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- this ridiculously satisfying video of a guy buying a rusty knife for $3 and then polishing and sharpening the buhjeezus out of it
- this brilliant film analysis video, wherein Lindsay Ellis explores the storytelling mechanism called Planting and Payoff as it’s used in the incredible 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo so you too can fall in love with this completely dysfunctional friend group. If nothing else, watch the first 1 minute and 30 seconds of Episode 4 because it is the most incredible, absurd comedy I have seen in ages.
- THIS VERY SMALL KITTEN EATING OH SO NOISILY
- this heroic woman who faked being engaged to get bride-to-be discounts (same, tbh)
- 35 tech companies that figured out how to run a viable business before approaching VCs (I’m judging you, Pinterest)
- The Circles of American Financial Hell, because this hit so close to home:
Gabler, for his part, sent his daughters to private school – an enormous expenditure, but one that many families prioritize at the expense of financial well-being for fear of missing out on the winnings in a winner-take-all system. As Gabler writes, “We resolved to sacrifice our own comforts to give our daughters theirs.” Considering the stakes, this is not a mistake (despite what many commenters have insisted) but a rational response to the unequal distribution of America’s good schools and its prosperity more generally. And there’s reason to think this may yet pay off for Gabler. True, he has no savings. True, he lives very meagerly. But he has two very well-educated and successful daughters. They are, in a sense, his retirement plan: Most likely, they will be in a position to care for him and his wife in their later years.
- the rapid spread of HTTPS adoption (and the shaming of insecure websites… which sounds a lot meaner than it is. Good thing I added HTTPS to Another Toast last week.)
- cafeteria workers on the Facebook campus unionizing because the wealth distribution in tech is a fucking embarrassment and nobody can afford to live near work (unless you’re C-level, but that means you probably own a house with a real backyard somewhere in Marin)
SPEND YOUR MONEY ON…
- the Personal Space Tarot Deck Kickstarter, which features lovely doodley illustrations that appear to be completely genderless afaict
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan so you can read it before the movie comes out (The book was very entertaining and very funny, so I would have been excited for a movie version anyway, but “It’s going to be an all-Asian cast” aka a sentence I have never read before in MY LIFE!!! PLEASE!!!)
- these $19.90 corduroy short shorts from Forever21 because I already own two pairs of corduroy short shorts, but these look like they might actually not expose my buttcheeks?! Thus, necessary.