Web Time Wasters

How was your week, guys?  I’ve been feverishly crossing items off my 32 New Things list in an effort to get more done before my birthday.  I’m also leaving the lake to move back down to the Twin Cities.  I’m just renting a spare room from a buddy while I continue my search for my dream apartment.  If you’ve got an inside scoop on any cute one-bedrooms in Uptown or Nordeast Minneapolis or the Cathedral Hill/Grand neighborhood of St. Paul, let me know!  Also: any loft, anywhere.Now!  Amazing things from the depths of the Interwebz.

Have you heard about The Commuting Paradox?

According to a paper by the Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, a person with a one-hour car commute must earn 40 percent more money to have a sense of well-being equal to someone who walks (or rides their bike) to work. Fey and Stutzer say that people underestimate the down side of a long commute when choosing a home, and that psychologically, a long commute often negates the benefits gained by living in the suburbs.

Holy awesome.  McSweeney’s new children’s book uses thermal ink to reveal secret images?!

My girl Kristin Luna (yes, that’s her real name) is kind of a big deal travel writer.  About a million people email her each week wanting to know how one goes about becoming a big deal travel writer.  I love her answer.

I love me some ridiculous Top 40 dance music.  So I obviously love Jess’s take on Every Pitbull Song Ever.

If you guys are outdoorsy or assembling a travel wardrobe you must must must check out Steep And Cheap.  The website features one insanely good deal at a time, until the limited quantity is sold out – you can get $70 Icebreaker tops for $30, compression sacks for $12.  Check it every day!  (Thanks, Lauren!)

I also love thematic manicures.  Leopard print manicure how-to, anyone?


8 questions to ask that aren’t “So when are you getting married?”

What You Can Do is amazing.  Choose an issue you don’t know much about (Clean drinking water! Domestic violence!  Prostate cancer!) watch a one-minute video about the topic, click a link to do more.  Yes.Hilarity ensues when my girl Erin brings her son to Disneyland.  And by hilarity I mean public urination, spraying Chinese tourists with his mist bottle and wearing his Mickey ears on his bare bum.

If you (like me) are hunting for The Best Apartment Ever, check out Padmapper.  It pools apartment listings from Craigslist, Rent.com and Apartments.com, locates them on a map and even allows you to search based on how recently the ad was posted. (Thanks, Kaitlin!)

Organization porn: check out Alpha Virgo Nubby Twiglet’s gorgeously organized life.

On the Savvy Living boards we’re talking about ideas for fun family vacations, how to be a good host and our favorite super healthy snacks.

My obsession with caravan travelers continues: check out these gorgeous photos.

So awesome.  So, so awesome.  Move, eat and learn around the world in three short films.

On the Yes and Yes Every Buddy boards, we’re talking about how to get over an ex, friending each other on Twitter , if we know how much money our friends earn and current obsessions, round 3.Share any links you’ve loved in the comments!

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Elie

Those videos are awesome!They truly capture how wonderful troavelling is. And I love caravans as well, I to want to live in one, but a trailer would be much easier.We'll see!

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Elie

Those videos are awesome!They truly capture how wonderful troavelling is. And I love caravans as well, I to want to live in one, but a trailer would be much easier.We'll see!

Reply

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