Web Time Wasters

Heartbreaking?  Yes.  Important?  Yes.What’d you get up to this week, guys?  I co-worked with friends, drank a lot of coffee, utilized my mad dance skillz at Get Cryphy with Leslie and Mere, and went to a very good Mardi Gras brunch hosted by An Actual Cajun.  See also: yum.

Links!  For you!

Yes.  Keep writing.
Don’t worry about who’s reading it, or what they’re saying, or whether or not anyone’s reading it.
Don’t worry about whether or not it’s “the right time,” or that you’re in your pajamas at 1 AM scrawling out a couple of things.
Don’t worry if it’s 6 AM and you forgot to wash your face and you still need to brush your teeth and the coffee is cold.

Helpful!  Simple tips for self-portraits.

Ha!  The reality of watching someone you love while they sleep.

Gosh, but this is fascinating.  Meet Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history.

Landis would often arrive at the museums dressed as a jesuit priest with elaborate stories of how he had acquired the artworks he subsequently donated. Incredibly, after a 2007 investigation it was determined that Landis may not have actually broken any laws. He never once tried to profit from the fake artworks but instead seemed to gain enough satisfaction from fooling curatorial staff members at various institutions.I loved Clare’s post about cleaning out her grandfather’s shed.

Kara’s visual interview series is great.

This is the childhood I fantasized about.

When I was living in Taiwan, my apartment was a block away from a plastic surgeon who had a photo album of ‘before and afters’ outside his office.  As such, I can’t look away from these photos of South Korean plastic surgery patients.

Three super important things you should really read:
What you should know before being admitted to the hospital
Tuition calculators can put college in reach for many
Why all cats should be indoor cats (from PETA)

Things I want to buy: this awesome ring and this hilarious tea towel.

Cute!  A 1920’s Chorus girl workout.

If you’re single and unhappy about it, this is a good reality check.
Finding that special anyone can seem so romantic when you’re younger. When you’re older, you look back on the most “romantic” times in your life—falling in love with this or that dipshit—and they don’t seem that romantic at all. But the times when you were single? Those were the truly romantic times! Not when you flirted with this or that stranger or put something in your mouth that didn’t belong there. No. When you painted the dining room in your rented apartment that excellent turquoise shade, or when you spent all weekend reading Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose just because you felt like it, or when you threw a dinner party and invited 10 people who didn’t know each other and made lasagna that was delicious and everyone got drunk and played the version of Celebrity where you use less and less words, and your friend Steve pantomiming Dodi Fayed has been emblazoned on your brain ever since.

And some Yes and Yes posts you might have missed: How To Hustle Like A Gangsta’ – Networking With Substance, Style + Soul, Gifts For The Traveler In Your Life, Fun Activities That Also Happen To Be A Good Workout.

Hope you had a great weekend!

8 Comments

Michelle

Thanks for sharing Sarah, wonderful as always! I loved the story about the art forger. And yes- I hope to be reincarnated as the little girl who grows up frolicking with cheetahs and elephants 🙂

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Claire

I'm about to spend a year teaching English in South Korea (thanks for the Dave's ESL Cafe recommendation!), and a friend who's South Korean by birth but was adopted as an infant by American parents JUST showed me the Korean plastic surgery blog last week. Suuuuper crazy stuff.

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Confused Twenty-Something

Oh my god, I cannot stop looking at that South Korea Plastic Surgery tumblr either. I mean, I can understand wanting to change some parts of how you look (it'd be nice if I could magically wish all of my acne away or make my hair much healthier) but this plastic surgery craze….is slightly terrifying. Some of their heads just look so tiny after getting their chins shaved! How would that feel!?

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