Remember when I said that This American Life was the best podcast ever? Well, I’m afraid I’m going to have to condradict myself there…
It’s not that the quality of TAL has decreased or anything like that. It’s just that I discovered Radiolab and I have to say, it is pretty magical.
As it says on their website, Radiolab explores curious oddities relating to science, philosophy and human experience. Though science isn’t something I always enjoyed studying in school (you should see my Biology marks from last year…ha ha ha—no), Radiolab frames the most convoluted concepts with stories, making it easy to understand and most importantly, enjoyable.
Lucas by Chuck Close
This episode, called “Strangers in the Mirror” is about prosopagnosia, or in plain English, face blindness.
The host, Robert Krulwich, interviews neuroscientist Oliver Sacks and artist Chuck Close about how they deal with this condition in their everyday life.
I find it funny in a sad sort of way that they sometimes don’t even recognize their own face when they look in the mirror…
But anyway, I urge you to give this podcast an earful. Other great episodes of Radiolab that I’ve enjoyed: “Help!”, “Limits”, “
Lost & Found”, “Secrets of Success”, and “Desperately Seeking Symmetry”.
The more days go by, the more excited I get for the summer projects I got lined up (more on that later!). Here are some things that I’ve done recently:
I got my prom dress! It’s nothing fancy. Just something simple I got for $30 at H&M. I like that it’s something I can realistically wear to some other event and it’s in my favourite color! Here’s a closeup:
If you’re going to work…work hard.
That way, you’ll have something to show for it.
The biggest waste is to do that thing you call work, but to interrupt it, compromise it, cheat it and still call it work.
In the same amount of time you can expend twice the effort and get far more in exchange.
Another day, another fantastic podcast. For those who are new to podcasts, trust me when I say that they’re better than watching TV. :)
In Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie interviews all kinds of creative professionals about their stories, process, and philosophies. As a wannabe-designer, this to me is gold!
For this particular episode, she talks with Grace Bonney, the creator of the prolific interior design blog, Design*Sponge.
I was reading a post on Elliot Jay Stocks' blog where he wrote about a blogger named Derek K. Miller who asked his relatives to publish a posthumous goodbye message on his blog upon his death to cancer. Be sure to read it here.
It’s a depressing thought, but what will happen to our online profiles and websites and blogs (which we have used to document our whole lives) after we die?
Allow me to be clinical for a moment…
So I did a bit of research and I’ve decided to use DataInherit which will send my sister all my passwords to all my online accounts when this happens, so she can let everyone know of my condition and then close all my accounts. I will also download all my Facebook albums (with photos that date back from 8th grade) on to an external harddrive so that there will be no problem closing that account.
I sound prepared but this plan is not entirely foolproof. Mr. Miller had the fortune to know that he would soon die so he had time to write that post, but I may not have that same liberty. And what if my sister kicks the bucket alongside me? My parents won’t know how to work an FTP program to close this website. Also, I’m only 17 so I don’t own a super secure vault in some bank to store this information…
…I’ll get back to you once I find a better way.