10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 19–25 September 2015


"Freckles: Brock Elbank's striking portraits – in pictures" at The Guardian:

The photographer behind Somerset House’s Beard exhibition returns with another set of bold, intense portraits — and this time, freckled models of various ethnicities take centre stage


Lil Dicky makes a music video for free — "$ave Dat Money" feat. Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan:


How to Take a Screenshot shows you how to take a screenshot on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Chrome OS, KDE, GNOME, and with a couple of different websites that do it for you.


Anne Kingston's "Vanishing Canada: Why we’re all losers in Ottawa’s war on data" at Macleans.ca:

“You see this continual silencing of people who are not ‘winners,’ for lack of a better word,” says Armine Yalnizyan, a senior economist with the Ottawa-based Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “The result is that the government can pretend they’re not there. It’s like, ‘If you’ve got any needs, we can’t hear you, we can’t see you, la la la.’”


Bedfordshire Record Office's "The Art of the Marbler" (1970) about Cockerell paper marbling is fascinating and meditative to watch:


Steven Bancarz's "Science Proves Cats Are Holistic Healers" at Spirit Science and Metaphysics:

After a 10 year follow up period, cat owners showed a 30% lower risk of death from heart attack compared to non cat owners.


Sophia Tesfaye's "Dalai Lama says a future female Dalai Lama 'must be very attractive, otherwise not much use'" at Salon:

Recalling a time a female reporter asked him a similar question about a woman successor fifteen years ago, the Dalai Lama said that a female Dalai Lama’s “face should be very attractive” in order for her to be an effective leader.



Roger Catlin's "The Unknown Designer of the First Home Pregnancy Test Is Finally Getting Her Due" at Smithsonian:

“What Crane did is really revolutionary,” says Alexandra Lord, chair and curator of the division of medicine and science at the American History Museum. “It enables a woman to learn that she’s pregnant on her own terms in her own home. So it takes away from learning about it from your doctor.”


Cory Doctorow's "VW con produced as much extra air pollution as all UK power generation, industry, ag & vehicles" at Boing Boing:

Volkswagen's intentional fraud resulted in an extra 1,000,000 metric tons of air pollution being spewed into the skies over America; if they'd extended the con to Europe (where there are far more diesels), it would have been orders of magnitude worse.

It's an almost unimaginably depraved act, and it's hard to believe that VW is the only company that tried this tactic -- after all, it produced some pretty sweet profits.


Modest Mouse's "The Good Times Are Killing Me":