Things I Learned This Week: Of Resting Cat Face and How Journalism is Returning to its Roots

Here are a few of the most interesting things I came across this week:

  • A resurrected Franklin wouldn’t have a news job inside The Washington Post; he’d have an anonymous Twitter account with a huge following that he’d use to routinely troll political opponents…” writes Antonio Garcia Martinez in an article titled ‘Journalism Isn’t Dying. It’s Returning to its Roots’ on WIRED. People often lament the negative impact social media has on ‘proper’ news journalism, but this article makes a really interesting case for why this might actually be closer to journalism’s original prerogative. Read more.


  • Have you ever watched your pet/s engaged in a crazy game of sorts and wondered what the driving force behind it was? Like, are they having fun? Are they imaging themselves out in the wild? Do they think they’re actually busy with something serious? Londolozi ranger, James Tyrrell shares some interesting thoughts on this after spending some time watching a leopard and her cub ‘playing’. “I think… we need to be mindful of the characteristics we attribute to animals and need to be sure that we are not projecting what we want to connect with in a situation onto them and their actions.Read more.


  • Did you know some chameleon species give live birth to their babies? I certainly didn’t until I came across this video on Facebook! “Chameleons are different from many reptiles because some of the species, like the Jackson’s chameleon, have live births. These species can give birth to eight to 30 young at one time after a gestation of four to six months. While the young are born live instead of in an egg, they started as an egg. These mothers incubate the eggs, minus a shell, inside of her body instead of laying them in a nest,” LiveScience explains.


  • “If you look at the so-called ‘geniuses’ throughout history, time and again the common factor is not innate talent, but just that they each put countless hours into mastering their craft long before arriving at their respective breakthroughs.” Here’s a very interesting read on ‘The Process of Mastering a Skill’


  • One of my very favourite things about cats is the way their faces never reveal their true feelings. For example, apart from the size of his eyes changing slightly, my cat’s face looks exactly the same whether he’s having a galloping around the house like a crazy horse or lying in a sunny spot on his favourite carpet. While I find this truly amusing about cats, it creeps other people out. A lot. Well, don’t blame the cats because… “[they]… simply don’t have the facial muscles to make the variety of expressions a dog (or human) can. So when we look at a cat staring at us impassively, it looks like a psychopath who cannot feel or show emotion. But that’s just its face.” Read the full article on The Atlantic.


  • Wouldn’t it be quite something to live in a place where the biggest news of the week is a fat rat getting stuck in a manhole cover, only to be rescued by the local fire department? Read more here.


  • In other news… Antarctica is about to lose an iceberg more than twice the size of Cape Town. Read more here.

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