Something Different

No Saturday review today as I couldn’t get myself together to write it. The rest of August will feature two guest reviews and great products including Paula’s Choice skincare, the Roku, and Netflix vs. Amazon Prime. Want to write a review for Playfullytacky.com? Email me! And remember, while many of my reviews are about samples I received for free or from services like Birchbox, none are sponsored. If that ever changes, I will always disclose it.

I will be traveling next week, so I’m doing some re-posts to fill the void (Monday-Wednesday-Friday). Stay tuned for three of my favorite posts – mostly from when this blog started. One of them is a downer, but it makes the list since it is pretty raw and emotional for me. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you want to see all sorts of conference travel fun.

Don’t forget to enter the Back to School Giveaway for a chance to win one of 3 $200 paypal prizes.

In the meantime, check out some of these interesting things from around the web.

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Clowns – BuzzFeed
The red-nosed pros at the 2014 World Clown Association annual convention know you think they’re creepy. How does a maligned and misunderstood centuries-old art form survive bad PR and cultural decline?

The Future of Iced Coffee – The Atlantic
At its cafes, Blue Bottle might make one of the best iced-coffee drinks in America. But are artisan businesses doomed to fail when they try going mainstream?

A Friend Flees the Horror of ISIS – The New Yorker
A humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide is taking place right now in the mountains of northwestern Iraq. It hasn’t made the front page, because the place and the people are obscure, and there’s a lot of other horrible news to compete with.

The Dummies’ Guide To Cosplay Photography in 2014 – Boing Boing
Andy Ihnatko’s golden rule about photographing cosplayers: You must never do anything that makes the cosplayer wish you hadn’t taken that photo.

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie – New York Times
On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace. [includes some audio]

For Hire: A Dedicated Young Man with Down Syndrome – Al Jazeera America
A father reflects on his son’s quest for employment.

Did you read something great this week? Did you write something great that you want others to read? Share in the comments!

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