What I’ve Been Reading This Week (Nov. 27-Dec. 3)

This is the first edition in a weekly series based on what I’ve been reading on the internets. 

You see, I read a ton of blogs (205 on my Feedly reader at present), websites and other items through the week.  

It’s part of my rather-disturbing addiction to news and information that has developed only in the past couple of years, largely thanks to Twitter.   And I do pass along many links there.

Picking up and reading the blog of my KIRO 7 colleague and friend Paul Balcerak, I’ve gotten turned onto Instapaper.  That’s a website that is self-described as a “simple tool for saving web pages for reading later.”  

(Apparently Pinterest is good too, but I’ve been waiting on an invite for what seems like an eternity.)

So with this brand-new personal website and blog thing I’m slowly working on, I thought it’d be a good place to list the best-of-the-best of what I’ve come across in my week.   There is a lot of great material from talented people and organizations out there. 

It won’t be a long list from me… maybe five, perhaps as many as ten.   The articles won’t be that long either (however my descriptions probably will).  

The plan is to send along every Sunday and clear out the Instapaper queue for more.  Send me your best in return!-MP

At long last, here’s installment numero uno (topics from wide receivers to wasps):

1.  Positively the easiest way to spot 12 men on the field

If you thought you were getting every conceivable television angle of Sunday’s games, think again!

There is one camera shot the NFL absolutely does not want you to see, says The Wall Street Journal.

Is it just me, or does that sound like a magician who would just prefer you kindly not videotape the performance!

2.  Facebook is not a blog!

Kelly Clay (via Lockergnome) implores you: Don’t be a Facebook blogger!

Now, I love Twitter (and to a much-lesser extent, Facebook), but we agree: please use it as a really, really”TinyURL” for all your thoughts and emotions.

As Clay also points out, for serious bloggers and especially brands, putting your blog on a site you don’t run might, just might, become a bit sticky later on.

3.  “When death feels like a good option”

In the TV weather world, we lost another wonderful talent this week: Don Harman of Fox 4 in Kansas City.   Struggling with depression, according to his family, he took his own life on Tuesday.

Watch “Don’s Family Shares His Fight with Depression” from WDAF Fox 4  

They say television is a small world, where no one is more than two degrees separated from everyone else.  The TV weather business is even much smaller than that.

Harman’s suicide reverberated around our very small world, as did the 2007 death of John Winter of WFLA in Tampa who was also struggling with depression.

Well-known Seattle entrepreneur Ben Huh of the Cheezburger network recounts his darkest days in an early-week article from the Seattle P-I.com.

4.  Stunning St. Helens

Ben’s words are encouraging, so please take a moment and a deep breath to reflect on his words and nature’s beauty.  

The incredibly stunning photograph was taken of lightning near Mount St. Helens earlier this year.

5.  Lots I didn’t know about campaigns

With the “suspension” of Herman Cain’s candidacy Saturday, I heard some cable news chatter about the chance he could get back in the race at some point.  I thought, “Not if he’s going to endorse someone, he can’t!”

NBC/MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro explains it has a lot to do with debt, among some other things.

And, did you know that Hillary Clinton is still technically a candidate for president?

6.  “John, I’ll take the wasp in the center square for the block.”

I’ve killed my share of wasps and yellowjackets over time, and it’s not something I’m proud of.  In my old-er age, I realize they are beneficial, and will probably just leave me alone.

Still, the paper wasp’s sting ranks as a 3.0 on the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which places it between the red harvester ant and tarantula hawk.  A 3.0 is described as “like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.”

Now in even better news: THESE WASPS KNOW WHO YOU ARE.   Or at least, they can recognize the faces of other wasps.

I would assume they could then probably figure us out.

Look at those faces.

Now, by all means, you have very pleasant dreams tonight.

Those nine wasps playing Hollywood Squares know exactly what you did with that can of Hot Shot at the house next door.

As for me, I really don’t want to meet the nice-looking wasp in the top center square.  You know, the one next to Jim J. Bullock.