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!

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!

StumbleUpon Sunday (8)

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. Down the Rabbit Hole We Go! 300+ Mind Expanding Documentaries
    I’m not nearly as into documentaries as I should be, but this list includes links to view these films for free, so…maybe this is my time!
  2. The 5 Craziest Ways Famous Actors Got Into Character
    This Cracked article is fascinating and hilarious, covering Tom Cruise to Robert De Niro.
  3. Decoding Food Expiration Dates
    Via video or text, this site has a few simple tips and examples on how to know when your perishable foods are spoiled.
  4. Drawing Between the Lines
    Clever drawings of characters escaping their notebook-lined prisons.
  5. Painting Timelapse Collaboration with a Toddler
    I love these videos of toddler scribbles transforming into artwork with the help of a painter’s touch.
  6. You Fell Asleep Watching a DVD
    Hahaha!  This is genius!
  7. The ‘Man Who Flies for Free’ Says These are the 3 Best Websites for Airline Deals
    I bookmarked this so hard….I hope he’s right!
  8. Disney Princesses in Accurate Period Costume
    Sleeping Beauty’s is my favorite.
  9. The 50 Best Kids’ Movies to Watch as a Family
    Self-explanatory and handy!
  10. Perfectly Timed Picture of My Firework
    A week late, but wow!  What a cool picture of a firework’s trail as it leaves the ground.

StumbleUpon Sunday (7)

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. 16 Things I Know Are True But Haven’t Quite Learned Yet
    Great words of wisdom!  “All you need to do to finish things is keep starting them until they’re done.
  2. Rashad Alabarov Paints with Shadows and Light
    These are so incredible I almost can’t believe they’re real.
  3. 35 Tumblr Posts That’ll Make You Reevaluate Your Entire Existence
    Hahaha!  Great (idiotic) thought-provoking scenarios like:  “I won’t take a bullet for anyone because if I have to jump in front of a bullet, you have time to move.”
  4. 31 Places Everyone Should Visit Before They Die
    Wow!  Chittorgarh, India looks like a fantasy land!  *checks flight costs*  AND #27 is incredibly useful.
  5. A Photo Exploration of the Nomadic Culture in Mongolia
    Mongolia!  Probably my favorite place I’ve visited, in terms of uniqueness and beauty.
  6. Bookshelf Porn
    If I weren’t before, I’m now convinced that my future home must be wall-to-wall bookshelves.
  7. Funny Airplane Announcements
    “As you exit the plane, please make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.”
  8. Photos: What the Sky Should Look Like Without Light Pollution
    These are stunning.
  9. 10 Things You’ll See in Almost Every Tim Burton Film
    I love Tim Burton, and knowing he repeats himself does nothing to lessen my affection.
  10. 14 Amazing Psychology Facts Everyone Needs to Know
    Cool stuff!  I was especially intrigued by this one:  “Your decisions are more rational when thought in another language.”

StumbleUpon Sunday (6)

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. Questionnaires for Writing Character Profiles
    Included are questionnaires for adults and for children characters to help you fully realize your creation, with questions like, “What does your character think is his or her worst quality?” and the equally important, “What do other people think your character’s worst quality is?”
  2. 19 Random Facts You’ve Probably Never Heard Before
    “Twelve people have walked on the moon.”
  3. The Winston Churchill Guide to Public Speaking
    This is a really cool look at the craft and care taken to create some of history’s most memorable speeches.
  4. Life Inspirations
    A bunch of inspiring quotes.  Two of my favorites are, “The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie,” and “Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow.”
  5. The 22 Rules to Perfect Storytelling According to Pixar
    These are really excellent.  “Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great.  Coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.”
  6. 30 of the Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken
    I don’t know how a person can get through these photos without crying–they show the heights and depths of humanity with honesty, beauty, and horror.
  7. Awesome Elderly Street Artists Destroy Age Stereotypes in Portugal
    Old men and women get involved in graffiti in order to create beauty and bond with younger generations!  How cute!
  8. 45 Life Lessons, Written by a 90-Year-Old
    “Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.”
  9. What Not to Feed Your Pet [Infographic]
    Handy!
  10. Love and Money: Discussing Finances with Your Romantic Partner
    Great advice for having a hard but necessary conversation with your significant other.

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 (4)

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. Silk
    This is the coolest website that allows you to create fantastic art by messing with rotational symmetry and colors.  It’s intuitive and impossible to make something ugly.
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  2. 49 Locals Tell You What You Absolutely Must Not Do in Their Home Countries
    Some are helpful, some are hilarious.
  3. 5-Year-Old Little Girl with Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces
    My cynical side often thinks these child geniuses are not all that genius, but this girl’s paintings are genuinely beautiful.
  4. Time Lapse of Snow
    Oh my gosh, as a deeply devoted fan of snow, this massive accumulation of snow is fantastic.  It’s just so much!
  5. These 20 Thoughts are So Deep Your Brain Will Drown
    “If the toys in Toy Story died the kids would keep playing with them like normal but the other toys would be playing with their dead friend.”
  6. 10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict
    Never hurts to start planning ahead for retirement.
  7. If You Really Want to Connect With Someone Then the First Date Should Cost Zero Dollars
    Compelling idea–if the first date involves no money, the focus is on creativity and getting to know a person rather than going through the motions.
  8. Greek Frappe
    This video teaches you how to make a Greek frappe and is guaranteed to make you thirsty.
  9. 25 Spectacular Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen
    Hopefully you’ve seen some of these movies, because based on the ones I’ve seen, I completely agree that they are spectacular recommendations!
  10. 10 Reasons to Avoid Talking on the Phone
    98% of the time, I hate talking on the phone.  For exactly these ten reasons.