Astronaut meets Cartoonist

November 28th, 2015

The Guardian: Chris Hadfield meets Randall Munroe: ‘Are we alone in the universe?’
“Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut and internet sensation
Randall Munroe, the US cartoonist and former Nasa physicist

“The Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield spent five months in 2012 and 2013 twirling around the Earth in command of the International Space Station. Hadfield guesses he made several thousand orbits of the planet during that time […]
The American artist Randall Munroe knows something, too, about capturing an audience in the age of the fast and fickle online share. Munroe’s webcomics, produced under the banner of xkcd and promising “romance, sarcasm, math and language”, have for years been a part of the social media fabric.”

Great interview. I recently read An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and enjoyed it immensely. Also, Munroe’s explanation of orbital speed with the Proclaimer’s hit I’m gonna be (500 Miles) is great!

Link via MetaFilter:“When you looked down at Earth, did you always know where you were?”

Flucht vor Boko Haram

November 27th, 2015

Zeitmagazin: Das Leben nach der Hölle. Zeitmagazin NR. 34/2015 9. September 2015 — von Wolfgang Bauer.

“Die Terrorgruppe Boko Haram hält in Nigeria Tausende Frauen und Mädchen gefangen. Einige, denen die Flucht gelang, erzählen ihre Geschichte.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2015

And in case you have a huge amount of food left over:

New York Times Magazine: A Radical Rethinking of Thanksgiving Leftovers.

“Everyone (yes, literally) says that leftovers are “the best part of Thanksgiving,” but I’m not psyched for dry meat on bread with a ton of mayonnaise, or even that exotic alternative, cranberry sauce.
Fear not. Here are 20 (you read that right) handy-dandy minirecipes designed to stimulate both your overindulged appetite and your tryptophanned-out brain.”

(Article published on November 17,2011)