Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 87

ballet dancer

The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. One of this week’s Google Doodles paid tribute to Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune, and it was just beautiful. I went through a period in college where I literally listened to Clair de Lune on repeat, and that melody still gets me.
  2. I marathon re-watched The West Wing this summer on Netflix, and I can’t adequately explain how much I love this: The West Wing Cast Just Caught Up Over Twitter, And It Was the Best. Also, that article links to one of my favorite WW clips ever: CJ Cregg Does The Jackal.
  3. As I read these two posts, a wave of undergrad/Ann Arbor nostalgia washed over me: Dear Freshmen at the University of Michigan and An Open Letter to Michigan Freshmen.
  4. This post was Freshly Pressed recently, so you may have already seen it, but I find it fascinating: 20 History Black and White Photos Colorized.
  5. I was a loyal subscriber to the Delia’s catalog for quite some time in my younger years and therefore this post is everything to me: 31 Things You Desperately Needed from the Delia’s Summer ’96 Catalog. Also: remember platform flip flops?!?
  6. So cool: Ballet Dancers in Random Situations.
  7. Oh, Ryan Gosling: 49 Reasons Why The Notebook Is the Worst, Most Frustrating Movie Ever Created.
  8. So precious: Four Year Old’s Bucket List.
  9. 34 Things That Will Make ’90s Girls Feel Old. #29 terrifies me – I remember that issue! And I subscribed to Teen People, obviously.
  10. Fascinating: 4 Sisters Photographed Every Year for 36 Years.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 73

there's always money in the banana stand

The weekly rundown of internet gems:

  1. I’m planning on seeing The Great Gatsby this weekend, but regardless of whether the film is good or bad, I know one thing: its soundtrack is amazing. Seriously, listening to this on repeat got me through the last half of finals.
  2. So cringe-worthy: The 21 Most Awkward Moments in Handshake History. The Ryan Seacrest one is still one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.
  3. This video is very cute, but at the same time, every time I watch it, I’m super anxious and scared for the puppies. Is that normal? Puppies vs. Stairs: The Ultimate Supercut. Also, the pug hopping up the stairs at the end kills me.
  4. Is it too much for me to ask that this happens at Michigan’s Bell Tower? Game of Thrones Theme Played from University Bell Tower.
  5. Laughing at Ryan Lochte never gets old for me.
  6. 38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed. It’s true.
  7. Post-Oscar season, there had been a distinct shortage of awesome Jennifer Lawrence moments in my life. This week brought the remedy to that: Jennifer Lawrence Wins the Met Ball.
  8. This week, in Arrested Development news: Bluth’s Banana Stand From Arrested Development Is Now Real and Maybe Headed Your Way. If this is in New York when I’m there, I’m clearly going.
  9. Politics aside, I find the Bush family oddly endearing. Exhibit A: love letters between George and Barbara.
  10. Things like this are why we all love the internet: Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 68

game of thrones mad men

The weekly roundup of internet finds:

  1. The next time you feel sad, just remember the joy exuded by the Happiest Penguin Ever.
  2. Yes, I am well aware this is a week late, but: 21 Vintage Easter Cards That Will Totally Creep You Out.
  3. I mean this in the non-stalker-iest way possible, but…who wants to come stalk Ryan Gosling’s film set with me? Anyone?
  4. I laughed so hard at this that I probably scared my neighbors: Family Feud Fails.
  5. This guy is ridiculously talented, and this video is spot-on: Disney After Ever After.
  6. I have literally been reading Roger Ebert’s movie reviews since I was a little girl (I used to read them every Friday in our local paper), so I was sad to hear of his death. I thought about linking to one of the many tribute articles that have sprung up for him, but in the end, I think his own words are the most poignant: I Do Not Fear Death.
  7. Yep, yep, yep: Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life. (Okay, full disclosure, I agree with everything this article says, but I will never stop Instagramming).
  8. A new Gatsby trailer, this time with a little Beyonce and Florence & the Machine thrown in for good measure. There is absolutely no way that this movie is going to live up to my insanely high expectations, but…doesn’t it look incredible?
  9. Brilliant illustrations: See Game of Thrones Reimagined As Mad Men, Seinfeld, and Arrested Development.
  10. Too cute: little Kirsten Dunst and “Joey” Gordon-Levitt on Celebrity Jeopardy. Aww!

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 61

arrested development

The weekly roundup of all I deem awesome on the interwebs:

  1. I’m not a hipster but I do take pictures of my food, so I find this hilarious: Pictures of Hipsters Taking Pictures of Food.
  2. I thought the whole Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” thing was played out, but then I saw “Hey Girl, Detroit” and figured it might have some life left in it still.
  3. These Arrested Development Valentines, created by Marisa Seguin, are making my life right now. So fantastic!
  4. The Alumni Association made this cool video of a snowy day on campus. Man, I love this place.
  5. These book sculptures are so cool. Sometimes the creativity of other people makes me feel bad about myself.
  6. This is my new favorite Etsy shop. If anyone wants to buy me the Chandler Bing notebook…
  7. I had no clue who Aaron Tveit was before seeing Les Mis, but I sure do now – he was so damn good in that movie. Thus, I wholeheartedly endorse his nomination as Crush of the Week.
  8. The Disney Prince Hotness Ranking. But we all know Number 2 should really be Number 1, am I right?!?
  9. This is so cute I can’t even handle it: Japanese Boy and His French Bulldog Are the World’s Cutest Friends Ever.
  10. The Jeopardy! Teen Tournament Just. Got. Real. I wish I had watched this. Leonard!

