Every so often I reach a point in my webby ramblings of having a half-dozen or so links that I can’t stop coming back to. Things that make me smile, or laugh, or sigh with longing, or dream of magic and mystery. Rather than keep them to myself this time, I’m going to share them here (which has the bonus of building a lasting record without keeping a bunch of pinned tabs in my browser!)
1. Brooklyn Tweed’s Fall 2011 Look Book
I can’t stop looking at the gorgeous photos of lovely, casual knits and yummy, yummy yarn. For all that, I don’t actually want to make a single pattern from the collection — which I’m sure my fellow New Yorkers will call out as sacrilege against home-town-boy Jared Flood. Just looking at the pretty is enough for me.
2. Elizabeth Warren’s Social Contract Speech
I was impressed with Warren when she fought for the creation of the CFPB, impressed when she spoke numerous times about the economy with Rachel Maddow, and impressed when she announced her candidacy. I wish I lived in Massachusetts so I could vote for her for Senate.
3. Sasha Dichter’s Generosity Experiment, a TED talk.
Since leaving a single organization with a single mission to work for an agency that supports two dozen different organizations working for two dozen different causes, I’ve found myself thinking more firmly and anxiously about “smart giving” and “making the right giving choice” — and worrying about what that does to an innate sense of generosity. I love Sasha’s experiment but even more than that, I love the way he applies an individual’s experience with other people to a marketplace at large, and then pulls that marketplace effect back to down to the micro, individual level for people like me.
4. The Professor Snape twitter feed (@_snape_), which is chock full of hilarious ‘shopped photos, knocks on Twilight and other dregs of crap masquerading as quality YA literature, and equal parts snarky and earnest commentary on the world — from a Snape-ish perspective.
5. Yarntopia, my Local Yarn Shop (LYS in knit-speak) — where Dona saves beautiful little presents for me, like a miniature bottle of wool wash from her private stash, so I could block my sweater in time to meet my “end of September” goal. Dona carries everything from workhorse yarns like Classic Elite to handspun, handpainted, ultrafine cashmere — and won’t carry a yarn that she can’t recommend to a knitter. I can’t wait to bring Nana and Nicole and Phoebe to explore her shop when next they visit NYC!
8. New translations of The Iliad that I will soon be reading: Christopher Logue’s rewriting of the first battles in All Day Permanent Red (which will be the subject of a live reading event we’ll be hosting at the apartment), and Stephen Mitchell’s forthcoming translation into modern English blank verse
9. This article from the New York Times on why Twitter isn’t immediately accessible to all. Unlike the author, I very much hope that Twitter doesn’t change to be non-techish — but I say that as someone who joined the service in 2007 as a member of the #nptech community, and someone who likes the geeky, techie, let-me-figure-this-out workings of the service quite well as they are, thanks. (And thanks for the link, Clay!)
10. My knitting bag from The Plaid Cupcake – it’s allowing me to carry knitting with me wherever I go!
What are you adoring today?