Medieval Danger Zones, Stolen Maple Syrup, Grope Detection as a Service.

Hello my darlings! It’s officially December, which means it’s time for a much-needed reminder: the Holiday Season can be hard, despite what the omni-present jingle bells and definitely-haven’t-aged-well Christmas songs try and tell you. Remember: a) holidays are high stress, highly-emotional, and often highly-volatile, b) you are not alone, I promise quite a few of us are right there with you, and c) take time to do what you can to take care of yourself, even if that means skipping that holiday party you’ve been dreading. So what are y’all doing to protect your mental health this holiday season? Shoot me an email if you’d like me to share with this lovely group of humans :)

Anyhoo, TO THE INTERNET!

Today, in ‘No Shit, Sherlock’ headlines: Why Aren't Millennials Spending? They're Poorer Than Previous Generations, Fed Says.

Ad agency Ogilvy, on behalf of client Schweppes, designed and tested a “touch-sensitive dress that tracked how often—and with what degree of intensity—women in Brazil were groped on an average night out.” And yes, while it is important to remember that it was a bit of a stunt done for a corporate beverage client, it also created a visual representation of the 157 times the women were touched over a four hour period.

Speaking of that problematic "Christmas ong" mention I wonder how many unwanted touches the Schweppes dress would detect in the original 1949 musical number?

White supremacists are using an app in which one can pay a surprisingly low amount of money to have a celebrity read a personalized message in a video (side question: this late-stage capitalist madness exists?) to get famous people to record messages containing coded anti-Semitic language. COOLCOOLCOOLCOOLCOOLCOOL happy hanukkah.

As always, history = the best academic discipline (don’t @ me): “An academic has uncovered medieval London's violent hotspots by cataloguing 14th Century killings.” My GOD, the 1300s were stabby. Also, I LOLed at this and feel terrible about it: “One victim was shot with an arrow during a student street brawl.” SHOT WITH AN ARROW.

And finally, there was a police chase in an Alberta, Canada town over $20,000-worth of stolen maple syrup.

As always, but especially this season, be kind to each other. And as a dear friend reminded me this weekend, be kind to yourself.

xoxo Amy