As I woke this morning, rolling around moaning and groaning, I was utterly convinced that weekends need just one more day. That day should be Monday. Then, instead of being universally reviled, the day would be granted a reprieve and celebrated thusly. I’m a mess on rainy Monday mornings. I wanted to stay in the shower forever.
Anyway, it was a pleasant weekend for me. Saturday was lazy – I watched a bunch of movies and flopped about the house in my dressing gown writing and reading and playing internets, which is a totally legitimate way to spend a day now and again. On Sunday I ventured to the local shopping mall with a friend where we took in all the smells and demonstrations and samples available at the Lush store (I walked out smelling like six different perfumes.) Then we consumed various sea creatures nestled on beds of sliced and deep fried potatoes by the water.
I totally had plans on waging an epic Scrabble battle with the young gentleman in the evening, but I was rendered utterly unconscious by nine pm for some reason and so the war required rescheduling. Soon, oh yes, soon…
Onto cool things I’ve been learning about lately:
In sciency- news, this piece from Nat Geo insists that Antarctica is in line for an invasion of non-native species. This article from io9 explains the connection between your morning coffee and your morning visit to the bathroom. This one from the Daily Mail (sorry guys) is about a new island that has formed off the coast of Germany. In news that completely shocked pretty much no-one, the latest research has linked Aspartame (that hideous chemical sludge of an artificial sweetener) to the development of certain cancers (via MyScienceAcademy.) And Nasa’s Kepler Mission has revealed that there could be as many as one hundred billion planets in our galaxy. AH, the implications!
Interested in the latest in the world archaeological-anthropological news? Here’s an article on what the lost items in ancient Roman bathhouse drains reveal about the people who once used them (via LiveScience). This piece form Slate answers the question of when humans became intellectually aware of the connection between sex and conception.
In culture news, this article from the Huffington Post is about a successful awareness campaign that has reduced the rate of reported rapes in Edmonton. From the same publication, the CEO of Tactical Response (a US company that trains people in tactical and weapons skills) has posted an appalling rant on Youtube concerning his reaction to proposed gun control laws. This piece is about Indonesia’s plan to reduce science classes (and replace them with religion classes) in schools.
Finally, from io9, an article on writing, selling out and artistic integrity.
How was your weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know below!