The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Pride and Prejudice Meets the Present

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” This is the line that begins the timeless Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. Most literary critics would think of this line as a reflection (or a satire) upon relational values of Jane Austen’s time and place in history, but to the average reader, it sets the premise of the love story it is today known to be. However you read Jane Austen, this year celebrates two hundred years of existence for Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps it’s a truth universally acknowledged now that a lot has changed in society since Austen wrote it. Being so far removed from Austen’s time in this day and age certainly puts a damper on fully understanding this beloved classic, but The Lizzie Bennet Diaries brings it all to the twenty-first century.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries portrays the Austen classic in a very contemporary way, and still remains true to the tale. It is a one hundred episode blog series on Youtube that is hosted by the headstrong, independent Lizzie Bennet. In each short episode she unfolds a dramatic scene from Pride and Prejudice with her intelligent best friend, Charlotte Wu; her perfect sister, Jane; their wild-child sister, Lydia; their restless, southern-bell mother and aloof father; the rich and sweet Dr. Bing Li, and many other characters from the novel. Whether you’re a fan of Jane Austen, or you’re trying to understand what’s going on in Pride and Prejudice, it is fun, enjoyable, and easy for anyone to follow. The modern aspect is a big help in understanding the plot and dated references.

Though rich, single men may not always be seeking marriage these days; nor might unusual women be anxious to snatch them up, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries bridges the two century time span to enlighten and entertain students and lovers of classic literature. All the modern aspects of the series, like the web-blogging medium, the colorful characters, and the pop culture craving for drama, are tuned to reflect the classic novel, which makes great entertainment for the literary enthusiast, a wonderful supplement or resource for studying Pride and Prejudice. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries introduces the classic to modern times.

Exclusive Interview With The Cast and Crew of Being Isadora

Some of the people of Being Isadora, a really cool new web series, sat down and did this amazing interview with us. For those of you who are new to Being Isadora, it’s an online show about this girl named Isadora and her life experiences involving her Holga camera. We recommend that you go check out the web series and like them on Facebook because it’s inevitable that Being Isadora is an online hit and you wouldn’t want to be left out of the conversations with all of your friends would you? Good, click here to check it out!

If having a super sweet Lomography camera thrown in the mix isn’t enough to make you fall in love with this web show then perhaps getting to know the amazing cast will get you hooked! Now’s your opportunity to learn more about the show, get some behind the scenes scoop, and learn just what Being Isadora is all about! We won’t keep you much longer, because you have some videos to watch (we understand), but from everyone here at Toast Pop, we would like to thank everyone at Being Isadora for their time and for being so cool!

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Over Coffee

For many, like myself, a cup of coffee is a major part of the daily routine. The question is, what makes it such a vital part of our daily lives? The answer is clear to those of us who have a passion for this caffeine filled drink. To me coffee is about relaxing and enjoying a warm cup of peace and thought. I do a lot of thinking when I drink my coffee, mostly due to the fact that it greatly relaxes me and helps me de-stress. The best memories that I have from drinking coffee are when I have been drinking coffee with others who are doing the same thing. It is an entire experience for everyone in the room to have a cup of their favorite coffee and to just talk.

One website by the name of Over Coffee creates that experience on the internet! We’ve herd of social networks, but never a social network specifically made with the coffee lover in mind. I myself have made an account and have begun to enjoy all that the website has to offer. You have the option to add friends, share pictures of your favorite coffees, tell stories related to coffee, and many other things. The great part about the website is that it is always updated with information on the best coffee shops, coffee products, and news on coffee.

It does not stop there, if you add their twitter @MeetOverCoffee they are more than happy to discuss coffee with you even by way of tweet! The experience of coffee does not have to end after your visit to the local coffee shop or after drinking the last sip of coffee from your favorite mug, Over-Coffee.com is the one place online where the love of coffee is 24/7! I encourage everyone who likes coffee to check out the website and make an account, it’s as simple as connecting with your Facebook account to create an account, and the enjoyment that you get from coffee never has to end!

QikPad

Collaboration is very important in this day and time, especially for work and school. Sadly, it isn’t always such an easy accomplishment to be able to work in real time with someone else. QikPad changes that! With QikPad you are able to collaborate and work with whomever you wish in real time, making any task an easy one! This reminds me of the days when I did a lot of website coding, it was complicated to share that code with the people I was working with, QikPad would’ve been such a great tool to use during that time. It’s goal is simple, it is there to make working with others easy for you, and it does it well! The coolest part about QikPad is that it’s 100% FREE! How often do you find a real time tool that allows you to work with others for free? It’s almost unheard of. Don’t worry about getting in touch with your partner on your next project or sending your boss your work and getting it to them on time, next time just choose to use QikPad and save yourself loads of frustration and time.