I just collected these in a comment to a locked post, so before I go to bed, let me dump them here, slightly tidied because I have a problem:

Ann Leckie's responses to "how many Anaander Mianaai does it take to change a light bulb?"

Role models: cat, kid

Scott Lynch writes the Lying Cat meeting Locke Lamora

bookstore shenanigans, part 1, part 2

Also those cute animal links I did a while ago and didn't tag until now so they would be hard to find.
Sorry about the links being universally Twitter redirects, I didn't save them at the time and Tumblr won't auto-expand them to copy, rather than to hover.

lots of cute animal links )

Bonus: inspirational words from a great white shark: http://t.co/kCcnxwlEoD

Probably everyone but me knows this already, but bestofyoutube.com's podcast is great fun. After watching a couple, I told iTunes to download everything it had for the feed (over a hundred videos), and I've been working my way through them in reverse chronological order. So far my favorites are the very brief and self-explanatory bunny letter opener and the longer roots of breakdance (the Soviet army dances to Run DMC), but there's an excellent variety.

Also, Slacktivist embedded a video of Springsteen performing "Mary's Place", which reminded me that I have never been able to listen to that song without at least wanting to tear up, and yet I still always want to hear it when it comes on. Which I think is a decent argument for its being Springsteen's best song, or at least the best song on The Rising. Discuss. (Actually, three wonderful things, since Slacktivist is a consistently excellent and sadly under-recognized blog.)

Updated May 10, 2007.

Having recently seen several pleas from extremely stressed people for something to cheer them up, I've made a quick first pass at a list of suggestions, for future reference.

I will continue to update the list as I find suitable items, so feel free to make suggestions in the comments. I might not add them, because I'm using my own idiosyncratic sense of what makes me happy to keep it a reasonable length (that is: "funny" is neither necessary nor sufficient), but someone browsing might well enjoy the suggestion.

Note: please say whether a link (1) is work-safe or (2) requires plug-ins.

Some Cheerful Things )

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