Sunday Reading: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Hey everyone, Sunday Reading is back! Every week, I’ll bring you some facts and stories from the world outside Middlebury, because we all know how easy it is to get stuck in the bubble.  Its been 80 degrees and gorgeous this weekend, and I’ve got a feeling it isn’t going to last, so let’s enjoy it while we’ve got it, eh?

TECHNOLOGY: Let’s say you haven’t been near a computer or the internet in the past several days, it may be possible you’ve missed hearing that Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away last Thursday.  One of my favorite bloggers compiled a really beautiful collection of videos, stories, and quotes from Jobs over on his site, and to be honest, never has a 45 minute product presentation made me so nostalgic.

TELEVISION: Arrested Development is set to return for a 9 or 10 episode run series, along with a potential reunion film.  Personally, I won’t believe it until it happens, but the renewed enthusiasm is nice for now.

BOOKS: Shel Silverstein’s family is releasing a book of poetry posthumously, containing a collection of previously unpublished poems.  It ends with the line: “When I am gone what will you do?/ Who will write and draw for you?”

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Dream Act becomes law in California, helping illegal immigrants finance scholarships and aid at state universities – different than the federal Dream Act, but important nonetheless.  Reminds me of Jose Vargas’s piece this summer- go read it immidiately if you have not already.

ENVIRONMENT: New information suggests that the state department review of the Tar Sands Keystone XL is not entirely accurate as company interests may have had a role in the outcome of the review.

SCIENCE: Apparently, pathological altruism or extreme selflessness is turning into a fairly large problem. Selflessness can lead to such problems as anorexia, abusive relationships, and animal hoarders.  Mostly I am just fascinated that the term “pathological altruism” exists.

Here’s the link for the photostream below.

This is from a series of pictures taken at a haunted house- over 300 terrified groups. Pretty entertaining.