Tag Archives: The Week in Travel

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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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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Journal of a cold, Day 8: 

I am still sick. The illness that has taken root in my sinuses shows no sign of dissipating. The deluge from my nostrils continues. Yesterday, I ventured out, for the first time in many days. I squinted painfully at the sunlight above. I am greatly changed, I know.

I let out a hacking cough, and watched as passers-by crossed the street to avoid me. 

“Soon, you will be like me,” I rasped. They didn’t hear me, or pretended not to. 

I am destined to be alone, except for this cold. It is my sole companion, and will never leave me.

Blerg. While I go drink some tea, you enjoy these links.

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The title of this Tumblr blog says it all: Rappers and Cereals. That’s why I love Luda Crisp!

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The Awkward Years Project is a great reminder that middle school was painful for everyone (good thing beauty is on the inside, right?)

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This week wasn’t that different than any other. Anthony Weiner got caught sexting (again). I made a fool of myself on camera (again … but this time it was on the Huffington Post! In my defense, there was a really bad echo, so I heard everything I said with a 2-second delay … and that’s when I start looking insane). And I gathered together some links for you (again).

I hope you like them.

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Macklemore performed on the roof of Dick’s Drive-In, effectively shutting down my neighborhood. I didn’t stand outside for hours waiting for the show, but I did fall asleep to sound of his music filtering into my home.

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OMG. Zuckerberg thought his sales guy was 50 Cent.

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It is going to be 80 degrees in the Pacific Northwest this weekend. EIGHTY FRIGGIN DEGREES. The weather is so nice that one school has cancelled class due to sunshine. No, I’m not even remotely kidding.

I am getting out from behind my desk right this second, and heading out to enjoy the day (after safely slathering on some sunscreen and putting on a hat). This links were hastily put together because, really, all I wanted to do was go out and play.

But they’re still worth a gander. Enjoy.

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Foreign Policy culled together the top 500 most powerful people in the world (the list includes presidents, past and present, dictators, and even leaders of drug cartels). I can’t tell if I was more surprised to learn that Henry Kissinger still has influence, or that he’s still alive.

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Paul Miller writes about the year he spent offline without the internet. And what it felt like to return to this world wide web of ours.

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I just got back to Seattle yesterday, after spending a week in Los Angeles with family – including my 9-month-old nephew. I have now have a suitcase full of clothes smeared with baby food and drool, and I’m completely exhausted. After a week. A friggin week.

But people who become parents do this sort of thing FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.

I don’t how they do it, but I salute them. Without their efforts, none of us would be here. They deserve cupcakes and backrubs and looong vacations.

For those of you (parents or not) who have enough time to browse through them, I give you the week’s links. Enjoy.

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Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero takes photos of people who mock her for her weight and appearance. Read her explanation of her work, and you’ll be infuriated by how cruel people can be, and awed at her courage and sense of self.

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In the wake of the Boston bombings, The Atlantic explains why there are so few Chechens in the United States.

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Good heavens. It’s been a rough few days. I hope you are all well. I hope you are all safe, and warm, and that your loved ones are, too.

Stuff remains crazy this morning, as it has been all week. I’ve tried to find some fun, pithy links to include in this roundup, but those have been hard to come by this week. It hasn’t really been a fun, pithy week, has it?

While it seems like today would be a great day for diversions … but I keep frantically looking for more news coming out of Boston. Here’s my best attempt at the links for this week.

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As usual, the Onion makes a few poignant comments about this week.

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Donald Glover talks about some of the responses he got on his campaign to be the next Spiderman. And really, why the hell can’t Peter Parker be black?

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