I live in Massachusetts and I collect octopus necklaces.
I was super shocked that a) the "piles of money" comment didn't link to this XKCD strip, and b) that the piles of money ARE APPARENTLY A REAL STICKER NOW.
(I don't have a car. Can I stick a million different decals on the windows of the subway cars?)
OH MAN this is SO EXCITING but also kind of sad! Leaving academia is hard, especially when the whole culture of it is set up in so many ways to tell people that leaving makes them an enormous failure. (Speaking from personal experience, here.) But the job market is just atrocious, particularly in the humanities, and I congratulate AHP on finding an out and taking it. Loans won't pay themselves.
Also, the idea of public outreach is so important and it's so interesting how people handle it. One of my best friends from grad school is in classics and juggles teaching, research and writing, and a lot of social media work - she blogs about her teaching, her work, and additional fun stuff like reviews of classics-inspired movies. But it's more work, and I do sometimes wonder if people think it's a mark against her """serious""" scholarship to be talking about how Centurion is a very silly film that still touches on some important themes about the conception of boundaries.
Hot damn, Jia. <3
I really, really liked this.
On December 13th Now and Forever to Be Known as Beyday, a Celebration of Excellence, Surprises and Grown-Ass Women
THIS IS WHAT I GET FOR GOING TO BED EARLY
My favorite DJ Earworm mashup - one of my favorite mashups of all time, one of my favorite SONGS - is "No One Takes Your Freedom". Scissor Sisters, the Beatles, George Michael and Aretha Franklin. BEST. The individual page is down but it's about halfway down this page.
THE OCTOPUS EARRINGS
I NEED THEM
I CAN'T BREATHE
Awful Guitar-Playing Deadbeat
These are both absolutely perfect, even if Sarah's breaks my heart a little. But it works out in the end!
Number 5 is my favorite, if only because I really hope somebody asked him why he was coming from Jersey when Peter Parker lives in Queens.