Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 104

The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. I agree with everything on this list (except Garden State and Inception, of course): 10 Movies We Once Loved – Until We Realized They Were Bad.
  2. When I visited Dingle last summer, we attended a concert at a local church where, we were told, Amy Winehouse once performed. I found a video of that performance and I think it’s beautiful.
  3. In case you ever doubted that it’s always great to be a Michigan Wolverine: 17 Incredibly Impressive Students at the University of Michigan.
  4. I watched this with friends awhile ago and we were dying: Funniest Game Show Answers of All Time.
  5. Fascinating and adorable: Time-Lapse Video of Baby Giant Panda Twins’ First 100 Days.
  6. This is a topic I increasingly think about (particularly when I consider the way I use Instagram and how Instagram makes me wonder if all the effort of blogging is worth it at all): The Blog Is Dead, Long Live the Blog.
  7. I escaped to Europe and am currently missing the brutal winter weather back home, but nonetheless I find both of these interesting: Michigan Lighthouses Transformed Into Giant Icicles and The Last Time the University Had a Snow Day (the law student story is a myth!) (which we all probably realized, but still).
  8. Love this show: Parks & Recreation Celebrates 100 Episodes with Hilarious Look Back.
  9. These are really interesting: 6 Amazing Audition Tapes, from Rachel McAdams to Emma Stone (nailed it, Rachel McAdams).
  10. This piece (which is funnier than the headline would suggest) made me laugh, because once upon a time I flew through PDX roughly every other week, and the carpet was always the airport’s most distinguishing feature in my mind: Travelers Soon to Be Greeted by New Carpet at PDX Airport.

(Image via Entertainment Weekly)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 94

The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. So much truth: 29 Underrated Things About Being in Your Late Twenties.
  2. Amazing: If Hocus Pocus Met Sex and the City.
  3. David Sedaris is one of my favorite writers, and it’s usually because he makes me laugh out loud – but this story is much more poignant and yet equally wonderful: A Big Family, at the Beach.
  4. If this picture included Tim Riggins, it would basically be perfect: Friday Night Lights Football Team Reunites in an Instagram Photo. And on a shallow note: lookin’ good, Matt Saracen. Texas forever.
  5. Incredibly on point: If Every Big Ten School Were a Parks and Rec Character. Nobody likes you, Jerry!
  6. Interesting: This map will show you what state you should live in. I got Montana, for whatever that’s worth.
  7. I love NPH: Neil Patrick Harris and Family Win Halloween Again.
  8. And in other Halloween costume news: Pug Dressed as Wrecking Ball with Miley Cyrus.
  9. And one more Halloween-related thing: 25 Costumes You’ll Definitely See This Halloween. Bingo!
  10. Remember, this is for a good cause: British Rowing Team Strips Down Again to Fight Homophobia.

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 80

april ludgateApologies for it being a day later than usual, but here’s this week’s list of things that are awesome:

  1. Oh holy cute: 22 Things Poncho the Pug Is Better at Than You.
  2. Also really cute: Dog Takes Puppy on Journey in Shopping Cart.
  3. Recently, every movie I’ve seen has had amazing trailers before it. For example: The Way Way Back, Stuck in Love, About Time (just DYING to see this), Tiger Eyes, The Wolf of Wall Street (please note Leo dancing at the 1:34 mark), and The Spectacular Now.
  4. Here’s a pretty solid parody of Taylor Swift’s 22. Sidenote: I just realized I’m exactly halfway between 22 and 32, and I’m not sure which version I identify more with. Wait, no, that’s a lie – clearly 32.
  5. This is why April Ludgate is my spirit animal: The 20 Most Relatable April Ludgate Quotes.
  6. It was a big week to be a legal nerd, so it seems appropriate to link to Court Artist now. I find that blog so, so fascinating.
  7. In addition to all the SCOTUS happenings last week, Wendy Davis proved to be pretty awesome herself. You can’t truly comprehend how awesome until you’ve seen this: The Taiwanese Rendering of Last Night’s Filibuster is Perfectly Insane.
  8. I’m reluctantly getting on board with emoji, so…The 10 Best Emojis You Aren’t Using and Should Be.
  9. Harry is rated way too low, and I’m not sure how a freaking dementor made the list, but still: Ranking the 50 Hottest Dudes of the Harry Potter Movies.
  10. Stephen Colbert’s tribute to his late mother is just beautiful.

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 71

lucille bluth

The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. The creativity of people never fails to amaze me. Here are just two examples: Instagram food art and creative maps.
  2. I’ve always maintained that Lucille was my favorite character on Arrested Development, and this is a good reminder of why: 28 Ways to Live Life Like Lucille Bluth.
  3. And, my favorite Parks and Rec character would clearly be Ron Swanson, who says the best stuff.
  4. This is fascinating: Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions.
  5. You know how, if you’re a food blogger, you write a post and try to come up with a clever little introductory hook before giving the recipe? Well, everyone can stop doing that now, because nobody will ever top this: Cuban Sandwiches: Don’t Mess with the Bey.
  6. So good: professor tells student to “Get Your Sh@t Together.” Totally, totally agree with the professor here.
  7. Not even sure what to say about this: Here’s a GIF of Joe Biden Set to “Return of the Mack.” (Who else remembers this song fondly? Hello, mid-’90s!)
  8. I’ve never really understood the Lana Del Rey hype (or the Lana Del Rey hate, for that matter), but I’m loving her new song from the Gatsby soundtrack.
  9. Game of Thrones Actors Doing Normal Stuff Is So Weird. It really is.
  10. File this under “completely useless things that I don’t need, but really really want”: Arrested Development Engraved Pencil Pack.

