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The Internet for Hermits

What to look at when you use the bitter cold as an excuse for staying inside on your computer all day. (We’re all about healthy choices here on Rookie.)

Third and Delaware
Are you a fan of plaid? Oversize sweaters? Chicken shirts? Nineties sitcoms about sarcastic working-class families who fight hard and love harder? If, like mine, your answer to all those questions is yes, you’re going to fall in love with this Tumblr totally devoted to the boundary-pushing fashions of the TV show Roseanne. The genius behind this site revisits every single episode of the series, wryly commenting on the greatest outfits worn by each member of the Conner family. A lot of people think that ‘90s style was all about grunge and floral babydoll dresses, but after looking through this site you’ll see that gigantic T-shirts and button-bedazzled vests were also sartorially significant. A friend of mine once asked me if a flannel shirt that she was wearing looked good on her or if it made her look like Roseanne. If she’d only visit Third and Delaware, so she could see that those are the same thing. —Amber

“The Oh Hello Show”
In a world full of ugliness, deceit, and irritating internet message-board comments, there remains one eternal bright light that—not unlike scenarios involving all-you-can-eat spaghetti—somehow reminds me that everything is going to be OK, and maybe even kind of great. This light I speak of is “The Oh Hello Show,” an alternate universe created by two of my favorite comedians on the planet, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, in which they play Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, two 50-something Upper West Side divorcées with an affinity for early-morning doctor appointments, Alan Alda, and cocaine. On the surface, George and Gil’s world is endlessly mundane. Yet somehow, thanks in part to the magic of ever-present tweed blazers, mid-afternoon cocktails, and Steely Dan on constant repeat, it becomes sublime, addictive even. In short, “The Oh Hello Show” might be my favorite thing in the world ever. In fact, the more I think about it, all-you-can-eat spaghetti seems kind of bullshit in comparison. —Dave Hill

Community Channel
Natalie Tyler Tran has this killer ability to take every one of those cringey awkward moments we’ve all experienced and turn them into mini cinematic masterpieces. Her timing, delivery, and observations are all so nuanced and spot on—which is really just a convoluted way for me to say that this girl is FUNNY. Seriously, why are you reading this? Go watch her videos now. —Anna

After Hours
There are some movies that are fun to watch once and forget about; and then there are those movies that beg to be rewatched and overanalyzed with friends. Cracked.com has a video series dedicated to dissecting and discussing the latter group of movies (as well as TV shows, books, comics, and other awesome nerdy elements of pop culture). Friends Dan, Katie, Michael, and Soren duke it out in a diner, debating such topics as “Why the Harry Potter Universe Is Secretly Terrifying” and “Which Apocalypse Would Be the Most Fun?” Not only are the videos hilarious, but each one manages to bring up points that will make you go “Hey, I never thought of that!”—or persuade you to come up with a rebuttal. —Anna

The Near-Sighted Monkey
Lynda Barry is my favorite cartoonist. She’s also my favorite therapist, my favorite psychic, my favorite oracle, and my favorite blogger. On her Tumblr, she posts pages from her books, pictures of monsters, other people’s cool collages and weird photos, and sometimes even videos. I dare you not to fall in love with her. —Emma

Breakfast by Jon Huck
Why is this photo series so endlessly mesmerizing to me? A few years ago the photographer Jon Huck went around visiting people as they were about to eat breakfast. He took a picture of each person and each breakfast. That’s it. But somehow looking at these pictures, of all these different people and what they decide to eat in the morning, is intense! They make food seem almost embarrassingly personal and revealing. There’s the nice-therapist-looking lady who has almond butter on toast and some kind of weird green soup for breakfast. Of COURSE she does, you know what I mean? And the pizza-and-coffee woman, a woman after my own heart. Blueberry Pancakes Guy—treat yo’self! Man Who Looks Like An Egg And Is Eating An Egg— bravo on your commitment to a shape! Apple Pie Family—you seem fun! One Microwaved Yam Lady—are you OK? Go look at them all; you will be SUCKED IN. (We are gonna basically rip off this idea on Rookie next month, so no need to call us out when it happens. Or go ahead and call us out. This project is worth copying.) —Anaheed

The Burning House
This website collects visual answers to the question “If your house were on fire and you had to gather your most prized belongings right away, what would you pack?” People submit beautifully arranged photographs of their most beloved possessions, and the result is a cross-section of many different lives. I think I like it so much because of the meticulously ordered aesthetic of the site, which is funny when you think about the fact that it’s about people’s responses to the chaotic horror of a burning house. Spend a little time on The Burning House, though, and you’ll come to find that its true fascination is in all the scaled-down portraits of people’s lives, as told by objects. What would you take? —Amy Rose

Hovey Design
Do you secretly wish that you were always on safari with Ernest Hemingway? Or that your room looked like you were? The Hovey sisters make me believe that such things are possible. They find the coolest stuff—old trunks and stuffed birds, ancient backgammon sets and straw hats—and neatly organize it for your prying eyes. —Emma

