Monday Reads

  1. You’ve probably heard a lot about a kid named Michael Brown recently.  Here’s what you need to know about the unarmed black teen who was shot by a police officer in a small Missouri town and the riots that have followed.
  2. The ALS ice bucket challenge has taken over everyone’s facebook feed.  For those unfamiliar, once challenged by someone, you have 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice water over your head (and then tag someone else in the challenge) or else you must pay $100 to an ALS charity.  With so many videos of people accepting the challenge (and therefore not required to pay), can this viral project has actually raise any money?  YES.  Bravo to all.
  3. The history behind why some items are always tied to certain colors is interesting.  I, for one, am glad I now know why pencils are always yellow.
  4. In response to the uproar occuring since the Michael Brown incident (see first link), three teens from Georgia (yay for my home state!) have created Five-O, an app to record interactions with local law enforcement.  First off all, let’s give these three teens a huge round of applause for 1) being awesome enough to get after it and get trained in coding at such a young age and 2) seeing a problem and finding a solution.  The app will hopefully show trends of police brutality so problems may be addressed as well note officers who do an outstanding job and should be commended.