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Today is the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Half a century later, it seems that the event still horrifies and captivates us. No aspect of it has gone unscrutinized. I’ve been devouring the Kennedy coverage – on everything from the suit Jackie wore on that day to the story of the AP writer who served as a pallbearer for Lee Harvey Oswald.

I’m not entirely sure reading all of this is good for my psyche. If you find you are in the same boat, and need a reprieve, check out the links below. They are not very educational. They are not terribly insightful. But they are fun to read.

And on a day as somber as today, that might be a good thing.

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Beautiful, close-up portraits of fish.

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A comedian live tweets a couple breaking up on the roof of his apartment. It’s cringe-worthy and painful, but totally engrossing. Kind of like

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After a glorious October and a wonderful start to November, it seems that the rain has finally caught up with us here in the northwest. As I stare at the droplets streaked across my office window, I realize that I have very little motivation to change out of my pjs on this grey morning.

While I see if I can convince my husband that what I’m wearing constitutes “being dressed”, you enjoy these links.

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A writer challenges hackers to investigate him. It’s not surprisingly how much they learn about him – but it is alarming how easily they do it.

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Check out An Open Letter to Grandpa – a beautiful, brief comic about love and loss.

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Happy November, everyone.

And yes, I know: Halloween is over. But much of these links still pay homage to that spooky and wonderful holiday (and they’re perfectly suitable for the Day of the Dead, too).

Plus, if you are anything like me, you are nursing quite the candy hangover, and are presently trying to figure out where you left your shoes last night.

I have a weird feeling I should check the fridge. While I do that, you enjoy these links.

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Mandy Patinkin, a.k.a. Inigo Montoya, reveals his favorite line from The Princess Bride. And no, it’s not the obvious choice.

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A list of bizarre home-remedies from the 1700s. My favorite is the cure something called The Iliac Passion. Hint: it involves a puppy, in the best possible way.

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Do you ever have those mornings where you find yourself spray painting a fake ax guitar for your husband’s Halloween costume, and thinking that maybe, just maybe, you’ve outgrown this whole Halloween thing? That perhaps adulthood means that you don’t get dressed up in silly outfits and binge on two pounds of candy every October 31st?

No? Me, neither.

I’m off to finish my hubby’s costume. You enjoy these links.

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Rand has been ridiculing my pumpkin obsession all month – the ubiquity of pumpkin-flavored everything makes this one of my favorite times of year. Currently on my to-bake list: Pumpkin Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Bars (seriously, there is no one part of that I don’t love).

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Did you know that you can change your Twitter username and display name as often as you like? Which means that as we approach Halloween, a bunch of savvy users are opting for some spooky handles.

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I love fall. I LOVE it. Especially when we actually get fall-like conditions, and not just, say, more rain. We’ve been having crisp days here in the northwest, with foggy mornings and sunny afternoons and lots of leaves crunching beneath our feet.

In honor of that, I’ve been drinking copious amounts of tea and eating way too much pumpkin everything (seriously, pumpkin is magic). I’m off to look up some pumpkin-whoopie pie recipes. In the meantime, you enjoy these links.

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“Fat Shaming Week” is apparently some misogynistic bullshit that’s currently floating around the internet. It’s ridiculous and awful in ways I can’t fully articulate. But the responses to it? Totally amazing.

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Middle + Off combines seemingly disparate photos in a beautiful way. (There’s some tasteful nudity in there, too, so be warned.)

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Sorry for the low output of posts these last few days. Rand and I have been in Philadelphia for the week, and it’s been a whirlwind (far more for him than for me, of course. My “whirlwinds” tend to consist of museum visits, cupcakes, and the acquisition of accessories).

Fortunately, it’s been pouring rain for most of our trip, so we’ve felt right at home. I’m going to go eat a cookie bar and stare at the rain for a bit. You enjoy these links.

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Dana Reinhardt writes a touching piece about the time Robert Downey Jr. came to her grandmother’s rescue.

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You know those random thoughts that occur when you are taking a shower? They are now available online.

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I woke up in the middle of the night last night and tried to figure out where I was. After I’d finally concluded it wasn’t a hotel I recognized, I realized, somewhat alarmed, that I was home.

I didn’t recognize my own bedroom. Oy.

Needless to say, we’ve been traveling a lot lately, and it’s scrambled my brain a bit. I’m finally home for a week or two, and the mundane routine of the everyday – the one that eludes me when I’m on the road – now feels foreign and exciting and wonderful. I’m doing laundry and paying bills and tending to my neglected plants.

Let me tell you: having piles of fresh clothes and fridge full of groceries is positively delightful. While I go get a snack and change my socks (again! Even though the ones I’m wearing are clean! BECAUSE I CAN.) you enjoy these links.

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Jimmy Fallon engaged in a lip-sync contest with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant. If you don’t already have a crush on one of those three men, you will after watching their performances.

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I am geeking out over the revelation that we are very likely not alone: New Scientist has created an interactive infographic which illustrates how many Earth-like planets are in the universe.

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I feel like the March Hare, running around in a frenzy – no time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!

The thing is, I’m not actually late to anything. I just feel like it, because I’m sitting here at my computer nine floors up, and all around me the city of New York is rushing about, bright and alive and busy. Every minute I spend in this hotel room is one less minute I spend exploring the city – so you can understand my rush. Why I feel like I’m late, that I’m missing out on something important.

I’ve got to go. No time to say goodbye, hello! Here are this week’s links.

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Because why can’t Captain America wear a turban?

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Les Carpenter’s take on the Seahawks/49ers rivalry is downright poetic.

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