Ah, Friday. If the weekdays were characters from Downton Abbey, you know that Friday would be one of the hot Crawley sisters. I'm picking Mary, with Sybil being a carefree Saturday and Edith (aka The Other One), plodding along as a largely featureless Tuesday or Thursday. Monday would probably be O'Brien the ladies' maid (since she is patchily evil). So happy Mary, everyone! Try not to end up with a dead Turk in your bed.
After being a bit serious during the rest of the week, I thought Friday (Mary) might be a good opportunity to just kick our shoes off and have a little fun. So here are my favourite Internet distractions, some from this week, some I'm been amused by for a while.
Downton Abbey as reviewed by a member of Blink 182 (or somebody who sounds a lot like that) - Dame Maggie Smith is the chicken lady and the Downton Girls are renamed Hot, Way Hot...and The Other One. Watch it now before they take it down.
When I first heard people talking yesterday about Cats as Fonts, I assumed it was a cat version of Llama Font (which BTW is my favourite way to type swear words). But no, even better. It's pictures of cats (the foundation upon which the Internet is built) illustrating the differing qualities and characters of fonts. Personal favourites - Helvetica (hipster), Papyrus (ancient and inscrutable), Comic Sans (retarded) and Gotham (Batman).
For Christmas I gave my boyfriend Herpes...the plush toy. I've mentioned my fondness for the Giant Microbes range of toys before. How could I resist giving my beloved a venereal disease for Christmas? Why, the sheer joy of passing the thing around to any number of family members on Christmas Day was enough reason alone to buy one.
Another way in which Herpes is hilarious is the website Hairpiece or Herpes. Brought to you by the geniuses who created Bacon or Beercan, Hairpiece or Herpes allows you to listen to "Yasser Arafat" pronounce both identically. A few weeks ago, the Silver Fox walked into the living room with his Herpes toy on his head and in his best Arafat voice said "Hairpiece or Herpes?" I nearly wet myself.
Poke Ricky Gervais in the face - Entertaining toy from the BBC which lets you harass Gervais' face with the cursor while he interacts to the irritation. The way in which his eyes follow the path of the mouse movement is quite spooky. Also, you get to listen to him talk about his work and career. This probably appeals as much to people who hate Ricky Gervais, as it does to people like me who love him.
Lastly, but by no means leastly, there's a bit of culture. The Christchurch Art Gallery's building may be closed (the shop is open) but their website goes from strength to strength. Drawing on people's magpie tendencies, they offer website visitors the option of "curating" small galleries of works into some grouping that makes sense to them. You can also add text and notes and put them in a particular order to create a story. So naturally I spent far too much time last night making a Star Wars-inspired collection of art work called "Art Wars". Much more fun that it sounds like, and I've checked out some artworks I might not necessarily have paid attention to otherwise. Make your own here.
So, any Friday Internet distraction suggestions of your own? Any opinions on the above?
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