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 40 (Olympic Edition!)

My weekly roundup of awesome internet finds, this week with an emphasis on Olympic-level awesomeness:

  1. This is disturbing yet hilarious: Awkward Figure Skating Faces vs. Awkward Diving Faces.
  2. McKayla Maroney’s Vault Was So Good, It Literally Dropped a Judge’s Jaw. While the judges may have been impressed by Maroney, McKayla is not impressed with the judges…or anyone else for that matter. See this tumblr for more details.
  3. Ryan Lochte is a ridiculously talented swimmer but…he’s kind of a tool. Case in point: 10 Reasons Why Ryan Lochte is America’s Sexiest Douchebag. And for a little more Lochte: a comparison of Ryan Lochte and Ryan Gosling. Spoiler alert: Gosling comes out on top, by a mile.
  4. Decoding the dance moves of the Independent Olympic Athletes. It all makes sense now!
  5. Nathan Adrian is the Olympic Crush America Needs. Agreed. Also, I give you: Exhibit B.
  6. Check out these photos of US athletes with their medals. Everyone’s pictures are cute, but Danell Leyva’s is perhaps the best.
  7. This Olympics, more so than in previous incarnations, I noticed the shortcomings in NBC’s coverage. This article, contrasting NBC’s and the BBC’s approaches, is interesting (and makes me wish I had access to BBC’s 24 channels of Olympic coverage).
  8. The 10 Most Unusual Rules of the Olympic Games. Very interesting – especially number 2. That story should have made more news.
  9. This is just incredible: The US Women’s Gymnastics Team As “Mean Girls.” I can’t even.
  10. I love this article on the US Women’s soccer team, Perfectly Captivating Amid All Their Imperfections. Great article, and great game against Canada – one of those classics that I’ll always remember where I was and who I was watching with.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 37

The weekly roundup of internet fabulousity and ridicularity (both legit words; trust me):

  1. 10 Pantone-Themed Products. Someone buy me the coffee mugs?
  2. There are no words to express how mesmerized I am by this video: young Ryan Gosling, singing and dancing at a Mormon talent show. I mean…come on!
  3. I found this article, The “Busy” Trap, quite thought-provoking. It’s one of my pet peeves when people say they’re “busy” but are clearly kinda bragging about being busy (even though I’ve been guilty of doing this too).
  4. Yes, I Instagram food photos all the time (as evidenced by this blog). However, this article is still hilarious.
  5. Banana Republic is launching a line inspired by Anna Karenina. Pretty sure I’m going to want to buy all of it.
  6. We watched this video on Monday at work and it basically made my day. Maybe even my week. Pandas! On slides!
  7. When Andy Murray made it to the Wimbledon final, I was rooting for him hard. And when he lost, I was bummed. If you can watch his speech after the match and not get teary eyed, then…I don’t even know what to say.
  8. Love this article: “How to Spot a Misogynist.” Right on.
  9. This is hilarious: “I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.” Give the font some respect, people.
  10. I thought I was tired of “Call Me Maybe” parodies, but then Cookie Monster went and changed my mind.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 36

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The weekly roundup of all that I deem awesome:

  1. A compilation of recycled Aaron Sorkin dialogue. Amazing how many phrases and anecdotes he repeats, almost word for word, in different projects.
  2. When I Was Growing Up, Girls Just Didn’t Run in Public” – a Nike ad in celebration of Title IX’s 40th anniversary. Love this so much.
  3. If I lived in L.A., I guarantee I would visit this Arrested Development-inspired art exhibit. Too good.
  4. And if I lived in NYC, I would totally go to this: a play, the premise of which is the Babysitters Club reuniting in Stonybrook for Mary Anne and Logan’s wedding.
  5. Ryan Gosling was glad the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, too.
  6. Nickelodeon buried a time capsule in 1992. Looking at what was inside, my ’90s nostalgia is running rampant.
  7. Also making my 90s nostalgia run rampant? 14 First World Problems from the 90s. Funny how things have changed (and, for the record, I always found number 8 particularly upsetting).
  8. Stately Sandwiches – a fun project where the author is creating a sandwich to represent each state. I’m trying to figure out what the Michigan sandwich should be…
  9. This article made me smile: How American Girl Is Saving the World, One Doll at a Time. As a lifelong American Girl fan (I had Molly when I was little), I would agree that the brand is pretty wonderful.
  10. Crazy nerdy, but this made me laugh: Write Like the Wind, a song encouraging George R.R. Martin to write his books faster.

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