Five Points – 18

Tough Mothers by Jason Porath – 

Friends doing awesome stuff alert!!!

I mentioned last year when Jason‘s first book, Rejected Princesses, was published and bought a copy for my own collection and my nieces.  It is a timeless tome of women generally being badass.  Check it out here:

On the heals of that release is his second stanza and it looks to be just as amazing!  The research, the writing, the illustrations…the fact a single human did all this is down right remarkable.

From his site:

What’s in it?

50 thoroughly-researched stories of history’s most badass moms from all around the world, most of whom you’ve never heard of. Each entry has a page of illustration and a page or three of text.

What age group is this good for?

Short answer: 12 and up. Younger readers could enjoy most of it, but you’d probably want to read it with them.

Long answer: There’s harsh material at the very end, but every entry has content warnings and a maturity level. In terms of US movie ratings, it’s probably 35% PG, 60% PG-13, 5% R. This isn’t a book to censor history or try to put a pretty spin on things, but it also doesn’t get explicit regularly or without reason. Some of the most harrowing entries are online, to help you gauge how bad it gets: check out Tamar of GeorgiaKate Leigh and Tilly Devine, and Ranavalona I.

Who’s in the book?

The full table of contents is available below – click here to jump to it. Many chapters are available for you to preview!

How Can I Get a Copy?

Option 1: Get a signed copy with dust jacket!

You can get a signed copy by preordering from Book Soup! By doing this, you get a signed book and a special alternate cover foil-stamped dust jacket!

Option 2: Get the Premium Bundle!

You can get all of the above, plus a personalized sketchenamel pinset of stickers, and bookmark for just a few dollars more by preordering the Premium Bundle from Book Soup!

Option 3: Preorder wherever!

First off, it’ll be available at bookstores everywhere, so support your local bookstore!

Failing that, it’s also totally available for order online. Click any of the icons below:

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Why train wheels have conical geometry – 

I found this quick gif pretty interesting

Fortune favors the bold ~ Latin proverb – 

Ain’t that the truth…


When Charles Best, founder of the nonprofit, emailed Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen with a big ask, he was worried the crypto company exec would “be offended by the ridiculousness” of it, Best tells the San Francisco Chronicle.

He sent the pitch anyway: “I kind of dared myself to send an email pitching an idea 10 times bigger than I’ve ever pitched before.”

Larsen and Ripple responded with a $29 million donation to, the crowdfunding platform Best founded in 2000 that lets teachers post classroom project requests and donors choose which projects they want to support.

On Tuesday night, Ripple pledged to fully fund the site’s more than 35,000 classroom requests.

Read the full monty here:

Burning Man art is coming to the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian –

What’s on the radio –

Ain’t No Sunshine – Matt Andersen

I find it awesome to listen/watch someone get caught up in their music..