19 April 2014

Weekend linkage

1)

Jared: How old do you have to be to run for president? Maybe I'll become president.
Me: But I will get you in trouble all the time for saying crazy things.
Jared: That's true. We will need an entire damage control PR squad for you.
Me: Pretty much.
Jared: No interviews, babe. Just smile and wave.

Ellie: WAAAAAAAHHHH
Jared: Are you going through raisin withdrawal?
Ellie: WAAAAAAAHHHH

2)

When she isn't wailing for raisins, Ellie is dumping out her toys, removing her shoes, and making friends with cute stray kittens.


(Speaking of cute things, look! Baby Prince George! I'm not sure why I love British royalty so much, given my libertarian bent, but even if you can't stand ye olde monarchy this baby is straight up adorbs.)

3)

Rejection letters sent to successful people . . . don't give up!

4)

"How To Marry A Gilbert Blythe." So sweet and funny and true. (In literary terms I believe that I married a combination of George Knightley, Mervyn Bunter, and yes, good old Gilbert.)

5)

Cool (and entertaining) artsy things: a Korean artist who creates dreamscapes in her studio, lost objects turned into whimsical characters, and Google features inserted into old masters.

6)

I don't know if you've heard about the kerfuffle surrounding Brandeis University and Ayaan Hirsi Ali; Brandeis invited her to speak, then disinvited her due to campus protest. She is strongly outspoken against fundamentalist Islam, specifically in its abuses of women, and has received multiple death threats because of this (I read her remarkable and provocative book Infidel last year). Here's a post on her reply:
What was initially intended as an honor has now devolved into a moment of shaming. Yet the slur on my reputation is not the worst aspect of this episode. More deplorable is that an institution set up on the basis of religious freedom should today so deeply betray its own founding principles. 
And a post at Huffington about three wider points surrounding the controversy.

7)

What We Et:
Sausage rice casserole from the freezer
Taco salad + ice cream brownie sundaes
Italian stew + quesadillas
Chicken fruit curry + basmati rice + asparagus
Spaghetti squash lasagna + green salad

Also, a funny bit on food that hipsters should calm down about.

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