OK, maybe it’s not quite Friday for everyone yet, but here’s a random collection of Cool Things I’ve Seen on the Internet This Week, in no particular order and for your viewing pleasure. If you are Facebook friends with me, some of these might be repeats. Apologies.
1. A North Carolina State Ph.D. student turned linguistic data from around the United States into a pretty cool series of visuals. I just can’t get them to embed (which is OK, because 22 is too many anyway, and you should really just click on the link). Beyond the “soda” vs. “pop” debate, the graphics explore the many pronunciations of “syrup”, where people are wearing tennis shoes vs. sneakers, and what names are given to that big crowded road without stoplights. If you’ve lived in the US for any length of time, go have a look. It’s fascinating!
2. I often struggle to find the right balance between being confident, humble, and modest. I (and many people, especially women <— broad generalization, please don’t hurt me) tend to err on the side of “I’m sorry”. All of which is to say, you should listen to this TEDx talk by Dyana Valentine about why she’s NOT sorry. [Also, it involves chocolate covered potato chips.]
3. A former classmate of mine from Drew University is a mover and shaker in the Cambodian-based accessories company basik 855. She and her team work with local artisans to produce traditional ikat (an intricate, locally-woven fabric) and turn it into trendy accessories. The company is built on the basic tenant of respect for their artisans, and the belief that their labors should help them build a better life (ie, basik 855 pays fair wages and benefits to their employees). Essentially, its an awesome mixture of socially-responsible entrepreneurship and chic accessories. If you’re inclined, check out some of their products. Pretty neat!
Mostly, I wanted to share the awesome work they do with you. Optionally, you can also check out their Kickstarter campaign, which they are using to raise funds for their 2013 Fall line. The link also includes a video where you can see the team, and learn a bit about their products. [PS I’m not sorry for using my blog to help spread the word about their work!]
4. Sierra Trading Post. It’s hit-or-miss (their inventory changes), but if they’re carrying something you already love, you can often get it for a pretty sweet price. During their National Running Day sale on Wednesday, I managed to snag two Moving Comfort Alexis full-length tops, usually about $35-40, for just $20. Keep your eye out for their free or 99¢ shipping offers, too.
5. Heck, I was gonna add a fifth, but it’s an almost-summer Friday (or almost-Friday). So go out an enjoy yourself!!
What are you NOT SORRY about today?
Seen anything noteworthy on the internet lately?