1. Nihilistic password security questions. Ensuring that only your true friends will be able to hack your email. Thanks McSweeney’s!
2. Quantico. Ever a sucker for a CIA/FBI-themed show with a hot, kick-arse female lead, Quantico has again made me a slave to the weekly TV cycle. Nice comedic moment from the most recent episode: top recruit Alex Parrish has just made up with her FBI academy roommate Shelby. Alex tells Shelby that she’s the first friend she’s ever had. They enjoy a teary moment. Then Alex asks, ‘How long do we hold hands until it gets weird?’
3. Fast food waffles. Before I left for the US, I heard about this strange food trend – making waffles out of things that the Belgians never intended for the waffle iron. In doing some careful research into this, I came across this video. And it has persuaded me that leftover pizza could absolutely taste amazing waffled. Along with so many other things that sit way up in the discretionary foods portion of the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
4. What it looks like. An audio story about taking photos of something that can’t be seen. Also known as, a great recent episode of Reply All in which writer Jamie Lauren Keiles talks about her depressiongrams – Instagram photos she took that offered an unusual insight into her condition. PJ Vogt guides us through this episode, and he unexpectedly opens up about his own struggle with depression in the wake of a friend’s suicide.
5. Life and death of an Amazon warehouse temp. This is the latest story I’ve collected (also see ‘The lonely death of George Bell‘) about people who led quiet lives and died as they lived. In the hands of a good journalist, a strong narrative can be crafted that reveals the measure and value of every individual, no matter how unassuming.
This HuffPost piece centres on Jeff Lockhart Jr. who was a devoted husband and father. He’d been a temp at an Amazon warehouse, in a role that involved criss-crossing the span of the warehouse to retrieve from shelves stock that customers had ordered. He had been striving to be made permanent so he could better support his family. But he died, there on the warehouse floor. And his humble ambitions died with him.