Being that I'm a huge fan of the Atlanta Aquarium, I've been anxiously awaiting the new dolphin exhibit. However, when I received a newsletter email this morning, I was not expecting this...
For some reason, I thought the video would be of trainers throwing little fish into dolphin's mouth. Or even bouncing a beach ball. But this? An 80's circus light show straight out of Sea World's closet?
Now my story: Not too long ago, I was the owner/writer of a lovely blog called Shitastic shots. It was an idea I've had for a while and I went against my better judgement and set the blog up on Tumblr. It was a funny collection of terrible stock shots and my sarcastic comments underneath. Now, this isn't against the law due to the fair use clause. It's all part of a creative license that allows us to have an opinion. I never once removed the stock watermarks, and clearly stated that this was only an opinion of funny stock shots. It's how PerezHilton, Regretsy, newspapers, magazines and numerous other forms of media can carry on. However, I am not a magazine. I'm just a little blogger. So some angry stock site sent an email to Tumblr incorrectly stating that was "against the law" and shut me down. Instead of actually following along with the law, Tumblr decided to shut down my blog. Now, I see my idea up everywhere: Huffingtonpost, Buzzfeed... It reminded me of my days in my communications law class where my professor reminded us that laws can sometimes only work for those who can afford them. Lesson learned. So here's a hilarious look at bad stock photos from a media source that can protect their rights.
Because Spring is taking it's sweet ass time getting here to Portland, Maine, I thought I would make some rainbow cupcakes with Pink whipped frosting.
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." -Audrey Hepburn
Mint.com is a new site that manages ALL of your finances. And when I say all, I say banking, rent, student loans, credit card debt, IRA, investments, utilities and even your little laundry quarters. Frankly, I'm appalled by the lack of financial knowledge in most people- myself included. Most people were raised in families where you just did not discuss money- my own mother found this site not only dangerous but disgusting that all your money would be in the same place! Why, who is your financial advisor then? Who knows about this?! The majority of her generation is still wary of online shopping. But the truth is: we have college kids racking up $20,000 worth of credit card debt (from Mt. PizzaBox). Loans are debilitating and impossible to pay back. Most people never even handle cash so they never physically see their money. Don't even get me started on the financial housing crisis. We needed a new way to communicate to people how much they have and how they spend it. It's a way to see your money and not be overwhelmed. This might be the new checkbook because let's be real, no one writes in those things when your bank can send you an automatic statement weekly, daily, automatically.
So this little site puts it all together. Even tells you how much you spend at the local starbucks every month. Not entirely sure if this is a mind-blowing, revolutionary site just yet. But it does get me thinking...
This kid is back. I can clearly remember laughing at this hysterically at my box computer in the 7th grade. Amazed. Also, the guy is still kicking around... single? I don't know. But here's the deal about him.
Now that I have a moment to stop and breathe, I'm finally getting around to the amazing photos from the three concerts I went to this past month. Here's the rundown for each: -Mason Jennings: There are some musicians you just recently discover, and some you've been listening to since the very beginning. The latter always have a special place in your heart. I first heard Mason Jennings on a mix tape from a guy in high school that truth be told, first introduced me to so many new artists. Pixies, the Eels, Sarah Brightman, Warren Zevon... all were from this one mix tape. I listened to this tape then held down the rewind button and listened again- the cycle continued for months. So, when I found out Mason was in town, I bought a ticket, brought a good friend and relived the moments I listened to Mason in my first car. I'm reminiscing, what of it.
-Robert Randolph and The family band, The Constellations: Robert Randolph = one of the best guitarists of ALL TIME. Not enough can be said about Robert Randolph except that to go to one of his shows is an experience of a lifetime. This was my second show, the first taking place a few years back in Athen,GA. Both take the place of first and second best concerts in my life. They are one of the most incredible and authenic bands today. The Constellations: Easily the next big thing. It was like watching the love children of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin performing. I immedietly bought their CD "Southern Gothic" on Itunes the next day. So here's where the world gets small: I realized the Constellations looked a little familiar. Maybe I heard of them when I lived in Atlanta? Oh, they are from Atlanta? Oh, they know a friend of mine there? The Constellations not only were an amazing band but a truly nice group of people. Going backstage/on the tour bus? Awesome. Let's see: up front dancing with friends, dancing on stage, catching both Robert Randolph's and Adam's guitar pics, going backstage, on the tour bus, meeting band members... I give this show an A+.
Constellations on stage
King of the Pedal steel guitar, Mr. Randolph.
Robert Randolph and the Family band with Wes from the Constellations
Jackie (my concert champ), Jamie from the Constellations and I after the show.
-Girltalk: I'll be honest: I almost sold my ticket for this show. I had just gotten back from a weekend ski trip to Sugarloaf with a bunch of friends and still had skier shins. It was a Monday. I was exhausted. But I love Girltalk. He's the answer to the ADHD youth of today: fast, crazy, insane mixes of some of the best. Truth: I want the :45 seconds where he mixes Biggie Smalls and Elton John to play at my wedding. I can run 20 extra minutes on the treadmill when I have GirlTalk playing. So his show? I knew it was going to be intense. And it was incredible and completely worth it. Every second. Streamers, flying toliet paper, balloons, spraying water, seizure-inducing light show, images of lobsters, lips, white tigers, and anything random. Thank god my buddy Jon G. dragged me out to go. It was an awesome show and I got in a good work-out. Also, the State Thearter was mostly packed with the 18 and under crowd which led me to two things: 1.) I'm getting older or 2.) Maine adults need to catch up to good music and stop listening to the same things over and over again. Try something new.