Stamp of Approval Saturday: Maps, books, badgers and a blog analyser

I’m linking up with Alex at Ifs, Ands & Butts again for Stamp of Approval Saturday. Here are the Internet finds that have caught my eye recently:

1. My first link comes from Alex herself – she posted it on Stamp of Approval Saturday last week and I had to post it here for those of you who don’t read her blog (although you really should) to check out. This list of maps that will help you make sense of the world from Twisted Sifter is just ace!!

2. Next up, Buzzfeed: I felt like a nodding dog reading this list of problems only book lovers will understand. So true, all of it! And there is definitely no such thing as too many books!

Badger
Archaeologist? (Photo credit: Tatterdemalion!)

3. This next link would have been included on last week’s Stamp of Approval Saturday if I hadn’t been way too busy to post. There’s something about a badger discovering a medieval tomb that appeals to me. Who needs archaeologists anyway? 😀

4. Another Buzzfeed. This one’s about brilliant British people problems and it’s so true!! I have definitely done 16 and 18…

5. Finally, here’s a link that a friend shared with me this week. UrlAi is basically a site that analyses blogs. You put in a URL and it tells you whether it thinks a male or female wrote it, how happy the author is and other things. Here’s what it says about me:

confuzzledom.wordpress.com is probably written by a female somewhere between 18-25 years old. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time.

I was going to give you a screenshot of the little graphs it came up with for my blog, but for some reason my computer was unable to take one (“Unable to capture screenshot. All possible  methods failed”), which is kind of a shame, because the visualisation thing that shows you which words went into which category is pretty interesting. Here’s a small excerpt from mine:

♣ The words “ribbon”, “cupcake” and “feet” were in the female category, while the male category had “assistant”, “astride” and “casinos”. (Astride also came up under “business”… which made me laugh. Am I the only one whose mind instantly goes to the gutter on hearing the word “astride” without any context?)
♣”Hate”, “trouble” and “scary” made sense for the upset category, but I’m not sure why “air” ends up there?! Meanwhile “excited”, “lovely” and “birthday” put me firmly in the happy category… but so did “ice”. What?!

Anyway, you should check the site out and see what it has to say about your blog.

Found anything interesting on the Internet this lately? You too can link up with Alex for Stamp of Approval Saturday and share your finds with the rest of the blogosphere! This week’s edition is the last one, so get in while you can.

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Stamp of Approval Staurday: Books and Music

books & globe
Photo credit: reenoreluv

For this week’s Stamp of Approval Saturday, I wanted to share this story of a woman who set herself the challenge of reading a book from every country in the world in one year. And I thought my plan to read all the books from the BBC Big Read in the next five years was ambitious!

While we’re on the subject of books, take a look at this Mashable list of 15 Young-Adult Books Every Adult Should Read. I have read two of them and naturally all the rest have now been added to my to-read list. If only there were more hours in a day…

Finally, I would like to share a music video with you. I had never even heard of the band Big Sixes until two weeks ago, then this link was posted on Facebook. The video is admittedly kind of boring, but please have a listen anyway…  they teamed up with some young musicians, and the cello player is my 14-year-old cousin!

For more stamps of approval, check out Alex’s blog,  Ifs, Ands & Butts!

Stamp of Approval Saturday: So Very British

love great britain
love great britain (Photo credit: thecloudberry)

For this week’s Stamp of Approval Saturday, I want to share with you this Buzzfeed that my colleague sent to me:

30 Very British Problems

Number 1 is my sister all over!!
Also, numbers 3, 11, 13 and 25 are so, so true.

Also, I discovered there’s an entire site dedicated to people sending in photos of themselves wearing a creepy horse head mask. Whaaaat? And we thought our Charlie idea was clever…

CreepyHorseMask.com

Never mind, Charlie Horse, you’re still our favourite!

Charlie meeting someone special in Connemara National Park
Charlie meeting someone special in Connemara National Park

What Internet finds get your stamp of approval this week? Head on over to Ifs, Ands and Butts to link up!

