I hope you all had a wonderful week. As you read this, I am most likely running around Austin enjoying SXSW music. SXSW is insane for many reasons, but there’s something special about being in a city where thousands of musicians descend for a few days, play (often in free concerts for us poor students) and then disappear. It’s bewildering, exhilarating and exhausting.
Also, my thoughts are with those who were affected by the horrible car accident at SXSW on Wednesday night. Stay safe, everyone!
I missed doing these round-ups! I love having a place to put all the weird and wonderful things I find on the internet!
What I Learned
- Did you ever learn that your blood is blue until it’s exposed to oxygen? Me too. WE WERE LIED TO! It’s a bit complicated for me to explain, but the reason our veins appear blue has to do with light and optics…and stuff. Find out more here. Thanks to the team at the Good Job, Brain podcast for busting this myth for me!
- Judd Apatow’s entire career is revenge for Freaks and Geeks getting cancelled. I think everything I do in my life is revenge for Freaks and Geeks getting cancelled too. I can take up that cause, for sure.
- Wish you were at SXSW music? You can get a taste of it from the NPR Austin 100, where you can listen to 100 curated songs by artists playing at SXSW.
- At Library Reads, librarians choose their favorite ten books from recent releases. There are so many great recommendations here!
- Remember when I posted about my weird love for T-Pain? It seems like the New Yorker agrees.
- The angst of Charlie Brown and the little red headed girl.
- Love this Smithsonian online exhibit of girls scouts camping in 1919!
- This longform journalism piece about the old “steady” engineers vs. young “cooler” engineers problem in Silicon Valley is fascinating.
- Trigger warnings for cats. “Something on the wall only you can see.” “Your human is wearing a knit hat.” OMG Love.
- This vine covered garden shed. Sigh.
- The LA Heat art exhibit honors the city’s obsession with Tapatio and Sriracha. Nom.