The Ever Mutating Life of Tumblr Dot Com by Allegra Rosenberg is a deep, useful look at the current state of Tumblr dot com. Despite the ongoing death-vigil the site is still alive, still weird, and definitely unlike other social media sites.
I was trying to write these exact thoughts for two weeks and after reading this one I tossed my draft in the bin. This is a great piece.
Jeronimus Dekker’s Tales from Weirdland is a “Sentient Youtube channel”. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much at all about it. What I do know is that I am obsessed with the associated Tales from Weirdland tumblr blog. It’s a regular stream of ephemera that feels like it was curated specifically for me. If you like to browse images of fantastical concept art, animation, illustration, and photography then this is a place you will love. Its really beautiful.
I love tumblr. My dash has been on a pretty amazing hot streak lately:
- Here’s a complete rework of Anakin Skywalker’s tragic character arc . This is a tour de force of tumblr discourse. I would watch the fuck out of this.
- The evolution of clown species. Tumblr is back on it’s glorious bullshit.
- Here’s a long tumblr group imporv that tells the story of a Roomba with a knife taped to it becomes humanity’s honored representative to a galactic UN. I know, right!?
There is a subreddit where people are using Google to translate the dialogue of Star Wars movies into Chinese, and then back to a English. Then they are actually dubbing them onto the scenes. The dubbing is pretty well done. Here are a few stills that will show you the comedy genius of this idea.
The Tumblr link mentions something similar for Lord of the Rings which I am now off to find!
The story of the RMS Carpathia, a ship that tried to save the sinking Titanic is genuinely spellbinding.