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Abby Watson

Portland, OR // Riding bikes, playing outside, Z dogs, painting my nails, eating good food and drinking too much coffee.

@bikebeth is 1 of 7 women riding #raphatoc this week. She is woman I’ve been distantly acquainted with for the past few years, and I’m so glad to be able to meet in person. She’s little and likes to ride bikes fast downhill.

Day one: #raphatoc

80 some miles, 9,500’ feet or so of climbing. Here we go!

12 years ago I would never have guessed that this is where @ktonic and I would be, but sometimes surprises are awesome. @cajenk04, we’re coming for you….

@rapha_n_america women’s ambassadors hitting the beach

I swam under the house

Sooo I’m pumped about these @oakley glasses and this @girocycling helmet

13 women on the move and looking awesome

I’m more than a little excited about this @rapha_n_america sticker for my Domane!

@krasniakjulie and I made it to LA and are ready for a fun weekend with the other @rapha_n_america women’s ambassadors!



These are on my sneaker want list, the list is long.

#tbt to my first athletic award. At the age of 6 the solo swim across Parker’s Pond was not exactly difficult, but the prospect of rousing a water snake (or other scary critter) lurking among the water lilies of the pond’s perimeter was enough to make it a really big accomplishment. With this award came the privilege of swimming without adult supervision, well worth the effort and the risk of snakes.

If you have any doubt that the hashtag is a frighteningly powerful tool in our modern vocabulary, imagine a person you care about texting you that song’s title line out of the blue: “You’re beautiful.” Now think of the same person texting, “You’re #beautiful.” The second one is jokey, ironic, distant—and hey, maybe that’s what that person was going for. But it also hammers home that point that the internet too often asserts: You’re not as original as you once thought. “Beautiful” is analog, unquantifiable, one-in-a-million. #Beautiful, on the other hand, is crowded terrain. Ten more people have just tweeted about something or someone #beautiful since you started reading this sentence.

As more and more of our daily interactions become text-based — people preferring texting to phone calls, workplaces that rely heavily email and instant messaging—we’re developing ways to stretch our written language so it can communicate more nuance, so we can tell people what we mean without accidentally leading them on or pissing them off. Periods have becomemore forceful, commas less essential, and over the last few years, the hashtag has morphed into something resembling the fabled sarcasm font—the official keystroke of irony. Putting a hashtag in front of something you text, email, or IM to someone is a sly way of saying “I’m joking,” or maybe more accurately, “I mean this and I don’t at the same time.”

The #Art of the Hashtag

Thanks to Twitter, the hashtag has become an important linguistic shortcut. But while everyone from Robin Thicke to Beyoncé has used the symbol as part of their art, only a few have truly taken advantage of its culture-jamming possibilities.

Via @pitchforkmedia

(via npr)


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