Happy Friday, friends! I've got some links from the past week to make you laugh, think, discuss or just procrastinate. Enjoy!
This video on how German sounds compared to other languages made me lol a lot.
My fellow grammar enthusiasts have struggled with the 'they' vs 'he/she' in singular situations debate, and apparently now there's a 'ze' for gender neutrality. I'm all for it.
This badass blogger launched her own fashion line!
Almost free MIT education? Yes please!
This restaurant got rid of tipping in favor of higher entree prices (which is long overdue IMO).
This candid blog post on anxiety by a big-time fashion blogger is everything.
Has anyone seen or heard of Hamilton? I keep hearing the songs from this musical on Spotify and it sounds pretty am-ahh-zing.
Any comics fans out there? The narcissism of Snoopy is a long but very interesting read.
What if your job didn't exist?
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner started a feminist e-newsletter! YAS!
Creativity, intelligence, how we measure it and all the things I think about while trying to fall asleep. Here's an excerpt:
The whole self-esteem movement taught us erroneously that praising intelligence, talent, and abilities would foster self-confidence, self-esteem, and everything great would follow. But we’ve found it backfires. People who are praised for talent now worry about doing the next thing, about taking on the hard task, and not looking talented, tarnishing that reputation for brilliance. So instead, they’ll stick to their comfort zone and get really defensive when they hit setbacks. So what should we praise? The effort, the strategies, the doggedness and persistence, the grit people show, the resilience that they show in the face of obstacles, that bouncing back when things go wrong and knowing what to try next. So I think a huge part of promoting a growth mindset in the workplace is to convey those values of process, to give feedback, to reward people engaging in the process, and not just a successful outcome.
I have two words this week:
Solipsism: the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
Sacrosanct: (especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.
Enjoy your weekend! I'll be watching live music all day erryday. Follow along on Instagram (@mackensieg) and Snapchat (MaryMacKensie).