Five Good Things for 11/19/2015

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.

Last night we went out to an amazing little restaurant called The Tin Angel and splurged. We got a bunch of small plates and an entree each and cocktails. So that’s our eating out budget for the next three months, but it was totally worth it. The highlights were the pork empanada with harissa sauce, the calamari with bread to dip in the juices, and the speck-wrapped shrimp. If you’re in the area, definitely go try The Tin Angel.  But for now, here are some less edible but still wonderful things for your day.

FIGA960H.png1) Like most of America, I will be seeing the final installment of the Hunger Games movies this weekend. I’m really excited for it. Cracked has a great, if poorly titled, article about themes in the movies: “6 Bizarre Messages You Didn’t Notice In ‘The Hunger Games'”. It really should be called “6 Ways Themes in Dystopian Science Fiction Have Changed Over Time and What It Can Tell Us About Our Collective Psyche”. Definitely worth a read if you’re a sci-fi and/or Hunger Games fan.

2) I love this Toys R Us commercial featuring a father and daughter bonding over Star Wars fandom. So cute, and so nice to see a store admit that girls like Star Wars. Like, a lot of us. Hopefully things like this will lead to more Star Wars female characters in toys and on merchandise, which is currently lacking.

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Five Good Things for 11/18/2015

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.

I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through the week. I feel like I’ve spent most of it so far being anxious about one thing or another. Hopefully the second half of this week will be calmer. Here are some things to take your mind off whatever is stressing you out this week.

albert-einstein-messenger-portrait1) The Atlantic has a great history of science article on how Einstein’s Theory of Relativity came to be accepted. The story  also goes to the broader point of how bias in science can stall progress for decades. Scientists are just as vulnerable as anyone else to bias, and if you’re working off the wrong set of assumptions, you’re gonna get the wrong answer. Which, I think, is something we could all do to remember.

ArmedAndSexyLeia-OfficialPix2) “Can We Talk About Why We Really Love Princess Leia?” is a great little essay on the true strength and allure of Leia Organa. Despite in some ways falling into a very traditional mythological role in the original trilogy, she’s really a subversive figure, and even more so in the Expanded Universe. I hope some of our new lady characters in the upcoming films can carry on her legacy.

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Five Good Things for 11/12/2015

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.

I didn’t have to work yesterday and the best of intentions to write all day. Instead I slept all day. That’s the same thing, right? But I must have needed it because I feel about a million times better today. So I guess that’s… something.

591) I love that even after an actor’s run as the Doctor ends, that Doctor’s story can continue on in audio plays, novels, and especially comics! Titan just announced a 4th Doctor miniseries coming in March. Tom Baker was such a classic Doctor and I’m glad his spirit will continue in new adventures.

15143346792267246422) This beautiful sci-fi short film, Exode, imagines what it would be like if a civilization formed on the back of a living creature. And what would happen if that creature died. It’s such a perfect, moving little story and the art is like being in a dream.

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Five Good Things for 11/11/2015

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.

I know I’ve been sparse with the regular content this week, but I hope to have a few things up later. Work’s been crazy but at least I’m off today so I can stop writing boring technical papers and start writing fun blog posts. Man, I need to find something to do that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a computer.

Women_Vets_Served1) Today is Veteran’s Day, which is why I’m not at work. For most of us, it’s just a day off work (if that), but I think it’s important to at least take a sec to remember the people who fought in wars on our behalf and who keep us safe in peacetime. However you feel about the military or about any particular war, I think we can all agree that those who have served deserve respect and help they don’t often get. I’d like to bring attention to our woman veterans, particularly, who face unique challenges and often don’t have support services tailored to their needs. There have always been woman veterans but today there are more women than ever who are dealing with the aftermath of combat. A great program that help woman veterans is Final Salute, and I encourage you to visit their website, learn about the issues woman veterans face, and donate.

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Five Good Things for 11/4/2015

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.

Well, the warm season is officially over where I live. We had an unusually mild fall, with nearly every day in the high sixties or seventies, but as of five minutes ago, the extended summer is officially over. I picked the last of the tomatoes just in time for tonight’s frost and I don’t expect to see 60 again until spring. How’s the fall weather treating you all?

79971) Possibly the best movie of 2015, Pixar’s Inside Out, came out on DVD/BluRay yesterday. It’s sweet, funny, and if you have a child or ever were a child, pretty much guaranteed to make you cry. I can’t think of another movie that really deal with the complex emotions of any person so well, much less one that focused on those of a tween girl in such an empowering way. A good movie and an important one. And if you’re wondering how the five basic emotions portrayed in the movie might combine to form more complex feelings, Vox has this handy chart!

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Five Good Things for 10/27/2015

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

crabbies-ginger-beer1) Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer. Last night I had the dilemma of feeling stressed out and wanting a drink, but also having an upset tummy. So I grabbed a bottle of this, reasoning that ginger settles the stomach and alcohol is, well… good. I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a little on the sweet side, but I really like the flavor and the ginger isn’t so overpowering that you can’t drink too much of it. My stomach is settled and my brain soothed. Unfortunately even the internet won’t divulge the other spices that go into the unique flavor (although there’s definite some grape in there), but it’s definitely different than anything I’ve had before.

2) This is a Baby. Owl. Dancing. To “Monster Mash”. With a stuffed owl partner. You’re welcome.

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Five Good Things for 10/23/2015

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.

1) Carol Rossetti, an artist from Bazil, has done a large series of posters about women, affirming all kinds of women and all kinds of choices they can make. It’s some really excellent feminism that’s inspiring and encouraging to women of all races, creeds, orientations, and types. Her posters are simple but powerful and she makes them personal. I can’t choose a favorite, but one I saw today that I like says “Susan wears a hijab out of choice but many say she is just another woman ‘oppressed by Islam’. Susan, what you wear is your personal decision and the real oppression would be to strip you of your freedom to choose!”. Go check them out and support Carol’s work!

download (1)2) Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert is a simply adorable children’s picture book about a cat in ancient Egypt who was buried with his queen and now wakes up every 100 years to see if she’s come back for him yet. It’s cute, spooky, a little sad, and full of facts about life in ancient Egypt. A perfect Halloween book for your little budding Egyptologist. Continue reading “Five Good Things for 10/23/2015”