Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Recommended Reading

Joel Haas' travelogues from Taiwan continue with Chop Shops and Green Pancakes.

The first photograph of Earthrise was taken in 1966 by NASA’s robotic probe Lunar Orbiter 1. Nancy Evans saved the orbiter pictures from being discarded and worked for 30 years to restore them for posterity. (via Metafilter)

Ten Cases of Extreme Weather is a lot more interesting than the title would lead you to believe. Seven-inch hailstones, anyone? (via the Presurfer)

Victorian Flea Circuses. A history of the art, and some secrets about how it's done.

The idea that having children will make you happy is an illusion. However, the pursuit of happiness is not the only reason we reproduce. (via Metafilter)

The monster inside my son. A mother confronts the terrifying capacity for violence in her autistic adult child. More horror stories are in the comments.

A new meaning for the term hyperopia: not simple farsightedness, but the inability to enjoy today because one is so worried about the future. It can lead to regret about lost opportunities.

The Ten Craziest Diets in History.

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