Tag: silly

Friday Frivolities – Aging Gracefully

Friday Frivolities – Aging Gracefully

As you already know, I’m not the biggest fan of aging gracefully. It seems a little overrated to me, and I figure I may as well continue as I mean to go on. However, there is some sage advice to be found in this video.

I particularly love: “Cultivate younger friends, otherwise yours will all die off.”

 

 

What are your thoughts? What piece of advice would you impart to your younger self? Mine would be – and probably still is – you don’t have to know what you’re doing in life. No one else does either.

Happy Friday!

 

Friday Frivolities – People Try Books

Friday Frivolities – People Try Books

I have seen the future, and it is terrifying. Or at least I hope it’s the future, and not an upcoming documentary.

Admittedly, I have seen books being sold by the metre, to really set off that new living room or landing, so maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to assume this is just for fun.

Please tell me it’s just for fun…

 

 

Kind of love that Penguin Random House are putting such wonderful silliness out there.

What’s the oddest non-reading use for books you’ve come across?

 

Friday Frivolities – The Katering Show

Friday Frivolities – The Katering Show

I have no idea how I stumbled on this, but it is the cooking show we all need.

Much swearing, drinking, ridiculing of food shows, and political incorrectness ahead. Be warned – it’s very hard to watch just one episode.

 

 

You can check their website out here.

What oddly wonderful web shows have you come across? Share in the comments!

Stuff for Sunday – Weather, Kittens, & Winning Instagram

Stuff for Sunday – Weather, Kittens, & Winning Instagram

It seems we found our level last week, as Cake Wrecks was the one link everyone was talking about. I should have guessed, really – badly-made baked goods are rather more fun than philosophical musings. And therefore I shall deliver more oddities and less serious stuff. After all, there’s more than enough serious stuff in the world, so why shouldn’t we have more kittens and cake wrecks?

So let’s jump right in…

 

 

Attack of the Cute

This is an adorable website. It’s nothing but photos, gifs and videos of ridiculously cute animals. And they all look like furry little models, because all the photos are exceptionally good – if not professional, then not far off that level.

I tried to limit myself to just looking at the home page. (I also have to keep an eye out for the little furry muse. I mean, if she came along and found me looking at photos of other cats…).

 

 

Village Name Generator

I’m pretty sure that there’s no way a name as good as Upton Snodsbury or Barton in the Beans could ever be invented, and whenever I try to come up with good village names they always sound very obviously fake to me. And then I discovered this.

I’ve linked to the blog post, but if you scroll down you’ll discover the link to the English Village Name Generator, which gave me Toot Hansell and Little Weirding. It makes me terribly happy.

 

 

Celeste Barber

If you haven’t discovered the wonderful Celeste Barber, you must do so immediately. She writes a very funny blog here (although it hasn’t been updated for almost a year, boo), and her instagram is fantastic. All those times you’ve thought that a celebrity’s in a ridiculous pose, or wearing something entirely bizarre? Well.

 

 

 

Windy.ty

This is probably only interesting if you’re a weather geek or like prettily coloured maps, but I love it. You can click anywhere and choose to see wind, cloud cover, temperature etc at any location, all in rather pleasing graphics.

Want to know if it’s snowing in Iceland? Done.

Want to know how strong the wind is in the Southern Ocean? No problems.

Want to know how hot it is in the Gobi Desert? Click and go.

I can waste so much time on this.

 

How about you? Any fun links you’d like to share this week?

 

 

Friday Frivolities – A Capella Science

Friday Frivolities – A Capella Science

If you follow me on Facebook at all (and Twitter to a certain extent), you’ll have realised that I have a weakness for all things science. I don’t understand the half of it, and can never remember much of what I do understand, but I still love it. The fact that the universe is full of wonderful things, and that clever people dedicate their lives to discovering them and using small words to tell the science-illiterate like me about them, never fails to make me happy. And if said clever people seem to be having fun at the same time – well, all’s well with my world.

This, therefore, makes me terribly happy:

 

 

There’s a whole YouTube channel of these, and you can find more of Tim Blais’ work on Patreon..

What about you? What’s something that makes you happy from a distance?

 

 

Stuff for Sunday – Planets, Kids’ Mags, & Bad Cakes

Stuff for Sunday – Planets, Kids’ Mags, & Bad Cakes

Somewhat like Friday’s new Frivolities post, I make no promises about how long I’ll keep this up, but I fancied sharing a few things I’ve been reading this week. Some I may have already mentioned on Facebook or Twitter, others I may have forgotten to for one reason or the other. But if you’re looking for a bit of Sunday evening reading, you could do worse than these.

Or you could read some of my short stories over on Wattpad, of course. But if you’ve already exhausted that, here are a few things that caught my eye this week – some silly, some less so.

 

Scoop:

“Scoop is a monthly printed magazine for 8+. Designed to inspire and nurture a love of reading and stories. Every month we bring together a host of incredible writers and illustrators who create original fiction and non fiction, we promise never to talk down to our readers.”

And I really want to subscribe, judging from the list of contributing authors. Research, right?

 

 

 

 

Brain Pickings: Leonard Bernstein on Cynicism, Instant Gratification, and Why Paying Attention Is a Countercultural Act of Courage and Rebellion

“As we grow up and learn to be cynical, Bernstein argues, we gradually stifle this inherent love of learning, turn off our curiosity, and become calcified. Out of that cynicism springs the impulse for instant gratification — the very opposite of the pleasurably protracted challenge of learning.”

Beautifully encouraging.

 

 

 

Nasa: Cassini, the Grand Finale

Because, wow.

 

 

Cake Wrecks:

And now to lower the tone a little.

“A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate – you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it’s simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I’m not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.”

Follow them is you don’t already. Sugary hilarity will ensue. (And yes – that is Batman fighting a Great White with a lightsabre.)

 

 

Buzzfeed: Deep Animal Thoughts

Because how could this not be adorable? Click on the smiling critter and get a deep thought.

“If you get a chance to be weird, take it.”

Win.

 

This is how I spend my Sunday, apparently. What odd or interesting articles have you run across this week?

Friday Frivolities – Black Books

Friday Frivolities – Black Books

 

Now, I’ve been sticking to the once-a-week blog type thing, because honestly, being organised enough to blog once a week is already plenty for me to handle. Plen-ty. However. This week seems to have been a long week for everyone. I’m not sure why – end of summer, back to school, just one of those weeks, take your pick. So it seemed to me that a little Friday pick-me-up was in order. And what could be better than a dose of Black Books?

 

It appeals to the grammar nerd…

 

The introvert…

 

The bookworm…

 

And the writer.

 

Which is all of us, right? If you haven’t seen it, it’s brilliant, ridiculous, and you can make Friday immeasurably better by watching now.

 

 

And if nothing else, you can think, well, at least I’m not that bad.

What do you watch when you’re feeling a bit down? Any favourites?