Facebook is Making You Unhappy and Stressed


Study Finds Quitting Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Stressed definitely fits my already negative perception of Facebook: Researchers at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen (yep, that does exist)… took a group of 1,095 Facebook users and split them into two groups. The first group were allowed to continue using the social network on … Read more →

Fuck Turkey


While Thanksgiving is now finished on both sides of the border, the spectre of Christmas dinner is looming on the horizon. What I love about Kristin Iversen’s Fuck Turkey is everything: tone, wit, anger, and relentless usage of everyone’s favourite four-letter word: Turkey is not a good-tasting bird. Fuck turkey for not even tasting as … Read more →

Joule Sous Vide Machine


If you hang around nerdy food sites like Serious Eats like I do, you might have heard of this thing called sous-vide cooking. So when I saw Matt link to a story about the Joule home sous-vide machine, I was interested. When I saw that Gabe Newell—of Half Life fame—was involved, I was even more … Read more →

Why The Hobbit Sucked


There are a lot of reasons, actually. But one of them was surely that they winged it. I would try to enumerate them, but then this wouldn’t be a simple video link. ↩

The Expanse


I first heard about James S.A. Corey’s science fiction series The Expanse a couple of years ago when it was announced that Syfy would be producing a show based on it. (I also learned that James S.A. Corey is a pseudonym for the writing tag team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.) Since the book … Read more →

Stop Watching the News and Read a Book


Yesterday’s post was an attempt to cope with the seemingly steady stream of horrific news of late. Then I read Karl Ove Knausgård’s Vanishing Point, which helped me to better understand how the media makes things more distant even as it makes the world smaller: Perhaps the foremost characteristic of our age, what sets it … Read more →