Does anyone else irrationally dread 1 April?
Honestly, it puts us on edge! There’s no other day of the year where we have to walk around constantly wary of whether or not the seat we’re about to sit in is going to have a whoopee cushion waiting for us, or whether this nice gentleman is offering a polite handshake or a quick electric shock. Interacting with other humans come 1 April? No, thanks. The rest of the month is perfectly fine, but you’ll find us safely in our rooms, checking up on Tumblr’s latest April Fool’s prank. Decision 2016, anyone?
What isn’t a joke is our collection of content for this week’s Round-Up (and our verbal segue prowess). So sit back, relax and enjoy!
This Is The Part You Don’t See | 168 Hours | Lucy Moon
We all have those vlog series we secretly search for every time we scan our subscription feeds. We’d be lying if we said we keep it down to a healthy handful, but Lucy Moon’s 168 Hours definitely holds one of the coveted top spots.
This time, it’s not adventures to Thailand or memories captured from Summer in the City that make the episode stand out, it’s Lucy’s consistently stellar editing, turning separate events into a seamless narrative that captivates her audience. Most importantly, we all know that our new collective aesthetic is Lucy talking about how good her boy detox makes her feel while wearing a pastel pink jumper that says “don’t touch me”. Iconic.
Something Just Like This + Me Rehúso (The Chainsmokers/Coldplay/Danny Ocean Cover) | Hobbie Stuart
Okay, scientists of the world, we have your next important endeavour: figure out a way to duplicate Hobbie Stuart, so that he and his four clones can tour the world performing amazing covers like this. Thanks so much for your help, love from the dutiful writers at TenEighty.
But really, Hobbie’s new cover has absolutely blown us out of the water. The seamless transition to Spanish, those beautiful arc shots, that new haircut? It’s all rendered us incapable of doing much else, really. So don’t mind us as we put this song on repeat for the rest of the week.
Anxiety 2.0 | Jon Aitken
We’re clearly big fans of Jon Aitken as a human being, especially for his first self-reflective video articulating his mental health status. So when we saw this video in our sub boxes, we clicked faster than we’ve ever clicked on a video before.
YouTube has always been a platform that welcomes this specific conversation – the one in which people open up about their struggles with mental health – so it’s inspiring to see updates from those same people months or even years later, speaking about what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown. In fact, the comments of this video are a pool of viewers who strongly identified with the message, affirming its value.
Trust us, Jon, we aren’t the only ones who think you’re enough.
Let’s Talk About Censorship | neonfiona
NeonFiona takes controversy (and mean Twitter trolls) by the horns this week with a video surrounding censorship and how it relates to the idea of free speech.
Censorship is a word that’s thrown around rather often in regard to a variety of different topics, but an important thing that Fiona’s discussion does is boils it all down to the most salient point: what is censorship, and what does it mean in today’s context? Are these various controversies ones that orbit around the concept of censorship at all? We’re looking forward to how this discussion will evolve, and are definitely looking forward to other takes on the subject.
What do you think?
Fantastic Beasts Baking | Queenie’s Strudel & Niffler Bread | Noodlerella
We didn’t think strudel could be any more enticing until Connie Glynn’s latest video. A delicious dessert AND a Harry Potter reference all wrapped into one? Don’t mind if we do!
Wrapping up this week’s list are Connie’s fabulous Fantastic Beasts-inspired treats, which honestly look like they’ve been lifted straight from the Pinterest board of your dreams. Seriously, that Niffler bread is almost too cute to eat! If you’re ambitious, follow along with the steps and ingredients provided, and craft some pastries of your own! Sorry, no wandwork allowed here.
And we’ve got even more content for you! No joke.
We’re not exaggerating when we say that Tom Rosenthal’s newest music video is out of this world. Outerspace Mover is filled with snazzy animations that’ll have you… Oh, what’s that? Still cringing from that space pun? We’ll you’d best click on over to that video, then!