Three Interesting Things

Happy Tuesday!  It feels so good to be back home and I’m really looking forward to getting back into a routine with the new job.  Per tradition, here are three things that I’ve found interesting this week.  
The desert is in the midst of a superbloom, due to large amounts of rainfall, and the photographs I’m seeing flash across my social media feeds are enchanting.  The desert bloom is a unique, inspired beauty that’s enchanting and breathtaking.  As this NYT piece says, ” A cactus in bloom is pure poetry — particularly that famous line by Walt Whitman: ‘Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself.’” 
When I was a pre-teen, I drooled over the catalog pages of PBTeen that arrived each month.  I tore them out and put them in page protector filled binders, pinned them to my walls.  One of my favorite bedrooms had a tennis racket hanging by the doorway, photographs and small notes attached to the strings with clothespins.  As a tennis player myself, I found the thematic element inspiring.  When I came across these embroidered tennis rackets made by Danielle Clough on Cupcakes and Cashmere last week, I was transported back to those torn out pages.  While I don’t love any of the designs I see in the current shop, I do love the idea that art can be made out of absolutely anything, so long as you find it beautiful.

 The world of tech is a fascinating one that does not conform to any rules of a traditional industry – sometimes this lack of respect for cultural norms brings about incredible advantages and other times I think it will lead to its own demise.  As a female in tech, there’s a lot I can say on the subject but that’s a post for another time.  What I will say is that between skirting the rules, the rampant sexual harassment, and the always-plugged-in culture Uber seems to embody the very worst this industry has to offer.  That said, I did find this NYT expose on how the founder came to start Uber, and the many choices he made once he did, absolutely fascinating.  I strongly encourage you to begin using Lyft instead of Uber; however, I also encourage you to read this piece.  It’s long but there’s a lot to be learned from the course Uber took and the values it embodied.  
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2 thoughts on “Three Interesting Things

    1. I’m sure you could! Aren’t they cute though? I’m not sure how she does it because the embroidery is much smaller than the spaces between the strings….

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