Friday, April 27, 2012

Best of the Week #57

I had a great week:
  1. Monday President Obama launched the Atrocities Prevention Board (and I got to go to the White House event).
  2. Tuesday my new book club convened at Teaism, which has delicious food, and I met a whole new set of book-lovers. 
  3. Wednesday I posted this on Facebook, and it’s still true: I can't stop smiling because I just hit up the DCPL and now have Where the Red Fern Grows, A Girl Named Disaster, Redwall, and the first 5 Glee soundtracks in my purse! #WinningWednesday
  4. Most importantly, Thursday I learned that Sister1’s baby is a boy – I’m going to have a nephew in September!!! 
  5. And I’ve started Friday with yoga and a morning glory muffin. 
What awesome things happened to you this week?

My most popular post was Polenta Lasagna with Eggplant and Greek Yogurt. I’m finishing off the last of it for lunch today…

And now for Best of the Week!

I love this blog: "Adulting, how to become a grown-up in 387 easy(ish)steps." It includes everything from having first-aid supplies in your apartment and what to wear to work (see below) to how and when to send follow up emails and maintain perspective when injured. Even if you already consider yourself a full-fledged adult, you’ll probably finds something good on here.

I disagree with this “The Flight From Conversation.” While rude people text/check their email mid-conversation Go on, I’m listening… (I’m looking at YOU. You know who you are.), I really don’t think I spend that much time “alone together.” I like conversations!
  • We are tempted to think that our little “sips” of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don’t. E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, all of these have their places — in politics, commerce, romance and friendship. But no matter how valuable, they do not substitute for conversation.
My mama recently went to London and wanted to buy some Olympics gear but couldn’t do it because the logo and mascots are so freaking weird and ugly. "Are London's 2012 Logos the Worst in Olympic History?"

  • So far, London 2012’s visual identity has been among the worst ever, making this year’s otherwise well-planned games something of a laughing stock. Take those awful mascots, for example. Supposedly modeled on droplets of steel fallen from the stadium, Wenlock and Mandeville’s huge cyclops eyes make them sinister rather than cute.
  • Instead, they’ve played up Britain’s quirkiness, the brand of mild eccentricity the country seems to have decided unilaterally that the world finds adorable. In place of a sleek, corporate logo, something fresh, edgy and slightly provisional-looking might have helped Britain differentiate itself effectively from its predecessor. 

25 of the Most Powerful Women You’ve Never Heard Of” from FP. I’m embarrassed to admit that they’re right…I’ve only heard of Fatou Bensouda and Mary Schapiro.

I do a vegetable CSA…but umm hello yes please Pie CSA!
  • Sweet AND Savory Monthly Pie CSA Subscription: Get a sweet AND savory pie every week for a month! Choose between our six inch or nine inch pies. Six inch pies are perfect for two people; nine inch pies serve six to eight. Get dinner and dessert all in one subscription. 

Why DC's buildings are so short, and the arguments for making them taller: "Legalize Skyscrapers
Washington, D.C.’s height restrictions are bad for the nation’s capital and terrible for America."
  • The basics are that no residential building can be erected that’s taller than 90 feet and no commercial building can be taller than 130 feet, “except on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue between 1st and 15th Streets Northwest, where an extreme height of 160 feet” is allowed. This is really short.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I find this video hilarious.

I like this idea – they read it so I don’t have to – “Eight Things I Learned from Reading Every Last Word of the Economist.”
  • Every day for the next two weeks, an editor is going to read an entire issue of another magazine and report back on what they learned. These are not meant to be digests or summaries. I have asked the editors to cite specific facts and/or insights that they did not previously know.
  • Also appreciated this comment in the intro: "To subscribe to The New Yorker is to accept the feeling of inadequacy that comes with flipping on SportsCenter rather than attacking the unread pile of them on your bedside table."

I am a sucker for built-in bookshelves anywhere and everywhere. 

Because I spend far too much (mostly professional) time nerding out about commercial satellites: "A Military and Intelligence Clash Over Spy Satellites."
  • In recent years, advances in commercially available technology have allowed private companies to develop satellites carrying high-resolution sensors and perform many of the surveillance tasks that were once the sole preserve of classified satellites owned and operated by the intelligence community.
  • “The beauty of commercial imagery is that it is unclassified,” said Walter Scott, chief technical officer of DigitalGlobe, a satellite company based in Longmont, Colo.
And finally, this is just funny. "My Life as a Failed Country Gentleman."
  • I decided to become a rustic squire when I was 32 and stupid as only 32 can be. Youth's frantic idiocy doesn't have the means. Simple-minded old age lacks the energy. In midlife, we're as dumb as we get. So I bought land in New Hampshire—first a little, then more and finally too much.
  • I'd majored in English literature and, as sometimes happens, thought this was supposed to make me English instead of literate.
  • I can't give up my estate. I've become too strongly attached to its precipitous slopes and…other precipitous slopes. I've formed an inviolate bond with the land. The bank calls it a mortgage.