friday five 4.28.17

1. the truth is hard to find – tyler hicks

This gorgeous spot (directed by Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky!) for The New York Times reminds us how important and often difficult good salt-of-the-earth journalism is. I try not to include too many ads in Friday Five, because I'm essentially doing their marketing work for them, but I appreciate ones that offer a fresh perspective or explore a new angle we normally wouldn't get to see. Photojournalists are so often underappreciated; they're supposed to be invisible, and it's easy to forget that they're actually telling the stories.

korean beauty 101

I've been very intrigued by Korean beauty routines, ever since this guy in one of my English classes who had really great skin told me about /r/AsianBeauty (also /r/SkincareAddiction). And Korean skincare has since become my absolute obsession.

friday five 4.21.17

1. first comes tinder. then comes marriage?

The evolution of Tinder has fascinated me for a while. It's so interesting that Tinder was created for a singular purpose, but people have adapted it for the exact opposite purpose. It's like how Snapchat was designed to send disappearing pictures, but now it's a legitimate form of communication with the option to save snaps to "Memories." I wonder if, despite our short attention spans and all of the evidence that suggests otherwise, we are drawn to things with a little more permanence?

panem et circenses: the dangerous narcissism of spectacle

Lately, live streaming has been having a moment. From Twitter's $1-million-per-game deal with the NFL to YouTube's live coverage of everything from Coachella to the presidential debates, instant video is the social media trend du jour. Just last week, 1.2 million people watched simultaneously as April the giraffe, something of an internet sensation, gave birth. With over 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time total, it was the second most live-viewed channel in the history of YouTube.

friday five 4.14.17

1. life after death

I've always been fascinated with Sheryl Sandberg because, well, who wouldn't be? Smart, amazingly accomplished, gracefully articulate, fierce women's rights advocate, and one of the few women in the C-suite at a major tech company. But her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, strikes a much different tone than the high-powered, fearlessly empowering battle cry of Lean In. It's about rearranging your priorities after a devastating loss, about realigning your perspective of life when everything feels like it's falling apart.

minute thoughts 4.12.17

Thoughts while writing a petition to the City of San Diego for a Gong Cha

1. PSA: It's the 150th anniversary of Canada's national parks program, so a Discovery Pass is free for all of 2017! Anyone wanna plan a trip to Canada with me? ^_^

friday five 4.7.17

1. equal pay day: a wage gap fact check

In honor of Equal Pay Day earlier this week, here's a great article about the realities of the gender pay gap. A lot of people like to argue that it's a myth, and it's true that the "77 cents to the dollar" statistic can be misleading or reductive, but the truth is that it varies with age, ethnicity, and profession (also if you note the part about women doing mostly unpaid work after-hours).

friday five 3.31.17

A couple of people have recently asked me how I find things for Friday Five. In my first Friday Five, I cited Twitter, but lately I've been liking email newsletters for global and pop culture news, since my Twitter feed seems to be very politics-heavy especially in the past, oh, I don't know, 71 days. So here's a list of all of the email newsletters I subscribe to: