Web Miscellany: Compilation #69

Hello! How are you? Lately, I feel like an observer of my life. Many things happened across the spectrum of emotion, yet I have felt placid and unencumbered. It has been raining in Phoenix, the first substantial amount since March of 2020, and the stormy sunsets are spectacular. Last Friday, our friend Paulie passed away from Covid and the beloved physics professor traveled off into the ether. My boyfriend came home with 200 pounds of red lentil pasta, a promotional item sent to his physician friend. And we took a drive to see the snow-capped mountains surrounding the valley.

What are your plans for the week ahead? I will be seeding eggplant, a special birthday request from my boyfriend, and perhaps diving into a sewing project and organizing my fabric stash. We’re also trying to decide what to watch next. We tried The Good Place the other night and couldn’t get into it.

I hope that your weekend and the week ahead are filled with light and love, and that you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and healthy. Here are a few links from around the web. Feel free to share anything interesting you’ve stumbled upon in the comments.

  1. “People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.” – Travis Bradberry
  2. Have you heard about the GameStop short squeeze? My boyfriend heard whispering from his old GameStop coworkers two weeks ago when the stock was at around $4 and we seriously discussed tossing a few hundred in for fun. We missed the boat, but have been following the story closely. What a riot!
  3. From the archives: The Brokenness of American Healthcare. This week, I went to refill my EpiPen prescription and learned that the Biden administration paused the executive order that reduced the cost of epinephrine and insulin. Last year, I paid $130 for two doses of generic epinephrine through CVS. This week, I was quoted $760 for the exact same product. Who benefits from this other than big pharma? I desperately hope the pause is lifted and that life-saving medications will remain (somewhat) affordable.
  4. Show recommendation: the Japanese anime Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, which depicts the reunion of five childhood companions when the ghost of their dead friend appears, and demands they grant her final wish. The 11 episodes have such great storytelling and the saga has a tender, beautiful ending. I’ve only really been exposes to anime over the last year, but the good stuff is really good. I also enjoyed Haibane Renmei, Serial Experiments Lain, and Azumanga Daioh. Next up: Violet Evergarden.
  5. This is amazingly nerdy: “Why I’ve tracked every single piece of clothing I’ve worn for three years.” Be sure to check out his wardrobe management advice at the end.
  6. How To Stack Your Habits and Make Creativity a Part of Your Everyday. “This technique has you tie the new habit into an already existing routine By doing this, you’re not disrupting your day. Rather, you’re baking the new habit into something you’re already doing.”
  7. Podcast episode recommendation: Biden Is Not The Room (October 2020) by James Lindsay of New Discourses. There is an argument that the left should work to abolish the Constitution. No matter what your political views, this isn’t a good path for the country.
  8. If you look at the numbers, which canine comes out as top data-dog? Which are the best dog breeds according to the data? This visualization takes into account data on intelligence, longevity, and other markers to create a “data-score” and then plots it against public popularity of various breeds, according to the American Kennel Club.
  9. This Incredibly Easy Duvet Cover Hack Will Change Your Life. I will be trying this out over the weekend!
  10. Because of racism of the American healthcare systems (both historically and presently), it’s understandable why black American are skeptical of the Covid-19 vaccines. Between the Tuskegee Experiment and Henrietta Lacks, I can understand.

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