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I love the look of these drawings by Japanese Illustrator Komako Sakai that accompany a 2012 printing of The Velveteen Rabbit.

Neko case wrote a long-form article on successful women and how they are referred to in any particular industry. I haven’t been able to read all of it yet, but given the context, I’m sure it’s nothing less than kickass. Incidentally, I found it on one of my favorite phone apps: Longform.

I went to a Heartless Bastards show this past weekend that I’ve been waiting to see for months. It was phenomenal. And now I can’t wait to listen to their new album, Restless Ones, just released today. If you haven’t heard this stellar band from Ohio, go back and start at the beginning. It’s worth it. They have yet to put out a bad album (though granted, I haven’t listened to their very first album, Stairs & Elevators).

I have a friend who loves to send me the crazy, crass, and wonderfully funny notes men send her on OKCupid. They never fail to crack me up and vastly improve my day. Enter Tinder in Brooklyn. It’s fantastic and fun beyond words.


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Photo, Chalkie Davies / Getty Images

Photo, Chalkie Davies / Getty Images

David Byrne wrote this great article on algorithms versus human curation when it comes to music listening habits. A must read!

My very talented and fun friend Wray Bowling stumbled upon this crazy Electroloom on Kickstarter. Essentially, it is a 3-D printer for clothing. My brain is still reeling.

Sangha Teahouse is a local Durham business that I love very much. They host tea tastings and sell downright delicious teas. Well, they just launched their online store so now you can shop their teas from your bed. I’m so excited for this little shop that could!

I’m hosting a makers’ market with live music at my house in July. All the intricate details are still in the works, but Blackberry PopUp Shop has a date, and a Facebook page, which is feeling pretty good for now! Be sure to add it to your calendar!

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Photo, Andrew Hetherington

Photo, Andrew Hetherington

As a seafood lover who always tries to eat local, sustainable blah blah blah, I feel huge twinges of guilt whenever I buy or eat fish. Enter the New York Times’ ‘The Piscivore’s Dilemma‘ by Tim Zimmerman, an exploration and guide on how to eat sustainably from an ecosystem in peril. Thank you food Gods.

Also food related, I stumbled upon this great Guardian article ‘The Queens of Greens.’ Not only is a wonderful article on all the killer lady chefs making healthy food taste great, it’s chock full of excellent recipes!

Tilda Swinton reading the first chapter of Moby DickEnough said. No, seriously. It’s an online version of Melville’s novel read aloud by a mixture of celebrities and unknowns. In other words, I’ve got my weaving background listening taken care of for a while.

I found this fun, interactive color wheel for picking out color palettes and schemes.

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Image from Lushloves. Photograph by Phu Tang.

Photograph by Phu Tang for LushLoves.

I made this Brown Rice Salad with Green Miso Dressing last week with my friend Gina and I haven’t stopped dreaming of it since. Simple and delicious. And served cold or room temp, it’s perfect for summer.

I had to get a new planner for the first time in a long time. I’m loving the one I chose from Poketo. With its simple but beautiful design, I actually enjoy writing down my insanely busy schedule.

I found this Spotify playlist a while ago: a compilation of all the music used in Wes Anderson’s films. To no one’s surprise, it is fantastic.

Buzzfeed released a short list of upcoming films directed by women. A couple on the list are not quite my cup of tea, but learning about Advantageous, Madame Bovary, Stockholm, Pennsylvania, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and Appropriate Behavior made this list bookmarkable.

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Especially interested in this great story from The New Yorker on a national text message based crisis counseling service after starting my new job at a software company that develops apps and web apps for social innovation.

Enjoyed a few good chuckles today after discovering the Space Beard app; the new age of facial hair.

As a former English major, I am very swayed by the Grammarly app, which promises to catch 10x more mistakes than a normal word processor and corrects grammar and spelling anywhere you write online. It even identifies correctly spelled words used in the wrong context.

