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Unusual Hobbies: A Reading List

Refreshingly different!

Longreads

My boyfriend and I share a love of cryptozoology and hidden places. For Valentine’s Day, he bought us matching “explorer” jackets with Nessie and Mothman patches affixed to the sleeves. We have standard hobbies, too—reading, writing, listening to music—but podcasts about Bigfoot and poring over Atlas Obscura is where things get a little weird. In this collection, you’ll meet folks who look at planes, at compasses, at building blocks and at each other (in full Civil War uniform, no less).

1. “Things Are Looking Up For Planespotters, the World’s Most Obsessive Aviation Geeks.” (Andrew McMillen, BuzzFeed, February 2015)

On Saturday mornings, when I was little, my dad played a computer game called Flight Simulator. He’d always loved planes, and flying them virtually was his way of taking to the skies without increasing his insurance payments. I thought of him immediately when I read Andrew McMillen’s reporting. Planespotters photograph, memorize, categorize and share…

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Things Are Super Awkward in Latest House of Cards Teaser

I am seriously addicted to this series!

TIME

The heights of power can put a little strain on a marriage. At least that’s what the latest teaser for Netflix’s upcoming third season of House of Cards seems to suggest.

In the 30-second trailer, Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood pose for an uncomfortable family photo—you know the kind, perhaps like those taken on Thanksgiving after a particularly unpleasant argument about politics… Hinting at discord at the top, Claire seems to “recoil” from his touch.

House of Cards season three premieres Feb. 27 on Netflix.

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The Daily Show Staff Talks About the Future of the Show After Jon Stewart

Can’t imagine anyone topping or ‘filling his shoes’, he’s in the stratosphere of political satire.

TIME

If you were surprised by Jon Stewart’s announcement that he was leaving The Daily Show after 17 years, so was the show’s staff. “We found out when the world found out,” said Travon Free, a staff writer on the satirical news program.

Head writer Elliott Kalan wasn’t quite ready to talk about what comes next: “Jon isn’t going for awhile, the show is continuing . The show itself is going nowhere and I assume we’re going nowhere.” Daniel Radosh, a staff writer, added: “The show is still going to need writers, so if nothing else we have the inside track.”

“Unless the new host is Colin Mochrie from Whose Line is it Anyway? And it’s all improv,” noted Kalan. “Then they wouldn’t need writers.”

When asked who his dream host would be, Free replied: “I’m working for the guy. That’s why I moved from Los Angeles to New York…

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Free Speech Debate ‘Still Alive’ After Attack in Denmark

Free speech a cornerstone of democracy

TIME

“Still alive in the room.”

As gunfire erupted outside a Copenhagen cultural center on Saturday afternoon, French ambassador François Zimeray tweeted that message to the world.

The message conveys some of the terror that Zimeray and other participants in a panel discussion on freedom of speech must have felt. But the presence of mind that it took to send contains an even more chilling suggestion: no longer are such violent crimes unexpected.

Although Danish authorities have not detained the perpetrator or established his motives, all evidence suggests that the Feb. 14 attack, like that at the Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and like several attempted attacks in Denmark before that, was motivated by cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

Soon after 3:30 p.m., a gunman (authorities originally said there were two, but later revised the figure) wearing a maroon baklava and armed with an automatic weapon tried to shoot his…

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Benedict Cumberbatch Marries Sophie Hunter

221B Baker Street needs to expand.

TIME

Those sounds you hear? They’re the sobs of Cumberbabes across the world.

Benedict Cumberbatch is officially off the market. The Imitation Game actor tied the knot with theater director Sophie Hunter on Saturday.

The private ceremony took place at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church in Mottistone, located on the Isle of Wight in England. A reception followed at Mottistone Manor.

The medieval church was constructed in the 12th century. The manor is maintained by the National Trust and was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, which was completed in 1068. The oldest parts of the home that currently stands on the estate date back to the 15th century.

A local townsperson tells PEOPLE that Mottistone Manor has a special connection to Hunter as she is related to the Nicholson family, who live on the estate. The family, who are descendants of the 1st Lord Mottistone, bequeathed the estate to…

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Voyager’s Valentine Turns 25 Today

The final frontier… very, very cool!

Lights in the Dark

If you’re in love with space exploration then you’ll fall for this: it’s the picture of Earth taken from the Voyager 1 spacecraft after it passed the orbit of Pluto in 1990. That image of our planet from almost 4 billion miles away inspired Carl Sagan to write his famous “Pale Blue Dot” passage, and reminds us that we are all just floating on “a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

This is from a post I originally published in 2010. I’ll keep trotting it out until it’s not cool anymore. (Which I don’t think will ever happen.)

Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune as seen by Voyager 1 in 1990 (Credit: NASA)

On February 14, 1990, after nearly 13 years of traveling the solar system, the Voyager 1 spacecraft passed the orbit of Pluto and turned its camera around to take a series of photos of the…

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Winter’s Wonder

I know, I know, you’re thinking “I hate winter, it’s too cold”.  Me, I love winter, it’s beautiful, harsh, cold, still, bright, and full of promise. Winter levels us, it forces all in its wake to raise our game, our tolerance for cold. I like the sound that my footsteps make as they ‘crunch’ the snow as I walk along our paths and roadway on a February day. It’s a pure sound, a definitive heads-up that nature is in control – the balance restored. Here’s a few of my favourite winter scenes from the current season.

 

 

#DarwinDay

No one inspired me more during my university career then Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by means of natural selection. Although I was in the ‘sociological’ stream, I found the Darwinian paradigm (still do) more explanatory to the world around me, both social and natural, then most of the theorists upheld as the ‘sociological pillars’ – Durkheim, Simmel, Marx, etc.  In honour of his birthday on February 12th, I wanted to take stock of what Darwin proposed – the gravity of his thoughts and how they changed the world.  If I could go back in time, Charles Darwin would be one of two historical figures I’d like to meet: the other being Mark Twain.

Never stop evolving!!