Reads of the Week: September 21, 2012

I’m keeping it light. My favorite subject line this week was on a message posted by an association executive director in ASAE’s online community:

“I need to shoot my leadership.”

What?! Having trouble with the board? Nope, he was only looking for a photographer to do some head shots. How disappointing, but what a hilarious subject line, good job.

My favorite tweet of the week came from @capricecrane:

“It’s weird there aren’t more songs about pizza.”

Maybe I’ll write a poem about pizza.

Next, a new podcast I can’t get enough of when I’m cooking, walking, cleaning, shuffling aimlessly about, or in between stretches of work – Other People Podcast hosted by Brad Listi. The first episode I heard was an interview with Maria Semple, whose book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, was released last month and is now on my wish list.

The next time you’re at the movies and a bunch of eejits are talking behind you, just imagine how good the patrons have it at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. “An army of volunteer cinema ninjas…get to watch the movie for free in exchange for donning a black body suit and pouncing on misbehaving moviegoers from behind the cinema’s shadows.” Read more at Gawker, including the testimonial of a cell phone miscreant who experienced the ninja treatment.

If you thought you had those cavemen pegged as, well, cavemen, you will be dumbstruck by this new discovery. “30,000 years ago Paleolithic artists used “animation effects” in their paintings. To render the movement, they deconstructed it in successive images…When the paintings are viewed by flickering torchlight, the animated effect “achieves its full impact.” A video shows how this might have worked.

My boyfriend would never do this, but I would: “Island Night, a 12-hour, 8-mile ramble described by its sponsor, the arts group Elastic City, as ‘part philosophic dialogue, part poetic reverie, part nature walk’ and ‘an extended meditation on the present.’” Where do I sign up?!

Girls have it so good now compared to when I was growing up – girl power and all that. The Girl Scouts are innovating like crazy to empower girls to be true to themselves, go after their dreams, and take on leadership. I just discovered another cool site for girls – A Might Girl. The founders say, “After years of seeking out empowering and inspirational books for our four young nieces, we decided to create A Mighty Girl as a resource site to help others equally interested in supporting and celebrating girls.” Alas, no Beatrix Kiddo here, a little too bloody, I know. But she would totally support this idea.

Enjoy your weekend!

Photo by Sigurd Rage (Flickr)

Author: deirdrereid

Deirdre is a freelance writer for companies serving the association market, who after more than 20 years in the association and restaurant industries, is enjoying the good life as a ghostblogger and content marketing writer. Away from her laptop, you can find her walking in the woods, doing yoga, going to shows, journaling, cooking, or relaxing in a comfy chair with a good book and a glass of something tasty in hand.

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