Category: web time wasters

Web Time Wasters

It’s been raining most of the week here in Bangalore, which means I’ve been:

1) reading a lot (how good is The God of Small Things?!)

2) getting my palm read (a man with exposed chest hair and a headband asked for my phone number and free English classes and then told me I’d be married twice, have three children, live to be 89 and be successful at business)

3) getting a $14 manicure/pedicure/facial. However, that also included two power outages, soaking my hands in a pink plastic bucket and my Buddhist manicurist saying “Tell me something nice about Jesus Christ”

4) volunteering with a new, younger bunch of kids. They are incredibly sweet and one of them looks just like Arthur.

But let’s talk about awesome stuff from the Interwebz!

Have you heard about The Sabbath Manifesto? Unplugging and reconnecting for a weekly day of rest? I love it.

Downtown from behind features photos of NYC’s mover’s and shakers cycling through the big apple – all shot from behind.

Oh, if it were this easy. How to be fabulous in three easy steps.

I can sing the Full House theme song from memory. Sitcom songs of my childhood

I hate disposable cleaning wipes, generic contact lens solution and press-on nails. Products we hate

It’s way, way, waaaay to early but I still love J. Crew’s Spring 2011 line.

How to cope when you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. And you know it’s serious business when it’s written by a Virgo!

Have you heard about Marvel’s new Spider Girl? She’s 16, not over sexualized (!) her motto is

I know this has been making mad rounds on the internet, but have you seen Anthropologie’s November catalog? Llama’s modeling necklaces, dudes.

More animal cuterie: bomb-sniffing mice. Wearing tiny harnesses!

I always kind of felt like I was a traitor to my gender because I didn’t vote for Hillary, nor did I particularly like her (her voice always seemed so damn condescending!) but in this awesome tv interview she’s funny, charming and totally sassy. Added bonus: totally adorable Aussie interviewers.

Hanging, secret-fort, tree-house-y things!

Oh you guys. Sex advice from the Double Rainbow guy. And it’s not bad!

Share any links you’re loving these days!

Web Time Wasters

In the event that you find yourself eating lunch out of the vending machine at work, why not attempt some Office Snack Gourmet? I particularly like the Tom Khaa Ramen, created from a Mounds candy bar, some ketchup packets and a box of Ramen!

These rhinestone rings in the shapes of animals are awesomely over the top. I’ll take the octopus is both black and silver, please.

I’m oddly obsessed with hanging things from the ceiling, so I’m obviously all over these Boskke Sky Planters. Herbs! In Pots! Hanging upside down from your ceiling!

Wow. This is so interesting and a little heart breaking. A photographer followed one soldier for 27 months, documenting his entire time in the U.S. Army – enlisting right after graduation, boot camp, leave, and his time on the front.

Can you name these movies, based only on six drawings and no movie stars?

What are you loving on the interwebz these days?

Web Time Wasters: Easter Edition

What are your plans for Easter weekend, you guys? I’m getting a fancy, non-$13 haircut on Friday, going to a zoo-and-curry date on Saturday and meeting up with my aunt and grandma for a lovely Sunday in a little historic town on the Mississippi. I have high hopes that I will get some sort of basket and that everybody will give me the black jelly beans that they don’t want.
If you’re lucky enough to have a long weekend or are feeling overwhelmed by all the family and candy that accompanies Easter, why not sneak away and peruse these links?

* Easter DIYS! Make your own marshmallow peeps! or marbleized Easter eggs!

* So pretty! So useful! If you are engaging in any publishing endeavors and are struggling to sift through all the flickr creative commons photos, this color selector tool with

* I love MightyGoods round up of Easter Baskets for Grown Ups. I’ll take the egg cups and the bird warblers, please.

* If I didn’t work next to an Asian grocery store and spend my lunch money on pockey sticks and Vietnamese sandwiches, I’d be alllll over this Office Snack Gourmet: How To Turn Junk Food Into Something More

* Have you read about David Sedaris’s experience attempting explain Easter to his classmates in French? Hiiii-larious, of course.

* Remember cassette tapes? Yeah, they were awesome. I still play them in my car. Here’s a great collection of belts/toys/dresses/bags made out of old tapes.

* When scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson classified Pluto as a non-planet, he didn’t expect he’d get hate mail from third graders. “Some people like Pluto. If it doesn’t exist, they won’t have a favorite planet anymore. Please write back, but not in cursive. I can’t read cursive.”

* Fantastic! Start your day in 33 different ways

* A fascinating read on hair extensions made from human hair – from Indian temples to Lady Gaga’s head.

* I know you’re already reading the hipster puppies tumblr, right? Riiiggght?

* 10 Tips and Tricks for Making Your Stuff Last Longer – clothes, food, batteries, etc!

* Let’s talk about gardening. I’m thinking herbs, flowers, peppers, tomatoes. Here’s a great article on which vegetables grow best in window boxes and balconies.

* I’m alllmost finished with Operation Fancy Lady Closet (glass drawer pulls! mirrored trays! artfully displayed stuff!) and now I really want to try this DIY jewelry holder bust.

* I’m in love with the fashion blog My Edit. Nearly everything she wears is thrifted and she puts it all together in a way that is somehow stylish/sexy/grown up/bo-ho-y … which is a market I’d like to corner.

What links are you loving these days?

Web Time Wasters

I’m taking today and tomorrow off of work to catch up with an old friend who’s in town from Oz, get a questionable haircut, eat cherries and pick the brains of other writers over many cups of coffee. You probably deserve a break from work too, right? Peruse these yummy links!

