- You know the counting song from Sesame Street: “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twe-eh-eh-ee-elve.” Sure you do. But did you know the Pointer Sisters sang it? When I heard that earlier today, this was my exact reaction: “Shut the fuck up. Really? Cool.” That is a groovy song. I loved it then and I love it now.
- It’s like Happiness & Cyanide knew I never really got over the end of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes series (which saddened me greatly and I’ve heard rumours that he has new material, which worries me greatly because what if it’s not as good? Don’t ruin memories, you know. Bill? Can you hear me? There’s a lot of pressure to be as amazing which is almost impossible.). Anyhoo, it’s like H&C knew I needed weirdness from the comic world to fill the void. I love H&C comics. They are sometimes creepy, mostly funny and always weird (like Calvin!) and they never avoid risky topics. Love!
- Mogwai. The first time I heard these guys, which was recently, I asked this question: “What is this fantastic sound that is coming into my ears?” I don’t love every song, but I love many. Listen to it loudly and carry on about your day.
- Jason Silva. I know this guy calls himself a “performance philosopher” and that’s a bit douchey. I know the production is polished and practiced, and that he’s pretty, and I know this lures the average watcher in, subconsciously making them take what he says as truth rather than as discussion, but I don’t care. Why? It’s because he’s pretty and the production is polished that it appeals to an audience who normally wouldn’t give a shit about ideas like how we create our own architecture, the six epochs of evolution or the power of cinema. Silva says he’s trying to arouse people and reach a new audience and I believe him. And more so, I believe in the need to do so.
- This grammar video, and specifically, the Jersey Shore muppet in the video. His best line is best because it’s true: “You learned this in the third grade, dummy!” As a word nerd, I high-five all attempts to get people to use the words literally and ironic properly. There is no reason for people to get they’re, there and their mixed up. It blows my mind! Ha. Kidding. It doesn’t. But when I think about it, it bugs me a bit. And then the video makes me feel better. So, yay this video.
- Quizzes about what city you should live in or what food you are or what profession you should have. I love them. All of them. In case you are interested, my city is Paris, my food is pizza and my profession is writer. So, as you can see, I love these quizzes because they are accurate reflections of how cool I am.
And so that you know I really wrote this, here are three things that need to die:
- The expression “it blew my mind.” Ugh. Enough. It didn’t. It was a good donut or an interesting film. It did not blow your mind. Unless you are talking about string theory (which is fucking complicated), do not ever, ever use “it blew my mind” or any of its many iterations (“mind blown” = noooooo).
- Bubble tea. Come on. It’s gross.
- Kale. Come on. It’s gross. You just pretend to like it because it’s hip. “I love kale” is the new “I don’t watch TV.”