Cool Stuff Sunday

The Hamilton Mixtape is gonna drop real soon, and I’m dying with anticipation, but in the meantime, I’m spending every available moment on Lin-Manuel’s soundcloud account. It’s an incredible insight into his writing process. One of the most mind-blowing tracks (aside from the haunting demo of Satisfied) is this early draft of My Shot, complete with extended HERCULES MULLIGANNNNNNN (soz had to) verse:

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Looking to travel somewhere there are fewer crowds or less tourists to combat in queues at beautiful landmarks? NatGeo have put out a great list of 10 places that need more travellers. A couple of spots out of left field, but Armenia looks pretty freaking lovely, and I’ve always wanted to see Nepal.

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Continuing with the travel thing, now that I’m itching to get on a plane again now, here are some practical tips to saving your hard-earned cash for your next trip, thanks to my pal Tofu Traveler. I really am going to have to say goodbye to Apple Music, aren’t I?

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Silverchair is one of the best bands to come out of Australia probably ever, and I was stoked to find Triple J have done a huge retrospective on the J Files podcast. Catch the episode–featuring a pretty in-depth chat between The Doctor and Daniel Johns, and the accompanying four-chapter breakdown. Epic.

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As a lifelong Potterhead, it’s been interesting to watch the growth and expansion of the Potterverse since part two of The Deathly Hallows was released. This wonderful piece over on Buzzfeed really gets to the heart of how strange it feels to not be excited by more of something I have loved since I was 11. (FYI, I definitely, absolutely, unequivocally want a TV series about the Hogwarts Founders, so if someone at Netflix can run with this, that’d be super.)

With the Harry Potter franchise, it’s not an issue of quantity — it’s one of quality. The community around Harry Potter is used to being overwhelmed by material. They were revolutionary in that field, innovating what it meant to be a fan in the age of the internet, and serving as a gateway to many of what we consider the major fandoms and pop-cultural phenomena of the past decade.

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And to round off the day, here is my pal Simon Groth with the only response to Dylan’s Nobel Prize I care about. Absolutely spot on. A+. Five stars. Etc.

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Cool Stuff Sunday

Get yourself some life lessons by the women of Jane Austen over at Verily. All awesome and true.

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I’ve always been rather intrigued by Arthur Amon’s theory of love. He posits that if you ask these 36 questions to a complete stranger–or someone you fancy a bit–and then stare into their eyes for four minutes (…………………………. that seems unnecessarily lengthy), then you’re pretty likely to fall in love. Looking at the questions, they seem like the kinds of things you’d share with someone you’re in a relationship over time, so it’s actually just the Express Lane version of intimacy. Anyway. Spotted this successful crash test of the theory, and was spurred on to find out the success rate of the 36. Find some other interesting results here, here and here. This one is probably my fave, but this was a punch to the feels.

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I am a massive massive fan of Daniels’ bloody insane film, Swiss Army Man, and a fan of Daniel Radcliffe (how can a HP fanatic not be tho??). It’s really cool to listen to DanRad chat to The Empire Film Podcast about his prep for playing corpse bride, Manny; his general excellence in stunts; and amazing insight into his own progression as an actor since the Potter films (special mention to Kill Your Darlings and Horns!). I’m also now super pumped to see Imperium and #thesweatyrevenant???????????????????? BIZARRE. Go listen.

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It wouldn’t be a Cool Stuff Sunday without a Shakey reference, so head on over to McSweeneys for this ~amazing~ list of The Housewives of Shakespeare Tag Lines. Short and sweet!

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Yesterday I watched this heart-stopping short film, Borrowed Time. Set aside 6 minutes and do yourself a favour.

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And to round off the afternoon, here are 13 great questions to kick around at your next book club session.

Cool Stuff Sunday

In celebration of my first week back at uni, please take a look at this guide to determining whether you’re stressed, or experiencing anxiety. I was surprised to learn some of my own symptoms point to the one I wasn’t expecting. Take care of yourselves, babes!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out today! I nearly betrayed my bookstore roots and went to K-Mart to save $20 but how could I betray my OG fandom like that? In any case, I’m 65 pages in, loving it, and also weeping at any and all references to the original HP series. “Best to do it at a run if you’re nervous” absolutely destroyed me, and this is gonna be a tough week both for my emotions and my studies. Whoops. ANYWAY. In the most depressing news to ever find out while mid-Cursed Child, JK Rowling has all but confirmed that this is Harry’s last hurrah.

Please prepare my funeral, because I will actually implode with grief when I close this book.

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YA rom-coms! How does life get any better?! Take a look at these 10 new Australian YA reads and get your god damn mitts on ’em!

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So, the Ghostbusters reboot was super fun, and like so many others I fell deeply in love with Holtzmann, played by Kate McKinnon. This article over on Junkee takes a look at how Sony ‘Dumbledored’ her character, and how queer representation still isn’t where it should be in 2016 (no shit).

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This article needs a solid edit, but YES TO ALL OF THESE REASONS WHy New Zealand is better than Australia. I would live there in a heartbeat, and reading this makes me want to visit again. I miss that peace.

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Writers! Enjoy this great 10 Cool Writing Tips graphic. Simple and smart. DO IT.

Cool Stuff Sunday

It’s been a crap day, so please enjoy things that have made me happy before midday happened.

I’ve been bursting to post this video on every social media channel possible since I saw Sing Street on Tuesday because I love everything about this ever so please enjoy this Back to The Future-inspired clip in which Aiden Gillen/Littlefinger dad-dances. You heard me.

This makes me so happy. GO SEE SING STREET.

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San Diego Comic-Con is on again. You know how I know? Because about a thousand awesome trailers just hit my Facebook feed thanks to the massive platform it is for launching good shit™. Please enjoy the many I have watched this morning:

I do heartily enjoy Lego movies/video games so this is gon’ be CUTE.

 

They promised us The Biggest Kong Ever and they defs did, but you’re gonna need a lot of peanut butter to fill that one…

 

 

(it was a great joke, don’t pretend otherwise)

 

Am I excited or completely baffled by Guy Ritchie’s take on the Excalibur legend? You tell me, I don’t even know.

 

So…. Just….. YES.

 

In an interesting turn of events, the full trailer actually leaves me wondering why they’ve decided to film version of Eddie Redmayne’s PokemonGo experience????????? But it’s Potterverse so I will be there, at the first session, in my Hermione costume because yOU CANNOT TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME.

 

White Stripes + Jason Momoa + Ezra Miller + Batfleck = I AM SO READY

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This perfect Craigslist ad for a breakup blender is possibly my third favourite thing on the internet today (I really like trailers okay)