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   To break up the monotony of life inside my own brain, I’ve enlisted a group of  close friends to update me on the world outside of kittens, cupcakes and 18th Century British literature. This morning my friend Cristina hipped me to the epistolary diamond in the rough, Letters of Note, a blog-style archive of funny, famous or otherwise entertaining letters “deserving of a wider audience”. Such letters of correspondence include those from Martin Luther King Jr. to the Rat Pack’s Sammy Davis Jr.

It's Monday. Which means you are probably as tired as I am. Or maybe not. I didn't have my coffee today. Also, it's raining here, which I don't know if it's doing that where you are, but that tends to make the day drag on that much more. That being said, here's a big eff you to the weather, the first real day of the week, and whatever else is bothering you! (Thanks Cee-Lo, you are awesome.) [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAV0XrbEwNc 425x344] There's a full video coming out soon and you can check out the deets on Cee-Lo's new album at his site. [image: doobybrain.

For those of you who missed it (and this includes me), yesterday was National GoTopless Day. Groups of protesters in cities all over the country took to the streets and the beaches with signs and tits-a-plenty, many complete with little latex nipple covers so as to actually not get arrested. Some men even donned bras and bikini tops in order to stand in solidarity with their shirtless sisters. This event was founded by GoTopless.

  Folks in N.Y.C, San Francisco or Baltimore better run for cover ‘cos Julia Wertz is gonna rip a big one! This September comic artist Julia Wertz, creator of the charmingly awkward comic The Fart Party and editor of I Saw You…, is set to release yet another collection of angst-wrought, potty-mouthed, visual vignettes for our viewing pleasure.

It's hall in a days work as Leslie takes time out to show us around her hometown of Ames, Iowa.  "GOOD MORNING! I'm so happy to see you show up at my house for a museum tour.  The mobile Museum is behind my house, I can promise free admission but I can't promise that I'll be dressed or not be gas-y." "To stay in shape, I find bicycles to be the easiest non-sweaty way to burn lower leg calories.  This mud pile is a hole my dad dug up to build a wall. I'm not sure if the outfit is pajamas or a sleek one piece".

The Thermals (a band I had to all but arm wrestle my editor to let me include in the music section for the Oct/Nov issue) released a video for the first single from their upcoming album Personal Life. The song is called "I Don't Believe You," and it features Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney guitarist and KRS label mate) running around in some leisure wear. That's really all there is to say on the matter, other than the fact that sometimes it really does seem like all roads lead back to Carrie Brownstein. [video:http://www.youtube.

  Just a bit of inspiration for your Friday from our BUST Video Vault. Special needs kitty, Kelly May, was nursed back to health after having her four legs amputated.  My pal Elizabeth thinks she looks like a sweet little glow worm.  I liked that. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdO0-PFsxDc 425x344]   photo credit: penelopeillustration.

The "Let's Colour Project" is an international outreach project sponsored by Dulux paint company.  Beginning back in March 2010, volunteers traveled to the drab and dreary corners of the globe spreading brighter colors in hopes to transform communities and the people within them.  With every brushstroke, members of "Let's Colour" have created spiritual and emotional transformations from London, Rio de Janeiro and Paris to Jodhpur, India.

  For one night only Leslie and the Lys took over the Des Moines Social Club by pushing back all the tables and chairs and creating the ultimate dance party. With lessons and games and DJ Mona Bones on the decks, nobody went home without getting up on the dance floor.  The following is the photographic proof with captions by Leslie Hall. "This crew I would consider top tier providers of lovely-ness. When they show up they have style class and a pinch of domination. I'd take notes study up and pay attention cause me like'zze."   I'm gonna find myself surrounded by hot thangs.

Who thought bouncy balls and black stockings could make an awesome piece of jewelry? Thanks to Erica Domesek of P.S. I made This I am now the proud owner of this little number. Within minutes of stepping out my front door, a girl passing on the street asks where I got it. It's quite the conversation starter, and a colorful change from my usual pearl necklace.       Be sure to check out psimadethis.com for more cool, crafty projects. I might just make something else when I get home! (Like this tank top!) P.S.
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