It’s been ages since I’ve done one of these. Hopefully the roundups will be a bit more regular this time round. As the title says, things I’m reading elsewhere on the internet:

creation & reproduction

Turkey’s anti-evolutionist showgirls—”An Islamist fringes wraps its hard anti-Darwin message in skin-tight Versace, drag-queen make-up and po-mo posing”
A microscopic organism that eats DNA instead of having sex
This adjustable chair let 18th-century women give birth in something approaching comfort
Who’s the Shop Steward on Your Kickstarter?—”By building a commodity-based rewards system into the platform, Kickstarter naturalizes the idea that supporting a friend is similar to any other online purchasing experience. You charge your credit card and something cool shows up in the mail in the future.”
The Kid-tracking Drone—the advent of Arduino-based gyrocopter parenting…
If You Thought Those ‘A Simple Touch,’ Cialis Ads Were Unsettling …—”I know you want it / so does the SDU”


We Were Once a Nation of Farmers. Now Rise Up, Robots, and Harvest Our Food
Future evolutions of our food systems – Interview with After Agri—”What new cultural revolution will replace agriculture? How will our species and civilisation be transformed?”
The Life of a Chinese Gold Farmer—”At his workstation in a small, fluorescent-lighted office space in Nanjing, China, Li Qiwen sat shirtless and chain-smoking, gazing purposefully at the online computer game in front of him…”
Sex, Drugs, and Soybeans


Humans have stripes! You just can’t see them—except under UV light, or with certain skin conditions like chimerism
A rare skin condition that turns your skin blue
Pokertox: Botox For Gambler’s Poker Face
Exhibition Explores The Invisible Art Of Perfume Making
Isabelle Dinoire: Life after the world’s first face transplant

words & printernet

The Intellectual Situation: n+1 15—”The magazine for these men is not the Atlantic, which treats the internet like a woman and placates it, but Harper’s, which treats the internet like a woman and ignores it.”
The American Reader is the new Paris Review—”It is important that people get paid for this kind of work. It needs to be treated with honor and integrity. Thinking about paying writers and editors, you are talking about socioeconomic diversity in how you make up your staff.”
Who pays writers?
The Daily Talk – Liberia’s Blackboard Newspaper
NASA And Google Chief Test-Launch An Internet That Works In Space
Neuroscientists develop word concept mind-reading tool—“how do we represent the meaning of words independent of the language we are listening to?”
The trench talk that is now entrenched in the English language—”Troops serving in the Middle Eastern campaign were introduced to local terms, including “bint”, from the Arabic for daughter. To “go binting” meant to go on leave to Cairo to look for women.”


Gay Men’s Sexism and Women’s Bodies
New Therapy Treats Patients with Death Experience
50 Years of the Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters
Steampunk is now terrorism, according to the TSA
Christo plans sculpture of oil drums to tower above sands of Abu Dhabi—petrophilic 90s hairstyle-meets-Ancient Egypt; also will be the world’s largest, most expensive sculpture
This stag do is a REAL riot!—”For £79 participants can use batons, rush police and learn how to throw petrol bombs”

Image via Mere Colour