Monday, October 29, 2007

Awesome Blog (tm) of the Week

So in keeping with today's apologetic trend of giving you free shit, here's the Awesome Blog of the Week(tm):











Run by Eva the Diva and Menace, Loving the Blacklight is an up-to-the-minute, thorough, and interesting collection of what's new and hot in urban rock, pop, rap, and hip hop music today. An awesome site for gathering up mini-mixtapes (I miss my friendly neighborhood bootlegger now that I live in CSTX/Buttfuck Nowhere), and frequently offers links to download songs, samples, or sometimes, entire albums for free. Get it while it's hot, people! Won't be free for long!

I suck, and so does this blog. But that's ok, 'cuz we've got free stuff!

OK, so for two+ weeks now, I have slacked and been distant, and you have suffered the worst for it, dear blog. I apologize now. As penance, please accept this offer of free shit, from various websites around the internet. I have searched long and hard for these, friends, and placed them here for you:







All You See, the largest and (for me) first free online TV engine. Up in popularity, thanks to the recent disappearance of TV links.co.uk. Check here first for your favorite show - it's got a variety of shows, from 10 seasons of The Simpsons to 3 episodes of the 1967 Spiderman. Spend some time, look something up!

And if it's not there, you can check:







Shows for Me, a secondary online repository of television great and awful.

Then, later, after your employer/school IT department/parole officer has disabled your video access, you can always get some cool free stuff from:







Careful internet perusing allows the Bargainist to offer you access to exclusive (or openly advertised) freebies, covering everything from software to baby wipes. Check it out and see what you can get free today!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

FINALLY! I am Cher Horowitz!!

OK, guys, I had to had to had to put this up: remember that scene in Clueless where Cher's getting dressed and she picks out her clothes on her computer? It was the mid 90's and I was like holy shit, that's the coolest thing I've ever seen. Now, you can have that bitch beat. Check this out:


It's an online site where you can put together outfits, upload your clothes, shop and style all in one place. The site's kind of crappy, and it looks pretty new, but holy shit. I mean, holy shit, this is awesome.

Oh, yeah, and this will officially be my #1 Awesome Post of the Month. Keep looking out for more!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

writing is hard. like, hard, man.

Alright, so I've had a one week sabbatical now because it's proposal-writing time. Pretty much every person I've ever known wants a copy of my thesis proposal and they want it now. So I've been writing nonstop, sleeping 4 hours at the time, and quietly crying in front of the departmental coffeemaker.

Fall's a stressful time - time of changes! So here are some things you (and maybe, maybe, one day, me) can do as a little mouse-click woosah:








Remember the Pollock scribbler? Well, this is for those of you who liked the art of creation, but were too OCD and neo-classicist to actually enjoy it.







And this is for you scenesters who were too ironic and self-aware to enjoy either one of those. Here. Go play with a lite-brite.










The IONS Psi Arcade is a bunch of mind-relaxing little fun games you play that were totally created by that one kid with the book at recess who was all "why do we have to throw the ball at each other? why can't we just share its existence?"
They're also supposed to amp up your intuition, which couldn't hurt. Start with the Garden Game.






In conjunction with that, go and chill out listening to some nature sounds. I was all about pretending that the gentle sound of waves rocking me to sleep wasn't getting to me and then suddenly I was thinking about balloons and the Buddha and the peaceful sway of trees in the breeze. Fucking relaxing ass nature.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

hey! that's the thingy for the smart people!

Alright, kids. Enough sexy sex. Time for thinking. Get your workday started off right, with a visit to:






Anabubula.com is a cool collection of random things to improve your workday, from mind mapping software to cool ass things like the Mp3 Coffee Replacement! That's right, just crank this baby up and apparently, it wakes you up just like a cup o'joe - only without the caffeine crash or crippling starbucks addiction.

Speaking of mind maps, though, which are a pretty flexible and awesome way to organize your thoughts, check out:






Mindmeister is a free (if you do basic, which I did.) online mindmapping system. Just log in, jot down your thoughts, and come back to it at a later time, or on a different computer. I particularly like the zeitengeistenswizzenmeisterken or what the fuck ever widget/button, which basically lets you automatically add a random thought to an open project, or just a blank sheet. Nice.

Then, when all the time you spend on Cracked reading about the top ten worst band names of all time, or making yourself into a superhero, or looking at funny pictures of cats or however you choose to waste your workday starts to feel like...well, like a waste, hop on over to:







The Mensa Workout is a cool smart-making non-time-wasting way to kill an hour or so, and you'll probably feel stupid more than once during the test (fuck Prime Numbers!) but don't worry - it's worth it. You make yourself smarter, you make the world a better place. It's like adding four more people to your monkeysphere.

Monday, October 1, 2007

#1 Required Reading

Alright, people, new fashion: I'm going to post a required reading every month (week?) - just an article or piece that I find that happens to be f---ing awesome. This is one such piece.

What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You'll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere.

alright, alright, settle down

So it's been a few since my last post...honestly, between Stats 651, drinking, and trying to track down my advisor, I've been a bit busy. But don't worry, bitches, you no longer must be lonely and uncool - I'm back!

I assume you all have a virb page, have made superheroes of yourself, cut out snowflakes, read McSweeney, painted like Jack the dripper, and bought yourself a fine-fittin' pair of zafu-recommended jeans. Therefore, friends, today I will broach a topic heretofore untouched among us. Yes, today will be all about the sexy sex.

First up:



Boinkology is a pretty nifty little site run by some pretty smart girls and guys, and it's a very egalitarian place to get your daily sexy-sex tip or article. Not for the kiddies, but generally a pretty tame design.

Second, go read some hilarity/tough advice over at:




Dan Savage writes a weekly sex advice column that also appears in City Paper in Baltimore & D.C.; he's harsh and hysterical and 99% of the time, unapologetically right.


Third:





Discuss.


Fourth, take the Sex ID test over at the BBC's science & nature division:




Then spend some time just wandering around the Human Body & Mind section, because honestly? It is a really cool site. Plus you might learn something.