Mighty Life List
Apr 14 2017

Fridaaay, Links!

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Girls at festival – Coral Springs , Florida – 1983

My brain keeps coming back to this observation on friendship. It runs counter to my upbringing, not being a “fair weather friend” was a big deal in our house, but I love the idea of it.

I got myself a a watchy watch. Punctuality rules.

These happy photos of Khoudia Diop are terrific, and full of little pretties. via @Afrobella

Shark baby! Ferocious. Also, the exact stripey, ruffle-yay, little girl swimsuit you’ve been looking for.

Dolphins will risk death to eat octopus, there’s a video. Hard to know who to root for in this bad-ass animal showdown.

I tried to bake brownies tucked inside Easter Eggs, and succeeded spectacularly.

Don’t know him, but Sam Altman seems like such an interesting, curious guy. He traveled across the U.S. to talk to people about why they voted for Trump, then summarized what they liked about him and didn’t. Neat project.

The NBA’s winning percentage has been rising steadily since the 1980s, perhaps because apps like Tinder, Instagram, etc. are making it less time consuming for players to find “companionship” while they’re on the road. Totally fascinating. via kottke

A nice line of poetry from Search and Rescue by Michael Chitwood:

“The busy gray nest
swallows hornets like words
returning to the mouth.”

Feminism,
Maggie

Apr 13 2017

Inbox of Forgotten Emails

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I lost some time to the Inbox of Forgotten Emails, a collaborative project between MailChimp and Creative Mornings.

The site lets you share emails you wrote but never sent, and it reminds me of something I once read about the appeal of the early personal Web, “Knowing someone without having to know them.” Also, reminds me of a long-form PostSecret.

Apr 12 2017

Hieronymus Bosch Figurines

I feel like I should have heard more about these Hieronymus Bosch figurines. Did you know these existed? Bonks.

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Apr 11 2017

Creative Playthings Vintage Toys

An article I was reading mentioned Creative Playthings, a vintage brand of toys “to provide simple and beautifully designed toys to promote a child’s creativity and imagination.” Reminds me a little of the modern brand Kid O. Anyway, a quick Etsy search turned up some beautiful (if pricey) stuff:

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Rocking Beauty

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Sand Paddle

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Zoo Blocks

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Magnifying Stool

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I also found an image of this structure, which is the exact one they had at my preschool(?) I think:

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I can feel the texture of the wood slide surface in my hands. Crazy.

Apr 8 2017

3 Favorite Easter Ideas

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A few years ago, I baked little cakes inside eggshells. I think I’m going to try it again but with cake mix this year. I originally thought the type of cake might make it less likely to stick to the shell, but now I feel more adventurous.

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I’d also like to steal some eggs from the kids and try out Megan’s food color egg dye recipes for super-saturated eggs.

Finally, we just bought more of these cheapie LED lights for night-time egg hunts with Hank. You pop them into plastic eggs so they glow. It’s surprising how beautiful they are. I’ll take some photos this year to do it justice.

Are you an Easter celebrator? Liz likes to spell the kids names in jelly beans, which is great. I’d love to hear about your traditions if you have some you love too.

Apr 5 2017

I Love You Robot Pins

Remember this video I mentioned a few days ago? I couldn’t stop thinking about it and how happy it made me, so Brad and I made a pin.

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The pin also makes me happy. You can get one here, and then we can identify each other in the streets and hug stiffly.

I love you, robots.

Apr 4 2017

Lewie Louise

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I just bought a few of these color theory cards, and a pack of watercolor postcards by Lewie Louise, a collaboration between San Francisco artists.

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The postcard quality is exceptional, as is the old timey type on the back. Just what I wanted. You can get some here.