I'm about to head on a 10 day holiday to Flores (Indonesia) and am so excited about taking a break from the lures of technology for an extended period of time. All I'll be taking is my phone (you know, for emergency instagram uploading), my Kindle (that 'experimental web browser' is crap anyway) and my trusty camera. So ahead of my technology ban, I may have been indulging in a bit of a technology binge. Here's are my Best of the Web links for this week.
The Ache For Home - Who knew I'd get so inspired by a blog post on an overpriced clothing store's blog? Seriously, guys. $415 for what is basically a one-piece swimsuit with sleeves? Puh-lease! But their summer intern Gigi hits the nail on the head with this piece. It makes me wonder what Gigi is like, how she found herself in the Free People offices that summer and whether she ever made it through the whole summer in the big bad city, or whether she legged it home at the first chance she got.
Spending a lot of time in a car next week on a road trip, I'm envisioning me finishing every single book on my Kindle. This is unlikely to happen, seeing as it took me about 4 months to read the second Game of Thrones book (not the best of the series!). But a girl can dream! Once I've made it through the rest, my plan is to hit up these books that have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
The Life Lessons Hidden In Reality TV: Who knew the likes of Kim Kardashian, LC and Whitney had so much to teach us? Finally, The New York Times has made the hours I've spent watching reruns of Survivor, The Bachelor and Please Marry My Boy worthwhile.
I've been following the Bridges and Balloons blog since I realised they were also living in Bali, and was interested to see their take on the experience. Gigi Griffiths (two Gigi's in one blog post? Is this the new most popular name?) has written a guest post 'Live The Life You Want To, Not The One You Think You Should'. The title alone resonated with me, as I deal everyday with friends not understanding how I can live a fantastic life in Bali while they're slaving away over a computer and paying their mortgage. Simple, I just did it. It's really not that difficult. You only get one shot at life, why not enjoy it?
Podcasts & Web Series
I'm only fairly new to the world of podcasts and web series, but these are a few that I'm hooked on right now. Not your typical chat-back style, these are fictional podcasts with intriguing stories that suck you in.
Welcome To Night Vale (found via the fantastic Mara Wilson Writes Stuff) - Night Vale is a fictional desert town where conspiracy theories are commonplace. Told in the form of radio updates from the Sheriff's Secret Police, creators Commonplace Books instruct you to 'Turn your radio on and hide'. Download here.
The Tin Man Speaks - A bizarre story about a Tin Man's journey to the Wizard. And Hell. And Disneyland. Apparently the author attended a fancy-dress party and this was the character he came up with. Not what you're expecting but utterly brilliant. Download all episodes here.
A modern day take on a classic, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy is a fantastic webseries that takes on the serious topics of life, love and growing up in a small town called Neverland, Ohio. Filmed from Tinkerbell's point of view, watch as Peter yearns for Wendy's affection but in order to make it happen, he might finally have to grow up.
What podcasts do you listen to? I'd love some recommendations!