Friday Link Spam

Friday Link Spam

I have an hour and a half left in the day and it has recently come to my attention that I need to write a blog post on a very serious topic, but this week has been a tired week (I am very bad at letting myself rest when I think I should be awake) and so here is another roundup of things I read this week that I think you will like.

POSTS ABOUT BABY/FAMILY-RELATED THINGS
It’s probably not something I’m going to have to worry about, but here’s five reasons not to visit a new mom in the hospital.

Instead of reading various child-raising books, try a more anthropological approach.

I almost always enjoy the posts over at Like Mother, Like Daughter, and Auntie Leila’s advice to the embarrassed mother of a four-year-old is no different. (The comment she mentions about daycare in Europe is I believe this one, though all the comments are good.)

POSTS ABOUT RELIGION AND CULTURE
A brief but excellent reflection on keeping American Sniper in perspective.

An absolutely fabulous reflection on the reception of the Eucharist and how we ought to perceive it (i.e., as none of our business). (I recommend that entire blog.)

A friend of mine wrote a beautiful and true post about the impact books can have on our lives. (Disclaimer: I am the friend in Alabama, and I also mourn the friend we lost.) (A post for another day.) (And actually, a post on that series is already in the works. But it is full of spoilers, so please–just go pick up The Thief and start from there.)

FINALLY, POSTS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH
In case you missed it, AFRICOM general killed in freak wildebeest stampede.

An embarrassing poop story from someone else’s preggo land.

Have a good weekend!

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FRIDAY LINK SPAM RETURNS

This week was derailed by my husband having a root canal done (and handling it better than really anyone has a right to, I think, though I am very grateful that he’s doing so well), and so in lieu of a second post (which let’s be honest would probably still have been about potage, as I made a triple batch yesterday in order to get us through Soft Diet Only week), here is a small collection of links. Small, but all of the highest caliber.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
Hank Green with a brilliant and scathing analysis of how and why the mainstream media has lost millenials.

An outline of seven steps towards achieving financial stability despite a variable income.

A retired Army general in favor of making a year of service more available, if not straight-up mandatory? Yes please.

A brief reflection on suffering and death, or, why we don’t euthanize people.

An article that summarizes key differences between Christianity and Islam, with the aim of arguing that the latter is more violent than the former. On the one hand, it’s a nice narrative; on the other, I feel sure there are some gaps, but don’t know enough to say one way or another.

An excellent breakdown of allegedly gendered things you can do and still be a feminist.

THINGS TO ENJOY
My friend Katherine has turned her blog into a let’s-make-period-recipes-as-close-to-the-original-as-possible blog, and it looks like it should be a lot of fun.

A helpful illustrated guide of 27 things you should never do to a baby.

And finally, Two minutes of babies going through tunnels and freaking the crap out.

See y’all next week!

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Friday Link Spam

I apologize for the age of some of these links–they’ve been languishing, waiting for a post. Next week’s should be more up-to-date. And probably longer.

INTERNATIONAL CULTURE
A discussion of Marine Le Pen and French xenophobia

A look at Communist communal kitchens, with a bonus link to a conversation about the differences between Soviet and American thought between none other than Nixon and Krushchev.

EDUCATION
You can always count on me to give you reports on the woe that is standardized testing.

A heads-up for students: don’t take notes with a laptop. (I never understood how people could do that anyway; how are you supposed to draw squiggly lines to connect your points?)
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Friday Link Spam

Several of these links are things I’d like to explore in greater detail later, so let’s start off with gathering them here.

LITERATURE
An opinion piece describing a phenomenon we’re all guilty of: pretending to know about something just because we saw a headline on Facebook (and how disconnected we are thus becoming from source material in general).

To help combat that last link, here are two lists of book recommendations that I thought were fairly well-rounded.

Also in the interest of promoting direct engagement with literacy and culture, why not donate to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter? (NOTE: I should mention that this iteration of Reading Rainbow is technically part of a for-profit enterprise; however, the goal of the Kickstarter appears to be expanding the program into schools and classrooms that cannot afford it. Certainly, more details about the actual finances would be nice, so by all means wait to donate until you’ve learned enough to satisfy your curiosity.)

You also should probably read more of Maya Angelou’s work, if you haven’t already. (Guilty as charged.)

HISTORY AND ECONOMICS
An article delving into the common man’s view of the English Reformation as it happened. The analysis runs a bit on the biased side, but the facts are good.

Two popes in two different decades weigh in on how Marxism is wrong but so is capitalism (well I guess we’re all screwed). (Short answer: salvation in the form of economic systems is never going to work, guys.)

