Friday, November 1, 2013

Best of the Week #113

It’s November!!! Crazy. Hope you all had a happy Halloween and are sufficiently sick on fun-sized Snickers, and/or in the process of building candy castles and wheeling and dealing trades amongst your siblings. Oh wait, it’s not 1995 and most of you (except a key two of course) are not my sisters. Everything I learned about negotiations I learned from being a middle child...

Anywho, November! To all you well-meaning people making comments about how the semester almost over: I will have none of that. We have 6 weeks left, so please leave me to languish in my delusion that that is plenty of time to finish. All. The. Things. Kthanksbye.

It’s been a while, but let’s have some Best of the Week fun, shall we?

Sorry I'm not sorry. "26 Puns that are too clever for their own good." I am giggling out loud to myself right now.
Will the puns stop? Yo, I don’t know.

Real complaints from real vacationers.” Ha! People are absurd.
  • 12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”
  • 14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”
I love this kid.

To quote my dear friend 6x6, "Makes me want to run a marathon!" "Five things you can eat guilt-free after the Marine Corps Marathon." Two words for you: Dinosaur donut. (Aka I am the above child.)

On the academic front,  I will be spending about 75% of the next 6 weeks working on this project. And I am SO excited about it. #NerdAlert “Network Analysis of Factors Contributing to Election Violence in Kenya: Comparing 2007-08 to 2013
  • This project will use networks analysis to assess election-related violence in Kenya in 2007-08, and then conduct the same analysis of 2013 when there was no election-related violence to determine if networks analysis can be used to predict violence. Additional factors in both cases will be studied separately: the networks of targeted violence in 2007, and how internal displacement in the interim period affected elections in 2013.

This is pretty funny and makes you think about your favorite Disney movies in a whole new way. “Psychological Disease of Disney Princesses.”
  • Although it wasn’t greatly covered in the movie, Belle definitely entered the castle not to find her father but to loot the hell out of the place. It became a greater challenge than she had anticipated, though, as the candlestick holder she wanted to knick could talk.

Awesome photography! Ms Kalashnikov is the work of an Italian photographer, Francesca Tosarelli,

  • Since February 2013 Francesca has met, followed, photographed and interviewed a selection of women fighting in the alphabet-soup of rebellions currently operating in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their stories reveal not only the significance of their roles within the rebel groups of which they are a part, but also show the striking contrast between the danger of their liberation struggle and the almost mundane reality of daily life in an armed group in eastern DRC.

An interesting read by Bell Hooks “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In.” I haven't actually read Lean In, but people talk about it all the time.
  • "Sandberg’s definition of feminism begins and ends with the notion that it’s all about gender equality within the existing social system. From this perspective, the structures of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy need not be challenged. And she makes it seem that privileged white men will eagerly choose to extend the benefits of corporate capitalism to white women who have the courage to ‘lean in.’ It almost seems as if Sandberg sees women’s lack of perseverance as more the problem than systemic inequality."
A National Geographic photographer portrays the multi-ethnicity of American society - peoples' pictures, their self description and what ethnicity they register themselves as in the national statistics. “The Changing Face of America -- We’ve become a country where race is no longer so black or white.”

Someone please make this Halloween Chex Mix and send me a bag? I will love you forever.

Love. "Tap Dancing Cover of Cups." Fun fact, I was a pretty awesome tap dancer in kindergarten and first grade.

I do these! Unless I sleep which case I still do them first-thing, but it may not be before 8 am. “5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM.”
  •  5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first.
An interesting explanation? "Spaniards are less productive, constantly tired because Spain is in the wrong time zone."

Finally, I will leave you with this Tiny Desk Concert by The Lone Bellow, because who doesn’t need a little more mandolin in their life?

Finally finally, I started this post mentioning my sisters, and guess what? Sister1 and Geoff will run their first half marathon this weekend like CHAMPIONS! And Sister2 just landed her dream job and starts next week! I am so psyched and proud of both of them!!! Also, Liam was a runner for Halloween. YES.