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11 Feb 2019

Creating Saturday Night Live: Cue Cards

I’m probably going to sound like a grandma here, but one of my favorite things to do is watch Saturday Night Live (at 8:30 PM) on Saturdays! Even if the whole show is a snooze, I’m at least in it for the performances and Weekend Update with Jost and Che. Since working in music, production in general has always been fascinating to me – of any kind. I really enjoyed this quick bit on how cue cards originated on Saturday Night Live and how they’re still being used.

02 Feb 2019

Are We Ready For A “Gossip Girl” Reboot?


There is such a thing as having something coming back to you too soon, right? It’s not that I’m not FOR this, but it’s that I don’t feel like I’m yearning for a Gossip Girl reboot yet. Last year, when I was working like crazy, I would constantly have Gossip Girl on in the background. It was the first time that I had truly watched every single episode without skipping one. The series ended in 2012, but that doesn’t feel like it was that long ago for me.

So the question is, are we even ready for a reboot? The CW is currently hosting two reboots right now: Charmed and Roswell, New Mexico. I can confirm that the new Roswell is nowhere near as good as the original. Charmed – I haven’t even considered watching.

It’s unclear right now if the reboot will mean a fresh new cast or if our favorites will be returning. Both Blake Lively and Leighton Meester have made comments in the last couple of years about whether or not this could be possible and it skews positive.

In an interview with Variety back in 2017, Lively had this to say about a reunion:

“It sort of all depends. Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much. But I’ve just learned in life you never say never. I’m looking to do something that I haven’t done yet, not something that I did. But would I do that? Who knows — if it was good, if it made sense.”

What do we all think? I would love a reboot, but only if the original cast could return. I might be a little bit too old to still be watching shows about high school students.

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30 Jan 2019

A Collection Part 53

Tonight I did something for the first time that I’ve never done with these posts. Since I started working on this post over the holidays while I was at home there were a few Christmas themed photos in this batch. As I scrolled through the preview, I didn’t feel that same spark or attachment to them as I once had. So while on my way to finish this post, I replaced those photos. Since we’ve been through 53 rounds of this and I’ve never once replaced any photos before posting, in some way, I felt like I was being inauthentic. Could my readers tell that I had swapped them out? Of course not. But I would know and that kind of ate me up for about 15 minutes.

We haven’t written our resolutions post yet, but this made me think of two previous resolutions I’ve had. A few years back, I had “say yes to everything.” The intent was good, sure. But saying “yes to everything” can sometimes do more harm than good. Sometimes you say yes to things when you don’t want to. Maybe saying yes to things causes you to spend money when you don’t want to. Have experiences that you don’t think you’ll appreciate. The next year I refined that resolution: do the things you want to do. And that has stuck around longer than saying “yes.” So if that’s what I truly believe, why not act upon that when it comes to this blog and my posts?

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26 Jan 2019

Why Are Identical Movies Released At The Same Time?

Life threw us for a fast one last week when Netflix and Hulu decided to release FYRE and Fyre Festival respectively. My social media was filled with people asking which they should watch. It’s interesting because while the two documentaries are on a similar subject, they are quite different. And while it seems coincidental or rather competitive for these two documentaries to be released within two days of each other, it’s not the first time this has happened.

Cheddar dives into the many times that this has happened before!

22 Jan 2019

Speed Dating 20 Girls

You guys, I consumed a ton of videos over the weekend, but this was my favorite. Before 2016, my idea of speed dating was exactly like that one scene in “Hitch” except that film made it so much cooler. Spoiler alert – I have tried speed dating before and it was awful! Either speed dating isn’t for me or I’m a bad dater. It’s unclear. Whatever the case, there’s no way to remove the awkwardness from it.

A few years ago, there was a startup that my friends and I all talked about – Grouper. You (the single) bring along two girlfriends to meet with three other singles of the opposite gender. It’s sort of like speed dating, but with less numbers and in a more controlled environment. This video reminds me of this and something like The Bachelor franchise.

