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Internet Findings of the Week for November 1, 2015

This week I have become addicted to an awesome newsletter, I was inspired by a child with a rare condition, and I have been trying to live like an astronaut on earth.

Newsletter of the Week


Image via Lennyletter.com

Image via Lennyletter.com

Lenny is my new favorite email newsletter.

It is the newsletter of Lena Dunham and “Girls” producer Jenni Konner. I have only read three issues of it so far, but with each issue I am excited, and overwhelmed at how perfectly they select exactly the sort of topics I want to read about right now. The articles range from outrageously funny, to serious and important women’s issues. I was totally fascinated by an article about selling human eggs, and amused, yet a little put off by the vajacial article. They also have articles about the most inspirational women like Dr. Jill McCabe and Jennifer Lawrence. Writing for this newsletter is my new dream job.

I’ve really caught on to the American obsession with email newsletters. At first I thought it would be annoying having newsletters clogging up my email account. But living in NYC where there is no cell coverage in the subway, it is a blessing to have something already downloaded that I can read offline. Other good newsletters include theSkimm and The Lightning Notes.

Story of the Week

The Girl With Her Heart Outside Her Chest

This is a moving story about a little girl who is living and loving her life, despite having her heart sticking out of her chest. It is visually shocking to watch, but so uplifting to see the little girl’s attitude and positivity towards her situation. She and her mother moved to the US from Russia last year so she could get treatment. Her condition is called the Pentalogy of Cantrell and means she has no diaphragm and no abdominal muscles. She has kidney and bladder problems, and is susceptible to illness in cold weather – part of the reason she and her mother are currently living in Florida. A crowdfunding page is raising money for her treatment.

eBook of the Week

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

Who would have guessed how much you can learn from an astronaut? I have been fascinated by the ISS since astronaut Chris Hadfield first started tweeting from there in late 2012. He also made brilliant YouTube videos about his experience. Since he returned to Earth in 2013, I’ve been following his progress and was so eager to read his book when it came out. It really is a brilliant book, full of hilarious anecdotes and easy-to-understand science. I am absolutely amazed at the enormous amount of preparation that goes into a space flight. I mean, I assumed there would be a huge amount to learn, but I didn’t realize the astronauts and their coworkers would actually physically act out every possible thing that could go wrong before their trip to the ISS. One of the biggest takeaways from the book is that you can never be too prepared for something. And the more prepared you are, the less fear you have. Chris talks about how people often ask him if he is scared about going into space. But he says not really, because he is prepared for a myriad of possible things that could go wrong and trusts that he and his fellow astronauts and cosmonauts will be able to respond accordingly.

Internet Findings of the Week for July 10, 2015

This week I’m celebrating communities coming together to help out others, historical technology, bridging the gender-pay gap and NYC subway trains!

Video of the week

3D Printed Arms Changing Kids’ Lives

I love it when technology, ingenuity and generosity come together to help people. A global community is making awesome 3D-printed prosthetic hands for a fraction of the price of traditional prosthetics, and distributing them to children around the world. Anyone who has a 3D printer can get involved by visiting e-Nable and signing up to become a hand builder. And anyone who needs a hand can apply to get one custom made. The hands come in cool colors and kind of look like Lego!

Photos of the week

An Abandoned Soviet Space Shuttle

A Russian space shuttle. Photo by Dave Casey via Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to believe that such high-tech, and historical machinery like a space shuttle could be left to decay for 20 years, instead of being preserved or put into a museum. An inquisitive photographer found exactly that in an abandoned hangar at a Russian space launch base in Kazakhstan. He took some amazing photos of this state-of-the-art facility, and even got inside the old space shuttle to find that much of the expensive equipment is still there. (Disclaimer: I have no way of verifying how or when these photos were taken, but they are interesting nonetheless.)

Initiative of the week

NY Bar Tackles Gender Pay Gap

This Brooklyn bar (not far from our place) had an awesome idea to help make it up to women for the gender pay inequality. Since women on average make only 77% of what men make, the owners of this bar decided that on July 7 (7/7) women only had to pay 77% of the drinks prices. I’ve heard this place also has good live music so I’m definitely going to check it out soon!


App of the week

Subway Cars Field Guide

I use the subway almost every day and often notice subtle differences between the trains. They have different seating layouts, different carriage/car widths, and different color schemes. But I had no idea about the different ages of all the subway trains. Who knew some of them are more than 50 years old! And that’s why some of them are more likely to have the heating or AC break down. Try this awesome guide from WNYC for yourself to find out how old your usual subway trains are.

Internet Findings of the Week for June 5, 2015

Here are the things I’ve been reading/watching/making this week from the internet!

Article of the week

New grocery store sells food discarded by supermarkets


Photo by Niteowlneils via Wikimedia Commons

This is the kind of thing all cities need. So much edible food is wasted every day, even though there are food shortages and hungry people all over the world. An ex-Trader Joe’s manager has started a new nonprofit grocery store in Boston which sells food close to its expiry date, that other grocery stores would have thrown away. I’ve read a lot about dumpster divers and freegans since I’ve been living in New York, but that can be illegal. This new grocery store is a way to save that food, and distribute it cheaply and legally to those who really need it.

Video of the week

Three “Potentially Habitable” Planets For When We Completely Destroy Earth

A very interesting look at which planets in the universe have the potential to be suitable for human life. It made me think of the Christopher Nolan film “Interstellar”. The film is set in a time when Earth is becoming increasingly unpleasant to live upon, so a group of astronauts venture into another galaxy to check out some planets which, from a distance, appear to be habitable. In real life, we have to hope that governments and corporations will actually reduce global warming before this happens, but it’s fascinating (not quite comforting) to think that there could be other places humans could go if Earth became unbearable.

Ebook of the week

Rebel With a Cause by Ray Avery

I’m about three quarters through this intriguing autobiography ebook about scientist, social entrepreneur and inventor Ray Avery. I interviewed this fascinating man a few years ago for a story about third world baby incubators, and was very impressed by how kind and intelligent he was. So I was shocked to read about his absolutely horrific childhood in England. At a young age he was taken away from his abusive parents, and shuffled between disgusting orphanages and foster homes, before he eventually used his naturally creative and entrepreneurial mind to find his own successful path in life. He has a wonderful writing style and way of phrasing things. It’s a compelling and inspiring read. Profits from the hard copy of the book go to Avery’s charity Medicine Mondiale.

Recipe of the week

Beginner Sourdough Sandwich Loaf

Sourdough loaf 2

My freshly baked bread

I baked my first sourdough loaf today and it was delicious. It was also my first time using our amazing KitchenAid mixer to make bread. I made the sourdough starter about two weeks ago, and since we have guests staying I decided it was time to try it out. The sourdough starter was easier to make than I expected, but I used it to make sourdough pancakes last weekend, which didn’t taste sour at all. I think waiting another week to make bread was a good idea because today’s loaf was a lovely texture and had just the right amount of sour taste. It was pretty quick and easy to make too! The dough took about 10 minutes to make, then I just left it to rise overnight. I popped it in the oven when I woke up in the morning so we could have warm bread for breakfast.