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Weekend Links: The Story of a Minor League Lifer

Fascinating migration data within the United States -- you can see where people are coming from or moving to county by county. Anything surprise you?
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From Holly, a fantastic story on a minor league lifer who is 38 years old and has lasted 20 seasons. "The AP photo is a nice summation of his career in baseball: a man standing in, on the blurry margin, while the lens locks its gaze on someone much more famous."
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And while on the subject of baseball -- from James, "here's a POV video of a Navy SEAL jumping into Dodger Stadium." Very cool and definitely the closest I will ever get to actually skydiving …
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At a distance you might never guess that this massive sculptures are made from drinking straws.
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Speaking of: how our brains understand art (and why an emoticon looks like a face to us even though it doesn't look like an actual human).
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So there is your brain on art, and here is your brain on drugs doing art: "Saunders drew while under the influence of various substances ranging from cocaine, to marijuana, to DMT. Each portrait is an astonishing look into the mind of someone tweaked out on drugs, something that your eyes will surely appreciate." I found the collection interesting and disturbing (apparently and perhaps unsurprisingly he suffered some brain damage because of his experiment, which should be disclaimer enough!)
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Great piece about storytellers travelling across Georgia on the Unchained Tour in a 1972 Blue Bird school bus. (Thanks Tamara for the link!)
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Brain game: don't let the color blocks touch. Feel superior in the early levels, sure, but it gets much harder!
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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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