Today, the Internet is alive with The Sound of Music — for it is the beloved film’s 50th anniversary. “Beloved” seems an obvious adjective to apply to the 174 minutes of pastoral perfection. But actually, as The Daily Beast points out, when it was first released, critics saw it more as 174 minutes of a plasticly bucolic, saccharinely tender nightmare. The website notes that Pauline Kael was so revolted as to write: “We have been turned into emotional and aesthetic imbeciles when we hear ourselves humming the sickly, goody-goody songs.” In honor of the anniversary, TIME meanwhile compares the film to the slightly less romantic true story: the real Maria Augusta was described in 1949 by TIME as “having the charm and will of a medieval matriarch.” But most people agree that it is indeed Julie Andrews’ infinite charm that has made this movie a classic. Her minions (the Von Trapp children) did, of course, help. They gave Maria/Andrews an audience to sing to, and some of them even had personalities — which Entertainment Weekly have ranked.
In stark contrast to this sentimental tale of babysitting and songful Nazi resistance, the A.V. Club has posted a list of brilliant television episodes to stream — and then never watch again. These harrowing episodes, like Six Feet Under‘s “That’s My Dog” or Breaking Bad‘s “Ozymandias,” proved their respective series weren’t afraid of tackling psychologically difficult extremes.
Speaking of subjects that are hard to stomach: when technology becomes a little too intimate with the human body, we tend, naturally, to question and be unsettled by it. So the following news may not sit well with you, despite the fact that it’s supposed to help you chart exactly what is and isn’t sitting well: The Daily Dot reports that there’s now an app which connects to a wearable called “D Free,” which then reads the goings-on of your intestines and counts down the amount of time until you need to poop. In higher-brow, but perhaps less practical tech news, a group of artists has harnessed the abilities of 50 3D printers to create a sea of 7,000 words pulled from Gabriel García Márquez’s works.
Now go, but before setting out on the long, “mountain-climbing,” “stream-fording,” “rainbow-following” journey that is the rest of your life, do make sure to set your D Free.