Happy 97th Birthday, Jack Kirby.
Well ok look, I’m sorry for being snarky. Every time I talk about a pop star or celebrity or person of note on tumblr, SOMEONE messages me to tell me why I shouldn’t like them. It gets a little grating. I often wonder if these people ever turn that critical eye inwards. I guarantee that you, YES YOU, like something that someone else finds offensive or has a negative opinion of. It’s unavoidable. It just gets kind of annoying.
THAT BEING SAID, Taylor Swift is 24 and already has a decade in the music industry. While all us idiots were getting into Coles Notes versions of Wicca and crushing on sullen vampires, girl was hauling ass to Nashville and making herself a star. She’s a year younger than me and has sold over 26 million albums. She writes her own music a lot of the time, which is more than can be said for most pop stars. She’s a friggin’ powerhouse. She’s a mogul.
Are a lot of her songs sappy and ridiculous? Sure! Does she totally engage in the idea of girl-hate? Yup, sometimes! Does she make questionable choices? Oh yeah, absolutely. Is she a hero to millions of young people who could, given a choice, be into way worse, way more harmful garbage than pining over love? Absolutely.
I used to hate on Taylor Swift the way angry teens hate on pop stars. I got turned around. You can pick her apart and yes, I fully admit there are things she does and sings about that are worth considering critically. But, man. Have you HEARD Red? We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together? Love Story? The Story of Us? Mine? MEAN? Oh god, Mean is such a jam. It’s fine if you don’t like pop music, but if you do? Come on!
Feminine ain’t anti-feminist, even if she doesn’t like the word. I like to believe she’ll come around. In the meantime:
before blaming others, think: whats the 1 constant in all your failed relationships? its that cursed egyptian amulet why do u even have that
If you use YouTube, you need to know this.
You’ve heard all these rumblings about Net Neutrality over the past several months. Let’s get real: this is about controlling online video. It is estimated that by 2017, video content will account for 80-90% of all global Internet traffic.
This isn’t just about not being able to binge-watch a series on Netflix. It’s about the future of online video as we know it.
Whether your YouTube channel is home to daily vlogs, short films, or just that one video from when the cinnamon challenge seemed like a good idea, you’re a video creator. Your content and comments help shape this community. Let’s keep it that way.
Net Neutrality means that your YouTube videos reach people at the same speed as clips from last night’s episode of the Tonight Show. It means a level playing field for video creators looking to reach an audience. But new Net Neutrality rules could mess that up.
Here’s the deal: Telecommunications companies already charge us to access the Internet through our homes and our phones. New FCC rules could allow them to also charge content providers (like YouTube, Netflix, and even PBS) for access to our eyeballs. It could create a fast lane for Jimmy Fallon’s clips, and slow lane for your YouTube videos.
It is really important that the FCC understands that online video creators care about Net Neutrality. Even if you’ve only ever uploaded ONE VIDEO, you are a creator and you have a voice.
If you can, please add your channel to our petition. We’ll deliver this to the FCC in September and demonstrate that the online video community cares about this issue.
Spoiler alert: adulthood is 96% of you going “well, I hope this is how it works and I’ll keep doing it till someone yells at me”
Perfectly Roasted Seasoned Potatoes
What you’ll need:
- 1lbs chopped potatoes, any kind
- 2 tablespoons canola/olive oil blend (or any other high-heat oil)
- fresh rosemary, finely chopped (any dried herbs will work too)
- garlic, white pepper & nutritional yeast (to taste)
- sea salt (added after roasting!!)
- Preheat oven to 425°F
- In a roasting pan, toss the potatoes with everything but the salt
- Roast for 30-45 minutes stirring twice throughout
When potatoes are crispy and browned on the outside, remove roasting pan from the oven and toss potatoes with sea salt while still hot. Be careful not to burn yourself! Serve as a breakfast side or incorporate them in a main dish. The leftovers make great filling for vegan burritos! Enjoy ~ EA
I think I’ll just be over here eating these all the time.