The Week: August 19, 2011

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Aug 19, 2011

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. I haven’t had much time to think, very little time to post, and hardly any time to look around and appreciate the world around me.

Which is a shame, because it is quite a delightful world. So while I take a minute to enjoy it, why don’t you take a minute to appreciate these links. Because they, too, are pretty delightful.

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In the words of the brilliant @marikamalaea, if you don’t like tiny animals holding tiny umbrellas, then you’re not an American.

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I’m not what you would call a religious gal, but this has me hoping there’s an afterlife: Heaven’s Welcome Basket. Though I probably wouldn’t make the cut.

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The Flatiron building, by day and by night.

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Never mind that you can’t hear what this Trekkie says to his soon-to-be fiancee when he proposes to her. The best part doesn’t happen until that’s over. Watch until the end for a wonderful bit of geekery.

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And because one Star Trek reference just leads to another, check out this article about progressiveness and sexual-orientation (and lack thereof) in the classic 60s TV show, as well as on Sesame Street.

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Way too much time is spent analyzing the origins of the friendship between Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Weirdly enough, it’s something I’ve never questioned. Friendship and love can’t always be explained.

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You may have heard of the odd scandal involving food writer Alan Richman – he was accused of slapping a waitress’s bottom at the M. Well restaurant in New York City. He vehemently denies this, but notes that he is to blame (in part) for the terrible decline of service in restaurants in recent years.

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I am near tears with giggles. David Thorne is a genius. He torments his coworker in weird and wonderful ways, and then scans the complaint forms that are subsequently filed against him.

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My brother starred in a spec commercial some of his friends created for Energizer (apparently spec commercials aren’t meant for air. They are a proof of concept that you create with hopes of selling it to someone). He’s the one in the “I heart my wiener” t-shirt.

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Did you know there was a trapeze artist named Leotard? Or that Madame de Pompadour was a French noblewoman with – you guessed it – a towering hairdo? Check out Life magazine’s list of 50 folks who became nouns.

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My friend Chris has branched out from a collection of work he affectionately titled “Gimpressionism” (link slightly NSFW) and has moved on to pixellating the private parts on portraits. Behold:

I just peed a little.

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That’s it for me this week. Now, go. Enjoy your weekend. It’s what I’m going to do.

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