“The story we’ve all heard by now concerns BPA in polycarbonate plastics (the ones with the #7 on the bottom), which are sometimes used in disposable plastic bottles. And there’s solid evidence to back this story up. One study found increased BPA levels in the urine of people who drank out of them for just a week. Another found that heating the bottles – as one would by washing them with hot water – accelerated the leaching. Longer-term use tends to lead to small scratches in the plastic as well, which also frees BPA to mingle in your drink.”—Will I poison myself if I reuse this plastic water bottle? | Grist
Oh. Not feeling great about plastic.
“I like to read fiction set in the location I’m going to. Fiction is in many ways more useful than a guidebook, because it gives you those little details, a sense of the way a place smells, an emotional sense of the place. So, I’ll bring Graham Greene’s The Quiet American if I’m going to Vietnam. It’s good to feel romantic about a destination before you arrive”—Anthony Bourdain How to Travel - Anthony Bourdain on How to Fly - Esquire
These are some really great travel tips.
“Last night in Ferguson, after 11:00 pm CT, police were on loudspeaker announcing that anyone who was not credentialed media must leave the area. The Amnesty observer delegation decided to leave. They walked to leave the area, which required them to move toward police who were holding guns. The Amnesty observers put their hands up proactively as a sign that they did not hold weapons and were not a threat. A police officer stopped them and told the first three observers to kneel, which they did. The observers explained to an officer that they were human rights observers who were leaving as requested and they were granted passage.”—Police in Ferguson ordered Amnesty International observers to kneel - Boing Boing
I’m so upset about what’s happening in Ferguson right now, and I can’t come up with anything thoughtful about it to say, other than I think it’s totally and utterly f’d up.
“If you’re the one doing the assaulting, one would venture to guess that you would also be the one solely responsible for preventing it. Kind of like how if I don’t want to go to jail for shooting someone to death, I just won’t pick up the damn gun. And no, you don’t deserve to have your bike stolen because you left it unlocked on the quad, but you do deserve to have it stolen for being an clueless rape apologist.”—Stanford Student Compares Rape to Not Locking Up a Bike
We need to figure out better mechanisms for teaching consent, and teaching them early.
“On a routine subway ride headed uptown, he spotted a slumped-over man who resembled Jon Lovitz. He gazed at the man, trying to get his attention. Then, in an egregious violation of train etiquette, my friend blurted, “Hey, you Jon Lovitz?” The man who resembled Lovitz glanced at him quizzically and then rose from his seat as the A train pulled into Penn Station. Approaching my friend, Lovitz stood before him just as the doors opened, gazed back into his eyes, and in that inimitable, grandiloquent, Lovitzian way, he announced, “Jeeealous?” And then, through those doors, Jon Lovitz was gone.”—Who Is the Greatest ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Member Ever? «
“So what makes it so comprehensive? Delaware’s law—and the ULC legislation that guided it—simply gives the account holder power to decide what happens to his or her digital assets. At present, that power lies with the tech companies in control of the assets. It’s currently impossible, for instance, to inherit the contents of a loved one’s iTunes profile in the same way that you might inherit a record collection. (When you buy iTunes songs, you’re actually just buying a license to play them rather than the content itself.) Inheriting access to, say, a Facebook account, since simply sharing the password would be a violation of Facebook’s terms of service.”—All States Should Adopt Delaware’s Sweeping New Digital Inheritance Law
What do you want done with your digital assets when you die? I read some of my mom’s outgoing emails after she died, and I happened to find something really beautiful she wrote about death. It was very comforting. You can have my Tumblr when I die.