The Week: April 8, 2011

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Apr 8, 2011

It’s been a week. I’ve been home (and in the U.S.) for approximately 16 hours, during which I’ve been frantically packing up my home, throwing out anything that I don’t need immediately, and wondering exactly where I left my toothbrush (seriously, it’s a toothbrush, why do I keep putting it ANYWHERE BUT THE BATHROOM? That is neither practical nor hygienic). I sincerely hope I did not throw it out.

Since the blog has been neglected these last few weeks, I figured that The Week was in order, and a particularly long one at that. Browse to your heart’s content. I’m off to find that damn toothbrush.

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This might be in violation of Sesame Street’s copyright, but damn it, it’s funny. And apt.

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Because Murphy’s Law is just the beginning, a list of philosophical axioms, postulates, rules, and corollaries. I personally love O’Reilly’s Law of the Kitchen: Cleanliness is next to impossible.

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The Warning Sign Generator. Because you never know when you need to caution people about zombies, noxious fumes, or … German Shepherds?

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An incredibly dorky and slightly idiotic shirt. Consequently, I MUST HAVE IT.

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Life before Google. It’s so damn true.

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An extensive and surprisingly brilliant guide to alien contact. Bottom line: I need to brush up on my math skills.

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Ginormous soap bubbles created by bubble-smith Sterling Johnson (note to self: “bubble-smith” may be the coolest job title, ever) . I love how at first, the kids are so mesmerized, they just stare.

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A virtual roll of toilet paper. Remarkably similar to real life, except you feel substantially less panic when it runs out.

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The logic behind this is what really gets me: why drinking beer makes you feel smarter (words of wisdom from the brilliant Cliff Clavin).

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Aquarium phone booth? Cool idea, but Superman’s going to be pissed.

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Just a little reminder to keep things in perspective: there really are enough hours in the day.

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Crap. I gained weight just looking at these pictures – homemade versions of your favorite candies. The idea that I could make Cadbury Creme Eggs at home scares me.

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Holy cats. Melting steel and rocks … with sunshine. Don’t inform the TSA about this one, okay?

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Beautifully designed, this radiation dosage chart is nevertheless somewhat frightening – especially when you take a look at some of the radiation levels associated with Fukushima.

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James Mollison‘s newest project, Where Children Sleep, chronicles the rooms in which children across the globe spend their sleeping hours. It’s surprisingly touching and haunting.

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That’s it for me this Friday, folks (toothbrush update: FOUND). I’ll be moving house over the new few weeks, but I promise to keep the blog updated at least a couple of times a week. Stay tuned.

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