Author: PepperJess

Links for the Week

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Ultimate Camping Guide, including s’mores, telling time with your fingers and the best mosquito repellent (hint: it’s not citronella!)

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♠ Fan Ho has won more than 280 awards in his life as a photographer, and if you look at some of his early street compositions, you can clearly see why. The above photo is one of many from his new book Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir, via PetaPixel

We Must Risk Delight After a Summer Full of Monsters, by Molly Crabapple. I have to admit, buy the time August has ended, I feel so burdened and heavy of heart with this summer full of major scary shit going on around the world and on our own soil. Knowing that I am not alone in feeling this way is comforting.

♠ Some intriguing images of astronauts underwater, suit testing, and a peek of them before takeoff

♠ Yoga moves to counteract the damage of a desk job

Oxford quotation references. Search by lines, author, etc. Waste hours finding that perfect line!

Swayztember Dancing

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Happy Swayztember!

I will be celebrating by watching some of my favorites, and seeing if I have overlooked any of The Great Swayze’s film library.

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I fully love this. Not only is this gif great, but it goes with so many great songs. I have watched it while listening to:

I’m a Slave 4 U

Take a Chance on Me

Danger Zone

♠ and of course, Party Up (Up in Here)

Wrestling Photo of the Month

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I went to my first live wrestling show in August (two, actually) and got quite a few photos from my seat (note to self: leave seat next time). But this is by far my favorite. If you feel like you need to see 199 more photos, you can check out the album.

Turntable Tuesday: My First Vinyl

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So, I was thinking back to the first tunes I heard when I was little, ones I remember that have stuck with me through the years. Thankfully, my parents had some pretty good albums that my little tiny ears first heard.

One of them was News of the World. And while I loved those songs and sang along – even with the vacuum blaring in the background – I was completely frightened of the album cover.

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WHY WAS THE NEWS OF THE WORLD THAT THIS ROBOT KILLED QUEEN?! I think I was maybe 5 or 6, and since then, those similar-looking robots instill an uneasy fear in me. How dare they live while Freddie Mercury is gone.

Sidenote: I have no idea why I never looked it up before, but the story behind the cover confirms my fears: science fiction robots!

Anyway, Queen good, lifeless automatons bad. vintage-robots

The second one is Tina the Ballerina. I have no idea where the album came from, but it was in the collection. All little people have the “dancer” stage, right? Luckily, your mind and body (for the most part) are fluid when you are young, so you can imagine being a dancer just as much as you can imagine having ice cream for dinner that night.

I was convinces if I spun around on my tippy toes enough, I too could become a prima ballerina. Alas, after taking ballet for a few years, I realized my natural clumsiness got in the way of these particular dreams. Don’t be sad for me, there are far better – and worse – things that happened to me than being crushed by a ballet dream.

Links for the Week

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♠ Kids Interview Bands interviewed Brody Dalle, featuring pancake mountain and Spice Girls trivia.

Women are tired of being judged by the Esquire Metric, featuring the best line in a story, possibly ever: “I don’t fucking care if you like it.” There are a lot of things I overlook about Esquire, because I really only care about the food and drink aspects, but yes to all of this article.

♠ And on that same note, one woman read that article was inspired by what she read. So much so she created this tee to commemorate:

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♠ Breaking news: Molly Ringwald’s daughter as adorable as her.

♠ Still trying to hold on to summer? I am not at all with you. I have been loading up playlists full of spooky, midnight autumn tunes. But for those who want to make the last days of summer worth it, The Knocks has a great summer song or, just look through the Rookie music archives.

♠ Are you raising your kid to be kind?

♠ The best “Keith Moon-type drummer” would have been 68 tomorrow. Their performance on the Smother Brothers blew my mind when I was a young freshman in my university dorm.

 

Midyear Roundabout

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Did I even write down my goals for the year? I cannot for the life of me remember January. No wonder so many people keep journals. I probably should, but you know what Tallulah Bankhead says.

Anyway, after I took five seconds to look in the archive, yeah, I did make some goals. And you know what? I realized they were vague and, well, shitty.

I should have been more specific so I had something measurable to say “hey Jessie, good job,” or “What the fuck were you doing this year that you couldn’t learn to bake one new thing?”

Anyway.

I figured now would be a great time to shift to a different way of thinking, closer to how I want my mind to be. Have some specific ideas, but leave them open to interpretation.

Here’s my new end of year list:

- take a road trip

- declutter more and more

- create a relaxing and useful guest room

- find the best way to make coffee concentrate

- shoot 4 rolls of film

- celebrate Noirvember

- find a photobooth

- read 5 books

- take a class

- learn to make a new dinner

- bike 50 miles

I think I can still get most of these done with my last 4 months. Plus, I feel more optimistic day by day, as the days get slightly shorter, and the heavy, hazy daze of summer are almost behind.