Friday, June 15, 2012

Five things to act on, think about, or enjoy this weekend

1. Listen to the radio. If you're a fan of NPR's weekend show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, you'll dig this photo of premier panelist Paula Poundstone. Hey, is that a Dr Seuss t-shirt she's wearing? Wait wait ... just yesterday I came across a trove of Star Wars characters re-done in Dr. Seuss style by cartoonist Adam Watson!
2. Sunscreen: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the dangerous. The bad news: you're probably doing it wrong. The good news: these stellar infographics from Information Is Beautiful will help you sort it all out, and Environmental Working Group's downloadable color posters summarize key points beautifully as well. (They also tell you which products will actually do you harm.)
Detail from one of EWG's public service posters
3. Celebrate Father's Day in style. If you're lucky enough to be with your dad, what will you be doing? I'll be at a family cookout, where I won't be handing over a DIY item like the hand-embroidered linen tie at left, as suggested by Martha Stewart. My gift will be a book (as usual) because that's what we both like (to excess). Hanging out together, however, is the greatest gift of all.
4. Relive your childhood, either with a few kids or solo, by watching this super cool old video showing crayons being made.
5. Help this little sweetheart find her family. This poignant memento of a loved one is one of eight photographs lost on the battlefields of the Civil War and later donated to The Museum of the Confederacy. The museum is publicizing the images in the hopes that the hive can help them in identifying the subjects. You can view the rest here. And if you're keen to explore one or more aspects of the the War Between the States, we have an entire page of books, CDs, and DVDs that cast light on the subject, from military history to women's lives to memoirs to moral analyses to songs of Stephen Foster to poetry of Walt Whitman to History Channel documentaries.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

10 comments:

  1. So many great things today! It definitely does not surprise me that Paula Poundstone would wear a Dr. Seuss t-shirt. Also, it turns out I really have been doing sunscreen wrong - thank you for the links! I'll have to stock up on the right kind of protection now.

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad to DG is of value to society :) "Preventing skin cancer, one blog at a time." I am interested in this topic because almost all the sunscreens I try on my face make it break out. Turns out the best ingredient is the old standby of lifeguards in years past, zinc oxide.

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  2. It's books, books and more books for my father, as well! However, his are now of the "e" variety (gasp)! Happy Dad's Day to all...

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  3. Love the Dr. Seuss Star Wars illustrations. This one of Yoda is great: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_JBeb1YGm6uw/TOLWpecBOjI/AAAAAAAAALY/9DbwIBjXTYs/s1600/SeussW_004.jpg

    Also love the sunscreen advice! Few things hurt more than a bad sunburn.

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    1. The data are VERY scary re how harmful it is for kids to get sunburns. When I think of all the times I suntanned w/ nothing but baby oil ... I see many visits to the dermatologist in the future!!

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  4. As I die-hard Star Wars fan boy, I love the Dr. Seuss cartoons. Awesome!

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  5. Love the SPF info!!!!! And Paula Poundstone is a hoot and a half, gonna totally check out Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!!!!

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    1. She's not always on, but she's on a lot.

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  6. Ah, Crayola memories!
    Was there ever a kid who didn't wonder if he burned an orange on the stove, would he get "burnt orange"?
    Or looked at "Flesh" and wondered, "Who looks like that?"
    Or first learned envy upon seeing the uppity So-and-So with the 64-count Crayola box (with sharpener) while having to make do with the 24?

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