Linton Weeks http://kplu.org en Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas http://kplu.org/post/google-frecking-week-pandas What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been <strong>Google Frecking</strong> for pandas.<p>Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.<p>Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:06:27 +0000 Linton Weeks 16162 at http://kplu.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 http://kplu.org/post/grumpy-point-when-man-turns-70-0 The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to a <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=browsePA.volumes&jcode=pag" target="_blank"> recently released report</a>, is around age 70.<p>Then you'd better get off his lawn.<p>Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:23:44 +0000 Linton Weeks 15998 at http://kplu.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 http://kplu.org/post/grumpy-point-when-man-turns-70 The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to a <a href="http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=browsePA.volumes&jcode=pag" target="_blank"> recently released report</a>, is around age 70.<p>Then you'd better get off his lawn.<p>Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:23:43 +0000 Linton Weeks 15997 at http://kplu.org The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70 4 Strange Sports In America's Past http://kplu.org/post/4-strange-sports-americas-past In recent pursuits, we have come upon accounts of once-practiced — and somewhat, shall we say, curious — sports that have long since faded into obscurity.<p>Competitive walking in the 1870s and 1880s, for instance. "In the decades after the Civil War there was mass urbanization in the United States," Matthew Algeo — author of <em>Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport</em> — <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/03/297327865/in-the-1870s-and-80s-being-a-pedestrian-was-anything-but" target="_blank">recently told NPR</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:54:29 +0000 Linton Weeks 15922 at http://kplu.org 4 Strange Sports In America's Past Truth-Seeking In The Age Of Speculation http://kplu.org/post/truth-seeking-age-speculation The marvel-filled Information Age is also turning out to be the muddled-up Epoch of Conjecture. The Era of Error.<p>Seemingly, we know everything. What is not in Wikipedia can be found through Google. And what Google can't scrape up, the National Security Agency — or international hackers — can. Through crowdsourcing, we can <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-lind/facebook-solves-another-c_b_4994653.html" target="_blank">solve crimes</a> and <a href="https://www.quora.com/" target="_blank">answer questions</a>.<p>Just as seemingly, there is an enormous lot that we do not know. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:49:19 +0000 Linton Weeks 15879 at http://kplu.org 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad http://kplu.org/post/5-april-fools-pranks-gone-bad Perhaps in a calmer, more innocent era — if there ever was such a thing — April Fools' jokes made more sense. Nowadays the world seems overrun with <a href="http://www.trutv.com/shows/impractical-jokers/index.html" target="_blank">Impractical Jokers</a>, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318959/?ref_=nv_sr_1" target="_blank">Crank Yankers</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367274/?ref_=nv_sr_2" target="_blank">Ali G</a>-type tricksters. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:09:58 +0000 Linton Weeks 15531 at http://kplu.org 5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years http://kplu.org/post/what-winter-will-be-100-years One of the upsides to the seemingly endless winter of 2014 was that you had time to think.<p>And to ask futuristic questions, such as: What will the American Winter of 2114 be like?<p>Here are some of the answers.<p><strong>Milder: </strong>In the midst of the Sochi Olympics, the <em>New York Times</em> posted a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-snow.html?_r=1" target="_blank">wake-up piece</a> about the future of snow skiing. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:38:37 +0000 Linton Weeks 15328 at http://kplu.org What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers http://kplu.org/post/american-libraries-learn-read-teenagers Way, way back in the 20<sup>th</sup> century, American teenagers turned to the local public library as a great good place to hang out. It was a hotspot for meeting up, and sharing thoughts with, other like-minded people – in books and in the flesh. It was a wormhole in the universe that gave us tunnels into the past and into the future. It was a quiet spot in an ever-noisier world.<p>The library was a gentle mentor. It accepted us as we were and let us grow at our own pace – as teens are wont to do. It taught us about sports and sex. About fashion and finance. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:13:40 +0000 Linton Weeks 15170 at http://kplu.org FootGolf: A New Sport Explored In 19 Questions http://kplu.org/post/footgolf-new-sport-explored-19-questions <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDeUwZwZumU</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:42:40 +0000 Linton Weeks 14808 at http://kplu.org FootGolf: A New Sport Explored In 19 Questions Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing http://kplu.org/post/forget-speed-reading-heres-speed-writing Speed-reading all rage. Suddenly many speed-reading apps. <a href="http://www.spritzinc.com/faq/" target="_blank">Spritz</a>. <a href="http://www.spreeder.com/" target="_blank">Spreeder</a>. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:40:45 +0000 Linton Weeks 14801 at http://kplu.org Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing I Just Hate Rants http://kplu.org/post/i-just-hate-rants I hate rants.<p>I can't stand it when people spew and spit and spout off. I hate when folks fume and fulminate. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:44:43 +0000 Linton Weeks 14627 at http://kplu.org I Just Hate Rants The Elegant Secrets Of Flying Snakes http://kplu.org/post/elegant-secrets-flying-snakes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vhgC_g1cmU</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:32:01 +0000 Linton Weeks 14537 at http://kplu.org The Elegant Secrets Of Flying Snakes Hemingway Doesn't Always Live Up To His Code http://kplu.org/post/hemingway-doesnt-always-live-his-code The air was clear. Our prose was not.<p>We remembered what Scott had told us about a clean, well-designed place called <a href="http://futureofstorytelling.org/" target="_blank">Future of Storytelling</a>. Scott said we could learn from it. He was right and it was good.<p>Through the website, we discovered the <a href="http://www.hemingwayapp.com/" target="_blank">Hemingway App</a>.<p>In our time, writers need all the help we can get. Many of the great editors, such as Maxwell Perkins and Gertrude Stein, are gone. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:34:55 +0000 Linton Weeks 14441 at http://kplu.org Hemingway Doesn't Always Live Up To His Code Climate Strange: 5 Monster March Snowstorms http://kplu.org/post/climate-strange-5-monster-march-snowstorms For much of the nation, March has come in with a leonine roar.<p>Are these late-season snow shows examples of climate change? "No," says weather historian Jim Fleming of <a href="http://www.colby.edu/directory/?profileid=jfleming" target="_blank">Colby College</a>. "The polar vortex is a natural and variable stratospheric event. One of its anomalies hit Russia and Central Europe in winters past. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:10:08 +0000 Linton Weeks 14346 at http://kplu.org Climate Strange: 5 Monster March Snowstorms 3 Cities With Freeways Going Nowhere http://kplu.org/post/3-cities-freeways-going-nowhere When I was growing up in Memphis in the 1960s, the Feds — and state and local officials — unveiled plans to build a short stretch of Interstate 40 to connect East Memphis with downtown.<p>The proposed corridor of concrete would run through Overton Park, a 342-acre green space of old forest and open fields in the heart of the city. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:20:41 +0000 Linton Weeks 14302 at http://kplu.org 3 Cities With Freeways Going Nowhere