Congratulations on your sobriety! I stopped drinking April 4, 2013, and I sort of wish I had coins to show for it, but I haven't found the rooms quite yet.
I remember hating the time my mom spent working to get her master's degree and now I feel like such a brat for complaining about making dinner while she was writing a thesis. I love how accepting your mom is of where you were in your life.
Oregon Trail! Number Munchers! Yay.
More substantively, I really appreciated Anne Helen Petersen’s Mom's honesty about how tough and unsettling it is to be a contract worker. The tenuous position of adjuncts is one of the largely unacknowledged problems of academia. Lot's of good blogs on the subject (http://pankisseskafka.com/ stands out, but there are plenty more) if anyone else is interested.
By Regina Phalange on The Bro Pie
@Lucienne Look what Iiiiiii found...
Another wedge in this pie should be "Really psyched to see 'Don Jon,' because I relate way too much to the (a) Funky Bunch rapping and (b) Scarlett lust."
By iceberg on The Bro Pie
100% supreme air of overblown self-confidence masking crippling self-doubt
Ha. My cat was named Harajuku by her original human and the shelter said was "African for love".
I had to quickly point out that:
1) African is not a language.
2) Harajuku was a Gwen Stefani schtick.
3) Kitty's getting a new name.
*ETA that the Harajuku Girls are also a fascinating Japanese fashion movement and worthy of losing HOURS to on the internets and then maybe purchasing fake eyelashes on a K Pop star's website that will make you look like an animae character when applied properly. I'd frankly have adopted them too if I were Gwen....
@Judith Slutler I think I'm a bit immune to the accent because I spent my youth listening to West Coast punk bands who were basically doing this fake-yell-y-British-y thing because that's what punk singing is "supposed" to sound like. But you do raise an interesting point.
@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose I have weird feelings about that song because it was written as a part of the push for Washington Referendum 74, not as a radio single. Then it became this thing that got radio play because DJs were searching around looking for something to play that tied in with gay marriage. And then it kept getting call in requests from people who wanted to hear it and that's how it went up the Billboard chart. (Planet Money went into this in a neat recent episode on the Billboard.)
I say I have weird feelings about it because it's not a very good song. It's clumsy and the rap is poorly delivered. (Although, as you note, Mary Lambert delivers a fantastic chorus.) And like most of Macklemore's serious raps it's heavily autobiographical- but as a straight man he doesn't have much he can contribute to the issue. (Although the cover to the single has an adorable picture of his uncles.) But its rise (and how it became so popular) shows it was clearly filling a hole that needed to be filled.
"Same Love" isn't the best song we could have had about gay marriage. It just happened to be the one we had on hand.
By I'm Right on Top of that, Rose on I Don't Care, I Can't Stop, and I Love It: Miley Cyrus and Ironic Decadence
@laurel Oh my god, how horrible would that actually be! Everyone is all, "God, Miley, enough with the tongue and the weird facial expressions," and she's all, "You guys and gals, I legit can't help it. Here is information on recognizing the signs of a stroke for your future reference. Take care of your loved ones, every second counts."
@nina! Yeah, I think that's the thing that was hitting me. Like, I agree with this point, but it's sort of sidestepping the issue. Yes, hip hop is a powerful culture that spans many races, but Miley still used black women as props?
He also quotes another guy saying "Being white, or rich, should never stop someone from enjoying culture that originated black and poor. To say otherwise is to impose a form of segregation that would also preclude a black girl from Brixton from getting into ballet or bhangra." I think, ideally, that's true. But unfortunately it seems like the rich white girls are being encouraged to travel that path far more than anyone else.