I was going to write something insightful, intelligent, probing and thought-provoking for today’s Thursday Thoughts…but I wrote this instead.
In my defence, I got distracted by a half-eaten cheesecake, and realised that even if said cheesecake hadn’t appeared in the fridge (yes, I use a certain amount of cognitive dissonance when it comes to desserts. I don’t bake them, noooooo, they just appear), there are some good folks on the web who’ve just said it better.
So I’m going to hand over to these shining examples of blogging and make today a bit of a link fest.
Cheating? Maybe, but each of these links was something I read this week and genuinely enjoyed so I’m not short-changing you, just doing my best to educate, enthrall and entertain.
If I can go back to my dessert, well, that’s just the icing on the cake (pun intended).
- George Orwell meets Weight Watchers in this disturbing Atlantic article about how technology is being used to help people shed weight. The feature thinks it’s a good thing but I’m not convinced, check out this quote: “Eventually, Cameron says, phones will be able to track swallowing and stomach distension to provide even better analysis of eating habits, without requiring the user to so much as tap the screen.” Do you really want your phone policing your belly?
- Pretty can be purchased but beauty cannot be bought. Ok, this one’s (mainly) for the girls. A moving look at what beauty means.
- You might know a few of these already but it’s worth glancing over the 7 foods even food safety experts won’t eat. The title of ‘food expert’ generally doesn’t fill me with confidence but these guys seem to be right on the money.
- Before chowing down on that pricey steak, please read this. All is not what it seems.
- I started a Pilates class this week (go me!) so of course now i consider myself a top athlete and have been saying things like: “my core feels especially tight today” to anyone that will listen. If you’re fretting about never getting to the gym take comfort from this NY Times piece which says more is NOT better.
- Legendary (and I don’t use that word lightly, unlike Barney Stinson) Sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury died yesterday. This interview with the Paris Review is the visionary at his captivating best (and full of interesting little gems like the tale of how he once peed in a potted plant in the lobby of a New York hotel). His life’s motto? “Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.”
- If you haven’t heard of hyperboleandahalf yet then oh boy, do I have a treat in store for you. Switch off the phone, put the pet/child down for a nap, pour a glass of wine and clear your schedule cos you’re going to want to browse this site a while. A great place to start is The God of Cake.
- And finally, because I shouldn’t be the only one with cake, here’s a cheesecake suitable for all the non-dairy folk out there. It’s made from cauliflower which just about blew my mind (and this from a girl who puts bacon in her brownies) but the more I think about it, the more I want to try this.