Must Reads #media Edition: Generosity, Fake Reality Shows, Silly Dogs, Banana History, and Soldier Photos

What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on things you missed. 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 share alike…here’s the Must Read list:

 

Pay It (‘it’ being donuts) Forward

This is just a feel-good story of 55 donut customers paying for other people’s food…

Fake Reality Show – Long Island Landscapers

Hilarious trailer for a fake reality show by NY PBS station. There are a whole series of these.

Silly German Shepherd Bouncing Around Trying to Catch Shadow

Very funny and cute – title says it all.

The surprisingly interesting history of edible bananas

Interesting background about the genetics of the bananas we eat.

Here Are Your Odds of Dying from the Most Common Causes of Death

A striking visual showing causes of death. Also a great example of the power of simple infographics.

Satirical Versions of Corporate Logos

Soldier in Afghanistan photographs comrades using Civil-war era technique

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Must Reads #longreads Edition: Mobile Food, Secret Google, Bloods and Crips

What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on some things you missed. 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 share alike…here’s the Must Read list:

In rural Tennessee, a new way to help hungry children: A bus turned bread truck

by Eli Saslow via The Washington Post

Saslow tells an engaging, textured story free of (even subtle) political commentary. The writing leaves the reader to think about the story and form her own opinions. This is real, valuable journalism and it feels like a rare gem uncovered in the internet quarry.

 

Inside Google’s Secret Lab

by Brad Stone via Bloomberg Business Week

Have you wondered about what goes on at Google X, the secret lab that works on Google Glass and self driving cars? This insightful piece will peel back as many of the layers that can be revealed.

 

What Does It Take to Stop Crips and Bloods From Killing Each Other?

by John Buntin via The New York Times

This indepth, compassionate piece unravels the dark past of Los Angeles and the successes of anti gang violence strategies in the city.

Must Reads: A Cool Microsoft Project? Olympic Limelight, Airport Radiation, What’s Worse than Having Cancer? The Human Jukebox, and More…

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 and Media

How Steve Jobs Created Jobs

Very cool visual art project from…Microsoft? Shame on Google for not getting there first 🙂 this seems like their type of project. Props to MS, although it is a bit hard to navigate at times.

Excellent essay on the effect of The Media and The Limelight on Gabby Douglas, and our other young olympic athletes.

Health and Politics

I am continually in awe of the human body. When we lose one of our senses, parts of the brain get repurposed to our other senses.

Scanners at the airports have always worried me in terms of radiation exposure. No matter your political position on domestic security, it is scary how little is known about the risks of these machines.

This is a small but powerful step in the right direction for supporting people exposed to chemical/industrial contamination.

Hear from a young woman battling cancer on the detrimental impact of health insurance and medical bills on the lives of patients and their families. As if the disease was not enough to deal with…

Must Watch

Amazing short talk on epiphanies and creative solutions to poverty, the economy, and environmental concerns.

The always creative and entertaining, CDZA Music brings us the human jukebox, this week. One of their best. Just plain old fun.

Must Reads: A Personal Glimpse at Amazon Founder, Free Tethering, Lying Authors, Comics, Healthcare, and More

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:

News and Tech

Well written piece from the New York Times. Interesting to see a glimpse into the private life of such an influential person. Amazon founder, Bezel, and his large financial support of gay marriage.

Is Groupon actually harming some small businesses? Interesting knowing that they are also seeing steep declines in their stock price lately.

Free tethering without penalty could set a new precedent in the cell phone industry, even if it is not a voluntary policy for Verizon.

A short comic about Jesse Owens in Nazi Germany for the Olympics. Plus this is an awesome comic website worth following. Useful for your personal enjoyment or for teachers looking for relevant, motivating materials.

The kind of woman who needs a late-term abortion. Although the essay is clearly for one side of the issue, you don’t have to be to read it. I was impressed with this powerful, expertly written piece of political writing with a fresh angle.

Health and Education

An Ed tech cheat sheet from Edudemic. Also excellent example of a straightforward, well designed infographic.

Five ways apples culture can improve your class. I was going to suggest reading Imagine: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer to go along with the above post. He delves into more creative, innovative organizations. But I just found out that he admitted to making up and misrepresenting quotes from Bob Dylan (the Dylan section of the book never sat right with me). Anyway, if you do get your hands on the book, I still think it is worth a read for the other sections, unless we find out he made those up too. Then I will recall this post like they have recalled his book

Not all completely new information about weight loss but some interesting findings here worth taking a look at.

Long Reads

What Mississippi Can Learn From Iran? Informative, inspiring and with some absolutely crushing moments. Why are poor communities deprived of health care, and how can it be fixed?

Reading List: DIY Social Network, Hidden Profits, Flame Retardants, Who is Really in Control?

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:

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s letter to a young writer. Hard words to hear, but good advice. Via the “Letter’s of Note” blog.

Apple’s hidden profits: billions tucked away for taxes it may never pay. Very interesting read from The Washington Post. You decide whether or not what they are doing is fair or ethical.

Flame Retardant Chemicals. Via the EWG. Its about time our government took notice of this important safety and environmental issue.

Excellent dissection of the service Facebook provides and alternative companies that just do some things better. This is one I wish i wrote. Via “LifeHacker.”

Watch This

News reel footage of the Olympics from Italy – not sure what year – maybe 1950s.

Long reads

Amazing essay on innovation and how we have trouble getting big stuff done. Via Worldpolicy.org

Who is really in control of America’s farmland? Much of the focus of the article is on Missouri, but these are nationwide issues. Via The Nation.

The changing landscape of hiring is disenfranchising workers. A wonderful, indepth, and scathing piece from Mother Jones.

“My hometown is vibrant.” How a meaningless buzzword of urban development isnt producing meaningful results. Strikes an impressive balance between satire and informative reporting. Via The Baffler.