Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This and That

I recently acquired Netflix... oops, there goes my social life!  Even though I'd heard of this magical website/service, I'd never thought to check it out until now.  There are so many choices it makes my brain hurt!  I had my first mini Netflix marathon last night - on a work night.  Bad idea but, somehow totally worth the bleary eyes I had today.  If you don't already have it, you should totally get it!  Warning: It's very addictive.

Here are some of the other things that are  currently occupying my brain and time:

Eco Stiletto
This website is not only fabulous but informative too!  I've only just discovered it but I'm currently reading The Big List of Things That Suck.  It's totally worth a look, especially if you care about the size of your carbon footprint.

Want to put a little good in your life?  This website fascinates me and I learn something new each day.  I love their little slogan, too:  Good finds that give back.  Everything featured in Milkshake gives back or is good in some way.  How fabulous is that?

A Call For Change
I read this letter on Tegan and Sara's website last week (this letter is regarding 'misogynistic and homophobic' lyrics by a rap artist and the media's response).  Since then, I have been reading the responses/backlash/feedback on blogs, Twitter, and all over the web.  Most responses were very supportive of Sara's letter, but some were not.  Those were the responses that I found interesting because they shocked me a little bit.  It's shocking because those who did not agree with Sara were calling Tyler's lyrics "art" and "creative expression".  What!?  I did a Google and YouTube search on "Tyler, the Creator" (his stage name, I guess?) because I'd never heard of him before.  It turns out that Tyler is a 20 year old rapper from L.A.  I didn't really watch an entire video on YouTube because he wasn't worth watching, but during an interview he used the word fa*got, ni*ger, and b*tch several times within 30 seconds.  I'm not kidding.  I think his vocabulary is ignorant, not 'creative' or 'artistic'.  And I for one say shame on the media for praising his "creative expression".  If you haven't read this yet, please do.  And while you're at it, check out Tyler's response to Tegan and Sara on his Twitter page.  I would add a link, but I don't want that filth on my blog.

And last, but not least:

This American Life
 This is by far my favorite podcast and I try to listen to it whenever I can.   The stories are so incredibly interesting that I'm hooked as soon as Ira Glass starts to speak.  I love listening to it while I'm cleaning my house or out for a walk with my dog.  I've even listened to an episode or two at the gym, but I don't recommend it.  I got carried away while listening to the story that when I actually focused on what I was doing, I realized that I was strolling on the treadmill.  Not an effective workout.

So there you have it.  A few of my favorite things.  I hope you get a chance to check out some of these websites and let me know what you think of them... or better yet, leave a comment on their website.

Happy reading!

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