Saturday Linkages: Cat Memes, Food Allergies and a Monteverdi Drop

How a cat named Smudge’s distaste for salad created one of 2019’s most popular memes

Why the world is becoming more allergic to food

No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore

‘Like sending bees to war’: the deadly truth behind your almond-milk obsession

DIY Rolling Umbrella Base

A 27-year-old Costco fan loves the store so much he got a logo tattooed and had a birthday party in the food court

Music break: Lamento della Ninfa by Claudio Monteverdi

Saturday Tweets: Say Goodbye to 2019

Le Palais idéal. Image source: Otourly.

Facteur Cheval’s incredible endeavor, the Palais Idéal

Companion Planting: Fraud vs. Facts

Low-tech magazine is now a book!

At the Mexican Border, the Battle for Endangered Species is as Much About Water as About The Wall

Lies, Damned Lies, and Recycling

You Are Literally Working for Silicon Valley and Don’t Know It

Two young climate activists invite Pete Buttigieg to “rethink his strategy” on climate change

For Christ Was Born in a Refugee Camp

The Art of Memory

Saturday Linkages: Holiday Edition

The Nativity, c. 1425
Fra Angelico (Fra Giovanni da Fiesole)

Google Nest or Amazon Ring? Just reject these corporations’ surveillance and a dystopic future

The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes

How our cities failed us this decade: We let big tech take over and dragged our feet on climate, but it’s not too late for change

Overlooked No More: Julia Morgan, Pioneering Female Architect

Just a whole bunch of cats in a whole bunch of Christmas trees

Saturday Linkages: Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind, John Everett Millais 1892.

Ornament Making in the Octavia Lab

‘The Best Thing You Can Do Is Not Buy More Stuff,’ Says ‘Secondhand’ Expert

Do This Before It Snows! Snow Blower Maintenance

A wheel education: the environmental diploma you earn by bike

Cypress Park’s “Egghead Stonehenge” takes a hit

Notes on an afternoon inside John Portman’s Bonaventure Hotel

Should I Worry About Death Cap Mushroooms in California?

Video: Furry porch pirate pilfers package from San Pedro pad

Writing Tip: Use Zombies to Kill the Passive Voice

Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City

Socialism is as American as apple pie. Yes, really

Grow old and be strong