Suggestion Saturday: November 9, 2013

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

From The Logic of Stupid Poor People:

It took half a day but something about my mother’s performance of respectable black person — her Queen’s English, her Mahogany outfit, her straight bob and pearl earrings — got done what the elderly lady next door had not been able to get done in over a year.

Alone in a Crowd and Other Hackneyed Phrases via flirtybloomers. I suspect all creative people feel this way about their work sometimes.

Not the Bad Guys. Rhetoric matters. This is why.

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire? Take Care via carolynmandache. The less you know about this anecdote going into it the better. Don’t worry, it’s nothing violent or disturbing!

Surreal Photography. There are limitless stories embedded in this photographs. The last one is my favourite because it’s something I always wanted to do as a kid. While this link is work-safe, the rest of the site may not be.

From You Are Not Alone via PetraKidd:

The old lady lay crumpled in her hospital bed.  Her neck bent forward, the tip of her nose almost resting on the swing-across table.  All she’d had was a bite of her sandwich before nodding off.

Someone came and took the sandwich away.  The old lady didn’t notice, she continued to sleep.

Visitors came, gathered around beds, laughed and joked, ate chocolates, fetched and carried for their loved ones.

The old lady roused herself, fluffy white hair dishevelled on her shrunken skull, her eyes made a weary survey of the ward, barely able to keep them open her head slumped forward again.

Daily Mail Ipsum. So you know how the Daily Mail write inflammatory articles in order to rile up their prejudiced readers? Now you can make up your own Daily Mail articles and find brand new issues to form half-baked opinions about. 😛 Just let the magical calculator know how many paragraphs you want to read and release the hounds. Here’s an example:

Lorem ipsum guitarist Brian May launches attack on immigration. Immigration timebomb: Lies that they started a sunlounger. Growing brood… growing curves! Danielle O’Hara shows off her skinny jeans and rapists we can’t afford to evict them.

To be joking! As watchdogs say Tories. Force them to avoid being crowned Miss Wales. Woman, 23, who sneer at all costs. Deport foreign criminals break community service over vile show dies a pet hamster. British institutions at the silent majority.


What do you think of when you hear the word nature? The One and Future World is about how our cultural presuppositions about what the natural world “should” be like have radically altered what it actually looks like. It’s also about how we could go about restoring nature to the way it used to be if we come to the conclusion that this is the best decision.

It’s extremely easy to put nature on a pedestal, especially for people who haven’t grown up around it. Sometimes I thought this book worshipped the idea of nature and natural living a little too much. Natural is not a synonym for safe, helpful, or effective. Some natural things are good for us…others most definitely are not.

With that being said, this is a great story. The author simplifies some concepts in order to appeal to readers who aren’t familiar with certain scientific terms without dumbing down his message.

What have you been reading?

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