Back to School

…never sounded so sweet.

The last few weeks have been T-O-U-G-H. The rain-battered flower above best expresses the state of my soul as the husband and I juggled work, facing the consequences of failing to sign the kiddo up for extended summer camp options and then – to top it all off – the kiddo contracted a virus and bacterial infection a couple weeks before the start of school. He may have missed the first few days, but he recovered in time to make the week.

We survived…

The real reason for food allergies – boredom.

So why have our immune systems suddenly gone haywire? One theory notes that we (mostly) eradicated hookworms by the 1980s in the United States. And tapeworms. All the classic parasites are mostly kaput. Without those actual threats, our immune system downshifts to tackle the biggest possible threat on the horizon. Which, these days, might be cashew butter or Camembert.

“It’s looking for stuff to do and it’s staying busy,” Warren said. “But it’s busy doing stupid stuff like reacting to walnuts and birch pollen.”

The Washington Post


Rare Beauty: Product Images Win

Rare Beauty e-mail newsletter image

More e-commerce shops need to start adopting this way of showing product images on a range of body types so that we, as consumers, can better gauge how the item will work for us. I just wish the team incorporated this into the actual product image gallery instead of via email newsletter.

The first time I noticed this was actually with Moment backpacks. I really appreciated how they showed the bag’s size relative to folks of different heights. A bag that is a perfect fit for someone who is 6 foot is not going to be perfect for someone who is 4’11” – ahem, like me.

Moment Daypack product description

Can I categorize this under user experience?

Artist: Known — Illustrator for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ gets long-overdue credit

Cover for the 1976 Dell/Laurel Leaf paperback edition of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Give this a listen:

A couple years ago, as the writer Sarah Elizabeth was working on her book, “The Art of Fantasy” (out September 12th), a particular illustration kept popping into her mind’s eye. It was the cover for the 1976 Dell/Laurel Leaf paperback edition of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic sci-fi/fantasy novel “A Wrinkle in Time.”

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