Friday Favorites 11/8

Earlier this week I saw a blog that did a weekly list of interesting items they’d found during the week. Topics varied and seemed to touch on just about every interest the blogger had so I thought it would be a cool way to at least make up four of my posts during NaBloPoMo and maybe even beyond if I like it enough.

Anyway, let’s see how it works:

1)5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God and Beer
A couple of weeks ago I watched a video on about Beer and Hymns, a movement started by churches around the globe in an attempt to bring Christians with a taste for good beer together in an environment that is more about praise and fellowship and less about condemnation and judgement. NPR has recently picked up a couple of stories related to the events and posted this nice list of 5 bits of interesting knowledge about beer as it relates to our spiritual lives.

2) BABYMETAL “Ijimie, Dame, Zettai” (No More Bullying)
Erin introduced me to BABYMETAL today – a Japanese “Pop-Metal” band fronted by three teenage girls complete with thrash-style riffs, metalcore breakdowns and choreographed dance moves not unlike American pop superstars’ stage shows. I told a friend today if this happened in the United States or the UK I would not be okay with it but since they’re Japanese I’ll give them a shot because they’re adorable.

3) Creepy Photos of Monkeys Wearing Doll Masks
Straight out of Finland, artist Perttu Saksa brings together two of my favorite things – Monkeys and Masks – in this awesome photography series created in Indonesia.

4) Skydivers’ Miraculous Escape
Like a lot of other people, I too have started receiving daily emails from Digg. While this was surprising and annoying at first, I’ve grown to like them – a nice daily addition to my regular breaking news emails from NPR that often highlights news stories that aren’t always bad news and are often times creative. This week they showed me this great video presented by NBC Nightly News about a crew of trained skydivers making an unbelievable escape from their plane after it collided with another plane mid-air. While this is certainly not a cinematic masterpiece, it’s certainly another reason to want to strap on a GoPro when you do this type of thing.

5) Date and Gorgonzola Sweet Potatoes
If you’ve followed my blog for more than a few weeks you know how often I go to Budget Bites for healthy and cheap weekly meals. Beth has done it again here with this awesome recipe that I intend to recreate on Thanksgiving at the Simpson household!

6) Taco Bell’s Cinnabon Delights 4 Pack
Sweet Alli sent me this one today, apparently reported on by FoodBeast. I need to make these happen in the very near future. Like, maybe even this weekend.

7) Turkey and Cranberry Stuffed Donuts
I can understand how some folks would be getting sick of the weird stuffed donut trend happening right now since the rise of the cronut earlier in 2013. I’m a huge supporter of it, however, and FoodBeast are now reporting this guy (In NY, obviously) is helping us with our Thanksgiving menu by offering a series of stuffed donuts – pumpkin donuts, might I add – that includes turkey & cranberry stuffing. Mercy.

8) The Pope Meeting a Disfigured Gentleman
I don’t care to admit that while I’m certainly no Catholic, I’m a very big fan of Pope Francis. This man is so humble and a near ideal picture of what it means to live a Christlike life. Truly inspiring.

9) Illinois and Gay Marriage
Illinois made the news this week when the Statehouse approved a bill to allow same-sex marriage in the state, a step that was considered its biggest hurdle since the next step is the Senate, where it is also expected to pass. Three cheers, Illinois, keep it up!

10) Wayne White in Knoxville
Erin has recently turned me on to the work of Tennessee-native artist Wayne White. With a load of now-famous artwork in many forms as well as a documentary that has the whole art community talking it goes without saying that Knoxville is thrilled to have Mr. White in town to help with a homecoming float with the University of Tennessee art department. This is a brief interview with him from Knoxville’s best weekly, the Metro Pulse.

So that’s that. Let’s see how this works.

This is post 8 of my very first time participating in NaBloPoMo, a “Blog a Day” project for the month of November.

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