March 1, 2013
The Weeklies #248
The Weekly Photographic Awesomeness North Korea used to make you hand over your cell phone when you entered the country. No more. Jean Lee - the AP's Korean bureau chief started an Instagram account to share her shots of the rarely-seen North Korea. They're awesome.
The Weekly Cool Idea. What if you made a soccer ball that built up energy as you played with it? Then added a way to plug things - like lights - into it? Someone's done just that: Soccket
The Weekly Uncool Idea. The fact that sequestering has now gone into effect makes me lose just a bit of my hopeless optimism about people and politics.
The Weekly Music. I can't say enough good things about musician Steven Wilson. His latest album, The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) is simply brilliant as is the video made to accompany the release of the album's title track. I dare you to watch this and not be moved.
The Weekly Read. Last year I raved about Hugh Howey's Wool series. It was not only one of the best sci-fi series I've read recently but one of the best overall. While Howey closed that particular chapter, he has taken us back in time before the events portrayed in Wool. His second entry in this prequel series - Second Shift: Order is good but not nearly as compelling as the first Second Shift, and far less powerful than the Wool series as a whole. All that said, it's hard to go wrong with any part of Howey's series.
The Weekly Issue and Question. CEO Marissa Myers is now requiring all Yahoo teleworkers to return to the office permanently. There's a lot of debate around this. The questions are:
a) Will it help Yahoo?
b) Does it make any difference where people work?