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1. THE BEST PARTY IDEA
I love a party. I also love making party guests work. You can ask anyone that’s ever been to a party I’ve thrown (tie party, come as an effing hipster, Halloween, animals – you name it – but the rule is, if you don’t participate, just don’t come) – this is something I like to do.
So imagine my UTTER GLEE when I saw a tweet earlier this week talking about a party where EVERYONE HAD TO PREPARE A THREE MINUTE LECTURE ON SOMETHING THEY WERE PASSIONATE ABOUT.
This is a great idea. The rules are for the DTL party (Drink Talk Learn – obviously) are as follows (and are lifted kindly from the thread of above tweet):
So please, all of you, at once. Go away and do this. If you’re a subscriber to this and you consider us real-world friends (I’m looking at you, Robbie) then expect an invite to one of these by the summertime.
Drink. Talk. Learn.
I think that’s great advice to be taking into the New Year. Don’t you?
2. MUMS NOT DADS
A simple question: ‘Since becoming a parent, how do you do it all?’ – and yet, only asked of Mums. Not Dads. Parents, this one is for you.
‘As a mother and the founder and CEO of a digital health company, I frequently get asked about “work-life balance.” My husband, Lee Teslik, an executive at Google, who changes as many diapers as I do, has had a very different experience. We’ve never really talked about this dynamic before, so one recent Sunday afternoon while our son was napping, we tape-recorded a conversation about the subject. The following is an excerpt—with all expletives, politics, and tears edited out.’
Read the full conversation, via Quartz.
Two things about death.
First, this website I found this week via the Warren Ellis newsletter (it is excellent – he is mental, and Morning Computer is probably my favourite thing of his but still, that newsletter be hiding real gems). This – A Course In Dying – is worth your time. A website specifically set up to encourage people to have more conversations about death and dying. We don’t do it until it’s upon us and, lo and behold, by then it is too late. Use A Course In Dying to build your own death awareness – and see where it takes you.
The second thing about dying – specifically, death – is written by Holly Butcher. 27 years old and no longer with us, Holly’s note about what matters and what doesn’t will move even the coldest heart. Read it. Use it.
I passed it to a loved one this week and they said upon reading that they would read it daily to help keep them sane and focused on the things that matter.
Maybe you might do the same.
Probably the most important read this week.
4. ELLEN POMPEO, GREY FROM GREY’S ANATOMY, ON FINE FORM HERE
5. BROOKLYN LAGER: MAKING THE BRAND.
I was adamant that I’d shared this story before. Turns out I haven’t (at least, I don’t think I have). Anyway, the point is – Brooklyn Lager has appeared out of relatively nowhere and can now be found pretty much everywhere. The logo, however, that CLASSIC logo – ain’t as classic as it looks. It was invented (of course it was) to make you think that it had been around for years.
Not a new trick, not by any stretch. But an enjoyable read all the same.
PRE-BONUS ESSENTIAL READING:
Only the essentials.
- I quite like Daniel Radcliffe’s response to Johnny Depp’s casting in the next Fantastic Beasts movie.
- This Eliza Dushku *on the set of TRUE LIES* story is awful.
- Jeez, Sharon Stone.
- Aziz Ansari – so much to write and share. Babe.net. The email thing. Jezebel. Eesh. Instead, read this – from GQ – about consent, what it means, and why TIME’S UP isn’t just about women coming forward, it’s about men changing their/our behaviour.
- Bonus one for the boys – here’s THE ROCK TEST – this is great.
THE BONUS SECTION OF BONUS-SHAPED BONUSES:
This week, putting the onus into bonus.
- This made me laugh perhaps more than it should’ve done.
- Wanna write about games/film/TV/music/Internet culture? WIRED is open for pitching.
- Hugo Rifkind’s conversation with a Nazi.
- Bill and Melinda Gates are paying off Nigeria’s $76m debt to Japan –incredible.
- Typography on the Subway.
- We need to talk about Diet Coke. (via Mark Ritson (register to read)).
- The ‘techlash‘.
- Whatsapp is finally launching Whatsapp for [small] businesses. Android only for now. Telling.
- In #OgilvyTrends2018, I wrote that Augmented Reality was A) a slow burn and B) finally getting real. Here’s something to support A – andhere’s something to support B.
- Another trend thing – Voice SEO. This is really interesting.
- The Hawaii missile alert set off a whole bunch of stuff. Also: this.
LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT. LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME, MY BABY.
I’ve got a good feeling about 2018. I don’t know what it is – or where it’s come from. I know me better than I’ve ever known me before. And that’s a huge thing to be able to say. I’ll write about it soon – maybe in June – and tell you all about it.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you, to those of you that do, for writing.
Just… thank you.
My moral advice for the weekend ahead is to just say thank you.
Until next time, fam.
Whatley out, x.