Author Archives: cPaul

About cPaul

Father: "He never amounted to anything". Mother: "Who the hell does he think he is"? Former Teacher: "Smart as a bag of hammers". Former Boss: "Condescending". Brother: "Mom loves me more".

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Book by Jenny Odell | Review by Jonah Engel Bromwich | NYT In 2015, Jenny Odell started an organization she called The Bureau of Suspended Objects. Odell was then an artist-in-residence at a waste operating station in San Francisco. As the … Continue reading

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Robert Plant Instructs His Kids to Unleash His Unreleased Archive of Music for Free When He Dies

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For the love of black & white

I confess that I haven’t shot a roll of B&W for 20 years but looking through my old negatives, it’s definitely something I need to try again soon. I was never much of a tri-x fan but loved shooting XP… … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Animal Translation

Artificial intelligence may help us decode animalese. But how much will we really be able to understand? Philip Ball | New Yorker Disney’s 2019 remake of its 1994 classic “The Lion King” was a box-office success, grossing more than one … Continue reading

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Is Coming Back—Again

Rob Bricken | Gizmodo In 1997, Mike Nelson and his robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, watched a bad sci-fi film called The Thing That Couldn’t Die. We might as well rename the beloved TV series Mystery Series Theater 3000 with … Continue reading

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100 Myths of Home

100 short tales of life on the island of Newfoundland, Whimsical, magical, all that and a bag of chips. Two-minute reads.

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The Convenient Lie of ‘Objectivity’

Marie Solis | Jezebel When Washington Post editors banned national politics reporter Felicia Sonmez from reporting on sexual misconduct because she is an assault survivor, they reportedly told her that they were worried about the “appearance of a conflict of interest.” Top … Continue reading

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Maine May Soon Legalise Viking-Style Funerals So You Can Go Out In A Blaze Of Glory

A proposed bill by a determined funeral services company could make this happen in the Northeastern state. Read the rest here:

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The Psychology of Silent Treatment Abuse

Social ostracism has been a common punishment for millennia. But freezing someone out harms both the victim and the perpetrator. Daryl Austin | The Atlantic Kipling Williams has studied the effects of the silent treatment for more than 36 years, … Continue reading

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Fun with Minor Keys

A Sad Cover of the Village People Song ‘Y.M.C.A.’ The Melodica Bros performed a truly mournful cover of the otherwise cheerful anthem “Y.M.C.A” by the Village People turning it into a sad ballad. This version features a key change from major to minor, a slower tempo, … Continue reading

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Why one man started an Instagram account showing churches’ wealth

My parents raised me as Anglican, and I was a reasonably keen member of their church during the ’70s, although I began attending a Pentecostal church’s Youth Group on Friday nights, because: “girls”. Also, the guitar-based music seemed pretty cool … Continue reading

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Crosby, Stills, and Nash Detail ‘Deja Vu’ 50th Anniversary Reissue

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will release a 50th-anniversary edition of Deja Vu on May 14. The box set will include the original LP, as well as four CDs of demos, unreleased studio recordings, and alternate versions of songs for a total of nearly two … Continue reading

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ISS Ditches 2.9-Ton Pallet of Batteries, Creating Its Most Massive Piece of Space Trash

George Dvorsky | Gizmodo The external pallet packed with old nickel-hydrogen batteries, photographed shortly after being released by the Canadarm2 robotic arm. The object was orbiting 265 miles (427 km) above Chile when this photo was taken from the ISS.Image: NASA … Continue reading

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