31 July 2014

My Favorite Things, July 2014

Here we are, at the end of the month. You know what this means: a list of Favorite Things! Here’s what I’ve got from July:

1) Italy
2) Sleeping in my own way-more-comfortable bed after returning from Italy


Ok, fine, that’s not a particularly useful list (even if it was two of my most favorite things). So here are a few other things that I loved in July!

[Almost forgot: 3) a gala banquet in a four-hundred-year-old convent in Lecce. Right, moving on!]

I’m reading...

The Silkworm, the second book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. Otherwise known as a new book from J. K. Rowling omg squeee! I really enjoyed the first book (released before her pen name was revealed) and had been quite looking forward to the next one. Although this one has quite a bit more gore and less fluff than The Cuckoo’s Calling, it doesn’t disappoint. Worth a read, though start with the first in the series so you can understand the characters’ backstories!

I’m learning...

Did you know Rome is actually more northern than New York? Or that Sydney is as far from the equator as L.A.? I did not! Thanks to this list of cities by latitude, you can geek out over these bits of geographic trivia too.

I’m usually not much for disaster preparedness (as in, I basically don’t think about it at all) but I feel like I need to print out this list from Cracked and staple it to my bra daily, just in case.

Another Cracked article came out this month from my favorite pretend-uncle, Commander Chris Hadfield. If you heard any of his interviews during his book tour (or actually read his book), then you’ll recognize this list isn’t entirely new stories. But there were a few things I didn’t know, and anyway, it’s Commander Hadfield so I will automatically love it.

Finally: this Reddit thread attempts to explain all those weird things that our body does that we never bother to mention to one another. Slate distills some of the best (several apply to me!) if you don’t want to wade through the whole thread.

I’m trying...

While I haven’t tried it yet, this bar cart from Cassie at Hi Sugarplum! is most definitely my favorite DIY of the month. It’s made out of those cheapy wire shelving units! I got one in college, used it to store paint cans in the garage, and left it there collecting cobwebs when we moved out. Regrets! But we’ll see if I can’t find a spot for one of these nonetheless...

This list of iPhone tips and tricks has a few obvious ones, but several I didn’t know as well. Now I find them invaluable! Do you know how long I’ve lamented the lack of an “undo” button, or how fat my fingers are when I try to scroll through audio?! Now I know what to do when I accidentally select and delete a message that took me ten minutes to type, and how to rewind JUST one minute instead of twenty!

I’m loving...

The ads for the new film Lucy have been driving me absolutely batty, thanks to their propagation of the ridiculous “you only use 10% of your brain” myth. At least this collection of posters (entitled “If Lucy was about other completely wrong misconceptions”) provided a bit of levity to curb my neuroscientist rage.

Maybe I still haven’t finished the latest season of Orange is the New Black (sitting still and paying attention for an hour at a time is haaaard), but I can still adore these gifs of Samira Wiley and Matt McGorry reacting to life’s struggles. Man. I think I have a girl crush on Poussey.

This website maps the route of taxis in a 24-hour period. I only have a vague sense of NYC geography, and yet I can still totally zone out staring at the different taxi routes all over the city.

And most loved might be this send-up of the Restoration Hardware catalog by cartoonist David Malki! and his readers. He posted an image from RH and asked his readers to caption it, but he then realized that their silly descriptions could reasonably match other items in the catalog. His comments about the real description are pure gold, as well. I love browsing RH, but I love calling them out on their pretentiousness even more.

I’m watching...

Every single dang video John Oliver posted on his YouTube Channel for Last Week Tonight. Every dang one. You should probably watch every dang one as well, because never has in-depth news been so fascinating, so funny, and so teddibly, delightfully briddish.

And finally: maybe you already saw this on your facebook feed, but it’s worth a second watch. (The Xbox controller! Bahaha!)

That’s it for July, dear readers! Here’s hoping August brings as many things to love... and reasonably less international travel.