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...
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.
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).
Day-Month-Year makes the most sense to me, smallest to largest. How about you? pic.twitter.com/xgogfQuOMC— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) April 6, 2015
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!
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...
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:
I consider my stepladder my real ladder. After all, he's the one who raised me— donni (@donni) April 4, 2015
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!