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Weekend Reading: Summer Cocktails Edition

Summer cocktail While we may very well not be off this summer, it is undeniably a season for festive congregating. (Or, if you live in states like Michigan or Connecticut or California, for less-festive commiseration.) And the Fourth of July, in particular, is almost unthinkable without cookouts, which are themselves almost unthinkable without a drink.

And anything worth doing, is worth doing a little bit better. With that in mind, here are five handy resources about making better drinks:

  • American Drink is a well-written blog dedicated to well-made drinks from quality ingredients.
  • The Spir.it offers up “the world’s best cocktail recipes” three times a week.
  • Drinkhacker is “the essential blog covering cocktails, wine, and beer.”
  • In a more practical spirit, Get Drunk Not Fat focuses rigorously on the “calorie to alcohol ratio” of drinks.
  • And for the historically-minded, here’s a WNPR story on the history of the American cocktail.
    • (Thx to Andrew, Laura, and Tom for suggestions.)

      On to this week’s links:

      • Emily Ford explains how to “becom[e] a legislative advocate for libraries.” And while her post is library-focused, all of her advice applies to higher education, too: Congress and the public fund services that they feel are valuable. If you can work to articulate the value of libraries in a meaningful way to Congress, your city or county government officials, and your service community, you will have more support. I should also note that advocacy is an iterative process. A continual advocacy dialog is needed in order to fertilize and grow support for libraries in your community.
      • In graduate school, I had an incredible advisor. Heck, one semester, we even had an independent study that met on the train for 2 hours each week! But things aren’t always so peachy. Zen Faulkes (whose NeuroDojo blog I link to regularly) explains “Why Your Mentor Sucks (and how to fix it)”: More generally, you rarely get what you want if you don’t ask for what you want. . . . Supervisors are not only distracted, they are not telepathic, either.
      • Does the concept of “contexts” in Getting Things Done (see Natalie’s post on academic contexts for GTD) make sense anymore? As a consequence listing our tasks by contexts that define the environment we are in or the tools available to us seems no longer appropriate. We aren’t restricted by availability anymore, we are restricted by the choices we make. You can always email, but you chose not to. Having phone calls can happen anytime and anyplace, but it’s your choice to ring that difficult co-worker.
      • Teach and Cheat discuss the economics and morals of plagiarism today: Plagiarism is old news. It’s really not just that plagiarism is getting easier to do, with the Internet. The problem is now that the grade doesn’t even get you the job. Related: Nina Paley’s “Credit Is Due (The Attribution Song)”
      • Evan Williams argues that you might not need a perfect domain name for your online project: There was as time when you knew your friend’s and family member’s phone numbers. There may have been a time when you knew the addresses of people you emailed a lot. And there was a time when I knew how to get across town without using my navigator. Software has taken over these jobs from our brains, because it’s better at it. Domain names are like phone numbers and email addresses[.]

      In this week’s video, JRR Tolkien discusses The Lord of Rings and his attachment to trees (via Open Culture.)

      See part 2 of the interview here.

      Bonus: Louis CK breaks down fart jokes without ruining them.

      Have a great long weekend! ProfHacker will be back with live content on Tuesday at 8am.

      Photo by Flickr user Bacon Sputnik / Creative Commons licensed

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