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 67

ron swanson as batman

The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. I hate (abhor, detest, loathe, etc.) Twilight, so naturally I love this: Reasoning with Vampires. So, so on point.
  2. Perfect for when you’re having a bad day: The 30 Happiest Facts of All Time.
  3. I waver between loving Twitter and thinking it represents humanity’s impending downfall, but whatever your position, you can’t deny the impact the site has made. Here’s a short look back at Twitter’s first 7 years.
  4. I fill out March Madness brackets and vaguely follow what’s going on, but let’s be honest – the most compelling headline generated by the tournament’s first week is this one: Florida Gulf Coast Coach, Andy Enfield, Took Maxim Model Wife, Amanda Marcum, to Taco Bell on First Date. Love it.
  5. I just saw trailers for two movies that I’m now dying to see: To the Wonder (looks beautiful) and The Place Beyond the Pines (valiantly attempting to make both Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper appear unattractive, to no avail).
  6. I cannot stop listening to this song (and the video is cool too): “Step” by Vampire Weekend.
  7. The Onion nails it, per usual: Supreme Court On Gay Marriage: ‘Sure, Who Cares.’
  8. I want to hug the illustrator who drew these: The Parks and Rec Crew As the Justice League.
  9. Pretty funny: Thug Kitchen. My favorite is this post with the avocado photo: “Nature’s butter, bitch.”
  10. The 38 Best Local News Captions of All Time. Sex for McNuggets?!

(Image via Vulture)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 63

leslie and ben

The weekly roundup of internet fabulosity:

  1. After watching the Top Chef finale, I almost felt compelled to write something about it, but then I read this and realized there was no need: he sums up everything I felt perfectly. Love Kristen and Brooke, hate that they didn’t get a final challenge that really allowed them to shine.
  2. I’ve been feeling way too attached to my iPhone lately, so this post resonated: Are You Really as Busy as You Think You Are?
  3. I’ve never understood my generation’s obsession with The Notebook, so naturally I love its Honest Trailer. Best line: “It’s basically the Olive Garden of love stories.”
  4. Amazing piano mash-up: Game of Downton Abbey.
  5. If last season’s MVP of New Girl was Schmidt (by a mile), this year’s is Nick Miller. Here’s why.
  6. This kills me because I was a sophomore circa 2006 and so many things about this are accurate: A Typical Night Studying in 2006. For instance: lofted beds, listening to the Fray, the Dell laptop, and AOL instant messaging.
  7. Leslie and Ben’s wedding on Parks and Rec was one of the most adorable things ever televised. Here’s the story of her unique wedding dress, which could not have been more perfect. And I love that someone at NBC made a Pinterest board of the wedding.
  8. I can’t get over how cool Michelle Obama is: Evolution of Mom Dancing.
  9. This is a cool concept for a photography project: 14 photographers take one picture of their kids, every week for a year. Some great images here.
  10. Because I love Jennifer Lawrence and don’t enjoy Anne Hathaway so much, I thought this was pretty on point: Why Do Women Hate Anne Hathaway (and Love Jennifer Lawrence)?.

(Image via Vulture)

My Funny Valentine

I’ll be honest: Valentine’s Day does not bother me the way it seems to bother some people. I’m not depressed about it, I’m not offended by the crass commercialism of it – I’m just relatively indifferent to it. In it’s own cheesy way, I think it’s a fun day, and yet it doesn’t bum me out (too much) to be single on this year’s Valentine’s Day.

If, however, you hate Valentine’s Day, you could probably use a laugh. My number one suggestion is to tune in for the return of Cougar Town tonight (a hilarious and severely underrated show). And my number two suggestion is to peruse humorous Valentine’s Day e-cards. Here are a few I found that I thought were funny – enjoy!

