Technology (and the like)
» Scary fact: did you know the cell phone industry actually admits the health risks of cell phone radiation? Apparently this is not the stuff of conspiracy theorists anymore: Apple recommends holding your iPhone no closer than 5/8″ to your body, and BlackBerry recommends holding your phone a full inch away. Read more in Tom Philpott’s article: Is my smartphone making me dumb?
» Some “Tough Love” advice for having a better life: Americans need to stop multitasking while eating alone.
» The event already passed, but I really like the message behind Jimmy Kimmel’s National Unfriend Day. The idea is to restore meaning to the word ‘friend’ by cutting down on facebook friends who… well, aren’t actually your friends.
» The event already passed, but I really like Jimmy Kimmel’s “National Unfriend Day.” The idea is to cut down on facebook “friends” who… aren’t actually your friends. Heck, you can do this anytime and restore some meaning to the word ‘friend’.
» Read a good paperback recently? I like this down-to-earth ‘best books’ list from The Guardian (via The EarlyWord)
Pen | Paper | Ink | DIY
» Etsy, how I love thee. Check out their recommendations for keeping analog time in 2011 – nothing digital about it.
» Jonathan Safran Foer, I love you and your unmakeable book more than Etsy.
» DIY Love: Social activists have long protested the consumerism of Black Friday by celebrating Buy Nothing Day instead, but I’m even MORE supportive of this new (more positive) approach: Make Something Day.
» Ooh, lovely burgundies, wines, and maroons: Ink Mixing with J. Herbin’s Anniversary Ink (via Writer’s Bloc)
» Hooray, two of my favorite things: Notebooks and gardening!
» I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but Rhodia/Clairefontaine/Exaclair have some of the best customer service and genuine grassroots marketing. Ever.
Rurality | Urbanism
» Poor urbanites: apparently New Yorkers are the most stressed Americans since the economy collapsed – but not because they’re doing worse than other parts of the country (they’re not). It’s because the city doesn’t offer effective ways to deal with stress. (via Daily News)
» But! This whole city-stress phenomenon may not be unique to New York. A recent study showed that the overstimulated atmosphere cities had a negative impact on attention span, memory, and on mood in general. (via CNN)
» Somehow I find the idea of “Proclamations” adorably antiquated, but this one I can get behind: Obama declared November 19-25th “Farm-City Week”