :-p

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