Monday, February 27, 2012

A New Feature: The Mrs. Links!

I have a short attention span.

I'm a trivia wonk.

I love to read.

What do these three things mean? Usually it means I have about 20 web browser tabs open at any given time, or it means I'm plowing through about 500 tweets on the way to work. What do I do with all this information I absorb? I usually retweet the really funny things.

Unfortunately for one person, my wife, it means a flurry of emails that have a subject that says "Thought you'd find this interesting" or "Funny". To her credit, she'll read all the crap I email her way (It's worth nothing that I am selective in my poo-flinging...only sending her the funniest or most interesting content). However, I think she reached her breaking point the other day when she kindly asked me, "Can you save your links and send them to me in one email?"

So I obliged. It seems to be working. And seeing that I'm compiling these anyway, I thought I'd share them with you. With that, here is the first set of "The Mrs. Links" from the last couple of days:

  • Link #1: This first article comes courtesy of @imagethief and describes how young women are pioneering vocal trends. The article also name-checks one of the funnier SNL sketches in recent years. "An act of whimsy" is the first SNL catchphrase I've regularly uttered since "Step one, cut a hole in a box":
 
  • Link #2 is from one of Hollywood's comedy writing legends, Ken Levine, who's best known for his work on MASH, and so much more. In this blog post, he does a charmingly biting job of reviewing last night's Oscars and astutely pointing out what worked, and mostly what didn't. 
  • While on the subject of dressing down the Oscars, Link #3 comes from the wonderful Grantland.com, where several of their writers gave a good and proper dressing down of the evening's events. While I don't want to add to the pile-on, I did watch the whole evening's festivities and can say this: Billy Crystal was exactly what I expected him to be, Angelina Jolie officially creeps me out and even though I love Cirque du Soleil, they had no business being there and adding weight to an already time-heavy telecast.
  • Speaking of Grantland, Link #4 deals with The Walking Dead, the show we awarded ourselves with via DVR for trudging through the Oscars. If you're a regular watcher, you'll enjoy this recap. Remember how episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation were better when they stayed on the ship? The Walking Dead is sort of like this, but their episodes tend to be better when they leave the farm.
  • Another thing worth watching after the Oscars: 
  • While we're on the subject of great TV shows and award shows, check out the snazzy Chuck's Bryan Cranston wore to the Independent Spirit Awards.
  • Bryan also made a great blink-or-you'll-miss-it Breaking Bad-related cameo in a TV commercial during the Oscars last night: 
  • Okay, enough about TV. Our next link addresses my ongoing quest for the perfect Bay Area bagel. I haven't tried them yet, but will soon.
  • Finally, something a bit more inspirational: The final link comes courtesy of @hernstat and Fast Company and outlines nine steps to pursuing your career dreams...enjoy!  

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