weekly roundup #3

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I've been loving listening to The Moth lately, either while in the bath or while doing art projects. The folks at The Moth hold live events where people are drawn from a hat to get up and tell stories from their lives, and then the best stories are handpicked for the podcast. All the stories are rich and beautiful and told organically and from the heart. It's really just a wonderful podcast.

As I've mentioned before, the Death with Dignity Act is something I'm very passionate about. This has been passed into law in Oregon, Washington and a few other states. An organization in Oregon called Compassion & Choices helps people make end-of-life decisions with the rights granted to them under this law. Brittany Maynard is a young woman who has taken her life into her own hands in the face of a terminal illness. Compassion & Choices has set up a fund in her honor, and her open letter is beautiful and illuminating. Please take a look.

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The house I used to live in was and still is notorious for its amazing dance parties. The first one we ever had was for my birthday in 2013 and it was Davis Bowie themed. We had 3 local DJs and the turnout was unreal. Well we've built up quite the reputation since then, and at the most recent party my old housemates decided to collect data as per the request of Nate Silver and the folks at Five Thirty Eight, who were looking for data on when people arrive to parties. After my housemates collected the data, they analyzed it and organized all the information into a report with graphs and charts, because that's what grad students do for fun. It was all submitted to Five Thirty Eight, and this past week an article came out with the results and A SHOUT OUT in the last paragraph to OUR PARTY. Which is like one of the most amazing things that's ever happened, basically.

Last weekend I volunteered with some permaculture folks to help build a geodesic dome at a community garden in Denver. The entire neighborhood was built on top of a landfill, and so as we were digging out this enormous hole we found a lot of garbage. Interestingly, all of it was glass, indicating that it was from a time period before plastic was being used. The coolest thing we found was a prohibition-era bottle with a federal warning etched on the front. And you know I am obsessed with prohibition because of Ken Burns and his documentary. So I snagged it (after asking of course)!

Remember last week when I said I was in love with this shirt? Well I ended up winning $50 to Culture Flock Clothing from a giveaway on The Dainty Squid and now I actually own it (and have been obsessively wearing it)! And also let me just say that I have entered many a giveaway in my day, and this was my first (and likely last, because what are the chances) win. So it was a big moment for me. Yeehaw!

also...
- i love my mini lion but i kinda want a real one
- kaylah says it's "okay to make things for no reason"
- envelope porn
- david bowie's favorite books
- 7 women discuss their "beauty uniforms" on a cup of jo