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What Life is Like on the International Space Station

After reading this one, I felt a little nauseated by the thought of weightless food floating in my stomach. Still, it’s an interesting piece!

There is a subtle art to moving around without crashing into anything – or, more annoyingly, others – knocking computers, equipment and other objects off the walls to which they are attached with Velcro pads. One serving shuttle pilot confessed to leaving a wake of laptops and other vital belongings behind him the first time he tried to fly from one room to another. “When you first turn up, you are like a bull in a china shop,” he said. “I had no idea where to put any of it back.”

via Life aboard the International Space Station | Science | The Guardian.

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A Look at the Mind of a Problem Gambler

I’ve never really understood the appeal of gambling, which is why I found this account of one man’s gambling addiction to be such an interesting insight into how the gambler’s mind works.

Rather, it is how the player handles an inevitable losing streak and the extent to which he will allow losing to affect his idea of himself. After a month straight of losses, a player can become convinced that losing is his role. Going broke becomes his thing to do, his inevitable outcome. The fog of losing, which feels like a seething, dirty steam in the veins, seeps into everything.

via The High Is Always the Pain and the Pain Is Always the High by Jay Kang – The Morning News.

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Web fonts will flourish: True to type

This article from the Economist provides a brief history of the challenges web fonts have faced over the last few decades and talks a bit about the WOFF format that is slowly gaining in popularity. There are more choices in the world of web typography than ever before, but I look forward to the day when pretty much all foundries come to the table and you can expect to be able to use any font you design with in Photoshop on the web.

YOU’RE sick of Helvetica, aren’t you? That show-off changed its birth name, Neue Haas Grotesk, had plastic surgery in the 1980s to get thinner (and fatter), and even has its own movie. Helvetica and its online type brethren Arial, Georgia, Times and Verdana appear on billions of Web pages. You’re sick of these other faces, too, even if you don’t know them by name.

via Web fonts will flourish: True to type | The Economist.

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Automation Insurance: Robots Are Replacing Middle Class Jobs

GOOD has an interesting article on the way technology replaces jobs. While I would’ve thought the erosion would start with low-paid, low skill jobs, it turns out that’s not quite the case.

Last April, the MIT economist David Autor published a report that looked at the shifting employment landscape in America. He came to this scary conclusion: Our workforce is splitting in two. The number of high-skill, high-income jobs think lawyers or research scientists or managers is growing. So is the number of low-skill, low-income jobs think food preparation or security guards. Those jobs in the middle? They’re disappearing. Autor calls it “the polarization of job opportunities.”

via Automation Insurance: Robots Are Replacing Middle Class Jobs – Business – GOOD.

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Scientists Realize Bacteria Are Social Butterflies

There’s a lot more to bacteria than you thought…

In a series of recent findings, researchers describe bacteria that communicate in sophisticated ways, take concerted action, influence human physiology, alter human thinking and work together to bioengineer the environment.

via Bacteria R Us | Smart Journalism. Real Solutions. Miller-McCune.

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Why George Lois Is Wrong About Mad Men: A Conversation with Mel Abert

Pretty fascinating to read a first-hand account of what life at an advertising agency during the 60s was like, and just how close Mad Men comes to depicting the reality.

With the season finale coming up, and with Don Draper’s agency about to shift in another direction – hmmm – I got in touch with Mel Abert, one of the original “mad men” of Los Angeles.

via Imprint — Why George Lois Is Wrong About Mad Men: A Conversation with Mel Abert.

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