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Here are the links we loved today:
Happy Chris Gethard Day! Today, the comic (and host of The Chris Gethard Show) celebrates the release of his book, A Bad Idea I’m About To Do (True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure); he also stars in Real Estate’s just-released video for “Easy,” directed by Tom Scharpling and featuring an appearance from another web talk show host, Jake Fogelnest (along with Videogum's Gabe Delahaye). Read an excerpt from his collection of sad, hilarious stories on Splitsider.
Another must-read: Melissa Febos’ “Missed Connections”:
There is a moment in your twenties, when you know what it means to love rightly, but not how to do it. Your fears are still stronger than your beliefs. I don’t think it makes sense to regret those wrongs, because how else do we learn? Usually, we can’t repair them, and we don’t need to. But we do have to feel them, and it doesn’t always feel good; we might owe some amends, but no one owes us forgiveness.
Portable text message printer: useful?
If you happen to be visiting Northampton, MA (or if you think you ever will), bookmark this amaaazing guide.
Two ends of the OMG spectrum: 12 celebs who got engaged over the holidays; Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon launches rarities imprint on Jajajuwar. Also: Fox orders a pilot from Always Sunny scribe Rob McElhenny, and headline of the day goes to The A.V. Club for “Lindsay Lohan starring in articles about starring as Elizabeth Taylor.”
Kickstarter of the day: help an author and a Pixar animator bring a book to life.
Rick Santorum offers supporters branded sweater vests for donations; start lining up, the Jason Wu for Target collection photos are out, and they're as good as we'd hoped.
Now I’m on board with the sexy vampire thing: first photos of Nicholas Hoult in UK thriller Warm Bodies.
Volcanic island appears overnight in the Red Sea.
Occupy Wall Street is looking into hiring an accountant to manage donated funds.