Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Awkward Black Girl

I just found out about this webseries "The Misadventure of Awkward Black Girl," created, written, directed and starring Issa Rae.  I love anything with a socially inept lead character and these were pretty amusing.

Here's an episode where she goes on a first date with a white guy.  It's super awkward!

Watch the rest of the episodes here

Saturday, October 22, 2011

We’re becoming the men we wanted to marry

Wow, this was a great read!  Kate Bolick's All The Single Ladies, published in The Atlantic, discusses what it's like to be a single women over the age of 30, mixing anecdotes and statistics to explain the implications of the waiting-to-marry and maybe-never-marrying as a generational phenomenon.
...While the rise of women has been good for everyone, the decline of males has obviously been bad news for men—and bad news for marriage. For all the changes the institution has undergone, American women as a whole have never been confronted with such a radically shrinking pool of what are traditionally considered to be “marriageable” men...
All five pages at

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oh yeah, there was FYF

Went to FYF again this year and planned on writing a review, but I was too distracted by the bad fashion worn by like 95% of the attendees.  When you're a skinny, 18-year-old girl you can get away with wearing a lot of odd things and still look okay, but I still don't get the whole high-waisted mom-jeans made into too-short cutoff-shorts look.  That doesn't look good on anybody, OK?

Anyway, Broken Social Scene was great.  Yacht, The Cults and Pink Mountaintops were pretty good.  The food choices were a lot better than previous year.  I can't really elaborate any more.  Not sure why I was less into FYF this year, maybe because I'm less knowledgeable about the latest bands/songs/albums.  I guess that's what happens when you're an irrelevant former DJ.

Here's a recap video released today by FYF organizers.  Summer lovin.  Music by Glass Candy, one of the bands I missed.

FYF 2011: The Best Day Of Summer from CATJAM Studio on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Don't hate.

I'm under a tight deadline to get some new results on my research project so I'm working a lot of extra hours in the lab lately.  I haven't taken a day off in weeks.  And so here I was yesterday, in the lab on another beautiful Saturday afternoon, feeling really depressed because my latest set of samples didn't turn out well at all.  I was definitely feeling at a low point of my graduate career yet for some reason watching Phil Collins videos on Youtube was really hitting the spot.

Yeah. Fucking Phil Collins.

Let the record state that my dad listened to a lot of Phil Collins when I was a kid, so I was probably feeling sentimental nostalgia for my family.  Also, this song was in particular speaking to me because I really just wanted to go the fuck home.

Oh, the drum machines.  Oh, the hair.  Seriously, what is going on with his hair?  Anyway, this may fall in the genre of avoidable 80's adult contemporary, but Phil Collins is a solid songwriter.

By the way, if you haven't heard the songwriter segment of This American Life's "Break-up" episode featuring Phil Collins, listen to it here. (also embedded below)

Friday, October 14, 2011

How to ride a bicycle

Because it's Friday and I needed a laugh.

Here's the full Youtube version

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Need Nothing except a donut, maybe

So busy lately, I'm too busy to even find a music video to post.  Here's one my friend Adam found from the Parenthetical Girls.

I Need Nothing - a nearly useless odyssey from C√£oceito on Vimeo.