Well, it’s Friday of Memorial Day weekend. The dust is piling up in our email inboxes, and web traffic is grinding to a halt. At the office, the only conclusion we can draw is that everybody is working hard on last minute work before the long holiday weekend. There’s just no time to waste.
….Riiiiiiggght. We know how hard it can be to stay focused when, as far as your brain is concerned, the weekend has already started. It seems a little unrealistic to write about something serious, when everybody is looking at Google Maps to figure out how to beat the traffic a few hours from now.
It only makes sense to do something a little more low-key and fun today. So here are five blogs that I think are particularly interesting, entertaining, or just flat-out fantastic time wasters. Obviously, everyone’s tastes are different, especially when it comes to wasting time on the Internet. However, I think you’ll find something in here that you haven’t run across before, and which will keep your mind focused on something while you wait for the clock to tick its way to the end of the day and you can make a dash for the nearest exit.
Veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang has been writing the blog Pawcurious since 2009, where she discusses all the highs and lows of dog ownership. You never quite know what you’re going to get when you take a look at her latest blog post. Sometimes you won’t be able to help but crack up, sometimes you’ll learn something new about dog health or veterinary work, and sometimes… you won’t be able to help but cry. Though in the end, that’s only appropriate, because isn’t that what it’s like to have a dog in your life?
2. Astronomy Picture of the Day
Lovingly referred to as APOD by its legion of fans, Astronomy Picture of the Day has been around since shortly after the Big Bang itself (and probably hasn’t been redesigned since then either). Updated just about every day since June of 1995–seriously, look at their archive–the blog is run by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell, two professional astronomers who describe themselves as, ” two married, mild and lazy guys who might appear relatively normal to an unsuspecting guest.” Really, the theme of the blog is pretty succinctly summed up by its name: Every day a new astronomy-related photo is featured, with a short explanation of what you’re looking at. Even if you don’t bother with the text, the majority of the photos are flat out beautiful.
3. The Earth Story
When you can finally tear your eyes away from photos of what lies far beyond our blue sky and look down at your feet, you’ll find that the big rock we’re all standing on is just as fascinating of a place. The Earth Story tells, well, the story of Earth by weaving together the many scientific disciplines that are needed to understand our planet: geology, archaeology, climatology, oceanography, etc. Come for the science, stay for the great storytelling and awe-inspiring photos.
4. Dog Shaming
Chances are, you’ve seen at least one photo on the Internet of a dog wearing a guilty look, accompanied by a sign written with a black Sharpie that describes the pup’s monstrous–yet hilarious–transgressions. Dog Shaming is the pet blog you go to when you want to learn absolutely nothing, except for the fact that people are complete suckers when it comes to furry four-legged friends. Well, you might also learn that you haven’t dog-proofed your house nearly as well as you think you have…
5. Hardcore History
Okay, so Hardcore History isn’t a blog. It’s actually a podcast. But it’s also one of the most popular podcasts on the Internet. (I figured it might be a good idea to have an audio option, just in case one or two of you out there still need to actually get some work done.) Creator and host Dan Carlin discusses various topics in world history, according to whatever happens to interest him. What distinguishes Carlin’s show from the rest of the pack is that he’s a fantastic storyteller who can make any topic interesting–though he usually picks topics that are pretty darn interesting in the first place–and he’ll keep you in your seat all day. As one commenter on the Internet noted about Hardcore History, “This is the only podcast where I see a 4 hour runtime and think ‘Yes!!'”
Hopefully, you find something worth your while in here. If you know of a blog that you think is fantastic and worth knowing about–besides our own breathtakingly FANTASTIC blog, of course–shoot us a Tweet or let us know on Facebook. And that’s it for today. The weekend is calling my name. Enjoy the holiday everyone!