T LOunge for December 1, 2020

Posted on December 01, 2020

Peaches Cocktail Bar – Melbourne, Australia

 

Today? Today, we’re living LA VIE EN ROSE, darlings. Think pink today! Why? Why the hell not? It’s cute, it’s pretty, it’s soothing and it’s fun. It’s everything you want for your day ahead. A day of pinkness in everything you do. Eat pink foods and drink pink drinks! Wear something fuzzy and feminine – especially you boys out there.

Today is TUESDAY. Hence all the cheerleading about pink.

So what’s on your menu for today? Aside from whatever you do to pay the bills and feed yourself, that is. Speaking of which, we’re off to dig up some content to keep you from working too hard. Chat amongst yourselves and sample freely from our Buffet of Distractions:

Sourdough Starter? Learning to Knit? My COVID Hobby Is Riding Motorcycles
I mean, don’t get me wrong: I tried the other stuff. I read more fiction—hell, I read more poetry, lots more; I lost 30 pounds; I convinced myself, for perhaps the 11th time, that I would take up drawing again; I took apart one of my guitars, redesigned it a bit, and put it back together again. (All of which got me through, what—May?) But when all those moments passed, I was left staring in the face of one of the biggest dreams I’ve always deferred: I wanted to buy a motorcycle and ride it fast, and often.

 

There Wasn’t a Community for Black Women in Venture Capital. So Black Women in Venture Capital Made Their Own.
In the mid 2010s, Sarah Kunst, Mercedes Bent, Sydney Sykes, and Sydney Thomas were scanning the industry for women who looked like them. Once they found each other, they made it their mission to disrupt the VC game from the inside.

The lack of diversity in VC has a negative trickle down effect. As Kunst puts it: “We know that people tend to invest in people who look like them.” Only an estimated 1 percent of venture capitalists are Black women, an issue in its own right. And on the other side of the coin, the reality seems just as bleak: With few Black women in positions where they can invest, very few VC dollars go to Black women–founded companies. Though Black women–owned businesses are growing at rapid speeds (from 2014 to 2019, women of color–owned businesses grew at a rate of 50 percent; the number of startups founded by Black women more than doubled from 2016 to 2018) they are still majorly missing out on a piece of the pie. According to findings from a 2018 analysis, Black women-led startups have only received .06 percent of the $247.7 billion in total tech venture funding raised since 2009. Recent research has found that the third quarter of this year saw the lowest venture funding for female founders in three years.

 

Emma Corrin Shares Hilarious Behind-the-Scenes Snaps from The Crown Season 4
From Princess Diana’s wedding dress fitting to an impressive wig collection

Anyone that’s seen Season 4 of The Crown will be aware that Emma Corrin is pretty much perfect as Princess Diana. And in a hilarious Instagram post, Corrin shared a plethora of photos and videos from behind-the-scenes of the royal show.
From previously unseen glimpses of Princess Diana’s wedding
dress fitting to hilarious snaps of Josh O’Connor to an impressive selection of wigs, Corrin’s private photo collection is a must-see for any fans of The Crown.

 

10+ Unique Ways to Level Up Your Wedding Altar
The most stunning ceremony marker ideas for next year’s nuptials.

From exchanging vows and rings to your first kiss as a married couple, the ceremony is undoubtedly the most important part of the wedding day—and, therefore, one of the most photographed. With that in mind, your ceremony marker should be carefully considered; no matter your culture, religion, or denomination, this is a site that symbolizes the unity of two people, and two families, coming together.

 

Press Play: These Are the 30 Best Wedding Reception Songs—According to the Experts
From Motown favorites to contemporary hits, these picks are timeless and fresh for the dance floor

Receptions and after parties aren’t quite what we’re used to in 2020—but please don’t stop the music. The songs you choose to play throughout your wedding day, from the ceremony to your first dance and beyond, are creating memories for you as a couple (and for your guests) for years to come. Music emotionally guides each person in attendance through the wedding day with you. The tells them when it’s time to be joyful, when it’s time to enjoy their meal, and—perhaps most importantly—when it’s time to dance. Regardless of how many guests you have, a wedding is a wedding plain and simple; it should be filled with joy, love, and all of your favorite tunes.

