Weekly Wrap-Up

 This is a new section looking at the interesting, hilarious and odd things I have discovered in the previous 7 days.

Geek Culture

It will probably surprise no one that I used to play D&D.  I was a relative late comer to the game, not playing until my mid-20s, although I did play an online MUD version of D&D in my late teens. This article Slaying the demons of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ looks at not only the brand new version coming out, but why we play D&D in the first place.

History

I, like you probably, didn’t think that women saw any frontline action as soldiers in World War 1 & 2, but I was wrong, meet Flora Sandes, a British woman who was on the frontline in both wars.  I want to be her when I grow up.

Language

We all know how hard it is to find a job in Germany when you don’t speak the language (if you don’t, take a look at this post). However, could you learn a foreign language from scratch in a short amount of time in order to land a job? This article from the Guardian examine this issue.

Science

We all think that the freedom to chose the things we want will make us the happiest, right? What if you found out that was wrong?  This TED Talk on The Science of Happiness will make you re-think how you think about happiness.

Last week I went to see the new Scarlett Johansson film ‘Lucy’. I knew just from watching the trailer that the science in it was going to be bullshit, but I still enjoyed the film cause it was pretty much 90 mins of Scarlett being badass & who doesn’t enjoy that.  Fortunately, someone way more smarter than me explored the Brain myths in Lucy for all of our facepalming pleasure.

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