The Week: January 16, 2015

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Jan 16, 2015

You guys. YOU GUYS. The playoffs are this weekend and the Seahawks are playing Green Bay. I know that this probably means very little to most of you, but it’s basically a defining moment in my marriage and if we can get through this weekend WE CAN GET THROUGH ANYTHING.

We’re actually both pretty psyched, because no matter who wins, one of our teams is going to the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, it also means that I’ve spent the entire week reading NFL analysis and predictions, and I forgot that it was Friday, and that I have a round-up do. So better late than never, here’s the week that was:

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The city of Bainbridge (just across the water from downtown Seattle) has banned cheese inside City Hall today in anticipation of this weekend’s football game. In response, a radio station in Milwaukee is refusing to play music by Seattle artists until after the weekend. THERE ARE NO WINNERS IN THIS FIGHT.

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What if the Harry Potter books were all about Hermione and her struggles of being a witch in a wizard’s world? Answer: they would be totally awesome. Check out Hermione Granger and the Goddamn Patriarchy.

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Last week, Boko Haram militants killed more than 2,000 people in Nigeria. So why isn’t the tragedy getting more news?

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Allen Kurweil’s tale of how he finally tracked down his childhood bully is a rare read: it’s both painful and utterly compelling.

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I sent Rand this comic, and he agreed that it’s our relationship in a nutshell.

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Five-Thirty-Eight uses metrics to sort quarterbacks into ten different groups. Find out who’s an Elite, a Mixed Bag, or an Uh-oh.

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You should probably read this for the title alone: “The Curious Case of The Sweaty Nipples.” (Bonus: it has a happy ending! I mean, not that kind. It’s totally SFW.)

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It’s official: the U.S.’s new trade and travel rules with Cuba have gone into effect. The embargo isn’t officially lifted, and ordinary tourism is still banned, but it’s still enough to make me look up ticket prices to Havana.

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Oh, hell no: this year Cadbury creme eggs are not only going to be more expensive in the U.K., but the U.S. version will have a different recipe than the one we’ve come to know and crave nightly. It’s like they want us to form an angry, chocolate eating mob.

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Artificial Intelligence leaders sign a letter pledging that the field will not grow beyond humanity’s control. YEAH, RIGHT. The whole point is that it’s beyond our control. YOUR LETTER IS USELESS. #skynet

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Aaaaand, that’s it for me this week. I’m off to hug my Cheesehead husband. Go HawkPack!

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