This weekend marks the return of one of my favorite contests: The Washington Post’s annual Peeps Diorama contest. Here are the winners and finalists for 2014. Also sharing in the Peeps love, Slate asks, “What happens when you throw a Peep out an airlock?” This experiment builds on the research done by the Peeps peeps themselves, who document various scientific results on their website. If you would prefer to eat your peeps, you can find a variety of recipes online.
Tuesday, April 15 was the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and many thousands of people are on their way to Beantown this weekend to participate in the 2014 marathon on Monday. Earlier this week, Ryan shared the work that he and his students at Northeastern University have done with the Our Marathon project to honor the occasion. ESPN has posted a collection of stories about a number of 2013 participants. Runners’ World has run several features and columns on the race including this one from Race Director Dave McGillivray. Good luck to any ProfHackers who are participating in the race!
The literary world lost a one of its greats on April 17: Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away at the age of 87. Marquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 “for,” according to the prize committee, “his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”
While we are on a literary bent, Poetry Foundation released its Best Practices for Fair Use in Poetry this week. These best practices are the product of a collaboration between the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, American University’s Center for Social Media, and the Washington College of Law.
Unrest continues this week in the Ukraine. USA Today broke a story yesterday about a leaflet ordering Jewish residents to register with Pro-Russian forces in East Ukraine. The New Republic has debunked the story as rumor rather than fact. But strife continues in the region. CNN is reporting this afternoon that Pro-Russian forces remain defiant in the face of efforts at peace.
Our video of the week is a blast from the past: Peter Cottontail (1971). Happy weekend from all of us at ProfHacker whether you are celebrating Easter, Patriot’s Day, the Boston Marathon, the weekend more generally, or all of the above!