Happy Sunday, darlings! Here are some of the things that caught our attention out on the great World Wide Web this week. It’s an eclectic batch of links, just like your LD staff. Enjoy, and have a lovely Sunday!
The best thing about this timeline is that it’s not about when popular science fiction movies were released; it references when things happened in those movies. It starts at 4,000,000 B.C.E., when the giant alien monolith appeared in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and ends in 802,701, when, in “The Time Machine,” H.G. Wells arrives from the year 1900. Between those two, we have plot points from science-fiction film greats, like the “Star Trek,” “Planet of the Apes,” and “The Terminator” franchises, among many others, like “Indiana Jones” and “Jurassic Park.” Make sure to block out a half-hour or so to really dig into it.
Forget what you think you know about online radio. Pandora is like, SO five years ago. Songza, created in 2007, is the (and I don’t want to oversell this too much) single BEST music app/site I’ve found in the last few years. When I tell people about this awesome music site, I’m inevitably asked, “So it’s just like Pandora, right?” The answer is, “Absolutely not.” Rather than having to add various types of artists into your station to get a good mix of tunes for your mood (like Pandora,) Songza provides what they call a “Music Concierge” upon log-in, giving you playlist choices based off the day of the week, time of day, activity/mood and genre.The playlists’ creators range from Songza‘s staff of music lovers to users themselves. Since they aren’t created by computers, you know that if you want a perfectly blended 90’s R&B playlist with hits you forgot you loved, you’ll get one. With playlists titled “90210 Slumber Party,” “Vodka Escapades: Ladies Be Pre-gaming,” and “Songs From Apple Commercials,” it’s clear that this isn’t yesterday’s music app. It’s fresh, fun, and does the work of perfectly crafting a theme playlist just for you.
Katie: United Kingdom Tea Council
There is a Council of Tea. I’m not sure if words can attest to my excitement that a site exists tracing the history of tea, latest news about tea, and interviews with people about—you guessed it—tea. God, it’s perfect.
Kate: Things Organized Neatly
I am somewhat compulsive, so this brilliant Tumblr soothes my soul. Austin Radcliffe has curated a collection of (surprise, surprise) things organized neatly, and they are beautiful. Aesthetically pleasing and thematically intriguing, the images of Things Organized Neatly offer a fun distraction from your all-too-cluttered life. Just be careful: Time flies by as you scroll through these gems.
Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman totally (probably) had sex once. This doesn’t require any more description. What a time to be alive.[divider] [/divider]
What caught your eye (or ear!) on the internet this week? Let us know in the comments, or find us on Twitter at @LitDarling and include #LiterallyLinks in your tweet!
Cover photo by Abbie Redmon.