A Series of Unfortunate News Reports: Commentary, January 13, 2017

It’s been a rough week. Every time you look at the news,  snippets of discouragement float out: anti-vaxxers running vaccine safety, the weather, pre-existing conditions, the demise of basket weaving, forced resignations, blank folders, shake-ups—the list goes on. I’m sick of being sick of it all. This week, I need a break from all that, so I’m focusing on things that make me happy and, that includes gifs of cute animals.

Subreddit /r/aww, veritable treasure trove of internet adorability, has released their list of most adorable animal gifs of 2016. I’d be lying if I said that this hasn’t been a constant tab in my browser. Please treat yourself to some adorable animals and take care of yourself.

It is Friday the 13th, and for the love of all that is unlucky, there couldn’t be a better (or worse) day for the Netflix premiere of their new adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I devoured these books when I was younger, and love Lemony Snicket’s style of writing. I’m sure to be watching this weekend (gotta pick up the popcorn and snacks on the way home from work!) and have been getting excited since it was announced. This article with author Daniel Handler, executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, and star Neil Patrick Harris popped up in the LA Times this week, discussing the new production. NPR did a food preview pulling together food mentioned in the book, including recipes for pasta puttanesca (What did you just call me?!) and chilled cucumber soup. My viewing party of one will include aqueous martinis, sans olive, s’il vous plait.

This Singaporean artist knits with instant noodles. What else is there to say about that? If you’ve got some Ramen noodles and don’t plan to eat them, you’ve got a craft on your hands.

Google is doing a survey of makers to collect information they will use to better serve the maker community with content and products. You can read more on the survey and link to it on Adafruit’s blog. Interestingly, the survey is entirely tech-focused, completely ignoring the non-tech side of making. Do they not consider that part of their plan?

Finally, in case you missed it, I posted my first #Make52 post this week! I made some delightful split pea and ham soup. If you’re interested in participating in the #Make52 Challenge by making and sharing one project every week, you can read more about it on thenerdyteacher’s site.

What I’m

reading: I’m still working on The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman (WorldCat) (Amazon) (IndieBound). To the person on the library holds list after me: I’m almost done!

knitting: I’m still working on the Exquisite Mystery Knit-Along, now up to week 2! The last clue comes out Monday. I did put it to the side a bit in favor of doing up some Pussycat hats for some friends attending various marches over the next couple weeks. I will knit a revolution if I have to.

listening to: Showtunes make me happy, so I’ve been listening to a lot of show tunes lately. In that vein, James Corden and Neil Patrick Harris did a Broadway riff-off on Corden’s show this week, and you can’t not smile while watching it.

This week’s photo is of a bunch of knit kits laid out and piled up before our first Fiber Arts Night at the library. January 9, 2017.

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