link roundup: chapter the second, 2011

Forewarning: this installment is bigger on the inside very, very large because I haven't cleaned out my links in a while, and in an attempt to space out the items for easier scanning, I may have sabotaged myself and made this post even longer than it originally was.

  • The Secret Lives of Artists: eight local artists tell us how they pay the bills, because I know it's something about life as a creative that I've wondered about. Spoiler alert: there are quite a few bartenders in there.

  • You Can Put Your Clothes On Now, a guest post at Rachel Rabbit White, in which the author of Vagina Drum auditions for porn.

  • Tiny Beautiful Things, probably the best "letter to your 20-year-old self" that I've ever read. [via [via]]

  • My hand-picked articles from The Bold Italic, because I am such a connoisseur of... San Francisco? Not really, but anyway:

  • My hand-picked articles from Thought Catalog, because I am such a connoisseur of truth:

    • How To Be Alone, for "Go to the movies by yourself and pick one that starts in 15 minutes because it starts in 15 minutes. Buy an ice cream bar from the concession stand. See your roommates. All of you have tickets for the same movie. Bite your ice cream and grin at them."
  • This Tech Bubble Is Different, from BusinessWeek.
  • Any generation of smart people will be drawn to where the money is, and right now it's the ad generation.

    Facebook is not the kind of technology that will stop us from having dropped cell phone calls, and neither is Groupon or any of these advertising things. We need them. Okay, great. But they are building on top of old technology, and at some point you exhaust the fuel of the underpinnings.
  • Deep Thought and Immaturity, from My Edit. "Nobody does overdone like a fashion student."

  • We Make the Sun Ourselves, from Song of the Exile. "But dressing up is not dressing for men, and vanity (because sure, I'm vain) is not the same as sexuality." SING IT, WOMAN.

  • On the Importance of Having a Good Support Network, from Musings of an Inappropriate Woman.
  • Every time I’ve attempted to do something remotely interesting in my life - running an awesome project that earns me close to zilch dollars, quitting my job to freelance fulltime, or flying to the United States on the probably-never-intended-to-go-through-with promise of a cocktail with Maureen Dowd - I have encountered naysayers. People who say things like, “Why would you want to do that?”, “Are you sure that’s safe?” or “Erm, okay, good luck with that.” Or as I’ll explore in another post later this week, “Who does she think she is?”

    In many cases, these people have been my friends, which adds a nice dose of salt to the wound. But I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point.
  • The Best Time I Got a Bikini Wax, from The Hairpin because I'll bet you a poppyseed muffin that you will laugh while reading this. (Geez, that sounded like a euphemism. I swear it wasn't. I'm just craving a poppyseed muffin right now. Non-euphemistically.)

  • What Your Favorite Kids Book Then Says About You Now, because I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH OF MY CHILDHOOD JUST FLASHED BEFORE MY EYES. Geeking out commence: Ender's Game! Goosebumps! Harry Potter! REDWALL! FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER!!! MATILDA!!! THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH.

  • Nyan Cat, ad infinitum. I literally did not stop smiling for the seven minutes straight the first time I watched this. I then proceeded to Nyan for two hours while writing a paper. [via]

  • QWOP, which is both insanely frustrating and hilarious, and worth the maybe fifteen seconds it will take before you fall flat on your ass (or face, or left kneecap) if only because it will probably make you giggle.

  • Possibly wildly inappropriate, but this Nedroid comic made me laugh really hard the first time I read it.

  • So did YouTerus from Hejibits.

  • For the tumblr trolls: Y U NO INCLUDE ME?

  • Big Ben is on Twitter. It's almost like the real thing!

  • Harry Potter nail polish names. (I'll take Fenrir Greyback, Noble & Most Ancient House of Black, Lockheart, and Half-Blood Princess.)


Here is my oversized personal earworm playlist from the past many weeks:
  1. "Never Let You Go (acoustic)" - Justin Bieber (come at me bro i dare you to judge me)
  2. "Home" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
  3. "Shine On" - Seth Bernard & Daisy May
  4. "God Yu Tekem Laef Blong Mi" - The Thin Red Line (WEEPING)
  5. "Rolling in the Deep" - Adele (who hasn't had this stuck in their head at some point?)
  6. "American Dream" - Sky Ferreira (I think everyone should try listening to some Sky) [via]
  7. "Sex Rules" - Sky Ferreira
  8. "In My Head" - Jason Derulo
  9. "A Comet On Its Way" - Spring Awakening (Will I ever get over this musical?)
  10. "Mama Said" - The Shirelles, covered by Jordan Corey
  11. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - The Shirelles, covered by The Like (They are so cute! Also I'm having a bit of a Shirelles moment, I guess)
  12. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - The Shirelles, covered by Amy Winehouse
  13. "Nobody" - Wondergirls, covered by Jayesslee
  14. "Nobody" - Wondergirls, covered by Manny Garcia (where did my pants go?)
  15. "Misery" - Maroon5, covered by Lindsey Lee
  16. "Misery" - Maroon5, covered by ...ScooterMctiny, apparently
  17. "I Am The Doctor" - Murray Gold, for my fellow Doctor Who fans (I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT AND IT IS THE HEART OF THE TARDIS GOOD)
  18. "Amy's Theme" - Murray Gold, for fans of The Legs
Things I recommend you watch:
  1. The best cover of "Airplanes" I have ever heard. (I was in tears by the end of the video.)

  2. This extremely long recording of Darren Criss's livestream wherein he says, in response to a (wildly inappropriate) fan calling in to tell him "I'm 18 and legal too, by the way," "I don't even know what that means. So you're saying you can vote? So you can vote, that's great. Awesome. That's great. Maybe we'll vote together sometime."

  3. Advanced Style (thanks Shelby!) and yes, I know the whole world has seen this already but it makes me feel less like a freak and more like a badass, which is usually a good thing.

  4. This TED talk by Brene Brown, on the power of vulnerability. (Thanks, Jess!)

An epic UBC LipDub (for "Raise Your Glass" and "Celebrity Status") because IT ENGENDERS JOY IN MY COLD, COLD HEART.

Dormtertainment's version of "Baby" because I don't usually like videos of people dancing in front of their webcams, but I couldn't help grinning at this (and then dissolving into giggles).


Some Whose Line Is It Anyway?, just for fun. Because I like laughing.

It's been so long since it came out, and I bet you've seen this, but this cracks me up every time: the Inception trailer, a capella. BRRRRRMMMMMMM!!!

The making of the Seven Potters scene in Deathly Hallows: Part I. (DanRad is a fabulous human being.)

Craig Ferguson interviews Matt Smith. Reasons you should hit play: Matt Smith's hair, Matt Smith's accent, Matt Smith's 20,000 leagues of leg, Matt Smith's socks, and Matt Smith's reaction to "Oh, Doctor! I'm bigger on the inside!"
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