Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.
Here in the United States it's Memorial Day, and I hope everyone is having a safe one. (In Central Texas, we're pretty hard hit by flooding and tornadoes, so that goes double for locals.)
Here's what's on tap this week:
- Let's just start things off right, shall we? Matthew Lewis posed for Attitude magazine and it is, well. It is. And as if that were not enough, he and J.K. Rowling tweeted each other about it.
- Feminist Lisa Frank. Hello third-wave feminism expressed via the pop culture touchstones of older millennials, you are my everything. (Lisa Frank herself is not pleased with this Tumblr, but to that I am a panda bear in overalls and a baseball cap painting the words "I don't care" over and over.)
- io9 takes a look at the ways the Marvel Cinematic Universe have influenced Marvel comics, from costumes to the finer points of superpowers to whether or not someone is even alive. (Weirdly, though, no mention of Coulson's role in the deeply excellent Secret Avengers comics.)
- TIME has a great interactive thing where you tell it your first name, birth year, and sex, and it tells you what the popularity ranking of your name was for the year you were born, and what the equivalent popular name was for every decade back to the 1890s. Pretty neat! Today I'd be a Sadie, but in times past I could have been Nellie, Charlotte, or Mamie, all of which I'd take. Becca would be an Amelia today, or a Ruth, Pearl, or Gertrude in the past. Hi, and welcome to This Week in Ladies! We're your hosts, Mamie and Gertrude.
- Would read all these books.
- This year is the 15th (!) anniversary of Center Stage, the greatest dance movie ever made. Don't believe me? Let Entertainment Weekly convince you: Center Stage is, however, a great movie, where "great" is defined as "A thing you loved when you were 12 that's still entertaining once you reach adulthood, despite how much of it is about feet."
- Cool job alert: The National Archives Foundation has hired someone to be their "Chief Spirits Advisor" as the National Archives opens an exhibit about the history of alcohol in America.
- HuffPo has a cool history of Crayola crayons, inspired by a collector who tracked down a lot of vintage crayons and studied the way names and colors have changed over the years.
- Here's a cool fan-made video highlighting reused animation in Disney movies.
- Jon Stewart has been quietly running a program to help veterans enter the TV industry for the last few years, and now that he's leaving The Daily Show, he's hoping other shows and networks will join it: "This is ready to franchise. Please steal our idea," Mr. Stewart said in an interview at his Manhattan studio recently. "It isn't charity. To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn't being tapped."