The Week: May 25, 2011

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May 27, 2011
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It is almost sunny today in Seattle. Given that this past spring has resembled (more or less) the climate one would find inside an old, wet sponge, I am thrilled. “Almost sunny” is good enough for me. So while I run around outside in a vain attempt to process Vitamin D, please enjoy the links of the The Week.

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Whoever said wisdom comes with age didn’t listen to the pearls of knowledge from these kids (my favorite: “If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.”)

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Oh, god, I love this. A Lego homage to legendary painter and PBS mainstay Bob Ross. Sleep well, sweet prince.

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Hello Kitty + Star Wars = Hello Wars. Kind of freaking out at the sheer awesomeness of it all (I so want the Hello Storm Trooper pillow, but it’s not in their etsy shop. Boo.)

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This is just sick. And wrong. And brilliant.

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I am shocked by how much I agree with this list of 14 cover songs that are better than the originals. (It’s raining in Seattle right now – I know, when isn’t it? – and Cat Power’s Sea of Love is a perfect soundtrack for today).

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Rand and I saw this exhibit of Tim Burton’s work at the MoMA last year, but were unable to take photos. Fortunately, Fast Company was able to put together a great montage of images (how I envy their press pass).

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Abandoned since Katrina struck, the Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans has fallen into decay. The photos of it are haunting, sad, and entirely captivating.

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And because NOLA is apparently on my mind today, check out Candy Chang’s amazing Before I Die project, in which people wrote about the things they wanted to accomplish in their lives (incidentally, on the side of a home in New Orleans).

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Juliane Kopcke survived her plane exploding in mid-air (after it was struck by lightning), a subsequent fall to earth, and 9 days wandering in the Peruvian rain forest. She was 17 at the time. (Note to self: Never complain about air travel again.)

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After thousands of years of living without natural predators, the jellyfish in a tiny lake in Palau evolved to the point where they lost most of their stinging ability. Check out adventurer Sarosh Jacob‘s amazing footage of swimming in the lake.

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  • I had never heard of Ray LaMontagne before this week. I’m digging him. But I wish they would have added SRV’s cover of Voodoo Chile to the list.

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