Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, August 8 through August 14:
- Anaïs Nin on Life, Hand-Lettered by Artist Lisa Congdon
These illustrations of Anaïs Nin quotes are, indeed, beautiful – but it's the last quote that caught my attention, and it was the words, not even the illustration:
"All of my creation is an effort to weave a web of connection with the world; I am always weaving it because it was once broken."
- A Quick Guide to Italian English: You’ll be Fluent in No Time!
It's so true – there's Italian, there's English, and then there's a (growing) list of English words that have been Italianized, sometimes with meanings that have no relation to their English origins. It's a linguistic minefield!
- MARS 360 Panorama
As a matter of fact, YES, this IS the most awesome thing I've seen in YEARS. The tire tracks? In that red sand? ON MARS? I just … I can't … Is this blowing your mind? Cuz it should be.
(via @everywhereist on Twitter)
- Wife stealing, compulsive chewing and artisanal carving – the cool history of ice in America
You probably wouldn't have thought the history of ice was an interesting one – and yet? It is.
(via @TravelBlggr on Twitter)
- So Your Kid Wants To Be A Writer
Here are three great tips for you parents out there if your kid decides (horror of horrors) that he or she wants to be a writer. But y'know what? They're also damned good tips if you want to be a writer, too, even if you don't have parents willing to pay for your self-published book.
(via @kaytsukel on Twitter)
- How One Chicago School Got Every Low-Income Student to College
Okay. So while I find this story incredibly inspiring, I'm a little annoyed that the reason the author gives for why this doesn't happen in regular public schools – the "inherent barriers" he mentions – are unions. Unions aren't perfect, but surely there's more to the gridlock in the US's public schools than just unions. That seems like a much-too-convenient place to lay all the blame.
(Not to mention – maybe if we put more of a priority on paying teachers in this country better than, say, athletes, the unions wouldn't feel like they needed to fight so hard for their jobs.)