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Thursdays, what are they good for?


How come there’s a word for everything you need to describe in Japanese? How come we can’t have cool words like Kanai (pain taste: I give the example of being a little heavy handed on the Sriarcha, but still eating it because it tastes so good), or Tsundoku? I think we should all create some cool words and see how long it takes to get them added into the Oxford English Dictionary.


The Beastles – a mashup of songs by The Beatles and Beastie Boys. Super fun in small doses.


If you like gin, have you ever tried Jenever? I have and to be honest, it wasn’t my favorite, but I do love this description of drinking traditions around Jenever from good ol’ Wikipedia:

Traditionally the drink is served in a tulip-shaped glass filled to the brim. Jonge jenever, colloquially a jonkie (“young’un”), at room temperature, sometimes, though this is now quite old fashioned, with some sugar and a tiny spoon to stir. The drink is sometimes served cold from a bottle kept in a freezer or on the rocks (jonge met ijs), but this is frowned on by purists. The higher-quality oude jenever (and korenwijn) is usually served at room temperature. When jenever is drunk with beer (normally lager) as a chaser, it is referred to as akopstoot (headbutt) or duikboot (submarine) in Flanders. Traditionally, jenever is served in full shot glasses taken directly from the freezer. As the glass is very cold it is advisable to take the first sips without holding the glass, leaving it on the table and bending one’s back to apply one’s mouth to the glass. It is also possible to add a few drops of Angostura(Angst) or Catz Elixer (Catz). For example, a young Jenever with a few drops of Angostura is called a Jonge Angst (Young Angst) and young Jenever with Catz Elixer respectively being called a Jonge Catz (Young Catz).

Raise the roof for Thursday


Who likes math? I sure do. Watch this video solely for the 3:27 mark.


Wouldn’t it be helpful to know the smelliest blocks in New York? Dream no more! Check out this handy map (/art project) by Kate McLean, a designer and cartographer.


Finland gets it. By it, I mean pretty much everything. Sure, it is cold up there, but aside from having one of the best education systems in the world (or so people say), they give out new baby boxes to all expectant mothers.


Can you imagine America doing something like this? No, me neither. Way to not get it, America. This article came to me via Peter Marinari, one of my new coworkers!


Did you know Dolly Parton has delivered nearly 50 million free books to children’s homes? Her Imagination Library started in 1996 and is going strong. I love this quote:

The older I get, the more appreciative I seem to be of the book lady title. It’s makes me feel more like a legitimate person, not just a singer or an entertainer. But it makes me feel like I have done something good with — with my life and with my success. –Dolly Parton

That lovely piece was shared by Eric Smith and you should totally go to website to pre-order his new book, “The Geek’s Guide to Dating.” Fun!


Ok, this isn’t a drink, this is just an amazing example of why gin is awesome. Did you know that cheap gin removes ink stains? If you want to test this, you can borrow the best worst dog ever (Winston) and leave a pen out somewhere. He’ll take care of the rest.

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Once you’ve got your ink stain, Just pour some gin on it, blot it and repeat until most or all of the ink is gone. Immediately wash whatever is stained, before the gin dries.



No Pants Thursday: it’s a thing.

Learn – perfect for planning your next round of startup bingo! Also because….circlejerk.



The typography of The Great Gatsby. I would sincerely love some letterhead and business cards like this. Very cool to see.


What do you mean, it isn’t man-haze? 22 maps that show the deepest linguistic conflicts in America. Study them and see if you can guess where people are from based on the way they say certain words. I laughed at most of these. Thanks to Randi for sharing.


My obsession with China continues. Is China really that different? The CEO of tells us it isn’t.


The classic, my favorite. The French 75

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Gin, lemon juice and honey well mixed, at the bottom of a champagne flute or coupe. Top with prosecco or champagne. Garnish with some lemon peel, or get fancy with fruit. Feel like a champers-champ. Don’t have more than two if you are in public.


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Thursday, don’t break my heart

I spent last week in the lovely town of Montauk, New York. It was a laid-back week of seafood, really delicious tacos and almost not doing anything at all (including no Thursday post on here). Pretty much heaven. I stayed at the quirky Montauk Manor and would recommend it to anyone (you can rent dvds at the front desk for free. Hello, Young Frankenstein!



