Adventures in Links – May 14, 2016 (Toast Points)

Theme: Toast Points

As some of you may know, The Toast will be closing on July 1. The site will still exist in perpetuity, but it will no longer generate new content. Instead, it will terminate all its contracts, send its employees off, and stop accepting new pieces (which means that I will go to my grave never having gotten them to accept a piece. Sigh.).

In case you didn’t know, The Toast is/was/will always be a humor and writing site founded by Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe. It featured silly art history and literature-related posts, heavier posts about adoption and surgeries, pop culture posts, and pretty much everything in between. It’s been in operation for about three years and briefly had a sister site, The Butter, which closed early winter 2015. That probably should have clued me in on what was going to happen.

Sad as I am about this news, I’m still trying to keep a stiff upper lip. So I’d like to share some of my favorite articles and segments with you. Feel free to share your favorites in return, and we can all try to console one another. Continue reading

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Adventures in Links – April 30, 2016 (90s Boy Band Music Videos)

Theme: 90s Boy Band Music Videos

A sacred tradition on the 30th of April (or any time in April, really) is to post N’Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me” music video. Why? Because the way Justin Timberlake pronounces “me” sounds like “May.” Also, it’s hysterical. So in honor of that, I thought I’d post a few of my favorite 90s boy band videos to help kick-start this May. Enjoy! Continue reading

Adventures in Links – April 23, 2016 (Shakespearean Adaptations)

Theme: Shakespearean Adaptations

Today, April 23, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and maybe his 452nd birthday?). I love Shakespeare, and I love getting to read, watch, and listen to adaptations of his work. Sometimes, I love doing this because I can bitch about how horrible it was, like David Wroblewski’s book The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel, which started out as a really interesting book about a family that selectively breeds dogs to be smart and personable and then suddenly jumped the shark and turned into fucking Hamlet with dogs (It’s been six years since I first read it, and I’m still pissed.); mostly, though, I’m just filled with wonder. So, in honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, I wanted to share some of my favorite books, movies, TV shows, and songs that are Shakespearean adaptations. Enjoy! Continue reading

Adventures in Links — April 16, 2016 (Patreon)

Theme: Patreon

For years, I’ve bemoaned the loss of the patronage system wherein a wealthy benefactor supports an artist. In return for financial and publication aid, the artist would often create works specifically for their patron. All of Shakespeare’s sonnets and even some of his plays are examples of work he created for a patron.

So it’s really cool that a site like Patreon exists. Patreon is a web site that allows people to “subscribe” to the creator of their choice. They’ll pay a certain amount of money every month or every project, and in return the creators either create something specifically for them or for them to see early. If you’re really talented or good at marketing, you can earn hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month. So, to help all my fellow creators out there that desperately need to make a little extra cash, today I’ll be telling you about Patreon, including what it is, how it can help you, and how you can utterly fail at it. Enjoy! Continue reading

Adventures in Links – April 2, 2016 (Autism)

Theme: Autism

As some of you may know, April is Autism Awareness Month, a time when organizations try to put out more information about autism, the needs of autistic people, and how we as a society can be more accepting, welcoming, and helpful to people with autism and their families. Today is also World Autism Awareness Day, the day when many organizations hold special events, drives, and programs to raise awareness for and acceptance of people with autism. So in honor of that, I’ll be sharing a little information about autism, including what it is, what we can do to help people with autism, interesting stories, and the nonexistent link between vaccines and autism. Continue reading

Adventures in Links – March 26, 2016 (Holi)

Photo taken from http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/03/holi-festival-colours-160324071718985.html Bikas Das/AP

Theme: Holi

On March 23 and 24 this year (depending on where you live), Hindus all across the world celebrated Holi, a festival of color and spring. It’s one of India’s biggest and most popular celebrations, characterized by people throwing colored powder and water on each other. However, there’s a lot more to it than that. So, if you want to learn more about this really cool holiday, read on! Continue reading

Adventures in Links — February 20, 2016 (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Neil deGrasse Tyson, photo taken from http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/31/neil-degrasse-tyson-defends-scientology-and-the-bush-administration-s-science-record.html

Theme: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is America’s greatest treasure. He’s not only a brilliant man with degrees from Harvard, the University of Texas, Columbia University, and Princeton but is also a staunch advocate of science and education, expanding the Hayden Planetarium as its director, hosting the PBS program NovaScienceNow, and running the successful talk show and podcast StarTalk. He constantly interacts with the public through social media and pop culture, using such venues as movies and TV shows to discuss physics and astronomy. He is also super funny.

So here’re some links about him! I’m including some basic information and some entertaining links such as interviews, TV show cameos, and Twitter battles. Enjoy! Continue reading

Adventures in Links – January 30, 2016 (Animals That Can Predict the Weather)

Theme: Animals That Can Predict the Weather

February 2nd is Groundhog Day in the United States, a much-beloved but ultimately pointless day when the country turns its attention to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and a little rodent named Phil to see if we’ll have an early spring or a late winter. The tradition has been around since 1887, which you can read about here or here, and has even spawned a Bill Murray movie creatively titled Groundhog Day. However, little Phil isn’t really all that accurate. If you click here, you can see that he has an accuracy rate of 39%, which is worse than if you just flipped a coin!

But that did get me thinking: are there any other animals that people think can predict the weather? Or natural disasters? Or the stock market? So in addition to the Punxsutawney Phil links, look below to learn a bit more about other animals that may or may not be able to prognosticate. Continue reading

Adventures in Links — January 23, 2016 (Cute Asian Comics)

Theme: Cute Asian Comics

Winter and snow days are the perfect times to stay in and read, and what better to keep your mood high than cute Asian comics? Today I’d like to share some of my favorite ones. Most of them are Japanese, but they all feature adorable art, great characters, and moments that just make you want to go, “Kyaaaa~~~!” I’ve included online links for all of them, but if you have the means, I recommend getting the trades or purchasing a subscription to Crunchy Roll.

Enjoy! Continue reading

Adventures in Links — January 16, 2016 (David Bowie and Alan Rickman Tributes)

Theme: David Bowie and Alan Rickman Tributes

Since David Bowie’s death on January 10 and Alan Rickman’s on January 14, the world has been awash with tributes. Many of them have been digital, including kind Tweets and interviews, but there have been numerous IRL ones as well, including covers of Bowie’s songs, memorial sites with fan-produced images, and full-on parades. Today I’ve gathered just a few of these for you to enjoy. If you’d like to share any others, even your own, please do so in the comments. Continue reading