Happy weekend! Enjoy reading some of the things I discovered and loved this week.
IS X LIKE THE HOLOCAUST? I made a handy flowchart! pic.twitter.com/eAf6PKVWvN
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) January 25, 2014
How many Precious Moments figurines are in your house right now? a) 0 or b) 1000+
— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) January 25, 2014
I want to publish a 300-page book where the narrator dies on 240 and the rest is blank, so readers can never trust page count ever again.
— Cheryl Klein (@chavelaque) January 26, 2014
Every time I'm about to walk through a door I'm first going to turn, look in a random direction and say "The cold never bothered me anyway."
— John J. Salomone (@DudeNdaEaseOnUp) January 14, 2014
Think about it guys. Have you ever seen Ringo and Paul at the same time as Daft Punk? Just saying....
— Ross Bonaime (@rbonaime) January 27, 2014
it is verily impressive the number of things Javier Bardem has done to his hair in the name of acting.
— Kyle Turner (@TyleKurner) January 28, 2014
Tip: when trying to figure out how to spell raison d'être don't google "reason for living" or you'll get a lot of suicide help websites.
— Brittany Rivera (@kindamoviesnob) January 28, 2014
Perhaps the fairest way to resolve this ALONE YET NOT ALONE thing is to disqualify the song, but give the film the tenth Best Picture slot.
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) January 29, 2014
I wish this was Les Mis times and Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" was oppressive, not helpful, 'cause we could all shout "We Shan't Move!"
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 30, 2014
Justin Bieber got 100,000 retweets for tweeting "Live life full". That's just 3 random words. I'm going to try now. Nipple squirrel ham
— Mark Robinson (@robboma3) May 11, 2013
Excited for that biopic on the murder of cameraman William H. Clothier: “The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”
— Brandon Sawyer (@I_BrandonSawyer) January 30, 2014
Silly Blog Things
Honest Company Slogans, a collection of pictures at Imgur
Serious Blog Things
Boundaries Part One: It's OK to Have Them! by Bridie Marie at Disrupting Dinner Parties
The fact that you have hugged someone in greeting for a year, or a day, or your entire life does not obligate you to continue hugging them if you stop being comfortable with that.
The fact that someone is your friend, or your relative, or your romantic partner does not mean that you are obligated to hug them if you are not comfortable with that.
The fact that everyone else and their grandmother is okay with hugging this person, and thinks you are a strange little duckling for not doing so, does not mean you are obligated to hug this person if you are not comfortable with that.
People will often well-meaningly pressure you to disregard a boundary like this. They will say “Aw, c’mon, just hug! Everyone else is doing it?” They may say, “What’s the big deal?” They may say, “You’re hurting his feelings?” They are wrong to do this. Full stop.Dark Days, Bright Days, by Will Hindmarch at Wilwheaton.net
When I called myself an idiot, I put a drop of poison into myself. It’s the little things, adding up. It sounds silly, I know. That one word, thought up like sharp banter between trusting friends, might not mean anything — might not seem so bad. I am not my trusting friend. When my brain is in a certain way, I can’t trust that what it tells me is a joke. It might be an accusation, a realization, a warning, because depression lies. Because depression lies, my ability to trust, my own self-esteem, isn’t like a rock in a storm-tossed sea, it’s like a beach, withering and widening with the season.The Death of Expertise, by Tom Nichols at The Federalist
Yes, it’s true that experts can make mistakes, as disasters from thalidomide to the Challenger explosion tragically remind us. But mostly, experts have a pretty good batting average compared to laymen: doctors, whatever their errors, seem to do better with most illnesses than faith healers or your Aunt Ginny and her special chicken gut poultice. To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion, is silly.Beyonce and Jay Z Show How Sexy Christian Marriage Can Be, by Laura Turner at BuzzFeed
After the first few verses, Jay Z joined his wife onstage to continue the ode to connubial sex. And then, when the song was over, they hugged and walked hand in hand offstage, disappearing back into their regular lives. (As regular, at least, as a life of extreme wealth, fame, and superstardom can be.)
But their performance did more than just entertain millions of viewers; it argued for something as old fashioned as marriage being sexy.