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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. I’m so inspired by The Day, an educational resource here in London that engages secondary school students  – and the public at large – in current events. Have a look and see if you don’t want to subscribe yourself!

2. I absolutely adore the concept behind the Endangered Languages project. Poke around and see for yourself!

3. And speaking of endangered, check out this incredibly innovative book publishing project over on the Boston Globe brainiac blog: a book that (quite literally!) disappears!

4. In defense of the semi-colon. Hear, hear!

5. Finally, if you’ve ever wondered about the power of the internet, look no further. I give you This to That, a website devoted to the fine art of glueing. Love it!

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading for the weekend:

1. Check out these gorgeous photos of endangered species in The Guardian.

2. For those who are more taken with interior design, I give you a history of the office chair at Slate.

3. Still more visuals. I was absolutely bowled over by this photo montage entitled Where Children Sleep in The New York Times a few weeks back.

4. In case you’re wondering what it means to be a grown up, have a look at some of the suggestions over on London’s Daily Telegraph. Personally? I’m all over #13.

5. Finally, love, love, love the 25 handy words that simply don’t exist in English. I myself am quite prone to gigil. (Hat tip: Brainiac)

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. We’ve got lots of fun and lovely fare this week on Friday Pix and what better way to kick it off than with a video from paris (im)perfect on How to fake French? Love it.

2. Oh, McSweeney’s! You really are too clever by half. Here’s the extremely witty, extremely meta personal essay by personal essay (by Christy Vannoy). Wish I’d thunk a that mee-self. (Hat tip: Lisa Romeo Writes)

3. The classiest “I just got sacked” letter ever written goes to J.Hoberman, former film critic for The Village Voice, who was shown his way out of the building after 34 years. (Hat tip: Freakonomics)

4. Because I linked last week to Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls, I just had to follow it up with Shit Christians Say To Jews. I’m not even Jewish and I’ve heard half of these.

5. Finally, I absolutely adore the Doodling in Math Class videos on The Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog. Fab!

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading for the weekend:

1. It’s somehow comforting to know that the animals in the Washington Zoo were the first to sense this week’s earthquake. (And IMHO, the sooner we all start “belch vocalizing,” the better.)

2. Over at the Nieman story board, Ben Yagoda and Dan DeLorenzo provide a handy guide for ranking memoirs.

3. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a man at an all-female conference, read Wolf Pascoe’s hilarious account of his recent visit to BlogHer11.

4. Love the form Robert Fay’s mid-life crisis takes at The Millions.

5. The Hairpin has some great tips for how to sign-off on email and what different salutations mean.*

6. School’s starting soon, so if you’re looking for a change of routine to kick-start your morning, David K. Israel identifies seven ways we woke up before the alarm clock at Mental Floss. (Hat tip: The Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog)

7. Finally, in the Department of “Way Cool,” have a look at posters made from TVs, video games and computers as featured on Colossal.

 

Have a great weekend!

Oh yes and Pip, pip cheerio!*

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. Here’s a fabulous video over on the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog of Christopher Hitchens and assorted others debating the afterlife. Very funny.

2. Also worth viewing is Stephen Colbert’s commencement speech at Northwestern on Gawker.

3. On a more serious note, Paul Krugman tells us about five books that inspired him to be a liberal economist at The Browser.

4. For my money, the best piece I’ve seen on the whole Go The F**k to Sleep love-in was written by Amy Sohn at Babble.com.

5. I really liked my friend Naomi J. Williams’ take on how a bicycle journey to the farmer’s market caused her to re-assess her whole life.

6. Finally, in the Department of WTF?, the website, Literally Unbelievable, examines Facebook posts by people who took the Onion seriously.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. In case you’re wondering why I’m hesitant to move back to the United States any time soon, take a look at this political ad against a woman running for Congress in California. Quite possibly the most offensive thing I’ve ever seen.

2. On the other hand, reasons to move back to the States? Bill Maher and Jane Lynch performing one of Anthony Weiner’s Facebook exchanges. Priceless. (Warning: strong language.)

3. And speaking of the (recently departed) Congressman, be sure and grab an anatomically correct Anthony Weiner doll while they last.

4. Funny and inspiring: a documentary about a Chicago comic with terminal cancer whose life-long quest is to appear on David Letterman. The title? Dying to do Letterman.

