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Posted on October 26, 2018

Hello, bonjour! Happy Friday. This week, I wanted to remind you of the greatest Halloween song ever written: C’est l’Halloween. And offer you a few creepy reads (from bugs to digital immortality), but also a few fun ones (it’s been a rough week),  i.e. Robyn, Kit Kats in Japan, elephants as people (note: my actual dream).

“This Halloween is Something to Be Sure”: An Examination of Lou Reed’s New York ~ New York is an outlier in Lou Reed’s discography. The 1989 album—his fifteenth—is arguably his most straight-forward, track after track of stunningly simple music, just featuring a few guitars and Reed’s deadpan and utterly dry cutting lyrics.

Starbucks now has a Witch’s Brew Frappuccino for Halloween and it kind of looks like a magical potion | Business Insider

Where Do Movies Get Their Insects? A Look Inside Bugs Are My Business ~ Every year around Halloween I take friends on a bus tour in search of the season’s spookiest spots. We’ve ventured inside an abandoned institution, a factory that produces lifelike robots, and numerous special-effects workshops. This year we visited the art studio of Drew Struzan, known for his incredible sci-fi posters; surrealist Victorian photo artist Stephen Berkman; and Alterian, Inc., where Chucky is among the more genteel creations. There was some creepy stuff there for sure, but the stop that caused the most squealing (especially from your terrified columnist) was the studio of Steven Kutcher of Bugs Are My Business.| LA Magazine

The people who moved to Chernobyl ~ The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 left a ring of ghost villages as residents fled, fearing radiation poisoning. But now people are choosing to live in the crumbling houses on the edge of the exclusion zone.  | BBC

Suspicious packages spotlight vast postal surveillance system ~ The Postal Service photographs the outside of every piece of mail, and frequently shares images and metadata from mail with law enforcement. | Fast Company

It Started as an Online Gaming Prank. Then It Turned Deadly ~ The typical Wichita City Council meeting is a dull affair, dominated by bureaucrats droning on about street repairs, zoning codes, and general obligation bonds. But even before the April 17, 2018, meeting was called to order, its atmosphere was electric.| Wired

Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever ~ Your family and friends will be able to interact with a digital “you” that doles out advice—even when you’re gone. | MIT Technology Review

Why figuring out what’s behind a big gender paradox won’t be easy ~ But historical relationships between countries haven’t been taken into account. | ARS Technica

The Unsolved Murder of an Unusual Billionaire ~ Last December, a Canadian pharmaceuticals executive and his wife were strangled in their home. No one knows who did it or why, but everyone has a theory. | Bloomberg Businessweek

La gastronomie doit-elle se mettre au vert ? Alain Ducasse est l’invité des Matins ~ Hier se terminait à Paris le Salon international de l’alimentation qui était marqué cette année par la tendance de l’alimentation saine et naturelle. | France Culture

Dancing on Her Own: The Exhilarating Singularity of Robyn ~ For more than 20 years, the Swedish pop iconoclast has been charting new ground and standing alone. On her new album, ‘Honey,’ she’s as independent—and brilliant—as ever. | The Ringer

Big in Japan ~ The story of how Kit Kats, once a British chocolate export, became a booming business from Hokkaido to Tokyo — and changed expectations about what a candy bar could be.

#MeToo en Inde : comment le mouvement a pris son ampleur incroyable | Un an après le début du mouvement, des voix s’élèvent en Inde après le témoignage d’une actrice de Bollywood. Elle ravive les braises d’une lutte très ancienne.| Ulyces Monde

I Ran 4 Experiments to Break My Social Media Addiction. Here’s What Worked. ~ Social media can connect us to new ideas, help us share our work, and allow previously unheard voices to influence culture. Yet it can also be a highly addictive time-sink if we’re not careful about our goals, purpose, and usage. | HBR

Find it hard to make a big decision? Don’t overthink it ~ If no option stands out, you could just flip a coin – often you are simply taking a stab in the dark anyway | The Guardian

Fruit, veg and family life – why Spaniards are living longer ~ Spain is on course to become home to the world’s longest-lived people, with researchers crediting diet and lifestyle | The Guardian

I woke up unable to speak English ~ Hannah Jenkins speaks English in the morning and German in the afternoon. It’s not a routine she chose to adopt – but something her brain requires her to do. It all started with a cycling accident. | BBC

Les petits jobs, moteur de l’économie Canadienne ~ Plutôt que de privilégier le développement des «emplois d’avenir», qui seraient des métiers hautement qualifiés, les Canadiens, et notamment les Québécois, misent depuis longtemps sur les petits jobs. Avec succès |

What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles? ~ The Most Y2K story ever. | The Player’s Tribune

America Is Drowning in Milk Nobody Wants ~ Dairy farmers are under siege thanks to low prices and changing tastes. Even a one-week holiday shutdown by yogurt giant Chobani inflicted pain. | Bloomberg

The biggest political problem in America, explained in one chart ~ Americans don’t just disagree on the issues. They disagree on what the issues are. | Vox

᚛ᚈᚑᚋ ᚄᚉᚑᚈᚈ᚜ and ᚛ᚑᚌᚐᚋ᚜ ~ Ogham is an old Irish script made by carving notches into stones. It fell out of use more than a millennium ago – but it’s an interesting exception to a linguistics and computer-science rule that I’d never even realised existed. Let’s talk about the Ogham Space Mark. | YouTube

The elephant as a person ~ Elephants might have the necessary capacities for personhood – we just need to help them acquire the cognitive scaffolding | Aeon

The (Imaginary) Numbers at the Edge of Reality ~ Odd enough to potentially model the strangeness of the physical world, complex numbers with “imaginary” components are rooted in the familiar. | Quanta Magazine

Compiled by Emmeline Hobbs

Knowledge and Learning Officer

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