Friday Links XII (Extra wordy this week)

“It’s 4:58 on Friday afternoon. Do you know where your margarita is?”
― Amy Neftzger

Have my lectures really sunk in? I may have accidentially put myself out of work...

Another day, another seemingly crime free week on campus.

I’m starting to feel badly, ducklings, I used to have all sorts of tales of human silliness for you, but the well has run dry the last few months.  I don’t know if that means I’ve finally reached the point of saturation where even truly heinous examples of Darwinism at work are so commonplace that I don’t even register them…or if it’s time to find a new topic.  I suspect the latter.

We’ll make that Monday’s post, in the meantime, look at the shiny things I found for you to play with this weekend!  Don’t put them in your mouth, you don’t know where they’ve been.

J. is a huge Muppet fan (this may be the grossest understatement of the century).  I am too, but my love is as peanuts compared to his.  I have never seen him turn into a shrieking little boy but for once, in the Smithsonian Museum of American History looking at a case filled with Henson’s original creations.  But I digress.  In addition to the Muppets proper, we were both raised on Sesame Street and have fond memories of the monsters who rehearsed the ABC’s with us.  Grover was my favorite, but Elmo seems to be the universal beloved.  You’d never guess how the man behind him came to be – which is why anyone who loved the red furry beast should check out the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.  J. and I watched it the other night and I admit my eyes watered.  (We watched it on Independent Lens, and although it’s not available on the website yet, it may be soon.  Otherwise, Netflix this sucker!)

Here, more fun and pretty baubles for you to look at.  I am particularly coveting this bag.  Minions should remember my birthday is fast approaching… ahem!

I hoarded books from a young age, and even as a kid I remember loving some books for no other reason than their illustrations.  Here are some of the most beloved children’s book illustrators according to flavorwire.    Gustave Doré,  and Ivan Bilibin are illustrators whose work I remember from my childhood, though I had no idea who they were then.  Virginia Frances Sterret is someone I need to look into more.

This is a link originally passed on to me by Peregrine, who always manages to find some of the best articles out there.  I’ve been having more than usually strong wander lust twitches lately (it’s been made exponentially worse with J. in London, I’ve planned all sorts of imaginary weekend getaways!), and I’ll add walking across Provence to the list.

The great change is…not upon me for several years yet…but lately my skin has been going through a mid-20’s change.  Suddenly blemishes have been turning up where there never were before – not even during puberty!  This has been obnoxious as I’ve always been rather fond of my good skin, it’s the pride of my dermatologist, but as always there are cures.  I’ve discovered this.  It’s fantastic.

Tumblr find of the week.  The best part?  She submitted one of her own! (Edited to add: like all good things, as soon as I find it, it goes away.  I have the same effect on certain brands and cuts of work trousers.  Alas!  Luckily Facebook is helping keep this glorious thing alive.)

Never would do it.  Gotta respect it.

Study up, ladies, miscommunication kills relationships.

Oh dear.  Oh dear.  I have a sudden, almost uncontrollable urge to take this on my next international flight.  Oh dear…

Ha!  Anything done “in the Flemish style” is going to be fun!

The weekly sheep.

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