In Our Feeds: old maps, talking about math, and Abraham Lincoln
By Morgan on October 19th, 2012
Each Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!
This is my favorite time of year — darkened twilights, rainstorms, pumpkins everywhere. When I walk inside my apartment I bring in fallen leaves with me, which is both annoying and festive!
We’re all getting in the Halloween spirit around here this week, which was helped by this hilarious piece from Vulture, which put some of television’s scariest shows on Goosebumps book covers. Appropriate, considering we’re about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic Goosebumps brand! And OOMers sent in other neat links, too, like:
- Lia showed me this very cool story out of the LA Times. It seems the Los Angeles Public Library has inherited a trove of maps — including, amazingly, one from 1592 (!!!) and tens of thousands (!!!) of others, all of which were found in a single cottage. As someone who loves old maps, I’m thinking of planning a trip out there to see for myself!
- In education news, from The Guardian in the UK comes an article about new research that shows childhood stimulation is the key to brain development later in life — so in other words, “the more mental stimulation a child gets around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.” We can’t stress it enough, folks: read to your kids early and often, which can lead to success later in life.
- Tyler also sent over this article from Wired, which shows parents are still intimidated talking to their kids about…math. (What did you think I was going to say?)
- Anne was inspired by this story from DonorsChoose.org, about an unsung hero (we like to call them “teachers.“).
- Calling all tweeters (like us!): Nadia found this great resource: an online thesaurus that finds words with shorter character counts! Handy!
- And, the coolest link of the week, sent by Dante, who says, “this article from The Atlantic is one of the reasons I really, really love the internet.” Take a look at this amazing interview with a man who “saw” Lincoln get shot. (And thanks to YouTube, which makes our history feel closer than ever.)
Read something cool you think we’d be into? Let us know in the comments. Have a great weekend!
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