Friday Links 5/18

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Happy Friday! It seems like a pretty good day 9a bit nippy) and I’m looking forward to some exciting doings this weekend.

How about you?

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Library Haul

I meant to write this post up yesterday, but I was in a bad, not very companionable mood.  I’m feeling better today, having, among other things, cooked some beautiful dal and finished watching Mother!, which was much better than last autumn’s reviews had led me to believe it would be.

Other news? I’m looking forward to seeing Deadpool 2, probably this weekend, hoping to go out for  meal or ice cream (or both), my chocolate quinoa pancakes continue to be excellent, and Solo is getting some pretty mediocre reviews. Oh, and I’m falling behind on reading Travels with Charley.

Here’s what else I have checked out:

Books:

  • Travels with Charley
  • How to Break Up with Your Phone
  • The Little Book of Lykke: The followup to the widely acclaimed Little Book of Hygge. I’ve actually already finished it, just not ready to return it yet.
  • Lolly Willowes
  • Ripley’s Game: Wondering if this third installment will be the one that puts me off the Ripley series
  • The Wings of the Dove: I really fear the day when I have no more big Henry James. This and The Golden Bowl. That’s all I’ve got left, I think.
  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Movies:

  • Gran Torino: Clint Eastwood is bae.
  • Lady Snowblood: Miss Havisham goes violent samurai.
  • Mother!
  • Enter the Dragon: Triggered by a youtube video pointing out a very extra extra.
  • The Furies: Barbara Stanwyck is also bae.
  • My Name is Nobody
  • The Old Gun: Yay westerns!
  • Prisoners
  • Frenzy: One of the chronologically last Hitchcock films and one of the last ones I haven’t seen yet.
  • Amarcord: The first movie of Fellini’s that I’ve liked.

An Incomplete List of Dad’s Interests

Disclosure: It is complete coincidence that this is being posted the day after Mother’s Day. No slight is intended against my Mom, who is one of the most wonderful human beings that the world has to offer with one hand tied behind her back.

With that out of the way, lets talk about Dad.

  • Rock climbing and ice climbing
  • Piloting small aircraft
  • Fencing
  • Astronomy
  • Building sundials
  • Canning and preserving
  • Home improvement projects and construction
  • Cultivating bees
  • Gardening
  • Learning languages
  • Sailing
  • Emulating the style of bald men with beards and scarves
  • Biking
  • Indoor rowing
  • Glass blowing
  • Francophilia
  • Conducting experiments on himself
  • Veganism and making the perfect seitan/vegan cheese/whatever from scratch
  • Sourdough culture
  • Growing mushrooms
  • Foraging for mushrooms
  • Math
  • Being a connoisseur of wine
  • The Middle East
  • Travel
  • Telling the best stories
  • Being a liberal/ human rights
  • Being a lapsed Quaker
  • City planning
  • Being one of the nicest and most supportive people around
  • Crying at absolute nonsense

 

Friday Links 5/11

boop.jpgHappy Friday and Happy Mother’s Day weekend!
Do you have any plans?
In a few hours we (my parents and I) will be going up to Belfast, Maine to spend the weekend with my Aunt Susan and Bill, whose mother owns an alpaca farm.  There will be alpaca shearing, vegan food, and tactful discussions about Infinity War without mentioning to movie fan Bill (it’s so nice to be around other movie fans) that I never plan to see it.

I’ve been reading a lot, falling behind on the films I have checked out from the library, gardening for hours a day, and enjoying the springly weather. I also cooked some interesting pancakes yesterday so that  have foods when I return next week. I will report back.

What’s happening on the worldwide web?

