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31st March 2017

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Max Seddon’s photo of a young Russian protestor is like a Renaissance painting.

Related, Pussy Riot, the band imprisoned for giving protest performances in Russia, gives advice for women to defy Putin and Trump: “To persevere, Nadya Tolokonnikova says, it’s important to think in dubious times ‘how I could improve the lives of people around me… it’s only then — when you start to find a solution — that you will feel good again. Even in the darkest times, helping others is power.’”

I love you, robot. Oof.

Are you in the path of the total solar eclipse that happens in August?

Finnish Dish Drying Cabinets let you put your dishes away while they’re still wet. Why aren’t these in every San Francisco apartment?

Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” is the right tempo for administering CPR. As is “I Will Survive.”

Skateboarding on frozen sand.

Correcting misogynistic graffiti is a new hobby we should all adopt.

Liability” from Lorde’s new album.

If I didn’t have inconvenient boobs, I’d order this swimsuit three times.

No-To-Scale imagines Trump’s wall as a 1,954-mile-long dinner table.

Custom Butt Weaving, have one done every year to honor gravity. via Miss Moss

Fridaaaay! Links

17th March 2017

This weekend we’re going to the Presidio Picnic, repotting plants, and letting the baby run around in his diaper. What are you up to?

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BBC Babies Gif: Do not try to stop them.

Want to see Victoria Beckham’s collection for Target? This mod dress is so scooter-ready.

Charming embroidered foods by ipnot. Those noodles, aw.

Hair dye that changes color like a mood ring. Magic.

Entry from the nightmare dictionary: Superfetation. It’s getting pregnant while you’re already pregnant. (rabbit hole via Swiss Miss)

Emma Watson on feminism and the whinging over her “topless” Vanity Fair cover. That whole slideshow is worth clicking through, BTW.

We’re teaching Hank (and Brad) to cook, and most sites have a section on one-pot or one-pan meals. Jaime Oliver has 142, Martha Stewart lists 32, Cooking Light has 83, and so on.

The neckline on this vintage shirt is so Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn.

Toasty mug, mmmm.

F. Scott Fitzgerald made a list for his daughter of things to worry about (horsemanship), not worry about (boys), and things to think about (aims).

Happy weekend, nice people.

Fridaaaay! Links

10th March 2017

Too Bad, So Sad, Tiger. Mending my children with sardonic patches, bathing them in my ethos.

Incredible paper plant models set aflame for an infographic on fire resistant plants. Scroll down for the animation, and then pass a full day trying to fold a paper pinecone. via kottke

Women playlist by musician Holly Miranda. Let more lady voices into your life. “Equal pay for equal work,” they croon. “Peeing in a romper is buuuullshit.”

Highly Sensitive Person quiz. I scored like a 9 million on this quiz, which I took while passing three hours in a bathtub, filling and refilling with hot water, until someone came to ask if I’d drowned.

Our reactions to friends’ disappointments matter less than whether we’re able to celebrate their good news. Invest in confetti, or die alone.

Software engineer was detained at JFK so they could ask him about software-y things to confirm his qualifications. Presumably because he looked Muslim-ish? Who knows at this point. The future in the U.S. is just an episode of Dr. Who where all of us live in airport security lines that never move forward.

To help teach her history, Cristi Smith-Jones dressed her daughter as historical black figures. Adorable. Also, her daughter’s name is Lola Jones. Exceptional name. Name Hall of Fame.

Domestic Violence Still Not Grounds for Divorce in Mississippi
“Under the current law, the abuse must be witnessed by another person if a victim is pursuing divorce on those grounds. This poses a problem, as domestic violence often happens behind closed doors.’Many times the only people who corroborate the acts of violence are the children in the homes.’” Nope. Don’t make kids testify against their daddies, Mississippi. I know we can agree on this because of humanity. Good meeting, everyone.

Europe opens its first ever sex doll brothel, which should definitely help with the whole “objectifying women” problem we have going. (Naked pretend-lady behind that link, so NSFW.)

Ordered this sweatshirt dress in grey, and it’s what I wear from now on. It was $40 and my husband points out that’s “it’s essentially a slanket with pockets.” Correct! I need never mourn the absence of airplane blankets again.

In conclusion, Ozzy is almost two. His favorite new joke goes like this: “Hey, guys! No poo-poo bathtub!” then all of us laugh together.

Poem: A Word on Statistics

6th March 2017

Out of every hundred people,

those who always know better:
fifty-two.

Unsure of every step:
almost all the rest.

Ready to help,
if it doesn’t take long:
forty-nine.

Always good,
because they cannot be otherwise:
four — well, maybe five.

Able to admire without envy:
eighteen.

Led to error
by youth (which passes):
sixty, plus or minus.

Those not to be messed with:
four-and-forty.

Living in constant fear
of someone or something:
seventy-seven.

Capable of happiness:
twenty-some-odd at most.

Harmless alone,
turning savage in crowds:
more than half, for sure.

