• I first heard about Light from Uncommon Stars on the Incomparable podcast. This is a Hugo-nominated novel from author Ryka Aoki that is simply captivating. I would have read it in one sitting if my schedule had allowed.

    The story brings together a violin teacher who has sold her soul for fame, a young transgender student of hers who is a music prodigy, and a family of aliens who happen to run a donut shop. It is a story of ambition and trauma, of healthy and unhealthy family relations, and it is a story of the transformative power of love.

  • “There are no rules to blogging except this one: always self-host your website because your URL, your own private domain, is the most valuable thing you can own. Your career will thank you for it later and no-one can take it away. But don’t wait up for success to come, it’s going to be a slog—there will be years before you see any benefit. But slowly, with enough momentum behind it, your blog will show you the world: there will be distant new friends, new enemies, whole continents might open up and welcome themselves to you.”

    Robin Rendle: Take care of your blog

    (Via Om)


  • Type 1 fun is enjoyable while it’s happening. Also known as, simply, fun. Good food, 5.8 hand cracks. Sport climbing, powder skiing, margaritas.


    Sometimes that is exactly what you need.


  • Every generation has its challenge. Climate change has been put on the agenda of the generation of my children and the daughter of Andri Snær Magnason who poses the question in the video below. They will have to solve it.

    To do that they will have to be revolutionary. Because, honestly, it sure seems that those who have come before them are not getting the job done.


  • A few shots from the cycling route 59 in Switzerland which connects Valais and the Fribourg area. Across several mountain passes, through remote valleys, there are beautiful views at every turn. At the turn of the seasons the colors are just amazing. Well worth investing a day or two if you happen to be in the country and like cycling.

  • A new version of The Verge launched earlier this week. At its heart the site is now a blog which mixes longform and shortform content with links. Kind of like an old-school blog with asides. I like it a lot. The Nieman Lab reports about it and quotes Verge editor Nilay Patel:

    “One of my biggest goals — the big number that I’m looking at — is how much traffic we send out. I think we will be a huge success if we are sending a meaningful amount of traffic to other people,” Patel said. “Because that relationship between publishers and platforms has gotten totally out of whack.”


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