Things to Read

Traveling through space on a rowboat

Earthlings are Boring

Why haven’t aliens visited us? Because we’re boring and live in a crap neighborhood.


A Quiet Book for our Very Loud Time

Charlie Mackesy’s illustrated book explores love, fear, acceptance and belonging. It’s a perfect anecdote for our anxious age.


China’s Perfecting the Tools of a Propaganda State

The future of propaganda is now. We’re watching it with China’s media response and social media control of information related to the Hong Kong protests.


Would You Turn Your Child into a Cyborg?

A mom hacks Google Glass to help her autistic son understand facial expressions. Along the way, she wonders how neurotechnologies will influence how we augment ourselves, what traits we’ll consider inherently human, and what might be lost as we rid ourselves of them.


Thoughts on Documentary Films While Watching Flightless Baby Geese Jump from 400 Foot Cliffs

Nature shows are awesome. But what are they? Because they’re not quite documentaries.


Tripping Through Van Gogh’s Starry Night

A new Van Gogh exhibit has us wondering what the future of the museum might be.

Newspaper Recyling

We’re Drowning in our Waste

America’s trash problem is growing and getting worse. China used to be our dumping ground. Now our waste has no place to go.


Self-Driving Cars: What Could Go Wrong?

Self-driving cars are only as smart as the artificial intelligence controlling them. A new study indicates that the darker your skin, the more likely you are to be hit by one. There’s a simple, and unfortunate, reason why.