Links for the Weekend

arnold-6-tipsHello and happy weekend before turkey day. No special reason for this Arnold banner image, just that I like a good list.

♠ Mike Rowe says don’t follow your passion. Okay I’ll bite.

Dan Brooks is becoming a regular link-to, with all his great essays. This one about punk rock decay is no exception.

The Disease of Being Busy. I love that the author breaks apart the word, because it really is coming to the point of dis-ease.

♠ Isn’t it a treat when inexpensive things work just as well as the most expensive? My favorite is cocoa butter and now, Trader Joe’s Spaghetti.

♠ The world needs more glow-in-the-dark bike paths.

♠ ‘The most efficient way to spend money on the homeless might be to give it to them.’

♠ Do you have a favorite photo? How long could you look at, and be mindful of, a photo? Erin Mystkowski is a multimedia editor at the Chicago Tribune. She really loves vintage crime photos — and one in particular from 1924. Listen to the story, and you can also write in and share about a photo YOU love.

♠ Felt kind of random reading this on Business Insider , but that doesn’t make it a less interesting read. Two traits that a relationship needs most of all.

♠ Andrew WK not only has the best PARTY TIPS ( “shove a cupcake into your body.”), but the answers he offers every week at the Village Voice are insightful and just plain great.

It’s natural for us to encounter moments which challenge us. Having the capacity to question our most deeply held opinions is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. Especially when we have the composure to resist our immediate emotional reactions and let our common sense lead us toward a more dignified type of contemplation. Keeping an open mind and an open heart requires an incredible amount of determined effort…”


Quote of the Week

“I’ve known women who plodded through life…but the women I knew did their plodding on the pavement, not the soil. I know very little about the simple life. I’m a product of crowded places and jammed-up emotions, where right and wrong weren’t always clearly defined and life wasn’t always sweet, but it was life.” —Barbara Stanwyck

I thought I would formally welcome you to the last couple weeks of Noirvember with a quote from one of my favorite noir ladies, Barbara Stanwyck. For the same reason I love bitter chocolate and black coffee and stale cigarette smoke alleyways, I love film noir.

I kicked off the month watching The File on Thelma Jordan, starring the above femme fatale. I have made it few only a few new ones (Night in the City, You Only Live Once), and several old ones (Detour, Kansa City Confidential), before this month got a little busy. But I like to carry noir with me all year long, so I make no qualms about Noir Christmas/New Years, et al.



It’s Friday, Here’s Some Words and Links

ben-franklin-routineHappy Friday, friends.

It was my first week back after vacation and while it is always rough coming back to work after a week of funtimes, it was pretty quiet, considering my boss is currently on her vacation and I had some time to think and catch-up.

I also had some time to scoop up some info I would like to share with y’all.

♠ “Cary Grant is so dreamy he never wakes up” is a sentiment I have uttered more than once (often just to his visage on my TV box), and so of course this title from a 1975 story sucked me in.

Clayton Cubitt inspires me to be more motivated, more confident in edging scruff, more alive…just be MORE in general.

♠ While I do love Spotify, I really enjoyed reading this from Aloe Blacc about how yes, they do pay for those songs, but it is not nearly enough. I had been thinking about it before, and this solidifies in my mind that I need to go the extra mile for singers/songwriters I enjoy: find their indie label and buy it as close to their pocket as possible.

♠ Speaking of paying artists, Molly Crabapple wrote 15 iron laws for creatives that struck me so deep I realized I was holding my breath while reading.

Over last weekend, the hot streak the Phoenix weather was trying to keep alive finally broke. We are now officially experiencing a nippy (to us) 59° in the evenings and mornings. In honor of both the cold weather, and a little Noirvember, I busted open my Twin Peaks Special Edition and decided to do some fire-walking. And also reading The Horror of the Lynchian Smile.

♠ Getting into the thick of #Noirvember, Bright Wall Dark Room magazine will be putting out their Noirvember issue soon, which sounds like it will be filled with amazing essays on one of my favorite genres.

♠ Inspired by her love of mystery novels and tired of seeing Asian characters only as supporting characters on screen, rising filmmaker Yulin Kuang shot the whimsical comedy Irene Lee, Girl Detective in 2013, financed through a Kickstarter campaign and wages made from her work in the NBC Page Program.

♠ Imagine my surprise when I began listening to “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” when from my speakers came the perfect voice of Edward Herrmann! I felt like I had made the best decision by deciding on the audiobook rather than the book. A perfectly delightful surprise.


I hope you enjoy the long weekend, if you have a job that allows. The U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service are celebrating Veterans Day by waiving fees at day-use recreation sites and national parks, respectively. With a statement that I thorougly enjoyed, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said:

“We hope that this time will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”