What rock have I been living under that I didn’t know about Alexa Chung? I love her accessible, mishmash style.

How gorgeous are these Indian bangles?

In the event that you want to get be a belated birthday present, I’ll take a copy of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, please.

Let’s take a moment to remember how awesome Charm Attack was, circa 1999. Totally listened to this song while laying on the grass outside of my dorm.

How To Change Your Life For the Better – like changing your hair dresser, changing the song that’s stuck in your head and changing your cell phone provider. Genius!

Lush fake furs, interesting belts, big scarves – I am going to copy every last one of these looks.

A mariachi/Spanish cover of Bitter Sweet Symphony!

The 6 Strangest Coming of Age Rituals Around the World – gloves filled with biting ants, drinking blood and bungee jumping with vines? And I thought working at Dairy Queen was bad!

Have you guys heard Lily Allen’s 22? It’s a good bit of depressing and clever social commentary in a catchy, poppy package. Which, coincidentally, is just how I like my social commentary!

That guy who yelled “You lie” at the president? He doesn’t have anything on the parliments of Taiwan, South Korea, Ukraine, Australia and Britian. I was actually living in Taiwan when politician had the bill she sponsored ripped out of her hand and stuffed in her mouth!

Do you remember the hilarious/bizarre/fictional case of Dudley’s Heinsbergen Syndrome in The Royal Tanenbaums? Well, there’s a woman in Scotland who actually ‘sees’ time!

Two decor ideas worth stealing – a wreath made of mismatched silverware and decorating your walls with old sheet music.

In the event that you’re intimidated by the commitment of a real tattoo, why not get a full-body sun tattoo?

Insane prison inventions and weapons. It’s not just shanks made from melted toothbrushes anymore!

Have you seen this great, pro-GLBT Lee’s ad?

Okay, okay this Super Mario manicure is sliiiightly more awesomely ridiculous than mine.

David Lynch isn’t just that guy who makes all those creepy movies – He’s also the head of The Interview Project. It’s a great collection of online videos in which people from all over the country talk about their childhood dreams, lifelong loves, heartbreaks and hopes for the future.

What links are you loving this week?

Web Time Wasters


Happy Labor Day! In the event that you’re worn down from all that barbecuing/Corona drinking/ bonfire watching – a few links for you perusal!
Have you seen the This is Home project? Designers and writers send in submissions for what home means to them. I love this one. Okay, and this one.Did you know that my girl Winona (of DaddyLikey fame) wrote an effing book? Good lord, woman, could you beeee more awesome?! It comes out in two months and is sure to be as funny/helpful/fantastic as her blog. Go check it out!

Whaaaa? A techno remix of William Shatner talking about Captain Kirk climbing a mountain? Dudes, this business is catchy.

For all you rugged travelers out there: taking freight ships is apparently a cheap-o alternative to cruises. I am so intrigued by this!

Awesome and awesome – female assassins and their intended victims! My favorite is Charlotte Corday, a 25-year-old Parisienne who stabbed one of the leaders of the French Revolution in his own bathtub. Oh my.

Ceeee-ute! Make your own terrariums out of old pickle jars.

Six types of crappy hugs. Are you guilty of any of these?

Oh, that I would have had this for my birthday – a six layer cake in which every layer is a different color. Rainbows are delicious!

Operation Beautiful leaves encouraging, positive post-its all over the world. Lovely!

Apartment Therapy put together a great list of their favorite DIY projects for the long weekend.

I find this list fascinating – 15 Smart Celebrities. I’m not sure how they got a hold of her IQ score, but being a smartie is just another reason that I love Shakira. I also love her because of She Wolf – now in the running for The Most Awesomely Ridiculous Music Video Ever.

Y’all know I love tiny houses. And novelty houses. So you can imagine how much I love this list of 10 Amazing Treehouses from Around the World.

If you’re on a budget or trying to rein in your shopping habits, check out this great list of questions to ask yourself before you buy something. Seriously, I am printing this business off and keeping it in my wallet, wrapped around my credit card.

I love Mika’s sweet, joyful music. And his single We Are Golden is, as per the usual, Teh Awesome. And I’m not just saying that because I, too, love dancing around in my underwear to mix tapes.

The gorgeous visuals of this Kid Cudi video and the clever split screen effect are almost cool enough to make me overlook those questionable lyrics.

This incredibly brave woman is having 100 cups of coffee with 100 different men in an attempt to find true love. That is some serious stamina.

Things that are awesome: hip hop music superimposed onto old Bob Fosse dance routines.

I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

Web Time Wasters

Because it’s Friday! And, at least here in Minnesota, it’s rainy and cold and a perfect day for wasting on the internetz. Happy clicking!
Have you heard about Puppies Behind Bars? It’s an amazing program that partners felons with a puppy that they train to be a service dog for returning war vets. Ready the kleenex, yo – puppies + triumph of the human spirit = weeping.This is what cookie monster thinks about eating five servings of fruits and veg.

If you’ve got a penchant for graffiti, you probably need this notebook. The pages looks like walls!

I’m living alone at the moment and this graph pretty accurately captures the benefits of that.

A cute DIY that requires only old bottles, masking tape and spray paint.

I love these roughly sweet wood lights.

This man’s name is really, truly John Doe! Apparently, he occasionally runs into trouble at the airport. always has the best stuff. I love this username translator. Just something to think about before you choose ‘hotgirl 69’ for your next handle.

I love the photos of Tara Donne. Gorgeous colors, daily life.

What awesome links have you stumbled across this week?