Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Morning Coffee (6/27/17)

I'm extremely hesitant to believe anything that suggests the Senate bill won't just pass, but for what it's worth, the Times seems to think it's "edging toward collapse". Honestly, I still assume this is so people can LOOK like they objected and then have a meaningless "fix" at the last minute, but I'd love to be wrong!

Hrm: White House says Syria’s Assad preparing another chemical attack, warns of ‘heavy’ penalty

Uh... Ivanka Trump, Adviser To The President: I Try To ‘Stay Out Of Politics’

The GOP Can Only Defend Itself by Lying

But there was actually some good news yesterday! Gay Couples Entitled to Equal Treatment on Birth Certificates, Justices Rule

Also! Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Did Not Retire Today

I love the galleries the Guardian puts together for photos of celebrations around the world. Here's Eid al-Fitr.

I also love Truly Devious, the forthcoming mystery by my boss and friend Maureen Johnson, and you can read an excerpt (and see the cover) now!

Awesome: Girl Scouts Will Start Offering Cybersecurity Badges to Promote Interest in Science And Math Fields

Ooh: 10,000 medieval pottery finds at Newport Memorial Hall

Monday, June 26, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/26/17)

JD and Kate's posts about their visits to presidential museums are great. Here's Jimmy Carter! (They actually met Jimmy Carter!!)

Medieval Scholars Believed in the Possibility of Parallel Universes

!! Birds’ Egg Shapes Might Be Determined By How Well They Fly

I just read a book that took place partially in Hong Kong, so I was interested to see these pictures: Scenes From Hong Kong, 'Pearl of the Orient'

Lost in Arabia

Morning Coffee (6/26/17)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Oh, New Hampshire: This State Almost Let Pregnant Women Kill People

These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt

This sounds fine and normal: "Three foreign ambassadors — one from Asia and two from Europe — said they had taken to contacting the National Security Council because the State Department does not return their calls or does not offer substantive answers when it does."

Interesting: ‘We’re told we’re anti-Welsh bigots and fascists’ – the storm over Welsh-first schooling

Melville, please call your office: The Killer Whales Haunting Fishermen in the Bering Sea

Millennials Are Using Public Libraries More Than Any Other Generation. SO THERE.

Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal

Important: Your Email Font Choice Is Making You Look Like a Sociopath

How To Not Get Things Done: The case for to-do list rollover

Friday, June 23, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/23/17)

Fun: What It's Like to Have Dinner with Prince Harry (I just read a book that took place in Singapore and it was FASCINATING.)

Hear, hear: Zipping Your Own Dress Shouldn't Be a Problem

NPR has your playlist needs covered: Roséwave: 75 Songs To Kick Off A Faux-Luxe Summer

Amazing: The ABCs of WWI, a British Wartime Alphabet Primer

Ooh! An interactive map of Scottish Clan Battlefields, useful for your Outlander or general historical needs.

Morning Coffee (6/23/17)

FINALLY FRIDAY. Time for our traditional happy links.

Stop rubbing it in, Canada: Justin Trudeau Hugs a Puppet Unicorn in a Beautiful Universe Much Like Our Own

Road trip? The 41 Most Instagram-Worthy Ice Cream Shops in the United States

TRUE: No Chris Week Is Complete Without Nerd Hunk Chris Hayes

Important journalism: The CW All-Stars: Which Actors Have Appeared on the Most Shows?

Jessica at Go Fug Yourself made us an amazing Breton stripes shopping guide.

Aw, here's a firefighter and the kitten he rescued from a chimney.

This is as wacky as you'd expect: Summer solstice at Stonehenge – in pictures

I may need some Crayola nail polish.

Let's buy some beach bags!

Ooh: Vintage Royal Ascot Jewels

Stay Cozy with These Literary Socks

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/22/17)

The Scandalous Divorce Case that Influenced the Declaration of Independence

This is fascinating: China's Mistress-Dispellers

The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking

Here is a very useful and important review of the new Transformers movie.

The British Library has a fun post about manuscripts showing how people in cold climates thought others stayed cool in hot weather. It involves the marvelous sentence "Medieval writers also worried about how dragons coped with heat."

Morning Coffee (6/22/17)

The 55 things the White House has promised to get back to us on

Are Russian Operatives Attacking Putin Critics in the U.S.?

Let's check on if things are more stable else- oh. Romania's government collapses as ruling party MPs oust prime minister

Interesting: Work starts to identify Argentinian Falklands war dead

Huh: Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

Instagram account Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions

Gaza Dating Site Matches Widows to Men Seeking 2nd (or 3rd) Wife

The neo-fascist philosophy that underpins both the alt-right and Silicon Valley technophiles

Behind a bookcase, a secret passageway leads to a trove of Nazi artifacts in Argentina

This is fascinating. Such a scam! I Went on a Quest for Legit Health Tips at Gwyneth’s Goop Summit