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:
- 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee
For a person who drinks so much coffee, I know surprisingly little about it. Until I read this funny infographic, anyway!
- 25 Genius Hacks That Make Having a Dog So Much Easier
These are so simple and, like the title boasts, genius! I especially like the tip to play fetch downhill so your dog will get tired faster.
- 15 Amazing Places You Can Tour on Google Maps
Don’t have the money to travel? Staring wistfully at your computer screen is the next best thing! I toured the Coliseum, and it was pretty cool.
- The 11 People to Unfollow on Facebook
- 15 Super Cute Hand-Sized Baby Animals
Everything is cute when it’s tiny! They snuck three baby foxes into the list, and I am so okay with that.
- 22 of the Most Secluded Hotels in the World
A traveling introvert’s DREAM.
- 3 Leadership Lessons Learned from Jon Stewart
Good TV host, great leader.
- 100 Disposable Cameras Were Given to Homeless People
This is a really cool art project!
- 20 Great Escapes that Will Make You Feel Small
- My DIY Coffee Pot Terrarium
I don’t usually like Pinterest-y craft projects, but I think this coffee pot terrarium is super cute.
We live in a beautiful age of constant entertainment and distractions. I am, of course, talking about smart phones, and the apps that give me immense joy.
- Candy Crush.
What is this, 2012? MIGHT AS WELL BE, because I can’t stop playing this addicting game (and its counterpart, the even better Candy Crush Soda). Getting to level 350 has been a tough road. There have been levels that were so fun I accidentally passed on the first try. And there were other, hellish levels that kept me stuck for a month. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t quit Candy Crush.
As much as I love Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook remains my go-to social connection app. It’s the easiest way to share thoughts and pictures with every circle of friends and acquaintances, however emotionally close or distant. While other apps establish a niche in pictures or quotes, Facebook says, “I’ll take it all. Don’t click too many extra buttons!” It’s the catchall of social media, and I am nothing if not lazy.
Okay, so this is a little quick to be throwing around “Apps I Can’t Live Without.” I’ve only had DomiNations for a week, but it has been an extremely obsessed week. This app is a better version of Clash of Clans. You get to choose a historical nation and actual historical landmarks (I’ve got a Babylonian Hanging Gardens decorating my Chinese civilization). And instead of meaninglessly advancing through levels, you march through time, from the Stone Age to the Space Age. It is helplessly addicting, and I highly recommend everyone waste their time on it.
Easily my most used app when bored. The staff at BuzzFeed is excellent about keeping a steady stream of news articles, quizzes, videos, and photo compilations uploaded. There are times that I check their feed after five minutes only to be delighted by new content. They are witty, socially on the nose, and unapologetically feminist. Three of my favorite things.
What is the point of the Internet if not to keep your treasured memories stored for all of eternity? Timehop saves you the tortured minutes of scrolling through old photo albums or Twitter feeds. Instead, every day the app brings memories to you! Honestly, I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that most days, before I even get out of bed, I check to see the new day’s Timehop info. What did I do one year ago? Or six? I’ll never need to use my brain again, thanks to this app.
Having your own music is fine, I guess. But I like accessing all music all the time all the places. Spotify allows me to listen to any artist that I want (except Taylor Swift, curse her beautiful genius brain!) and create playlists that make roadtrips infinitely more bearable. One friend handwaved Spotify away, insisting that Pandora was all he needed. I insisted that they serve two very different purposes: Pandora introduces you to artists you might never have heard, and Spotify allows you to explore their discography and listen to everything they’ve ever made.
I love being careful with money, so obviously a budget app is right up my alley. I like Goodbudget because I can create virtual envelopes for various needs: “Groceries,” “Gas,” “Restaurants.” It keeps me honest throughout the week, and reminds me that, oh hey, I went to Chick-fil-a twice already this week, so maybe I should stop spending money there for a while. I can always use that kind of accountability.
Which apps are your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!