The Week: Dec. 16, 2011

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Dec 16, 2011

Blah blah blah weekend links enjoy. (Err, sorry. Just realized that Christmas is NEXT weekend and I haven’t purchased ONE SINGLE GIFT FOR ANYONE. So please excuse me – and enjoy these links – while I go freak out).

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This article about a man being tossed off a Scotrail train for refusing to pay a fare isn’t all that remarkable in and of itself. But the comments section is positively KILLING me (e.g., “The wee ned deserved it!” and “He’s the greatest Scotsman since the guy who kicked the terrorist in the nads at Glasgow International.”)

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Reading through the top 10 public relations blunders of 2011 makes me feel a lot better about all the horrible things I say and do on my blog.

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Does bringing store bought treats to a bake sale or potluck amount to blasphemy? I personally think so.

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It’s official: I want positively everything Erica Weiner Jewelry has to offer (not sure whether to curse or thank my friend Kristy for introducing it to me. I may do both.)

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I’m not a fan of tooting my own horn (mostly because it sounds like a euphemism for something dirty). HOWEVER, I absolutely love it when someone else toots it for me (Nope, still sounds dirty). A huge thanks to Sky Scanner for making The Everywhereist their Blog of the Week! I feel truly tooted honored.

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And I know I shouldn’t be asking you to toot my horn, either (okay, seriously, this sounds wrong), but my site was nominated as one of the travel blogs to follow in 2012 on Elliott.org! I’m truly excited, and also getting my butt kicked in the voting. So (hint-hint) if you haven’t gotten me a present yet, please consider taking two seconds and voting for me. You don’t even have to register. It’s just that easy.

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Kids screaming and having a fit? Not funny. Kids screaming and having a fit because their parents gave them intentionally crappy Christmas gifts as a joke? Hilarious. And a powerful reminder to be grateful for what you have this holiday season.

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I just whiled away far too much time on Honestly, Now.  Someone requests help on a problem they’re having, and users vote on the best answer. Should I get my hair cut? Perhaps. Should I take my ex to the holiday party? No. Should I visit the site? Yes, yes, you should.

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Take two minutes (I don’t care how busy you are, you have two minutes) to watch this video of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about Isaac Newton. It will satisfy your inner nerd and put a smile on your face. How often does that happen? (Okay, fine, for me, often.)

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HTTP Status messages, illustrated by cats. It’s as awesome as it sounds.

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Can I go a week without mentioning some sort of Princess Bride geekery on my site? No, no, I cannot.

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Dear Rand: I’m leaving my front door open in the event that a seal might pop in and hang out on our couch. It could TOO happen.

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Now I’m off to buy from a small, local retailer (a.k.a., Amazon.com). WOOT!

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