so i finally got internet in my apartment again, which means two things. well three actually:
ability to skype. this has been sorely missed as ive not been able to talk to lindsay, chat with henry at a time when events were occurring that sorely needed chatting about, and talk to my brother (and new tumblr user! yes, i my minions grow. go follow him.)
ability to look at the rest of the internet. i havent been able to look at internetz that fall outside the realm of gmail and random news sites, seeing as ive been browsing at work. though theyre pretty lenient about most things, somehow i dont think theyd see the educational merit of me reading web comics, even if i made some schpiel about ‘conversational english involving robots and punk rock”
unbridled ability to waste time when i should be doing real shit
“Some people spit metaphors, but I spit metafives.”—
Bobb’e J. Thompson freestyling on Carson Daly. That line was so good that I googled it to see if he got it from some other rapper. Not only was that line not in Google, he straight up invented the term “metafive” on the spot. (via dalasverdugo)
this kid is my hero, and he hasnt even hit puberty yet. find the human giant shutterbugs sketch with him. its gold, jerry
So some of you have already received a message from me, but for those of you that I dont have emails for I have a favor to ask!
I’m doing a research paper on blogging and would like anyone willing to answer some boring questions for me! it’s for a class called consuming cultures, so it will focus onthe spread of information, product evaluation and promotion through blogs, as well as some other related material.
anyone can do it! Please please please! (sorry for taking up a bit of room on your dashboard)
How long have you been blogging?
How often do you post?
What is your motivation for blogging?
What kinds of things do you primarily write about?
How often are they personal stories?
How often are they about music, movies, art, etc?
Do you include recommendations for music, movies, products, etc?
How often do you post about consumer goods?
Would you recommend/or critique these products on your blog?
Do you check facts before posting them? If yes, how?
When you write, do you feel a sense of authorship or authority? Do you feel that what you are posting is important for others to read?
How many blogs do you check regularly?
How much time do you spend reading other’s blogs?
Do you notice the writing in other’s blogs? Grammer/technical mistakes?
When do you trust another bloggers opinion?
What information do you find useful in other blogs? What do you enjoy reading?
Have you ever bought something after hearing about it through a blog?
Do you trust opinions of other bloggers on consumer products?
Do you check facts of other’s blogs? If yes, how?
In your opinion, what role do blogs play in the spread of information?
How might reading a blog influence others perception, how does it influence yours?
cmon, help a tumblrsister out. im responding via emailz and you can too! if you wanna do that, send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. do iiittttt
seeing as i work in an office focused on international education, the tv in the lobby finds itself constantly on cnn world news. im from the united states and, as such, have only ever watched the original cnn (cnn classic, if you will) so this is my first exposure to the international version of ted turner’s news megalith. not to sound demeaning or dismissive of the journalistic merits of the anchors, but i have to say on the whole, cnn world news is leaps and bounds hotter than regular cnn. this is true pretty much across the board, although out of duty to my former roommate ariel, i have to note anderson cooper’s striking exception from this rule. a-coop aside, nowhere is it more true than the two shining examples below. observe:
exhibit a: cnn world news lead anchor kaushal patel. yeah i know. with that smile its like shes giving her daily updates about horrifying natural disasters and the collapse of the globe’s finances right to me!
exhibit b: cnn correspondent and professional curmudgeon jack cafferty. you remember in empire when you caught a glimpse at the back of vader’s real head under the helmet as that giant black hibernation egg was closing? had he turned around, this is what you would have seen.
i love food. any trip i take is more or less an excuse to eat a particular kind of meal, and the dishes that i do get to eat are usually the main focus of my paltry photography skills. i was pretty good over this past spring about constantly cooking (see: unemployment, steady flow of graduation checks, girlfriend who likes to eat and is generous with the compliments, access to ridiculous amounts of awesome local oregon ingredients) but lately ive been feeling terrible about my culinary skills. ive been given an awesome opportunity to learn a new kind of cooking, but i havent taken advantage of it nearly as much as i would have liked. this is due mostly to the fact that i dont have 6 hours to stew an oxbone, but also because my work schedule doesnt really lend itself to cooking too often.
the reason i write this is twofold: the first is to say that bread and honey is awesome and makes me miss oregon more than life itself. the fact that one of the ladies who runs this particular site has ‘baker’ as her knuckle tattoos is about as cool as a person can get. the other is that i had a craving for one of my favorite simplest dishes today. take a bridgeport ipa, mix it wth some flour, batter some shrimp in it, deep fry them, put it on a good piece of baguette with some dijon and arugula, and enjoy with whats left of your delicious beer. mix it with some kettle chips and an episode of top chef and you seriously cannot have a bad night. miss you, cricket.
this has been a horrible week for the technologies of one alec kretchun. first, my work computer, an old workhorse of a samsung that looks more like an oster breadmaker from the early 90s than a pc, crapped out. fine, i can deal. it kinda screws with my ability to teach, but no biggie, ill persevere. then the day after, the internet in my apartment goes south. this wouldnt be so bad if i spoke the same language as the service people. unfortunately south korea has yet to outsource that kind of work to india because if they had, i could prolly find someone who spoke english. finally, my right ear bud stopped working yesterday. trust me, youve never heard your favorite songs until youve heard them with just the left channel of drums and guitar and a whisper of vocals. its really eye opening.
naturally, i assumed that such an across-the-board failure of my personal electronics was the preemptive step in a full scale robot invasion because, as we all know, skynet’s first move is going to be to wipe out the machines we’re the most dependant upon. i dont know what it says about me that these machines are my laptop and my ipod, but thats for another day. my theory is only leant creedance by the fact that killer robots always attack from the left, which is the only one of my ear buds that still works. theyre hoping to keep my one ear distracted while they catch me unawares. crafty metal bastards.
my friend, hockey teammate, co-documentarian, director, and brother in rock daniel westling proposed to his lovely girlfriend jordan yesterday. ive known dan since freshman year of college and hes responsible for, among other things, my debut in maybe the least well received commercial for the osu college of horticulture ever produced (available here). as a testament to his awesomeness, below is a picture of what dan wore when he proposed.