Famille Summerbelle
There are certain talents that I know I will never possess: drawing, being good with scissors, being French. Luckily, the Famille Summerbelle makes up for my lack of skills. In my imagination, they live in a giant mansion where there is always confetti raining from the ceiling, the colorful leftovers of their artwork. —Emma

Design*Sponge
This is the granddaddy of all home-design sites. Grace Bonney, DS’s fearless leader, gives DIY tips that are easy to follow, makes cool moodboards inspired by her favorite films and books, gives sneak peeks into other people’s houses, talks about how to spot good flea-market finds, and lots more. I visit the sight every single day, not exaggerating. Bonney published a super cool book this year, Design*Sponge at Home, which you should make someone buy you for your birthday. (Full disclosure: they featured my house once, and it is basically the coolest thing that has ever happened to me apart from writing for Rookie.) —Emma

23 Comments

  • Taylor December 29th, 2011 11:22 PM

    I LOVE NATALIE TRAN. CommunityChannel is the best thing on YouTube.

  • insteadofanelephant December 29th, 2011 11:26 PM

    awesomeeee. i knew i’d find more excuses to be a hermit and drink tea in my fort.
    XX
    instead of an elephant

  • Nomi December 29th, 2011 11:37 PM

    Community Channel. OMG best channel. her sexual innuendos and austrailian-asian accent make my life.

  • darksideoftherainbow December 30th, 2011 12:16 AM

    This is so awesome! I actually just spent five full days in bed with my cat and my laptop. Youtube never gets old but I’ve been dying to find something to do this weekend! Its a three day one so I will def have plenty of time to check all these out! THANKS!!

  • annagracie December 30th, 2011 12:27 AM

    CommunityChannel! Nat is the best.
    Theme song for my life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2RzKNCahRg

  • annagracie December 30th, 2011 12:33 AM

    Also, Meekakitty!
    example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUPKlFgllhM&list=UUOw4v1j3QnzH7X4krQAS7fg&index=41&feature=plcp

  • Suzette December 30th, 2011 12:54 AM

    Oh my god… I totally know what you mean about the Breakfast thing. It’s so straightforward and directly personal that it becomes extremely intimate and almost… sexual, if that makes sense. I think the reason it’s so successful is because most of the photos of the breakfast are removed from the person, so having them side-by-side is like equating the human to their food. “You are what you eat”. Eurgh. I’m kind of disturbed by how compelling this is.

    • Anaheed December 30th, 2011 12:58 AM

      I know riiiiiiiight? I can’t start looking at it without looking through the WHOLE SERIES every time. It’s like when Clueless comes on television.

    • Anaheed December 30th, 2011 1:02 AM

      I’m also kind of shocked at how many adults eat Cheerios?

  • Laia December 30th, 2011 2:11 AM

    I LOVE NICK KROLL.

    • Laia December 30th, 2011 2:12 AM

      AND MULANEY TOO, BUT MOSTLY KROLL.

    • Anaheed December 30th, 2011 2:24 AM

      These are precisely my feelings.

  • Brit December 30th, 2011 5:04 AM

    The Burning House. Ohmygod. Literally the best thing ever. I can’t even…
    Brb, going to ponder over what I would take with me if my house was burning down then take a super sweet photo of it.

  • giov December 30th, 2011 10:30 AM

    wait what why wasn’t I aware of Lynda Barry’s tumbrl? thanks emma, the quality of my life is much improved by this piece of information.

  • AnguaMarten December 30th, 2011 10:30 AM

    I love communitychannel! Definitely my favorite youtube channel.

  • TheAwesomePossum December 30th, 2011 12:20 PM

    No vlogbrothers? Sorry to say, but they’re equally as awesome as communitychannel (although she was one of my first YouTube loves)

    Also, I’m assuming it’s inappropriate to bust out into that song when such a circumstance occurs… *sigh* unfortunately

  • PygmyGeek December 30th, 2011 8:21 PM

    CommunityChannel is my hero!

  • Chloe Elizabeth December 31st, 2011 1:34 PM

    Four days… she promised!

  • mwong1025 December 31st, 2011 7:55 PM

    Community Channel is one of my favourite YouTubers everrrr. “I’m ironing ’cause I’m Iron Man.” Yeah.

    And yay at more Tumblrs to follow! My dash had been boring lately… Rookie to the rescue!

    http://www.style-abuse.blogspot.com

  • maddzwx January 1st, 2012 9:36 PM

    I love After Hours! Michael Swaim is hilarious and I love all the Cracked videos!

  • Emilyisananglophile January 2nd, 2012 3:58 AM

    Do I routinely forget my friends have already been forced to jam to the “We Just Touched Awkwardly” song and post it to their facebook walls expecting awed reactions through comments saying things such as “you have just introduced me to the best youtube page ever. My life has been changed for the better. You are my hero?” …It’s possible. Legitimately, I find myself singing the ‘FBI Warning’ remake under my breath a lot.
    … At this point, the internet may be my very best friend… and I am so insanely glad that Natalie Tran is both behind that and a part of the result.

  • OrangeSunrise January 3rd, 2012 8:05 PM

    Bored people- visit the site polyvore. It is literally the best thing ever, and I think I’m addicted.