Weekly round-up

The Joy of Old Age. (No Kidding.) – Oliver Sacks, New York Times

At 80, one can take a long view and have a vivid, lived sense of history not possible at an earlier age. I can imagine, feel in my bones, what a century is like, which I could not do when I was 40 or 60. I do not think of old age as an ever grimmer time that one must somehow endure and make the best of, but as a time of leisure and freedom, freed from the factitious urgencies of earlier days, free to explore whatever I wish, and to bind the thoughts and feelings of a lifetime together.”



Why the McWrap Is So Important to McDonald’s – Susan Berfield, Business Week

“After lengthy discussions with produce suppliers around the country, Coudreaut managed to add one new ingredient to the McDonald’s arsenal: the English cucumber. That might not seem like a big change, but when the chain added sliced apples to its menu, it immediately became one of the largest buyers of apples in the country. The company had to build up reserves of edamame before it introduced its Asian salad. Coudreaut would like to add guacamole one day. Who knows what that would do to the avocado supply?”



Jay-Z ‘Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail’ review: When fans are reduced to customers – Chris Richards, Washing Post

“When an artist self-identifies as a corporate entity, are we still Jay-Z fans? Or are we Jay-Z customers?

Samsung purchased a million copies of “Magna Carta” in advance, then, via the app, made the album available to subscribers five days before its widespread release. In exchange, users were asked to share access to their social media accounts, their phone calls, their GPS location and more. If the medium is the message, we finally had an answer to that fan-or-customer question.”



Watch a lightening strike at 10,000 frames per second. Simply stunning.



Oh, and here’s a live stream direct from Alaska of bear hunting salmon on the other side of the world. Live. Bear. Alaska.

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