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August 26, 2018

[Be sure to check out part one, two, and three in this series!]

Now, before we finish this series off with GIFs primary function—as a reaction statement—I thought it would be good to tease out some of the myriad other ways that people use them online. A sort of catch-all, broad stroke, miscellaneous section. Because despite what most people tend to assume, GIFs are capable of expressing a lot. 

I was procrastinating the other week, as is my wont over summer break (RIP the good months), when I scro...

July 1, 2018

Last week I nearly spit out my drink when I spotted a tumblr post calling out all of humanity. We heard a  few months back about how Amazon's Alexa has been feeling a bit under the weather lately---listing off funeral homes unprompted and laughing maniacally at inappropriate times---which of course had users wondering if she was in need of an exorcism rather than a tuneup. The gist of the post was: No fucking duh. We all knew this was coming and it's our own damn fault if we end up slaughtered i...

March 13, 2018

Yesterday I attended a 4:30 showing of A Wrinkle in Time----a Monday afternoon, at a local theater servicing primarily college kids, all of whom are off on spring break, seeing a "flop" of a film. This meant that I had the theater all to myself and was able to cheer and laugh just as loudly as I pleased. 

I honest to god loved this film. 

Now look, I read Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time back in middle school and though the sheer weight of the story stayed with me, it's been a good fifteen ye...

February 12, 2018

It's nearly February 14th and you know what that means: it's time for Valentine's Day cards. 

No, I'm not talking about the Hallmark variety with their sickly sweet sentimentality, or the packs of cartoon characters we used to bring into Middle School, jumbo-sized so that everyone was sure to get one. Honestly, it's 2018 and the only cards I care about are the kind written in Comic Sans and posted online. 

This annual tradition is a masterclass in creative meming. I mean yeah, some of the cards ju...

December 15, 2017

[Beware, traveler, MAJOR spoilers ahead!]

Last night I managed to snag a late ticket to The Last Jedi—still not quite sure how that miracle happened—but it did and I have to say I was thoroughly impressed. In the early 2000s I remember Star Wars and Lord of the Rings both being a staple of the holiday season, heading out to the newest release with friends, family, and a jumbo bucket of popcorn. I'm really glad to have that back, especially when the new films aren't just nostalgic, but actively go...

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