Selfies will KILL you. I am the first one to tell you that I am not anti-selfie. In fact, I love a good selfie because I'm usually alone at home so there isn't someone to take super cute pictures of me and Penelope as we do adorable things. Also, sometimes my profile picture needs to be updated and Matt really sucks as taking pictures. SUCKS, I tell you. As soon as I saw the first advertisements for the selfie stick I just knew this was going to be a thing where we all laughed 20 years down the road just as we do with hammer pants and slap bracelets now. But interestingly, in 2015 there have been more deaths by selfie than there have been by sharks. LET THAT SINK IN. Pretty soon Shark Week is going to be stupid and we'll have Selfie Week or something. But what does it say about society that we don't want to even go to a stranger and say, "Hey- can you take our picture?" instead we'll rely on a stick and look like a total asshole?
Die, Ebooks, DIE. When eBooks became a thing Matt insisted that I get a Nook. By principle I am not a fan of Amazon and I don't shop there and I refuse to get a Kindle, I don't care if it's easier or nicer, I just won't. *insert me stomping my foot here* I got the Nook and the very first book I read on there was Water for Elephants and I remember being amazed at how much faster I read that, no easy task considering I'm a very fast reader anyways. But I also didn't like it. I ended up buying the print copy of the book and I loved it so much more. Now for some reviews I know publishers try to push the eBook version because it's probably cheaper on their and and I hate it. I strongly dislike eBooks. I will always be a pro-print gal and hearing that eBooks sales are down and print remains steady makes my heart burst a little bit. one of my favorite stories of all time is Fahrenheit 451 where it's in the future and they try to rid us of books. As a kid reading this it was horrifying but it was the same feeling I got when there was this surge of eBooks. They, for the most part, aren't any cheaper than print books and just like with CD's, if I can have a tangible thing to hold in my hand, I will always prefer that over something digital I can easily forget about.
Spin, spin, spin faster, dammit! I was recently talking to people about weight loss and I keep hearing that I should do a spin class, it's super fun and goes quickly but you burn a lot of calories. The idea of essentially riding a bike with no destination seems bizarre to me. Then I saw this and if this was an actual class, I'd be all in.
Black Dot Campaign: We've all seen it on Facebook- people are spreading the word that a black dot on your hand means you are in a vulnerable relationship and it's a "silent signal" that they need help and/or may be in immediate danger. Which, super good idea. Until you think about the logistics of it. First off, if they were in danger, are they really going to put the dot on their hand now? I mean, if they've seen it on the news and all over social media, isn't it reasonable to assume their abuser would have as well? What kind of reaction would that get if an abuser saw that on their victim's hand? I mean, I am all for any solution to bring people to safety but this doesn't seem like the safest route in my opinion.
Okay everybody, that's IT for this week. Do you have a news story you want me to weigh in on? Email me at sarastrand9438(at)hotmail(dot)com and it just might get featured! In the meantime, I have a crafty post tomorrow, I'm taking Sunday off, and I'm back at it on Monday morning!