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I know it’s only January 6th but this may well be the funniest thing I see on the Internet this year. It’s from Reddit and I’ve been laughing about it for two days now. Not continuously, obviously but probably every seven seconds or so. [Best…Typo…Ever by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 6th January 2015]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Having just spent the weekend in a writing workshop with the wonderful Mary Robinette Kowal, I could have filled the next couple of months of Five Things posts with things I learned from her. But I won’t. That would be cheating. I will say you should check out her books and, if you’re a writer, her intensive short story workshop is well worth the price of admission. Author, Candace Mountain, is posting a picture of a cat every day this year. And she has to take them all herself. Tom Hanks has released an typewriter app – HanxWriter – I’m not convinced he wrote it himself. Montreal is using shipping containers to create ‘Parklets‘ – temporary parks that convert parking spots into public spaces during the summer months. Apparently, there’s also some in Vancouver somewhere. John Scalzi (and a bunch of other authors) has a very short story on the Popular Science website. The DoubleClicks have recorded a cover of The Cure’s Friday I’m in Love. And they’re currently on tour and have a new album you can buy here. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 1st September 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Five more things to delight and entertain. Kids like reading to cats and let’s face it, who wouldn’t? You can buy fonts based on homeless people’s handwriting and help raise money for them at the same time. You can go Urban Surfing in Munich Zero Freitas really likes buying records and I mean really likes buying records Reebok now sells bacon – because even athletes love bacon [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 25th August 2014]

Gratuitous Kitten Picture

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When we arrived at the Melia Hotel in Nassau we met several cats. They were a little bit skittish but looked very healthy. The next morning we realised why. One of the Melia restaurants is a buffet, breakfast and dinner, which means there are a constant stream of visitors sitting outside who are more than happy to grab a bit of extra sushi or stake or bacon for the cats (not to mention the remnants of meals dropped by any babies that happen to be staying in the hotel). Every morning we’d see them wandering around outside and every morning they’d find a few cat-friendly people to feed them. This is Bob (that may not be his actual name) and I’m pretty sure his job was to break down people’s defences by staring longingly at their food. [Gratuitous Kitten Picture by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 26th February 2014]