Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Friday link roundup 7/6

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits.

Several suspected rhino poachers were killed and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve.

Bleak stories of family separation.

Halsey’s powerful spoken word poem about sexual abuse from the Women’s March in New York City earlier this year. Both the video and the written out poem are there if you prefer to read rather than watch (or vice versa).

Seattle just passed a ban on disposable plastic straws, and other cities are considering similar restrictions. From Upworthy: On accessibility, disability, and  the downside to banning straws.

New York and Virginia just passed laws that mandate including mental health education as part of health class curriculum in schools.

Summer reads: 10 books Amazon editors recommend this July.

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Friday link roundup 4/20

Prince’s original studio recording of Nothing Compares 2 U.

This website (and its app) can tell you the indigenous history of where you live.

Actress Molly Ringwald looks back at her roles in films such as Pretty in Pink in light of the age of #MeToo.

A women’s journey from doing self-care in the form of Netflix and bubble baths and wine (and a feeling of obligation) to radical self-care.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern wore a Maori cloak during her visit to Buckingham palace. The images of this powerful woman are striking.

Friday link roundup 3/16

On portrayals of tender masculinity in books and film.

Do you live in a bubble? According to this quiz, I grew up in a pretty middle-class bubble. It definitely gave me food for thought.

Four common myths about the gender pay gap, and a rebuttal for each.

One company’s solution to providing housing for the homeless: Use a 3D printer to create simple homes.

Barbie has created 17 new dolls based on inspirational women.

National Geographic acknowledges its racist past.

On why more and more teenagers are considering trade schools instead of four-year colleges.

A school in a small town in New Mexico is still reeling from their experience of a school shooting that happened in December, an event that received very little news coverage.

About planets without stars.

My current TV show list

Here are my favorite current TV shows. Maybe I’ll make a list of favorite shows from the past sometime, too.

The Good Place. I’ve been a fan of Kristen Bell’s since watching Veronica Mars years ago, so I was excited to see her in a major role on a sitcom on network television. Plus, Ted Danson (originally of Cheers fame) is in it, too. The main story: it’s about four people who die and find themselves not where they expected to be in the afterlife. The Good Place manages to include philosophy and ethics about what it means to be a good person and how people can change. Plus, it’s a sitcom and there are plenty of funny moments.  I would love to be a fly on the wall in their writers’ room — there have been quite a few plot twists I didn’t see coming.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s a musical dramedy, which, well, there aren’t many of those on television.  The main character is Rebecca Bunch, a neurotic (also quirky, passionate, etc.) lawyer who moves from New York City to West Covina, California, where the guy she dated at summer camp in high school happens to live. There’s definitely romance, heartbreak, and drama in the series. I also really like how the series continues to develop its characters. It also addresses mental illness in a refreshing way. Here’s a link to a sampling of songs from the three seasons.

This is Us. Stellar performances by its ensemble cast. The story of one family’s love, joys, heartaches, and loss across the years. It can be overly tear-inducing and heart-wrenching at times, but I think its strongest scenes are its portrayal of the characters in everyday moments.

Since I got distracted by The Good Place and This is Us (and freelancing and living my life) over the past few months, I haven’t been watching the fourth season of Jane the Virgin. I’ve pretty much watched it from the beginning besides that. It’s played off like a Latin American telenovela. It definitely has intrigue, mystery, and drama, but it’s also so much more. I love how it portrays the relationship between Jane and her mother and grandmother.  Also, Gina Rodriguez, who plays Jane, is a great actress.

Past seasons of The Good Place, Jane the Virgin, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are streaming on Netflix. This is Us is available on Hulu.*

*This is not an advertisement for any of these services or shows. I’m posting this because I wanted to share.

Friday link roundup 10/27

Video:  A tourist asks if he can play with a group of Italian street musicians….and the result is amazing.

The quiet radicalism of singer-songwriter and activist Tracy Chapman.

On men taking classes to unlearn toxic masculinity.

On Danes and work-life balance.

On the benefits of being a “non-monogamous employee” — on working multiple jobs, having a side hustle in addition to a full-time job, etc.

Friday link roundup 10/13

The Boy Scouts has announced that it will soon start admitting girls.

After 20 years, AOL is shutting down AOL Instant Messenger. Ah, all the memories of good chats….

About the “mystery box” aspects in television shows  The Good Place and This is Us.

From the New York Times: stories of several of the women coming forward about their experiences with film producer Harvey Weinstein.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary online: better ways (or more effective ways) to say, “This sucks.”

Friday link roundup 9/22

Today is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring in the Southern. Happy equinox and change of season!

From The New York Times: a conversation with Hillary Clinton and actress/activist America Ferrera.

Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and is the first black actor to win this award in almost 20 years.

A “What Were You Wearing” art installation at a Kansas university takes aim at the age-old sexual violence myth.

Updates on the aftermath of the earthquake in Mexico.

On the devastating flooding in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

A commute in a Japanese commuter train is made more fun…with kittens!

From space.com: Best night sky events for this month, with stargazing maps.

Work-At-Home School: Coming in 2018. A one-stop shop for gaining skills, resources, and knowledge to successfully work at home!

Daily Goodie Box: free samples in exchange for reviews.  It takes being active on their social media pages to receive a box, but it’s legitimate and the products are great!

A link from a reader: The Freedom Model, a new way of looking at and approaching addiction.

As always, please feel free to contact me and send me your links!