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Friday Things: 01/25

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[January is flying by...  

I have some news about my move! It's looking like I'll be placed in Ibaraki prefecture, specifically at Hitachinaka. It's sea-side, not too far from Tokyo, and the population is about 150,000. It's looking like I'll have elementary school kids, and I won't have to drive. Yippee! 

More on this, of course, as we get closer to the date. I have accepted the Hitachinaka placement though, so I'm waiting for final details, my actual teaching placement, and the date I should be leaving.]

On words:

Kory Stamper writes about how people misuse/abuse the dictionary when they're trying to defend or justify dumb statements. She also touches upon how some people take the dictionary for more than the authority on the usage of words.

Are you a writer? Or really, anyone who, in some capacity, needs to be critiqued on your work every now and then? Here's how not to take criticism (and how you can accept it gracefully).

In honor of the book anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Quirk Books has made their Pride and Prejudice and Zombies interactive eBook app free just this weekend (normally $8.99). Check it out.

Laura Crockett writes an excellent article on Quirk Books on how to spot good YA books. I love how she starts off assuring 18+ readers that it's absolutely OK to wander around the teen section of the bookstore or library, and that it isn't the age of the main characters that defines the story. I struggled with this myself for a while, before resigning to the fact that I just love the creativity that comes out of the YA book world.

On Movies:

It was finally, formally announced that J.J. Abrams is directing the new Star Wars movie. I'm not sure how I feel about that yet. I mean, I like the guy, but at the same time, can he really do it justice?

io9 has this great list of the best supervillain musical numbers. I love that the dentist song from Little Shop of Horrors made the header though it wasn't ranked first. They also included such titles as Kidnap the Sandy Claws and Still Alive, and of course... Labyrinth's Magic Dance.

The latest Disney Dream portrait by Annie Leibovitz was revealed this week as Taylor Swift portraying Rapunzel. I love how the picture looks (Swift looks beautiful), though I'm not sure if she's really that appropriate of a model considering Mandy Moore could have filled in. What are your thoughts?

Other:

Ever wonder what happens when you piss off designers? You might get your "feedback" illustrated.

Found by Sophie at PAR, this is a really nice comic by Elizabith Simins about growing up as a girl gamer and how it isn't weird any more. What's weird to me about this comic is that I grew up as both, and there were girls around me who gamed while also doing all the girly things at the same time. I guess my situation is pretty unique though, given that so many women in my age group today talk about how they struggled with these things growing up, or about how only now they feel like it's finally OK to openly game. It shouldn't have to be that way, and thinking retrospectively, I'm happy to have had the childhood I did, with the right kind of support from my friends and family for not forcing me to choose between being a "normal girl" and also a gamer.

Two of my favorite musicians on YouTube.. The Piano Guys and Lindsey Stirling.. collaborate in this video for.. Mission Impossible!

Someone broke down food in video games into their nutritional content. It's not what you think, though. We're not talking calories.

[Well, this list is looking good for this week. Enjoy all the clicking!]