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  1. Tom Cruise allegedly had members of the Church of Scientology plant a meadow for him to run through with Nicole Kidman. I had been counting down the seconds for HBO’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief but then for some reason didn’t watch it in full until last week. While the first hour covered much of what those who are well versed in Scientology already know, the second hour is just beyond fascinating. First of all, the whole thing is worth it just to watch footage from the various Scientology conventions but, second of all, there are some amazing details released about how Tom Cruise benefits from Scientology. In addition to winning awards (some of which were made up just for him), he supposedly told the Church that running through a meadow with Nicole Kidman was a fantasy of his and so members of the Sea Org (who are often paid just $0.40/hour or $75/week) had to plant a meadow, were informed it wasn’t up to snuff & then had to plant it again. As a follow up, I did enjoy Acculturated’s Five Lessons from “Going Clear.”
  2. Jake Gyllenhaal is 5 feet 11.5 inches tall and extremely charming. Gimlet Media’s Mystery Show podcast is one of my new favorites and while some episodes have been less interesting, their most recent one, “Source Code” delves into the mysteries of celebrity heights. As a tall woman, I’m very appreciative of anyone debunking height lies. My general theory is men 5’8″-5’9″ say they’re 5’10” while men 5’10”-5’11.5″ say they’re 6′ and men over 6′ seem to be more honest. All that aside, the whole episode is worth a listen if only to be jealous of Jake’s flirtatious exchange with Starlee at the end.
  3. As exemplified by Reddit recently, the internet mob mentality is HR’s worst enemy. While there are many many facets to all of the news on Reddit of late, I enjoyed this Daily Beast article and thought it pretty comprehensive. While what initially stood out to me was that clearly most of the angry people on the internet haven’t tried to fire someone recently, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by what a complex organism Reddit (and any online community) is from a political and psychological standpoint. To have to understand and respect that community, and then figure out how to monetize it without losing its spirit, seems like an impossible task.