Sunday Read-o-rama

The Traveling Salesmen of the Nuclear-Industrial Complex

The business cards of the 1960s were amazing.

"And in book form, the cards feel like seeing a URL that can’t be followed, or coming across a bibliography that cites only made-up books. The cards reference a reality that no longer exists, but they also let you glimpse the human network that gave rise to the atomic industry."

Why boredom is anything but boring

Great look at the science of boredom.

"There is no universally accepted definition of boredom. But whatever it is, researchers argue, it is not simply another name for depression or apathy. It seems to be a specific mental state that people find unpleasant — a lack of stimulation that leaves them craving relief, with a host of behavioural, medical and social consequences."

I love the story of the most boring video ever - MEN FOLDING LAUNDRY:

"Colleen Merrifield decided to make a video that would bore most people to tears. In Merrifield's video, two men stand in a white, windowless room. Silently, they take clothes from a pile between them and hang them on a white rack — a camisole, a shirt, a sweater, a sock. The seconds tick by: 15, 20, 45, 60. The men keep hanging laundry."

What Twitter and Yahoo Should Do Next

Really fun read - I love the ridiculous audacity & "so crazy it could work" vibe because, as Lacy's final sentence accurately states, "It’s less sad than watching them both fall in value day after day."​

I love the idea of a Twitter / Yahoo Finance / Stocktwits vertical. That sounds like fun.

IllumiBowl is a night light for your toilet

Hey, if you have some extra cash lying around and don't feel like lighting it on fire, this is an equally superfluous waste of your hard-earned money.

"Let there be light in the bathroom. Now you can add any color of LED light to your toilet bowl and see it glow. That means no more stumbling around when you have to go at night."