How many reasons can I come up with to carry at least four of these in my purse at a time? I don’t know, but Moleskine makes pretty Shell Cases.

Continue to Obsess over Getting to Mars

Wired takes the time to explain why we can’t send humans to Mars yet. There’s quite a few challenges, which is fine by me. That gives me time to brush on my living-on-Mars skills. Currently, I don’t have any, so more time is probably a really, really good thing for me. What do you think the most valuable skills to have on Mars will be?


The Coolest Worst Way to Eat Lunch

Union League

Imagine eating a steak while looking at pictures of dead people. Apparently, this is what the Vidocq Society does most months right here in Philadelphia. While eating a nice meal over at the lovely Union League, they put their heads together and solve cold cases. I’m intrigued…but probably won’t be invited any time soon.


This comes from one of my favorite places to eat in Philadelphia, Zavino. They have a drink called the Firey Maid and you should try it at home.

Mix some Hendrick’s Gin, Mint, Cucumber, Lime and Jalapeño Pepper together and pour over crushed iced. Try different variations until you can call it your own. You might want to muddle the cucumber, mint and peppers, then add the gin and lime, shake it, then strain it. You might want to slice the cucumber and peppers, and let them soak in the gin for 30 minutes before rubbing the mint between your fingers and pouring everything into the glass.

There are no rules here, so experiment until you’ve found your favorite method.






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Thursday, you make me so Thurrrrstay!

Sorry, that’s a bad title, but read through all this good stuff and you will be thurrrrstay by the end.


“Despite it all — the broken glass, the tantrums, the bite marks, the feces Pollocked across his bedroom wall — I quite love my sweet, strange boy.” – Jeff Howe

Paying for a Special Needs Child, an article by the smart and amazingly talented Jeff Howe, detailing the costs associated with raising his son Finn. Also read the follow up article, Defending Finn’s Dad, written by Gary Dietz.


If you liked Drive, but thought, “Gee, I wish there was less driving and more violence in this movie,” I assume this movie is for you. Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas with some crazy, mob wife hair


Did you know that Kevin Bacon’s dad was kind of a big deal architect and urban planner in Philadelphia?  From 1949 to 1970, Edmund Bacon’s visions shaped today’s Philadelphia, the city in which he was born, to the extent that he is sometimes described as “The Father of Modern Philadelphia.” He also worked in Shanghai for a year after college, which greatly shaped his views on urban planning.


It’s not unusual to love The Unusual Times, the content created by the lovely folks behind Hendrick’s Gin. Watching this, don’t you want to go on an adventure through the jungle, looking for exotic botanicals to make delicious gin?


In honor of the video above, drink something with Quinetum, the quinine Cordial from Quaker City Mercantile and Hendricks Gin.

(if you can’t find it…and I can’t, try something like Tomr’s Handcrafted Tonic Syrup — different, but still an experience).



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Are you really still complaining about ads?

Nothing is free, so the discussion on this is short. You have three options:

1: Deal with ads

2: Pay for shit

3: Don’t use it/watch it

Let’s not talk about it again, ok?

Thursdays don’t come cheap


I read this great post on What Makes People Attached to a City from a talk Katherine Loflin, a placemaking expert, gave in Minneapolis. After being a champion of my hometown, then leaving to move across the continent, it is a topic close to my heart. I’m really interested in the research coming out of Loflin’s Knight Foundation project, Soul of the Community


If you can’t find a million reasons to use this stock photo everywhere, I think you should reevaluate your priorities. Thanks to Rhett Soveran for pointing it out!



This girl DOES have rhythm. I love this and I love seeing how much fun she is having up at that piano. That’s what music is all about. I would love to see Hiromi Uehara live!


Where do you learn about (and start to collect) the world’s greatest art? of course! If you’ve never been, give yourself some time to peruse. 


…don’t forget to find out what’s current on exhibit in your town AND CHECK IT OUT IN PERSON.


The Gin-Gin mule…

Lime juice, simple syrup, mint leaves, gin and ginger beer. Hellllllllo, Summer!

(If you’re a person that likes to measure, I’d try 1/2 oz lime, 1/2 oz simple syrup, 6 mint leaves, 2 oz gin and maybe 1-2 oz of ginger beer. Try one and adjust to make it your own!)