I love the podcast Death, Sex, and Money from WNYC. In December they released a recommended book list compiled by soliciting suggestions from listeners. I think it’s a pretty good place to start once I get through the gigantic pile of books to read currently sitting beside my bed.

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I actually haven’t had time to read this article on Billie Holiday and the early origins of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, but I can’t wait to do so! It looks wonderful.

I enjoyed these endearing illustrations mapping the relationships between Indo-European and Uralic languages.

It has finally gotten cold here in the south. To cope, I’ll be using this list of ‘The South’s Best Winter Beers‘ as a guide for cold weather drinking. Thank goodness one of them is brewed right by my house.

This font history from Lapham’s Quarterly is well designed and really fascinating. I especially like the enumeration of of each font’s most recent use.


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I enjoyed reading this fascinating, painful, and heartbreaking story of a man working through his wife’s relapsing psychosis. I’m contemplating issues of relapse and illness right now myself and found this to capture a lot of complexity.

I really love the ocean and sea animals and anything that swims. This chart depicting how big the biggest sea creatures are in comparison to a human is awe inspiring.

Not sure what to play tonight? Use this flow chart to pick the best board game for every situation.

It’s flu season, and several of my new coworkers have been sick lately. Aren’t you comforted to know that Vitamin C doesn’t do a darn thing to boost one’s immune system or help you get over an illness?

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I stumbled across this animated wind map yesterday and it’s so pretty and fascinating. Check it out!

I should have featured this wonderful collection of photos featuring backstage scenes of children performing in ‘The Nutcracker’ around Christmas time, but better late than never. They are wonderful.

A friend posted this great infographic on the NASA technology we use on a day-to-day basis. Take a look at the origins of some of the tech we take for granted.

This article about ‘The Town Without Wi-Fi’ and how it has become a haven for technophobes is nutty, interesting…. read it!


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I’ve been avoiding factory farmed meat for a long time now, the inhumanity of the process being the main reason. The issue recently made it’s way into the news when, outraged by the claim that Perdue chickens were farmed humanely, a farmer for Perdue allowed the welfare group Compassion in World Farming to film in his facilities.

Also boiling in the news lately is the issue surrounding Rolling Stone’s treatment and handling of a story on campus rape at The University Virginia. The Guardian published this short and smart rebuttal to issues of believability surrounding the story. Read it.

I’m a big fan of Tilda Swinton and loved this “woman of the year” portfolio piece on her in GQEspecially enjoyed her automated email response, revealed on the second page of this story. And the fact that she has a yard tortoise named Slowly.

Last week NPR released The Book Concierge an app that enables users to filter lists of the best books from 2014 by genre, staff picks, length, country of origin… The interface is simple, eye catching, and a great way to explore the sea of releases. Oh yeah, and they’ve also release similar apps fro each year from 2008 to present. Reading fiends rejoice!

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The senate released a report today on torture use and the CIA Interrogation Program. I usually try to feature the odd and under the radar things that I find around the web, but this is too important to ignore. Read the New York Times article summarizing the report.

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Nabokov’s Lolita has always been one of my favorite books since my older brother gave it to me to read as a culturally clueless young’n. This article on the inspiration for Nabokov’s novel “The Real Lolita” is an engaging new lens through which to examine Nabokov’s work. Weinman’s article does an excellent job of teasing out the relationship between the novel and the real life story of Sally Horner.

Every year I look forward to the Washington Post‘s release of “The Ten Best Books of 2014.” This year’s list looks excellent and significantly extended my already long list of books to read.

Speaking of “best of” lists, I have no idea why it took me so long to discover Complex’s weekly updated list of the 100 Best Movies Streaming on Netflix. That’s right, updated weekly. No more searching through the exhausting list of Netflix offerings, here they are, already curated. Bookmarked. Done and done.

I loved this article ing GQ on The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit about the notorious thief-hermit of North Pond in Maine. Read it!