Top Ten Signs You’re Getting Too Old For the Party Scene

March 31, 2008

10. Your idea of a great Friday night is getting at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.

9. Before tapping the keg, you wipe the end of the hose with your own sanitized napkin.

8. The Running Man is your signature dance.

7. When prompted about taking Jell-o shots, you ask if they can hold the shot and just give you the Jell-o instead. [Read more]

WTF for Friday, March 28th 2008

March 28, 2008

BACON!

Bacon is making a comeback. In the face of vegetarian and low fat diets, bacon is rooting itself to the high protein, high fat lovers of our generation. It’s such a pure representation of gluttony, lust, and sin that one would be hard-pressed not to give in to the salty wonder that is bacon.

For those of us into experimentation, especially in a culinary sense, David Lebovitz is definitely a gateway drug. His book, The Perfect Scoop (which the
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Into The Wild: A Quarterlife Crisis

March 20, 2008

Into The Wild, A Quarterlife CrisisI expected I would like this movie. A middle class twentysomething college graduate, dissatisfied with life, abandons his possessions, and hitchhikes his way to Alaska to live in the wilderness. And it’s a true story. Sign me up.

The main character is Christopher McCandless, played by Emile Hirsch. After a brief preamble, he embarks on his journey with the only goal being – reach Alaska. As an audience, we are quickly made aware that he will eventually make it there, as the film often “flashes forward” to a parallel narrative of his experiences living in the Alaskan wilderness. [Read more]

Music Review: Blackout by Britney Spears

March 14, 2008

It was 12:02 the night that Britney Spears’ album Blackout was slotted to hit the stores. I logged into my iTunes store, ready to download, and saw-to my horror- that it was not yet available for purchase. WTF?!? I asked myself. Why can I not get a pop-culture fix? Britney’s last album, In the Zone, was a slippery slide into her development as the media obsession she is today. With iconic songs like “Me Against the Music” and “Toxic”, and controversies over “Touch of my Hand” (come on…its as obvious as SheBop Britney!) paved the way to the fiasco of her reality show and the head shaving heard round the world.

So finally around noon that day the almighty Steve allowed me to download Blackout (named for the philosophy of blacking out negativity and embracing life). I didn’t expect the album to be good. At (what we all thought must be) the height of her craziness, she releases an album? There is no way it is going to be good. But I knew something on it would be fun enough to warrant a purchase.

And no, it’s not good. It KICKS ASS! Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not a soulful collection of jazz standards or experimental indie tech beats. It’s the purest sugary candy of pop. I won’t be bragging at my Mensa meetings about owning it but I will defend it to the end. It seems as if the marketing team of Britney, Inc. has finally figured out what she does well- dance music for gay clubs. Every song is upbeat (meaning no more sappy pseudo ballads like “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman” or “Email my heart”) and actually varies in structure from song to song.

So far, the radio has grabbed a hold of “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me”. Satellite radio has recognized the genius of “Freakshow” with a heavy backbeat that requires a subwoofer and gems of poetic prose like “10 PM to 4 and I came to hit the floor/thought you knew before/ but if you don’t then now you know.” In the aftermath of her divorce, we reap the benefits with “Toy Soldier” that describes her need for a real man (“This time I need a soldier/ A really badass soldier”) and “Why Should I be Sad?” (“People and US magazines/Tell me who’d I do that for, who?”). Sure, the singing isn’t operatic, but that’s not what it’s for. With an incredible production team (Danja, of Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake fame produced “Gimme More”) Blackout has a consistent quality that makes the album easy to enjoy from beginning to end.

With her failed performance at the VMAs and the continuous court appearances / hospitalizations / paparazzi boyfriend / fishnet stocking sightings I think this album has been underrated. There is a place for Britney. It involves rolling the windows down and turning the volume up. Don’t be embarrassed. Learn the words and sing them at the top of your lungs on your next commute or as you get ready to go out dancing. If Britney has taught us anything, it’s to let go of your shame.

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Review: The Commitment by Dan Savage

March 12, 2008

If you are addicted to The Onion and podcasts, you are probably already aware of Dan Savage’s work. His primary claim to fame is his weekly sex-advice column “Savage Love” and a podcast in a similar vein “The Savage Lovecast”. Dan has also graced the world with a collection of books. The most recent one (recent being 2005) is The Commitment detailing Dan and his partner Terry’s quandary: To marry or not to marry?

