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5 Cool Things:
Hi, this is Greg Powell. I hope you'll enjoy one or more of these interesting topics from the world of business and beyond. Dan Powell, my son and collaborator, has researched the articles and written the summaries, so this is not a boilerplate message. We'd like to give you a weekly break to learn about something cool or, better yet, 5 Cool Things.

Article 13: EU Approves Controversial Copyright Law (Cnet)

In a win for copyright holders, but another loss for advocates of internet freedom, the EU this week passed its Copyright Directive into law, including the controversial Article 13, which makes platforms responsible for policing content that contains copyrighted material. Opponents of the law fear that heavy-handed filters may soon be in place, pre-censoring popular memes and other posts, and leading to a more subdued and controlled internet experience. On the contrary, EU officials say “the 'meme', the 'gif', the 'snippet' are now protected more than ever before." Read more…


A Journey to the Disappointment Islands (BBC)

In 1765, the crew of HMS Dolphin, in search of South American offshore islands that could be used as resupply stations for the Royal Navy, ran across two tiny specks of land in the remote South Pacific. Unfortunately for the crew, they were driven off by a hostile native population, and dubbed the region “The Islands of Disappointment.” Hundreds of years later, that moniker has ironically kept one of the last island paradises nearly untouched by outside influence. Read more…


Why Do So Many Egyptian Statues Have Broken Noses? (CNN)

Anyone with an interest in the beautiful statues of ancient Egypt has probably noticed how many of them are missing their noses. While the nose of a statue is a relatively weak area, it turns out that most of this damage was intentionally made over the eons, and damage is present even on artworks made in flat relief. As it turns out, the vandalism was symbolic, representing a “killing” of the particular ruler or deity and a neutralizing of their power. Read more…


The Dreams of a Man Asleep for Three Weeks (Kotaku)

“So where was I, as my body lay prone in the intensive care unit at Kennestone Hospital? I was inside of my head. My subconscious wove layer after layer of fictitious narrative, keeping itself occupied as my body healed.” Following complications from emergency surgery, Michael Fahey drifted into a coma that lasted three full weeks. While he was unconscious, his mind continued to operate, weaving numerous dreamworlds that he describes in this article. “I share these dreams to understand them better and maybe to lessen their power. I’m also sharing them because I hope they might help other people understand what their loved ones who wind up under sedation might be experiencing as family and friends sit at their side.” Read more…


The Worst Volume Control UI in the World (Medium)

Finally this week, a group of users on the social network Reddit recently held a contest to design the most annoying volume control interface they could imagine. We’re all familiar with the classic “slider” control, or a sequence of bars with plus and minus buttons, but these submissions will take you all the way to crazy town, even including references to meme-of-all-memes Rick Astley. And there’s even a lesson at the end of the article: sometimes, there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken. Read more…


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