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What it’s like to sail the Great Barrier Reef [pics]

What it’s like to sail the Great Barrier Reef [pics]

Photo: Tourism and Events QueenslandI have never capsized a boat before. And hopefully today won’t be the first time. Our sail guide — a 50-something Brit named Geoff whose leathery complexion suggests a life of sea, salt, and sun — is grinning as he shouts gibberish naval terms to the two landlubbers under his command.

Don’t call it “world” music

Don’t call it “world” music

Reasons why I dislike the “world music” genre:1. ALL music is technically world music. But since the world music category was created to describe non-Western music, this makes me ask…why? What makes the West (read: the USA, Canada, and Great Britain) exempt from being categorized as “world” music?2. Using the term to describe non-Western music is othering.

The Gates Foundation Visitor Center: Where youth and social change intersect

The Gates Foundation Visitor Center: Where youth and social change intersect

“ILLIMI.” A PAUSE. “Illimi,” she said with more force. “My great grandmother explained it to me as a harmonious combination of knowledge, humility, and purpose.” So began just one of six moving TEDxChange talks this spring on the theme of “Positive Disruption.”At the Gates Foundation Visitor Center. All photos: AuthorSpeakers included Cathleen Kaveny, discussing the new face of religion and believers as positive disrupters; Halimatou Hima, on investing in girls as a key to the future; Roger Thurow, on issues in agriculture and the future of farming; Julie Dixon, on social media as a voice for social change; David Fasanya, a Nigerian-American performance artist and youth poet; Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra, two 15-year-olds from India who started a vaccine program in the slums of Calcutta; and of course, Melinda Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, where the talks were held.

11 bizarre species to look for on a Great Barrier Reef dive [pics]

11 bizarre species to look for on a Great Barrier Reef dive [pics]

Photo: Lady Elliot IslandSome pretty crazy-looking critters inhabit the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia.ON MY WEEK-LONG TRIP to northeastern Australia, courtesy of Tourism Queensland, I tried to track some of them down. I’d heard descriptions of worms with spaghetti-shaped tentacles, cuddle-hungry giant cod, and a mysterious white humpback whale.

Q&A with Wikipedia programmer Brandon Harris

Q&A with Wikipedia programmer Brandon Harris

Jason Wire talks to Brandon Harris, one of Wikipedia’s most recognizable figures, about the company’s mission, philosophy, and the road ahead.It wasn’t until I encountered Brandon Harris that I really understood Wikipedia.You may think it’s a fact catalog. Or that it’s a beneficial byproduct of a bunch of dudes in their basement writing articles as a coping mechanism for loneliness.

12 quotes from the love story of our time

12 quotes from the love story of our time

THERE WAS A CERTAIN HESITANCY going into the theatre to watch Occupy Love. My partner and I had just seen Chasing Ice — a disturbing documentary that graphically showed the effects of climate change via disappearing glaciers — the previous week. We weren’t exactly in the mood to get depressed again. But here we were about to watch a film whose context was a failing economy and an impending environmental and ecological disaster.