#55: The trails we leave

The whales are napping, the goats are handsome, and the Pokémon art is unsettling.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

On Gratitude
“To say that we should be more grateful is not to deny a role for future effort. It is to recognise that there are already at this point some very good reasons to be a little more satisfied with who we are and what we have. A failure to draw pleasure from our current circumstances is an indication of a problem which will likely dog us even if we reach the pinnacle of all our ambitions. Our problem is not not having enough: it is not daring to relax our guard long enough to draw pleasure from any advantage per se.”

Everybody Lies:
How Google Search Reveals Our Darkest Secrets

“The power in Google data is that people tell the giant search engine things they might not tell anyone else. Google was invented so that people could learn about the world, not so researchers could learn about people, but it turns out the trails we leave as we seek knowledge on the internet are tremendously revealing.”

The Best Books On Trees
“Our modern dependence on trees is mostly hidden from our senses. We don’t hear the rain passing through forest canopies on its way to the reservoir. We don’t smell the wood pellets and coal chunks that power our computers and homes. The wood that frames our houses, holds up our furniture, and gives us paper arrives with signs of its ecological history purged. So we imagine that we’ve transcended our ancestors’ close relationship with trees. But this is illusion.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

How do sperm whales sleep?
School bus tiny homes.
Handsome goat portraits.
China’s solar panda farm.
Please enjoy the Japanese playgrounds.
Accidental Wes Anderson is my new favourite subreddit.
128 years of National Geographic infographics.
Award-winning maps by kids.
Famous book hoarders.
Potentially related: 101 books recommended by TED speakers.
And do you have enough Nicholas Cage Pokémon paintings?

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

Emerging butterflies.
The origins of the Goosebumps books.
Guido Daniele’s  handimals.
Slava Polunin and his Academy of Fools.
And the splendidly sleuthy tale of a very fishy gathering.