I know. I know. It’s been a spell. I’ve been off cheating on Ventipop with some other business excursions. My hope moving forward is to be a bit more monogamist with Ventipop and update at least once per week. I’ve also taken down the ads from all new posts. I’m not making any money unless generous readers like you choose to click on the Patreon button and give what you can. I enjoy finding reassuring stories which validate humanity is not all but lost. I hope I can keep ‘em coming. If you can’t give money, do the next best thing and tell a few people about Ventipop. I’d appreciate it. Now…for the first time in a long time…Let’s grind.
“Sober Halloween” is Japanese dry humor in it peak form. Flashy, fanciful costumes are banned in favor of gems like “Guy who spilled coffee down front of shirt” or “hotel guest going to get his breakfast”. Gold, Jerry, gold!
Can you guess these elaborately dull cosplay getups?
Art is Wherever You Find It
This artist uses jigsaw puzzles, with the same die cut pattern, to make these terrific mashups:
Fame Game 2018
This could be the most Buzzfeedy, YouTubey, Internety story ever:
Book by Book
Shoulder to shoulder, community members formed a line 500 feet long: from the stockroom of the old shop, down the sidewalk, and onto the shop floor of the new store.
Cafes brought cups of tea to the volunteers. People at bus stops joined in. Passersby asked what was happening, then joined the chain themselves.
"We had elderly people, children, and everybody in between," Brown said.
Awash in Creativity
“So not only do Gates and Bezos get to slip in a bit of mindfulness rinsing plates, their nightly chore is also a valuable spring of creativity…”
An adorable little girl trying to get Amazon's A.I. assistant Alexa to play her favourite song 'Baby Shark'. But Alexa can't understand her voice.
"This is Daisy. She's a little bit crazy and rambles on the phone a lot.”
Bits n Pieces
The world not a representation of what you would like it to be? Create your own.
A doughnut store owner had to keep working long days and couldn't visit his ailing wife. So the neighborhood starting buying out all of his doughnuts in the morning so he could leave early.
Seriously, Stephen King is a good dude.
"So I thought, 'Well, if a dog can smell fruits and vegetables in luggage, could they smell malaria in a person?'" - How A Dog Could Stop The Global Spread Of Malaria
Indiana Vending Machine Dispenses Clean Clothing and Blankets to People Without Homes
Why is everyone naming their babies with four-letter names?
No good answer as to ‘What are pubes actually for?’
Congrats to the Red Sox on the World Series. Here's a fun way to wrap the season:
The Future Is Now
China’s state news agency this week unveiled the world’s first virtual newsman:
Dubai Police are now training on flying motorbikes.
This reality is depressing…just look around you. The Ubiquity of Smartphones.
This is how a ship passes through the Panama Canal:
Ani DiFranco's long-awaited memoir "No Walls and the Recurring Dream" is coming out May 7, 2019 via Viking Books!
In her memoir, DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman's eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani's coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence--from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to challenge established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has impressed many and antagonized more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams.
Odessa Goldberg put together a short tribute in honor of those who have lost their lives to violence - and a call to the rest of us not to remain silent:
Mental Yoga or Long Read of the Week
'Oh my God,' she said. 'What if this is what we should be doing? What if it's that simple?'"
Jason Cherkis in HuffPo Highline: The Best Way To Save People From Suicide.
…And Finally…R.I.P. William Goldman
One of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read:
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