The Week: May 3, 2013

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May 3, 2013

It is going to be 80 degrees in the Pacific Northwest this weekend. EIGHTY FRIGGIN DEGREES. The weather is so nice that one school has cancelled class due to sunshine. No, I’m not even remotely kidding.

I am getting out from behind my desk right this second, and heading out to enjoy the day (after safely slathering on some sunscreen and putting on a hat). This links were hastily put together because, really, all I wanted to do was go out and play.

But they’re still worth a gander. Enjoy.

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Foreign Policy culled together the top 500 most powerful people in the world (the list includes presidents, past and present, dictators, and even leaders of drug cartels). I can’t tell if I was more surprised to learn that Henry Kissinger still has influence, or that he’s still alive.

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Paul Miller writes about the year he spent offline without the internet. And what it felt like to return to this world wide web of ours.

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I’m currently studying a new language (an undertaking which deserves its own post, at the very least). The process had made me acutely aware of the nearly-non-sensical expressions we use every day. I may need to send this list of idioms to some of my friends for whom English is a second language.

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Awk-ward. A women’s group in North Devon, U.K., dressed up as pirates for a talk by a captain … who was one held hostage by Somali pirates. (via my pal Elaine)

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The Matrix, as retold by one mother. Man, I hope Moshimo and Leo get out of this okay with all their judo.

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Christopher Elliot wrote a piece on plane etiquette. While I don’t entirely agree with him (we have an absolute right to recline our seats, damn it) he makes some good points.

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The British Film Institute’s YouTube Channel is full of shorts from the early days of cinema, including silent films, historical videos, and what might be Britain’s first sound film. It’s absolutely mesmerizing.

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This week, Chris Kelly (one half of the teen rap group Kris Kross), died of an apparent drug overdose. In the mid-90s, the band was known for their song “Jump, Jump,” and for wearing clothing backwards (we recently sang it to a friend’s 3-year-old son after he inadvertently put his pants on the wrong way around).

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This might be the greatest wedding website, ever. Just go and read it, and try not to get all misty eyed, okay? I’m not saying you’ll succeed, but TRY, DAMN IT.

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That’s it for me this week. I hope you have a little sunshine in your forecast, too, wherever you may be.

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  • not only is Kissinger still alive, he will stare at your boobs openly if you happen to be serving him tea.

  • Today should be a statewide holiday, not just that one school in Bellingham.. so everyone in Seattle could celebrate the weather. Sunshine in Seattle is pretty epic.

  • CatCat Attack

    I used to agree with you about reclining seats. However they are squeezing the rows together so much that while I feel short of clearance, my 6′-8″ hubby has to slant his legs to fit in with the seat ahead NOT reclined.
    So he asks the person ahead to warn him if they’re going to recline so he can move his legs in time. Half the time they don’t recline once they see the issue. Yes, their ride is slightly more uncomfortable, but it is general politeness. Half the time the person just slams it back the instant they can (with no warning), and ignores the grunt of pain it elicits. It also locks him in so he can’t shift his legs at all.
    The best solution I can think of (for poor people who can’t afford $2000 seats), is to limit the exit row seats to ridiculously tall people. (There are way too many of them, these days.) You note it when you reserve the ticket, and the ticket or gate agent has to confirm actual tallness. Then let the gate agent have a waiting list for others who would like to sit there.
    OK, rant over.

  • I love these lists. I think I (pathetically?) look forward to them all week. Now please excuse me while I go get lost on the British Film Institute’s Youtube channel…

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