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

a. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of this week’s U.S. Presidential election, Thomas Mallon’s fictional take on 2016 in The New Yorker is, hand’s down, the best thing I’ve read about this electoral season.

b. Also on the election, The Financial Times had a superb piece on how to re-visualize the U.S. electoral map, while the New York Times had a fantastic rendering of what swing states look like from space.

c. For all my expat friends out there, here’s a great piece from Global Geneva on what it’s like to be a trailing spouse.

d. And while we’re on the subject of marriage, Bloomberg explores the economics of dining as a couple. Personally? I favor autarky.

e. Finally, I thought I’d end with 15 brutally honest illustrations that sum up adulthood. This week, #9 about how long it really takes to get to Friday, has particular resonance.

 

And on that note, Happy Friday! Have a great weekend…

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

a. If you’ve ever worried that you’re spending too much time on screens…you are. Read Andrew Sullivan’s confessions of an internet addict over on New York Magazine.

b. If you’re into podcasts, I can’t recommend Nicholas Quah’s newsletter, Hotpod – about trends in the industry -highly enough. Hugely informative but funny and thoughtful at the same time. A model for all of us.

c. For those of us (cough) who have firmly entered midlife, I was delighted to discover the online magazine, Next Avenue. Some great material there.

d. Another great resource for bloggers is Bad Redhead Media’s #Mondayblogs. I plan to participate this coming Monday on twitter.

e. Finally, if, like me, you like to swear, here are five fascinating facts about swearing on The Conversation.

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:

a. One of my favorite new (to me) websites is The Conversation, whose tagline “Academic Rigor, Journalist Flair” had me from “Hello.” Check out this fantastic post on why zebras aren’t like horses. (“They look like stripey horses so why can’t we ride them?”)

b. Another recent discovery is Better After 50, a website devoted to sharing real stories from women about life after 50. I was thrilled that they featured my recent post about the Brangelina divorce as well as one on friendship in adulthood.

c. If, like many of us, you’ve been pondering that whole Bob Dylan Nobel Prize thang, distinguished writer (and friend!) Naomi J. Williams has a hilarious blog imagining what would happen if we opened up all of the Nobel prizes to other disciplines.

d. On a more serious note, BBC Mundo has some absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking photos of the war in Colombia.

e. If you’re a Billy Joel fan (say it loud, friends) you will love this archive of interviews and performances with the pop star. Here he is talking about Piano Man. Sniff.

f. In the category of “Just For Fun,” here are famous art masterpieces revisioned with smartphones. Brilliant.

g. And finally, over on Slate, I give you the Dress Tent.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

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

a. Nope, we’re not going to talk about Brexit. But we *are* going to talk about this very cool visual from The Washington Post about the rise and fall of Europe – in maps.

b. Cooler still is the history of the number zero – in animation – from The Royal Institution. (Hat tip: Slate)

c. The BBC World Service brings you  the top 10 most annoying sounds in music. Love the Cher…

d. And finally, in the category of “just because,” how the French play Monopoly.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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!