Savage’s previous book The Kid was a romp through the perils of adopting a child as a gay couple, who have only been together for two years. Both books come from a place of humor and sincerity- which is much more palatable in large doses than his other books that are suited to short reads while in the can. Having been with his partner for longer than all of Britney Spears’ marriages combined, neither Dan nor Terry really see the advantage of heading to the border and getting hitched. Their adopted son tells them they aren’t allowed to get married because they “weren’t the kind of boys who marry girls,” but that they had to live with each other and be his dads. Dan’s mom is pushing the marriage issue, even though her other children are also unmarried with kids. Dan and Terry just want tattoos. [Read more]

How Harry Potter and Business School Saved My Life

March 10, 2008

Harry Potter and Business SchoolYou start to get twitchy, there is a worry that you don’t know where your next fix is coming from, and you plan your day around how to alleviate the stress of your never-ceasing thoughts. You are a Harry Potter Addict.

There is a new study being submitted to the Journal of General Psychology that indicates that Harry Potter is addictive. The study, by Dr. Jeffery Rudski, found characteristics of addiction in at least 10 percent of the 4000 HP buffs he surveyed online. He used smoking scales to judge addictiveness of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” before the book came out, after a person had read it, and six months afterward. [Read more]

Tell Us What You Think – Win a T-Shirt!

March 6, 2008

We’ve been working hard on this site for the past few months, and wanted to take time out to thank everyone. We’ve received some very nice comments from many of our readers over the past couple of weeks. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Owning the New Kids On The Block Greatest Hits Doesn’t Make Me Lame

March 5, 2008

This week I purchased black nail polish. I’m not really a makeup junkie. When I do wear it, its mostly eye shadow and mascara. I had fake nails for about 6 months until it became too costly, too time consuming, and the touch screen on my iPod wouldn’t recognize them. Not only did I buy the black nail polish, but over the top of it I added silver and blue sparkles. I like to think of it as the Starry Night version of fingers. Being an artist by nature (and occasionally by trade) these whims strike me now and then. My hair happens to be fire engine red at the moment and I have been known to buy extraordinarily inappropriate shoes if they are cute enough. What my foray into the world of nail modification made me realize is that I haven’t actually changed that much since I was 18.

Sure, I’m a lot more educated, I’m a little taller, I can vote, drink, and have more credit cards than those teen years. I’ve had many more experience, been through a lot of pain and struggle, but on the whole I don’t really think that a lot has changed. More importantly, I am starting to recognize that no one else is really growing up either. [Read more]

Experience is for Wussies

March 4, 2008

I’m not getting my MBA because I love business. I’m getting my MBA because it was easier than working. It’s not that I’m looking for an easy way through life- God knows that I sure haven’t been a slacker. The path to Managerial Accounting started when I tried to get a job. Educated at the Honors College of the Florida State System, the number 3 high school in the nation, and with some hard-core graduate work and internships I went into my search fairly cocky that I would find my dream job.

Six months later I was starting to rethink my, well, my everything. Why wasn’t anyone calling me? I had a resume (with a super cute template), experience in a variety of academic avenues, and even had some killer references. I started to look through the jobs and see if there was something I was missing. I noticed something. All the jobs I was applying for; marketing, administrative, research, warehouse forklift operator; required 3-5 years experience. Actually, 3-5 years experience OR an MBA. Well, I said to myself, “It would take me 2 years to get the MBA or I could have a crappy entry level job for five years.” So sign me up for deferred student loans and get me a Trapper Keeper- I’m a grad student. [Read more]

21st Century Digital Dating

March 3, 2008

It’s been two days…should I call her? Our dinner went pretty well. There weren’t any first-date awkward moments or slip-ups. I didn’t say anything offensive about her tacky giant glitter belt. I smelled good. She smiled enough. Maybe I should text her – it’s much less intrusive than a call. But maybe she’ll think that’s too unobtrusive. She said she has a lot of military friends. I don’t think I like that. She was cute but really close to having a uni-brow…I wonder if she caught me staring. She must have caught me staring at her boobs they were as explicit as our waiters haughty attitude. I guess I could email her. I don’t know that seems a little informal, (Please fill out this survey if you would like a second date. Questions 5 – 20 involve the topic of sex. PLEASE DO NOT SKIP Questions 5 – 20!!) That’s ridiculous. There are way too many options here. Damn it! I’ll just call her. [Read more]

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