19. UCF. Aggressively mediocre at a handful of things.
8 Manners You Should Be Practicing
Growing up in the South meant one thing — manners were instilled in me from the time I could walk and talk. I try my best to remember the things I was taught and shown throughout my life and to use them as often as possible. It seems as though many people, especially in my [millennial] generation, have forgotten what their mommas taught them! Remembering your manners allows you to make a good first impression, and to come off as someone who has their life together and who really cares about the people around them. Practicing these common, but often forgotten, manners will make sure that you come off well to anyone and everyone.
A Definitive Ranking of 'Reputation' Tracks
Unless you have been avoiding all forms of media for the past week, you've probably heard a thing or two about chart-topping sensation Taylor Swift. Her newest album, reputation, features 15 songs with a fresh feel and music style that is totally new to the songstress' scene. This album features a lot more electronic beats and edgier lyrics than her previous albums, really showcasing how much the 27-year-old has grown up since her start at just 16 years old. Overall, it's a really, really good album. The lyrics rarely fall short, and the music is the kind that makes you want to dance. The tracks will perform well in concert, and I'm very excited to see what Taylor brings to her upcoming tour.
'Hamilton' Is Good... For a Musical
Ah, Hamilton. Conceivably the musical of a generation. This groundbreaking "hip-hopera" (hip-hop opera, come on!) shook the Broadway scene, the theatre enthusiasts, and, in turn, the nation. If you're [somehow] not familiar with the musical, let me get you up to speed. Hamilton is an opera, meaning that there are no spoken words throughout the piece. It chronicles the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. The nation is on the brink of the Revolution, which excites some-- and worries others. The story is full of drama, laughter, heartbreak, and-- spoiler alert-- death. The opera, written by theatre giant Lin-Manuel Miranda, alternates between traditional Broadway-style song, rap, and R&B. It's really an interesting concept: a boring, over-taught era of history is redone in an exciting, fast-paced musical featuring a style of music that is new to the theatre realm. I won't deny that Hamilton is a masterpiece... for a musical. Let me explain.
The Death of Photography
The photography industry is dying, and it's all because of that little device that has invaded our modern lives: the smartphone. The company Sharp released the first camera phone in Japan in 2000, not knowing that they would inspire a whole generation of change. Of course, these photos were low-resolution and of no real value. Through the early and mid 2000s, camera phones were used to capture quick snapshots of memories and moments, just for the sake of nostalgia. When one of the earliest of smartphones, the original iPhone, hit the shelves in 2007, it featured 2 megapixel camera with no flash or autofocus. (This is compared to the iPhone 7, which has a 12 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus, and a whole suite of features to improve your photos.) Camera phones were an absolute revolution — you could take photos whenever and wherever, so long as you had your phone.
The weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the houses are getting spookier. It's that time of year again, folks: Halloween, and that can only mean one thing: dogs in costumes! Now, I know people have mixed feelings about dressing up dogs, and I know dogs have mixed feelings about being dressed up, but come on! It's just so cute. Here are some of the cutest spooky pups.
Phrases We Owe to Shakespeare
If you went to high school at any point in time after 1800, chances are you've read something by Shakespeare. Whether it be Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, or Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare's words have graced your ears, eyes, and brains at some point in your life. Shakespeare's plays come with mixed reviews — they are often regarded highly by literature and theater geeks, while viewed with groans and eye rolls by the rest of society. However, Shakespeare was quite the wordsman, and loved to invent phrases in his writing. Many of these phrases are still used in everyday conversation! Here are the most common ones.
Kids are funny, aren't they? They have no shame in what they talk about, and it makes me think that maybe we should all start to live that way. I've been working in childcare for three years now, and I've overheard some pretty hilarious conversations. I thought I'd share some of these priceless encounters!
5 Podcasts To (Possibly) Improve Your Life
These days, I've started listening to less and less music. The radio just doesn't do it for me, and I'm way too scatter-brained to play my own music day in and day out. Tired of the same songs over and over, I looked for other auditory entertainment options, thus stumbling upon podcasts. They can be informative, entertaining, or any combination of the two! Here are some of my favorite podcasts, and some of the best episodes to get you started: