Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Marriage an ideal, but parenting top priority?

Yikes, this study finding makes me sad because I love marriage. I'm certain I would choose a childless marriage over partnerless parenting any day. And considering how much I look forward to having children, that's saying a lot. I suppose part of my reasoning stems from the fact that children will come and go after 20-ish years (assuming they leave home & create their own lives as adults), but marriage should last forever.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The 'Up' house

The real-life version of the house in the movie 'Up'. I would be terrified to ride in that....but it's pretty magical-looking.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Re-enacting childhood photos

I love this project far too much...an argentinean photographer re-creates photos from the past. It's kinda of brilliant, and I can't imagine how hard it is to get them so accurate.

It reminded me of this video of a woman dancing along with footage of her 4-year old self.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love ever after

I thought this was very appropriate for saint valentine's day: a photographer interviewed couples who have been married longer than 50 years to find out what makes their love last, and created an exhibit of photos with their stories. Click here to see a sampling (and a few more at Time).

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Julie Project

This is a heart-wrenching photography project by Darcy Padilla.

From the intro:

"For the last 18 years I have photographed Julie Baird’s complex story of multiple homes, AIDS, drug abuse,
abusive relationships, poverty, births, deaths, loss and reunion. Following Julie from the backstreets of San Francisco to the backwoods of Alaska."

Monday, February 7, 2011

Watch the world get fat...

...It's kinda fun!

What's really crazy is to select 'Tonga' under 'Follow a country'. It makes the US look really skinny, relatively speaking. (Nauru's even worse, but I have no idea where that is-- google time!)

Friday, February 4, 2011

My White Stripes have disbanded

I found out via the great internet that one of my favorite bands (since I was 13!) broke up a few days ago...I'm not terribly sad about (I skipped out on their last album completely) but I do regret never seeing them in concert. Oops. Here's the article that I read, and a statement below:

“The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health,” the two said in their statement. “It’s for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”

And speaking of Detroit (in the previous post), that's where they were originally from! What fun. In closing, I'll link my youtube playlist of some of my favorite songs.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Grocery Stores in Detroit?

I've heard this shocking factoid on several occasions- that the city of Detroit has no actual grocery stores where one can purchase fresh produce or (yikes!) soy milk. So I was curious to read this article written in an attempt to debunk the myth. Basically, the real story is that while urban Detroit has no chain stores such as Kroger, or Walmart, or Meijer, and certainly no Whole Foods-- it does have locally-owned supermarkets that fill the niche just fine. (the hard part is just getting people to choose to buy the more wholesome foods, and not just buy things that are cheaply/quickly prepared...but that's a whole other public health issue!)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie?

I really can't remember how I found this article, which details a few reasons why the typical gym experience may not be the ideal way to work out. It was originally published in 'men's journal', so it might relate more to men than to women, but it's interesting nonetheless.

"Here’s the problem: If you’re in the fitness-equipment business, free weights are a loser. The 2010 model looks too much like the 1950 model, and they both last forever. Far better to create gleaming $4,000 contraptions that can be reinvented every two years, and then hire a PR firm to promote some made-up training theory claiming that machines are the answer....Meanwhile, the real reason your gym has so many strength machines is that anybody can figure out how to use them, and they make injury nearly impossible.
Commercial health clubs need about 10 times as many members as their facilities can handle, so designing them for athletes, or even aspiring athletes, makes no sense. Fitness fanatics work out too much, making every potential new member think, Nah, this place looks too crowded for me. The winning marketing strategy focuses strictly on luring in the “out-of-shape public,” meaning all of those people whose doctors have told them, “About 20 minutes three times a week,” who won’t come often if ever, and who definitely won’t join unless everything looks easy, available, and safe. The entire gym, from soup to nuts, has been designed around getting suckers to sign up, and then getting them mildly, vaguely exercised every once in a long while, and then getting them out the door."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Living in 182 square feet

I love things like this: a man in Seattle engineered an apartment that measures 182 square feet into a fully functional little home with a full kitchen, bathroom, TV area, sitting space, and 2 beds. I really like how he created vertical levels, making use of the ceiling space (which really is wasted and unused space in most homes). I do think he's on to something here...

(Check out the rest of the photos in the article)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fifty people, one question

I first watched these videos a couple years ago and came across them again the other day. They made me happy, and feel a little extra warmth toward strangers. If you have time, watch them all...they're great. (Brooklyn; New Orleans; London)

Fifty People, One Question: New York from Fifty People, One Question on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

11 step program to prepare you for parenthood...

Is this horrifying or what?? Funny and tongue-in-cheek, but yikes!

"A really good way to discover how the nights might feel…
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner.)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2AM, make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive).

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together."

Friday, January 28, 2011

"thanx so much for uhelp ican going to graduate to now"

"In the past year, I've written roughly 5,000 pages of scholarly literature, most on very tight deadlines. But you won't find my name on a single paper. I've written toward a master's degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I've worked on bachelor's degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I've written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I've attended three dozen online universities. I've completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else."

This is the most fascinating and slightly disturbing article written by a man who makes his career by writing college papers, admission essays, and graduate theses for "the English-as-second-language student; the hopelessly deficient student; and the lazy rich kid." The ethics may be questionable (to say the least), but I can't help but be in awe of the writer's skill, and shocked at the number of students admitted to college who struggle with basic writing skills.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Why rent when you can buy?

Last year I came across this post detailing one couple's reasons for choosing to rent rather than buy a house. I liked it cause we rent, and a lot of their reasons are similar to ours.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Clean ALL the things!

With over 75,000 google reader subscribers it's apparent that pretty much everyone has heard of hyperbole and a half...but i'm going to link to 2 of my favorite posts right now! They're hilarious and dead-on accurate:

The 4 levels of social entrapment
This is why i'll never be an adult.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How croissants are made...

and other french pastries. This video is crazy-- I can't believe the technique involved with some of those things. I don't think I would try that at home.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The most charming pregnancy video...

This is easily my favorite video documenting a pregnancy that I've ever seen. (not that I've seen all that many) The 1,280 still photos (yes, photos!), the music, the moments he chose to capture...it's supremely touching, brilliant, artistic, and perfect.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

5 most common regrets

A woman who worked as a palliative nurse with dying patients would often question them about any regrets they had or things they wish they had done differently as they reflected on their lives and came to terms with dying. I thought it was a noteworthy and telling list- especially the last point- "Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice." You can read them all here.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Freedom to marry young

I linked to this article in an old blog post of mine, but wanted to post it again here because, well...i married young (3 weeks shy of 22) and it's nice to be validated! Plus, it's an interesting, well-balanced article in itself, acknowledging both sides of the issue:
Say yes. What are you waiting for?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Abandoning Polygamy

A fascinating, thought-provoking, and surprising post on why Joseph Smith may not have practiced and in fact opposed polygamy. Was it a set-up by other early Mormon leaders? I showed this to Aaron and he said, "this is a huge conspiracy theory." True, but I believe it's well-researched, and at the least, fun to consider.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pizza documentary

This is splendidly done- I know it's longer than the average internet video, but it's worth watching! I'd love to try his pizza someday.

The Best Thing I Ever Done HQ from MargaretEmily MacKenzie on Vimeo.

From the link:
"DeMarco doesn't measure any of the ingredients for the dough; he just eyeballs it and can tell when the dough is right."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Do nothing for 2 minutes

How difficult is it? It took me 2 tries...the first time i instinctively reached for the mouse, but the 2nd time I took the time to close my eyes and meditate (which technically isn't doing 'nothing'...oh well) Here is the CNN article that talks about the page and how we're all becoming ADD in the age of an infinite amount of available information.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Parenting Taboos

Me and Aaron enjoyed listening to this talk on the top 4 parenting taboos. It will probably be even more interesting in a few years when we're actually getting ready to be parents. But it's funny and worth watching if you have 17 minutes!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Human Planet

Aaron has the Planet Earth series on DVD, and when we were dating we often would crash on his couch and watch an episode on Sunday nights. Sometimes I fell asleep (his voice is so soothing), but I quickly grew to love watching them. So I was excited to see a new documentary series is coming that is all about...us. Humans. It looks so good.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

To his wife

This was too sweet & awesome not to bookmark. It's a man's short notes to his future wife.

