This month – May


Read – Online

The Rise of the Minimalist Skincare Routine. A reaction to the 25 steps routines.

The Tree That Owns Itself.

Dutch article about racism towards Asians here in The Netherlands, and how they’re sick of it, and rightfully so: Poepchinees, sambal bij of spleetoog: Aziaten pikken het niet langer.

Sad: Once-Promising Niche Fragrance Brand Commodity Seems To Have Come To An End.

‘Warpaint: Makeup For Men’ Beautifully Highlights The Fragility of Masculinity

Best invention ever, the “Shut up lollypop” to combat “Dutch disease” aka incessant chattering during concerts and other live shows: Lul-niet-lolly houdt monden bij concerten ‘tenminste echt dicht’

Ancient DNA upends the horse family tree. Spoiler: the przewalski horse is not wild.

Instead of shaking all over, I read the newspapers. I listened to the radio. I had my lunch, an essay by Colm Tóibín about his (treatment of his) testicular cancer.

What my mother and I don’t talk about: Michele Filgate reflects on her teen years with an abusive stepfather and a mother whose silence protected him.

Can we live longer but stay younger?

In Santa Barbara, the War Between Weed Growers and Their Neighbors Is Getting Nasty

An article about ten “world food” dishes commonly eaten here in The Netherlands, how they got here and how they differ from the originals: Tien wereldgerechten: hoe kwamen ze in onze keuken terecht?

Listened to – Music

Elton John – Rocket Man (Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1972)

Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings (Official Video) ft. Lykke Li

The Bangles – Be With You

Listened to – Podcasts


Watched – Films and Documentaries

Boksen voor je leven, a Dutch documentary about Jewish boxer Ben Bril from Amsterdam.

Devils Pie, about singer D’Angelo and his comeback after many years outside of the spotlight.

Watched – TV and Youtube

Are Indians Aware Of The Indian Head Bobble?

How Lil Nas X Took ‘Old Town Road’ From TikTok Meme to No. 1 | Diary of a Song

Die Eiskönigin aus Chemnitz. Ein Abend für Jutta Müller (ENG SUBS)

The Adorkable Misogyny of The Big Bang Theory

The Complicity of Geek Masculinity on the Big Bang Theory

Why Women Are Quitting Their Side Hustle: Leaving LuLaRoe

Sam Bettens, known as the singer for K’s Choice, has his own YouTube channel where he talks about his life and his transition

How To Weave

How To Make Paper

Miscellaneous awesomeness

Shmoxd‘s (pronounced as “Shmood”) whole channel, really!