Stamp of Approval Saturday: How to annoy a Brit

Image © letsip.com
Image © letsip.com

As you read this, I am not actually on WordPress, but out sampling the delights of Dublin. But I couldn’t possible wait a whole two weeks to share this with you, so by the powers of scheduled posting, I bring you my contribution to Stamp of Approval Saturday with Ifs, Ands & Butts (Since I’m not actually here, I’m hoping the lovely Alex will add me to the link up ;-))

An American friend posted this on Facebook the other day and, being a curious type, I couldn’t help but click on it. What I saw had me alternately nodding in agreement and laughing like crazy. What am I talking about, you ask?
Why, the 17 best ways to annoy a British person, of course.

Numbers 12 and 16 are my favourites.

Made any amazing Internet finds this week? Then join in with Stamp of Approval Saturday over at Ifs, Ands & Butts!  (I’m just assuming it’s taking place this week… like I said, I’m not actually here).

Stamp of Approval Saturday (on Sunday)

We have returned from visiting the boyfriend’s family, and already he’s disappeared again to help set up for a conference that’s taking place in Karlsruhe from tomorrow. Never mind… it gives me plenty of time to catch up with the blogging world.

Once again, I’m linking up with Alex at Ifs, Ands & Butts for Stamp of Approval Saturday to bring you my favourite Internet finds of the week.

1. First up is Morbid Holiday, a site which describes itself as being “updated daily with a new offbeat comic or cartoon”. Unfortunately, the artist only did the daily thing for one year, so updates are now sporadic at best (there was a post yesterday, but before that there hadn’t been any updates since October) but if, like me, you only found it now, you have a whole year’s worth of hilarious comics to go through. My favourite is the real Cookie Monster:

The real Cookie Monster
The real Cookie Monster

2. Next is this summary of why Mrs Doubtfire is actually the most horrifying movie of all time. I literally laughed out loud at this. Not even kidding!

3. Another one from Buzzfeed, 31 Inanimate Objects With Secret Inner Lives. As someone who sees faces EVERYWHERE I adore this.

4. And finally, UHpinions, a site that gathers genuine funny reviews from Amazon, Yelp! etc. Some of them are utterly hilarious!

That’s all from me. Who gets your Stamp of approval this week? Don’t forget to check out Ifs, Ands & Butts for more excellent things from the Internet.

Stamp of Approval Sat… errr, Sunday

I know, I know… two posts in one day. How sad am I? 😉 But having no time at all to blog yesterday meant I completely missed the Stamp of Approval Saturday link up at Ifs, Ands & Butts. And I really, really need to share this with you.

Actually, all the credit for me having come across it goes to Hails at Coffee Helps, who shared it on Facebook. I promptly shared it on my own timeline because it was just too hilarious not to. I give you The Alot is Better Than You at Everything.

What is an Alot, you ask? Well, in the words of the author, “The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people’s grammar.  It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I’d normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world.  ”

If you have ever been annoyed at somebody’s inability to use an apostrophe or actually hit the space bar between words, you NEED to read this post. If you’re anything like me, the Alot will soon become your new favourite animal…

Alot of fire, (C) Hyperbole and a Half
Alot of fire, (C) Hyperbole and a Half

Stamp of approval Saturday: Sardonic Salad

Today I’m linking up with Alex over at Ifs, Ands and Butts for Stamp of Approval Saturday.

Sardonic Salad is a webcomic that I came across after seeing one of their cartoons on Facebook. Once I started looking at the site, I just couldn’t stop! Here are some of my favourites from their cartoons:

if_mario_was_a_real_plumber

cheese graterbad_milk

onion crying

potato juniorThere are more, but I think I should stop now and let you go see the rest for yourselves. Here’s the link: http://sardonicsalad.blogspot.de/ (plus clicking on any of the pictures should also take you directly to the specific cartoon).

Seen anything on the Internet that you approve of this week? Then you should link up with Alex, too!

And on an entirely unrelated note, I read today that one of my favourite authors died on Wednesday, aged 69. RIP James Herbert! Haunted was one of the first “adult” books I read (when I was about 13) and it scared the pants off me! Sad to think there will never be another book by him.