SO GREAT

My top-notch, top five picks from the past week on the interwebs:

I’ve full-on converted to Pinterest for all my bookmarking needs. I can’t help it – the visual orientation makes it so much easier to navigate than my clunky folders in Chrome. Rest assured that I will never fall victim to “Pinterest Sundays,” because on this day I prefer to revisit a week of pins and highlight the ones that are SO GREAT. Let’s begin.

1. “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

Do it do it do it to it. Then keep doing it.

2. “Frida Kahlo Makes the Cover of Vogue for the First Time

Better late than never. Nearly 60 years after her death, artist Frida Kahlo will be a Vogue cover girl. Vogue Mexico used photographer Nickolas Muray’s iconic 1939 portrait of Kahlo taken in New York for its November 2012 cover to coincide with the November 22 opening of “Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo” at the artist’s eponymous museum.

Although this is a brand new cover, it might look a bit familiar. The image of Kahlo was used for a mock-up of a Paris Vogue cover that has been floating around the Internet for a while, but that mock-up is a fake. According to a Vogue Mexico rep, this is the first time Murray’s family granted permission for the image to be used on a fashion magazine cover. In addition, the shot was recreated with actress Salma Hayek for a Paris Vogue cover that marked the 2002 biopic “Frida.”

Read more at ARTINFO.

3. “Is your costume racist?

A little late, but good food for thought for next year.

I came across this image through Get Off My Internets. This particular thread centers on the response to a blogger Mish Lovin’ Life’s “butch lesbian” Halloween costume. I won’t feed her more page views – you can navigate to her offensive post (and followup explanation post) through GOMI. Commenters, both there and on her blog, eloquently articulated exactly why this getup is so offensive. It’s definitely a discussion worth skimming.

One thing I find particularly unsavory about this blogger is how up front she is about poking fun of Asians as a whole. Mish is half Korean and claims to “focus way more attention” on that side, as opposed to her mother’s white ancestry. And yet … I get exactly the same vibe that commenter “granola scam” addressed: “She strikes me as the kind of person who’s the token Whatever of her group of friends and makes it too much a part of her identity and plays on it as often as she can.” 

I just don’t find it funny. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy any form of racial humor. Canadian comedian Russell Peters has skillfully portrayed a range of ethnicities through his sketches. It’s the kind of thing you watch and then think, “oh, that’s bad,” but you can’t help laughing. There is something about his delivery and storytelling that makes it work. Unlike Mish, he doesn’t merely say, “hahahahaha Asians.” He details every aspect of an encounter – hanging with the blacks kids in his neighborhood as a child, haggling with a Chinese street vendor, etc. – to fully bring the stereotype to life. Even then, yeah, it’s still kind of offensive, but at least he offers a better vision of where it’s coming from.

4. Michael Jordan straight chillin’

“Photos of Michael Jordan wearing non-Jordan Nikes do exist, but they aren’t that common. But hey, you win back-to-back NBA championships (and Finals MVPs), you can wear whatever the heck you want.”

Courtesy of Complex’ list “The 50 Most Iconic Celebrity Sneaker Shots of All Time.”

5. Vintage Puff Daddy and Kate Moss

White fur. The shades. Safe to call this iconic?

BONUS: “Every hurricane visualized since 1851

There is a lot of data in this here image.

What does the world of hurricanes look like? As Hurricane Sandy hits the Eastern seaboard of the US, developer John Nelson has come up with this new view of the world to show how America and Asia have been assailed by these storms as far back as the records go.

The data is from NOAA, which has the ultimate database of extreme weather over the years. You’re looking at the world from the bottom up – ie looking down on Antarctica. It’s a novel way to see a globe normally dominated by the western hemisphere. The United States is at the top right of the map, Asia is on the left and Africa at the bottom. The brighter the dots, the more intense the storm.

Visit The Guardian for more data and views of the map.

What links are you into this week?

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