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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. The singularity approaches.
  2. A magic sword has been found! Well, maybe it isn’t exactly magic, but it a Viking sword with a curious tale to tell.
  3. If you personally know an author, should your review of your book be hidden from public consideration? Amazon thinks so, even if you may not know the author that well.
  4. In other book news, the Nook is dying internationally.
  5. Okay, one more book thing. There’s a healthy amount of actual science involved in the classic children’s book, Charlotte’s Web.

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. Books are wonderful things to read, to hold, and to display. I really enjoyed this article about that feeling you get by looking at a nice bookshelf full of books.
  2. A friend at work brought me an article about how Heathens (the name for followers of the old Norse gods) are fighting for recognition as an organized religion in the military, and it linked to this guy’s site on Norse mythology. Anyway, I thought it was interesting so I’m adding it here so I can find it again later.
  3. Sometimes you read something that hits a little too close to home. After reading this article on Franz Kafka’s letter to his father, I’ve been giving a lot of thought on what it means to be a good father. Also, I’ve been thinking about how I fail semi-regularly. I love my kids. I don’t want to have them someday write a letter like this to me.
  4. Okay, this one is kind of long, but it is totally worth the read. When I was in my tumultuous teen years, I often wondered what would happen if I ran off to live a life on my own, possibly in the woods. But for a lot of good reasons, I didn’t. This guy did.
  5. I don’t know why I’m always surprised when sci-fi stuff happens in daily life, but I am. Introducing exoskeletons for airline employees in Japan!

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. The Bechdel Test is an evaluation of movies based one thing: the film must contain a scene in which two or more named female characters have a conversation about anything at all besides men. Here are 10 surprising films that fail the Bechdel Test.
  2. We normally understand consciousness to be the part of us that makes decisions and has free will, but that may not be right. According to the “Passive Frame Theory,” consciousness is more like the internet in that it is a useful tool, but someone else is pushing the buttons.
  3. What if we didn’t own stuff? What if we just used it when it was convenient? And what if that was the future for everything?
  4. I don’t often wish that I had a bunch of lockers in my house, but this gives me thoughts.
  5. Racism is a large and unfortunate issue, but you think you’d be safe from computer programs being racist. You aren’t.

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

Wireless Computer Mouse with Wheel

Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. I feel like the story of this art thief should be some kind of short film.
  2. I’m traveling next week, and I’m super glad that it is domestically. I’d hate to have to remember all of the international ways to offend people.
  3. In case you were thinking that the Vikings weren’t hardcore enough, here’s some evidence to the contrary.
  4. George Orwell’s book 1984 is one of my favorite books of all time. Here’s another thought provoking piece by Orwell, but this time on beggars. I’m not saying I agree with him, but it certainly makes me think.
  5. This one is a guilty pleasure. One of my jobs at work is stick verses onto inspirational backgrounds for use on social media. I can appreciate that the Bible has a lot of not-friendly bits in it. Maybe we SHOULD be putting those on mugs and on social media too. What do you think?

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. Will your self-driving car be programmed to kill you? This is a great article on a classic ethical dilemma that plays out in real-life situations.
  2. Someday, I’m going to take my family camping. When that happens, I’m going to want to refer back to this link.
  3. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is coming to the small screen.
  4. Lego is looking into cleaning up their production process. I don’t know how I feel about biodegradable Lego bricks, but I guess it is good for the Earth, so I guess that’s good for me since I live here.
  5. It would be nice to think that decisions could be made based on what is best for the majority of the people instead of well-connected lobbyists, but that’s just my two cents about it.

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. Vikings had awesome nicknames. I’d kill to be as awesome as Vemund Word-Master, but I’m probably just another Eystein Foul-Fart
  2. At times, I envy the rich cultural past that Europeans enjoy. America is fine, but we’ll always be the new kids on the block. But sometimes, historical significance can be a problem too. Just ask the Greek officials trying to put a subway in the city of Thessaloniki.
  3. In case you somehow missed them, the UK and US book covers for Sir Terry Pratchett’s final Discworld novel in the Tiffany Aching series were revealed this past week.
  4. I heard a new term recently: Bibliotherapy. Here’s the article that introduced me to that term.
  5. And to end things on a weird note, I really hope these folks had two commodes in their abode.

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. I don’t know why we even bother making Sci-Fi anymore, since it isn’t even fiction nowadays.
  2. I’ve never read Kafka before. Fortunately, now I don’t have to because Sherlock will read it to me.
  3. Never before have I been tempted to watch a Lifetime movie, but…
  4. Mac Barnett is a wonderful children’s author, both because he writes awesome books for kids and because he can inspire wonder in anyone.
  5. I can’t remember if I have posted this before, but it is worth posting. Sentence structure is important.

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. How old is Sci-Fi? Older than I realized.
  2. Are Christian bookstores going to be the death of Christian books? This author thinks so.
  3. Here’s a video that lends new meaning to the phrase “as easy as riding a bike.”
  4. I know of at least one children’s summer reading program in my area that is starting soon. And research shows that kids who get their noses in books of their own choosing avoid the summer slide (where they forget how to learn stuff over the summer).
  5. My wife and I were just talking about the relationship between a person’s hire-ability and their level of education. Google hasn’t found much of a correlation in their own hiring processes. What do you think?

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Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

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Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. New insights into the origin of the the Viking Age. What can I say? I’m a sucker for Viking links.
  2. Real recipes for fictional food. Ever wanted to a cold mug of Butterbeer from Harry Potter’s world? Make your own!
  3. Good news for people who want industrialists to stop messing up Earth! Now we can deplete the moon’s resources!
  4. What if the face of Shakespeare was hiding on a book about botany this whole time?
  5. Giraffes sleep even less than I did in college. Here’s what they look like.

Enjoy!

Friday 5 | Click-worthy Links

Wireless Computer Mouse with Wheel

Here are 5 more places online worth checking out:

  1. The English language is terrible. I’m so glad I’m a native speaker.
  2. Sometimes when you think you’ve burned your bridges to a better future by speaking your mind, you get the best job ever.
  3. In case you haven’t heard, Christianity in America is on the decline. What are your thoughts?
  4. I’m going to be honest. I haven’t read this linked article because I ran out of time. But I’m including it anyway because it was written by an amazing writer–Jasper Fforde.
  5. What if I told you that the “half of all marriages end in divorce” thing that we’ve all heard is a lie? True fact.

Enjoy!