Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.

August 22nd, outsourced

Inside a helicopter crash on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq.

Beautiful new Harry Potter covers!

I don't know any of the backstory, but this whale playing (I assume) with kids is mesmerizing. That third fake-out it does is perfectly timed and eerily hilarious.

I did not expect to read an entire article on the history of Trapper Keepers...but I totally did.

I don't know what circles you run in, but in mine, we've been talking about the one space/two spaces after a period debate. Here are two germane articles: link and link. (For the record, I remember using two spaces in my undergrad; ten years later during my MA, it was one space. I don't think one or the other is better or worse. I just do what the university's guidelines tell me to.)

I have always wanted to see what flight attendant chillaxation spaces look like. Luckyyyyyyy! [HT Ashi]

Dubai is up and Damascus is down: The Economist's best places to live index.

"The Guardians of the Galaxy shirt is a boy’s shirt, which is why it does not include the female character of Gamora." FLAMES. ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.

A helpful quiz to determine whether you should be a SAHM, WAHM, or WOHM. Problem solved! NOT.

In Moscow: one of the Stalin Sisters buildings is painted in Ukrainian colors, and four McDonald's restaurants are suspiciously closed. [HT Jeremy]

Is there a secret code in Google Translate?

Doctor visits

German Summer vs. American Summer