I love reading about shipping.
Fun with untranslatable idioms. There is only one Spanish one at the link. My favorite Spanish one (not that I've encountered that many) is "Ten cuidado, puede haber gato encerrado" ("take care, a cat might be enclosed," which is the equivalent of "beware of Greeks bearing gifts").
Long article, beautifully written by a doctor with experience in the US and in Haiti, and who worked with Partners In Health, about the inequities of health care and how they are a factor in determining who lives and who dies. "But with time and broader experience, I was tempted to record the cause of death as ‘weak health system for poor people’, ‘uninsured’, ‘fell through gaping hole in safety net’ or ‘too poor to survive catastrophic illness’."
This article is about deciding how to reduce (the article suggests that "rightsize" is less negative, but I hate that word with the passion of a dozen fiery suns) your belongings if you are moving to a smaller home. "Kondo offers a specific gauge by which people can decide what to bring with them to their next phase of life: 'Does it spark joy?'" I came up with this method on my own a while back and I've sometimes found it effective. (I also sometimes use "Would I rather have this thing, or the space it is taking up?") The article also mentions taking photos of sentimental objects, which sometimes works for me.
Some folks argue that atheists don't exist (by defining religion impossibly broadly).
James Nicoll reviews a book I really like, The Way Station by Clifford Simak. He calls it "the anti-lovecraft":
This is typical of Simak’s novels: other beings may seem strange, even horrifying, but there’s always the possibility of companionship for those who can learn to look past the surface.http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/the-anti-lovecraft
sad essay about the differences in the ways we treat pet death and human death
Le Guin, Cadigan, Datlow, and Kress talk about women in science fiction
via andrewkducker, I liked the Douglas Adams inspired game Starship Titanic. Apparently some people have been RPGing in the universe via an online forum in *gasp* plain text.
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