Don’t worry about timing: I accept gifts all year long.
If 5 items isn’t enough, my full tea-related Etsy list is here.
I went through a dark tea-time of the soul for a while there, but I am, perhaps, back to blogging. While I work on assembling a few ideas for new posts, please enjoy a few links.
Google’s developing a program that parses how offensive speech is. To use some offensive speech: it really fucking blows at it.
^ Are you embracing your inner toddler-grandma?
Why do some countries drive on the right, and others the left? You know you’re sort of curious about it. Deep down.
You might enjoy the very short science fiction story “They’re Made of Meat.”
Is giving thin people regular soda instead of diet actually funny? Just a gentle reminder that fucking with people’s food requests can kill them.
2. We always suspected this, but it’s now been proven that dogs know who’s a jerk.
^ 3. Go ahead and google “goblin shark.” I’ll wait.
4. This Amazon Review makes me laugh every time I think about it. I keep it in my brain’s (metaphorical) back pocket and break it out as needed.
^ 5. The Japanese magazine FRUiTS is shutting down because “there were no more fashionable kids to photograph.” Kids these days. Am I right? Get off my lawn, you shabbily-dressed ragamuffins.
^ 18 Less-Than-Inspiring Wallpapers. They’re are about to be incorporated into all of my computers.
Why would anyone sell a book for a penny on Amazon? I’ve always wondered about this. Mystery solved.
^ Were you aware? In the 70s, Bhutan had postage stamps that were made of playable vinyl. Learn more here.
^ I yearn for one of these scarves. All the whimsy of an animal-scarf; none of the horror of a literal corpse around your neck. (I keep seeing real vintage mink stoles at antiques stores. The eyes, guys. The eyes.)
^ Can you beat my stats (above) at the 1-minute typing test?
^ A little girl raised in a concentration camp was asked to illustrate “home.” I found this in a collection of photos with the click-bait-y title “21 Photo Backstories Scarier Than Any Movie.” Despite the eyeroll-inducing title of that article, a lot of the photos really are creepy/sad.
Oneword.com is a site that gives you one word and one minute to write about it. A great idea for freewriting exercises if you have creative block.
^ 26 Photoshop Actions. I haven’t played with these yet, but they look promising. (Here are some more graphic design freebies, while we’re at it.) Speaking of design — love infographics? Infogrades is a site that curates the best. Go learn something!
50 Different Ways to Lace Shoes is definitive proof that no matter how banal something is, someone is profoundly interested. It takes all kinds to make a world.
^ And, finally, here’s Siri being a bitch, as usual.