The Week: Oct. 7, 2011

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Oct 7, 2011

It’s been an eventful week. Yes, the pioneer of modern personal technology died, but perhaps more significantly (at least, in my world) one of my friends lost her mother, while another became a mother. I suspect there’s nothing that wraps up existence more succinctly than that. Just when you are getting to the party, someone else leaves.

If you are less inclined to sit and contemplate existential ideas such as these (and believe me, I do not blame you), please enjoy these links – an act which, I promise, requires very little philosophical thinking.

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It’s fall. You know what that means, right? It’s decorative gourd season, motherf*ckers!

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Sigh. When I was a kid, I remember loving this Pepsi commercial starring Michael J. Fox. Twenty-five odd years later, and I still get a kick out of it.

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A rather mesmerizing stop-motion video of a tattoo in progress.

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Ahem: baby pandas. Curled up and napping on a heating pad. That is all. (via the lovely Corey Urbanek).

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The Milky Way, as seen from the North Sea Coast. Just amazing.

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I never, ever thought I’d say this, but I cannot stop giggling over this video of Michael Buble and a 15-year-old-fan named Sam. It’s amazing. Watch it.

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A visual guide to NPR’s Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy books. (I don’t agree with all the editorializing, but I still enjoyed the chart. I am a huge nerd.)

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Why am I so broken up about Superman’s new all-blue costume? Surprisingly, a blog about Christianity explains it best: it amounts to “blasphemy against my childhood hero.” Amen, sister.

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A beautifully designed tribute to Steve Jobs.

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How to know when you’ve picked the wrong political affiliation.

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George Chamoun splices together photos of modern and golden-age movie stars. While Pattison is no James Dean, the results are nevertheless intriguing.

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Ron Swanson, in comic form.

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Okay. I’m off to buy cards of sympathy and congratulations, because Hallmark has a greeting card for everything.

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