Friday, April 12, 2013

Bits and Pieces of the Internet

We have family coming into town today and everyone is very excited, including one eager little boy.

A great blue heron made the most of our neighbor’s vacation last week by cleaning out their fish pond. Not sure how to break it to Ben that his beloved piscine friends are no longer of this world. Perhaps we’ll temporarily suspend visits until a quick restocking occurs.

Here are few things from around the Web-O-Sphere this week:

I was telling Chris about this video a few days ago and decided that you might find it interesting as well:
What 2,000 calories looks like.

Around the world: What children’s toys say about them (and their parents). 

Paul Allen and Bill Gates - 33 years later. [It’s crazy that those cutting edge computers are now part of a historical exhibit]

I can’t put my finger on it, but I really enjoyed this article about US Soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

I would definitely go to church if it looked like this. Or I lived there.

5 Places Where Breastfeeding is Certainly Inappropriate. (Thanks Rebecca!) This is awesome. Interestingly enough for me, I never had anyone tell me that nursing in public wasn’t proper. It did, however, take me a good long while to be comfortable with it. I had an awful experience in Costco (one of my first excursions out after the bambino was born) where I ended up sitting on Ben’s infant seat in a jumbo toilet stall. After that I vowed to become braver - and make use of Costco’s display patio chairs instead! I also wasn’t brazen about public nursing - not because I wanted to hide what I was doing - but mostly because I didn't really want my private bits on display. A baby blanket tossed over the both of us seemed to work best for us.

Fly out of Orange Country (CA) much? If so, you are acquainted with their crazy take-off procedures. Well hold onto your seat peeps, ‘cause they might get even squirrely-er. Thank you, Newport Beach.

Oh Anthony Weiner. I was kind of hoping you’d just fade away. Your not-so-sexy twitter stunt wasn’t the most egregious in the long line of politician mess-ups but it was one of the dumber ones [John Edwards and Idaho’s Larry Craig still top the list]. To hear you’re contemplating a political come-back doesn’t exactly having me jumping for joy. But after reading this article, I wasn’t totally against it, either. Frankly, you should persuade your wife to run for office. She sounds like an interesting, sharp gal and I’m much rather vote for her than you. [This would require, of course, that I move to NYC. As a Seattle resident, I’m not exactly in their precinct].

This is one of my favorite parenting blogs. She is an amazing writer and I have been reduced to tears after reading more than one of her essays. Here is her latest (non-tear jerker): how to joyfully and gracefully respond to hate mail. On a side note: My major beef with the internet is that it’s too damn anonymous. If you’re going to spew vile hate-filled vitriol, at least have the cajones to attach your name to it.

And last but not least:

Amazon and their awesome product reviews. This one is almost as good as the banana slicer.

Oh, and here is the official quote of the day: “A party without cake is really just a meeting” - Julia Child {here are 99 more JC quotes}