10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 7–13 November 2015


 I don't play a lot of games aside from stuff like Solitaire and Scrabble, but Monument Valley is both beautiful and a little mind-bending. I have purposely been dragging it out so that I can play it forever.


Leigh Alexander's "The New Intimacy Economy" at Medium's Thoughts On Media:

We often imagine the inevitable future tech dystopia will be cold, populations marching under the eye of sterile robot overlords, our speech monitored and scrubbed of sentiment and intonation. Increasingly, though, it seems like we’re hurtling toward the opposite: A singularity of smarm, where performative — maybe even excessive — intimacy is the order of the day.


Porcupines sound like even cuter Ewoks:


Ijeoma Oluo's "Black Kids Will Save America" at The Establishment:

The night Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, my brother called me. He was sobbing. I hadn’t heard him cry like that since he was a child. There was no greeting, no yells of elation, just the same sentence through his sobs.

“Nobody ever told me I could have been president.”


Anna Pulley's "Why I’m Not Buying This Study That Claims All Women Are a Little Gay" at The Cut:

In fact, a lot of “sexually relevant stimuli” are things we may actively find pretty gross, which probably explains the success of Fifty Shades of Grey. If that’s too easy a target for you, consider the last time you exhibited signs of sexual arousal over a stimulus you found unappealing…


Turn this up really loud.


Julia Kollewe's "Gender pay gap: women effectively working for free until end of year" at The Guardian:

Britain’s gender pay gap will leave women effectively working for free from 9 November until the end of the year, according to equality campaigners.

The numbers in this article more closely reflect the wage gap between white women and white men in the United States. Women and men of colour generally fall even further behind and have effectively been working for free for a while already this year.


Tim Nudd's "Watch People in Other Industries React Hilariously to Being Asked for Free Spec Work" at Adweek:


Mariam Sharia's "21 Times Tumblr Totally Nailed What It Means To Be A Cat" at Distractify:


Missy Elliott has graced us with her first new single in about seven years, and it feels like rain after a drought:

I'm writing a post a day in November for BlogHer's NaBloPoMo.