Suggestion Saturday: April 19, 2014

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

Domestic Work, 1937. Feministing continues to impress me with their daily poems in honour of National Poetry Month. The imagery in this one is excellent.

Valeria Lukyanova, the Human Barbie Doll. Halfway through this article I paused and wondered what the hell I was reading. I’m still not 100% sure, but it’s a fascinating glimpse into the life of a woman I’d never heard of before.

Instruments from Inside via morguefile_site. This is so cool. It reminds me of a dim memory I have from early childhood about my parents building a very strange instrument. It had strings like a guitar, but it was smaller and boxier than that instrument. Maybe it was a dream, but I remember being fascinated by all of the tiny pieces they fit together.

Bunnies, It Must Be Bunnies. Now this is my kind of Easter story!

Why Some Relationships Create Energy for Introverts and Other Relationships Are Draining via losapala. My lists of what I find energizing and draining in a relationship are a little different, and I don’t entirely buy into the Meyers-Briggs theory because it doesn’t seem to take mental health into account.  Two people can share the same label yet appear to have little in common on the surface based on how high or low functioning they are emotionally. There is still a lot of truth to this essay, though.

From Socially Awkward Isn’t An Excuse:

Here’s the thing about the socially awkward: they don’t want to trip over people’s boundaries. You can almost always track the exact moment they realize that they’ve done something wrong by the way they desperately try to backtrack, apologize and generally try to reassure the other person that they didn’t mean to and they’re so embarrassed and are kind of freaking out and, and, and…

You know what you don’t see? You don’t see them justifying their behavior. Or turning it around and making it about the person whose boundaries they just blew past.


I recently finished Beltamar’s War, an epic fantasy novel written by my friend, C.G. Ayling.

It would be dishonest for me not  to mention that the first few chapters were a little difficult to get through due to the number of characters it introduces and how many unfamiliar terms are thrown around in them. In the first few scenes the reader is thrown into a society that is quite different from anything you’d find on earth in 2014. There are few if any explanations of what certain words mean or why it’s so shocking for character X to break social convention Y.

The glossary at the end helps to explain many of these things without giving away spoilers. Other pieces of the puzzle snapped together for me as I kept reading, and once this happened I became completely engrossed in the people and places that exist in this book. The world-building is astounding.  My initial struggle to understand why certain things mattered so much to the main characters was rewarded many times over.

This isn’t something that should be skimmed. If you’re curious about this story, I highly recommend taking your time to savour each chapter. It’s well-worth the wait.

What have you been reading?

The Funny Thing About Tastes Changing

Earlier this year, I started slowly making some lifestyle changes. Getting into an exercise routine was my first goal. It’s now a regular part of my daily routine. I’ve blogged before about how difficult it is for me to find types of exercise that I actually enjoy and stick with them, so this is a big accomplishment. Dietary changes came next….

New Age Sermon Generator

By maturing, we grow. Potentiality is a constant. We live, we self-actualize, we are reborn. Traveller, look within and fulfill yourself. Consciousness consists of frequencies of quantum energy. “Quantum” means a summoning of the intergalatic. We exist as chaos-driven reactions. The goal of ultra-sentient particles is to plant the seeds of peace rather than delusion….

Happiness Isn’t Newsworthy: A Response to Too Much Information

There are so many depressing news items which we should read because they’re important. But I feel that the above examples just don’t come into this category. News shouldn’t be about shocking people and making them feel miserable about freak accidents, and I know that if something like this happened to one of my own…

Suggestion Saturday: April 12, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, short stories, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Thank Goodness It’s Friday…or, Not via jtvancouver. What one teacher has learned about the glaring need for individualized attention from his students. He talks about poverty a lot in his piece, but I’ve seen similarly…

February and March 2014 Search Engine Question

The last few months have been a bit quieter for entertaining search engine queries that lead new readers to this blog. I suspect that Google’s new algorithim is filtering out some of the funniest ones before I can read them. search engine questions. This is the most meta search phrase ever. I feel like answering…

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

If the embedded link doesn’t work,  click here. The best cities are full of warm, inviting public spaces like this one. I’ve lived in Toronto for about 9 years and still haven’t discovered all it has to offer. I also thought this video was a nice follow-up to my last post here.

Learning to Live in the Moment from Other People’s Pets

As I’ve mentioned several times on this blog recently, I’ve been quite antsy for spring to arrive this year. Combine a long, cold winter with living in a bachelor apartment and one ends up with cabin fever after a few months. Yesterday was the first semi-warm day we’ve had in 2014. Drew and I celebrated…

Suggestion Saturday: April 5, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, comic strips, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. I Think I Was a “Slut” in My 20′s via AwkwardGirlLA. This is a really interesting blog post about what women have to do in order to be considered “sluts.” Close Call.  Funny stuff. We…

The Saga of Biorn

The Saga Of Biorn from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo. A distant relative I’ve never actually met died a few months ago. Recently another family member gave us a copy of his funeral program. Over nine decades of life were summarized in a few short sentences. His birth, his marriage, his death. Those three dates,…