Benjamin Ho

Independent writer at Wry Things

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Benjamin Ho

6 days ago

Really gripping stuff. Good job for a first article.

Attack on Skull Island

gq.com

Benjamin Ho

7 days ago

tl;dr: a healthy outlook on life is actually biologically good for your longevity

Could your thoughts make you age faster?

ideas.ted.com

Benjamin Ho

7 days ago

A memoir of a man

Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast

newyorker.com

Benjamin Ho

8 days ago

one of the coolest things I've read this week

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity

theatlantic.com

Benjamin Ho

9 days ago

Life is not gonna give you what you want all the time. You'd agree with that, right? Then why are we so frustrated when we don't get what we want? We take pleasures for granted and are frustrated by the difficulties. Yet we readily admit difficulties are inevitable and pleasures must be worked for. It's totally inconsistent — and the source of most of our bad feelings.

The secret to loving your life

theweek.com

Benjamin Ho

9 days ago

RIP

The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc

outsideonline.com

Benjamin Ho

9 days ago

I knew Trump was daft, but this a special kind of stupid

Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together

politico.com

Benjamin Ho

11 days ago

Farming doesn't have to be unsustainable and industrial.

Bringing Farming Back to Nature

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

12 days ago

Agricultural landscapes may not be as good for bees as urban ones

Bumblebees Thrive in the City but Struggle on the Farm

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

14 days ago

Palm oil may be a problem, but alternative oils aren't the answer.

Saying ‘no’ to palm oil would likely displace, not halt biodiversity loss – IUCN report

iucn.org

Benjamin Ho

44 days ago

"When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea’s preferred five-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it’s mindful that Pyongyang may view a U.S. payment as insulting. As a result, U.S. planners are considering asking Singapore, the host country, to pay for the North Korean delegation’s bill."

U.S. seeks discreet way to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel during Trump-Kim summit

washingtonpost.com

Benjamin Ho

55 days ago

If a civilization uses fossil fuels, the climate change they trigger can lead to a large decrease in ocean oxygen levels. These low oxygen levels (called ocean anoxia) help trigger the conditions needed for making fossil fuels like oil and coal in the first place. In this way, a civilization and its demise might sow the seed for new civilizations in the future.

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

theatlantic.com

Benjamin Ho

74 days ago

Bitcoin is not an investment.

Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history

recode.net

Benjamin Ho

92 days ago

- Hans Rosling

Remember that the media and activists rely on drama to grab your attention; that negative stories are more dramatic than positive ones; and how simple it is to construct a story of crisis from a temporary dip pulled out of its context of a long-term improvement.

Good news at last: the world isn’t as horrific as you think

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

121 days ago

An intriguing cult of personality

Terms of Service Violation

bloomberg.com

Benjamin Ho

125 days ago

A challenging lifestyle in more ways than one

Why 4 a.m. Is the Most Productive Hour

wsj.com

Benjamin Ho

126 days ago

Go #ZeroPlastic

Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

128 days ago

Chilling.

The Killers of Kiev: How Putin Created an Assassin’s Metropolis

gq.com

Benjamin Ho

134 days ago

A fascinating history of trying to corral the English language

Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

146 days ago

The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

146 days ago

The Special Stew at the Heart of Sumo Wrestling

atlasobscura.com

Benjamin Ho

146 days ago

Strange urban phenomena still exist

There’s a Persistent Hum in This Canadian City, and No One Knows Why

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

159 days ago

From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

169 days ago

Folklore used to be morally ambiguous, compared to modern fairy tales

The good guy/bad guy myth

aeon.co

Benjamin Ho

177 days ago

In its elegantly retro pages, often rather posh men wrote about the pleasures of laziness – while on the side busily producing books and newspaper articles, and running a creative consultancy with corporate clients, Idle Industries.

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

184 days ago

Here's a tangible example of a consumer product derived from forests. In this case, fungi-based enzymes for detergents that can improve stain removal and reduce energy usage in washing machines.

Fighting Climate Change, One Laundry Load at a Time

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

184 days ago

From a Singaporean perspective

A cautionary tale from the depths of the sharing economy

straitstimes.com

Benjamin Ho

184 days ago

I'm not a vegan and probably won't become one anytime soon, but this writer's a really affable vegan who makes her new lifestyle sound so sensible and reasonable.

A bacon sandwich would, of course, still taste delicious. But then, keeping a slave in one’s house would also be very handy. It’s just not something any sane person is going to do.

