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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I offer some recommended reading for the weekend:

*If you live in the U.K. (I do) we are all Brexit (no, that’s not a breakfast cereal) all the time. Here’s a really useful poll from the Guardian testing how much you actually know about the EU Referendum.

*In lighter fare, here’s a House of Cards promo video, EU version.

*BBC Outlook has an amazing series of inspirational tales from around the world. I personally loved this one, about a prisoner  who tapped out Anna Karenina in Morse Code to keep morale up among fellow prisoners in Somaliland.

*Finally, are you sick and tired of boring conference panels? You aren’t alone. Rage against…the conference panel.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading for the Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. If you’re a math geek – and even if you aren’t – you’ll love this word problem from Singapore that went viral. This one reunited practically my entire High School calculus class on Facebook.

2. And while we’re at it, check out this hilarious April Fool’s joke, also from a math class. I’ll never think about Power Point quite the same way again.

3. Loved this article in The Atlantic about why our brains are inherently drawn to podcasts.

4. Finally, random but worth it – and new (to me) – here’s a video about dumb ways to die. Trust me, you’ll be singing this one all weekend long.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. If, like me, you once harbored a fascination with Julian Assange, you’ll love this essay in the London Review of Books by Andrew O’Hagan on ghostwriting Julian Assange’s memoir.

2. I’m a huge fan of the New York Times’ Modern Love column. Here’s a touching essay on falling in love – again – with your ex.

3. Some simply gorgeous photos of London: Now and Then over at the BBC.

4. And if you’re in an artsy mood, go ahead and guess the famous artist on these postcards.

5. I’ve become a huge Jimmy Kimmel fan of late. Here’s a series of his fake viral videos. Hilarious!

6. Finally, through work I stumbled across this gem: a Tumbler blog called Gifplomacy. Those French are so clever!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. I absolutely loved Sir David Attenborough’s take on curling at the winter Olympics. (American readers can see it here.)

2. Equally compelling in an entirely different sort of way is this video of the train station at Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

3. On a lighter note, here is news anchor Brian Williams rapping (sort of).

4. And lighter still, we have Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd in a lip-synching contest. Brilliant.

5. I love Buzzfeed. And here are 15 reasons to love its style guide (as in writing style, not fashion style).

6. One of my favorite Twitter accounts is Waterstone’s Oxford Street. Here’s their take on the whole Harry and Hermione kerfuffle.

7. Finally, some hilarious reactions to last month’s London tube strike.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. I was delighted to be featured with fellow blogger Kristen Levithan (aka Motherese) on the Brain, Child website for our debate over whether or not it’s OK to let your child quit. (Spoiler alert: I’m on the un-PC side of this one!)

2. As a Londoner, I absolutely loved these fake London Underground signs.

3. Via Lisa Romeo Writes, I came across this really clever post featuring a woman who inserts her adult self into her childhood photos.

4. Did you ever wonder what it would be like if Google were a Guy?

5. Finally, my pick of the week has got to go to this fantastic rendering of a conference call in real life. Genius!
Have a great weekend, everybody!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. As an erstwhile Jersey Girl, I can’t get enough of the whole Chris Christie #bridgegate. So, ICYMI (that’s twitterese for ‘in case you missed it’), here are Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen reworking the lyrics to Born to Run.

2. I was absolutely floored by this collection of maps that explain the world , courtesy of The Washington Post.

3. On the more serious end of things, here’s a beautiful essay about what it’s like to be in love with an addict over at Full Grown People.

4. And on the lighter side, check out lol my thesis, which offers pithy quotes about thesis topics. Truly lol.

5. Finally, words cannot express how much I love this chart of famous movie quotes. Genius!

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. In honor of the late, great Nelson Mandela, #BBC Trending brings you a short, moving video on the minute before Mandela’s death.

2. Eleanor Parker, the actress who played the Baroness Von Schraeder in The Sound of Music, also died recently. Before her death, McSweeney’s did a hilarious send up of the Baroness calling off her wedding.

3. New York-o-philes like myself will be drawn to Brain Pickings’ round up of writers talking about loving – and leaving – New York.

4. I also loved Lisa’s honest account of heartbreak over on Amid Privilege.

5. It’s Christmas! Here’s one person’s hilarious account of their annual family Christmas pageant over on Full Grown People.

6. The Guardian has amassed a wonderful collection of the Year’s Best, Worst and Most Revealing Selfies.

7. Finally, Buzz Feed’s take on How The Media will Report the Apocalypse is – yes, you guessed it – to die for.

Have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful holiday season everyone!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. Wherever you fall on the abortion debate, New York Magazine’s accounts by 26 women who’ve had abortions is heartbreaking and harrowing.

2. Equally compelling is one woman’s story about what it’s really like to be poor over on Alternet. Best thing I’ve read in ages. (Hat tip: Communicatrix)

3. On a lighter note, The Atlantic has given us a glimpse of what Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address would look like in Powerpoint.

4. Of the many tributes to Nobel Prize-winning short story writer Alice Munro, I really enjoyed Kristen’s “mother-writer” take over on Motherese.

5. In case you’re on the market, Why Dev offers 52 reasons to date an aid worker.

6. When the OED recently added “selfie” to its list of words, BBC Persia compiled this wonderful composite of selfies from around the region.

7. The Guardian once again outdoes itself with this photo shoot on the world’s oddest jobs – in pictures.

8. And finally, just in case you’re wondering, here’s a glossary of old disease names that are no longer in use. Personally? I think I suffer from abasia.

Have a great weekend folks!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. In the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, I was really moved by these hand-written messages by survivors letting their loved ones know that they were safe.

2. At my new favorite webzine, Full Grown People, I absolutely adored this essay by editor Jennifer Niesslein on what it’s like to be in love with someone over the years: in this case, her husband.

3. Also about relationships – but this time the ones we leave behind – is the hilariously titled “The Sex Toys in the Attic” by Joyce Wadler in the New York Times’ Booming column.

4. Anyone who’s logged time in the US and the UK will appreciate Zadie Smith’s New Yorker blog on takeaway vs. takeout on both sides of the pond.

5. In lighter fare, writers will enjoy best halloween costumes for writers at Beyond The Margins. Personally? Huge fan of the Oxford comma….

6. Finally, social media geeks will love Shit Social Media in Radio.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

On occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. Over on Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts blog, I came across this gem by the American comedian Louis C.K.  reflecting on the profound sadness lurking within us all.

2. Lindsey then did a beautiful job summing that feeling up over on her blog: A Design So Vast.

3. I’m a huge fan of the personal essay. (Duh). Herewith, 17 personal essays that will change your life.

4. And speaking of personal voice, this piece on Beyond the Margins about writing out of middle age was really inspiring.

5. Writers will also love 20 essential words we got from literature at The Huffington Post.

6. On the lighter side, I laughed out loud at Eliza Worthington’s rant at the (imposed) magazine subscription.

7. Also loved my friend Laurie’s tour through her inbox over at Midlife Mom Songs. NSA: take note!

8. Finally, just because, 20 sad Etsy boyfriends.

Have a great weekend!