I have scoured the land for this week’s 5 links.

Behold, friends, some Internet fineries:

^ I just discovered the work of outsider artist JJ Cromer. I am besotted.

^ I also just discovered Linda Tegg’s work. My favorite series is the one with dogs (of course).

The Sororitea Sisters is #4 on the Top 100 Tea Blogs & Websites for Tea Enthusiasts! I’m a proud Sister, and I’m so psyched about this. My posts are here.

In praise of soda: an article I fully support, even though I’m trying to drink less of the fizzy delight myself.

^ Figurines based on Heironymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (and other works) are available. I want every one of them. Will you help me convince my husband they’re in line with our décor?

Did you find anything you really dug this week?

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5 Nerdy Dream Vacations

I’m loving this week’s Five Fandom Friday prompt. 5 places to visit before I die? Sounds like a fun thing to write about! Let’s hope I don’t die any time soon, because this is a pretty far-reaching list.

^ A museum road trip across North America.

This would either start with the International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine. Then we’d somehow also cover: Ventriloquist Museum (Kentucky), The Glore Psychiatric Museum (Missouri), Museum of Osteology (Oklahoma City), Mexican Mummy Museum, Belhaven Memorial Museum (North Carolina), Museum of Death (LA & New Orleans), House of the Rock (Wisconsin), Museum of the Paranormal (Connecticut), International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago), and Voodoo Museum (New Orleans).

^ Egypt.

I want to see all the ruins and study all the heiroglyphs.

Mostly I want to team up with Brendan Fraser to bring a mummy back from the dead, because that would be a rollicking good story.

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Which of these 5 emotions is worth the most on Etsy?

Here’s a fun game: type a random word into Etsy, and sort by highest price. It’s a game that incorporates art, artists’ egos, supply-demand, and the madness of Etsy into a glee-spree.

Today, I typed in 5 emotion-words: fear, hate, disgust, love, and bromance.

Which emotion is worth the most on Etsy? Read on to find out.

^ Bromance is apparently the least important emotion in terms of the human wallet. Batmance, an original ink & acrylic painting by Lindsay Strubbe, is an even $1,000.

You can also get this as a tote bag for $38, which a part of me is very tempted to do.

^ Disgust: Boy/Girl Dichotomizer by ChaosmosDichotomizer. This $2,000 piece encourages you to “Enjoy reproducing the white heteromasculinity of a world populated by violent and oppressive gender binaries!”

… Did Etsy just out-Etsy itself?

^ Hate: When The World Is Hate by D*Face, who has a really cool portfolio. “Pristine” condition acrylic on canvas, $10,000.

^ Fear: Illumination Beyond Ursa Major by Dave Martsolf, whose website appears to be from 1997. Original painting, $40,320. You can (and should!) click through to see a close-up of the child’s inscrutable face.

^ Love: The Spirit of Magic Mushrooms by RaixeAirisCREATORS, is $266,341.73.

This piece, crafted from “glowing pens, glowing markers, pencils,” is 5.25″ by 5.5″.

The artist also has a $140,921.41 painting of a “mushroom of love.” (It’s a dong.)

This experiment, though tiny, is more proof that love conquers all.

Go about your day uplifted, Internet!

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5 Favorite Photographs of 2016

In 2017, I want to take photography more seriously.

My Instagram, though bitchin’, isn’t exactly a shrine to nuanced composition — but I still took a lot of snaps I loved in 2016.

Here are my top 5:

1. Love graffiti. I found this waterproof optimism just when I needed it.

2. Washington, D.C. The Mansion on O Street‘s hyper-saturated gallery walls give me life.

3. Cute cat + retro tile. The star of this photo is Loki. He’s a Stage Five Clinger.

4. Black Dog Salvage, Roanoke, VA. This salvage store and flea market has gorgeous stained glass.

5. An obligatory Willie photo. My muse is a hilarious disaster.

What skills do you want to improve on in 2017, Internet?

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5 Favorite Links This Week

^ I need — yes, needa bagel-shaped “nosh” menorah for next Hanukkah.

Paperfury’s 10 Things You Should Regularly Tell Bookworms is important reading for anyone with a bookie bestie or spouse.

The Bloggess’ adventure with spammers who want to turn her into a vampire is the most glorious thing I’ve read all week.

Did you know that HP Lovecraft was an avid racist? And that sci-fi/horror/fantasy still aren’t very welcoming to minorities?

^ In the 1960s, Dalí did illustrations for a limited-edition Alice in Wonderland that’s just been re-released for mass consumption. You can buy your own copy here, and see more images from the work here.

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