Time for a little frivolity

This month I’m participating in theBlogging from A to Z Challenge, drawing from my “Grab Bag of Delectable and Occasionally Edifying Interwebby Wonderments.”

I’m composing this post on Monday evening, looking ahead to the shock of returning to work tomorrow morning after an all-kinds-of-awesome four day weekend. Much as I enjoy my job, it’s always bit a shock to the system heading back after a few day’s break. (Or even after a two day weekend, to be honest.)

At any rate, over the past few days I’ve been posting links to sites that are all explode-y with brain food and great whacks of clever-making content, but I think Tuesday needs to be about the fun and frivolity. Anti-brain food, if you will. So I asked, and, ta da, the interwebs have provided!

For your non-edification, allow me to present the following linky wonderments. Now, before you shake your virtual fist at me and say, “Hey, cut it out, lady. I have posts to write and blogs to visit!” remember that everyone needs to take a break, even from A-to-Z-ing. And when you do? These links will be here waiting for you.

Fontastic font games:

  • What Type Are You? is an interactive quiz . Answer four simple questions to find out what type you are, font-ishly speaking.
  • I Shot the Serif (but I did not shoot the sans-serif) – A fun little shooting game where your job is to clear the screen of serif letters while leaving the sans-serif letters standing tall and proud and squiggle-less. Junior, Middle-Weight, and Senior levels.


  • Are you familiar with the Weekly Film Quiz at the Guardian? A fine way to while away a few minutes when you’re between blog visits.
  • Since I don’t go to movies very often, I pretty much tank at the quizzes unless I’ve been keeping up to date with the Kermode and Mayo film reviews (available in in full, or in clips, or as a podcast).

Fake Bands

  • For your listening pleasure, Paste Magazine has compiled a list of The 50 Best Fictional Bands, complete with videosWho doesn’t love a bit of band fakery, after all? (There are quite a few missing videos, but most are intact.)
  • The Archies didn’t make the list, which will come as no surprise to anyone. And yet…because “Sugar, Sugar” is a feel-good song, and Tuesday is going to be a day in need of a good feel (um, that sounds all kinds of wrong), I leave you with it anyway.

A to Z Challenge: Kerning and Kermode

During the 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge I’m posting what  I like to describe as “semi-useful” procrastination strategies for writers and others who may need a little break from the task at hand from time to time.

More videoriffic fun today as I slide into the last day of staff meetings, but first I thought I’d share one more font game, because it’s hard to resist a font game that’s named after me. Okay, fine, it’s not named after me, but but it does share my name, and that’s almost as good, right? I’m talking about KERNTYPE, a fun little activity where you’re presented with a word whose letters are unevenly spaced, and your job is to slide them left or right to create a readable text. It’s a quickie, too, so minimal guilt involved.

Kermode and Mayo Film Review

One of my favourite things to do when I’m walking the dog, or walking home from work, or avoiding washing the dishes is listen to the BBC’s Kermode and May Film Review podcast. I’ve blogged about this podcast previously, so I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here, other than to say that I became addicted to these reviews from my very first listen. Whether Mark is in full-on rant mode, waxing rhapsodical about a movie, or spatting with co-host and straight man Simon Mayo, and whether I agree with Mark’s assessments or not–or even seen the movie in question–these reviews are literate, intelligent, witty and wildly entertaining.

I usually listen to the podcasts in their two-hour entirety, but each episode is also videotaped and excerpts are posted on YouTube. To give you a wee fast of what to expect, allow me to share a few of those videos.First up, a couple of Mark’s legendary rants:

Sex and the City 2


The rants are tremendous fun, but just in case I’m leaving you with the impression that Mark Kermode is just a big old hater with nary a nice word for any film, I’m also sharing his review of the movie Amour:


There are some terrific bloggers participating in the challenge this year. Check them out over here.