Weird & Wonderful: links I love this week

This week I did much more internet skimming than actual reading (and more marathoning of Mad Men than either of those)–here are a few of the things that caught my eye.

  • Lifehacker gave tips on how to break procrastination habits–hint: it just takes 5 minutes!
  • I’m still mulling over these thoughts on happiness: “the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep” and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It’s rubbish. ” qtd from The Good Life on A Cup of Jo
  • This Atlantic article on “The Power in ‘Choosing to Be Gay‘ ” is fascinating, articulately invoking the difficult position of “choice” in the face of biological determinism.
  • Someone recreated the most iconic of Banksy’s street pieces in LEGOs. Awesome.
  • Don’t miss “Monstrous Feminine“, a photo series that portrays the grotesque side of beauty rituals. Cringe-inducing and absolutely amazing.
  • And for a moment of cute/awesome: this article talks about the zookeepers responsible for China’s panda population. (They have to wear panda costumes!)



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