Lyse Links: the most interesting reads this weekend


I got behind on this post for a few weeks, so I have loads of interesting links saved up for you! I’m posting the most cool ones this week, with the more obscure ones to come later. Enjoy!

  • Isn’t “picture this” just a metaphor? This is a note by a man who literally cannot picture things in his head. While that idea itself is fascinating, the value of this piece is the voice of the author. It’s hilarious, insightful, well worth the 15 minute read.
  • What do the first stages of Alzheimer’s feel like? This is an older, quite long read, but it’s worthwhile for seeing a stage of life that we often avoid. The author is a very experienced  reporter, so I relished the sophistication of his style.
  • Why People Pay to Read The New York Times. This is actually where I found the previous article. It’s a good discussion of the place that newspapers hold in a world of Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. (I think both of those outlets periodically offer remarkable news stories, but I am an unapologetic supporter of traditional newspapers.)
  • We discovered our parents were Russian spies. If you have not already seen this story, it’s a must-read. Life truly is stranger than fiction–when the FBI raids a house, two brothers find out that their parents are Russian spies and almost nothing they know about their family is true.
  • Are Millennials really the most distracted generation? I think the title speaks for itself.

Did you learn anything interesting? Which story is your favorite?

A Plea to Recognize Ageism


I’d barely gotten seated at the doctors’ office when the receptionist asked, “How old are you?” I smiled and told her I was 22. As expected, she immediately laughed and told me that I looked like I was 15 or 16. I explained that I get that a lot.

5 minutes later, the nurse asked about my emergency contact. I gave his name and number. Then she asked, “Is that your father?” No, it’s my husband.

This kind of thing happens to me a lot. I look young, apparently.

Oh, you’ll be thankful for it when you’re my age! You’ll be grateful for that someday! Continue reading

Lyse Links: Golden State Warriors, NPR, and podcasts


I have lots of mini-obsessions. I tend to get on a roll reading about one topic or listening to one type of music or reading one genre. A couple of clear patterns emerged in my reading this week, so the articles I share will be less broad, but more deep. Enjoy!

Golden State Warriors

To be clear, I am a non-sports person. I play soccer, but I don’t pay attention to the goings-on of pretty much any sport in the college or professional world.

But even I couldn’t escape hearing about Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. They’re the team that’s revolutionizing basketball. The ones who hit 3-pointers more consistently than the entirety of basketball players can hit free throws. They are the much loved and much despised and much copied team of the last year.

If you’re non-sportsy, like me, you’ll probably still enjoy the story behind this team.  Continue reading

Lyse Links: Life-hacking, kiss cams, academic bluffing, & the Internet


I’ve done tons of great reading recently, so I’m very excited to share some of the better articles I found. Enjoy!

  • The 7 Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy — I follow (or attempt to follow) most of these steps in my evening ritual. And I definitely have a ritual! My husband doesn’t. It’s been a bit of a problem. Do you/your partners have a bedtime ritual?
    • Note: if you’re a productivity/life-hacking/sleep geek, like I am, I recommend reading this even though you’ve probably read lots of lists about morning and evening rituals. This one has a few recommendations I hadn’t seen before.
  • Why Your Brain Works Better in Winter – If you’ve been following my blog, you know I don’t like winter. But this article makes a pretty convincing argument that we are sharper mentally during the winter. My grudge against the cold remains nonetheless.
  • This guy totally faked an academic paper – Even though I’m a grad student now (maybe because I’m a grad student?), I’m very skeptical of academia and publication. You should be too. If nothing else, this article is hilarious.
  • Behind the scenes of the kiss cam – This is a cool bts look at arena kiss cams. I was fascinated, even though I’ve been at big games maybe….twice? The kiss cam requires a remarkable combination of technical skill and comedic/dramatic intuition.
    • I was going to link to a funny kiss cam compilation, but the ones I found are of mixed appropriateness and quality. Search for them at your own risk.
  • The Internet isn’t ruining us – If you’re interested in the philosophy of the Internet, attention, and the way technology is changing society, read this article.
  • How to do uncomfortable things – We only grow through being uncomfortable. Use this article as a starting point for pushing yourself to grow this week.

I already have some great articles saved up for next week, so come back next Saturday for another collection of great reading!

Do you have questions, comments, or boiling rage about these articles? Tell me in the comments!

Barnes & Noble’s has a problem and it’s not Amazon


I’ve been a life-long Barnes & Noble’s fan. I pay for a Membership. I have a Nook. I spent a huge portion of my teen years in my local B&N. I order, pre-order, and physically buy dozens of books and e-books from them every year.

I’ve never had to talk to their customer service. Until this last week. And it was awful.

This isn’t a B&N bashing post, so I won’t go into all the gritty details of what happened. But I’m going to list my grievances, because these are fixable things. Continue reading