'Selfie,' Your Word of the Year: Morning Report 11/20/13

"People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates." - Thomas Szasz

Pictured Above: Einar Runar Sigurdsson, photographer and adventurer, captures the making of a cup o' joe in an ice cave in Vatnajökull, one of the largest and most voluminous Icelandic glaciers, snuggly located in southeast Iceland. He has even more surreal images of the trip here. Stay warm, friend.

Relevant and less-than-relevant goings-on from around the interwebs:

  • Dr. Bionic: Wearable Eyes-On Glasses System allows for sub-skin imaging without all the clunky equipment. Then there's the 3D-printed replica of patients' body parts so surgeons might be able to see and study what they'll be operating on before they're actually in there. Hopefully all of this will curb costs as right now medical tourism, going under the knife abroad to save money, is a real thing. [Fast.Co, NewScientist, Outside]
  • Mr. Amazing: Bill Gates dreams up four world-changing products, 'cause revolutionizing the PC, his foundation, and putting malaria on notice are not enough. [Wired]
  • Sherlock Smith: The man Sir Arthur Conan Doyle deemed his legendary character's Yankee counterpart. [The Atlantic]
  • Your best and brightest, mavericks, and men of the year. [Esquire, Details, GQ]
  • The Year of Me: "Selfie" overtakes "twerk" as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. Yes, this is where we (as a society) stand now. [NYT]
  • In Case You Missed It: Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," an interactive music video. It's already gone crazy viral, so probably worth checking out... [Mashable]
  • Absurdistan: Outdated laws, in pictures. [Wired]
  • Take a Hike: U.S. National Parks and Parks Canada, in Google Street View. [Google Lat Long]

Also, did you know... Only a little over 1% of Iceland is arable. Good thing they have all that fishing. [Norden]