Cruel
when forced by circumstances:
it’s better not to know,
not even approximately.

Wise in hindsight:
not many more
than wise in foresight.

Getting nothing out of life except things:
thirty
(though I would like to be wrong).

Balled up in pain
and without a flashlight in the dark:
eighty-three, sooner or later.

Those who are just:
quite a few, thirty-five.

But if it takes effort to understand:
three.

Worthy of empathy:
ninety-nine.

Mortal:
one hundred out of one hundred —
a figure that has never varied yet.

Wislawa Szymborska
(translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)

Fridaaaay! Links

24th February 2017

Accomplishment of a lifetime: I Was a Black, Female Thru Hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

Speaking of explorers, did you see this piece in California Sunday about the private citizens who are building their own (feasible) rockets to Mars? Mars Madness: “You have this dream to do this really cool thing, but you always think in the beginning: It’s not for you. It’s not gonna happen …. Then one day you start to realize: It could be you.”

Man sells his tattooed skin to art collector who will have him flayed when he dies. Sure.

Useful: Neven’s simple checklist of things to remember when you launch a new project.

Tabletop Moonshine Still — Let’s get one and have moonshine parties when the moon is shiny.

Good price on this dress for your gallery show.

#Museum101 is the hashtag you add to creepy/amazing stuff from museum collections. I got you guys something.

This story reminds me of how few disciplines have access to data scientists, and software designers and engineers. Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm
“Using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, MAP has tried to chase down data from the many municipalities and counties that weren’t supplying their murder data to the FBI, out of bureaucratic laziness, a lack of manpower, or perhaps just rank incompetence. MAP has already assembled case details on 638,454 homicides from 1980 through 2014, including 23,219 cases that hadn’t been reported to the FBI. This is the most complete list of case-level details of U.S. murders available anywhere, and the group’s website has open-sourced all of it.”

How to make an amazon dash button that gives the ACLU $5 Every Time You See Something Terrible

Cute, ultra-simple place cards from Oh Happy Day for our Shiny Moon parties.

Disney Subcultures

23rd February 2017

I’ve historically been pretty meh on Disney, but Brad and his family are way into it. So, having two kids and not being a monster, I’ve decided to get all the way onboard. It’s too crap to be rolling your eyes while everyone around you is awake with wonder. Alllll riiiight, I can be joyful. Let’s do this!

Anyway, in the few times we’ve been, I found my thing. Subcultures. Disneyland has a bunch of happiness-based subcultures. They are amazing, and there are too many to count. I love them so much, I feel slightly hectic about it.

Anyway, three of the most interesting subcultures are: social clubs, superfans, and “bounders.”

Social Clubs

Folks in Disney Social Clubs often travel in packs, and wear matching jackets or vests, like a ’50s-era biker gang whose members are all about cartoons.

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Some of them cover their vests in enamel pins, sort of like what you’d see at political conventions. Lots of them also have Disney tattoos.

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They’re usually (always?) locals who have annual Disneyland passes. If you’re not used to large groups of people with tattoos, I should say these folks are very, very nice. Imagine the kind of adults you know who might form a club based on their affection for an anthropomorphic mouse. They’re like that.

Disney Superfans

Some people who come to the park are into Disney cosplay. Sort of like little girls who show up to Disneyland in a full Elsa costume, except grownups.

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Disney technically doesn’t allow grownups or teenagers into the park if they’re in costume — which means no wigs or props, nothing too spot on. They don’t want some rando coming in dressed as a grotty Captain Hook, because he wants to take photos with little kids. And legit on that, Disney. High fives.

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Superfans get around this rule by dressing “referentially.” So they can’t be mistaken for an official Disney character, but they also can’t leave the park and bite into an apple without falling unconscious. As it were.

Bounders

And here’s the one that really has my heart, “Disney Bounding.” Disney Bounders make a distinction between cosplay and being Disney Bound, as outlined in this video. They are rules followers whose love of Disney is too strong for them to stop wearing costumes to the park simply because they’ve reached adulthood. Allow me to sum up:

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If you’re wearing an outfit that references a Disney character, but doesn’t read as a costume outside the park — or sometimes to half the people in the park — that’s Disney Bounding. It’s actually called “Bounding,” because be cool you guys.

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These costumes are a little magical to me, because the best ones take an imaginary world and express it in a tangible way.

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They’re a big wink to people who know to look for it, but you can still go out into the real world afterward without being like, “I AM WHIMSICAL! ACKNOWLEDGE MY WHIMSY.” Also, no one mistakes you for a pedophile, which? Favorable side effect. You can usually tell who these people are because they’re wearing color in unusual combinations.

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DisneyBound

Interesting, eh? I’m so into it.

Anyway, would you ever wear a Disneybound outfit if you were going to a park?

Sure, you say. You can think of no reasons not to. Shhhhhhhhhh. Wear this polkadot hair bow I got you. You look real cute.