29 April 2015

My Favorite Things, April 2015

It’s time for that end-of-the-month tradition, dear readers! I confess that I feel a little ridiculous today posting a “things that caught my fancy on the internet” list when there are BIG IMPORTANT THINGS happening elsewhere in the world, like the earthquake aftermath in Nepal and the riots in Baltimore. Obviously, if reading that news coverage and taking some sort of action is how you need to spend your time online today, SO BE IT. But when you’re ready for some interesting, lighter fare, let me tell you about...

Good reads

Lots of good articles floating around this month, but this one (shared by a friend in the music business, incidentally) about “the man who broke the music business” told a story like a period piece of filmmaking. The mentions of Limewire and Kazaa took me back, I gotta admit.

Another good New Yorker article this month: When No Means Yes. It’s so bizarre. And somehow the author missed the corollary “Yeah, no,” which actually makes it all the stranger.

Also strange: how one man became a celebrity in China just for having his iPhone stolen. The world is weird and wonderful and small.

If it’s possible for a typeface character to be trendy, then the ampersand has practically become a cliché. But it’s not so tired that I couldn’t enjoy these twenty interesting facts about the & character.

I know it’s also a bit of a trope to complain about our seven-day-week seeming illogical, but I can never get enough of reading about the alternatives proposed.

source (Mr. P and I totally saw that original here, BTW.)

And on a completely different note, have you ever wondered what Sephora salespeople are thinking, just in general? This. This is what they’re thinking. It’s long, but I admit I read the whole thing. Heed the advice!


We had a German student in our lab for the last year, and while she was extremely sweet and loved exploring the USA, she was very stubborn about one thing: dating everything as day/month/year. Commander Hadfield’s post shows she was definitely in the majority world-wide writing it that way (but it was still super confusing for the rest of the lab, which happens to be located in America, for the record).

And this article on code-switching is more of a good read than geography, but I loved it nonetheless. My friend once told me my accent literally became more pronounced as I progressed down the interstate toward my rural Tennessee hometown.


On an architectural note, check out this plan to cancel our shadows from tall buildings. There are (unintentional) spots like this on my walk to work, but can you imagine how amazing it’d be for the whole walk?!

Here’s bit of typeface geekery demonstrating that your favorite font isn’t all 10- or 12-point. I especially liked the phrase “optically correct” – that’s how I’ll justify eyeballing instead of measuring when decorating our home!

And lastly, IKEA’s world domination. I can tell you right now that they’re about to dominate a corner in my neighborhood SOON, so soon!


Now, let me be clear up front that I’ve totally recommended both of these apps before. But it’s been awhile, and I’m still in love with them, so I wanted to remind you about...

Evernote, which lets you sync your lists across devices. I use it for our grocery list, my work checklist, random questions I want to ask the doctor, links I see while at work but don’t have time to look at, etc. I mention it again because I feel like every other day I see people posting things to their facebook wall “to read later”. They haven’t even read what they’re sharing?! Guys, meet Evernote. Seriously.

And also there’s Paint it Back, which in the interest of full disclosure, was created by my boss’s husband. We’ve been doing a bit of sleep training with Baby P, and thus I’ve been re-playing the game in those three-to-five-minute increments while waiting to go back in and soothe Baby P. It makes me think enough to distract me from the crying, but it’s not terribly intellectually demanding so that the crying means I can’t solve it. Anyway, it’s one of the more entertaining games I’ve played, so if you still haven’t played it, check it out!

Mom stuff

You thought maybe I’d make it a whole month without ranting about vaccinations but BAM, here it is: your monthly reminder that vaccinations are so important! No schaudenfreude, just pure sadness and concern for this family. I wish she'd elaborated on what the "right approach" is to help parents understand that vaccinating isn't dangerous! (FYI, Baby P got his second round of shots this month and took 'em like a champ. No side effects at all, except maybe some really solid naps!)

On a lighter note, this illustrator documented her new life with a baby, and the drawings are SPOT ON.

And apparently, April was Cesarean Awareness month (that’s a thing?). Though we all know Baby P’s birth was impossibly easy, I’d basically tried to mentally prepare myself for the possibility of a C-section for the entire nine months prior. But this article about the beauty of giving birth via C-section spoke to me nonetheless.

Finally, we’ve got...

Fun stuff

You guys, I have spent the last month watching a button. Well, not just any button, but The Button. Reddit’s April Fools joke just keeps going (at least, as I write this now) – though I won’t be a part of its end or its ongoing state, as I don’t have a Reddit account. If you hadn’t heard about it until now, here’s a debriefing, and here’s some pretty apt speculation as to why it’s even happening.

I feel like I’ve shared some Postmodern Jukebox here before, but I especially love their latest take on Radiohead:

This tweet made me laugh out loud:

And finally, this month’s favorite Amalah installment. Can I be best friends with the Storches? (please, do not miss the postscript, nor the entire series.) (enTIRE? GET IT? HMM?!)

Happy almost-May, dear readers!


Miranda said...
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Janice said...

As a mom of two babies born via c-section, I had no problem with that form of deliver. I was blessed with a strong medical team who brought our children into the world and prevented death to their mother in the process. There was no way on this planet they were going to be able to be born with any other method. I don't consider it a failure, but rather a success. I'm alive to watch them grow because medicine, research, a strong medical team, and a lot of blessing made it all possible. (smile)
Enjoyed the other things on this list as well, though must admit I had not heard of many of them this month prior to your writing. That doesn't happen very often. ha

Rachel C said...

When I did my study abroad in Germany, I became obsessed with the day-month-year date format. I think it's prettier, and even insisted that everything related to my wedding used that format, including the engraving on our wedding bands.

Re:vaccines - Thank you for all the wonderful articles you post related to the issue. I don't have children but the fact that vaccines are even a debate frustrates me. Have you seen Kristin Bell's piece for Huff post? It's very interesting and well written.

And finally, why cool stroller is Baby P cruising around in? It looks so different than other strollers I've seen.

Sarah said...

@Miranda and @Janice, I'm sure grateful that you were able to have happy, healthy babies, no matter the method!

@Rachel, I looked up Kristin Bell's piece - reading her reservations frustrated me at first but then she came around :) And Baby P is in his Uppababy G-Luxe umbrella stroller. He likes facing forward way more so we're using it way more than his carrier stroller!