Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book that everyone recommended after I was impressed by DiCamillo’s “Raymie Nightingale”. Her most famous and highly celebrated work, this had much in common with Raymie: a child’s view of life troubled by a broken family, set in the south, finding joy in rich relationships. This was much more a children’s book than Raymie, though, which was definitely young adult.

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I Shall Wear Midnight

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars My second Terry Pratchett novel after “Guards, Guards!” I was very pleased with this one. Prescient of several of today’s “Good Witch” stories, Pratchett weaves a tale with his characteristic playfullness and skillful wordplay that features a forceful yet caring woman who demonstrates that real magic is about caring for people and doing what others are too busy to even be aware needs doing.

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Do Men Need Monotony

Thoughts on IntellecutalTakeout’s “Why America Has a Generation of Little Men”. There are various explanations for the decline of manliness or manly success in today’s culture. Examples include women now receiving more education than men, and young men being more likely to live with their parents than women of the same age. The article lists several of them explanations that have been thrown around: The decline of physical labor The arrangement of the education system The decline of apprenticeships The social emphatuation with man-bashing Add to these, suggests IntellectualTakeout, Bertrand Russel’s thoughts on the importance of monotony:

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Just One

What would Anne Shirley would say to the pop-slogan, “Be Yourself”? Facebook is built on an idea of having one face that you show the world. At first this might seem like a good idea–as if it’s the honest thing. The problem? Humans don’t work that way. We should not generally behave as Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, who sees no difference between treating a duchess as a flower girl and treating a flower girl as a duchess.

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The Most Powerful Use of a GIF

As a Digital Media student my eyes are open for explorations of the capacity of media to give us different ways of telling stories. Here it is used masterfully, in the unlikely form of a gif animation. Gifs are almost quaint for all but video-snippets now, but this one powerfully captures a suprising cautionary tale. Good job, Honda. For more information on the history of this one, read Business Insider’s article.

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Sterling / Hollens Star Wars Medley

What can I say? These are good days to be a geek. This actually takes a place right beside The Piano Guys for my favorite Star Wars-themed music piece. Just the music would be captivating and quite good; if you watch the video, your captivation may be broken up by outright laughter. Enjoy! (And don’t forget to follow Lindsey Sterling; your happiness-quotient will go up)

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Swift Goats

Admittedly, I haven’t heard the original song. But now I want to. And I want a goat.

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