What I don’t like about this video is how focused it is on technology and using cell phones. Think about how awkward it is for “Jon” to just be sitting in the middle in front of everyone, but not actually conversing with them while he has the chance. What I like about this video though is that he’s asking the hard hitting questions. Sure, his interests vary from mine, but it’s what is important to him and it’s actually weeding these women out. He can visually see who is leaving the circle because of his questions rather than say, being ghosted? Imagine how efficient dating could be if everyone got their pool of people like this.

21 Jan 2019

Blog Roundup

  • Job Alert: Become the keeper of this San Francisco lighthouse for a $130,000 a year [The Manual]
  • A 4-year-old Trapped In A Teenager’s Body [The Cut]
  • Second Life Podcast: Aimee Song [My Domaine]
  • Design Sponge Will End Its 15-Year Run In 2019 [Design Sponge]
  • Sen. Kamala Harris announced today that she would be seeking a 2020 Democratic nomination for president and we are HERE for it.
  • Visualizing the Highest-Paid Job In Every State [Howmuch] TLDR: become a doctor like your parents told you to.
  • Spotify to Release New In-Car Music Player in 2019 [Hypebeast]
19 Jan 2019

Conservatives and Their Closed Communities

My work recently included educating myself on the real estate industry so I found this piece by Vice fascinating.

For those that are feeling like their current communities are “too liberal,” they are fleeing to an area in Texas to be around those that share the same values as them. And by values, I mean a strong conservative viewpoint. One family featured in this piece was relocating from California. The community, as seen in this piece, looks predominantly “white” and is cookie-cutter perfect. I believe someone referred to it as “Pleasantville” like? The community was created by those that share the conservative values and are the realtors themselves.

However, not everyone in the neighboring area agrees. The mayor recognizes that everyone will have different viewpoints, but building your own enclosed wall to shut those opinions out doesn’t actually solve anything. Is this not modern day segregation at work here?

Growing up, I’ve always been very fond of my communities within music, my university, and even spirituality. I have never felt so strongly about anyone that disagreed on these things that I needed to remove myself from them altogether. 2019, you guys.

12 Jan 2019

Blog Roundup

  • 6 Powerful People On How They Manage Their Imposter Syndrome [Thrive Global]
  • How To Get Your Music Posted On Websites [The Fader]
  • The 19 Trends That Will Define Men’s Lives in 2019 [InsideHook]
  • Is Listening to A Book The Same Thing As Reading It? [The New York Times]
  • I Had My First Date at 28 [The Cut]
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  • The Ubiquity of Smartphones, As Captured By Photographers [The Atlantic]
  • Joan Graves Is The Woman Who Determines The Rating Classifications For Films… Until Now; She’s Retiring. [The New York Times]
  • 9 Women Share Why They Wear Fake Engagement Rings [Brides]
  • Why It Makes Sense That Airlines Overbook [Cheddar / YouTube]
  • Private Bus Company Chariot Going Out of Business [Curbed]
  • Co-Working Space The Wing Is No Longer Just For Women [The Cut]
  • AT&T Park Is Now Called Oracle Park [Curbed]
  • How To Get Back A Few Hours Every Week [Fast Company]
12 Jan 2019

So You’re Saying There’s A Chance…

We’ve been trying to ship Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky since the first time we laid eyes on them. Now we know Lana Condor has been in a serious long term relationship and no one’s trying to get in the way of that, but there’s no denying the chemistry between these two. This interview with Jimmy Fallon from this week proves what we all thought and dare I say it, gives us a glimmer of hope? Sometimes it’s just all about timing. Jimmy’s right. It didn’t happen after the first film, but maybe the 2nd or the 3rd?

I haven’t read any of these books, but am planning on it and you can bet we’ll watch the 2nd film just as much as we watched the first!

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