Must Reads

I planned on keeping this blog simple, but the ideas just keep coming. I’m just going to roll with it. Here is a new weekly series!

This is my weekly list of what I most want to share. What have I read that was fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring. Catch up on some things you missed from the past week. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and be share to…here’s the list:

Tech
Batteries in Spray Form – Could our electronics get even thinner?

Dropbox rewards – Dropbox.com, the popular cloud storage service, has decided to reward many of their early adopters of the premium service by giving them their storage free for life (some have acquired up to 50 gig). I think this is particularly interesting, because Dropbox seems to be treating these early adopters as investors. I wonder if anyone else will follow suite. This reminds me of Kickstarter.com, in way, since investors are given certain benefits for funding start-up projects.

Photography
Lovely Sky Monsters – What does it look like as a super tornado forms? These are some of the most beautiful and frightening photographs I have ever seen. If you look at only one set of photos today, make it this one.

Did you know that Sony makes image sensors for other camera brands? Neither did I. Some very interesting insights into how the digital camera production industry works and may work in the future.

Why I Hate My Camera – Excellent satirical execution and expression of the frustrations of the photographer who is awed by his subject. It reminds me of how poets often write poems about the inadequacy of poetry…

Literature, Culture and Education
Famous logos and what they used to look like.

“An inspiring story about the power of literature to open minds and expand horizons.” I also plan to read Orwell’s essay that is referenced.

Florida’s Governor Questions State Tests – As a Florida teacher, this is of particular interest to me. But it does have national implications. This is the first time I have ever heard a major politician or other policy maker question the frequency of standardized testing.

Book Spine Poetry – I really enjoy when she does these. This one is particularly impressive.

Dogs That Love Reading – This is just a few minutes of pure joy.

Must Watch
Italian film production company Cinecitta has teamed up with Google to digitize its collection of film from the past 70 years or so – over 100,000 films. It is also fascinating to see how far we have come in terms of image technology, but how many similar production techniques we still use from the early pioneers of film. Here are two very short (under 2 min.) nonfiction pieces.
Italian Summer Boat Races
Making Cheese

Longer Reads
For the last couple of weeks I have greatly missed the Weekend Reading post from the Cuture Desk at the New Yorker. Here is one I found there.
Until Proven Innocent – Michael Morton was convicted of his wife’s brutal murder in 1987. After 25 years in prison, he was exonerated of the crime. This riveting three-part series was originally published in the Williamson County Sun. Well worth your time.

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