 

Is Princess Margaret a Gay Icon?
The Crown teases the question in a key episode this season, but the answer is more complicated than her relationship with Priest Derek Jennings.

Jennings, an openly gay priest who existed in real life, wasn’t the only unrequited love affair Margaret experienced, but his storyline this season, combined with Helena Bonham Carter’s already glamorously world-weary and borderline campy depiction, brings Her Royal Highness ever closer to gay icon status. In real life, as it turns out, Margaret’s relationship with gay men was more complicated than this season let on, often tricky but never quite so clueless.

 

Christmas at the White House Through the Years
See how the leaders of the free world and their families have decked the halls.

Timeless as they may seem, Christmas trees have not had a place in the White House for as long as you might imagine. For most of the 19th century, first families decorated the president’s residence with low-key greenery—simple wreaths, garlands, and ornaments. President Benjamin Harrison erected the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1889, decorated with candles, toys, and ornaments to delight his grandchildren, but it wasn’t until Cleveland’s presidency that the first Christmas lights appeared in 1894. Take a look at the White House Christmas decorations throughout the last century.

 

Netflix’s New Releases Coming in December 2020
Take a look at the movies and TV shows that will be added to the streaming service next month.

Over the course of December, Netflix is adding George Clooney’s Midnight Sky, which also stars Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler and David Oyelowo; David Fincher’s passion project, Mank, about Citizen Kane scribe Herman J. Mankiewicz; Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Prom, starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden and Kerry Washington; and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, the latter in his final, posthumous film role.

 

When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community, What Happens to the Kids?
The irreconcilable differences between Orthodoxy and secularism increasingly end up in court.
Not many people leave ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. Most who do try to keep it secret, because, if everyone knew, the marriage prospects of their siblings could be irreparably damaged. The shame of leaving is very great. It is said that anyone who leaves must be a ruined person—penniless, homeless, probably on drugs, maybe a prostitute, living like an animal, for carnal appetites alone, like the goyim, or else mentally ill.

 

What Is the Egyptian Book of the Dead?
“Book of the Dead” is a modern term to describe a series of ancient Egyptian funerary spells that helped the deceased find their way to the afterlife in order to become united with the god of the dead, Osiris. There are nearly 200 known spells, but they weren’t collected into books in our current sense of the word. Rather, spells were inscribed on objects from mummy wrappings to coffins to figurines meant to accompany the dead in the tomb. They provided instructions for the various challenges the deceased would face on their journey. Spell 125 (a vignette from which is illustrated below), for example, lists a number of sins they must deny having committed in life when they appear before Osiris.

 

Everyone Was Drinking! Inside an Ancient 3-Day Festival of Wine
The ancient Greek holiday of Anthesteria honors springtime and death

Forget Valentine’s Day, Happy Anthesteria!
This ancient Greek holiday that you’ve probably never heard of was a three-day festival in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine. Everyone participated, including women, children, hired servants, and household slaves, and it featured excessive wine-drinking as part of the celebration of two seemingly unrelated things: springtime and death.

 

George Clooney Has Basically Used a Vacuum Cleaner to Cut His Own Hair For Years
George Clooney has an unexpected secret weapon when it comes to doing his hair.
Though he’s probably wealthy enough to afford an army of personal hairstylists, the actor recently revealed that he’s been cutting his own hair for the past 25 years during an appearance on CBS’s Sunday Morning show.
“My hair’s really like straw, and so it’s easy to cut. Can’t really make too many mistakes,” Clooney said. And what exactly does he use to do that? Well, turns out it’s an infamous infomercial “vacuum haircutting system” from the ’80s called the Flowbee.

 

How to Pretend You’re in Tokyo
That Tokyo trip will have to wait for the millions of people who canceled flights and hotel bookings. But there are ways to bring you closer to this sometimes impenetrable, always fascinating, city.

 

 

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