Hey all. Sorry for the delay in Sunday Reading, but hopefully you were all too busy enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend to notice. Now that we’re all back to the grind and the last week of classes, here’s some material to help you pass the time until you can get outside again.
Gap Yah: Is taking a year off before college a bad thing? Midd sure doesn’t think so, but this article might make you rethink some of that voluntourism you may have been planning on doing.
Williamsburg: I used to think that this was just a place with colonial re-enactors in Virginia. #trueconfessions But this NYTimes reporter took a closer look at the culture of Brooklyn’s hipster hometown.
Linguistics: Lawl, LOL isn’t funny anymore. (duh.)
Poetry: A beautiful poem making the rounds recently titled, “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal” by Naomi Shihab Nye.
Parks and Rec: The more I think about this, the more it makes sense? There is a Parks and Rec porno.
Seasonal: And appropriate. White boys in salmon colored shorts. (I better see some Midd submissions soon…)
Science/Art: Heather Dewey-Hagborg collects hair, smoked cigarettes, and other trash to extract DNA and create portraits of what the person behind the remnant might have looked like.
Advertising: How do you tell a child where they can get help for child abuse, even while accompanied by their aggressor? This organization figured it out.
And your video of the week (I love drunk jokes/stories):
The weather has finally taken a turn for the better. With sunshine and temperatures in the high 60s/low 70s all week, it’s sure to be a great start to the month of May! Enjoy it now before the stress of finals starts to come in…
New York City: Check out these never before seen photographs of the Big Apple from the early 1900s and this awesome “Inception” like map of Manhattan.
Twitter: Where do all of your tweets go? Wired investigates.
Linguistics: I really like this article slash it talks about a pretty cool language trend.
White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Just once I wish MiddBlog would be invited to the #nerdprom.
Technology: What if you could virtually drive through Google Street View? Now you can.
Weddings: I love a good wedding, but not these wedding dresses.
Art: I love lasers and I love forests. See them combined in this awesome new installation.
Escalators: You wouldn’t think an escalator could be awesome. This will prove you wrong.
And your video of the week:
With temperatures predicted to be in the mid 50s this week, it’s finally starting to look like spring around here in Middlebury. So keep calm Middm and check out these links to get you to some warmer days!
Snapchat: How Vine and Snapchat have used the most basic aspect of smartphone technology to become the most popular media-sharing apps of this year.
Facebook stalking: We all do it. Now thanks to this study that measured how people interact with their exes on Facebook, you’ll know you’re not alone.
Art?: Maybe former president George W. Bush will have a higher approval rating as an artist?
Liberal Arts Schools: Smith College rejects a trans woman due to crappy bureaucracy. Poor form.
Swimming Pools vs. Guns: Which are more dangerous for our children?
The Vatican: Catholic Popes, big pimpin’.
Theatre: David Tennant fulfills pianist’s dying wish by using his skull on stage in a performance of Hamlet.
Uplifting: A blind boy’s first step off a curb goes viral.
Internet: Ever get lost in the endless maze that is the world wide web? (I once spent over an hour trapped on wikipedia…) Then you might not want to explore the subject of this article.
And your video of the week: Introducing “Romance Pants”
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! Hope everyone is getting much more work done than me. Here are some links to keep procrastinating with!
Iraq War: 10 years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, a 16-year old girl is still writing letters to her father who died in gunfire in 2006.
Seniors: After a rousing 100 days party, keep calm and senior spring on.
Language: 18 English words that should have never gone out of use. Personal favorite: “with squirrel.” Also, the science of accents.
Art: This color matching game had me occupied for over 40 minutes. Also, there’s color blind assistance!
Swimming: This little boy lost his legs to meningitis as an infant, but can now swim thanks to these awesome flipper legs.
Hair: I present to you, the monodread.
Fighting homophobia: The following website is part of a campaign in Québec to fight homophobia. Are you as open as you think?
Cooking: Everyone loves paella. Take a look at the magic of this wonderful dish.
Dinner Parties: Ever have trouble picking a seat at the dinner table. Worry no more! Here’s a handy guide to help you out.
Middlebury’s Scorecard: Check out Midd’s college scorecard from the College Affordability and Transparency Center.
And your video of the week (which is really only relevant for today), the History of Saint Patrick’s Day:
Happy Sunday Midd! Hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend of beautiful weather, TEDx talks, time changes, and lots and lots of chili. I don’t think I’ll be able to eat anymore chili for a long time (just kidding, I love chili and would do it again in a heart[burn] beat). Check out these links as you get back into the swing of work and midterms and thesis drafts…
TEDx Middlebury: Shameless plug…take a look at our coverage of yesterday’s awesome TEDx event and respond with some of your reflections and comments on the day!
Books: Enjoy reading on the metro? Pretty soon you’ll have even more options when the Subway Library pulls into the station.
Environmental Art: Is studio art a concentration of the ES department? Cause someone could totally install this in Hillcrest.
Facebook: Would you let a total stranger draw your profile picture? These people did and here are the results.
Photography: In Benjamin Button-like fashion, this Parisian artist makes portraits of what one would look like as a child and an adult, simultaneously.
Food: How America spends money on food.
Texas: The shape of the state of Texas accounts for nearly 25% of all state-shaped logos.
Where are they now?: The actor who played Kevin G. in Mean Girls is now a calligraphy and lettering wiz.
And your video of the week. – Eight Pianists, Two Pianos: