The Week: February 14, 2014

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Feb 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In my younger years, I hated this holiday with a passion. Guess when that changed. Go ahead. Guess.

Sometime around when this photo was taken, I’d say:


That’s me and Rand, on our first Valentine’s Day together, in 2002. Crazy, right?

Needless to say, my feelings surrounding February 14 have changed a little bit. I still think it’s way too commercialized, but holy crap do I love celebrating love.

And in order to properly do that, I need to go bake (and eat) three dozen or so heart-shaped cookies. While I do that, you enjoy these links.


NFL prospect Michael Sam came out to the press recently, in a rather brilliant and brave move. Retired receiver Donte Stallworth explains why any team worth its salt should be ready to draft him.


Dallas sportcaster Dale Hansen slams the league for its hypocrisy regarding gay men in the NFL.


Classic video games, reimagined as romance-novel covers.


How an artist managed to secretly display his work in the MoMA for nearly 2 years.


We drove past Slab City while we were in Palm Springs, without knowing too much about it. The New York Times takes a closer, fascinating look at this unregulated little corner of the U.S.


Introducing Valensteins! Valentine’s Day cards featuring Frankenstein, witches, mummies, and a bevy of other monsters.


Light + dancing + animation = the spectacular “Pleiades” performance by dance troop Enra.


I made these two years ago, and I’m still pretty proud of them: Billy Ray Valentines, inspired by Eddie Murphy’s character in Trading Places.


A comic book artist illustrates the difficulty she faces when going into comic book shops.


I’m sure I’ve posted this before, but since I can’t let a Valentine’s Day pass without listening to it, here it is again. “I Don’t Really Love You Anymore” by the Magnetic Fields.


Have a wonderful day full of those chalky little conversation hearts that cost, like, 4 cents for a huge box.


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