A Ron Swanson Valentine:

(via College Humor)

A Mrs. O’Brien and Mr. Bates Valentine:


A Some E-Cards Valentine:

(via some e-cards)

A (Somewhat Disturbing) Game of Thrones Valentine:

(also via College Humor)

A Where’s Waldo and Carmen Sandiego Valentine:

(via the Carmen Sandiego Facebook page)

Even More Downton Valentines:

(via The Wunder Blog)

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 20

(image via Eleni’s Bakery)

The weekly-ish roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. This week in Downton Abbey internet finds…comparisons of the cast onscreen and off. For some of them the difference is crazy! Particularly Mrs. O’Brien and Mrs. Hughes – both so pretty in real life!
  2. Oh, wait, there’s more Downton. This video (from BBC Comic Relief) is kind of old but SO hilarious. I especially love the girl playing Mary – the way she widens her eyes at everything killed me. And Kim Cattrall as Cora! So good.
  3. Cougar Town comes back on February 14 (what, what! celebrate!). Anyway, here’s a cute video of the cast pitching new names for the show (“Seinfeld and Cox? Oh, that’s weird.”) And, on a related note, if you don’t mind being spoiled on some plot developments – a season 3 highlight reel. Cannot tell you how excited this makes me.
  4. A “make your own music video” with New Girl’s theme song. I thought this was pretty cute, and anytime I get to see the gang do the slo-mo chicken dance is a good time for me.
  5. You know February 14 is Valentine’s Day, but did you know February 13 is Galentine’s Day? You do if you watch Parks and Rec, I’m sure. Find out how to create the perfect Galentine’s Day brunch here. I love Leslie Knope.
  6. Oscar-themed cookies! If I had an extra $75 to blow on something completely meaningless, I’d buy these and throw a fancy Oscar party. Also, there is an Uggie the dog cookie! Too precious to eat, I think.
  7. Ellen DeGeneres, per usual, manages to handle tough situations with humor and grace. Great clip, great message.
  8. What would happen if Lana Del Ray’s Video Games combined with the Hunger Games? This would happened, and it would be fantastic.
  9. If Jean Dujardin starred in every movie, I would not complain.
  10. I love this blog post from Rick Steves. One line, in particular, resonated with me: “It takes discipline to let serendipity trump carefully laid plans.” That is such a good travel philosophy, and one I’m sometimes afraid I forget.

And in case you missed it: The Awesome Archives

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 18

(image via Media Bistro)

The semi-weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. One of my favorite places I’ve ever visited was the Cinque Terre, so you can imagine how sad I was to hear about the devastation in Vernazza (torrential rainfall, flooding, and mudslides) last fall. That’s why this project – artists painting the boarded-up doorways in the damaged areas of town – made me so happy. I truly hope the town rebuilds (and the tourism business returns).
  2. Whenever I’m sad, I’m just going to watch this. So much Ron Swanson love!
  3. All the Shit “X People” Say videos are getting old, but I actually enjoyed this one, since before I came to law school I was a project manager for 3 years. These are all true and made me laugh – I especially loved the phone intros and wrap-ups. So, so true. Although, the video did miss some phrases that I waaaay overused: “circle back,” “follow up,” “go-live critical,” “back to baselines,” and “who’s owning this task?”
  4. Paula Deen’s Health Food Cookbook. Is this funny or really, really sad?
  5. How have I never heard of Regretsy before? So hilarious, especially this post. Dying.
  6. Have you seen my croquet cleats? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Schmidt from New Girl is the absolute best. This douchebag jar montage from last week’s episode is amazing.
  7. In the next few months, I’m sure I’ll keep mentioning how excited I am for the Hunger Games movie (and how that kind of makes me feel like a silly tween). Anyway, point one is: brace yourselves. And point two is: this parody trailer is fun.
  8. 32 Pictures That Will Make You Say Awwwwww. They weren’t kidding – these really will.
  9. This is an oldie but a goodie – James van der Memes. Dawson crying always makes me laugh.
  10. I haven’t seen Shame yet, so I can’t say if Michael Fassbender deserved an Oscar nomination. However, judging on hotness alone, he did. Thus – 50 Reasons the Oscars Don’t Matter Anymore.

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 9

The weekly roundup of awesome:

  1. What online checkout is like, in real life. Too funny and oh so true.
  2. SNL’s take on Kim Kardashian’s divorce. So on point. Whoever plays Bruce Jenner in this video is AMAZING. Seriously, the facial expressions? I was dying. And Kristen Wiig channeling Kris Jenner = sheer brilliance.
  3. Drinkify – you type in what music you’re listening to, it tells you what mixed drink would go best with it. Kind of a fun idea, especially for parties.
  4. “Call Your Girlfriend” by Erato. I’m obsessed with this video – they are so talented. And yes, I found it because Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted a link. Whatever, at least I wasn’t reading GOOP. I mean, okay, I read GOOP sometimes. I’m not proud of it.
  5. Operation: Hail. Love it, love it, love it. Also, I’ve heard some stories about OSU students being awful to Michigan people on their campus, so I give these guys kudos for being brave enough to do this.
  6. The grammar nerd in me totally loves this (Seven Bar Jokes Involving Grammar and Punctuation).
  7. Jon Stewart on Penn State. Spot on, per usual. And, for something different than what many are saying, I also like this take. A different perspective is always good.
  8. Oddly, I find myself wanting to say this to people all the time now.
  9. Parks + Rec quote of the week: “The only thing I will be waving is your decapitated head on a stick in front of your weeping mother.” (Leslie to Ben, after he told her it was time to wave the white flag.)
  10. Have I mentioned that I love Jimmy Fallon? This is brilliant.