Interweb Finds: Strong female characters, summer camp for adults & more

Los Angeles sunset

Happy weekend friends!

As you read this, I’m a couple hours east of Los Angeles at Big Bear Lake! John and I are camping for the weekend (will share photos soon!), but I planned out some good interweb finds for you in advance.

Check ’em out:

An interesting article about the lack of strong female characters in films:

“Bringing in a Strong Female Character™ isn’t actually a feminist statement, or an inclusionary statement, or even a basic equality statement, if the character doesn’t have any reason to be in the story except to let filmmakers point at her on the poster and say ‘See? This film totally respects strong women!’”

OK Go’s new video for “The Writing’s on the Wall” is so darn brilliant and clever. I’d love to be on set for something like that.

I’ve been fantasizing about New Orleans lately. (The architecture! Swoon!) So I loved coming across this gorgeous NOLA house tour.

Lauren talks about the lost art of eating in, and I couldn’t agree more myself. Cooking at home is so much fun!

Genius: summer camps for adults. YES, PLEASE.

Bad Photoshopping aside, this experiment on different beauty standards around the world was pretty fascinating (and hilarious in its ridiculousness).

So cool! The history behind Zzyzx Road. We passed this exit on our way to L.A. out of Las Vegas. I had no idea what it was.

 

That’s all for this week! I’ll have some photos to share on Tuesday when—gasp!—it’ll already be July.

How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

Interweb Finds: Sex robots, Crazy Eyes & more

John Mancini Band

It hit me yesterday that it’s mid-June.

No shit, right? But that midway point between last year’s Christmas and this year’s upcoming Christmas always gets me. It doesn’t help that this year in SoCal, it never stopped being summer, save for those occasional fall-like days.

The photo you see above is indeed one of John and me singing. He got a gig at Angel City Brewery (the spot where Rachel and I met for Beer with a Blogger), and I joined him for a couple of songs. It was a blast! I also made vegetarian dinners three nights in a row and did a headstand this week, so overall, I’m calling it a major success.

Here are this week’s interweb finds for your perusing pleasure:

A fascinating long read about… sex robots, among other things. The future of sex in a digital age:

“I ask Levy, a married man, what his wife would think if someone invented a sex robot and – out of academic interest – he wanted to sleep with it. ‘I don’t think she would have a problem from the infidelity point of view,’ he says. ‘I do think she would think I was off my trolley.'”

I’ll just be over here drooling over this pair of gorgeous vintage Fiats.

An interview with Orange is the New Black‘s Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne, a.k.a. “Crazy Eyes.” (Goes to show how great of an actor she is that I’m amazed at how down-to-earth she really is!)

One family’s story of raising a transgender kid. I hope how this family embraced their child’s true identity becomes the norm.

Nubby Twiglet’s post, “Stop Playing it Safe,” hits the friggen nail on the head.

I wish I’d seen this gorgeous dome house when I visited Joshua Tree. (It even has its own Instagram account.)

The secret life of an Airbnb host who slept in his office every night to make extra cash.

“An extra $1,350 a month was flowing into my coffers. […] After receiving my first batch of positive reviews, the reservations poured in. Sleep came easier on my camping mat, and I dreamed in eighties montages about being a runaway Airbnb success story. But there is a reason it’s not called Murphy’s Theory.”

 

And that’s all for today! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there—especially mine on the other side of the country. I’m going to soak up the rest of my weekend by eating good food, reading a good book and trying not to stress over the little things. It’s not always easy, but it’s something I’m trying to remind myself of lately.

What are you looking forward to this week?

 

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Interweb Finds: Closing the gender wage gap, cities for young creatives & more

Runyon Canyon

Happy first day of June!

It’s been a good weekend on my end. I finally had the chance to check out a popular ramen restaurant down the street, did a little hiking in Runyon Canyon (see hippie circle above), and I met up with a pretty awesome lady for an upcoming installment of Beer with a Blogger! A successful weekend indeed.

Here are my favorite interweb finds for your browsing pleasure:

Swoon. Yet another gorgeous Silver Lake house tour. (I really need to meet these neighbors of mine.)

An important read: How we can close the gender wage gap. I’ve done the first three in my recent job hunt, including turning down an internship with an internationally recognized brand that wanted me to work 40 hours a week for minimum wage and no benefits. No fucking thanks.