5. New Yorker lovers will love this promotional video about how the magazine puts together its Talk of the Town pieces.

6. Here is the ever-engaging Ali G talking animal rights (with a philosophical punch-line) over on the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog.

7. Finally, your week would not be complete without watching this You Tube video, Whole Foods Parking Lot. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

 

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. Over on The Browser, Hassan Abbas picks five books you should read on reform in Pakistan.

2. No one does snark quite like Slate’s Jack Shafer. Here’s a round-up he did of what journalists said when they quit their jobs or got fired.

3. A new take on Weiner-gate. A journalist with the same last name, Eric Weiner, laments the damage done to all Weiners near and far.

4. Love this poem in The New Yorker inspired by Sarah Palin’s somewhat unusual interpretation of the American Revolution.

5. Finally, here’s a beautiful time-elapse video of thunderclouds forming and dissipating at the Brainiac blog on the Boston Globe.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. Here is an absolutely harrowing, first-person video of the Japanese tsunami. It is almost unwatchable. (Hat tip: @donnatrussell)

2. As I indicated several weeks back, Politics Daily – my (other) Online home for the past two years – has gone dark. Here is our amazing Editor-in-Chief, Melinda Henneberger, in what’s quite possibly the classiest send-off I’ve ever read.

3. And while we’re eulogizing Politics Daily, I loved this behind-the-scenes look by Nate Grady at what was like to be a comment moderator on our political blog.

4. A friend of mine has started a new blog about parenting, expat living and all-around mindfulness called Inhale To Prepare. Here’s one of her debut posts where she applies what she learns from watching her 11-month old explore the world to how we approach the mundane tasks of everyday life. I don’t think I’ll ever floss the same way again.

5. Another new blog out there worth visiting is Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power Of Introverts. I’m definitely *not* an introvert but I enjoy reading Susan’s meditations on this topic.

6. I read a lot of freelance writing blogs, but few are as consistently useful as Michelle Rafter’s Word Count. If you’re a freelance writer (or wannabe) this one is a must.

7. Finally, in the Department of Just Because, here’s a really cool video over at the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog explaining  how sounds get made for movies. Love it!

Have a great weekend.

Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. As we look ahead to what’s next for Egypt, I really liked this slideshow at Salon featuring different protesters in Cairo telling us why they are there.

2. Here’s a superb analysis by Paul Carr at TechCrunch of the difference between old and new journalism.

3. And speaking of journalism, here’s my latest at Politics Daily on Wikileaks and the future of journalism.

4. This fascinating (and funny!) video at the Brainiac blog on Boston.com explains the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and the Commonwealth. It should be required reading for anyone – including yours truly – who thinks they get this, but actually don’t.

5. Equally compelling is the BBC’s new project – Dimensions – which shows you the human scale of events and places in history by mapping them onto your home address. (Hat tip: Very Short List)

6. I loved this piece by my colleague Carla Baranaukas over at Politics Daily on hiring a personal assistant.

7. Finally, I’m not sure what it says about me that I really wish someone would give me these as a Christmas present next year…

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Friday Pix: Recommended Reading For The Weekend

Every Friday I point you towards some recommended reading around the blogosphere:

1. I was really sorry to miss Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, DC last week.  But I really enjoyed reading this recap of the rally by my colleague Melinda Henneberger over at Politics Daily, as well as watching this video montage of the rally, also at Politics Daily.

2. I was fascinated by this analysis of what your blog/Face book/Twitter profile picture says about you by Nichole Bernier at Beyond The Margins. According to the experts, I am “warm and approachable,” but I also desperately need you to like me.

3. Here’s a great meditation on why 80 is *not* the new 60 by poet  Judith Viorst at wowOwow.

4. And here’s a great post on 16 Things I’ve Learned About Being A Mother by Chris Jordan at Alphamom. Totally with her on the pen thing. (Hat Tip: Motherlode)

5. As a former academic, I laughed out loud at this animated video, “So you want to get a PhD in the Humanities?” Ouch.

6. Finally, in the Department of “Just Because,” check out this video of an octopus that can mimic other animals from the Boston Globe’s Brainiac blog. SO COOL!

Have a great weekend!

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