It might be a liiittle early to start planning, but James’ first birthday is coming up in early September and I can’t help but think about themes for the party. What are his favorite things? Dogs, swimming, books…Daniel told me he had the perfect idea but that he couldn’t tell me about it or it wouldn’t work, so of course I pressed until he told me, “The theme would be ‘mumma,’ because you’re his favorite thing, but I’d have to plan it and execute it or you’d just seem like a complete narcissist.” Picture my face on balloons and napkins and a cake ha! (please send me your theme ideas :)
The next World Cup in Qatar is controversial for a number of reasons. The most important issues are the reports of slave labor being used to build the infrastructure for the 2022 event. Here is an interesting idea for canceling the tournament altogether.
The Troubling Business of Bounty Hunting
A fascinating look at the modern business of bounty hunting.
The History of the Super Soaker
As a kid I remember there was nothing better than the super soaker. No other water gun came close. Here is a story about how a NASA engineer invented the perfect squirt gun.
The Big One
I pick and choose which episodes I listen to, but it’s interesting and slightly terrifying to hear about the earthquake that’s due to hit California any time now. Here are the show’s details:
There’s a 50 percent chance that some time in the next 30 years, Southern California will be crippled by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. It’ll take less than two minutes for more than 10 million people to lose water, power, internet. Host Jacob Margolis and Producer Misha Euceph go on a journey to understand what the disaster means for Los Angeles, the U.S. and the world.
I Love You, Now Die (HBO documentary)
On July 13, 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy committed suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication in his car. When investigators discovered text messages in which his long-distance girlfriend Michelle Carter, 17, relentlessly encouraged Conrad to kill himself, she was arrested for involuntary manslaughter, sparking a controversial case that grabbed national attention.