Rachelle's Reading List, Monday, January 17th, 2011

by Rachelle Hruska · January 17, 2011

Happy MLK Day! Today we have the best of the Globes, a burrito truck/snow mobile to hit the slopes, and Mary Kate Olsen's old drivers license! What else? Oh gosh, there's gifts for geeks, Prince Charles and Princess Di's wedding cake up for auction, and inflatable dolls saving people. Here we go!

1. Because everyone should on this day, stop for a moment and watch the famous Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech in it's entirety.


2. Golden Globes Fashion. It's all about the fashion right? Check out our roundup on last night's hits and misses here [GofG]. I'm more interested in the people behind the looks. And, according to Vogue, stylist Kate Young is the person responsible for it all. Check out the red-carpet-ready photo diary she put together. [Vogue]

The Five Best Moments from the 2011 Golden Globes [Vulture]

My "best moment?" The cameras catching Angelina Jolie applying lip gloss. [Buzzfeed via Gawker]

Also, I love this .gif put together of Chris Colfer from Glee during his surprise win:

3. Check out the 25 most popular restaurants in NYC right now, according to check-ins on Foursquare! A sample: Eataly, Balthazar, Shake Shack, La Esquina, Coffee Shop are in the top 5. [The Feast]

Also, check out the  20 most popular dishes in NYC according to foodspotting.com. [Observer]

4. Apple may be losing Steve Jobs (again) because of his health condition, but there is light at the end of the news tunnel: the company just obtained the patent for solar paneled devices. [TechCrunch]

5. Speaking of how work can kill, standing desks are becoming a popular trend for people that are sick of being forced to go against mother nature by sitting in a desk all day long. Gina Trapani explains why she switched to a standing desk. [Smarterware via LaughingSquid]

6. The top 50 people in tech. [TheWire]

7. A new study reveals that attractive people are smarter than ugly ones. [Gawker]

8. "For Magazines, A Bitter Pill in iPad" [NYT]

9. Last week, many national news sources reported the findings of the Minnesota Planetarium Society that astrology as we know it is “wrong,” that due to a process called axial precession, a natural result of the Earth’s orbital wobble, the dates for the zodiac have shifted. Furthermore, they claim that the zodiac now includes a thirteenth sign called Ophiuchus. Many people are frantic to find out what their “actual” sign is, flabbergasted by the fact that the sign they believed to be all their life may be the wrong one. [Examiner]

The signs of the zodiac have changed: [Slate]

Kottke reported this like a billion years ago (1999) [Peterfeld] And also, the signs always change and we've always known this. [Geekosystem]

10. Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, puts his bachelor pad on the market. [Curbed]

11. Steve Carell will leave the Office before the end of the season. [Vulture]

12. Roving Mammoth. It's a Burrito Truck, it's a snow plow. It's brilliant. I really hope we spot this thing on our President's day ski trip to Mammoth! [Thrillist]

13. Watson. In its first public demonstration, the computer system built by IBM defeated two "Jeopardy!" champions, including Ken Jennings. [InOtherNews]

14. Martha Stewart's dog totally bit her and sent her to the ER. She tweeted/blogged and photographed the entire experience (right down to her critiques of the hospital rooms wallpaper). [MStewart]

15. There are geological f'ups happening around the world. Landslides in Brazil and floods in Australia. With all of the bad news, it's nice to see a story of survival, like this couple who was saved by their inflatable sex doll. [news.com.au via Gawker]

16. The easiest way to donate your things to charity, ever. I seriously just arranged to get a ton of boxes picked up. [vvpickup via sarahkunst]

17. Do you know of a really bad teacher in NYC that should be fired? Guess what, it's virtually impossible! This was a major topic in the film "Waiting for Superman" (note, if you haven't already, go and see it!), and it's a major problem in my opinion. [Dens]

18. The 10 best Snooki tribute costumes. Oh no. [Crushable]

19. Jack Spade reworks the monogrammed money clip. [Tumblr]

20. The retreat of the "Tiger Mother" [NYT] AND!

"In Defense of the Guilty, Ambivalent, Preoccupied Western Mom (by Ayelet Waldman) [WSJ]

21. Check out these 10 works of literature that were really hard to write. [CNN]

22. Dave Matthews is the new face of John Varvatos [Refinery29]

23. Hollywood starlets on bikes, a photo gallery with stars like Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and more! [Flavorwire]

24. There is a slice of Charles and Diana's wedding cake up for auction. Described as "a little bit of history," it comes complete with discolored icing, decayed fruitcake ("one raisin is missing") and a clear plastic container. [Villagevoice]

25. Some tumblr managed to get ahold of Mary Kate Olsen's California Driver's License (it expired in June). Still, check out her declared weight! [Uppereastside]

26. Deadline published the entire screenplay of "The Social Network" in its entirety last week. [Deadline]

27. Choosing Self-Esteem over sex or pizza. Are young people addicted to feeling good about themselves? Researchers question whether the so-called "me generation" of baby boomers has spawned a nation of self-absorbed young people hooked on their own self esteem. [NYT]

28. Check out these 11 cheap gifts guaranteed to impress science geeks, like aerogel, aka, "frozen smoke," and this chunk of Gallium which will literally melt in your hand! [Dvice]

Well, that's all for me today!

Do you have something to include in tomorrow's Reading List? Email me! Rachelle@guestofaguest.com

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