Kristy is Tyrannical about:
1. Reading about Hawaii. Sarah Vowell has a new book, and many friends have recommended Maui Revealed…A travel list is being prepared for my June trip, of course.
2. Survivorman. While I don’t expect to find myself in one of his harrowing situations, I enjoy learning how to avoid hypothermia and make a slingshot in the boreal forests.
3. The merger of Newsweek and The Daily Beast. (I may become a Newsweek subscriber now that Tina Brown has taken over). The Daily Beast has some great lists, too. http://www.thedailybeast.com/
4. Helping out by donating to Japan (SEE SEPARATE list of how you can help, below). And following the uprisings in the Middle East, Especially via The Guardian’s interactive map:
5. Stocking the bar with Pisco – I’m on the hunt for a great bottle, so if you have suggestions let me know! A great bar should always be stocked with a list of necessities…like Pisco and interesting bitters.
6. The Blog “Friday Weird Science” (tagline: are you scicurious?)
7. Instapaper.com – GREAT way to collect your Long Read to do list from blogs, online newspapers/magazines (and its a phone app, too)
8. ALL of Kristen’s lists on this blog, including the one below:
9. The Wooster Collective http://www.woostercollective.com/ (After seeing Exit Through the Gift Shop, my interest in street art has been reignited)
10. Everything Steampunk – especially the Steampunk festival coming to Waltham, MA’s Charles River Museum of industry and innovation:
Kristen is Tyrannical about:
1. Words with Friends – The app that allows you to play Scrabble with friends on your fancy phone. I’ve always hated that board game and social interaction, so I was skeptical… but now I’m officially obsessed. Finally, those GRE words are being put to use! Seriously, try to beat me.
2. Peanut Butter in a tube – My badly behaved dog and I are in an obedience class that requires us to walk with treats in an effort to distract him when he goes to his “crazy place.” Tube food means I don’t travel with a handful of stinky treats and it allows me to force feed T Rex through the gaps in his teeth while he growls at you and your dog.
3. Tina Fey in the March 14th New Yorker (Even features a list!)
4. Melanie Hamlett’s Blog
5. John Frieda’s Go Blonder Shampoo/Conditioner– I was a teenager in the 90s, which means everything I thought was cool is very much not, including my favorite hair lightening system: Sun In. As an adult, I’ve had a hairdresser offer to dye my hair for free if I would throw out and promise to never use that product again. Thank you, Mr. Frieda, for re-introducing this back into my life in a socially acceptable form.
Kristy is tyrannical about (continued):
Helping out the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear victims in Japan:
I have visited southern Japan about 10 years ago, and currently work with many Japanese scientists. Even without feeling these personal connections, viewing footage of the recent devastations in Japan is certainly a call to action for anyone. Below are resources to find out how YOU can help the victims (curated by my coworkers):
1. Harvard for Japan: http://harvardforjapan.fas.harvard.edu/
2. Donate in the USA via these foundations (via your cell phone):
o To donate to the Salvation Army, text ‘Japan’ or ‘Quake’ to 80888.
o To donate to the Red Cross, Text ‘RedCross’ to 90999 to donate to its fund set up in response to the disaster
Listed on a page set up by Google:
- · Action Against Hunger
- · American Red Cross (via Amazon)
- · American Jewish World Service
- · AmeriCares
- · Asia Foundation
- · BAPS Care International
- · CARE
- · Direct Relief International
- · GOAL
- · Habitat for Humanity International
- · International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
- · Islamic Relief Worldwide
- · Japan Diabetes Society http://www.jds.or.jp/e/
- · Karuna Trust
- · Network for Good
- · Oxfam International (US page)
- · Quarters From Kids: Tsunami Relief and Rebuilding
- · Sarvodaya
- · Save the Children
- · UNICEF (US page) (via Paypal)
- · World Food Programme (UN)
- · World Vision
- · InterAction: InterAction, an alliance of US-based humanitarian aid organizations, offers an extensive list of major nonprofit groups participating in helping Japan, including a brief description of each. More organizations are being listed as they gear up their responses.
- · UniversalGiving: UniversalGiving, a website that helps people give to and volunteer at top-performing charitable organizations that it has vetted, has created its own Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund.
- · Network for Good: At Network for Good donors can choose a particular charity working in Japan or spread their donation across all of them.
- · Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund: The Japan Center for International Exchange, in partnership with leading Japanese relief organizations, has organized a ‘GiveOne’ fund to ensure money gets to organizations working on the ground over the long-term.
- · The Japan Society of Boston: This page is dedicated to sharing comments, requests, and thoughts in English and Japanese. It also provides a list resources on where to donate.
- · Google has established a 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami crisis response page. It includes Google’s “person finder” that helps people either look for information about an individual whose is in the earthquake region or to share information they know about someone there. The direct link to the English-language version of the “people finder” is here. Donations can also be made directly from Google’s crisis response page to the Japanese Red Cross using Google Checkout.
- · Charity Navigator: If you’d like to know more about an aid organization before you donate, you can look it up at Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator also offers advice on how to choose a charity helping Japan.
3. Local Boston-area events:
information of events that are currently going on in the Japanese Consulate in Boston (http://www.boston.us.emb-japan.go.jp/)
The Japan Society of Boston (http://www.japansocietyboston.org/)
Kaji Aso Studio (http://www.kajiasostudio.com/webroot/home.cfm)
3. Other resources:
Miyagi Prefecture (Japanese page)
Direct donation to the prefecture’s disaster effort where Sendai is located
Nippon foundation (English page)
donation status as of 3/15 7am 6,633 donations total 78,255,145 Yen
(including 1,072 donations from abroad – 8,753,000 yen)
Multiple links to U.S. and Japanese donation sites, gathered by Japan Foundation in NY (English page)
Consulate-General of Japan in Boston (English page)
Donating UA mileage for Operation USA (English page)
Number of miles donated so far: 472,723,571 miles (not just for Japan, but total in the past)