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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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We were supposed to be in North Carolina this weekend, but we monkeyed with the baby’s schedule too much the last couple of weeks, triggering an unpleasant “NO!NO!NOWAY!BURNITALLDOWN!” phase. We decided sad-little-baby and incessant-screaming air travel was not our jam.

Fortunately, our friends just returned from a year-long around the world trip and are flying in from Oregon, so this weekend we’ll demand vacation slides over hot toddies. Sunday is bacon and fried potatoes with old friends while our toddlers play adjacently. Our friend Nelson is also having a thirtieth birthday, and directing his first film this year! So we’re pretty excited for him.

Good stuff I found this week:

Marshmallows blooming to Dixieland Jazz!

Are you a Creative Business Lady who should own this vintage suit with bonkers fluffy collar? Probably.

I have decided to call this Weed Hooters via kottke

Sweet sneakers and snow boots.

I just ordered my first month of vitamins from Care/of. They send you individualized daily packs of vitamins, and this is exciting because I take many vitamins. Collating them every day in the presence of a curious toddler is the Russian Roulette of Lysine overdose scenarios.

Good mom skill to have up your sleeve.

This Tiffany Interlocking Bangle is so ’70s Jackie Kennedy.

How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs

The Finnish have a word for getting drunk at home, alone, in your underwear. Americans call it Valentine’s Day.

Have a happy weekend! Turn your eyes from the news for a few hours, my friends.

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I used to fantasize about finding a subsidy to paint all the Oakland homes along the BART tracks. Look at what street-artist group German Crew did to the white houses pictured above.

Pretty Poison is “backyard-inspired” warehouse bar in Bali, with an empty pool for skateboarders.

13 Houseplants You Can’t Kill

Fall! It’s super-chunky knit blanket weather.

I found perfect velvet shoes that are too expensive for me, and too small for me. Do you need velvet shoes?

A pretty present for the friend you’ll want to have around when you’re an old person.

A giant moon balloon blew away and rolled through the streets of China.

This solar-powered graffiti is so pleasant.

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Cai Guo-Qiang’s “explosion events.”

Meditating with Pythons, no thanks.

What it costs to climb Mount Everest.

My Bare Feet” A poem that reminds me of what it feels like to be at home.

I’ve lost a couple hours to this interactive map that features photos of Old San Francisco.

I love this assisted living facility that’s set up to look like a neighborhood.

I can’t believe it’s September and I still haven’t tried f’rose. Stupid march of time.

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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.

I’ve been wondering how this $20 H&M dress would look on a not-model, and it looks cute.

I’m making 100 paper crowns for the 100 Day Project.

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Fun Things

Jihan Zencirli made this crazy, fish-egg balloon display outside her studio. Because she is magic, and she never denies you the caviar.

Life goals.

This fringe bracelet is shoosha-shoosha. And this romper is cute too. It’s also $400? And only comes in a size 2-6? Speaking of which…

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!)

Crystal crowns are all the rage for brides right now, and I wasn’t into it until I saw this upside down one. You can get married in it, or do some Dungeons and Dragons LARPing. Versatile.

Get crafteh.


I like this so much. People dressed like their surroundings. via Swiss Miss

Important Thing

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 Twitter, I was charmed by all the kids at Disneyland, and I shared my dieting secret.

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

Tia Lambert opened Make Studio, her new creative arts workshop in Marin, California! She’s exuberant, guys, just a delight. So if you live nearby, get the updates on Twitter.

Helena Price’s Techies Project is getting coverage everywhere. Nice!

Asha Dornfest’s Parent Hacks book came out, as you know, and her book tour is coming to the East Coast.

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.

The Techies Project


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.