Jigokudani (Hell Valley) – Noboribetsu-shi, Japan | Atlas Obscura

“Some hot springs are in picturesque mountain valleys, or in mystical high desert plateaus. The springs the feed the thermal baths in Hokkaido’s most popular spa town, however, flow from a blasted primordial caldera so infernal and reeking of sulfur, it was traditionally known as a gateway to hell…”

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The ‘Killer Women’ Writers Collective Is Turning the Page on Sexist Crime Novels | Broadly

“In a lot of crime drama on TV and in a lot of books, women are just there as a token victim,” says McBeth. She says that while killing off women is sometimes unavoidable as a plot device, it’s important that the victims are given a voice, otherwise readers become numb to violence. “The women are often just a foil to some psychopathic man who’s on the rampage. You see that a lot in television dramas and I just think, ‘Do they all sit around and think of ways to kill women in more and more violent methods?'”

When she included a murder in her latest book, McBeth wanted to avoid adding to the stream of nameless victims. She says she actively gave the character a meaningful backstory that led to her, in some ways, “solving the crime.” It’s also one of the reasons Killer Women decided to pick Shoreditch Town Hall as the venue for their festival.”

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The Lost Virtue of Cursive – The New Yorker

“…For me, a writer of strong fuddy-duddy credentials, the sad dramatic irony really was too much. You see, cursive isn’t being taught in my daughters’ school anymore, and hasn’t been for at least six years, as long as I’ve had children in the public schools. Who would tell the cursive that it was no longer needed?”

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Zeynep Tufekci: Machine intelligence makes human morals more important | TED Talk | TED.com

Machine intelligence is here, and we’re already using it to make subjective decisions. But the complex way AI grows and improves makes it hard to understand and even harder to control. In this cautionary talk, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways that don’t fit human error patterns — and in ways we won’t expect or be prepared for. “We cannot outsource our responsibilities to machines,” she says. “We must hold on ever tighter to human values and human ethics.”

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The Millions : What the Deuce: The Curse Words of Charles Dickens – The Millions

(Charles) Dickens was obsessed with capturing reality in all of his writings.  It just took a bit of cleverness to pull it off, to politely wiggle his way out of that very tight corset of Victorian censorship, and here are a few examples of how he did it:

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If you go down to the woods today; a sylvan Trinity Knot in Co. Sligo | Irish Archaeology

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An Oscar-Winning Short Film About Stuttering and Love – The New Yorker

“In rehearsals, we put all our time into making the stuttering authentic,” Cleary said. They studied tapes and came up with rules for the sounds Greenwood would get caught on. “We knew it had to be quite severe, for him to be quite isolated, to suit the story.” The character is so isolated, with such a haunted look in his eyes, that I wondered at times if real-life stutterers might feel patronized. I asked Cleary how stutterers have reacted. “We’ve had a really positive response,” he said. “When you make something like this, you’re nervous, and you want to make sure you do it in a very sensitive way.” And you want it to reflect true experience.

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