  • Speaking of movie people, this film looks like it could be amazing. Also really excited for The Seagull, an adaptation of one of the few Chekhov pieces I’e actually read.
  • A beautiful essay that I’m at a loss as to how to describe.
  • The Duchess of Northumberland sounds like a fun lady- she created the garden at Alnwick Castle, possible the deadliest garden in the world.
  • How does Deadpool always win the promotion game? This is genius.
  • One of the greatest things about being back in America is the access to SNL’s youtube uploads. I know the main story (DESERVEDLY) is the release of This is America by Donald Glover- but let’s not forget about the Barbie skit.
  • #MeToo and Junot Diaz: Cycles of victimization and victimizing, sexual harassment, celebrity and race.
  • When two celebrity ladies (internet fashion personae?) give birth in close succession and get together to share their experiences with the early days of motherhood.
  • I love this Public Place Meditation Guide– it’s very closely related to some wisdom my mother shared with me years ago: practice seeing the divinity in everyone around you.
  • A mathematical model may explain how two brains agree on the experiential profile of smells.
  • Possibly the most charming interview I’ve ever seen. I think I may have just fallen in love with all three of these men.
  • Have you liked any pages created by Russian bots?Ask Facebook.
  • A complex algorithm predicts the likelihood of final season Game of Thrones deaths. Bye, Daenerys.
  • An amazing photograph. I love whales.

All The Magazines

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The full title of this post was going to be ‘All The Magazines I Ever Subscribed To’, and then true to form I got pissed off by the dangling preposition and ‘All The Magazines To Which I Ever Subscribed’ was a bit pretentious.
It’s better to hide how pretentious I am until the actual meat of the post, and keep the title innocuous until all reading visitors are trapped.

I’m going to try to divide this post up into a rough chronology, but the magazines don’t actually fit clear delineations so well, and there was more overlap than I’m going to present in this post.  All in all, the time segments are, in actual fact, much more wiggly.

Elementary:
The only magazine to which I can REMEMBER being subscribed in Elementary school is Ranger Rick.  In case you weren’t blessed with Ranger Rick in childhood and have not run into it in any other way, it’s a wildlife-focused publication for kids ostensibly helmed by a cartoon raccoon.  There are puzzles and stuff.

Early Middle School:
In early middle school I had an odd mix of the following:

  • Seventeen
  • TeenVogue
  • Young Rider
  • Horse Illustrated

I got caught up in the fashion magazine thing after reading a few after sleeping next to them on my cousin Megan’s floor.  The first TeenVogue I had was the one with Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, and Ali Michael together on the cover.  It’s kind of bittersweet because since then two of them have become hugely famous top models.  Ali Michael has struggled with anorexia (much as I have).  And I can’t say how much of it was fed by the beauty-and-body-focused publications of Seventeen and TeenVogue.  And it was my first experience with really being exposed to rampant consumerism and the heartache of wanting so much and desiring so many out of reach beautiful things was new to me.  Growing up is weird.  Mixed in with the pain of discovering life as an adult are also the glimpses back at simpler things (Traumarama! Stupid personality quizzes! Horoscopes!).

And then as I got more serious about riding I spent a fair amount of time poring over Young Rider and Horse Illustrated.  I have particularly strong memories of a Horse Illustrated guide to nematodes and how to deworm your horse.  Other standouts: sheath cleaning, recovery from colic, poisonous plants (yew!), and how to say goodbye to your horse when it needs to be put down (I cried reading it).

Late Middle School into High School:

  • Vogue
  • Elle
  • Allure
  • Marie Claire
  • Elle
  • Lucky
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Practical Horseman
  • Dressage Today

From Middle School to High School I guess I just took a step up all around to more serious publications, both with regards to sartorial whatevers (I don’t think I was ever subscribed to ALL of these at once) and horsemanship.

High School Addition:

This Old House I added in High School. I loved TOH and would still love it if it hadn’t changed hands and altered in many ways afterward.

Links Friday: Not So Much

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Again a pretty light Friday but at least it’s actually a Friday this time!
The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow and I went to the beach twice this week, as it’s the only reasonable place to be when the weather is over 80 degrees.  And I finished Middlemarch this morning.  Very exciting.

And say to my new beluga desktop background.

Earring Porn: Fauna

I’ve written before about how I’m never going to get my ears pierced (well, never again) because it would add needless complexity to my life, largely via increased accessory options.

That still doesn’t stop me from marveling at great works of ear ornamentation, especially when it’s in the form of various animals hanging off your lobes, which is all any of us really ant in life.

 

Elizabeth Cole:
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Seaman Schepps:
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Anoushka:

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Dolce & Gabbana:

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Les Nereides:

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Brent Neale:

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Elizabeth Cole:

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