Mother’s Day is next weekend, so arrange for some sweetness. Above photo is from Heather Evan’s “Smith’s Seen Not Heard” project I have a weakness for artist mothers who include their kids in their work.
This tweet made me bark-laugh.
Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice “Find something — something new, something difficult — to immerse yourself in and improve at.”
This Airbnb rental comes with a bookstore that you can help run.
Speaking of books, Shaheryar Malik leaves artistic stacks of books around New York for people to take with them.
Look at this beautiful tropical table centerpiece made of green bananas, green coconuts, and open watermelon. Genius.
Jihan Zencirli made this crazy, fish-egg balloon display outside her studio. Because she is magic, and she never denies you the caviar.
Having babies takes me up to a size 14 for a couple years after I give birth. The clothing options are 10 percent of what I have when I’m a size 8, and everything is black. It’s such bullshit. GAH. Anyway, qcut jeans will come in 400 sizes, and may cash rain down upon them. (Thanks for the heads up, Asha!)
I’d never heard about this Civil Rights Swim-In where black people swam in a “white-only” pool, and the owner of the motel poured acid in the pool. Historically, this was like 5 minutes ago.
On Instagram, we went to Disneyland! Next time, I sneak in rum for my Dole Whip. Regrets.
On Pinterest, I am not pinning as much wedding stuff as much as the algorithm wants me to. I am quite the disappointment to Pinterest in this regard. Pink iceberg!
On Snapchat, I am stealthmaggie. It’s essentially an all-baby channel, so be forewarned.
Cool Stuff My Friends are Doing
Helena Price’s Techies Project is getting coverage everywhere. Nice!
Luvvie Ajayi’s book I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, is available for presale. It promises to make you laugh.
People are making stuff like they don’t need to sleep. Good work, awesome people. Go have a nap.
I’ve been reading up on secret societies and came across the Latitude Society, a San Francisco group that apparently became defunct in 2015. Inductees were given an invitation by a friend or acquaintance, with an envelope request for “absolute discretion.”
The card had a code you could use to schedule an appointment online. Then you showed up at the appointed address, and entered a small room with a slide inside the fireplace.
The slide led to a library too small to stand, where inductees first heard this fable, which was reiterated a ritualistic start to group meetings:
Afterward, new members were sent on a sort of scavenger hunt through the city, and given access to invitations, and to online forums where they could arrange to meet with other members.
Magic. Jeff Hull, the society’s creator, is an artist living in Oakland. Costs eventually outstripped revenue and made the project unsustainable, but what a lovely thing while it lasted.
A few articles if you want to know more. Did any of you get to do this?
My Year in San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup
I joined a secret society and loved it, but now it’s just another failed startup
Can a Secret Society Become a Business?
My friend Asha Dornfest runs the site Parent Hacks, and just published the terrific Parent Hacks Book. It’s a quick read, but I learned so, so much, even as a second-time parent. Three of my favorite tips:
#25 After a diaper blowout, take the onesie off top to bottom.
#51 A dry washcloth keeps shampoo out of kids’ eyes.
#119 Use glowsticks as travel nightlights.
Super informative, and a great baby shower gift. Congrats, Asha!
Helena Price launched the Techies Project today, and I’m among the narratives she collected over there. Some of you might remember Helena from her talk at Camp Mighty or the interview series she did for Go Mighty a while back.
This project explores the technology profession from the perspective of people from underrepresented groups. The interviews are dense, but Tech Insider did an overview that provides some good entry points. I suggest interviews with my friends Margaret Stewart and Michelle Morrison.
Great, great work Helena.
Made me laugh.