You're not getting enough sleep—and it's killing you


The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It's a silent sleep-loss epidemic. It's fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century.

Sleep is something that a lot of people are forfeiting for something else, but it is quite “expensive”. One of the problems that I’m struggling with is staying awake when seated. If I’m a bit too comfortable, then I’ll fall asleep within seconds. So I sit on wooden chairs or not at all. This allows me to stay awake.

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep


In response to the scientific community's celebration of the publication on Wednesday of the first picture of a black hole, internet trolls painted an even darker portrait of misogyny through an effort to discredit the female postdoctoral researcher, Katie Bouman, who led the development of the imaging algorithm.

This sort of thing confuses me greatly, as a whole bunch of factors need to go into being this upset about something that plays no bearing in a commentator’s life. Is it jealousy that drives the hate? Is it an actual resentment towards anyone with a uterus? Is it self-loathing because someone else put in the decades of hard work to learn, to study, to collaborate, to refine their understanding of an insanely complex natural phenomenon? There is undoubtedly elements of one of all of these at play, plus a whole bunch more I don’t understand, as I’m neither a psychologist nor a very good study of human behaviour.

People who want to hate will do so regardless of what anyone else thinks. It would be nice if they would just do it in silence so the rest of us can enjoy all the amazing things hard-working people around the world are accomplishing.

This gold Porsche got pulled over by German police for being way too shiny


Authorities stopped a gold-foil-wrapped Porsche twice and ordered its paint job be removed, because it posed "a danger to other drivers"

I can understand why someone would want to have a car this flashy. When I was in my late teens I wanted to do something similar, having a Mazda MX-5 with an all-chrome paint job. Fortunately I was too young to have the capital required to make that happen, as I’m pretty sure the Canadian authorities would be just as much a downer as their German counterparts.

One day I will own a Mazda MX-5, bit it will likely be tungsten grey or a pearlescent dark blue.

Period drama Warrior brings Bruce Lee's vision to vivid life after 50 years


According to Hollywood lore, Bruce Lee pitched an idea in 1971 for a TV series about a martial artist in the Old West. Skittish studio heads passed on the project (and on Lee as its star), opting to make Kung Fu with David Carradine instead. Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, heard these stories, too. When she took over management of her father's legacy in 2000 as president of the Bruce Lee Foundation, among the archived materials was Lee's original treatment, along with several drafts and notes. It stayed in storage for several years, until Lee mentioned its existence to executive producer Justin Lin. Lin loved the treatment and thought they could make the series that her father had always intended.

This sounds like a show to look forward to 👍

A family from Quebec drove home from Florida with a body in the backseat


A vacation to Florida ended tragically for the Drapeau family of Quebec, whose patriarch Fernand, 87, died on the drive home.

His wife and son, wary about the cost and hassle of going to an American hospital and getting Fernand’s body repatriated, decided to just keep driving to their Ormstown home, in Quebec’s Montérégie region.

Oh my. This would weigh heavily on me if I were driving. I mean, a heart attack can be handled at a hospital if caught early enough. Do these people not speak English? 😕

Extreme loneliness or the perfect balance? How to work from home and stay healthy


When Sean Blanda started working remotely in 2017, the allure of a “digital nomad” lifestyle – working at your laptop on the beach, say – wasn’t lost on him. The ability to work flexibly, be that at home or wherever else life may take you, is the dream for every disgruntled employee who has to fit in school pickups, dentist appointments and long commutes around office hours. […] But after two years of working from home, Blanda, an editorial director for a tech company based in Philadelphia, knows only too well the many pitfalls of this way of life, with the greatest being isolation.

Interesting how The Guardian has an article about this as and I discuss it ourselves. There's a lot more to making this work than "a quiet confidence". I have confidence in spades and the ego to prove it despite my efforts to control its more aggravating aspects. What I don't have is the ability to focus on what I need to do unless everyone has gone to bed.

I can't continue to work until 2:00am every day if the boy wakes me up at 6:30 with the sun …

This Tesla owner tested his car's Autopilot auto-braking on his (soon-to-be-ex-) wife


Some absolute genius thought it would be a great idea to try out his Tesla’s Autopilot Emergency Braking system by driving straight at his own wife.

What I find odd is that it seems the woman agreed to have a car driven at her …

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink


Bloke hit delete on £500,000 of 'business-critical data' after he was let go for 'poor' performance

What an idiot. So not only will he spend a few years in prison, but he’ll need to train for a completely different career path while in the slammer because he’ll never work in tech again.

I met my girlfriend’s parents – and realised I once slept with her father


Five years ago, I went through a bi phase and used to sleep around with pretty much everyone that came along, including other men. This changed when I fell in love with my new partner, who is everything to me. I recently met her parents and halfway through lunch realised that I had slept with her father. I was going to propose, but when my partner and her mother were away, he told me to end it with his daughter. I’m obviously in love – shall I just ignore him, or tell my partner?

Well that's awkward. I don't agree with the advice as it completely ignores the girlfriend's right to know why the relationship should come to an end. If anything, the guy should have an open and honest conversation with his girlfriend knowing that there will probably be consequences of some kind. Speaking the truth is the only way to build a solid relationship. Keeping secrets will sow the seeds of distrust.

Saudi plane turns around after mother forgets baby at airport


A Malaysia-bound plane had to turn back to Saudi Arabia after a passenger realised she had left her baby in the terminal.

How does a mother forget her child? Regardless of the stress and hustle that comes with international travel, there is no conceivable way a parent could forget their child …