Friday, September 20, 2013
1. "You're not a hipster until you've
taken a typewriter to a park." Now that you've had your chuckle, meet the man behind the "meme":
For all the hateful words that were lobbed at me, it barely ever bubbled over from the world of online forums and websites. I received zero angry emails, only a few mean tweets. My Facebook was never broken into and vandalized--my typewriter remains unsmashed, no one has ever threatened violence towards me in real life. Instead, there are these pockets of the web that are small and ignorable, filled with hate for a picture of me, for this idea of a hipster--for the audacity of bringing a typewriter to a park.Apparently all but absent from the lengthy comment threads about this man's out-of-context picture were any genuine curiosity and any sense of irony about spending so much time and energy hating someone for a desire for attention. Too bad for the commenters: this guy had a pretty clever idea.
2. What would doing homework be like for an adult? One man, concerned about his daughter's work load decided to see for himself. To say that his title, "My Daughter's Homework Is Killing Me", "says it all" is tempting, but it would be to use a colloquialism rashly. I think the article raises some very important issues about education, directly and indirectly. I'll also take the opportunity to note here that not all schools are like the one described.
3. Speaking of daughters... This week, as we were finishing up the board-book version of Finding Nemo, my two-year-old daughter said, "I yove my daddy", to me for the first time. (Her L's come out as Y's most of the time.)
Heart melted? Check. Week made? Check.
4. From an account of the contribution of the Monopoly board game to the WWII war effort:
Under the paper surface of each doctored board was a map printed on durable silk showing "escape routes from the particular prison to which each game was sent," Waddington's chairman Victor Watson told the Associated Press in 1985. "Into the other side of the board was inserted a tiny compass and several fine-quality files." Real French, German, and Italian currency was hidden in the stacks of Monopoly money.Nobody knows how many of the approximately 35,000 POW's who escaped prison camps were able to do so thanks to these special game sets.