meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Dancer Boy—cheering so hard for him! (swissmiss)
  • Simone Biles Doesn’t Need a Gold Medal to Win (Lindsay Crouse for NYT)
  • And if you are still not sure about Simone’s decision, take this quiz: Are You Allowed To Criticize Simone Biles – A Decision Tree (McSweeney’s)
  • Go out and play’ was once the norm. Extreme weather is making that harder—Climate change is forcing us indoors —and childhood will never be the same (The Washington Post)
  • Whoa, should we all do a life audit? (for Medium)
  • Now I want to go to Perth, Australia
  • Frozen pizzas are what you make when you’re short on both time and love for yourself… and more things we’re never spending money on again (The Cut)
  • Whipped Lemonade (I Am A Food Blog)
  • Why So Many Millennials Are Obsessed With Dogs (Atlantic)
  • Here’s Why It Feels Like This Year Is Going By Too Quickly—and What to Do About It (Apartment Therapy)
  • ‘Julia’, A Fascinating Documentary Detailing the Remarkable Career of Trailblazing Chef Julia Child (Laughing Squid)
  • Inspired to pull out my pile of miscellaneous coloured pencils (Colossal)
  • I laugh but I will be the one who replaces all of my lighting fixtures with boob lights before I sell my house (NYT)
  • Speaking of selling—not selling but—Bad neighbors. What can you do about them? (This American Life)
  • Swimming is good for your brain (The conversation)
  • And speaking of swimming, David is doing the 3km BrigaSwim Challenge again—raising money for Brigadoon kids. Please check out his personal page and donate if you can.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney! (NYT)
  • We have a mental health crisis in our province (Halifax Examiner)
  • In case you missed it, it’s tinned seafood summer (Thrillist)
  • The Pandemic Stopped Time, But For 30-Something Women, The Clock Kept Ticking (Elle)
  • Why You Should Be Reading Romance Novels (Vulture)
  • This Is the Millennial Answer to Living Room Plastic Sofa Covers, and I Wish I Found It Sooner (Apartment Therapy)
  • In a perfect world, I’d live next door to a deli and eat deli sandwiches every day (Laughing Squid)
  • It’s been three long years of waiting for my very favourite thing… Olympic montages! BRING IT ON.

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Point Break turns 30 – it could easily have been an empty spectacle about nothing but gun fights and explosions, but Kathryn Bigelow turns it into an examination of the inevitable death spiral of toxic masculinity. (Lainey Gossip)
  • Kid not required for the joy of this Kids Charcuterie Board (House That Lars Built)
  • Very cool moon light (design\milk)
  • Being forward-looking, I would declare an emergency in terms of children’s mental health;  some states, like Colorado and Connecticut, have put resources into this. I would call that the next emerging emergency: what we did with children. So now it is our duty as a society, if we treasure children, to make it up to them, if we can. The closing of those schools doesn’t have a relationship to the spread of the virus, or the hospitalizations, or the deaths. It’s only really related to the political valence of the town, and the strength of the teachers union.It’s playing politics with kids.—What We Got Wrong (and Right) About COVID-19–Three public health professionals assess America’s response to the crisis—and how we should prepare for the next one. (Persuasion)
  • BBQ Cauliflower Tacos sound delicious (Dinner A Love Story)
  • Beyond CHICKEN
  • ‘How Much Suffering Can You Take?’ Over 703 miles, a hardy band of pain enthusiasts tested the limits of both mind and body at the Quintuple Anvil Triathlon — five Ironman-length races in five days. (NYT)
  • When you discover you may be the star of someone’s fictional story (Slate) “Cat Person,” and the cultural reception to it, feels connected to the broader literary debate over “autofiction”—writing that, in its raw and confessional style, seems to blur the boundaries between the real and the invented. 
  • Followed by this thread about consent:
  • Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build (My Modern Met)
  • AND SPEAKING OF LEGO! David and his friend have a podcast about Lego. They’re getting better as they go (episode 6 is my favourite) and are paying for their production by collecting recyclables in the North End. You can check out (and subscribe) to BLOCK TALK on Spotify!

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • Raise your hand if you’re completely burned out. (NYT)
  • 26 Ways to Really Soak in the Summer (Wit & Delight)
  • The Women Erased From the Story of No-Knead Bread. Jim Lahey is credited with making no-knead bread trendy. But as with many dishes, the recipe’s lineage is more complicated. (Eater)
  • Would a 39-year-old man in her position be subjected to the same level of control? For instance, no one prevented Michael Jackson — despite the concerns of people around him that his mental condition was deteriorating — from living at Neverland Ranch, where he kept giraffes and a chimp. He was able to raise his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket (who are actually all named Michael). (MSNBC)
  • Britney Spears’ Statement To The Court In Her Conservatorship Hearing (NPR)
  • People Are Sharing The Signs Of Privilege That Often Go Unnoticed, And A Lot Of Them Might Apply To You (BuzzFeed)
  • Savory French Toast is My Vegetarian Steak Swap (Bon Appetit)

Enjoy this tread:

  • They’ve been married for 25 years, and raised twins – but have never lived in the same house. Is this the secret to long-term happiness? (The Guardian)
  • Nearly 200K People Are Here For This Thread Explaining Why We Don’t See Kids Playing Outside As Often As We Used To – Yes, so many good points here! (Bored Panda)
  • What your favorite 90s rock band says about the type of bored suburban dad you are today (McSweeney’s)
  • The World’s (Almost) Happiest People Are Eating This For Lunch. Day in, day out. (Medium)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.



  • The perfect number of hours to work every day? Five (Wired)
  • I Know the Secret to the Quiet Mind. I Wish I’d Never Learned It – Before the accident I went to yoga retreats and tried meditation. I said things like “I just need to unplug.” Apparently what I needed was to get hit by a truck. Perhaps I have discovered the secret to a peaceful mind, and it is traumatic brain injury. I fantasize about opening an expensive spa where busy people pay me money to whack them on the head with a baseball bat. (The Altantic)
  • Drinks52 is here
  • 751. More Children.
  • Want to reclaim your pre-pandemic hair colour? You probably can! (Fast Company via Jenna)
  • Study Finds American Women Delaying Motherhood Because The Whole Thing Blows (The Onion)
  • Artist Kelly Reemtsen Explodes Notions of Femininity (design\milk)
  • Don’t play with your kids. Seriously. When my son was about 3, I realized his fictive worlds were vivid enough to continue without me. (NYT)
  • 3 Summer-Inspired Wallpapers for Your Desktop (Poppytalk)
  • Just Be Rich. Why are extraordinarily wealthy and famous people doing their own tweeting? (Esquire)
  • And have your tried sun tea (Reading My Tea Leaves)

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