Worthwhile Links: July 2014

Plutocratic Graphic:


Disturbing Statistic: So attached to their cellphones are 18- to 24-year-olds that 61 percent of them sleep next to their devices, compared with just 22 percent of cellphone owners over 65 who do so, according to the Pew Research Center. (This is in fact disturbing at both ends of the chronological spectrum.)

Centenarian Video of the Month (yes, it is entirely in Hindi; listen to the voice and watch the body language):


Music Videos Suggested to Me This Month by Children Under the Age of Ten:



Re these two songs, which struck me on first hearing as having pretty much the same beat, Sara Bareilles has in fact publicly thanked Katy Perry for this similarity.

Revisionist Visuals:


Movies I Watched in Theaters: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Fault in Our Stars, the latter with the talented Shailene Woodley, whom I appreciated in The Descendants and was much impressed by in the otherwise-flawed Divergent.

Movies Watched on the Tiny Screen: Ida and Little Zizou, the latter being a fillum about Bombay Parsis that fictionally skewers a certain real-life highly pompous Zarthosti fundamentalist.

Effective Advertising:


Exquisite Art:


Excellent Book: The Night Circus

Thought-provoking Book that I (Mostly) Much Enjoyed: Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath, subtitled Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

Concept That Has Been Long Known (to Some) That is Finally Starting to Attract the Attention that it Deserves:


Obscure Profession of the Month: http://www.chron.com/news/local/article/S-A-s-Richard-Turner-is-world-s

Rule No. 40 from The Forty Rules of Love: A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western…Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire. The universe turns differently when fire loves water.

June’s Interesting Factoid: A star explodes into a supernova about once every second, somewhere in the universe:


Almost all the heavy elements on Earth originated in supernovae:


which makes the following advice particularly worthwhile:

Why so scared? You’re a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, what do you have to be scared of?