StumbleUpon Sunday (10)

StumbleUpon is a giant collection of the best pages on the Internet.

StumbleUpon is a great way to lose hours of your life.  Luckily, I braved the Internet vortex so you don’t have to.  This week I found these especially interesting websites:

  1. 9 Photo Composition Tips
    This video quickly gives advice and examples on how to take the best photo possible. I hadn’t heard of #7 before, “Center Dominant Eye.”  A new trick to try!
  2. 16 Incredible Van Gogh Paintings Tilt Shifted
    WOW.  With a simple twist, Van Gogh’s work becomes dynamic and almost life-life.
  3. Beautiful Map Posters of Anywhere
    This is perfect for people who are moving, or who particularly love a place.  I want several!
  4. 19 Animals Photographed Trying Things for the First Time
    OMG so cute.  I love the dog on his first subway ride and the tiny bear trying to climb a tree.
  5. These are the 10 Best U.S. Cities to Relocate To
    Described with cute infographics, I’m proud to see cities in Illinois and Texas on this list…although neither were cities in which I’ve actually lived.
  6. Smile Alarm Clock by Kim Jungwoo
    Hahaha!  An alarm clock that only turns off if its smile sensor thinks your grin is big enough.  This is diabolically brilliant.
  7. Minimalist Posters of Disney Films
    I especially love the one for Peter Pan….but the Bambi poster looks kind of creepy!
  8. World’s Most Beautiful Trees Photography
    Trees!  I love trees!  So many different colors and shapes, and two crazies scaling a 700-foot Sequoia!
  9. An Anthology of Mythical Creatures
    This infographic is super helpful in categorizing the origins of various mythical creatures, from kelpies in Scotland to Japan’s Ittan-momen, “a sentient roll of cotton that flies through the night and suffocates people.”
  10. 23 Animals That Have Totally Mastered the Game of Hide-and-Seek
    One of my favorite things that Rory does is when he hides behind the shower curtain with his tail sticking out.  Idiot animals are delightful!

Would You Like an Animal with Your Coffee?

I sensed genius the first time I heard about cat cafés.  There is nothing I would like more than to drink coffee while surrounded by cats lounging in the sun and brushing against my legs.  Begun in Taipai in 1998 with its adorably named “Cat Flower Garden,” this trend is taking off and evolving to include other kinds of animals.  I have not yet had the privilege of experiencing an animal café, but it is high on my bucket list.  Continue reading

StumbleUpon Sunday (9)

StumbleUpon is a giant collection of the best pages on the Internet.

StumbleUpon is a great way to lose hours of your life.  Luckily, I braved the Internet vortex so you don’t have to.  This week I found these especially interesting websites:

  1. The ULTIMATE Braingasm Gallery: 100 of the Most Satisfying GIFs You’ll Ever See
    It’s like listening to beautiful background music…but for your eyes.  So soothing.
  2. Your Morning Commute Just Got Awesomed
    Pictures of strange cars/sights while driving–weird people are endlessly entertaining.
  3. Cheeky Cheetah Goes Face-to-Face with with Tourist in Safari Jeep
    THIS IS MY DREAM.
  4. New Expressive Dog Portraits by Elke Vogelsang
    So much nose!
  5. 8 Movies My Past Girlfriends Forced Me to Watch That Made Me Who I Am Today
    I love the humility of this post, that even movie buffs can learn from and love something unexpected, thanks to the suggestion of someone trusted!

Happy 4th Birthday, Rory!

Growing up, I was a little obsessed with cats.  Every birthday cake was cat shaped, and there were at least two Halloweens when I painted whiskers on my face.  We had three cats (at separate times) before I was ten, though none of them were especially friendly.  Some family friends, however, had a cat named Locket that followed us around, allowed us to sling her around our necks, and generally put up with annoying children like a champ.  I wanted a Locket real bad.

When I was ten, my parents got a dog, and for twelve wonderful years I was a dog person.  Misty was cuddly, affectionate, and adorable.  But when she had two strokes, we put her to sleep, and my parents went on an already-planned vacation.  Alone in the house, grieving for one pet, I found myself desperate for another.  Continue reading

StumbleUpon Sunday (5)

StumbleUpon is a giant collection of the best pages on the Internet.

StumbleUpon is a great way to lose hours of your life.  Luckily, I braved the Internet vortex so you don’t have to.  This week I found these especially interesting websites:

  1. Clever Illustrations Reveal the Two Kinds of People There Are in the World
    Well, I’m definitely the neat freak.
  2. 30 Places You’d Rather be Sitting Right Now
    A great way to feel worse about your desk/couch/location.
  3. Powerful Illustrations Show Women How to Fight Gender PrejudicesFor example:  “Rebecca had depression, and only after many months she was able to wear clothes that revealed the scars left on her body.  Rebecca, these marks are a reminder of how brave you have had to be!  Psychological pain is also human, and suffering it does not make you any less of a person.”
  4. Pudding the Fox is Too Friendly to Go Free
    I know he says he doesn’t support keeping foxes as pets, but with a name like Pudding?  Give me one!
  5. When Their Trailer is Transformed Into a House, Everyone is Left Completely Amazed
    This amazing camper has all the clever hacks that has made me love tiny houses.
  6. This Artist Doesn’t Just Drink Coffee, She Also Makes Incredible Portraits With It!
    Yoda!  Mario!  Daenerys!
  7. This Sentence Has Five Words
    Incredible writing advice given in an incredible format.
  8. The 30 Best Films of the Decade
    I’ve seen only 10!
  9. 30 Shower Thoughts You’ve Never Had Before
    “The saying ‘Money can’t buy you happiness’ should be changed to ‘Money can’t prevent sadness.'”
  10. The Hero’s Journey Outline
    Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey, with multiple lists and charts!  This will be very interesting to a very specific set of people.

StumbleUpon Sunday (3)

StumbleUpon is a giant collection of the best pages on the Internet.

StumbleUpon is a great way to lose hours of your life.  Luckily, I braved the Internet vortex so you don’t have to.  This week I found these especially interesting websites:

  1. The Amazing World of Dogs in Photography
  2. Too Beautiful to be Real?  16 Surreal Landscapes Found on Earth
  3. 33 People Who Prove the World Isn’t Such a Broken Place After All
  4. The 5 Most Terrifying Civilizations in the History of the World
  5. 20 Places to See in Your 20s
  6. Writer Creates “Color Thesaurus” to Help You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable
  7. Confessions of a Feminist Makeup Addict
  8. 23 Couples Who Decided to Get Tattoos and Absolutely Nailed It
  9. 23 Mind-Blowing Animal Pictures
  10. 8 Ways to Get Likes and Followers on Instagram

StumbleUpon Sunday (2)

StumbleUpon is a giant collection of the best pages on the Internet.

StumbleUpon is a great way to lose hours of your life.  Luckily, I braved the Internet vortex so you don’t have to.  This week I found these especially interesting websites:

  1. This is what happened when a photographer came face-to-face with one of Antarctica’s most vicious predators
  2. 14 Hacks That’ll Help the Laziest Person Host a Dinner Party
  3. Just Puppies:  Pure Breed Information
  4. 23 Best Movies on Netflix You Haven’t Seen Yet
  5. 10 Popular Books for Teen Boys
  6. A Guy Photoshops Celebrities Into All His Holiday Party Photos
  7. 10 Unusual Beaches You Have Never Heard Of
  8. 10 Most Beautiful Views From the Top of Famous Landmarks
  9. 15 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Egypt
  10. Family Tree of the Greek Gods