Here is this week’s list of blog posts, quotes and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing—that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. – Richard Feynman
Love Your Enemies. On the surface the author of this post and I share little common. He’s a devout Mormon, I’m indifferent to the topic of religion. He has three wives and 24 children, I have one husband and no interest in motherhood. Yet I get the impression that our families would get along famously in person.
The Lying Disease. An article about how people who have Munchausen Syndrome deceive online friends.
From Why I Hate Neurons:
Circa 1998, I was a fat, sickly 14-year-old living in a cold, damp, foggy town on the outskirts of Manchester. I was fat because I ate too many potato crisps, and I was sickly, well, probably because I ate too many potato crisps (I kid).
Barred from Freedom: How Pretrial Detention Ruins Lives. It’s amazing to me that stuff like this still happens in 2012. I wonder what it will take to level the playing field?
A Word From Your Sponsor. A good reminder for the holiday season.
What would happen if a meteor hit the moon so hard it was knocked out of orbit? Can humanity survive all of the environmental chaos the moon’s new orbit brings? Life As We Knew It describes the new life of an ordinary teen and her family when the unthinkable happens. What I liked most about it was how loving and kind the mother is in this story. Too often young adult fiction assumes that adults are dumb or don’t have the best interests of their children at heart.
What have you been reading?