There’s a lot going on in life this time of year, which is my excuse for not posting much around these parts. But the good news is that I am posting every Friday over at Game Informer. Now you know where to find me when you miss me here. As an added bonus I’ve been including gift ideas in my weekly roundups, so there’s a little something for everyone.
A few things going on include a new Xbox One which is the shit. I hadn’t planned on getting a Xbone but the gods of video games had a different plan and now it’s the center of my living room. My quick reviews it that it is freagin’ awesome and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for next-gen games (besides Titanfall, which I’ve already pre-ordered, obviously, and Destiny, yay!). I can’t put down Lego Marvel Superheroes and Forza. And my dirtiest little secret? Still crazy addicted to Animal Crossing New Leaf on the 3DS. You guys should just see the state of Mewville <3<3<3.
I just wrapped up a year-long project of converting the cookbook my mom made for her children at Kinkos in 1996 into a 315+ page hardcover book, complete with ~100 lovely and delicious food photographs. I can’t wait for you to see it but I won’t be posting pix of the final product until she gets it for Christmas. Sorry! The sidenote here is that this project is the reason my photography dropped off around here. I was taking photos for the cookbook like crazy and I A) didn’t want to be the asshole only posted food photos on her blog and B) know my mom still checks in here, so I didn’t want to spoil every surprise for her (hi Mom). It was worth it though, it looks fantastic.
It’s been really cold in Minneapolis this month (a high of -1 today, seriously) so I’m saying a little prayer of gratitude for my fireplace every morning and every evening. Even Indigo, who feels like he has to keep a constant watch on me, gives zero f**ks about anything but the fire when that thing is on. It’s a little slice of heaven.
Random thing from last week: I won 2nd place in the company Ugly Sweater Contest with a sweater that’s pink with sequins. The only thing that could have made it better was if the sequined snowman was a sequined kitty with a santa hat on. I don’t think I’ve mentioned how much I love my colleagues, but I’m going to now and it’s a lot. Like a lot a lot.
I’m really looking forward to having some time off with my guy around the holidays and seeing my family. Just finished christmas shopping (earlier today!) and can’t believe I get to be relaxed and project-free for the next couple of weeks. I’ve been looking forward to this feeling all year!
Happy Holidays <3
Lorde covers a classic Tears for Fears song for the Hunger Games OST. Dammmmn, girl!
This is a lovely letterpress desk calendar. If only I still used desk calendars :(. I love this.
List of the 100 best novels from 1898. I wonder what the author would have thought of 50 Shades?
The worst parts of your childhood. Wait a second, I am officially the only person on the planet that loved the Mad Minute? Fucking killed that shit!
Hard Out Here. Lily Allen is back with a new single doing that thing she does and it’s fabulous.
The Chinese have the right way of things with this pedestrian bridge design.
Twitter’s old logos and name ideas. How do you even pronounce Smssy?
Animals from history. Oh— Oh my. I’m speechless.
Best astronaut — scratch that — best professional portrait ever taken ever.
The art of mathematics. I kept putting off this link until today, and yeap, that’s a lovely watch.
Thumbs for guns.
This is my Monday.
How to make the awesomest gravy. Bookmarked x 100
Wear your favorite novel. No really, each item has every word from every book on it. Overachievers!
Journalists banned not-banned from Instagramming the Olympics. #lololololololol*gasp*olololol
Portraits of people with their dopplegangers. I love this shit. Never heard of mine until she was spotted a few months ago at Como Zoo, I even saw a photo. SO WEIRD.
Dino-wallpapers. I bet that mmmmmmmaybe one of you will actually click on this link and it will have been worth it.
That time you recorded with the Beatles at Abbey Road.
The Humble Store is a nice storefront.
What if Walter White told bad chemistry jokes? It would be awesome is what it would be.
Embarrassing moments you’ve probably experienced. Solidarity, my friends.
Speaking of embarrassing…
This GIF is my spirit animal this week. Guy doesn’t even flinch.
Let’s play a game: satellite photograph or microscopic photograph?
I bet you wanted to know what it’s like to own an Indigo. Now you know!
How it should have ended: World War Z.
I want Tom Hiddleston in my life and I’m not sharing him with you.
Tough room. ”Going backstage with comedy writers at The Onion. They start with over 600 potential headlines for their fake-news newspaper each week, and over the course of two days, in the very tough room that is their editorial conference room, they select 16 to go in the paper.” Damn!
Custom leather luggage tags. This…would make such a great gift.
Cats in tights.
You are so cute why are you so cute?!
The Supervillain episode of Shark Tank. Drama!
Famous photographer’s black cat made it into a lot of photos. As he should, adorbz.
Michael Jordan’s estate is up for auction and now you can see what it’s like to live like a superstar athlete.
Tattly cards are a thing now.
What if baseball moved to a 16-game season? ”4. Baseball would become dramatically more violent. I’m not 100% certain of this, of course. But I am probably 75% certain.”
National Day Calendar, so you can keep current with what today is (it’s doughnut day!).
Only had time for one link post this week, and you can read that over at Game Informer. But I promise I’ve made it worth your time to check that baby out.
What each country leads the world in.
