Since school ended last December, I’ve ‘discovered’ some really impressive stuff. So I decided to compile everything and call it “Wrappy’s Recommendations” (not “Qi Ting’s” because I don’t really like my name, because its given by some Buddhist Temple in Taiwan and I’m Christian.) Hopefully, I will pass this ‘enthusiasm’ to you guys.
1. TOUCH (Season 1, thus far)
TOUCH is about this little kid who happens to be super cute, mute and is able to see the past, present and future through numbers. Every episode, he leads his really awesome Dad through a series of puzzles/ personal stories that are somehow related to each other in the most amazing way. The stories are touching, thrilling, sort of creepy, mysterious, heart-warming and just about everything everyone needs in a story (in this case, a really long one). Lori Rackl, of the Chicago Sun-Times, said the show “operates on the mind-blowing premise that people around the world are linked to one another and their lives intersect — with potentially major repercussions.” which is how I should have phrased it. That. That’s absolutely right. Michael Landweber of PopMatters called the show “stunningly effective” and praised “its mix of spirituality and science, familial and global struggles.” You get the idea. (Quotes from Wikipedia the FREE Encyclopedia. Isn’t the world getting better by the day???) And did I mention how talented all the actors are???
In the midst of wandering around in Whatsapp (
no idea what that is I now know what that is), Facebook, Instagram, and other privacy-invading, stalker- encouraging programs, probably few of you’ve heard of SoundHound. What’s SoundHound?, you-who-don-t-know-how-to-use-Google ask.
I’ll put it this way. Let’s say you walk into a 7-Eleven, Cold Storage, Walmart, Whole Foods, or wherever there’s music. You hear this mind-blowing song. You have no idea who sang it or what song it is. You’re angry, pissed off at the world (probably exaggerating, but if its a good song, this is no exaggeration) for making you feel deprived for the last few years of your life. Here’s where SoundHound comes in. You activate the application, hit a button, and in about 5 seconds, the name and singer of the song appears on your screen, along with buttons that link you to its YouTube video and lyrics. And that’s how I found “Jetlag” (Simple Plan, featuring Natasha Bedingfield) and “What Makes You Beautiful” (One Direction). You can even sing a song to have it identified. I hope you sing in tune. Simply revolutionary! I have it on Android 😀
Curious? Check out http://www.soundhound.com/.
(Unfortunately, it can only identify songs in English)
This website features tons of dumb, ingenious stuff. It’s taken me through a few of the times when I’m being stupidly sad. You’ll probably get hooked on it.
Be sure to check out airplanes feature. Those are my favourite!
Check it out here: theoatmeal.com
4) Shake to Charge (for your Android/iPhone)
This app transforms the kinetic energy (movement in the form of shaking) applied to electrical potential energy (i.e. energy for your battery).
You get a workout AND your phone charged. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
Its supposed to work. I think it does.
Then again, I’m easily deceived.
Check it out here: http://download.cnet.com/Shake-to-Charge-Battery/3000-2094_4-12504829.html
Sample images from http://www.blender.org/features-gallery/gallery/art-gallery/
Its not a real blender. You know, for juices and stuff.
Its a FREE 3D software. You heard me right. FREE!
You can make 3D images and videos of say, Nemo from Finding Nemo, your friend, yourself, your room, your favourite cartoon, anime, etc.
3D softwares are always a challenge to me. I’m still suffering from the after-effects of my blue donut and purple coke can. No joke.
Check out Blender here: http://www.blender.org/features-gallery/
Nevermind the above. Its now time for this.
On first glance, it looks sort of like a cake. Yet it’s not cake.
No, its a bread pudding. And made from buns! Best of all, you’ll only need 5 minutes of preparation, excluding all the waiting time. Its the kind of bread pudding that’s not wet, that makes you feel like you’re eating s french toast cake, that makes you want to reach out for another piece. For the foundation of the bread pudding, its preferable that you use buns filled with a sweet smooth paste like red bean paste, kaya, lotus paste, nutella, peanut butter, cream cheese, etc.
The recipe is adapted from Smitten Kitchen