And only ten days late, here I am with the really, really cool stuff I discovered in December! This week is pretty heavy with the internet-y tech stuff, but I guess that’s what happens when el nino hits and it’s constantly raining outside. Most of our time has been spent huddling indoors, watching TV and fiddling on the computer.
This sounds totally nuts, but hear me out. Music for Cats was originally begun as a Kickstarter campaign with the intention of making music that specifically and scientifically appealed to cats. They’re in the midst of producing a full album right now, but you can hear a free sample online or buy a few singles. I was pretty skeptical until we played it for Panda, and she definitely reacted. She started rolling around on the floor happily and walking up to each one of us to scent-mark. It was so crazy playing the sample for her, I went and bought all the available singles. I know the money is going to a great cause!
2. The Apartment Therapy January Cure
Apartment Therapy is one of my favorite websites (home porn and decorating/cleaning advice? hell yeah!). Every January they have 21 days of The January Cure where you can sign up to get daily email assignments in order to get your home in order. It’s a great way to get back on track after the holidays and helps you break the steps down into bite-sized pieces. I know it’s a bit late, but you can jump right in for the rest of the days and catch up on the older assignments when you get the chance – don’t worry, you don’t need to do the assignments in order!
3. Mr. Robot
Reg and I had been hearing about this TV show for quite a while, but finally picked it up after Willa Paskin at Slate named it her top season of television for 2015. Mr. Robot is a slightly cyberpunk story about a young, anti-social programmer/hacker who is recruited by an underground group of hackers who are set on bringing down corporate America. Rami Malek is absolutely stunning as the lead character, Elliot, who suffers from a drug addiction as well as some difficult to pin-point mental disorders.
The coolest app I’ve discovered this month is definitely Unroll.Me. If you’re anything like me, your email is slightly out of control with a number of random subscriptions, many of which I don’t want to keep and many of which I do but constantly flood my inbox. Unroll.Me allows you to quickly swipe to unsubscribe from email lists or “roll them up” into a single daily summary instead of getting several emails throughout the day. It’s a game-changer!
5. Fun Home
If you’re following me on Instagram, you were able to follow along with the absolutely amazing trip Reg and I took to NYC early in December. One of the highlights of our trip was splurging on tickets for Fun Home, the new Boadway show that won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel that we had read in college, Fun Home follows a young girl growing up in a slightly dysfunctional family who own a funeral home. When Alison reaches college and realizes she’s a lesbian, her coming out sheds light on her own father’s hidden sexuality. This show had us cracking up and absolutely bawling from one minute to the next. I can’t recommend it (or the graphic novel it’s based on) if you go to New York or if it comes to your city.
What’s a great app, TV show, website, or something else you discovered recently?