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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Instantly Vintage

We no longer live in an analog world. Our bulky cameras have been slicked into thin rectangles, a conglomerate of phone and camera and gameboy so small that we forget we carry it with us.

This is NOT a Blog

Blogs are a compression of life, but in the condensing, much is lost. The world consists of indeterminate shades of gray (though definitely not fifty), which the structureless blogs cannot capture.

Nick Miller

Nick’s life is a mess, he knows it, and yet he moves through. Cynicism lurks behind almost everything he says (“Don’t trust your government, kids”), but it never dominates his character.

The Abbreviators 

Hear me, please. I like America. I like English. I like being a millennial. But, really, if I hear the word abreves again in serious conversation…

Infographics: Sexy and Smart

For our minds to keep up with the data deluge, we require tools like the infographic, engineered to squeeze the gap between our complex environment and our curious yet limited cognition.

Why You Should Watch Game of Thrones

I have a theory that we don’t really learn much of anything by watching a bunch of characters who espouse the same values, worldviews, and ideas that we already believe.

The Iced Clover

The Iced Clover

by | Sep 23, 2014

It was like a secret society that everyone was a part of…except for me. Password? “Yeah, uh, I’ll have a Triple Grande Blended Nonfat Caramel Macchiato with Whip and Hazelnut.”

Surveillance Generation

Surveillance Generation

Today’s devices generate far more information about their users and are no less adept at broadcasting propaganda that encourages behaviors which support the powerful and their myriad injustices.

Travel

Travel

I was always driven by the idea of the adventure and seeing new and unique places—after all, Carmen Sandiego wasn’t going to find herself—and sought out all opportunities I could find.

BuzzFeed, Myers-Briggs, and the Typology of a Generation 

BuzzFeed, Myers-Briggs, and the Typology of a Generation 

“Hello. My name is Gabe. I’m a proud Ravenclaw vegetarian with a tendency toward Monica-from-Friends-spirited lovers!” seems to lend greater depth and texture to who I am.

“…viele Mauern abzubauen”

“…viele Mauern abzubauen”

We were born, not in the shadow of a wall that divided nations, worldviews, and cultures, but into the sunlight streaming through its cracks.

Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football

Fantasy football isn’t practical. It isn’t realistic or especially constructive or useful. But so many of us play it. It’s the fantasy fulfilled for so many sports fans, and I think it’s a precise way to define us.

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

The video-photo-flipbook booth was a hit. Even my 91-year-old grandfather got in on the action—twice. Milling guests flaunted their flipbooks, the brief sequences looping like analog Vines.

Football

Enter ethics. Step, for a moment, into the conscience of a football fan. It’s as ravaged as the gridiron after triple-overtime, as bumpy as the pebble-grained leather of each Wilson™ game ball.

wikiHow To Do Anything

wikiHow To Do Anything

So when we say we do not know how to do something, we do not accept defeat. We do not even sign up for Tae Kwon Do classes. We type “how to roundhouse kick” into the search engine of our choice.

Ferguson and Millennials

It’s not very likely that police officers are more racist than everyone else. So when we talk about the police, we are not talking about the problem.

Oh Snap

Oh Snap

Do not snap pictures of people when they don’t know they’re being photographed (unless it’s funny. Then do it every time, obviously. Ten seconds of embarrassment is good for the soul every now and again).

Dominion

Dominion

But now that everyone and his mother uses them to serve cocktails and curl their hair, I think we have to put them under the microscope.

Scroll Down

Scroll Down

I can’t be the only one scrolling down so much because Pinterest is a thing and BuzzFeed is still publishing The Definitive Rankings of the World’s Hottest Gay Rugby Players.

Smartphone

Smartphone

So, as is often the way of things, my words are both signifiers of my absence and presence. I am both absent and present. I am with those I love, via my smartphone. I am also decidedly far, far away.

Let Go and Let It Grow

Let Go and Let It Grow

Why was I so afraid of losing this thing? I thought of it as Sampson’s hair—when I grew it, I scored more goals in hockey, hit harder, was a better leader, made better jokes, talked to more girls…

For Sale: Huge Dead Fish

I am going to window shop for a while, wish that I knew what to do with a giant dead fish so that I could say I bought a giant dead fish, and then I will go and buy some delicious tacos.

Lena

Lena

Ultimately, it is Dunham’s writing that makes Girls so enjoyable. It’s cringeworthy. But it is also realistic. Her self-doubt mingled with entitlement is intoxicatingly accurate.

Jesus Christ, Katy Perry

Jesus Christ, Katy Perry

Katy Perry supports gay marriage. Katy Perry wears latex dresses. Katy Perry shoots whipped cream from her bra and sings about booze and cocks and parties.

Let’s Do Brunch

Let’s Do Brunch

Brunch implies slowing down, lingering over food with friends or family. It’s relaxed, unhurried. Everything the rest of the week, for many of us, is not.

A Pair of Brown Eyes

A Pair of Brown Eyes

So what right do people like us have to write about suffering, and if we do have a right, what authority can we bring to the task? A couple things come to mind.

The Groupon

The Groupon

I’ve also dared to bring out four waters by hand instead of using a tray. And, I’ve started recognizing my customers, especially the Groupon-wielding bunch.

Finders, Keepers?

Finders, Keepers?

even I can lament the anticlimactic answer to the perennial question of our youth: “Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego?” She’s sitting in a café in Palo Alto writing a nasty Yelp! review.

Hipster Glasses

Hipster Glasses

It took me a while to realize that glasses could be a fashion statement. (Granted, it took me awhile to understand the concept that wearing an all-purple outfit wasn’t a fashion statement.)