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Casino
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:19 pm

So one of my New Year's Resolutions, or a general change in behaviour I've been working on lately as I like to call it, is to read more. More informative books, articles, websites, and some podcasts for good measure.

Has anyone got any suggestions (I know you have) for some good examples of the above, which you like to use to provide some mental stimulation?

I can't keep satisfying all of my intellectual and cultural needs with the Electric Picnic forum alone.

Cheers guys.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:26 pm

I read this a few days ago, its very long but its a good read. About a girl from the Westboro Baptist Church who left largely due to her interactions on social media. I rewatched one of the Louis Theroux episodes about them since and its really interesting to see the bits with her in it, you can tell she's a little less committed than her friends.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/ ... elps-roper

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:12 pm

Cheers. I'm looking for ongoing sources of articles/columns /blogs, etc, but I guess the New Yorker fulfils that criteria too :thumbs:

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:21 pm

Only recently started using the New Yorker but it's great.
Was reading one before Christmas about the best new funghii of 2015, was fascinated by it, are they plants or animals?.... Really interesting... And then I took a step back and looked at what I had become, and closed the article.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:28 pm

Ha!
Jellyfish are biologically immortal btw, you could read about them if you're so inclined.
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:49 pm

Some of The Long Read pieces on the guardian can be quite good
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:29 pm

Little atoms podcast has some interesting guests on it. Usually an hour or so interview with an author, can be fiction or non fiction.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:25 pm

Speaking of podcasts, Joe Rogan, when not being a douche, has the gift of the gab with some decent guests.
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:23 pm

Yeah I was going to say subscribe to the New Yorker. Its not the same reading it on smartphone. Tablet maybe.

Some of the articles blow your mind. Read one a few years ago about treasure hunters who dedicate themselves to hunting down sunken Spanish galleons full of actual proper treasure.

Another about the magic clubs in New York, where the local guys with no fame are generally agreed to be the best in the world, they leave blaine and copperfield in their dust.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:31 pm

This American Life is excellent and there's a massive amount of them.

I downloaded a few gbs of them last year, great for walking.

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:41 pm

Lovely. I have a half hour walk each way to and from work so am considering filling it with podcasts. Hard to pay attention when you're doing something else, music can't be sacrificed during exercise.

Joe Rogan is good craic.

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Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:47 am

This is probably my favourite website for reading at the minute.

http://www.theplayerstribune.com

It's basically a site where current and retired athletes in loads of sports can write about their experiences and careers. It's nit the usual cliches though. This one, for example by Patrick O'Sullivan is about how his dad physically abused him as a kid
http://www.theplayerstribune.com/patric ... nhl-abuse/

There's a lot are really insightful and well written.

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Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:56 pm

Casino wrote:Cheers. I'm looking for ongoing sources of articles/columns /blogs, etc, but I guess the New Yorker fulfils that criteria too :thumbs:
For long well written articles I find it hard to beat.

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Sun Jan 10, 2016 4:02 pm

Dick Jones wrote:Yeah I was going to say subscribe to the New Yorker. Its not the same reading it on smartphone. Tablet maybe.

Some of the articles blow your mind. Read one a few years ago about treasure hunters who dedicate themselves to hunting down sunken Spanish galleons full of actual proper treasure.

Another about the magic clubs in New York, where the local guys with no fame are generally agreed to be the best in the world, they leave blaine and copperfield in their dust.
That reminds me of this article http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/ ... ckets-tale

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Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:44 pm

http://waitbutwhy.com/

This site has some fascinating articles. Had a great series on Elon Musk and SpaceX recently.

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Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:55 pm

Was just reminded of this site actually so might as well post it for others:

http://www.brainpickings.org

Some really good, psychology focused stuff on there. Some of the articles are quite long but there's a lot of interesting stuff on there

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Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:12 pm

Was listening to This American Life last night, kind of a guest show where another podcast took over.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-a ... 544/batman
Can other people's expectations of you alter what you can do physically? Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's new radio show and podcast Invisibilia investigate that question – specifically, they look into something that sounds impossible: if people’s expectations can change whether a blind man can see
Really good show. Going to check out their shows, Invisibilia
Invisibilia (Latin for "all the invisible things") explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.
http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

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Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:52 pm

quora.com

A question and answer type forum on everything. You can follow sections of interest e.g. film, ireland, psychology, tech. Has excellent (often famous / industry respected) contributors on a wide range of topics, their business and technology sections are particularly great

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