Martin Luther King Jr. removes a burnt cross from his lawn while his little boy looks on.
Today we offer gratitude for his work, and hold hope that his words will continue to inspire thousands of successors. May his students live with voices raised, and die of old age with loved ones at hand.
Ha. Money-face challenge.
Christmas Tree Alternatives, in case you don’t want to cut one down. Our favorite tree farm lost a lot of trees to drought this year and had to truck them in. It felt so foreboding.
Isn’t this little fig ornament so pretty? Figs symbolize peace and plenty.
Some numbers on harassment triggered by the election from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Scroll down for info graphics.
Lots of new contributors to Shop Blue, a gift guide I made to support stores owned by dems who are minorities or women.
Mint is a gadget that tests whether you have bad breath and gives you a grade from A to F.
I’ve always wanted a pair of blue suede shoes.
I think this cat mug is funny, which was unexpected.
I didn’t realize beauty advent calendars were such a big thing. Huh.
I got you guys something.
Purple Rose Apricots are better than Rose Apricots.
Taste 1,00 Fruits is on my Life List. I’ve tasted more than 100 so far, and if you’re a fruit person too you can see more of them over at Go Mighty.
Here’s a complete list of everything in the 2016 Oscars Gift Bags.
I didn’t realize the gift bags aren’t actually affiliated with the Oscars. They’re distributed by a company called Distinctive Assets, and the Academy is suing them.
According to Vanity Fair, “The complaint said that media coverage of the 2016 gift bags has focused on ‘the less-than-wholesome nature of some of the products contained in the bags,’ citing a $5,500 certificate for plastic surgery, a $1,900 “vampire breast lift,” a $250 sex toy and a $250 marijuana vaporizer.”
The bags also contain a 10,000-meal donation made in the nominee’s name to an animal shelter or rescue of their choice ($6,300), a private walking tour of Japan for up to 15 days ($54,000), and a chapstick ($6).
This new cover for It is perfection. Also, this version of the book comes in more normal sized type, which made me realize that It is the War and Peace of horror novels. I could hardly hold it in one hand.
Anyway, I got you guys something.
I want this Leash Pin, and also one of these lady incense holders. Both by Kaye Blegvad.
Fa-bo is a new office and lab that is earthquake resistant thanks to hundreds of carbon fibres that come out from the building like a web. (via Spoon and Tamago)
On how hard it can be to start as an amateur. I am doing this right now, so I am going to stop. Or start? I am going to do both.
Emma Watson started a feminist book club, and the first pick is Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road.
My neck was starting to do a crackle-glaze thing, so I bought Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask. It makes my skin soft and pink and glow-y for a couple of days. I generally believe beauty potions to be tomfoolery, so I thought I’d let you know.
Justina Blakeney’s quick outline of how to create a repeating pattern. Now I’ll know how to make my own fabric on Project Runway.
The New York Public Library just put its public domain collection online (via kottke) and is offering a Remix Residency for people who want to do a project with the collection. Apply by February 19.
Also, friends are doing cool stuff!
Meg Keene just published A Practical Wedding Planner, and if you’re getting married, I recommend it. We’re finding it so helpful.
Maile Wilson just launched a new line of natural leather Epiphanie camera bags, and they’re lovely. If you need a new laptop/camera bag, have a look.
Brad is a Photoshop wizard. Here’s to 2016!