Another lovely weekend. Quite a social one, in fact. We spent a lot of time going to parties with and for our two groups of friends (church folk and MFA people) and eating pizza. It was practically an all-pizza weekend. But sometimes those are the best.
Here’s your pizza-free dose of snax!
Northern Lake Baptism. These photos… wow. You can almost hear the water in every shot. Really, really beautiful. Reminds me of the siren scene in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (Clever Nettle)
Mt. Fuji Climb. Photo diary of a fun blogger, now living in Tokyo, of her trek up Japan’s most famous rock. It looks a lot harder than I expected! Two of the guys in my program did it while we were there, and had a miserable time, due to a series of unfortunate events. But this journey looks pretty fun. Japanese tourists are the best. (Hello Sandwich)
Be an Unbeatable Person and Avenge My Death. More Japanese toughness. A letter from a Japanese pilot, killed in WWII, to his children. The Land of the Rising Sun does not play around with legacy. (Letters of Note)
China Passes Japan to Become No. 2 Economy. The times, they are a changing. (New York Times)
Somehow, Only One Person Died When This Happened. No, really. That’s what I thought when I saw this picture. (Daily Intel)
The World’s Best Mayor Asks: Do I Exist? Amazing. Yet another reason why I MUST go to Scandinavia/all Nordic hinterlands soon. (Related: In an unsurprising contest, Finland tops Newsweek’s list of the Best Countries in the World. And Sweden is no. 3.) (Gawker)
Male Drivers Way More Likely to Kill You. A fact that I feel like most women have instinctively known for a long time. We women get a lot of crap for being bad drivers, so next time someone tells you that, remind them of this study. (Jezebel)
Kindle: Most Highlighted Books of All Time. Amazon’s Kindle aggregates the most highlighted books of “all time” (i.e., since the Kindle has existed). The consensus? Christians really like to highlight stuff. (Amazon)
August Is the Most Popular Month for Births. Which means that most babies are conceived in November. But the most cheering fact of them all? This one: “The State of Virginia has the lowest birth rate, with 10 babies born for every 1,000 people.” (Broken Secrets)
Classic Gwenyth. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to inhabit a celebrity more than this one. Grace, what do you think? Our modern Grace Kelly? (Dress, Design, Decor)
Dude Watchin’ with the Brontes. She will never stop making me laugh. (Hark, a Vagrant!)