Why hello there. Welcome to Sunday Smiles… On Monday. Evidently I am doing marvellously at the whole being organised thing. The (mostly) lovely weather and the sea are just too tempting. I mentioned last week that I only had accommodation until Friday, and I’m sure you were all terribly worried for me, but you’ll be glad to know that that’s sorted (phew) and I’ve moved into a student house which is great, but my blogging time has consequently been even further reduced. I’ll get myself organised eventually.
Anyway, it’s still Sunday somewhere, so let’s jump into
this last week’s Sunday Smiles:
- By far the most exciting thing to happen this week is that I saw a New Zealand eagle ray (Myliobatis tenuicaudatus) in the wild for the first time ever. That’s my study species and I’ve been watching them in tanks for the past seven months or so, but it was super exciting to see one in the wild! Sadly I didn’t have a camera with me so couldn’t get any photos to share with you guys.
- Sunday Smiles is pretty good evidence that I’m a bit of an Instagram addict, so when I came across a Nickelback parody by College Humour, Look at this Instagram, it made me laugh. Mostly because it’s largely true. (Also it contains some swearing.)
- I’ve been looking for a wine stopper for ages and completely randomly came across this totally amazing shark wine stopper. Is it not totally amazing? If anybody is looking to get me a present… *Unsubtle hint*
- I’ve previously mentioned that I’m a bit of a stickler for grammar, and although a lot vs. alot isn’t my personal pet hate, this post made me giggle – not only the point of it, but the style in which it is written and the accompanying cartoons. I actually came across it a while ago, but happened across the link again this week, and thought I’d share…
- So you know the shark wine stopper above? Well, I thought I’d have a look at whether there was anything similar going on Etsy. There wasn’t, but I did come across this baby shark bath robe – why doesn’t it come in an adult size?! (Hint hint you crafty Etsy people…)
- The finding of horse meat in some burgers in the UK and Ireland prompted a bit of a media storm this week. And as with any big story, there were some rather humorous reactions on Twitter – here’s a round-up of the best horse burger jokes.
- Between the wild eagle rays and shark-themed things, today’s Sunday Smiles is turning into a bit of an elasmobranch edition, so I’ll just keep running with the theme. One of my friends regularly sends me links to shark cartoons, and her latest offering amused me greatly since this particular friend and I frequently have some similar not-so-bright moments. (Cartoon source)
- And finally, in case you’re still having a bad day, my friend Emma sent me an instant cheer up: 19 people having a worse day than you. I feel the Lindsay Lohan dig at the bottom is a bit harsh, but the other ones all amused me (bad person, etc.).
Enjoy the rest of your day, wherever you are in the world!
Monday was a day off for us, which was marvellous (though sadly the weather didn’t play ball) but I spent the rest of the week totally out of kilter and confused about what day it was (and nearly forgot that today is Sunday). Luckily I wasn’t the only bewildered one, so that was rather reassuring. I’m all up for three-day weekends, but I’d like to request that we get the Friday off rather than the Monday. Glad we’ve got that straight.
Now, on to this week’s Sunday Smiles:
- Long story short, I’ve spent a fair bit of time on the Go Pro website this week looking things up, and came across this lovely soothing video of beautiful autumnal foliage and mist in… uhm… somewhere (it doesn’t specify). It’s shot from a remote control plane thingy.
- Have you seen The Intouchables? I saw it when it was released in France last Christmas, but it’s only just been released here (not sure why), so I went to see it again with some of my labmates. It was just as fantastic as I remembered, and they loved it, too. If you get the chance, I definitely recommend it – a film about a tetraplegic and his carer who come from totally different walks of life might not sound like a barrel of laughs, but it’s excellent, I promise.
- I don’t think we’ve had a dreadful biology joke in a while, so here’s one for you: Why had the two algae never had sex? …Because they had a planktonic relationship. Badum-tschhhh! It comes courtesy of a labmate.
- So The Hobbit (part 1…) is having its premiere here in NZ some time soon (possibly next week?), though it’s not out in cinemas until mid-December. Apparently there’s a whole bunch of stuff going on in Wellington in honour of this. I read somewhere that they’re temporarily changing Wellington’s name to “The Middle of Middle Earth” or something and possibly even bringing out special stamps for the airport (I heard it on the radio, so this may or may not actually be true). Speaking of Wellington airport… A giant Gollum is now currently gracing the arrivals hall – amazing or what?!
- I’ve previously mentioned my love for Downton Abbey, so I was in utter awe when I came across this video of Downton Abbey character impressions, all done by the same guy. Just a warning: it contains spoilers of Season 3, so you might not want to watch it just yet if you’re not watching the series on the UK schedule. Anyway, the sound quality is slightly off, but I’m in awe of this guy’s imitation abilities. Just wow.
- There was a random BMX showcase thing going on in Aotea Square this weekend, with a bunch of performance artists also doing stuff. I’m not really sure why, but I stumbled across these goings on yesterday and since it was sunny and warm, I hung around to watch. It was a little bit like being in Edinburgh during the Fringe, but less crowded and without the rain. Anyway, the BMX part was utterly amazing. I’ve no idea why you’d want to launch yourself up a ramp on a teeny little bike and do flips and shit when your only landing options are a wooden ramp or concrete, but it’s pretty impressive to watch.
What made you smile this week?