Weekend reading list – week of February 22, 2016

February 26, 2016

Each week, TP1 shares the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of February 22.

First, order a latté at your favourite third-wave coffee shop and find the perfect lighting for your shoot. Take a photo of the cup with VSCO and then post the photo on Instagram. This little ritual is nothing new, but are your photos professional grade? For its February issue, the beloved gourmet magazine Bon Appétit put aside regular cameras and created a 100%-iPhone-shot issue instead. The results are astounding!
Read it on Bon Appétit Pocket

How fear goes viral
Why do conspiracy theories and articles with sensational titles spread so quickly? Why do political smear campaigns and rumors proliferate on social media? Although we have the most technologically advanced tools in the history of humanity, our nervous system is as sensitive to any hint of danger as that of our ancestors!
Read it on Nautilus Pocket

The bizarre history of Sleepytime Tea
Does chamomile, peppermint and other herbs steeped in hot water make your eyelids heavy and cause you to yawn? It’s easy to assume that the history of Sleepytime Tea is equally soporific… but you’d be wrong. Highlights include alien communication, involuntary trances and a eugenics plot to eliminate “inferior races”. Still feeling sleepy?
Read it on Raw Story Pocket

Tumblr: Teenage paradise
Elspeth Reeve, Senior Editor of New Republic, has written a fascinating article on the rise and fall of the Tumblr empire through the blog Pizza. In just two years, one blogger managed to attract one million followers–all before she turned 16 years old!
Read it on New Republic Pocket

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto
By 2020, smart machines, or more specifically, autonomous or semi-autonomous robots capable of learning and reasoning on our behalf, will be a normal part of society. By 2035, these machines could replace up to 47% of professionals in the services sector. For the last 10,000 years, humanity has fought to survive. How will that change after the rise of the machines?
Read it on Le Devoir (French only) Pocket

This week’s favourite thing:
You can now transport your snares, kick drums, cymbals and cowbells galore in your laptop. Don’t believe it? Meet Aerodrums, the invention that will save the backs of roadies everywhere.

In your earbuds: Cavern of Secrets
What does the curse of absolute freedom and not relying on your parents for advice have in common? They are both topics addressed in this excellent podcast hosted by Lauren Mitchell.
Listen to it on Hazlitt