Tuesday, October 6th, 2015


Running with the Devil

Sure, do your thirty minutes of exercise several days a week. It's a good plan. Unless, that is, if you actually care about your health. At least that's the finding of a new study of studies which found, for heart health, thirty minutes of exercise a day is not nearly enough. You should double or quadruple that. (Apparently, tripling is a no-no.) Seriously, at this point I think the best way to burn calories is to try to keep up with the onslaught of studies about personal health.

+ Americans spend about 10% of their time outdoors. (We're what you'd call Indoorsy.) The Mayo Clinic is launching a major study to figure out how all that time indoors is affecting us.

+ Both of these stories provide a nice lead-in to Alexis Madrigal's look at the deception that lurks in our data-driven world.


Who the F Are You?

"Gender roles are merging. Races are being shed. In the last six years or so, but especially in 2015, we've been made to see how trans and bi and poly-ambi-omni- we are." (For the record, I prefer to identify as Meta.) In the NYT, Wesley Morris looks back at the year we obsessed over identity: Who do we think we are?


Hospital Bombing

"The hospital is now closed, although it would be more accurate to say that it is gone." As the Pentagon's version of events evolves, The New Yorker's Amy Davidson asks five questions about the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz.


Last Bill and Testament

"I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn't deny that right to others." And with that, Jerry Brown signed a law that makes California the latest state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.

+ Quartz: The best places to die.


Fantasy Rikers Island

In a case that is sort of insider trading meets sports-obsessives with too much time on their hands, a major scandal has erupted in the world of fantasy sports. I wouldn't be surprised if someone ends up going to imaginary prison.


It’s All About the Mass

Today, someone cut me off in traffic so I rolled down my window and yelled, "Neutrinos have mass, you jerk!" I was only able to be sure of this fact thanks to the work of Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work in building our understanding of neutrinos.

+ Racists, frauds, and misogynists. NatGeo on some Nobel Laureates we'd like to forget.


Moscow on the Hudson

"We are still waiting for them to call us back." Edward Snowden says that he's offered to go to prison if he can come back home. So far, no deal is close to being made. Former NSA head Michael Hayden's reaction: "If you're asking me my opinion, he's going to die in Moscow. He's not coming home.'


Surface to Air Missile

Microsoft introduced a slew of new products today and the initial buzz seems positive. They've got new phones, new hybrid laptops to compete with the iPad and the Air, and an updated fitness band. The Verge pickes out the 10 most important things from today's big Microsoft event.


Lox, Stocks, and Two Smoking Barrels

"With a pound of lox as a housewarming gift, I've come to their tax-haven sex mansion to hear their improbable story -- how two sons of an ultrareligious Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn witnessed the birth of a new kind of lending, made a fortune, and then saw it all come to an end." Bloomberg's Zeke Faux on how two guys lost God and found $40 million.


Bottom of the News

"What is the name of your least favorite child?" In McSweeney's, Soheil Rezayazdi makes a list of nihilistic password security questions.

+ Syndicated from Kottke: Hell's Club: Mashups are so ubiquitous and overdone that the bar for actually watching one is pretty high. But this one, no joke, might be the best visual movie mashup I've ever seen.

+ We are in the middle of an amazing lobster boom.

+ Burger King has a new Halloween-inspired bun that is black. At least on the way in.