The Week’s End // A Round-up of All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, or maybe before you go do something fun and exciting, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

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Paris // Whatever

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks; one of ISIS’ goals is to spread distrust of Muslims for its own ends, to end the “grayzone,” as it calls it.

My heart goes out to the victims and all those affected by yesterday’s terrorists attacks on Paris. My heart also goes out to the innocent Muslims who continue to suffer under discrimination and distrust which only worsens every time this happens.

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Happy Veterans Day? // Into the Mild

I guess I should be out watching a parade or filling up on free Applebee’s appetizers. At the very least I could enjoy my traditional Band of Brothers marathon and destroy some carry-out pizza. But I just want to see Ryan.

I have always been outspoken about my hatred for the commercialization of certain holidays that are meant to be emotional and reflective. Veteran’s day is one of them. Here is a post that reminds us what the day is about, remembrance.

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An Octopus Typewriter by Courtney Brown // Colossal

As part of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s annual California Sculpture SLAM, Oakland artist Courtney Brown unveiled this unweildly typing device titled “Self Organization”, that went on to win first place.

This is so freakin’ awesome! My favorite animal is the octopus so I am always drawn to tentacled pieces of art, but the addition of a typewriter is just genius. Hit the link for more pictures.

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What the fuck is the “A” in “fucking A”? // Strong Language

But what about fucking A? What is this A doing? Is it standing in for another swearword? What the fuck is this A in fucking A?

I’ve always wondered this myself.

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Dream & Do Playlist // Death to the Stock Photo

Quit watching the clock. This almost-weekend playlist is here to help you send those final emails, tie up those loose ends, and crush your last project before you punch out and kick back.

I’m a big fan of Death to the Stock Photo, I’ve used a lot of their images for blog posts here. Now they have a cool playlist to work to and I actually like a lot of songs on it. Check it out!

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Feminist Friday: Periods // Part-Time Monster

I don’t actually remember how old I was when I started my period. I definitely don’t remember the exact day or what that first period was like, the way girls always do in books.

More feminist bloggers should write about periods. I hate that it’s such a taboo topic. I mean, a good chunk of my life is spent on my period, feeling gross and miserable, and I’m expected not to talk about it or act like it in anyway affects my life. Talk about subtle shame. Not only that but by talking about it we raise awareness for the many women all over the world who suffer more than those in developed countries.

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Problems of output are problems of input // Austin Kleon

I often get the question, “What do you do when you’re blocked?”

Another tip to fight the ever present threat of the dreaded “writer’s block”.

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This is about the time I chose not to die. // Mike Monteiro

I’ve waited two years to write this story.

A story of hope for all those struggling to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

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How to survive Starbucks’ war on Christmas: a biblical guide // Ben Irwin

It seems like the war on Christmas starts earlier every year.

Hearing people whine about Starbucks cups and an imaginary war on their religion is especially irritating to me. This post made is amusing as well.

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Why Religious Beliefs Aren’t Just Silly // School of Life

Nowadays, many atheists declare not just that god is dead but that anyone who believes in him must be stupid. This seems a little harsh – we prefer to think about where religious beliefs come from: the pained parts of ourselves.

Being an Atheist it is sometimes hard for me to understand the why of religion. I don’t understand how people can believe something there is either no evidence for or evidence that contradicts it. What is the purpose of living in an illusion? I don’t hate religion or religious people, I just don’t understand them. This video shed some light on my questions.

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And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? If so, share with the class by leaving a link in the comments :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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