The Week’s End – A Round-up of Interesting Stuffs

Looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax? I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. This week I’ve got a psychotic novel generator, science and more science, octopuses, and some beautiful poetry. Enjoy!

Just Like in ‘The Shining’: Try the Jack Torrance Novel Generator – Dangerous Minds

Now, the online application Psychotic Writer allows you to generate your own personal Jack Torrance looney-tunes novel. Press the button and off it goes!

I cannot tell you how amused I was was with this. I am a huge fan of The Shining (both the movie and the book) and to be able to print page after page of “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” is so f-in awesome.

I’ve already printed one chapter and plan to leave them on the printers at work just to see how people react. *teehee*

NASA releases the final color image of Pluto taken before the flyby – The Verge

In the image, we can see the “heart” of Pluto in much greater detail than before, craters that were impossible to make out in previous images, and a great view of the dwarf planet’s dark equatorial belt.

I have a soft spot for Pluto, or as I call it “the little demoted dwarf-planet that could”. I was so happy that this past week was all about the little guy and I was geeked to see the amazing images NASA released. I’m sure you’ve seen the one of Pluto’s heart but here it is again anyway.

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has discovered a new class of particle – The Verge

Like the Higgs boson before it, the pentaquark’s existence has been theorized for years, but experiments in the early-2000s claiming to have detected the exotic form of matter were later invalidated. Many scientists had since given up on the pentaquark for good, but this time, say CERN physicists, there’s no doubt it’s been found.

And as if visiting Pluto for the first time wasn’t cool enough we humans also found a brand new particle! Damn we are awesome!

Deep Intellect by Sy Montgomery – Orion Magazine

Many times I have stood mesmerized by an aquarium tank, wondering, as I stared into the horizontal pupils of an octopus’s large, prominent eyes, if she was staring back at me — and if so, what was she thinking?

Anything about octopuses (yes, that is the correct plural) is bound to attract my eye, they are, by far, my favorite animals. Most people do not understand. They find them creepy and probably stupid but most people would be wrong. They are incredibly interesting and prove that there is more than one way to be an intelligent being.

Beloved Poet Nikki Giovanni on Love, Friendship, and Loneliness – Brain Pickings

if i can’t do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don’t want
to do

it’s not the same thing
but it’s the best i can
do

Maria Popova (one of my blogging heroes) wrote a post about the amazing poet Nikki Giovanni, then posted her own readings of a few of her favorite Giovanni poems. My favorite is “Choices”.

Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? If so, share with the class by leaving a link in the comments :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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