The Strange History of Fingernail Clipping

Nail-clipping history, it turns out, is surprisingly complicated. We might never find out who actually invented the ubiquitous modern nail clipper, but we do know that around 1875, patents for the modern nail clipper began to appear.

I am mostly fascinated by the fact that by the end of the 19th century, superstitions about how and when to trim fingernails were pretty common. People couldn’t cut their fingernails on weekends out of fear that it might lead to back luck.

Here’s a link to the full post The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping by Ernie Smith.

“Table Games”

I will definitely bring up this game by Sarah Kay at a future dinner with my friends.

DesignMatters with Seth Godin

Debbie Millman talks with Seth Godin about how to live in our difficult political moment.

I can also recommend Seth’s CreativeMornings talk from a few years back.

More Heart

The world needs more empathy and more heart (pins).

Current Status

Self-Education

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
– Isaac Asimov.

Thank you Open Culture for making it easy: 1200 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism

“Criticism is a privilege that you earn — it shouldn’t be your opening move in an interaction…”.

Malcolm Gladwell on Criticism, Tolerance, and Changing Your Mind.

Things You Can Control

I need this as a print on my walls.

Thank you 84 Lumber

So much respect for Maggie Hardy Magerko, owner and president of 84 Lumber, a little-known Pennsylvania-based building material supplier, for buying 90 seconds of airtime on the Super Bowl and airing this spot. Very moving.

Read more here.

100 Questions

3 sets of beautiful cards with questions designed to get a group of people into exceptionally entertaining and meaningful conversations. Love this.

The Confessions Game

With the help of a dice and some cards, the Confessions Game asks participants to answer a series of questions around career, sex, money, relationships, family, gently inviting everyone to share important bits of themselves. I want to play this.

Lazy: A Manifesto

An essay and excerpt from Tim Kreider’s “We Learn Nothing“.

(via my favorite newsletter)

Do Something!

This Tattly is a good reminder: The craziest thing we can do is nothing.

Countable helps you understand the laws Congress is considering and streamline the process of contacting your lawmakers. You can use Countable to: Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation. Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”. Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.

Download the app.

Given the current political climate here in the U.S. I should wear this heart 24/7.

(photo by Jordan)

Carl Sagan

“I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.”
– Carl Sagan

(via Open Culture)

Human Decency

Marriage

“Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don’t know yet who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive and have carefully omitted to investigate.”

The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton

MailShrimp

MailChimp likes all things weird. This time, they went all out: MailShrimp. So much love for this company. And, their service.

Warrior not Worrier

Remember! Be a Warrior not Worrier.

Send A Post Card

I agree with Oliver Jeffers: “People of the USA, if you are concerned about the steps the new administration has already taken in the first few days of office (regarding climate change, women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, civil rights, and the creation of ‘alternative facts’), then outline what matters to you in a postcard mailed to your senator. That is why they are there.”

Here’s instructions how to go about it.

Don’t Be A Bully, Loser

(via The Curious Brain)

Hopeful (Again)

I marched in NYC today. It was peaceful, kind, massive and filled me up with hope.

Question For My Readers:

100+ Makers And Mavericks – 2016

Each year the fine folks of Hiut Denim compile a list of 100+ Makers And Mavericks, the one hundred+ people that got them to utter those words ‘I wish I had done that, made that, invented that, thought like that, changed that’. These are the people who shone the brightest for them back in 2016!

(Gah! I am included!)