Weekly Reading, Vol. 7

1) I have been following this “Motherhood Around the World” series on one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo, since it began. They profile American women who are raising their children abroad, and describe the unique cultural differences in raising children and living life in general. The most recent post in the series highlights Germany.

2) Coca Cola has been test-marketing Coca Cola Life here in Argentina for months. It’s sweetened with Stevia and has a green label… and is apparently making its way to US shelves soon. Our take? Weird aftertaste.

3) Levo League  has a great article about how to work out with coworkers. Timely, both for me down here (maybe some Zumba classes in the next few weeks!) and back in the States. A few coworkers are spending their lunch breaks doing either T25 or PyLo (both of which I am dying to try!).  Levo League is a great online resource for women who are Gen Y/Millennial and are looking for some career and life camaraderie.

4) Here’s a really cool look into the American exhibition in Moscow in 1959, where the US tried to court Soviets with fancy consumer products–and the location of the famed Kitchen Debate between Kruschev and Nixon.

5) What Writers Can Learn From ‘Goodnight Moon’

6) This article about the rigorous process that all recipes in Bon Appetite go through is a fantastic read.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Weekly Reading, Vol. 6

Long time, no posting on this topic! Here’s what I’ve been reading over the past few weeks.

1) Fast Company wrote a great article about women saying “sorry” too often and its consequences.

2) Zach Weinersmith (the mind behind one of my favorite comics, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal) and wonderful artist Boulet did a great Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit.

3) Why Google is so Interested in Kenya’s Transit System.  Interesting–and even more so since my sister just came back from visiting Kenya with her boyfriend.

4) I have been loving College Humor’s video series on “What If Google Was a Guy”–hilariously on point. Here’s Part 3.

5) There is such a thing as an agricultural Roomba, and it is awesome.

That’s all I’ve got for now! Happy Monday, everyone.

Weekly Reading, Vol. 3

How is it already June? This marks our sixth month here in Argentina–unbelievable.  Apologies for the lack of pictoral updates–we’ve been working non-stop for the past week or two. We’ve felt lucky if we get our six hours of sleep a night.

1) #YesAllWomen In the Wake of Elliot Rodger: Why It’s So Hard for Men to Recognize Misogyny.  This is one of the best articles I’ve read about the events in the past few weeks.

2) These hilarious photos of the indignities of wet dogs made my day.

3) The Peril of Hipster Economics  A really eye-opening piece on the dangers of only “whitewashing” neighborhoods, making them pretty without addressing the real problems. Come for the descriptions of a project in Philly, stay for the stinger at the end about Lyft and Uber that I can attest to living in a less-than-desirable suburb of DC.

4) Inside the Qatar 2022 World Cup Slave Camps  Rio’s been pretty heavily blasted for their World Cup prep–but Qatar seems to be blowing it out of the water in terms of horrible conditions.

Weekly Reading–Vol. 2

I read a lot of blogs, and always love the weekly reading posts–pulling some of the best articles, photos, and videos out of the chaff of the internet. Here’s what I read and found interesting this week:

1) A Videogame Controller Designed to Drive Construction Equipment  I know a man who would love to have this.  Also–this is super from a safety standpoint. (Oh, hi there, alliteration.)

2) Behind the Scenes Photos Reveal the Secrets of Mad Men Sets  Unfortunately, there is no AMC or Mad Men on DirecTV down here in Argentina (and I am dying for our internet to get set up so I can at least watch last season!). I LOVE reading Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style posts which analyze the costuming choices on the show. I’m just there for the beautiful vintage duds. So–seeing the detail that goes into the sets is awesome as well.

3) The Most Positive Countries in the World  Spoiler Alert:  The happiest country in the world is… Paraguay?  Who would have thought?! However, if the definition of experiencing positive emotions (their form of saying “happy”) is “smiling or laughing, experiencing enjoyment, being treated with respect, feeling well-rested, and learning or doing something interesting in the previous day,” I kind of get it. It’s all about expectations and perceptions–and when you live in a country where happiness is a soccer ball and a bottle of Coca Cola–it’s easy to feel relaxed and happy. It’s one of the best parts of South America.

4) 11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos  What is once seen can never be unseen.

5) Levar Burton is Kickstarting the Return of Reading Rainbow  YES. YES. YES. I loved this show. (Please see previous post on El Ateneo for reference.) I remember hearing about the tablet app… but never downloaded it because it seemed a little ehhh. This, however, seems awesome. They are already halfway to their goal, so I fully anticipate this one being funded.

6) 10 Spanish Words That Have No Translation 

Happy weekend, everyone! We’re working a full seven day schedule, so no rest for us for a little bit.