"I WON'T: Buy you a scale for Valentine’s Day. One time my father did this, epic mistake."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"I'm a (former/ex/post) Mormon"

Several months ago, the LDS Church released its new "I'm a Mormon" advertising campaign. Based on short videos of 'regular' Mormons talking about themselves, they end with lines such as, "My name is Josh, I work for Harley Davidson, I love motorcycles, and I'm a Mormon". Although the videos are very well-made with a high budget, they have been met with lukewarm feedback from the general public. (e.g. "Why are they trying so hard to convince us they're cool? Something's fishy here...")

Not surprisingly, the campaign eventually merited response, most notably from the former-Mormon community. While different from the original campaign in that they're not trying to sell anything & are low-budget, they share the same common goal of reducing the stereotypes and hopefully, increasing respect.
Below are links to some of my favorites.

Jeff Ricks (founder of postmormon.org)
Shane Jackman
Jean Bodie
Lyndon Lamborn

Friday, January 14, 2011

Scattered Flurries

I've watched this video a dozen times since I first came across it. It's peaceful and gorgeous. I miss living near the mountains so much sometimes, and the video captures exactly what it's like to be up there on a quiet snowy day.

[scattered flurries] from felt soul media on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Single, Female, Mormon, Alone?

My friend Meagan send me a link to this new york times article, and it's been discussed on tons of sites and blogs in the past week. (BCC, FMH, exponent, and many more) It's an interesting and well written piece, and while I sympathize and mostly agree with what she wrote, I wasn't sure if i loved the angle she took- it came off slightly too 'woe is me' & 'i'm blameless in all this!', which made it easier for others to criticize and question her points. But I'm glad anytime something like this receives attention. It needs to be talked about openly and without fear.

I'll leave this subject with the following quote from the 1994 publication entitled “Multiply and Replenish: Mormon Essays on Sex and Family":

"I have difficulty believing that God has infused the human psyche with the powerful sexual impulse merely to sift the obedient from the disobedient, the self-controlled from the self-indulgent, the ascetic from the sensuous. I do not believe that God admires chastity for its own sake nor that he ordains celibacy and a denial of appetite. I do not believe that God frets over the lush practices and heights of passion...so long as they please both of us."


On a different note, I had to laugh at this LDS institute video that was posted on the official website. It gave me flashbacks to my BYU days. But what's even better than the video is the commentary. (here, here, and here)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mac & Cheese: Homemade vs. Store Bought

I love this guy's recipe blog (I found my new favorite pizza crust recipe from it), and I enjoyed reading about his homemade trial of which type of mac & cheese is best. The results aren't particularly surprising, but it's interesting either way. Plus, this is the type of thing me & aaron like to do at home, so it's nice to know there's others out there who are comparison taste testers!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Clueless Couple

I thought this video was awesome. They are totally me, in the future.

"I'm glad we won't have to give up any sleep when we become parents."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ugly underwear can ruin your day...

This important* study polled over a thousand women to find out more about underwear-- such as whether ugly or ill-fitting pairs affect mood. And you know, from past personal experience I think there's some truth to it!

*Ok, not really important. But someone's got to research these things.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Holy Week

A collection of photos from around the world as people celebrated 'holy week' last year. The influence and scope of religion is stunning to me.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

All Joy and No Fun?

An article on 'why parents hate parenting'...a tad cynical and fear-inducing, but I'm not disheartened. My new future parenting goal: All Joy and Some Fun!

And besides:

"...About twenty years ago, Tom Gilovich, a psychologist at Cornell, made a striking contribution to the field of psychology, showing that people are far more apt to regret things they haven’t done than things they have. In one instance, he followed up on the men and women from the Terman study, the famous collection of high-IQ students from California who were singled out in 1921 for a life of greatness. Not one told him of regretting having children, but ten told him they regretted not having a family."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What does 200 calories look like?

I had bookmarked this link a while back and thought I'd post it. It's a photo catalog of various foods in 200-calorie portion sizes. That means that in order to get the calories I need in a day, I could eat any 10 of those. (Although it's probably best to stick to the foods in the first half of the page)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year...

...A new way to organize what I find on the net. Sometimes while I'm at work I come across things that I think look interesting to read or watch, so I then create a draft email with the links for me to come back to later on, or share with Aaron if I think he would like them. But now I will post them here so that they're all in one place!