I have made a huge dent in my bookmarks. I don't know what I was doing with myself when I saved all these random things to read but I'm going through them now. Mostly because I'm stuck on what I want my office décor to look like. I had started with yellow and bright/happy, but that's as far as I've gotten. Anyways...
7 James Street is an interactive longform article (I love these). This is a true crime one about a murder in the UK. It's about the murder of Lynette White, a welsh woman, who was found in Cardiff after being stabbed. People reported seeing a white man, bloodied on the steps of the house where Lynette had been found, but police arrested 5 black men instead. These five men became known as the "Cardiff 5." Eventually the five men were freed and in 2000, the police reopened the Lynette White murder case and found usable DNA from under the baseboards and on some cellophane. The article also touches on corruption and manipulation of witnesses, the economy of the docklands in Cardiff, and miscarriages of justice.
The Fifth Force of Physics is Hanging by a Thread by Nautilus writer Philip Ball. It was written in 2017, so that's how behind I am. I'll be absolutely honest, physics is not my love. I struggle with it. The article talks about how the four forces already known (gravity, electromagnetism, strong and weak nuclear focus. A fifth force would be either an entire new force or just a modification of general relativity (thus only four forces, with one needing tweaking). I understand enough of this to understand that I don't understand any of it well enough.
I taped Meet Me In St. Louis awhile ago (like...at Christmas?) but just got around to watching it. I've seen it before but I was younger. It's based on a book by Sally Benson, with the same title. I didn't realize that the movie was made (near the end) during WWII. It's set during the 1904 St. Louis Fair (the Louisiana Purchase Exposition). I know less about the 1904 Fair than earlier ones (art historically and culturally) but I know Dr. Pepper was introduced there! I love Dr. Pepper! Also, the Summer Olympics were held at the same time. Crazy times!
The song, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was written for the movie and the character played by Judy Garland sings it to Tootie (her younger sister in the movie). The story is about a family in St. Louis told through a year's lens. It follows the romances of the two oldest daughters (one played by Judy Garland). Their father accepts a job elsewhere, causing the family to have to leave the city. Garland sings the famed song to her younger sister during Tootie's crying fit over leaving. Eventually, the father decides to stay in St. Louis and the family go to the fair. The movie was filmed in color and it's costuming is delightful.
Warner Brother's has a behind the scenes photo shoot.
The Judy Room has an article about the making of Meet Me In St. Louis
LA Times' interview with Margaret O'Brien (who played Tootie)
I've been on a podcast boom. I've listened to quite a few different ones. Some were not great, but there have been some okay ones. I'm currently listening to the BBC's Radio 4 "History of the World in 100 Objects." It's great and I wish it was more visual. I think there's a book? I'm not sure, I'm only half way through it.
I've also listened to an audiobook. I'm not great with audiobooks because my mind will wander unless I'm focusing on it. I don't know how people multi task like that. So, I just lay in bed and listened to the book. It was the second to last Janet Evanovich book. The narrator is great (better than me) but I do not enjoy how she does the men's voices. Mostly Ranger tbh. She's going for smooth I think but it made my skin crawl. The funny thing is when I saw what other people said, they thought it was sexy. Obviously I'm in a minority.
The other thing I've been listening to has been this Classical Essentials List on Spotify. There's about 170ish songs and lasts for 19 hours. So, I can have it on all day while I'm working. There are a few songs that I prefer to skip on most classical playlists (Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune usually) but this one has very few skips for me.
I bought one dress from Macy's, a bunch of makeup from Ulta, and a lot of bath bombs off Etsy.
Nothing I needed but all stuff I wanted.