2.02.2015

Because Sharing is Caring, Vol. 203


The internet can be a cesspool of ardent opinion, gossip mongering, unrestrained certainty, and condescending correction. Or it can be awesome. Sometimes between scrolling through raging Twitter battles and rolling my eyes at Facebook comment threads, I actually come across something useful, or funny, or good. When this happens, I feel a deep sense of responsibility to pay it forward; These little nuggets of gold must be shared in order to disrupt the internet's death spiral into utter ridiculousness. So here are my latest favorite finds:


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ThredUP
I don't remember how I came across this site - it might have popped up in my email - but I checked it out and now I kind of LOVE IT OMG SO MUCH. Y'know how I'm always looking for creative ways to shop responsibly in order to not contribute to the slavery and exploitation of people, but also not look like a transient who just jumped off a moving train? Enter ThredUP, an online consignment store with page after page of second hand fashion.


At first I found the whole idea intimidating. There's an art to looking at a tiny picture of a rumpled top and knowing what it will look like on your body; I imagine this instinct develops over time, but I'm not there. Regardless, I decided to go balls out on my first order and do something totally crazy, so I thought I'd try to get some jeans. Yes, JEANS -- The 2nd most terrifying and unpredictable item of clothing a woman can try on.

I looked at approximately ten thousand different options, picked 2, and headed to the checkout.

I got this pair of Urban Outfitter jeans for like $8. AND THEY FIT! I KNOW. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT EITHER! They're definitely worn in, so who knows how much life is left in them, but they already have that favorite-pair-of-old-jeans feel, which is kind of great.

    

The other pair was a little more expensive - around $25 - and ended up being too big. So back they go. No big deal.

I'm definitely a fan. I'll also be sending in a bag of clothes for consignment one of these days. So excited! Sign up and ThredUP will give you $10 toward your first order.


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Speaking of transients jumping off trains. This guy and the pics he took, at 18 years old, as he train-hopped across America and back are spectacular. Though his epic photos have won gobs of awards, he didn't grow up to be a photographer, because apparently "photography just isn't [his] thing". So he's a mechanic.

** warning, some of the pics in his gallery are... um... icky ** 
Photo by Mike Brodie
Photo by Mike Brodie


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Lately, I've been fascinated by the way people treat each other. Online, offline, at work, at church, on the road, in restaurants, on planes - It just seems like we're losing a sense of our humanity or something. Whatever it is, it's disturbing. So when I read this book, Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck, by Amy Alkon, I found the overall premiss refreshing. I sincerely appreciated the blunt reminder that it's really not that hard to treat others with kindness and respect - it's just the right thing to do. The sciency bit in the first chapter about WHY we've become an entire society of douchebags was particularly enlightening.



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Current favorite song: I Bet My Life - from Imagine Dragons



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Oh. If you haven't already? The Serial Podcast.  Just trust me on this one.




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Last but not least, this blog post about essential oils. I wish I wrote it. 



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Ok. Your turn! Share your delightful internet finds with the rest of us...