Monthly Round-Up

The February Round-Up

March 4, 2014

Photography credit: Hedvigs

The monthly round-up is a collection of internet goodies that have caught my eye over the past four weeks. Videos, blog posts, beautiful photography, tutorials, excellent websites and geeky goodness: you can find them all here on 1st of the month. Perfect for long commutes and lazy Sunday mornings.

So I’m a little late with the round-up this month, but do you know what? The wait was totally worth it because despite its short lifespan, February was stuffed full to bursting with articles, videos, photography, reviews and amazing bloggy goodness! Just think of today’s post like a scrumptious stack of pancakes, waiting to be devoured.

Let’s begin with this, which I’ll admit to first seeing on Gala Darling’s monthly round-up, but it was so funny that I couldn’t resist sharing it again. The Nightmares Fear Factory in Canada uploads images of terrified patrons to its Flickr account, and some of the results are hilarious.

This is amazing! Visual effects, special effects, trick or the eye? Who cares, I love it.

Just under a year ago I was in Japan. I shared a few of my own pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms I saw out there, but they don’t even come close to these stunning long exposure photographs by Arixxx.

Featured by The Dainty Squid on a giveaway earlier this month (which unfortunately I didn’t win), I’m saving my pennies for  Shade Of A Bonsai’s koi dreams necklace. It reminds me of my little goldfish mate King, who travelled from university to London with me back in 2010. I know it sounds silly but he was a very special little guy.

Isn’t this amazing? Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has completely reinvented the door!

I always looks out for Xandra’s posts in my blog feed, and even though I’m not usually a fan of vlogs, I loved “Why I Cut My Hair Short”. Xandra has the loveliest voice, I could just listen to it for hours! So very well spoken, and an inspiration too: I’ve been growing my hair for years now but I keep getting twitchy and feeling like I want to cut it short again. Watch this space!

Waaay back at the start of my Wild Place Wednesdays feature (and subsequently in the Little Outdoor Kylie vault at the moment, undergoing maintenance) I wrote about one of my favourite places to visit in Northumbria: Lindisfarne. If you missed this post, never fear! The beautifully named Ten Penny Dreams has written an informative post stuffed with plenty of jaw-dropping pictures.

Oooh, aren’t these magical? I’d love to live in a zero-impact solar-powered house in the forest.

Would you wear a watch that doesn’t tell the time?

So you follow @SoVeryBritish on Twitter? If not, here is a collection of their funniest reasons why it’s so hard to be British. Number 9 is my life, for sure. Why is it so hard to be vegetarian and British sometimes?!

Did you know that it’s National Astronomy Week this week? If you can’t make it out late at night to watch the stars, why not enjoy them from the comfort of your own bed…?

I’m sure by now you must have seen THAT rabbit video shared on Facebook, but here’s a bit of backstory: Okunoshima Island in Japan is home to hundreds of rabbits that escaped captivity during WWII. Since then their population has boomed, and now you can walk amongst hundreds of them if you take a trip to the island.

Fresh Guacamole by PES: the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar!

If you don’t have a garden or anywhere to plant pots, why not try this indoor tabletop water garden instead?

Something a little more insightful now: Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy. Whichever way you slice it, there is a lot of truth in this article, and I think it explains a lot of the reasons why twenty-somethings struggle where our parents and grandparents didn’t.

Let’s continue the fish homage I started with the koi necklace and gawp at these beautiful Siamese fighting fish.

Need a bit of cheer for your Tuesday morning? I guarantee these will do the trick: 35 pictures that prove the world isn’t such a bad place. It’s nice to think people are inherently good, with just a few bad eggs spoiling the mix, rather than the other way round.

This month’s round-up is video crazy, but I think that’s a good thing. Let’s continue with this Thai mobile phone advert that will leave you with tears in your eyes.

Shauna wrote an excellent post on how to organise all the media you collect and produce whilst running a blog. I’ve actually been using a system similar to this for a while, so I was quite chuffed to see it was approved by the super-organised Nubby Twiglet herself.

Ah, Midlands Musings. One of my absolute favourite blogs to read, and this post sums up exactly why. A hidden gem amongst a tirade of ramble rubbish, Keri always cuts straight to the heart of the issue and overwhelms me with her honesty. Here she is talking about why marriage isn’t always a field of roses, yet can still be the stuff dreams are made of.

Now this is too groovy for words. Those clever Finns have painted the horns of local reindeer with fluorescent dye in order to protect them against motoring accidents. That is a stylish makeover, Rudolph!

Something important to remember about blogging from Delightfully Tacky.

Honestly, no words could do this justice. Just enjoy this beautiful, beautiful video.

Don’t look down! Russian photographers and adrenaline junkies Vitaly Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov climb skyscrapers and show us the views from the top. Not for the faint-hearted but kudos to these guys for being so fearless for our entertainment!

Sometimes when I scroll back through all the links I’ve bookmarked for these round-ups, I do a double take. And this is definitely one of those. Initially I wasn’t really sure why I liked this squid engagement ring, but upon second glance, I’m still loving it. Weird and wonderful.

Oh, I love these. More faith in humanity restored.

Kinetic typography celebrating the late and great Mr Steve Jobs. We miss you, Steve.

Annie Leibovitz, please never stop dressing up celebrities as Disney princesses and taking pictures of them.

Artist Andy Scott designed and created these two breathtaking sculptures to commemorate his father’s hometown, Falkirk. Named The Kelpies, these horses are over 100ft tall and took eight years to build.

And finally, if you’re dating a designer, these are the things you need to remember. Also quite funny if you happen to be a designer and you’re reading this thinking “oh yeah, that’s me”.

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