It’s been an unbelievably crazy week. Even though I’m nowhere near Hurricane Harvey in Texas, I’ve had to help people at work who are there. Everything is very chaotic, because the situation is so chaotic.
Erin Kelly and Kevin Green
The Navy is building a new aircraft carrier. Enterprise, of course, has special meaning, because of Star Trek. I remember when NASA renamed the space shuttle Enterprise after a write-in campaign. It was pretty cool. This will be the ninth Navy ship named Enterprise. The first one was in 1775. Ships named Enterprise have a long history!
**Note if you watch the video and you start getting music halfway through, scroll down and turn off the second video. It’s set to autoplay. Most annoying!
Lakshmi Gandi on NPR
I had to look this up for my GALCOM story. Pretty interesting site on the history of snake oil salesman. Most of my knowledge came, unfortunately, from old Westerns like The Big Valley, where the snake oil salesman was conning people into buying fake medicine. I had no idea the origins were with the Chinese and that it really did work. Very interesting that the oil had the Omega 3 acids that we need for healing inflammation.
Geert Weggen on Bored Panda
Virginia has a love-hate relationship with squirrels (mostly hate, actually). But this is silly and fun. Who thought a squirrel could ride a dragon?
Christopher Luu on Refinery 29
I’m all for getting better roles for women in film–not just “girlfriend of the hero” that’s pretty common. But gender-swapping like this is ridiculous. It speaks volumes about the risk adverse problems in Hollywood. It’s apparently easier to remake a film and swap out the genders then it is to create new material that uses men and women better.
Word Motivates Change. Your World Be Motivated
Very powerful video on hope, habits, and how to change the world. From Roberta Viler.