Apologies for being a few days late, but here are this past week’s bits of news and curious things:
“Positive Attitude” Bullshit: On the dangers of “radical self-love” — Sure, it’s probably healthier to try to keep a positive mindset versus dwelling on the negative. Is it as life-changing as things like The Secret would have you believe? Not unless “extremely harmful and demoralizing” is one’s idea of “life-changing.”
Unfortunately for many of the late teens-to-mid-twenties women buying into the ideas pushed by countless positivity gurus, hot pink lipstick and manifestation boards won’t overcome hate crimes, physical disability, or workplace discrimination.
Handy Artist Paints Perfect Palm Portraits, Smacks Prints On Paper — The intriguing painting technique of artist Russell Powell.
The macabre legacy of the heroes of the American Revolution — “I proposed to attempt his restoration, in the following manner. First to thaw him in cold water, then to lay him in blankets, & by degrees & by friction to give him warmth, and to put into activity the minute blood vessels, at the same time to open a passage to the Lungs by the Trachaea, and to inflate them with air, to produce an artificial respiration, and to transfuse blood into him from a lamb.” Sincerely, a guy who thought resurrecting George Washington as some kind of balloon/sheep/zombie hybrid was a pretty neat idea.
When You Give a Tree an Email Address — People in the Melbourne, Australia, area ended up using email addresses for more than just reporting problems with trees in the city. The trees became the recipients of everything from confessions, to apologies, to wishes, to love letters.
Stressed? Fuck that. — For those times when imagining babbling brooks, beaches, and gently-swaying trees aren’t cutting it.
You are a kitten in a catnip forest. Stockpile enough catnip to build shelter and see yourself through the harsh winter.