Friday Five (or More)

It’s time once again for the Friday Five.

“There are two types of people in this world: those with hundreds of unread messages, and those who can’t relax until their inboxes are cleared out.” Which one are you? Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic reveals the psychology of the feed.

TJ Grist’s firsthand account of the Nepal earthquake. “The first thing I noticed was the noise. It was excruciatingly loud—as if four jet airplanes were flying low over the mountains. Then the ground began to tremble.”

Zen Pencils is one of my favorite sites. Artist Gavin Aung Than adapts inspirational quotes into illustrations. This week, he sheds light on the plight of Atena Farghadani, who faces twelve years in prison for drawing a cartoon criticizing the Iranian government and posting it to her Facebook page. She’s there right now, while I am free to type this.

A professor at Texas A&M fails his entire class. “I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class,” he said.

“Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.” One of my favorite lines from The Great Gatsby. (There’s also this favorite: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”)   50 of the most beautiful lines in The Great GatsbyIs yours listed?

Smithsonian Magazine released the finalists and winners of their 2014 photo contest. The categories were travel, people, natural world, American experience, altered images, and mobile (phone pictures). Stunning! These images make me wish I knew what an f-stop was.

As we recently passed the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, writer Jonathan Alpeyrie traveled to 12 countries to “meet, photograph, and interview men who served in the war, on both sides, and survived.” His goal is simply to record their stories. He says, “This project offers no pretense to judge, criticize, or celebrate the actions taken by any of these men, but merely to recollect their stories before they are gone.”

Have a great weekend, everyone! 



  1. These are great links. I (previously) read the email story. Interestingly I stand in both camps, although I do obsessively check email — and can’t stand not to read something new — I also let emails then sit in my inbox. I didn’t used to and I assumed it was just because I had less time to read/respond, but now I wonder if it’s a coping mechanism to reduce stress? Really interesting findings that heart rates go down when for a week people don’t check email (maybe not go online too?). Looking forward to checking out the other links…

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    1. Wasn’t that an interesting article? I too hate to have unread emails in my box, Julia. It’s not because I’m curious about what’s contained therein, I don’t want to have unread emails looming over my head as another “to do.” The thought of having 1,300 unread emails makes me break out in hives.


      1. Blog is still there but yes, contents have been erased. I get too self conscious leaving it “out there” …have a love-hate relationship with my blog. I’m on the crazy train..I know 😜

        Thanks for stopping by and asking.


  2. I love those Great Gatsby quotes awesome writing, and those pictures are so amazing! Makes me feel something when I look at each one. The Grand Prize was pretty badass. Loved the green color. I also really enjoyed checking out the WWII pics and stories. I loved the book Unbroken and when it comes to the World Wars I am in awe of what those young guys had to go through in order to survive The Wars. Those are great stories. Thanks so much for posting. I always enjoy your lists! Learn something every time 🙂


    1. The book Unbroken was quite a book. Hard to believe one person lived through all of those experiences. What a terrific story about the power of forgiveness. Hope you have a Guatastic week! 🙂


  3. Great list, as always, Jackie. I loved the photo contest, of course. Very interesting article on email. I’m afraid my inbox will never be empty…I tend to save emails with special offers and then forget to delete them. If it comes to work email, I answer that day or the next.


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