Happy Monday my darling cherry tree choppers and log cabin dwellers! Are you at your desks today? Are you trapped under inches of snow? Do you live outside the U.S. and have no idea what I’m talking about? However you’re spending this President’s Day, my little patriots, we ask that you remember what the holiday is truly about…Abraham Lincoln punching the face off a werewolf. (Unreality)
And speaking of politicians punching the face off of things, the House voted on Friday to defund Planned Parenthood. While that makes my blood boil for several reasons, The Economist has a more measured analysis of how cutting non-defense related discretionary spending is missing the point. (Economist)
It’s political times like these that I get the hankering to don a cowl and a cape and bust out some vigilante-style justice. Here’s a breakdown of how you too could train to become the bat…man. Spoiler alert: it’s unpossible. (Geekosystem)
Hugh Jackman does have some non-unpossible advice, however, on how to train to host the Oscars. Am I the only one who loved him as the Oscar host? He was fantastic! I attribute his success entirely to the cookies he apparently smuggled backstage. (Times of India)
I was going to make a “smuggling cookies” joke in reference to Miss Ramona Flowers (aka actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but I’m waaaay too classy for that. Obviously. Miss Flowers got married to some greasy-headed hipster this past fall and aimed to base her bridal look on Audrey Hepburn. She’s coming off a bit more Natalie Wood to me here, but that ain’t a bad thing. (Miss Winstead)
Her photos are a bit showy, though, don’t you think? I feel like she needed the graceful, understated touch of Gemini Solutions. MORE BARBELL! Not Really Safe For Work if you work in a place that values taste. (Gemini Solutions)
And in other “tasteful pictures” news, here are the 50 Greatest Art Heists of All Time. I was getting a little concerned that there would be no mention of Thomas Crown, but the #1 write-up didn’t disappoint. That’s right, world, we think of everything in terms of movies now. Get used to it. (NY Mag)
Protesters in Tunisia took to the street to object to their new regime adopting stricter Islamic tenets. Despite its predominately Islamic population, it turns out Tunisia is a very liberal place and many of its citizens (including Women’s Rights groups) want to keep it that way. (NYT)
In more localized protest news, here’s a mathematical breakdown of why the public school teachers of Wisconsin are among the most vocal in protesting Governor Walker’s proposed policies. For real though, teachers deserve all the love. (Free Republic)
In fact, Wisconsin cartography teacher Daniel Huffman has made these really cool river prints in the style of London Underground maps. Have I mentioned that teachers are poor? Buy one of his map prints! I’ve got my eye on the California one…obviously. (Something About Maps)
Teachers can do a lot to inform and help mold little minds. At then end of the day, however, it’s up to you, the parent, to ensure your child learns about the things that truly matter…Star Wars. Side note, geeks, I own and wear that shirt that Rocking Chair dad is sporting and now I’m frantically scouring ze interwebs for a pattern for a baby Yoda hat. My nephew will learn early. Oh yes.
Hey look, two members of a band I hate (Keane) have formed a super group with members from some bands I love (Noah & The Whale, The Killers, Mumford & Sons) and made a neat-o video out of footage each musician took at home with their webcams. The song is just alright, but dig that signature Mumford & Sons banjo!
Joanna Robinson makes no apologies for the percentage of political links today. It’s President’s Day, for cripes sake. Mmmmm, Political Spackle. [email protected]