- Huh. Do they know that when they are voting for people who want to undo them?
- Erik Assadourian can go fuck himself.
- Big fan of fancy cheese.
- Even though I know it's wrong, I kind of want a backyard fox family.
- Paper organs.
- Library hand.
- No norm is still a norm.
- Short answer: no.
- Something to think about re: men.
- In case you've forgotten -- and it really wasn't that long ago.
- If you listen to nothing else, listen to the interview with Ruth Ben-Ghiat at the end. It's haunting. (related.)
- I LOL'd.
- I have long wanted to dive into one of Michael Whelan's paintings and never come out.
- I'm ready to go back.
- Shows like this are the reason why I love 99 percent invisible. Also: road trip!
- I find pictures of Jupiter soothing and amazing and befuddling. There's just so much we don't know, you know?
- The power of pink (yarn). I might have picked up a skein from Jen ...
- I want to go there.
- One of my high school teachers used an old car brake assembly.
- The island where they woo with handknitted socks.
- If only I had $3000+ lying around....
- I volunteer as a tribute. (Related.)
- Why we need to run the experiment. We didn't know what we thought we knew.
- Never discount the idea that they are idiots.
- A different sort of FYI.
- China girls.
- Oh, art.
- I get the urge to go back to how things once were -- but time doesn't work like that, no matter how angry you are. Adapt.
"Trump likes to talk about leading a "movement" because he galvanized just enough disillusioned, credulous voters to eke out a victory in the Electoral College over an opponent nearly as unpopular as he is.
But he's about to see what a real movement looks like."
-- Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune
"But don’t you see, Scalzi? All of this is distraction from their true mastermind evil plans! Folks, you realize that needing these jackasses to be masterminds is a form of vanity, yes? We couldn’t have possibly chosen to be ruled by custard-headed bigots who can’t find their asses with GPS and an Eagle Scout! They must be smarter than that! Well, no, they’re really not, and yes, we really did. There are lots of ways to explain that — I favor the whole “the GOP’s decades-long plan to undermine its voters’ dedication to truth and public institutions really paid off” angle of things personally — without having to haul out the 11-dimensional chess board."
-- John Scalzi
- I wish I'd thought of this first.
- Our Vice President, ladies and gentleman. (Related.)
- Why we march. (Related.)
- I grew up visiting this museum and this particular diorama always scared me to death.
- The art of remembering and forgetting.
- I would like a lobster dress.
- Out on the ice.
- You never know what's in a cornfield.
- It's all in the titles.
- Cats, my dudes.
- In case you need a laugh.
From Mason Dixon Knitting, a little interview with a wonderful woman in Maine. If nothing else, go look at the pictures. They are stunning.
Also from MDK: some thoughts about the pussyhat and about activism.
- I'm a big Story Collider fan to begin with -- but this episode knocked it out of the park.*
- Finally someone put into words what I've been wondering about for years.
- I miss Iain Banks so much.
- I want to go there.
- Oh, Gwenyth.
- I'm sure this will be fine.
- Remember when our president talked in complete sentences? Need a little inspiration? Listen to Obama's last interview on Pod Save America.
- If only I needed another coffee mug.
- These are neat.
- Dr. Seuss, y'all.
- Before doing anything else, go read this Michael Cunningham piece about David Bowie and theater that is about so, so, so much more. It is amazing.
RIGHT? So good. More links:
- Having spent a not insignificant amount of time a not insignificant number of these cities, I am unsurprised by this report.
- TAKE MY MONEY.
- I can't wait until this is done. Who wants to run with me?
- Miss Fisher! The Teen and I are all in. (Related.)
- Gopnik, y'all.
- David Fahrenthold is my new journalist crush. He's doing great work covering Trump -- but it's this story about muskrats that won my heart. (Note: these are both at the Washington Post and might require a subscription. You should get one. The electronic ones aren't too dear and good journalism needs to be paid for.)
- Dave Barry sums up 2016.
- Regardless of your stance on climate change (I'm with the vast body of environmental science on this one, frankly), you can admit that it isn't good when this happens to your city -- and that it is due to man-made factors.
- Because I needed a new hobby.
- Never drink alcohol distilled from sawdust and other lessons.
- #15 made me LOL.
- Being a girl.
- LIFE GOAL.
- My alma mater has turned out some pretty good writers. Max is one of the best.
- While I'm usually not one who is thrilled by stories about fruitcakes, this one has an undeniable pull.
"Those worried that President Trump and congressional Republicans are about to enact a sweeping agenda may have an unexpected ally: legislative incompetence. As Carl Hulse points out in the New York Times, nearly two-thirds of House Republicans have never served with a GOP president. McCarthy, elected in 2006, has never experienced unified Republican control. Now Republicans have to switch from reflexive opposition to passing their own laws and being held responsible for the consequences. Turns out they haven’t developed those muscles."
-- From Dana Milbank's opinion column in the Washington Post.
Also also: Thanks, Todd.