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A Capital City With A Population Of Zero (via Half As Interesting)

This video about a capital city with a population of zero is not about Canberra on a long weekend.
Joking aside, it really exists (presently).


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Day-Time Fireworks In HD

This takes a while to get going, but is interesting: day-time fire-works (which I didn’t know about), slo-mo, HD (I’m getting a HD tv this year, for sure), and some goofing around.


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Bear Grylls Reviews Survival Movies

In this video from Vanity Fair, survival expert Bear Grylls gives his opinion on the plausibility of survival scenes from a variety of movies.
Grylls may seem overly generous a couple of times (I still believe there was room for Leo on the raft in Titanic) but you do learn a bit about him as he expresses the background situations that formed the basis for his opinions.


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Unreal Christian Quotes (via Trevin Wax)

Trevin Wax examines quotes wrongfully associated with various Christians.
I hadn’t heard of a couple of these quotes, but was familiar with most.
Given how often you read some of them, i.e. “You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body” often attributed to C.S. Lewis, or the phrase attributed to Francis of Assisi, “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words”, it is helpful to know what is true and what is not.
Read the post at Waxs’ blog at the Gospel Coalition.


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The Benefits Of Home Libraries

Preparing Bible Studies and sermons on the book of Ecclesiastes, verse 12 in chapter 12 that kept echoing: “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”
Now, I own a few books.
I’ve already posted a quote from a new one that arrived today.
So this report about the benefits of growing up in a home with books salves my conscience.
(Not that it needed much salving, admittedly.)

From a report at PacificStandard:

The results suggest those volumes made a long-term difference. “Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in these areas beyond the benefits accrued from parental education, or [one’s] own educational or occupational attainment,” the researchers report.
Not surprisingly, the biggest impact was on reading ability. “The total effects of home library size on literacy are large everywhere,” the researchers report.Growing up with few books in the house was associated with below-average literacy rates, while he presence of around 80 books raised those rates to the mean. Literacy continued to increase with the number of reported books up to around 350, at which point it flattened out.
Similarly, the effects of a home library on numeracy were quite significant across the board. Its impact on technological skills was smaller but also widespread.

Read the whole post here.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a book to get back to.


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Your Brain On Cats (via Inverse Health)

Well, normal brains on cats, anyway.
A phd neuroscience candidate and (budding cat-lady) explains the effects that kittens have on human brains.
Seems as if cats have basically turned themselves into a drug.


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The Origin Of Shopping Malls (via Origin Of Everything)

Ten minutes of video about why all shopping centres look the same, along with a bit of lead-up information.
Turns out suburbs and teenagers have something to do with it. And some guy named ‘Gruen.’
US in origin, but since similar developments occurred in Australia roughly around the same time the information seems to ring true.
And rows of shops pointing out with car parks in front of them are ‘extroverted,’ which must be why I prefer parking and going inside to a more ‘introverted’ experience.