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Long Overdue “Hey, 2009!” Link Post

February 1, 2009

Christmas Day Link Post

December 25, 2008

Festivities are over, I’ve received both books I wanted, & tomorrow I return to work (for a short day). Hope the holidays were merry!


The Shoe Heard Round the World (Op-Ed by John Kenney feat. a few other uncommon cultural insults)

Growing up in the world of “The Wire” (“Sometimes, it’s not enough to give kids who come from a world like ‘The Wire’ the chance to get out. They also have to be convinced that they deserve it.”)

A Healthy Addiction (944 Magazine features Yogurtini, the Valley’s first self-serve frozen yogurt shop)

White House Memo & The Right to Dissolve the Constitution (So… Cheney=bad. Got it.)

Arianna Huffington’s Scuzzy Copying Pisses Off Chicagoans (This sad excuse for laziness would’ve never passed the common university plagiarism scanner. Academic Dishonesty FTW.)


Snow around Vancouver (from the photovancouver LJ community; I can die happy, kthx.)

Dreaming of a White Christmas


Skip the Sleeping Pills (Alternatives to possibly addictive OTC medications, via Lifehacker)

9 Strong Reasons to Eat Slowly (via Lifehacker)

Frugal Living:

How to Live Easily Without that Satellite Package (I did something similiar in cancelling my digital cable, and my only void? Soccer. le sigh. via Consumerist)

Misc Web Finds:

14 Ways to use Twitter politely

11 Words that Sound Offensive, but Aren’t (Assagai! Prickmadam!)

20 Amazing & Essential Non-fiction Books to Enrich Your Library (& I’m not just linking this because he included Fever Pitch! Really!)

Christmas 2008: Year of the Craft

December 23, 2008

Being one of the poor folk, I’ve decided the best route for Christmas gifts this year would be to make them! So I scoured the internet (briefly) to come up with ideas, and settled on three areas: chocolate, candles, & photos. I spent roughly $58 at Michael’s the day after Christmas and about $15 since on materials, and so far, I’ve only ventured into the chocolate side. And that has been a big success!

For the candies, I bought Wiltmon Candy Melts (Light Cocoa, Dark Cocoa, White Vanilla *which tastes somehow like white chocolate*, Red Vanilla, Green Vanilla, & Peanut Butter), a few molds, and sticks for lollipops. Instead of buying unnecessary candy melt bags, I just used sandwich bags, floating them in hot water until everything was melted, and cut off the corner of the bag. It was a bit messy while it was super hot, but all in all, it separated from the molds very easily, and they only had to sit in the fridge for 10 minutes.

The overall response from coworkers & friends has been very good, and I’m gonna make what is left for Christmas Day with the peppermint & creme de menthe (!!) I found. It’s a pretty simple process, so I highly recommend it!

Sunday Link Post

November 30, 2008

-Afraid to order a Cappuccino? Latte? Macchiato? Answer: an extensive list of coffee jargon used by the industry (even Starbucks!)

-What can’t celebrities go without during these tough economic times? Apparently, facials and first class flying.

-Subnormality: 7 Dicotomies in a Bar

-How to’s: send SMS to any cellphone, stream your music online

CNN interview with Shealeah Craighead, a photographer who travelled with the McCain campaign (specifically, with Sarah Palin)

-More behind the scenes with a photographer who travelled with the Obama campaign

-Finally, from my favorite finance blog, The Simple Dollar: 100 Things to do during a money-free weekend

Sunday Link Post

November 23, 2008
  • Here’s a short interview with lovely friend Jannese Davidson as she prepares to star in this season’s of Childplay‘s The Velvateen Rabbit. Running now through Dec 21st at Tempe Center for the Arts.
  • Friends Tom & Malora Mulhern discuss with the Calgary Herald their year-long (almost up!) quest to lead a compact life.
  • From David W. Dunlap of the New York Times; New York City 1978 vs. New York City 2008. My personal favorites are staple landmarks Grand Central Station & the now-missing Twin Towers (via kottke.)
  • While entering the Oval Office means Obama must give up his Blackberry (& email altogether!), for Bush, it means getting to send again. I’ll be honest: the latter be a tough transition for me, even if I’d still be connected to the world otherwise.
  • Don’t miss this unbelievable insight into the 2008 Presidential campaigns from Newsweek. I warn you – its long (7 “chapters”), but well worth the read.
  • Macworld’s 18 ways to protect your Mac – I’d emphasize using both built-in firewalls, ALWAYS installing Apple software/security updates, & not clicking links from email re: bank/sensitive accounts or even Facebook. (It’s just as easy to open another tab and go to the page directly on your own, and it can save you from phishing.)
  • If you are a fan of the insanely awesome “Caves” episode of Planet Earth, check out this from National Geographic: Crystal Palace. I think :O!!!!! sums it up quite nicely.