May 27th, 2010

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He's only posted the first part, but I suspect this is going to be a good story: The Time I Met J.K. Rowling by Lev Grossman You wouldn’t think it, but Time has some major-league Harry Potter fans on staff. Senior staff. They can rattle off trivia like they were Newt Scamander or some shit. But I was the books guy, and the most visibly nerdy staff member. So I went.

And another good story: Ursula Vernon reviews the book Life List It’s the sort of inspiring story that would make a great movie, if it wasn’t about something as incomprehensible to the average viewer as birding–she was told that she had terminal cancer and perhaps six months to live. Given few treatment options and a near-certain death sentence, she decided to forgo treatment and to go birding around the world as long as her health would permit.

She lived for eighteen more years and was the first person to ever see more than 8000 birds.

Oh, for those of us who are about to start hurricane season, (or anybody who might end up in a situation where the tap water is contaminated), I've been meaning to post this: Solar Water Disinfection is a method of disinfecting water using only sunlight and plastic PET bottles.