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Compendium of Links #51

I quite literally spent more than two hours early this week cataloging my library. I've recorded 170 of the ones I own, with probably another 100 to go in another room. I'm pretty near the estimate of 300 that I had guessed I owned.

And if you're curious, you can check out my shelf of owned books on GoodReads.

Relevant Magazine addresses why it's so hard to make friends after college.

Proof that the average American is obsessed with money. Or, the top 10 best and worst places to live measured by chances of upward mobility.

Probably the best essay I've read about leadership in quite some time. If you only read one link out of today's list, read this one, "Solitude and Leadership," delivered to West Point freshmen (or, plebes, as they call them). A very short quote from it: "...[W]hat I saw around me were great kids who had been trained to be world-class hoop jumpers. Any goal you set them, they could achieve. Any test you gave them, they could pass with flying colors. They were, as one of them put it herself, 'excellent sheep.'" However... "...[T]rue leadership means being able to think for yourself and act on your convictions."

The 5 stupidest habits you develop growing up poor -- surprisingly enough, a really good first-person-style account on It's got some fantastic insight into the thought processes of those who know nothing but poverty. And that's apparently a lot of people in the U.S.

A hugely sarcastic list of 8 pieces of Christian dating advice keeping people single. I feel like those who've been single longer than comfortable will appreciate this. Warning: Maniacal laughter may ensue.

And for your entertainment today, my favorite video about kittens!


Abby said…
You are weird for watching videos about kittens...:-)

Does that mean you've only rated some of them or not many people have read the books you have so most of them have no rating? Wait, why do you have french books?

You are just weird.:-D

That's a long west point thingy and the subtitle makes me think it is yet another article you found regarding introversion...may read it some other day. :-)
Sarah E said…
Actually, watching videos about kittens is one of the most normal things to do on the Internet... :P

It just means I've only rated some of them. Since I was cataloging so many at once I decided to just get that done with. The ratings aren't that important for books I own, anyway, since I've already decided I like them well enough (apparently) to buy them.

Thanks for the compliment. ;)

Yeah, do read it at some point. Maybe between semesters? :D
Sarah E said…
Oh, also, the french books! I decided maybe partway through senior year in college that I would learn French after I had sufficiently mastered Spanish and found someone to teach me, so I started picking up useful French books as I saw them. I found that French verb book for just 50 cents, if I remember right. (I thought I'd told you about the resolution re: French? Maybe not...)

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