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Tacit Endorsement #9

Week of 7.17.2016

The week wasn’t all bad. Mostly bad, sure, but not all bad. The Tacit Endorsement series is how I remind myself of this. 

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Extra Helping

I realize that in recent weeks, Tacit Endorsement has made mention of cheese fries, mac and cheese, and fried cheese curds. The only reference to vegetables was a recipe for panzanella — a salad made mostly of bread. This week, I add frozen pizzas to the list. 

I like that I can get disturbingly cheap frozen pizzas when I’m feeing broke, or very bougie frozen pizzas from Whole Foods when I’m feeling fancy. I like that while the oven is pre-heating, I can tell myself that I’ll just be eating “a serving” of frozen pizza. I like that by the time the pizza is ready, I’ll have trashed the box — and thus will no longer be held accountable for knowing if a “serving” was supposed to a quarter of the pizza, or a third of the pizza, or the whole thing. 

I am reminded of that meme-ified quote from Mister Rogers, that line that makes the rounds during awful events:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

So true. Except I look for the carbs. 

Fred Rogers, looking for helpers. Screencap of Google Image Search.

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Frictionless Collaboration

Obviously whenever other people are involved, things are going to get unpleasant. 

But I was delighted as can be this week to work with some long lost friends and colleagues on a collectively-authored writing project. The piece came together in just a few days, and more smoothly than I could possibly have anticipated. This is because my friends and colleagues are amazing, yes, but also because Google Docs is a thing. Five or six people spread out across the continent managed to work quite painlessly together on a single document in a single weekend. Because Google Frickin' Docs. 

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Hustle & Float

Please don’t think your side hustle is necessarily going to totally change your life. And don't assume that all the millennials are already on it. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. When all our institutions seem to be falling apart and our day jobs feel more precarious than ever, and when it is so easy to start and promote a new venture, pursuing a passion project that pays sounds like a not so bad idea. (Such a shame that Karen Pence had to give up her side gig when Mike got tapped for VP.)

My side-hustling-hero-of-the-week is Jihan Zencirli of Geronimo Balloons. Because look at these things she makes.

Out of balloons.

For a living.

Geronimo Balloons on Instagram

Geronimo Balloons on Instagram

More images here, and read about “The Art Of Turning An Eccentric Hobby Into A Full-Fledged Business” at fastcodesign.

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When Not Eating Carbs

I enjoy this Sweet Ginger Heat Green Tea from DAVIDsTEA. Green tea with pink peppercorns, orange peel, and ginger, FTW. It's important to me that the tea is organic, because as you know, I treat my body like a sacred temple. 

But don’t get me started on the perverse spelling of the company's name: DAVIDsTEA. I wouldn't know where to begin.

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Copy That

As a writer and as a teacher, I appreciated this week's frank national dialogue about the evils of plagiarism. Of course should Melania become FLOTUS, my students will be more emboldened than ever to insist that plagiarism doesn't really matter. At that point they may be right — we will have bigger problems to worry about. 

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Post-Camp

George Takei’s video addressing, in Spanish, his “Latino fans and their families and friends,” telling the story of his being placed in a US internment camp in 1942, and making the terrifyingly clear connection between the racist, dehumanizing rhetoric of that moment, and the racist, dehumanizing rhetoric of Trump.

I don’t want to say I liked this video, because I wish it didn’t have to exist. But what a compelling position to speak from, and what an interestingly intersectional case to make.

(Related: Hispanics Para Trump fail.) 

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Honorable Mentions

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. 

Fried Mac & Cheese Triangles. (Ok, maybe I have a problem.)

Another delightful anti-Trump video: The Daily Show asking “When was America great?”

A nap.

Air conditioning.