Mash-Up Round-Up: Blanket Octopus + Cocaine Hippos
Mash-Ups In The News:
Pablo Escobar started with four hippos amongst his man-made lakes and dinosaur statues. Today, that hippo pop is now at 80 to 100. In a few decades it’ll be thousands. Thousands of violent poop machines with short fuses.
via LA Times
What words “belong” in our English sentences? Which words are slanted, and marked as “other”? A chance to reflect on a linguistic style we’ve long taken for granted.
This 14-year-old Black teenager invented the dance seen in every TikTok compilation. The dance performed by pep rallies across the country, Lizzo, Stray Kids and the Kardashians. You also wouldn’t know her name without this article.
via New York Times
Weekly reminder that technology is never unbiased (just remember who’s coding it). This week, poet of code Joy Buolamwini explains how facial recognition systems are better at recognizing certain faces over others.
“Food is comfort, yes, but food is also political.” This month, remember the names and legacies of the heroes who changed culinary history.
via Huffington Post
You hear it at the end of white people yoga videos. It’s on mugs and t-shirts and water bottles and tote bags. “Nama-stay in bed.” “Namaslay.” What does the word actually mean? Learn from the South Asians who are tired of getting na-may-st’ed.
From Joy Luck Club to The Incendiaries, meet the Asian American Mash-Ups who created their own landscape of literature, founded new communities, and reshaped the American canon forever.
David Brooks is, ahem, not always right, but he is correct that the Nuclear Family Experiment meant fragmentation. Generations became broken up and decentralized, getting more fragile with each break. Now it’s time to look back on our family formats, as more Americans are now groping for new kinds of chosen family and better ways to live.
via The Atlantic
“When our child comes home with a question…it’s our job as parents to listen to that to give them the best information that we can, the best feedback that we can, and that doesn’t change now that sexuality [and gender] is involved.”
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are setting the standard for parents in 2020.