Recently, I noticed an older post, where I discussed things with which I was currently obsessed, was randomly popular. I wish I could attribute it to the groundbreaking subject matter or my witty way of tackling things like Behind The Candelabra, however, it is more than likely some weird feeder site that is all in Russian with a very vague title like "porno for adult". [Tangent: No joke, it is disheartening to see that so many source Urls are from sites all in foreign characters. Luckily, giant nude thrusting body parts are a universal language, so I get the gist of what their platform is VERY quickly. I can only imagine these readers didn't get what they were looking for. Am I the only blogger that has this problem, or do I somehow have some Russian adult content kingpin who is a big fan and is somehow embedding my links in some way that is beyond my comprehension?] It did make me think, though, that lately a lot of new things were rocking my world. Here are my top 4.
1. Logo's "What?!?" documentary series
Are you at all surprised that the network that brought us Rupaul's Drag Race could create something else that is just as bizarrely magical? A few months ago, I fell upon a one hour documentary about the G.L.O.W. [Tangent: That's the gorgeous ladies of Wrestling for those who didn't watch WAY too much TV in the 80s. In retrospect, this Saturday morning offshoot of the WWF was probably targeted at horny old men, but my sister and I were completely enamored. We thought they were super glamorous and wanted to be them.] I thought this hour of riveting TV was a single stroke of brilliance, until I learned that it is a reoccurring docu-series done by the network.
As evidenced by Netflix instant queue, it is clear that I love a sociological documentary, and of course Logo makes them super interesting. So far, I have watched the aforementioned G.L.O.W. one and one about doll enthusiasts, but last night I watched one about the world of male My Little Pony fans...or Bronies. I have gotten Jamie super hyped about these too, so I always wait to watch them with him. Not unlike MTV's True Life Series or Taboo, they are something I always set out to watch and make fun of...and by the end I am always like, "I kinda get it now." Even when grown adults go by magical monikers and have pastel ponies as spirit animals.
2. Afterlight App
[Tangent: ...and take embarassing SnapChat pictures.]. Because of this, I
get excited about photo apps and probably have tried at least 10 using up valuable phone memory.
At trivia last week, Rae told me last week about the Afterlight app, which is likely old news
by now, but it's new to me...and it is a total game changer. The picture she was taking was in a dim room, and it allowed her to control the amount of brightness she added, so not to turn everyone into a vampire.
would I endorse spending money on an app, but this one is WELL worth the
99 cent expenditure. [Tangent: I may spend upwards of $8 a week on my Candy Crush habit, but heaven forbid that I spend it on something productive.} Not only are there about 20x more filters than instagram,
[Tangent: Let's be honest, sometimes an instagram filter warps the
original photo so much that it looks like you are looking at it through
an occluded fish tank. Sometimes that is the look you are going for, but a lot of the time it distracts. I'm looking at you, Kelvin.] but there are all sorts of options to
brighten, sharpen and change the resolution and color balance. It is
basically pocket Photoshop for dummies. PERFECT! [Tangent: I am also currently trying to master vsco camera, so LOOK OUT, BLOG!] Then you can easily transfer the picture onto your social media, and it is already modified. Here's a gratuitous picture of my adorable niece to illustrate my point:
3. Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
There are times in my life when I read like a crazy person, and others
where I completely fall off the literary wagon and barely have the focus
to read infographics
in magazines. That has kinda been my MO lately, until I read Love is A
Mix Tape, which pretty well shook me from my illiterate doldrums.
written by Rob Sheffield, in a style that's super relateable and journalistic
[Tangent: He's a music jounralistic afterall. He has written for
Esquire and Rolling Stone and was previously best known by me as "that
guy on VH1 countdown specials who chimes in on what he remembers about
the 80s." ] The autobiographical story is about love and loss
and is so honest and gorgeous and never speaks to any cliche'd ways to
make you understand love. It is not The Notebook. I may have cried multiple times when reading it, which made it the best $2.50 that I have ever spent at McKays.
Laced with nostalgia and popular culture, it made me realize it is the kind of book I would like to write. I kinda can't wait to consume the rest of his works because now everything else I try to read is like white noise.
4. The Music is You- A Tribute to John Denver
[To further push the complete cheesiness of this song into hyperdrive, here it is layered over scenes from The Little Mermaid.]
[Tangent: I know John Denver, was about as edgy as a butter knife, but his songs are just so daggum nice. I have never felt bad about my affection for him and I never will.] My dream is to write a musical using only John Denver songs.
What do I love even more than folksy wonderment...COVER SONGS! [Tangent: I secretly think that is why I love The Voice and American Idol so much....I am a sucker for a rearranged rendition of a song I think I know. It's like you hear it in a brand new way...even if it is completely terrible. Here's looking at you guy from Idol who did a beat boxed rendition of Bon Jovi a few years ago.] So when when classic folk is covered by current artists, my head explodes. My boyfriend gave me his copy ofThe Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver to burn probably months ago, and for whatever reason I forgot about it. Well, yesterday morning I found it in my iTunes and suspect it is gonna be on constant rotation for a LOOOOOOONG time. So good. My Morning Jacket singing Leaving on a Jet Plane...kinda magical.
What are you currently obsessed with, because clearly I need more time fillers?