1. Tim Conway reveals joke that made Harvey Korman wet his pants on ‘The Carol Burnett Show’. Growing up, this was one of my favorite shows, probably the origin of my love for comedy, especially from funny women. I loved when they broke character and made each other laugh (this skit in particular), which may be the origins of my love for bloopers and gag reels.
2. Buzz stops: bus shelter roofs turned into gardens for bees and butterflies. “Bee bus stops first appeared in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Now the UK is planning for more than 1,000 and there is growing interest across Europe and in Canada and Australia.”
3. Watch: Lioness, four cubs create ‘cutest traffic jam ever’. “Recent footage captured in South Africa’s Kruger National Park shows a momma lion gracefully leading four cubs along a paved road while tourists follow closely behind.”
5. Kindred Official Trailer (2022). (video) “Based on the best selling novel by Octavia E. Butler comes FX’s Kindred, all episodes streaming 12.13. Only on Hulu.” Octavia Butler is one of my favorite authors and I’m so excited they are starting to adapt some of her work to film, and the trailer for this looks so promising, so good.
7. Studying the genetics and evolution of dogs’ friendliness. “You’ve heard of survival of the fittest, but a scientist at Duke University says the term that may best describe dogs’ evolutionary success is survival of the friendliest.”
8. TikTok star Noodle the pug dies at age 14. “Noodle won over the internet with nearly daily videos of a game called ‘no bones.’ Graziano would hoist Noodle out of his bed and if the pug flopped back down, it was a ‘no-bones’ day, warning people to take it easy and avoid risks. If he remained standing, it was a ‘bones’ day, encouraging people to take risks and indulge.”
9. How Do AI Art Generators Create Original Artwork? “Can Machines Create Art That Is Truly Unique and Original?”
12. The Cult of Thinness Is Making a Depressing Comeback. “For those of us who remember Slim Fast, Weight Watchers and ‘thigh gaps’, pop culture’s return to aspirational skinniness is more than jarring.”
14. Meet Shauna White Bear, moccasin maker. “‘I don’t believe it’s cultural appropriation if you are purchasing from a Native artist,’ she said. ‘You’re supporting us.'”
15. Comedian Rob Delaney discusses new memoir, fatherhood, family and grief. “Comedian and actor Rob Delaney joins ‘CBS Mornings’ to discuss his new memoir ‘A Heart That Works.'”
16. Tarot Prompts for Writers. “There’s no better place to find inspiration than a character-driven tarot spread.”
17. Portland Japanese Garden is ablaze with fall colors. “With winter weather looming, it seems that fall has come and gone much too quickly. Perhaps one of the most beautiful places to see the fall colors on display is at the Portland Japanese Garden. If you weren’t able to get there this year, take a look at this video by OPB photographer Brandon Swanson, who captured the serenity and beauty in this special place.”
18. Ron Finley Project. “The Ron Finley Project is teaching communities how to transform food deserts into food sanctuaries, and teaching individuals how to regenerate their lands into creative business models. We envision and want to facilitate a world where gardening is gangsta! Gangsta: projecting strength on one’s own terms, hip, cool, innovative, revolutionary, resolute, vital, the cutting edge.”
19. Wisdom from Jami Attenberg: “Being alone is helpful for the creative process but we need to know we are loved, too, and not entirely alone in this world, that when we emerge from the creative cocoon there will be someone there waiting for us.”
20. 10 Tips to Survive Working With the Public When You’re an Introvert. If I ever have to do paid work again that isn’t teaching, I really hope it’s not working with the public. I did that for 20+ years, and it almost destroyed me.
21. What the Times is really saying is: “Fat people, go die in silence.” A twitter thread about an important topic.
25. Climate Action Starts in Your Own Hometown. “Turn your city into a climate sanctuary, lobby your elected officials, and try out these other ways to make change globally by acting locally.”
29. Stop Trying to Be Productive. “Jenny Odell, author of ‘How to Do Nothing,’ wants you to stop giving into the pressure of getting shit done.” This article is from three years ago, but during this season in particular it’s still relevant.