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Aliens (1986). Japanese poster.

(via sundancetv)

1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.
6 tips on writing from John Steinbeck, born on February 27, 1902 – a fine addition to our ongoing archive of writing advice. (via explore-blog)


Patch lets homeowners test a new color without ruining their wall

When it’s time to redecorate, homeowners typically use tester pots to see exactly what paint will look like on their walls. This can leave a temporary mess in their home while also contributing to waste when the packaging is thrown away. While digital alternatives such as Decolabs have used augmented reality to virtually alter what a space looks like, iPatch is a simple sticker that can be added and removed from any surface without damage. READ MORE…

It’s sad and absurd that the College of Charleston is facing a funding cut for teaching my book — a book which is after all about the toll that this sort of small-mindedness takes on people’s lives.
NPR repots that Alison Bechdel, author of the fantastic queer graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, responds to the South Carolina House of Representatives vote to cut a total of $70,000 in funding to the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate because two books with gay and lesbian themes – Bechdel’s memoir and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio – were assigned on freshman reading lists.  (via explore-blog)

I wish I could say this is unbelievable…

[New research] showed that one area of the brain involved in information processing is far more active in people who regularly remember their dreams.

"High dream recallers" have more activity in the temporo-parietal junction, which the researchers believe may allow the dreamer to focus more attention on external stimuli, promoting intrasleep wakefulness, which means dreams are better embedded into the sleeper’s memory.

Previously, the researchers found high dream recallers have twice as much time of wakefulness during sleep as their low recalling counterparts. Low dream recallers are also far less reactive to auditory stimuli during sleep and wakefulness, suggesting time awake may facilitate the ability to remember dreams.

As if the science of what happens while we sleep wasn’t complex enough, researchers explore why some people remember their dreams and others don’t. Also see the science of why we have dreams and nightmares and how REM dreaming affects depression.

(HT The Smithsonian)

Yeah but does it mean we’re more clevererer? (Damn that temporo-parietal junction.)


In place of text CVs, platform lets freelancers blog their work history

The recruitment industry has already seen its fair share of innovations aiming to better connect employers with skilled workers, from gamified hiring and automatic scoring of coders’ skills. From Germany, Somewhere is a visual blogging platform that enables freelancers and small teams to show potential employers and clients a more engaging story of their work. READ MORE…


Unspeakably lovely: Artist Mica Angela Hendricks collaborates with her 4-year-old daughter after the little girl peeked inside her mommy’s sketchbook and asked to contribute.

Some of the collaborative artworks are now available as prints.

Best thing since The Monster Engine.

Love these.


Lapham’s Quarterly presents the worst jobs in history on a cartesian graph of treacherous/tedious and difficult/disgusting. In the unfortunate case that yours is a contemporary addition, here’s how to find fulfilling work and do what you love.

Cambridge University has developed an app called ‘Emotion Sense’, which collects data from a user’s smartphone in order to understand what influences their emotions. Check it out.