Friday Links (Hard Times Edition)

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
― Audrey Hepburn

It’s been a bad week. Work was tricky, some private concerns caused stress, and my grandfather passed on Wednesday. You’ll understand if I’m not around for a bit? Here are you links, have a good weekend and try and put something positive into the universe.

These beasts get it. (Obligatory Buzzfeed language warning.)

We, in fact, do have the technology!

An old, old post but one I was just alerted to by the hilarious Kerry over at PT&P. The problem with algorithms (her own post on how it affects writing and content creation is worth a look in too, I think!)

History humor, the captioned adventures of George Washington.

Makeup made into art.

Fascinating story on what people actually see after their blindness has been cured or corrected. Sight is a skill and requires a degree of neurological experience for the brain to learn to process the incoming information.

Gorgeous photography.

Britain’s Crown Jewels live a mere 30-minute or so walk from me and they are pretty impressive. But I don’t think anything beats the famous troves of imperialist Russia, most of which were confiscated by revolutionaries and have been lost to time. But this post over at the Court Jeweler, a reprint of a 1920s article on the gems, is a lot of fun, shows what the imperial jewels would have looked like, and the links are jaw-dropping. Frankly I feel the same way about the spread of egg sized rubies as I do about Versailles: looking at both you think, “Yeah, I’d absolutely have revolted too.”

Sad but interesting read on how superstition causes human beings to deal with otherness.

Margret Atwood’s rules for writing.

Uh, yes please.

Thank you, internet.

Obligatory women in religion news update, this story on the decline of nuns was fascinating and significant to me. When the religious contributions and work of women is separate, largely without fanfare or recognition, and devoid of a lot of autonomy and authority…women opt out. They take their time, talents, and even faith elsewhere.

Science is splendid.

Truly splendid.

12 thoughts on “Friday Links (Hard Times Edition)”

    1. It is. My mom and I have been having interesting conversations about her shift in perspective about living far away from family. When she was raising us, it seemed fine and normal. Now I’m the one living and traveling far away and she’s realizing how hard it must have been for extended family and what some of the costs are from a different point of view. It’s been interesting. Rough week all around.

  1. Sending lots of positive vibes and love your way. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. The distance is especially tough during times of grief. Hopefully modern technology (or farmers market cheese) helps ease the hurt.

  2. I’m sorry for your loss Cadence. It must be so difficult being so far from your family, especially during times like this. Sending prayers and love your way.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Mine died two years ago around this time – it’s a very difficult time to be so far away from family. I hope you’ll be able to make it back for the funeral (if that’s what you want to do).

    1. Thanks for the kind words, it is hard to be far away. Growing up my family was all over the planet, now most of them are in one country…except for us. It’s been an odd mental shift to adjust to. Unfortunately we can’t afford to travel back to the States now, which is rough but I’m glad that my family understands.

      Hope your own summer travels were lovely, good to see you back around!

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