The Week’s End // A Few of My Favorite Internet Things

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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NASA’s SDO Captures Mercury Transit Time-lapse // NASA Goddard

Around 13 times per century, Mercury passes between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. The 2016 Mercury transit occurred on May 9, between roughly 7:12 a.m. and 2:42 p.m. EDT.

If you are like me and didn’t have the equipment nor the mental capacity to remember to view the Mercury Transit last Monday, NASA’s got you covered!

Bonus: Is Mercury in Retrograde?

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we will always find // y

a bit of ourselves
stuck

Take a moment to look into the future so that your future self can look back and see you too.

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#NoWasteWeek Challenge: 7 Days Without Trash // Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

I volunteered and for one week – with the sanctioned exception of bathroom and sanitary products – I tried to find a use for every piece of potential waste I created, including products that are recyclable.

If the state of our environment doesn’t fill you with terror you are not paying attention. There are huge patches of microplastic and garbage floating around in the ocean and animals washing up on shores with stomachs filled with plastic and car parts. We produce too much trash and we have to start limiting it, now!

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Turn off reality television // Geek Ergo Sum

Reality TV is ‘rule by the mob’, it reinforces the trope that ‘mean is best’ and being nice is a weakness.

Too often now the only things we find entertaining are things that make us mean and make the world a more hostile place to live in. What if we could find a way to make kindness and wisdom entertaining?

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Lessons From The Elderly. // Being Margaret

There’s something very humbling about visiting the elderly in the hospital. Especially when they are at the end of their life.

We all want to have an impact on someone else’s life but it’s important to recognize when someone has had an impact on yours, especially if they are no longer with you.

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James Baldwin: The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity // Brainpickings

I really don’t like words like “artist” or “integrity” or “courage” or “nobility.” I have a kind of distrust of all those words because I don’t really know what they mean, any more than I really know what such words as “democracy” or “peace” or “peace-loving” or “warlike” or “integration” mean.

A beautiful lecture from the great novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic, James Baldwin. I like the idea that only the poets (the artists) know the truth about humans anymore. That their aim is to tell that truth of the fallacy of safety and to help you cope with it.

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Trump Rules // The Civil Word

Donald Trump has revealed a number of truths about our country — truths that we really already knew but perhaps never realized their full depth or weight.

I never thought Trump would make it this far and I have to admit I have learned that just because something seems far fetched and even impossible it can happen. I now have a real fear that the future of this country is in danger.

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Everything is a Remix Remastered // Kirby Ferguson

Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that everything is a remix.

Ever since I read Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist I have been open to the idea of stealing ideas, the right way. I am because I know that all artist, writer, musicians, and inventors do the same. If you think they don’t watch Everything is a Remix and let yourself be inspired by everything around you.

Bonus: Check out the blog and his Ted Talk too :)

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A Million Different Yous // The Drowned and the Saved

A million different yous. There is, it’s true. A million different persons we could’ve been, and could be. 

I often wonder who I might’ve been and who I might still be in my lifetime. I wonder about other universes and other times where a “Lisa” has been something I can never imagine. There are at least a million different mes.

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In Common // Alicia Keys

Who wants to love somebody like me?
You wanna love somebody like me?
If you could love somebody like me
You must be messed up too

A beautiful new song from one of my favorite artists :)

Bonus: Erykah Badu, another of my favorite artists, released a new song too, which was a remixing of another of my favorite songs.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? Has something on the internet made you think or feel strongly? If so, drop 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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