This profile on the 30-year-old Nasty Gal CEO is totally inspiring and makes me want to read her book #GirlBoss, a far cry from “ban bossy.”

While I have no intention of leaving Los Angeles any time soon, this list of 15 cities for young creatives does inspire a bit of wanderlust and adventure.

One long essay about how YouTube and the web destroyed our last real movie star, Tom Cruise. (Personally, I think some of the batshit crazy things he said were what did him in, but this was a fascinating read that gave me a new respect for his acting career.)

I’m intrigued by the new app called Acorn, which invests your money by rounding up your debit card purchases to the nearest dollar and investing $5 of that change at a time.

Take a look at the 10 highest paid DJs in the world and weep. Then, watch this SNL skit that pretty much sums up the job description.

That’s all for today!

My summer class starts tomorrow, so it’ll be another jam-packed week. Look out for a post about creatives carving out careers (dig the alliteration?) coming soon. What are you looking forward to this week?

Interweb Finds: Mean Girls, tough conversations & more

@wittycassiehere on Instagram

Happy Sunday, everyone!

This weekend I had a much-needed girls’ night out, and I spent time with babies AND puppies. I’m dog-sitting and am pretending the adorable pup is mine. Walking the 2.2 miles around the Silver Lake Reservoir, we met so many other dogs, and it made me realize how much more social and active I’d be if I had a dog. So that means I should get one, right? Sigh, maybe one day.

Anyway, here’s what you came for—this week’s interweb finds!

This is a generic brand video. Hilarious and spot-on.

Alicia’s post on the value of having tough conversations really hit home, and it’s something we should all keep in mind.

The actor who played “too gay to function” (it’s only okay when Janis says it) Damian from Mean Girls came out in a touching letter he wrote to the beloved character he played 10 years ago. I HAVE ACTUAL TEARS, GUYS.

“When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles – Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a ‘gay glass ceiling’ in casting.”

Could you live in an egg?

I’m on a house tour kick this week. I love how this couple’s mid-century modern home manages to be so cozy and foresty.

Ahh, gotta love the dark humor. Here’s everything that’s wrong with humanity in an animated video.

And in tribute to my favorite furry friend on the West Coast (and the ones I miss so dearly back home): a few poems about dogs.

 

That’s all for today! Look out for more posts this week featuring some unapologetic opinions (to show I meant what I said last week), as well as an April photo roundup. What are you looking forward to this week?

Interweb Finds: Traveling with mannequins, a bird’s-eye view & more

old Griffith Park Zoo

If you could sum up your week with one word, what word would that be? Mine would be smoothies.

John and I have gotten into a bit of a smoothie craze this week, making everything from breakfast smoothies to post-run smoothies to adult smoothies. You could say my spring break from grad school has been one of the very best.

Other highlights from this week? Spending some time in San Diego, visiting the old abandoned Griffith Park Zoo (pictured above), and making good use of my Groupon at the local yoga studio. Tomorrow, it’s back to school (and back to reality!) for the last month-and-a-half of the semester.

Here are some of this week’s top web finds for your reading pleasure:

An artist was tired of always being asked why she wasn’t married, so she made up a mannequin family, traveled the world & documented it… for 14 years.

I don’t know which I love more—this San Francisco house tour or this Portland house tour.

An incredible video of a flying eagle’s point of view. It doesn’t hurt that this eagle’s home is stunningly beautiful.

Hannah Brencher’s words give me chills with every. Single. Post. Her take on bravery—and how it’s defined differently for each and every one of us—truly moved me.

One dog takes great joy in misbehaving when his owner isn’t home, and his owner captured it on video—which is predictably hilarious and adorable.

And if you’re not into dog videos, too bad. One magician does a disappearing act for dogs, and their reactions are priceless.

This list of 84 things to do in L.A. makes me realize I have a LOT of exploring to do!

When I visited the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, I was mesmerized by how far sound traveled. (You could hear other people’s quiet conversations from a hundred yards away.) Which is why I think these acoustic wonders of the world are fascinating.

That’s all for this week’s interweb finds! I’ll see you Tuesday with some thoughts on the meanings behind dreams.