The Week: January 21, 2011

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Jan 21, 2011

I am still in my pajamas. This isn’t that heinous a sin, considering that I “work” from home, but the truth is, I’ve spent far, FAR too much of this week in my pajamas (also, is it still “work” if you make no money? Ponder that). When tossing on a pair of yoga pants counts as “getting dressed”, it might be time for an intervention. Or just time to set the alarm. Either way, I’m determined to wake up earlier, get dressed sooner, and accomplish more with my day. Really. I’m starting tomorrow.

No, scratch that – tomorrow’s Saturday. But I’m starting … eventually. In the meantime, enjoy The Week, in whatever state of undress or sloth you happen to find yourself presently in.

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Oh, no! I run the risk of actually getting stuff done today. Who will save me?

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Have too much time on your hands? Me neither. But in case you do, here’s a list of incredibly stupid/funny/interesting internet phenomena that you should have already seen. Warning: Kitten Surprise made me pee a little. I’m a terrible person.

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I kind of respect this. If you are going to crash and burn, make it visible from space.

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I’m still feeling a bit sore about the Seahawks’ (seemingly inevitable) loss to the Bears last week, but even I can admit: this photo of Chicago is mesmerizing.

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Gah! What’s the word again? The Matador Network has a fascinating article on 20 untranslatable words. My favorite is tartle – the Scottish word for the act of hesitating before introducing someone, because you’ve forgotten their name.

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Phil Jones unleashes random acts of design on the telephone poles of Minneapolis. Pure awesome ensues.

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OMG. OMG. PENGUINS IN SWEATERS.

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Artist Markus Hofko has a created a series of sculptures in which he breaks Disney characters down into basic geometric elements. Amazingly, they’re so iconic, you can still decipher who they are. (via @nerdseyeview)

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Jonathan Thomas, the blogger behind Anglotopia, just launched Aussietopia – a site focusing on (you guessed it) Australia.  While he loses points for not having an entire section dedicated to the Australian National Swim Team, it’s still a great resource for all things pectoral. I mean Australian. Australian.

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Sometimes the truth is a harsh diagnosis.

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I am so doing this next time I’m in a hotel.

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You get what you pay for. And when you’ve paid someone $0.02 to draw you a picture of a sheep, well …

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A group of writers unleash their wrath on the products they hate: “Go-Gurt: A cruel prank perpetrated by those asshats at General Mills who surely pioneered this abomination as a prank and must have been horrified when it actually sold …” (via @DeannaNMc, who kindly keeps me informed as to what is lame in the world, and what isn’t.)

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That’s it for me, folks. I’m off to go get dressed. Maybe.

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  • Mike C

    I’m not sure if you are enriching my life or ruining it, but all of these links have been thoroughly entertaining. Where the hell to you find this crap???

    • Everywhereist

      My finely-tuned StumbleUpon preferences yield many of these gems. Reddit, and my crazy friends provide the rest.

  • “Tartle” is a great word and definitely a necessary one – I have only forgotten someone’s name one time in a situation where I needed to actually say it and I didn’t actually forget it I just couldn’t remember how she pronounced it and I didn’t want to pronounce it wrong because she was one of those people who got really upset about it. Is there a different word for that?

  • You’ve mentioned experiencing L’appel du vide in previous posts. Now we have a word to use!

    These words rock, btw.

  • The “Hawaii Chair” video on that list is phenomenal. I can’t stop laughing. I’ve woken the baby.

    • Everywhereist

      Deanna – I’m sincerely sorry to have contributed to the waking of ninja baby. However, that clip is riotous. Seriously. I thought the guy who said, “That feels great on my abs” actually said “ass” at first.

      • That’s better than what I thought he said, which was “nads.”

  • Sigh…..you know it takes me a while to get around to your “The Week:” posts because I need to have serious time to visit all your links, which I do because it is SO worth the time, but then I laugh my ass off so hard that sometimes I have to go change my underwear before I can take time to comment, and then when I sit down at your post again I start laughing all over again…..sigh….I love seeing that new post of yours pop up in my iGoogle but then I think “oh boy here we go again….”….

  • Since I’ve learned so many things from your blog (been reading for nearly a year), I thought it about time I officially said “hello”. As for being Scottish and it being Burns night and having no idea that the word ‘tartle’ existed, I hang my head in shame! (But pleeeease tell me where the haggis pakora came from, that I would love to try).

    • Everywhereist

      Jacqueline – it was from an Indian restaurant in Glasgow – I can’t remember the exact name, but I’ll look it up! Welcome to the blog – so happy you enjoy it and that you’ve started commenting. 🙂

      • Yeah to Indian restaurants in Glasgow, was worried you were going to say somewhere far more exotic 🙂 (I live just outside the city)

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