Category: culture

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“I can’t go home again.”

Talking about systemic racism is a hard conversation, even more so when you’re talking about its effects in a community that is already marginalized. Trying to point out the intersections is often met with resistance and constantly exhausting for those who it most affects.

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WRDBNR (formerly wordboner)

I used to loathe the “see what you missed!” e-mails from tumblr and ello and the like, but this piece by WRDBNR caught my attention while going through my morning reads.

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National Archives: You’re Going to Employ Women

in 1943, The US Department of War (now Defense) issued a pamphlet “You’re Going to Employ Women” to help their hiring managers understand just what these strange beings were and how to fit them into the workplace.

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Dining Alone? No Problem!

While dining alone isn’t as awkward as it used to be, there are still some places that could better learn how to cater to and serve parties of one. Just please don’t say “By yourself tonight?” or “Just one?” when I ask for a table…

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Go Up, Go Down, or GTFO!

This post is mainly to test a new feature I’m trying to add to the blog, but there’s some of my fun rambling attached as well! — I’ve written more than a few posts about elevators, people and elevator etiquette before, and as much as I try to ignore it, it still baffles me…

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Mid-Century Modern: 1951 Armstrong Flooring Catalog

I’ve always had a fondness for the mid-century modern era’s ability to create an alternate “perfect reality” in their ads. Check out these delightful pictures from the 1951 Armstrong Flooring Catalog from flickr user mcudeque. A better idea for family...

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Cool Story Babe… wait, what?

Saw someone wearing this on my way into work this morning. cool story babe. now go make me a sandwich. I was like, “Wait, wut?” Even though I was having kind of a “fuck it” morning, I still managed to...

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Renwick Gallery – “Wonder”

The Renwick Gallery had been under renovation and repair and only just re-opened last month. Never one to pass up a new (or new to me) museum, I visited in the rainy and foggy days after Thanksgiving. The current exhibit...

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SUPERSQUAD for espnW IMPACT25

For their annual IMPACT25, espnW teamed up with Marvel Comics artists to transform the honorees into a SUPERSQUAD! What do you get when espnW IMPACT25 honorees Carli Lloyd, Lydia Ko, Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey and Misty Copeland join forces with...

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There was The Wiz before NBC’s The Wiz?!

So… this is an actual thing that happened. This tweet–now deleted–about NBC’s upcoming live version of The Wiz was trying to be clever and completely missed. Just shy of an hour later, it looks like someone set him on the...

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André Sousa: “Gin and Tonics”

André Sousa gives us a “then and now” look at ordering and making the very simple gin and tonic… More than a little reminiscent of Portlandia’s “Mixology” episode where Carrie is given a “ginger-based bourbon drink infused with honey, lemon,...

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Nobody Owns Your Content But You

Continuing on the subject of paying people for their work, let me also state the obvious point that copying–or to put it a better way, stealing–someone’s work is flat out wrong. This is a lesson that brands, both established and...

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People Can Die From Exposure

[The first in a pair–perhaps later a series?–of articles about work, ownership and compensation online. What I have to say is nothing new, but hopefully can add to the growing chorus of voices about it.] Recently Wil Wheaton went off...

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Autumn Spectrum by David Leclerc

Since DC isn’t known for its leaves changing color in a spectacular fashion, I’ll have to make do with this piece by David Leclerc. My picture for 10/10/10. I love our autumn, full of colors. Thanks to vanou and johanne...