Get ready to type some addresses into your browser window, and to take your mind off things. There are some serious stops in this week’s web tour, but you’ll find that the majority are on the lighter
side. Maybe it’s the heat of the summer …
“The Walking Dead” is one of the hottest shows on TV, Brad Pitt is fronting “World War Z” and even my kid has been involved in debates about whether the zombie apocalypse will involve the slow-walking and fast-moving kind. (Myself? I’d like the ones from “Shaun of the Dead.”) If you can’t get enough zombie, why not compose a message in a font where the letters are composed (should that be decomposed?) of the undead themselves?
By virtue of being the president of the United States, pretty much everything that Barack Obama says outdoors is recorded. One of the funnier consequences of this is that his utterances can be diced, spliced and remixed to fit the words of contemporary songs. Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” for instance, is one of the latest songs to get the Baracksdubs treatment, with Obama purportedly raising his cup to the stars. There’s more, from “Call Me Maybe,” “Sexyback” and golden oldies like “Can’t Touch This.”
The Justice League is surely on the top shelf of superheroes; yes, the Avengers may have made the collective trip to the cineplex first, but Superman, Batman and Co. surely have the marquee power. JL8 will amuse fans of all ages, especially since the premise of this ongoing webcomic is genius: it’s the Justice League … in elementary school. Pedantic followers of origin stories, and you know who you are, will want to stay away, or at least admit there’s something funny about Peanuts-sized superheroes in tiny costumes navigating their way through childhood.
Are you looking for some more spice or substance in what you’re reading about business, the economy and technology? Consider adding Quartz to the menu. Published by the same people behind The Atlantic, Quartz is up-to-the-instant in its approach to technology, and isn’t shy about touting the subjects it cares about. It’s also international in its approach, and has a clean, handsome design.
If you’re at all into food (and I find that many people are, simply because the stuff keeps us alive), you may really enjoy this weekly radio show from London. I listen to it usually as a podcast; it airs once a week on Monocle 24, the digital radio service from Monocle, the magazine. Host Markus Hippi gets around the globe, with contributions from places renowned and obscure.
The most recent episode I heard had a segment from Montreal, on how that food-loving city took years to get into the food truck scene that lesser cities have long enjoyed.
This is one of the shows I like to hear on weekends, often (as luck would have it) when we’re putting together a nice meal.
There are too many free books online to read in a lifetime, but you could make a pretty good dent.
A service like Librophile helps book lovers find text and audiobooks — both for free and at a charge — by collecting and curating what’s available through other services. Many of the products, for instance, can be accessed through open-source software, although you’ll want to be sure that what you want is available for your platform (e.g., a PC, laptop, tablet or phone).
Frustrated? Bored? Need a two-minute brain break? Jetpunk houses countless quizzes that won’t take long to complete.
Surely you’ll find something to spike your mood; for me, it was remembering, one word at a time, the lyrics to the theme song from Friends.
John Gushue is a producer with CBC News in St. John’s. Twitter: @johngushue.