Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week.
- This Wikipedia list of US Presidential pet names is hilarious and revealing. Unsurprisingly, Teddy Roosevelt totally wins this game.
- We got an email from the creators of this Kickstarter to reprint comics about Canada's first ever superheroine, Nelvana of the Northern Lights. She sounds pretty badass ("defender of the Northern people and enemy to the Axis powers"!), and I can't wait to see this piece of comics and Canadian history come back into availability.
- I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself because I knew all but one from this list of things you might have missed from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. *pushes up glasses*
- A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross. 538 brings us the hard hitting news. (I kid, this is the best possible use of math): What is the probability, given that Ross painted a happy tree, that he then painted a friend for that tree?
There’s a 93 percent chance that Ross paints a second tree given that he has painted a first.
The Columbia Journalism Review has a list of women creating innovative digital publishing platforms who should be getting as much press as 538 and Vox. I already knew some of these (including The Toast, where, ahem, we have been published), but lots to discover here.
First photos from Age of Ultron! Quicksilver is really giving Black Widow a run for her money in the competition for Worst Wig Especially When You Consider How Big This Project's Budget Is.
Last week, The Dissolve picked Clueless for their Movie of the Week, resulting in some great thinkpieces about it. We here at TWiL HQ ride hard for Cher and the gang. There's this great piece on the movie's confidence (Cher knows best, even when she doesn’t. She’s a bimbo Buddha, completely at peace with her interpretation of life), a roundtable discussion, and a piece on the movie as an adaptation of Emma.
A high school English teacher surveyed her female students on whether they saw reflections of their real lives in the books they were reading. Some really interesting answers here.
- SHARK CAM.