Thursday, October 9, 2014

a brief hiatus.

Recently there hasn't been any new posts on this blog. Obviously. After multiple years of writing every week day, last week I decided to not post. And then it was just easy to not post again and again.

It's not that I'm tired of writing on this blog, but that I'm mentally exhausted of the computer, of gadgets, of the internet. I don't know what exactly has created this current mindset, but I find myself needing a break from it all. I come home and the last thing I want to do is open my computer. So I don't.

Perhaps its like a little cleanse. I'm addicted to my phone, to apps, to my computer, to the internet. Perhaps its because everything I read lately talks about how we're always on our phone, and our constant and instant communication with one another destroys our in real life interactions. Every time I talk to someone and they look at their phone I want to grab it and chuck it. I don't, purely because I know I'm guilty of the same thing.

It's a mini-cleanse from so many things. I watch less tv. Listen to less music. I'm trying desperately to be on my phone less (which is easier given the rough go on the new operating system.) I write more, but it's handwritten and to type it up would mean I have to open my computer. Which I don't want to do.

I keep thinking about this quote.


We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean, because there’s not service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless there on Instagram.  Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we google, check-in and hashtag.”          -Jeremy Glass, We Can’t Get Lost Anymore


Maybe this is part of the reason. I'm so tired of feeling the need to "instagram" my life so others can see. I'm so sick of talking about something I did, and having the response be, "You didn't post that." I'm so over knowing more about people's lives I haven't spoken to in years only because the post updates constantly, than I do people I see multiple times a week.

So for now, I'm going to try to post a few times each week. Not as consistent as I was before. But a little something. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Has Binge Watching Ruined Regular TV for Me?

A post I wrote for The Wannabes.


It’s the best time of the year and all my favorite shows have returned over the past few weeks (or soon will be in the coming days). I’m delighted and thrilled, yet simultaneously, not as inclined to watch right away as I typically am.
I prefer to live a very spoiler free life, and thereby try to watch shows the night they air, or the following morning. I like to be current on such things, and I like to always be in the know. (Don’t we all?) But this fall season I haven’t felt that need, in fact, I’ve been just the opposite. Feeling more along the lines of, ‘eh, I’ll binge watch and catch up for the mid-season finale’ or ‘I’ll save 4 episodes and watch them all at once.’ This is a dramatic change from my usual stance, and I can’t help but blame Netflex, Hulu, etc., and the trend of binge watching.
I’ve become so conditioned to hit next episode (or merely let it keep playing to the delight of the truly lazy), to know that I don’t have to suffer through the cliff hanger I just witnessed, to power through each storyline, to be able to see as much as I want to see at a time. No longer am I use to being told when the cut off will come.
There is pros and cons to both. The week long delay (or more) between each episode is effective and dramatic. Binge watching can be an overload, and storylines that are meant to feel long are seen as only one evening of viewing. Yet, regular TV can be difficult to retain details and embrace the characters week to week (even with a brief recap at the beginning). With binge watching, characters become apart of my life (as I spend 4 hours* each night with them, they become more familiar to me than the average person in my real life). When it comes to regular TV, I know I’m invested in these characters of seasons past, but right now I can’t always recall why.
Is there a difference in commitment to each style of watching? Are the more “true fans” the ones that start from the beginning and wait with each week and season break? Are you just as loyal if you watch a show over the course of 5 years than those who take 5 weeks? Is our TV viewing experience forever changed?
*4 hours is just a number to throw out there. Some times it’s more, some times it’s less. 
We’ve all been there.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

clever minimalist science posters

Designer Kapil Bhagat created these posters reflecting scientist and their discoveries/work. I find them so clever. Such a simple concept, yet only a great designer could create.

You can see a few more here, as well as if you don't understand what they mean there's brief explanation under each one.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

words.

"I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me." 
-Tracee Ellis Ross

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

thursday. (douglas booth edition.)

Have I already done a thursday post just for him? I can't even remember. Either way, I'm just loving him lately, so he deserves another one. Who doesn't love all these british boys anyways?

Mainly, I think I love how supportive he is of Emma Watson and her new campaign. Their friendship is adorable.

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{but that hair.}

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Happy Thursday.