The title of this post says it all doesn’t it? Anyway, here are stuff that I caught my eye last week, over the weekend, and this week.
This morning, I was extremely late because a cab driver didn’t know where he was going. The thing with taxi drivers is that, once you get into their cab, you’re pretty much at their mercy. So when he took a wrong turn and headed down a really long flyover, there wasn’t much I could do even if I ranted and fumed. I was still late and we were still going the long way around. Then again, as far as horrid taxi experiences go, mine was relatively mild. I can think of a few friends who can top my morning ride in spades. So in honor of all the horror and heartwarming (yes, there are some!) and interesting taxi experiences, read New York Magazine’s Everything Guide to Taxis. Yes, it’s set in NY, but riding a taxi is universal and the taxi driver is a genus of humanity that exists everywhere.
And because I’m essentially a book nerd, a list on the 10 science fiction novels you pretended to have read (and why you should read them). Why read them? Because presumably, they’ll be be entertaining at the very least, and enlightening — if you go by that criteria in your reading matter. (OK, this is not to say, I’ve read everything on the list. For me, this is more like a guide!)
For those who eschew the ephemera of sci-fi, Guardian recommends The Biggest Novels of 2012. I personally am looking forward to Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and Hilary Mantel’s follow-up to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies is in my ever-growing book pile. I hope I can read these two at least this year. (Vain hope, fershure!)
Here’s a think-piece on (yet again), the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenom. Say what you will about the book, at least it got more and more people reading. This article asks, “Is It Creepy to See Someone Reading Fifty Shades of Grey in the Subway?” Not a fan of the books, but I don’t question anyone’s right to read it wherever they feel like it. Will I judge them for it? Oh totally, haha! Basic human nature. Then again, I also enjoy questionable books so they’re also free to judge me for the dreck I read.
Been trying to be more fit by exercising and eating right — and it ain’t easy! Here, some tips on how to be more healthy and fit. We all know these already, but it pays to be reminded: Weight Loss Rules that Work.
I’m really liking reading the stories in the Matador Network. Below, three provoking and fun stories (among a lot more!) from this site:
The good news: People travel more these days and we have the technology to record our wanderings and adventures. But, here’s the issue that Matador Network poses, just as how travel writers — the amateur ones, anyway — reduce people and places to stereotypes, so do travel photographers — even experienced ones: How to Identify — and Avoid — Travel Photo Porn.
A touching story on friendship in a foreign land: “If I am a foreigner almost everywhere, then it is stranger to stay forever, comfortable but closed, in the one place where I am not a foreigner than it is to push past those boundaries and feel like I do now — strange, out of place, lonely, but very much alive.” — This is from “We Are All Foreigners Everywhere”.
Here’s an article on creative “up-cycling”, a new term that’s been making the rounds this past year. My “craftiness” responds to this article in a big way. I know I’ll never get to do the stuff here, but I can dream, can’t I? I looove the casette tapes to lighting fixtures and card catalogue to mini-bar! 23 Super-Creative Repurposed Items.
Still on up-cycling and interior decorating, these bookshelves are really beautiful and crafty. Want! 25 Awesome DIY Ideas for Bookshelves.
Ottavia Bourdain is more than a match to her famous chef-raconteur husband, Anthony Bourdain as evidenced in this interview: Ottavia Bourdain Eats Omelettes in the Bathroom and Peanut Butter in Bed. My god, the woman can eat meat!
OK, I know I’m never ever going to get as beautiful as the model on this article, but these are still great tips to follow: Look Great Without Makeup.
We may not be blessed with superior physical genetics, but we get to copy their street style: Quite doable Shop the Look: Model Off-Duty Style.
Last: Browncoats unite!! Firefly reunion at Comic-Con! This is all kinds of awesome! And in honor of the final season premiere of Breaking Bad, which is also when I started watching it (sorry, it’s been on the pile for sooo long), here’s a list of 16 Ultimate TV Anti Heroes.
Happy Monday — and let’s all get through the week in one piece, shall we?
[photo from nymag.com]