In My Opinion
Two Things to Think/Read About Besides the 2012 Presidential Election and Hurricane Sandy
Yes, the election and Hurricane Sandy are front page topics -- and with good reason. (VOTE!VOTE!VOTE!)
But you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't be interested in a temporary or brief reprieve from it all.
Here are two things I've found to distract myself amidst endless politics, polling data and heart-wrenching disaster stats:
1. How to Use a Hashtag: Everything you ever wanted to know about the genesis, idiosyncrasies, irony, agony and ecstasy of the humble and heretofore unnoticed hashtag symbol -- aka. the little # pound sign # that few people ever gave a second thought until Twitter came along. Writer Julia Turner explores the ins-and-outs of this little "octothorpe" in a clever essay in this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine and I, for one, thought it shed light on some of the funnier and funkier parts of social media trends.
2. The Young House Love blog: I don't know the difference between a drill bit and a lug nut, have no idea how to use a handsaw or a glue gun, but I'm totally obsessed with the absolutely charming, spirited and lovely blog by this young, unfairly photogenic Virginia couple who are fixing up their old house with way more patience and way more elbow grease than I can imagine. Their aesthetic is clean and modern, but not without funky accents and an eye for old details. I'm also not alone in my blog-love: they have developed a huge following and they even have a new book out TODAY, called (duh) Young House Love, full of nearly 250 DIY tips and tricks for even the most inexperienced crafter or handy-person. I may not grab a level and a hammer and start a project juuust yet, but even watching from the sidelines is really fun!
Had enough distraction for now? Get out there and #vote and see how you can help Sandy relief efforts!