Posts Tagged With: media


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.

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.

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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Foundational Media: Wag the Dog

(Did you know that when Comcast suspends your services, all attempts to access the internet will take you to Walled garden. How terribly poetic. Comcast, for once, I’m actually a little impressed.)

Foundational media! A new series wherein I discuss books, films, and other media types that had a deep impact on my psyche at what were probably impressionable ages.

In honor of all the current talk about Iraq, I thought I’d reach back to November 2001, when I was a wee thirteen-year-old visiting my aunt and uncle who were noticeably more lax about such things as “caffeine intake” and “movie ratings” than my own parents. I remember sitting in my aunt’s father’s living room with my cousin and my aunt popping in a movie for us to watch. I remember protesting mightily at being shown an R-rated movie, and doing my best not to pay attention, but of course I was sucked into it anyway. I honestly have no idea how my aunt came to have this movie on VHS, or why she thought sticking it in was a good life decision—I’m ninety-nine percent sure we were visiting because her father had just passed away, and so I’m sure she had more important things on her mind than how terribly she was about to affect her niece’s view of the world.
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