Suggestion Saturday: December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating it today and happy <holiday of your choice> to everyone else! Here is this week’s list of blog posts, comic strips, photos, videos and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

How to Make Friends in Brooklyn. We need something like this in every community!

A Candy Quiz from 1945. I wonder how many of these facts apply to candy made in the present day?

How to Discuss Gay Rights. This illustrates why I tend to steer a few thousand miles clear of certain topics until I’ve known someone for a certain amount of time. I can’t say for sure whether this is a good or bad thing. On the one hand I do feel morally obligated to push back against bigotry and ignorance wherever it may sprout. On the other hand there comes a point when people need to take responsibility for their own education on matters in which they don’t have any personal experience. Rake me over the coals for this if you must but I refuse to spoon-feed anyone. 😉

The Twelve Days of Christmas. A Biblical version of this traditional carol.

On Elf Work. A blog post about how gender roles affect what some women do this time of year. It makes me glad I don’t celebrate Christmas or (more importantly!) have a significant other who thinks that gender has anything to do with keeping in touch with extended family. Some people thrive in a relationship with these types of gender roles/expectations but I’m not one of them.

Dixonian Future Animals of Brussels. Here are some absolutely enthralling pictures of hypothetical future animals. I wish I could be around to see how close this models come to the truth in a few million years.

This comic speaks the truth: we will never really know what is going on inside the minds of everyone else and it doesn’t do any good to assume the worst in others. It is something I’ve worked hard to understand in 2010 and will keep gnawing on throughout 2011.

What have you been reading?

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  1. Twyseschoch

    great article on elf work!

    • Thank you. I found it quite interesting as well. I wonder what it will take for more families to shift how they interact (other than those who are uniformly comfortable with the way things are currently.)

  2. great comic. Posted it over at Flat Stanley’s place.

    Been reading trash novels for most of the year. Somewhere along the line Flat Stanley got exhausted with all the anguish of inspection and introspection and careful reasoning and unassailable or at least pretty good-sounding underpinnings for important positions on important issues. Kinda nice, being just another anonymous face in a big city, reaching out to others from the safety and security of where she is right now. That nagging feeling that FS “ought” to be doing more — FS figures that when the time is right, something internal will kick her back into the swim of things.

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