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A Vending Machine for Homemade Meals

Now I haven’t done too much international traveling, but I’ll never forget my trip to Japan and how amazed I was by not only everything there, but the amount of vending machines everywhere! Those vending machines get so much use by the locals that it feels like such a norm as opposed to here in America. It’s also entirely normal to just buy decent food at a gas station according to my friends.

I loved this story about vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, who refills his curry and rice concoction twice a day using rice that he grows from his own farm.

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Nick Jonas on BBC’s Pitch Battle

I know this song has been out for months, but I’m still so smitten with Nick Jonas and this twist on the way he sung it this time. *swoon* The extra people are a nice touch too.

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My Friend Dahmer

 

Okay so when I was looking at this screen grab right here in the trailer, I thought this was going to be your standard coming of age type film. I didn’t really put two and two together that this was referring to the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story.

The role of Jeffrey Dahmer is played by Austin & Ally star Ross Lynch and his performance in even the trailer has made him unrecognizable. I never would have thought that the Disney Channel star that I had previously watched could transform into a role like this, but I think that this is going to make him blow up. The trailer is haunting and eerie, but left me feeling sad afterwards. I’m looking forward to seeing what critics will say about it.

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Perks Competing Against Perks

When it comes to Silicon Valley companies and perks and benefits offered, people don’t mess around. Nearly every company here these days will offer you your standard medical, vision, and dental benefits, and while that is fantastic for everywhere else around the world, it barely cuts it here. Instead, you have to go beyond that with catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day during the work week, onsite massages, Uber/Lyft credits, 4 months+ maternity and paternity leave, gym memberships, etc. The most extravagant perk I’ve heard about in recent months – coverage for women to freeze their eggs. That is a HUGE deal. Now, another company is getting into the mix with a unique set of perks that I’m hearing about for the first time.

The CEO of Boxed, Chieh Huang, is coming forward by announcing that employees will have their weddings paid for up to $20,000 and paying college tuition for his employees’ children. Now, amounts for the tuition weren’t disclosed and I’m still scratching my head at what that amount will be, but it’s still a very generous offering.

The idea behind the generous perks came to Huang when he visited employees in the Boxed warehouses. Some were struggling to make ends meets and to provide for their children’s future, hence the tuition program. The wedding idea came from talking to an employee named Marcel who was taking a second job because he was paying for his mother’s health care and planning a wedding. The payments are meaningful for both Huang and the employees, as you can see in a video of the moment. When asked by NBC News, Marcel explained how important it is, “You’re helping us breathe a little, looking towards the future.”

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Element: How Kendrick Lamar Collaborates

Not working with Kendrick when I had the opportunity to years ago is still in my top 5 regrets in life.

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What We’re Watching:

I am really enjoying my Saturday off.

I’m not sure what compelled me to choose “this” documentary of all documentaries today, but it’s what I landed on. I like Kevin Durant. A lot. I didn’t, however, root for the Golden State Warriors this past NBA season, which is confusing to people. I don’t like Klay very much. :) Honestly, it was a toss up because when Kevin signed with the Warriors, I was actually pretty happy. If it couldn’t be the Sonics, at least it’s them – I thought. Since the Sonics left though, my interest in basketball has wavered.

If you have HBO, you can watch this on demand. My older brother sort of was the one that got me into documentaries and then since a young age, I’ve sort of been obsessed with profiles and getting a deeper look into someone’s life. These interests eventually led me to wanting to share more of these stories on Yow Yow! whether it’s through other videos of people and their lives, trailers for docs, or even sharing the stories of those in my life. I currently work at a company that is part tech, part content/production and it’s really exciting time for me because it reminds me of what I’m doing here.

UPDATE:

I also watched this.

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Blog Roundup

We’re doing a different format this week. This two-part article about a girl who texted her boyfriend to commit suicide is now facing nearly 20 years in prison. Read the two parts to the article here:

  • The Bizarre Trial of the 20-year-old Who Texted Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself [Vice]
  • Inside the Tense Courtroom When the Suicide Texter was Found Guilty [Vice]

Other roundup news:

  • Chance the Rapper Hires American Sign Language interpreters for upcoming shows [Hypebeast]
  • What Would Happen If You Never Used An Alarm Clock? [Digg]

  • Skateboarding legend Brain Anderson on coming out [The New Yorker]
  • I was an investor, she was a founder. [Source]
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Person to Person

On the other hand, I’m much more excited to watch this film over Pitch Perfect 3. Person to Person was at Sundance this year and is a film that highlights the stories of more than a handful of individuals – two of which include Michael Cera (our favorite!) and Tavi Gevinson. Remember when she was just a superstar child fashion blogger?! Now she’s in a movie! I’m really interested in seeing this and hoping it does well. The film will be out July 28th on limited release.

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Pitch Perfect 3

I must admit, I’m not actually all that excited for this film and maybe even think the series should have stopped after the first one. The original Pitch Perfect was so good. It was new and fresh and not like anything anyone has ever seen before. It reminds me of how Mean Girls has sort of become this cult classic. Ugh, but the second was so hard for me to watch in theaters. I found myself laughing less than I had anticipated, cringing at the racist lines, and wishing that it could have ended sooner. Now that there is a third film, I sort of feel like they are pushing it a bit. Regardless, here’s the trailer.

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To The Bone

Films about eating disorders will always make me a little bit uncomfortable. But at the end of the day, they are so important. It’s important for people to hear the stories, to know what it’s like, and what it feels like. I’ve been interested in these types of films lately because Lily Collins and Troian Bellisario are both staring in them and have both had eating disorders themselves so I know that the stories that they are portraying have a lot to do with their own experiences. I’m looking forward to seeing both their takes on it.

 

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Cover of the Day

I may not love the direction that Paramore has been on for the last few years, but we’ll never stop adoring Hayley Williams.

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Why People Still Watch “The Room”

This is truly one of the worst movies ever made. I still remember the first time I ever learned about it. It was after work and I was at my boyfriend’s at the time with his roommate who claimed he was about to put on the best film ever. I should’ve known. I had so many questions. Why weren’t the characters speaking in complete sentences or even saying things that made sense? Why was the main character so peculiar? What year was this supposed to even be set in? I felt like I was watching a very terrible amateur film, but the only way to get out of this was to pretend to fall asleep until it was over. So that’s what I did.

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