Friday, January 22, 2016

Weekend Reading: The Wow, This Got Long Edition

Here it is, another Friday. So it is time for another weekend reading post. I am still powering through my to do list, trying to recover from how far behind I got during the holidays. I am almost caught up! I am looking forward to getting to slow down a bit... but not too much, because I do have a business to make profitable afterall!

Anyway, on to the links:

More details about the tragic deaths in the French clinical trial are starting to emerge.

From the WTF files: Fox apparently offered Gillian Anderson half the salary of David Duchovney for the X-Files reboot. That is seriously messed up.

This is a sad and enraging story out of Stanford. I am angry for the young women who were failed by the process, and I am sad for the young man who probably would have benefitted from some help with what sounds like an alcohol problem (and a rage/entitlement problem- but it sounds like it mostly manifested when he was blackout levels of drunk). He should have been disciplined much more severely on the first event. Perhaps that would have gotten him to wake up to his problem and get help. Perhaps not. Either way, it might have helped prevent the later assaults.

I hope he recognizes himself in the story and wakes up to his problem and gets help. If he doesn't, I hope the next woman he assaults- because there will be a next woman- kicks his ass and/or files charges.

Speaking of things I hope happen to men who are jerks: I hope the woman who was shot by the drunk jerk in the movie theater sues him into bankruptcy.

And speaking of men who are jerks: I don't feel sorry for the exposed manosphere dude at all. But I do hope he really learns something meaningful and finds a way to rebuild his life.

This cautionary tale about why you should have money in the bank is really well done.

Ari Ne'eman, an autistic adult, reviews two recent books on autism. This makes me want to read NeuroTribes even more. It is on my list....

Tragic Sandwich posted a heart-warming story about a kid who helped her kid get through a tough afternoon.

Apparently, ADHD is often misdiagnosed in girls. There's a lot that makes me sad in that story, but in particular I was sad to read this:

"...many girls internalize their symptoms—disorganization or carelessness—as personal flaws rather than medical issues to be treated through medicine and therapy."

No one should think of disorganization as a personal flaw, if you ask me. Being organized is a skill, and skills have to be learned. Some of us start learning this skill earlier than others, and some people obviously have issues that make it harder to learn this skill. No doubt, some people are more drawn to practice this skill as kids, and learn it earlier. But we all have to learn it.

OK, moving on. This is a really interesting article about parking. No, really! It is. I'll be thinking about this article for quite awhile.

This looks like really beautiful and interesting art.

This wedding story and video is awesome. Really, click through and watch the video. Also, read the story and note that the bride indicates her new husband is also Maori. I've seen several people online say things that indicate they don't realize this.

This not-a-wedding story is pretty awesome, too.

By the way, if you like my more quirky links, considering liking my Annorlunda Books Facebook page or following my @AnnorlundaInc Twitter account. I post roughly one interesting link/tidbit a day there. Not all of them make it to this list, because let's face it, this list gets long sometimes.

Finally, I give you my new favorite gif:

Happy weekend, everyone!


  1. I read the link about the manosphere dude. I'd no idea such a thing existed, but I suppose I'm not surprised. I doubt he's learned his lesson from his remarks on marriage towards the end of the article.

    It's honestly horrifying. I'm happily married and hopefully won't need to date again, but I'm raising two boys. How do I raise them to be polite, considerate men and not angry, bitter jerks?

    1. I don't know how you innoculate boys against the manosphere crap. Maybe it is as simple (and as difficult) as teaching them that they aren't entitled to sex or a woman's attention. But you're fighting so much of our culture on that.

      On the bright side, I think a lot of men are horrified by the manosphere creeps, too.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! That kid was really remarkable. I'm so glad I got to meet his mother and tell her how much I appreciated his actions.

    1. I am sure she was very proud of him! I would be.

  3. Anonymous12:47 AM

    I haven't read all your links yet, but on the Standford issue, even if the guy has an alcohol problem, alcohol does not change personality. Alcohol doesn't make you do things you wouldn't do, it doesn't make you think things you wouldn't think, or say things you don't think. Alcohol does not change personality. It just turns off the social filters everyone has. And although I think he needs help (as many youth and adults who have drinking problems, may they be assaulting others or not), I am sort of sick of hearing or reading that "someone was drunk..." as some sort of explanation. If you can't drink and be civil and respectful and nice to others, quit drinking. Easy as that. But in societies were drinking is so valued (as being free-spirited, as enjoying life, as being sophisticated, as being an adult, as being fun, as being a way to cool, to relax, to become sexy, to dare say what you think, etc), people have more and more difficulty to quit drinking. And that's a whole other problem no one wants to address...


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