Suggestion Saturday: August 14, 2010

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, comic strips, videos and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

Playing Mom for a Baby Gorilla.  As I watched the video at the end of this link I was struck by the eerie similarities in body language and facial expressions there are between our species.

Teamplayermania. The dark side of being a team player. I understand the importance of cooperation but like the author am uncomfortable with the many ways in which this phrase is (mis)used to suppress polite dissent and creativity.

Mr. Deity and Evil. The first episode in a satirical web series about the Judeo-Christian God. I highly recommend the entire series for anyone comfortable with a tongue-in-cheek look at religion, ethics and interpersonal relationships.

Period Speech. A comic strip about the future of modern slang. If I believed in reincarnation I’d insist upon coming back to earth in a few hundred years if for no other reason than to participate in the Blogger Reenactment Festivals.

Life Has Never Been So Good For Our Species.  An article about all of the ways in which life has improved for many of us when compared to the lives of our recent and distant ancestors. The argument would have been much more compelling for me had the author not restricted himself to life in the U.S., but I do agree that life is better in general for those of us who live in first world countries than it was a few generations ago.

Mocking Men with Femininity. A short article about a doctored photo recently printed in the Chicago Tribune that showed a hockey player wearing a skirt. I cannot understand why it is still socially acceptable to infer that anything feminine is shameful or to reinforce the idea that the worst thing a man could ever be accused of is acting like a woman.

Frappucino to Flower Vase. Pictures of trash that has been recycled into works of art and practical household items. I prefer more a more industrial, modern look for my home but am so impressed by what can be created out of what most of us would throw in the trash or recycling bin without a second thought.

What have you been reading?

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  1. I really liked the article on teamwork. this quote hit me:

    “…it is impossible to mechanize production without mechanizing consumption”

    I think of a friend of ours who said he is glad he left the military after 4 years, cause if he had made a career of it his brain would have turned to much. i think he was referring to all the conformity that is required to make it in that system.

    • It was one of my favourites this week! I’d love to one day see a world much less focused on conformity.

  2. I really liked the article on teamwork. this quote hit me:

    “…it is impossible to mechanize production without mechanizing consumption”

    I think of a friend of ours who said he is glad he left the military after 4 years, cause if he had made a career of it his brain would have turned to much. i think he was referring to all the conformity that is required to make it in that system.

    • It was one of my favourites this week! I’d love to one day see a world much less focused on conformity.

  3. Wow..I only had a minute til I need to get off the computer so took a quick look. I focused in on the last one of your links because it’s something I’m interested in and was so surprised to see it! They are my friends. In fact, today they visited me and brought me the coolest little recycled-repurposed jar with flowers in it. It’s sooo pretty! You’ll see it on FB!

  4. Wow..I only had a minute til I need to get off the computer so took a quick look. I focused in on the last one of your links because it’s something I’m interested in and was so surprised to see it! They are my friends. In fact, today they visited me and brought me the coolest little recycled-repurposed jar with flowers in it. It’s sooo pretty! You’ll see it on FB!