Friday Link Round-Up!

It’s Friday again, and that means it’s time for another link round-up. (We’ll let you decide whether you’re more excited about this week’s links or the upcoming weekend. It should be a no-brainer, because one of them involves amazing Russian foxes, Will Smith’s weird kids, and an emoji decoder.)

On to the links!


1. Jaden and Willow Smith on Prana Energy, Time, and Why School is Overrated


Take the ten minutes and read this insane interview if you haven’t already. Highlights include:

Willow: “There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.”

Jaden: “[Babies] breathe through their stomach. They remember. Babies remember.”

Jaden might benefit from reading What to Expect, where he’ll learn that babies do, indeed, have lungs.

(If you’re still not correctly processing this interview, maybe reading the Shakespearean version might help.)


2. 6 Links That Will Show You What Google Knows About You


The original post, published on Medium, was deleted a few days ago, but not before it was reposted all over the web. It’s a short, fun, navel-gazing, mildly alarming way to find out a few things about your Google Persona. (My interests apparently include public safety, African music, and cats.)


3. The Immortal Horizon


(Cary Norton)

The Barkley Marathon isn’t a typical marathon. It’s well over 100 miles. There’s no trail. The cumulative elevation gain is nearly twice the height of Everest. If you run it (unlikely, since only 35 people a year are admitted and the official entry procedure is secret) you’ll be treated to rats the size of possums, a flooded prison, flesh-tearing briars, and a hill simply referred to as “the Bad Thing.” This article is a longer read, and an older one (published in 2011), but it’s well worth it.


4. Foxes!


My best friend sent me the link to these photos taken by Russian miner Ivan Kislov on his lunch breaks. Okay, maybe this link is more apt for Wednesday Cute, but it’s Friday, it’s freezing up here in NYC, and I would love to curl up with one of these little guys during MY lunch break.


5. The Rapid Evolution of Emoji


Editorial assistant Rachael forwarded me this piece on how emojis are transforming language and “softening” the harshness of the written word (this is part of our ongoing emoji correspondence—the last thing we discovered was the secret life of the pink-shirt emoji lady).


6. Missed Connection – m4w


In the vein of Sophie Blackall’s Missed Connections, here’s my favorite missed connection.

“I was wearing a blue-striped t-shirt and a pair of maroon pants. You were wearing a vintage red skirt and a smart white blouse. We both wore glasses. I guess we still do.”

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