That’s an oil painting. Isn’t it amazing?
As of yesterday, all the major work in our yard is done! The storm damage has been cleared, the trees pruned, and best of all: my gardens are in! They don’t look like much now, but the pollinator garden is putting up shoots and the Joe Pye weed and bee balm has definitely grown since I put it in the ground a week ago and just seeing little bits of green poking up out of the dirt is so incredibly satisfying.
I also moved offices this week at work. I was going to say that our building is mostly empty, but that’s not true: we’ve had an influx of contractors who are working on merger activities that has filled up a lot of the empty space. But oh, the office! It is a window office and it is great–I had a window when I was at the plant but the view was of the lab building right next door (and it was drafty). This is a reasonably nice view of the parking lot and the wooded area across the street. There are also some enormous trees next to the building–they’ve got to be 40 or 50 years old, easy. Anyhow, I’m happy with it and until they decide to consolidate us into a cube farm, I’ll be quite happy there.
- These high school journalists investigated a new principal’s credentials. Days later, she resigned. And, on top of that, they had the full support of the administration during the investigation.
- To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old It’s never too late to do awesome shit!
- I really liked this TED talk from Lidia Yuknavitch: The Beauty of Being a Misfit
- Marian Diamond, Handwriting, and a Literal External Brain
- This review of Le Cinq rivals that of the infamous review of Guy Fieri’s restaurant in NYC.
- “Being called a liar — openly — has become a regular feature of my life as a fat person.” On believing your fat friend.
- The little bits that get you Great post from Marissa Lingen about how the throwaway bits of books aren’t.
- How Richard Simmons Got Trapped In His Own Mythology Great article, clickbait headline.
- Was the Art of ‘S-Town’ Worth the Pain? Great essay about the ethics of podcasts like S-Town that make art out of other people’s pain.
- Invisible Manipulators of Your Mind This is the sort of thing a lot of people use to sell you crap online.
- Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT ‘cowboys’ ride into sunset
- You’re Not Mad at United Airlines; You’re Mad at America
- Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity Say it ain’t so!
- A food critic explains why Pizza Hut remains the paradigm of pizza Pizza Hut’s basically my platonic ideal of pizza–I grew up eating it.
- There’s a big problem with AI: even its creators can’t explain how it works For some reason this makes me think of: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
- Two Years Later, We Finally Know Why People Saw “The Dress” Differently Brains are WEIRD.