Friday Food for Thought

We shall see, I suppose, how long this idea lasts, but I thought I’d try doing a version of something that I think Jason Kottke used to do–that is, post a handful of links to things that I recently came across that (a) I found interesting, (b) made me pause and think, (c) made me laugh, (d) made me groan, or (e) elicited some other emotional reaction or some combination of those listed above–but with minimal commentary beyond a few words to contextualize each thing (if that). So here we go!

  • What ever happened to Einstein’s brain? A very interesting episode of Radiolab has the answer–and it isn’t one that I would have expected. [WNYC Studios]
  • No, you can’t buy a genuine Bob Ross painting. They’re all boxed up in an office park somewhere in Virginia. [NYTimes]
  • Knowledge should be prioritized over reading skills. It seems as though preexisting knowledge makes it easier for kids to learn to read, and not the other way around. [The Atlantic]
  • Amazon’s “Go” convenience stores are laboratories for the future of retail. Interesting how the e-commerce behemoth still seems to think that brick-and-mortar retail is worth investing in heavily. [Bloomberg]