Juana Molina in tha house! Fangirl scream!
This is some adorable jewelry.
11 ways to have a sane relationship with the internet. Hugely recommended, I’d go crazy if I didn’t do a bunch of these. Biggest ones are turning all alerts off on my phone, and turning off the phone each evening. Bliss.
Want to know what a huge nerd I am? I bought this for myself as a little birthday somethin’ somethin’.
There might be a better way to carry your neck pillow through the airport. Maybe.
So good it gets its own post, Game of Thrones gets the Bad Lipreading treatment and they’ve really outdone themselves with this one.
Well, shit. I’ve been bad about posting the past few days and now I have a huge backlog to unleash on you guys. Sorry not sorry!
Led Zepplin’s starship.
Get a peek of the new FB headquarters.
Type Connection. For lovers, not fighters.
Someone thought this was a good idea and I guarantee that person makes more than you do.
This new Miley Cyrus album makes me think of a shitty 80s movie called “Fast Forward” that I love so much. FUCK.
True story: this was open in my browser tabs and I don’t know how it got there but now I can’t look away.
More behind the scenes Breaking Bad stuff forever and ever and ever amen.
Awesome photos of NASA equipment tests.
Cinderella recut as a Carrie horror trailer. Yes, fuck yes.
Thinking about getting one of these in my life.
Speaking of keys, I need a bulk order of these.
Shutup I love this.
Terrible real estate agent photos. Nailed it.
I wonder if I’ll ever stop enjoying creative urban art.
Browser Mario for when you want to piss away more time at your computer.
How did I miss this amazing photograph. Amazing.
Cutest tae kwon do match ever. EVER.
This is how I feel, like, every day.
Can I touch it? Wow.
You know how, when you have this day? Yeah.
Anthony Hopkins in his latest role as a Breaking Bad fanboi.
Watching that last vid somehow dropped me into YouTube wormhole hell and then I ended up here and what in the holy fuck?!?
“Have you ever had one of those incredible customer service experiences that you just had to share with the whole world? No, of course you haven’t.”
Left my comfort zone this week to bake a cake and you know what? It turned out perfect.
Sufjan Stevens released a one-off song and now I remember how much I love his work.
100 of the best free movies on Amazon Prime. Argh, why do I always always always forget I have this?!
Another piece on how to succeed. But this is the first anti-follow your passion bullshit that actually rings true.
I needed this today.
Best tour rider ever. Now I want to be a rockstar when I grow up.
Hitler had some serious health issues.
Spotted at the TC Marathon! YEAH!
Sleeping with my cat Indigo. Yup, I just name-called.
Real men posing for underwear ads. I wish this were a real campaign. Love <3
Adding cream to your coffee actually keeps it warmer. Because SCIENCE!
Applying for health insurance before & after Obamacare. The more you know.
Acapella Miley + Roots. Why is everything the Roots touch so perfect?
Rebranding the Redskins? Some clever ideas in there.
IKEA or death metal band name? 18/20
This, all the time.
People being scared for lulz.
When I get home and take off my skinny jeans.
Life hackable. Worst navigation and design ever, but some useful stuff in there.
A grand taxonomy of Shakespearean insults. Thou whoreson senseless villain! … Hey look, I’m doing it!
Lady Gaga released a new song. Is she gonna keep name checking her album at the end of each song? Someone needs to ask.
The McDonald’s tasting menu. “The slow-cooked beef with blueberry pomegranate sauce and Mac Fry gnocchi comes from McD’s chef Jessica Foust, and was, without a doubt, the best of the night. It’s their burger beef before it gets ground, plus blueberries and pomegranates from the smoothies, thinly ribboned carrots, and French fries magically turned into gnocchi.”
We need to talk about Prince Harry’s girlfriend’s hair. I’m horrified at myself for being horrified. Which of course means I’m sharing the link. Naturally.
The Breaking Bad auction is up and it raised almost a million dollars. A sucker paid $10k for Walt’s tighty whities!
A couple nerd links… the best thing I’ve seen on stackoverflow: parsing HTML? and BUG LOGGED: government occasionally shuts down. Gotta laugh this week. This shutdown bi’ness is hella depressing.
Moon night light. What’s the age limit on this item? Asking for a friend.
Wait, Jimmy Fallon and Prince played ping pong?!?
First listen of Moby’s new album: Innocents. Something to listen to while you read this post.
Vasily. ”Esquire’s (Russia) September issue is about common and ordinary people, not celebrities. This is the story of Vasily Ilyn, a retired farmer from the village of Ryshkovo, on a first time journey to see the world, New York, the ocean, and a cover photo shoot for Esquire.”
The How do they? video series. My dad used to work at a cookie company. Seeing how cookies are made is one of the coolest things. Totes Willy Wonka.
Things nobody tells you about grief. A moving, important read.
Vince Gilligan has a job post-Breaking Bad.
Lightning in the Grand Canyon.
When blimps ruled.
Time spent using Tupperware.
Dear JJ Abrams. Please don’t mess this up!
Around the world on a bike, with a camera.
Last night I made this ridiculous chocolate cobbler recipe and it was ridiculous. And amazing.