The (Shortened) Week: November 21, 2012

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Nov 21, 2012

I was trying to write an intro for this week’s roundup, and felt uninspired, so I just came up with some placeholder text instead.

“Blah blah blah turkey turkey turkey football family pie.”

And looking back on it, I realize it pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say. To those of you in the U.S., have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I’ll see you all on Monday.

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Someone took thirteen different lists of “Top 100 Books”, and condensed them into one. (Lots of overlaps, but it still leaves you with 623 awesome reads. Enjoy.)

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Loving the street art of Alice Pasquini.  My favorite is the one of a girl peeing on the sidewalk, next to some graffitti that reads, “non fare pipi.” (Which is Italian for “Don’t pee.” But you could probably have guessed that.)

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And speaking of street art, much of David Zinn’s work is literally that: art on an actual street. The result – often featuring animals, monsters, and aliens – is delightfully sweet.

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ESPN’s NFL Kickoff tries to stuff as many Princess Bride references as they can into one episode. It’s … it’s inconceivable! (Sorry. I had to.)

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Did you hear about the collaboration between Denny’s restaurants and The Hobbit? The chain apparently has an entire menu “inspired” by the film. A columnist suffers through one of the dishes, but never comes closer to figuring out why anyone thought this movie-tie-in would be a good idea. (I suspect they’re targeting the scores of kids who come in at midnight, after an evening spent boffering in the park.)

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New York Magazine’s Nathan Heller asks when, exactly, the internet became so nice. And whether or not its sweetness and light might be to the detriment of us all.

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A septegenarian grandfather in China starts modeling clothing for his granddaughter’s shop. And, man, does he have the legs for it.

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My pal Philip posted a link on Facebook with the following explanation: “Picasso as Popeye. Because Picasso as Popeye.”

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Black Friday is coming; like always, I will be avoiding it and eating leftover pie with family, instead. This SNL sketch sums up why you, too, should consider abstaining from the busiest retail shopping day of the year.

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A baby red panda is startled by its caretaker. The results are adorable. (Warning: includes awwww- inducing footage)

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go stuff my face and give thanks for all the awesomeness in my life.

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  • Kristina Cline

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • I needed post Thanksgiving pie today too, starting with pumpkin pie for breakfast. Thanksgiving can be stressful for no reason other than it involves cooking a turkey. Many of us have to cook the turkey and figure out seat assignments that will lessen the chances for the eruption of full blown displays of family pathology. People need pie to counteract the stress of cooking a turkey.

    http://www.boomeresque.com/turkeytopia-for-a-philly-phriday/

  • I didn’t know about the collaboration of Danny’s restaurants with The Hobbit. But did you see the airline safety video of Air New Zealand?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBlRbrB_Gnc

  • Andi

    That red panda video made me giggle uncontrollably and say ‘o god so cute’. Thanks for that. Now excuse me while I watch it 10 more times.

  • That made me laugh outloud!

    “Blah blah blah turkey turkey turkey football family pie.” 🙂 Thanks!

  • Love your round ups, something for everyone! Happy Thanksgiving, hope it went well. Right, just one more look at that panda …

  • Hahaha, I definitely noticed the legs on Model Grandpa too. Although, I think the exact thought was, “Damn, he really pulls off those thigh high socks… I wish I could pull off those socks… Wait, did I just wish for the legs of 72-year-old Chinese man? Hmmm, I’m going to go ponder this over more pumpkin pie.”

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