The Best of the Internet #5

Manalive, it’s almost halfway September already! Don’t you guys often catch yourself just hoping you can hang on a little and make time unravel a bit slower? My summer daze is long gone, but now autumn has really started (it’s been raining almost non-stop for a few days in a row) all I can think of doing is spending time in bed, hiding from the world with hot cups of tea and a cute film or two to watch.

Of course uni started for me again, so no hiding from the world with cute films for me yet. And here I am, procrastinating like I’ve never stopped: another list of links I’d like to share. This is the fifth time I’m doing this and I’m sort-of proud of myself that up until now I’ve done this series every month since I started. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do. Have a great week!

To start out with a song that I re-discovered somewhat beginning of August. Bombadil was one of my favourite upcoming bands a long while ago but then they had just started out and didn’t have much songs on line so I kind of forgot about them when the whirlwind of awesome-music of 2012/13 came by. ‘So many ways to die‘ stands out for me because the lyrics and the neat mv.

There are a lot of lists with untranslatable words going around these days. But have you seen this one? 22 Food Words You Might Be Pronouncing Wrong. The list is featured with fancy drawings, the actual word and the way how you should pronounce it. Me likey.

This letter by Stephen Fry to David Cameron, International Olympics Committee President Jacques Rogge and Lord Coe was the start of my heavy soulsearchy-sentiments this past month. To be honest, I haven’t been following the matter after it, not because I don’t care but because I was looking into so many things that made me think this past month. The letter however is so strongly and witty written, with a certain passion and anger without sounding stupid at all (no seriously, haven’t you noticed how angry people seem to sound stupid a lot?) that I recommend people to read it, and think about it. And about our society today for that matter.

Something more light are Fitzwilliam Darcy’s inner struggles by Garrulus on tumblr. She makes gifs with parts of the Pride and Prejudice movie (2005) where she uses hashtags to make Darcy’s struggles clear (as she interprets how he would think). I love the humour in this, and the theories about certain things said in the movie.

By now I think you guys all have seen Tavi’s talk over at Ideas at the House. If not, please go see it. I know how easily pretty words get thrown around in the blogging community, but really: I adore her.

Last month I talked about Machinarium. But I didn’t quite tell you how I came across it. Years ago, when I first find out about a band called ‘The Polyphonic Spree’ (check them out too, srsly) I stumbled upon a little internet game called ‘Quest for the Rest‘ where you get 3 wonderfully designed levels accompanied with songs by the band. The goal is to get 3 little persons through the desert, forest and sea to their friends/family/other persons so they can be happy and cheerful. All by simply pointing and clicking. The first time I played it, I couldn’t even get through level one, it’s a bit tricky but lots of fun and you’re done within a study-break. If not, there are actual ‘walkthroughs’ to find online.

Another thing inspiring is what I found on TEDtalk: Brene Brown talks about shame and vulnerability. It’s so good.

Etsy is a wonderful place where I can spend hours and hours just browsing and adding things to my shopping cart without actually purchasing things just because I’m broke but I like to do it anyway. And that’s when I came across these wonderful, wonderful cards with drawings of rad people like Mary Poppins. Marina and the Diamonds, Molly Ringwald, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums… everything wonderful is to be found on Oh Gosh, Cindy!’s etsy.

More on illustration, I quite forgot how I stumbled across his website but Adolfo Serra creates beautiful things. Among his work are beautiful drawings for children’s books (one of the reasons I wish I still was a kid), I recommend you to just browse through his website.

And lastly, I’m not sure if you guys are familiar with the lovely notes by Things We Forget, but they’ve got great news. They got published and are open for pre-orders. The book features all kinds of wisdom found on the notes that are left in public places (and on their blog, yay). Very motivational, very right… pretty much always.

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