The Week: February 10, 2012

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Feb 10, 2012

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means that we only have a few more days before all those delicious conversation hearts go on sale for 75% off. I know. I can’t wait, either.

I’m basically just biding away the hours until then. Here are some links that helped me kill time this week. Hopefully they will do the same for you, until February 15th finally gets here, and we can rot our teeth for pennies on the dollar.


Funny. I always thought that people first went nuts, then got a bunch of cats. But according to this article in the Atlantic, it’s the cats that are actually making people crazy (sadly, it may officially be too late for my friend Kurtis.)


I find this idea so darn delightful: put a yellow bench in every major city, where someone can sit and have a conversation with a stranger.


It’s still quite early in the year, but the 52 Weeks of Star Wars project is already pretty darn sweet. The artist takes classic movie posters and album covers, and recreates them with your favorite characters from the series. For those of you who want more, check out last year’s project: 365 Days of Clones. (Special thanks to blog reader Mark for sending me this link!)


This is quite possibly the coolest thing I have seen in ages: A man who, as a boy, saw Lincoln get assassinated, goes on TV to talk about the experience. A Civil War widow collects her husband’s pension well into the 21st century. Read about how the connections we make in our lives allow us to time travel (via NPR).


I can’t even begin to describe Lori Nix‘s artwork. She creates beautiful, crumbling dystopias that seem like they’ve been pulled out a Tim Burton movie. They’re haunting and creepy – check them out for yourself.


I love being reminded that Feminism isn’t just a cause that women fight for. Check out my friend Dan’s post on how we need to see less sexism in the start-up community.


I had to look everywhere to find out more about the artist behind these amazing colorizations and restorations of old photos (turns out she’s a Swedish artist who goes by the handle MyGrapefruit). Her colorization of Abe Lincoln literally made me gasp.


It’s always humbling to know that even T-Rexes have it rough.


Within the Norwegian flag, you can find the flags of six other countries. That’s right … It’s FLAGCEPTION!


If you have two minutes, check out this sketch from the BBC comedy That Mitchell and Webb Look. You’ll see the punchline coming from a mile away, but it’s still worth it.


Phew. Okay, that’s it for me this week. See you Monday (and, I know I’ve been promising this for weeks, but this time it might actually be true) with a new blog design.

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  • Naturally, I love the Star Wars link but the T-Rex thing is awesome.

  • The look of disgusted resignation on the face of T-Rex Trying To Build A Ship In A Bottle is the best. That’s a great site.

    I’m wondering if “T-Rex Trying To Re-Design Everywhereist’s Website” may explain the long delays.

  • Melanie

    I love all things Star Wars, so thanks for that.

    Lori Nix is to me what would happen if Tim Burton and Mark Ryden had a love child.

  • Andi

    Love Mitchell and Webb. There was a pub in London that my friends and I would always go to and one night we saw David Mitchell there. From then on, we referred to the pub as ‘the David Mitchell’. He holds a special place in my heart.

  • Caroline

    I affectionately refer to February 15th as “Half-Priced Chocolate” Day. This is how I feel basically every year: 🙂

  • That Norway flag bit was awesome. 😀


    That’s all I have to say.

  • Dan

    As a history nerd, I really love the “time travel” article. It makes me think of my great aunt Marie, who turns 100 this year. She loved telling me about things I that called history, and she just called, “a bunch of stuff that happened during my life.” I relish the thought of one day, as a very old man, telling some young kid about growing up with a woman who remembered things like WWI and the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, and was born the year the Titanic sank.

  • TheOtherLisa

    Love the new design!!

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