Friday Favorites

// Yesterday was Harry Potter’s birthday, and this article is just one more piece of evidence why J. K. Rowling’s books were such an important part of my generation’s childhood.  Did you know that children who have read the HP series are more accepting people?

// We all know that I love social media, especially Twitter.  But one thing I hate about Facebook and Twitter and Instagram?  The need to connect them all.  Each social media platform is a little bit different (except maybe Facebook and Google+…they seem pretty much identical to me), and sharing the exact same post across all of those platforms seems a little pointless and counterintuitive.  Nicole has a great post on why you should go disconnect all your social media platforms now.

// Shameless plug here, but I’m pretty darn excited about the feminist link-up Marielle and I have planned.  Interested?  Our first link-up is Thursday, August 8!

// The fact that there are two more of these awesome videos up on Youtube since I last checked.  Beyonce is amazing, and listening to her incredible writing as spoken work rather than as music?  Well…you just have to watch for yourself.

// The fact that Skillshare exists.  One of the things I’ll miss most about college is being able to learn – not just classes for my major and minor, but electives I had the opportunity to take.  Trust me when I say I considered sitting in on large lecture-hall classes in the fall where I knew the professors wouldn’t notice me.  Or when I say being a life-time student seems like a pretty great idea to me.  
Skillshare has some great FREE classes though, and that’s something I’m not passing up on!
// Speaking of things I’ve learned in classes, I remember taking a Friendship Communications (yes, that was a real class, and no it was not pointless) class in college where one of the first discussions my professor introduced was that of why romantic relationships seem to take precedence over platonic ones.  It’s something that’s stuck with me, and this article published on The Page Girls is so beautifully written I couldn’t not share it (so good, in fact, that I just used a double negative).
// This infographic from Pet Flow telling us why cats can be good for your health
And that’s all I have for you this week.  What have you been loving lately?


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15263331247319768989 Shybiker

    Nice links. Thanks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04526288851432270960 Marielle Green

    YES! I hate how some people connect Twitter and Facebook. Plus, how when you buy stuff online, it gives you the option to social media share “I just bought blah blah blah from ____” Spare me. Also, I’ve gradually come to accept that I’m just a spammer. You really can’t avoid it if you want to promote your stuff.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12046155728445845231 Hannah at The Lemon Hive

      I think it’s kinda tough to disconnect. I’m not a fan of sharing on facebook to twitter and vice versa but I do enjoy doing instagram to twitter. Saying that, I’d rather just upload the picture to twitter than share the instagram link, that way I have a little portfolio of images on my twitter account rather than a series of links…I don’t know whether it’s right or wrong to do it this way. That’s the problem with self-promotion I guess, it works differently for everyone.

      But, yeah, I struggle to understand the whole ‘i just bought some headphones from amazon’. I don’t know anyone that actually does this. Do you?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08272847682494279472 Camila

    Nice link! I love the Harry Potter article :)
    Also I’m a bit with Mariella, I’ve accepted I’m a bit of a spammer, but that’s okay, I always strive to find the balance between linking to my blog and then linking to other cool articles and blogs! It’s all about sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14402931345248478585 Rubi @ When Life Gives You Rubi

    I am sharing the Beyoncelogue with everyone I know right now!And now I have 7 more reasons why I need to adopt a kitten before the end of this year :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12046155728445845231 Hannah at The Lemon Hive

    I did not know this about cats! I love it this information. Now I need to go manhandle one of my kitties until it strikes up a purr, that’s how it works right? :)

    P.S. I’m STILL excited about your feminist thingy do da and (since I didn’t respond to your comment reply) I am still considering joining in but it’s tough figuring out what my blog disclosure is going to be on this topic. Of course, this doesn’t actually stop me from getting excited about feminist commenting. whoop whoop.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16279417406114358713 Jana || One Drawing A Day

    I love skill share too! And even though I have my degree-I keep taking classes at the community college anyway. It’s fun to lean new things and meet interesting people.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12445081275530729227 jackie jade

    great links! your feminist linkup sounds great – i wish i didn’t already have a post scheduled for that day!