5am ice baths and a strict vegan diet: my year of living (very) healthily

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

186 days ago

A new culprit

In bee decline, fungicides emerge as improbable villain

phys.org

Benjamin Ho

190 days ago

This City Hall, brought to you by Amazon

seattletimes.com

Benjamin Ho

190 days ago

Privilege is not always clear cut.

“You can look at it and think, ‘Oh, the white child probably had the better childhood in this ritzy, tony suburb,’” Ms. Roost said. “But then again, peel it back a layer and you’ll see it was a horrible childhood.”

The Adopted Black Baby, and the White One Who Replaced Her

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

190 days ago

Singapore's educational system is just Harrison Bergeron's world realized

And therein lies the paradox. In Singapore, gifted children are expected to be completely different, yet utterly the same.

I Grew Up Gifted. It Was Terrifying.

academia.com.sg

Benjamin Ho

194 days ago

As riveting as a car crash

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President

nymag.com

Benjamin Ho

200 days ago

I'm actually quite scared about this. It sounds like a potential ice-9.

Being able to nudge evolution one way or the other would be a powerful tool for combating everything from disease to climate change. They’re being considered for wiping out malaria-causing mosquitoes, and eradicating harmful invasive species. But out in the wild, they have the potential to spread out of control, with perhaps dire consequences.

Crispr Isn’t Enough Any More. Get Ready for Gene Editing 2.0

wired.com

Benjamin Ho

200 days ago

Perhaps You’d Like to Try Lemon or Raspberry Flavored Oysters

atlasobscura.com

Benjamin Ho

202 days ago

In the old brown house on the corner, a mile from the middle of the city, we ate bacon for breakfast every morning of our lives.


If you are reading this essay, you’re a reader. You probably know this sentence, and if you don’t, you are comfortable with interpreting it. You can hear a character beginning to form: its romantic, optimistic, nostalgic voice; a voice yearning for simplicity; probably, in its deliberate imitation of a child’s singsong, the voice of a woman, a mother. You know it might take a few pages to learn just who this woman is. You’re skilled in this sort of patience.
But if you have never read anything more difficult than a Harry Potter book, how are you meant to proceed?

'The difficulty is the point': teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

203 days ago

While Singapore continues to wayang smart nation, another tiny nation-state becomes an actual smart nation

Estonia, the Digital Republic

newyorker.com

Benjamin Ho

207 days ago

Well done, maesters

There is now a climate model of the world of Game of Thrones

arstechnica.com

Benjamin Ho

208 days ago

Why Monks and Nuns Make So Many Beloved Foods

atlasobscura.com

Benjamin Ho

209 days ago

The first floor, above the hubbub of the street but conveniently accessed by a single flight of stairs, was the floor most sought after—the piano nobile or bel étage.

New lift technology is reshaping cities

economist.com

Benjamin Ho

210 days ago

Elaborated well with scrolling graphics

Generation Screwed

highline.huffingtonpost.com

Benjamin Ho

211 days ago

Why do I gravitate to unprofitable industries?

How to Survive the Media Apocalypse

theatlantic.com

Benjamin Ho

214 days ago

A good explainer of the developments in taxonomy, and a sad revelation about how the sheer diversity of invertebrates that we barely know are already disappearing

‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

215 days ago

Why rejecting the modern world is a privileged fantasy

theguardian.com

Benjamin Ho

216 days ago

Getting companies to use RSPO-certified products does not mean as much as it should yet.

Study: RSPO certification prunes deforestation in Indonesia — but not by much

news.mongabay.com

Benjamin Ho

225 days ago

Bitcoin Is a Delusion That Could Conquer the World

theatlantic.com

Benjamin Ho

225 days ago

The Future of Journalism is Bright, and Paid

hackernoon.com

Benjamin Ho

229 days ago

Your phone vibrates a dozen times an hour with alerts about likes and comments and retweets and faves. The combined effect is one of just trying to suck you back in, so their numbers look better for their next quarterly earnings report.

The End of the Social Era Can’t Come Soon Enough

vanityfair.com

Benjamin Ho

231 days ago

comprehension is intimately intertwined with knowledge.

How to Get Your Mind to Read

nytimes.com

Benjamin Ho

232 days ago

Households are actually the biggest contributor to the amount of food going to waste across the country — more than grocery stores or restaurants or any other sector," Gunders says. Food is the No. 1 contributor to landfills, and as it decomposes, it releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

npr.org

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