Suggestion Saturday: October 19, 2013

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

Interpretation. A comic strip about gender and communication that I couldn’t agree with more.

From Permission To Play Devil’s Advocate Denied:

It is our hope that future holders of the devil’s advocate position will be able to carry on your legacy: smiling as they argue for positions they only half-believe themselves with people who are attempting to discuss something sincerely and in good faith.

Tim Michin’s Amazing Graduation Speech. Take 20 minutes and listen to this. Most graduation speeches are far too sentimental and cloying for my tastes, but this one hits the nail on the head. I especially agree with points 7 and 8: “Define yourself by what you love” and “Respect people with less power than you.”

I Want to Be a Jello-Like Feminist via Crutch4. I love this philosophy.

Truthers or Liars? This blogger has noticed that his liberal friends are more likely to post easily-verifable stories on Facebook. He has a much harder time verifying stories and rumours from his conservative friends and he wonders why this is the case. For those of you who enjoy U.S. politics…what trends have you noticed? I’m wondering if this is confirmation bias!?

Do You Know How to Kiss a Girl? Who else wishes this gum was still for sale? Edit: Tumblr seems to be down as of 9:53 am today. I’ll leave this link up, but definitely check it again once Tumblr is back.

5 Scary Fairy Tales to Never Tell Your Children via Willowbecker. I read a ton of fairy tales as a kid, but I only recognized three of these stories. Fair warning: some of them are gruesome.

Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology is the goofiest thing I’ve read in years. My husband gave me a series of quizzical looks when I read this book because I kept bursting out in laughter.

The author’s cat, Tibby, disappears for five weeks shortly after the author is in a terrible accident. No one has any clue where the cat went, so when he returns the author decides to track him with a GPS device and camera to find out where Tibby goes when he wanders away from home. The resulting investigation is obsessive, informative, geeky, and absolutely hilarious.

I don’t normally share spoilers, but I think I should let my readers know that there is a sudden death of a minor (non-human) character not named Tibby in this book. This is an otherwise extremely lighthearted tale, so I feel ethically obligated to mention it.

What have you been reading?

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