So, I binge. I binge a lot. I binge-watch whole series of TV shows to make it bearable to do the dishes, clean, and cook; I binge-listened to This American Life and Snap Judgment to make my last two jobs — editing product photos and chopping fruit — more bearable. I binged my way through Jenna Marbles’ videos in my free time a few years ago. In the last year-and-some, I’ve binged through “Adventure Time,” “Archer,” “Breaking Bad,” “Orange is the New Black,” the first two and a half seasons of “The X-Files,” the first season of “Twin Peaks” (now I have to watch the rest of it), and the first two seasons of “American Horror Story.” I binged on “Game of Thrones,” then I proceeded to binge through the Song of Ice and Fire series, and now I have to wait until the goddamned spring to get more Westeros.
So imagine how happy I am when I find something new to binge on! I recommend all of the above (of course — if they had sucked, I wouldn’t have watched entire series of them). I’m having to get craftier with my bingeing, resorting to new forms of media and some very old relics of my childhood. Here are the four series that I’m bingeing on now or will be bingeing on soon: Keep reading »
The creators of the vegan food blog Thug Kitchen are white and excuse me but I’m completely unsurprised. The Washington Post is saying that it doesn’t matter, and Roxane Gay is bringing up the important point that it speaks volumes that a lot of people heard “thug” and immediately thought “black.” And I get that, and I agree.
But personally, when I first saw the blog, I saw someone writing in a voice that was intentionally “black”-sounding and putting the word “thug” on it. And I thought, I don’t know who this person is, I can’t tell from the way they write who they are or where they come from, but I sure hope that it’s a black individual, because otherwise this is an offensive faux-patois they’re using to be funny, and by so doing, they’re saying that black vernacular is funny. Keep reading »
This parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” from YouTuber LisBug — about the crappy comments on her YT videos — is just what I needed to see. I’ve only just started bothering with YouTube and have gotten nothing but gross comments on my videos. These, for instance, were posted on a video about how to efficiently cut cantaloupe: Keep reading »
I’m a pretty big fan of YouTube hair and beauty tutorials. Without them, my sock bun and liquid eyeliner game would be terrible rather than “eh, I guess it’s good enough to leave the house like this.” But I think I love this YouTube beauty tutorial, from the hilarious and relatable and cool Akilah Hughes (of First Black Girlfriend fame), the very most. Because seriously, “Your face may probably never look like this, no matter how many of these products you use” really is the damn truth. [YouTube]
Meet Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Officer of the Field Museum in Chicago. (Now that’s a job title I’d like to have!) She’s also the host of a YouTube series called The Brain Scoop which investigates cool scientific topics like how octopi have sex and the differences between moths and butterflies. Emily is one of the few women to host a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) YouTube series, which is not entirely surprising, because those industries are all dominated by men.
In Graslie’s most recent Brain Scoop video, Emily asks why that might be. While she personally feels completely supported by her employers and colleagues, she pointed out how there is a larger culture that is unsupportive of women in STEM fields. So she illustrated this in the starkest way possible: by reading sexist comments. Keep reading »