Good Reads: 5 Articles I Hope You Didn’t Miss

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I have a glorious Instapaper account. It allows me to hoard articles from all over the place for that distant day and time when I can just sit down and read all the stuff I want to read for a few hours nonstop. Mostly, that means I just wait until I fly somewhere or until I get sick.

This weekend I was sick, so I caught up on a bunch of random reads from all over the place that I had stashed away like a chipmunk preparing for winter. Some lived up to their promise, others proved to be clickbait. Here are 5 that I found either interesting, or important enough to share with friends and family:

Vitamin B.S.

The Atlantic. Cari Romm.

You’ve heard that most of us don’t really need multivitamins right? Well apparently a particular trainer or ten at my gym haven’t, as they still promote it as the number one thing to do to improve your health, and stare at you like you’re crazy when you say you don’t take one regularly. But I’m not bitter. Read this article to learn how we all became convinced that vitamins will make us into awesome humans.

How to Use Basic Design Principles to Decorate Your Home

LifeHacker. Kristin Wong.

I’m terrible at interior decorating. There’s no shame in it. We all have to do it at some point, but for some of us, it’s hard. So when I come across an article that tries to break it down for nerds like me who have Instapaper accounts, I pay attention. This simple read from LifeHacker does just that.

Why You Should Never Eat a Bacon Sandwich – What You Can – And Can’t – Eat

The Telegraph. Anna van Praagh.

The rules are a changin’! Change is hard! What was good for you is now bad for you! What was bad for you is now only somewhat bad for you! It turns out nutrition is pretty complex, right? Who would have thought that science, that practice based on stating and testing assumptions, would consistently modify its recommendations for something so critical based on the latest research? Read this. Just read it.

Stop Scaring Your Team Into Mediocrity

Forbes. Christine Comaford.

The opening line of this article tells you exactly why you should read it. “Are your team members taking initiative and owning their roles or are they cowering in the corner? Wherever they are, rest assured you helped put them there”. Yikes! Read this to get great examples of the kinds of behaviors that induce fear based behaviors and links to other great resources on the topic.

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

The New York Times. Jon Ronson.

Remember Justine Sacco? Me neither, then I read this and remembered. This is all about the aftermath, and the price she paid for one incredibly ill-advised, terrible, horrible tweet. It’s about how the same elements of social media that can shape social movements can also tear someone’s life apart. I tend to think one tweet doesn’t deserve that, even if it’s incredibly rotten, no good, in poor taste and just bad. It’s just a tweet. But the price Justine Sacco is paying for it? Well, let’s just say there’s a reason the New York Times chose to write 4,000+ words on it.


Image credit: “Altja jõgi Lahemaal” by Margus Opp – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons 


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