Ventipop #230 :: Ba-Nonna & Punkin’, Sex Dust & Cheerful Despair

The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.
— David W. Orr


Special thanks to those who have made contributions to ventipop this week:

Andy Hileman, Lisa McCade, Deb Seahorn, Manford o’Braun, Cecila Finch & Edie Mccaffrey


The following video proves we stress out way too much about what to buy one another:



12 Favorite Books Read This Year

  1. City of Thieves by David Benioff

  2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

  3. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara

  4. Lethal White by Robert Gailbraith

  5. Charlesgate Confidential by Scott Von Doviak

  6. The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

  7. Before The Fall by Noah Hawley

  8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson

  9. Elevation by Stephen King

  10. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

  11. We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

  12. The Chalkman by C.J. Tudor

By Stephen King
The Chalk Man: A Novel
By C. J. Tudor

A Song - “No One Changes” by Conor Oberst

Coming Soon Ventipop’s Favorite 50 Songs of 2018

Interview of the Week :: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

‘Frustration, I Love You’—that’s going to be the name of my book.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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The Necessary Joy of Fucking Up

"I am, by nature, a socially awkward human being who has ruined many a party for my long-suffering wife, but there’s something about presenting work to a client that brings out the dreadful show-off in me. According to my mother, I was a horribly precocious child who would dance in front of the telly when Top of the Pops was on, shrieking "Look at me! Look at me!" at the top of my voice. For some reason, client meetings bring out this delightful side to my character.

And so I stood up on my chair to give Jill the most vivid impression I could of what it would be like to witness the full technicolour glory of Brian May paying electric homage to her new burger.

"SESAME SEED BUN!" I roared, miming a powerful guitar chord: "THWAAAANG!"

This extraordinarily moving performance was met with an unexpectedly deathly silence. From the corner of my eye, I could see that Jim had turned bright red and was looking fixedly down at the table in front of him as if there was something really fucking important going on there that he had to pay attention to right this very minute or the world would come to an end. I looked up at Jill."

Snaps & Buckles & Things…

  • Long Term Parking - “It turns out that a long, happy marriage resembles a slow-moving rom-com, one that plays out over decades. The first few years of a marriage are rife with conflicts, but the emotional weather eventually changes, according to a new study by psychology researchers at UC Berkeley. In time, humor—friendly teasing, jokes, and silliness—becomes more prevalent, and bickering and criticisms decline.”

  • Christmas Jeers! - “This is what happens when a Christmas movie plot unfolds in North Idaho: It's a story that involves armed "patriots," secret recordings, Fox News, claims of anti-Christian bigotry, reports of vandalism, a lawsuit, a countersuit, depositions and even — a la Miracle on 34th Street — Santa Claus on the witness stand.”

  • More of things like this: You Are Magic

  • Cheerful Despair Badge of Honor

  • Sprinklers as huts.

  • Psst. There’s this thing called Sex Dust.

  • “She isn’t mad at you. She just seems like it because she’s been “on” all day, and you are the only one she can take it out on because she knows you’ll still love her in the morning.” - 21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Girls

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Food & Stuff

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.
— David Mamet

When slicing soft or slippery items — like cheese or raw bacon — pop them in the freezer first + 11 Other Insider Secrets from Restaurant Kitchens (That You Can Use at Home)

Curl Up in Front of a Fried Chicken-Scented Fire This Winter, Thanks to KFC — Ever wanted to make your house smell more like a fast-food restaurant? Probably not, but nonetheless, KFC has unveiled fried chicken-scented firewood KFC’s 11 Herbs & Spices Firelogs are now available online for $18.99 — (UPDATED: I Don’t know what says more about our society; The fact that these exist or the fact that they are now sold out)

Behold the world’s most expensive bento box — Here’s the perfect, ridiculous gift for the one-percenter who truly has everything: A $2,500 cow-shaped bento box filled with 10 pounds of Japan’s finest wagyu beef. it holds the Guinness world record for the most expensive bento box

The Butterfinger You Know And Love Is About To Change

here’s a simple “Apple pie jaffle” recipe that’s both weight watchers & waistline friendly

The New York Times Most Popular Recipes of 2018

did you know there are now ‘food holidays’ every day of the year? here are december’s upcoming food holidays. get a bib and go celebrate accordingly


You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.
— Joan Miro

Auctioneers of Fine Art

I’m sold on this fine art auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen ad that in and of itself is a work of art:

Finally…Art For All

Art for all is the affordable art print shop we’ve all been searching for

Forgery Experts At Work

Forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor are often called upon to authenticate purported paintings by well-known artists. Using a drip painting resembling Jackson Pollock’s work, they show how they use historical research, hardcore science, and good-ol’ human observation.


O’ Human Tree, O’ Human Tree (NSFW)

If you're annoyed by all the holiday cheer in Christmas ads, how about a dark Christmas ad about a world in which Christmas trees chop down humans, decorate them and then discard them when the holiday is over. Ad Age's Alexandra Jardine calls it a "twisted, dark tale that will appeal to those with a sick sense of humor. Guess that’s me.