Mike Rowe’s website for his foundation encouraging people to check out the skilled labor market (or, “if your kid wants to be a plumber instead of an English major, that’s awesome.”)

LIFE AND CULTURE
My Antiochian Orthodox friend over at The Wednesday Woman is in the process of packing. (It made me laugh.)

Speaking of Antiochian Orthodox, along the lines of my post from last week, here is a FANTASTIC article presenting some thoughts on marriage and the wedding liturgy.

Haven’t read them all, but here’s a link to a group of interviews with various CEOs and the like, talking about the advice they would give to their twenty-two-year-old selves.

A great post discussing the problems surrounding our current conversations about autism, with a link to a great interview on The Daily Show.

And finally, I’ve avoided much of the news about the horrific violence out in California, but this analysis of the cultural expectations and misogyny that can and do lead to violence against women is definitely a must-read.

THE MILITARY
On the list of “things to discuss in the future,” here’s the 2012 U.S. Military Demographics report. The section on race and ethnicity starts on page 24 (like 50-something of the PDF) and is preceded by the section on gender. I’m also excited to read about the military families. Dunno how long it will take the 2013 report to come out.

This article I DEFINITELY want to discuss (if you can’t view it and want to, leave a comment and I’ll get the text to you); it’s entitled “Can an American Soldier Ever Die in Vain?” but discusses more the whole Macro Army I was talking about in my last post.

Linked to in the previous article, but worth reading on its own, is an article detailing various Marine reactions to the fall of Falluja back in January.

And finally, The Duffel Blog is the U.S. military’s version of The Onion. (The language can get a bit salty at times; this is the military, people.) Obviously, most people haven’t heard about it, which lead to a lot of confusion when this article was posted back in 2012. (Oh man. It still makes me laugh. As does this one. And this one’s a classic too.)

ANYWAY the article I ACTUALLY wanted to link you to today is this one, satirizing the NFL’s approach to our men (yeah) (pretty sure it’s always men for them) in and out of uniform. A satire of the Macro Army, you might say.

FUNNY THINGS ON YOUTUBE
For the little construction worker in you: giant construction equipment playing Jenga.

I have thoughts about Frozen (another post), but I have nothing but love for these Marines watching “Let It Go.” (Keep your eye on where everyone’s hands end up.)

For the language nerds, “Let It Go” in multiple languages

For the lazy language nerds, “One Day More” on the backside of Google Translate; the best part is that they can actually sing.

And finally, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan play The Newlywed Game; my favorite part is the “what role would you like to play or revive?” (I did research on Sir Ian’s Widow Twankey. Just sayin’.)

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Friday Link Spam

I was doing this on Facebook, but it was hard to format and you can’t embed links, so I’m resurrecting it here!

WORLD EVENTS
A list of the names of all the kidnapped Nigerian girls

SCIENCE
A lovely newly-discovered galaxy that defies current thought on how ancient galaxies should look!

An article about an amateur flight around Mount St. Helen’s as it erupted; the pictures from that flight are here.

And this section would surely not be complete without an article examining Russia’s threats concerning U.S. involvement with the ISS.  Favorite line?  “Don’t get me wrong: Cold War 2 would be awful for the world, but it would instantly and utterly solve NASA’s funding issues.”  Sob.

GOOD LIFE ADVICE
This article of two tips to improve your family life and health is good, but her third step nearly brought me to tears.  Beautiful.  There’s also a part four!  (The comments are also generally worth reading.)

A good piece about the problems with using “I have a boyfriend” as a way to deflect negative male attention

RELIGIOUS
Pierced Hands is a great blog, period, but I especially love Meg’s challenges, like this Fifty Ways to Celebrate Easter.  (Reminder:  IT’S STILL EASTER.)

On all the little woes of being a Catholic woman.  (Sobbing in the Confessional? Critiquing others’ outfits? Absolutely.)

RECREATION
On the current growth of the board game industry

Nerdy knitting, for those who aren’t afraid of double-knitting (i.e., not me)


HISTORY AND CULTURE

Anthony Bourdain, like me, has thoughts about our tangled relationships with other countries, specifically Mexico.

Fifteen famous landmarks in context

As a writer, I was practically frothing at the mouth over these excerpts from various authors famous in the 60s on symbolism in their work.

An article aboutthe ancient Chinese view of the Roman Empire

Horrible awful and occasionally beautiful unpopular baby names from turn-of-the-twentieth-century America

A reminder of the costs of reality TV, Biggest-Loser-style


GIFS AND OTHER HUMOROUS IMAGES

Little Prince George visiting Australia

Bare Bones Comedy, a comic strip

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