Five Good Things for 11/30/2015

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

Oh, the cruelty of the Monday after a four day weekend! Although I shouldn’t complain, as many people (particularly those in retail) did not get a four day weekend or even a weekend at all. And mine was delightful and relaxing, although that does make coming back to work all the more jarring. If you’re feeling the same, here are some pleasant diversions to ease you back into the routine.

1 & 2) This weekend I was introduced to two amazing webcomics I just have to share, both by trans artists/writers. The first, The Satrians, is about a family of telepathic aliens who adopts a human child. Humans aren’t telepathic, so in their world the child is disabled. Super cute and using all gender-neutral pronouns (Satrians have no concept of gender) it’s both entertaining and a real interesting perspective on gender and disability. Star Trip is an adventure comic about a girl traveling the galaxy with a shapeshifting companion, which is gender and race inclusive as well as just plain fun.

MV5BMTg2NjI2MTMzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTcwODIwNjE@._V1._CR80,50,1280,1800_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_3) Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows fame) has a new movie, available on Netflix, called People, Places, Things. I watched it last week and really enjoyed it. It’s a small indie romantic comedy about love, family, and divorce, with a very sweet heart. Funny and cute, but not saccharine, it’s a great pick if you’re in the mood for something lighter but not devoid of meaning.

4) Last week was the 100th Anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, but what does that means, exactly? Most people, particularly us sci-fi geeks, can muster that it has something to do with time being relative to speed, but are pretty hazy on the details. Let David Tennant take you through it with his Timelord smarts.

DM014.a92980d238029dd6705d33b9b77b24bd5) I love Demeter Fragrance Library. They produce scents of pretty much anything you could want to smell or smell like, from Apple Blossom to Thunderstorm to Gin and Tonic. Many of them are hyper accurate, but some are more interpretative. All are conducive to blending, although I generally prefer to choose one at a time. I love Earl Grey Tea, Honeysuckle, and Stable (which smells like clean leather and hay). But there’s also Tomato Plant, Clean Windows, and Lobster!

 

 

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