Happy Wednesday to all. If you haven’t made your way over to the Reilly Room to check out the art exhibit at Art Now, do that as soon as you finish reading this post, yeah? Besides a beautifully executed art show happening this week, there are other fun things happening on campus.
What a nice poster. Come see it at Art Now!
This Sunday is Exam Jam. Yippie! Exam Jam is a concert put on by Coffeehouse to serve as a celebration of the end of the year/a study break. This Exam Jam is going to be rockin’ because The Mowgli’s are coming! The Mowgli’s are an American alternative rock band from California, and they are so incredibly joyous that you must come check it out. They are best known for their song “San Francisco,” and they will certainly play that on Sunday.
The concert is Sunday April 27 at 3 p.m. on the Schwitzer lawn. What is better than sunshine and happy music? Not much, I’ll tell you that. See you there!
Have a great rest of the week and thanks for reading
Happy Monday all. Art Now is this week, and I have been frantically preparing for it the past week or so. You should definitely come.
I’ve blogged about Art Now in the past, but for those of you that don’t know, Art Now is a showcase of student artwork that occurs once per semester. Art + Design majors and minors show their work, as do PCA students.
This semester’s show is tomorrow, Tuesday April 22 from 5-7 p.m., and Wednesday April 23 from 9 a.m.-5p.m. I have a display in the show, and I will be there the whole time tomorrow, and part of the day on Wednesday, so you should definitely stop by. There will be a lot of interactive pieces that need audience participation, so there will be a lot to enjoy. SEE YOU THERE!
Have a great week and thanks for reading
Happy Friday to all! I’m sitting outside, soaking in the sunshine, and there is a lot for me to observe. All signs point to a stream of consciousness post.
A golf cart just drove past me. A tour group is quickly approaching me. There is an alarmingly large amount of people…and children. So just kidding, that is in fact not a tour group at all. “That makes it into ham,” a young boy sitting on someone’s shoulders just said. I feel like I have sunbeams radiating from my face and fingertips today. Now I see a tour group. The tourguide is walking backwards. So good. Great job.
There are balloon arches in front of the library. How many balloons does one need to float up into the sky? That would be a fun thing to do. Maybe. Unless you floated too high and couldn’t come down. That’s not what I would want. Art Now is next week on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Reilly Room. You should come. I’ll be slaving away this weekend getting all of my stuff ready. I don’t think I have much else to say. My shoes smell really bad. Okay, bye.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading
Happy Friday everyone! This week was really fantastic, and I’m still jazzed about it, so of course I’m going to share it with you.
Me and Hana at the protest
Monday night, Demia met to discuss the buzz surrounding the Eliza Quincey Thought Catalog article discussing one student’s experience with how the University handled her rape. We decided to plan a protest for Thursday, protesting the way the University handles cases of sexual assault, so I was anxiously anticipating that all week. Wednesday night we organized, planned, and made posters for the protest. Then yesterday, the actual protest took place. A solid amount of people showed up, including students, faculty, and students from other universities. My friend Hana and I read part of the Thought Catalog article, while others read the demands students compiled regarding Butler’s sexual assault policies. Others came forward and said why they were there, and I was shocked and moved by how many people who spoke were survivors of sexual assault. In between speakers, we marched and chanted. It was such an incredibly powerful, emotional experience, and it felt great to know that I was a part of the organization that made the protest happen. A few news stations were there as well, and a snippet of my interview was even on the news.
Aside from the emotions from the protest, I was published on Thought Catalog yesterday! I’ve published with them once in January, so it felt great to have another piece on the site. I wrote about how human beings need to stop comparing themselves to one another because we are made to be different. Then, I went to the Out of the Dawg House Concert, which was in Holcomb Gardens, which is my second favorite place on campus. The concert was great as usual, then afterwards my friends and I went and got ice cream. I had ice cream for dinner. THE GOODNESS DON’T STOP!
Today, the weather is beautiful, I have a friend date with my friend Drew, and I’m going to the Freshly Brewed Concert tonight to watch my friend Allie sing. Weee oooo weee ooo wooo!!! Also, I got tickets to see Twenty One Pilots tomorrow night, so that just adds to greatness and good vibes this week produced.
Have a great weekend, bask in the glory of the sunshine, and thanks for reading
Happy Tuesday to all. Whilst surfing the web today, I stumbled upon an article that said Google just filed a patent for a contact lens version of Google’s computer glasses released earlier this year.
Photo courtesy of patentbolt.com
The patent for these lenses sprouted a few months after Google revealed a prototype for a pair of contact lenses that would monitor the wearer’s glucose levels. From this prototype evolved what are essentially Google Glass contact lenses. These contact lenses would have the many features of Google Glass, including built-in cameras, and could potentially assist blind wearers by using the camera to process certain things within the camera’s “field of vision.” Patent Bolt’s analysis of the patent states that the contacts would not be controlled by voice as Google Glass is, but rather through a system of “unique blinking patterns.”
I don’t know much about what all Google Glass does, but to be perfectly honest, this idea freaks me out a bit. Having something literally in your face that is partially like a computer makes me feel weird. Also, the whole blinking pattern to control the lenses seems a little comical to me. I do understand that the lenses would indeed have beneficial purposes, and yes the evolution of technology is inevitable and useful, but I still feel uneasy about having some sort of version of a computer with a camera in my eyeballs.
Have a great week and thanks for reading
Happy Friday everyone! Last Saturday I had a lot of me time to wander and think some thoughts and just observe things happening around me. During this time for self-reflection, I readily and happily started talking to myself out loud. Instead of keeping my thoughts cooped up in my brain space, I said them out loud. It felt really great and got me to wondering: if we can sing song lyrics, which are other people’s thoughts, out loud, then why is it considered taboo to speak our own thoughts out loud in the same fashion?
We certainly can speak our thoughts out loud as freely as we choose, but most of the time, it is considered strange or the speaker seems mentally unstable. Consequently, we go around singing song lyrics out loud for people to hear as we are walking to class or wandering aimlessly. Why is it considered more “normal” to say someone else’s thoughts out loud, but not our own? Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite? I think the main reason singing out loud seems more “normal” is because those are someone else’s thoughts. Chances are, someone walking by you hearing you sing probably recognizes the song you’re singing, so it normalizes the process. If you’re muttering something under your breath, but someone else recognizes and identifies with these mutterings, they are less threatening. It becomes less “creepy”.
Image courtesy of Google
If someone hears you talking out loud to yourself, people will certainly recognize the words you are saying, but they won’t know exactly what you’re talking about as readily as if you were singing. Since what you are saying is a little unknown, someone’s natural inclination is to deem it strange or uncomfortable. Your personal thoughts are less universally recognized than thoughts made popular by the radio, so it is stranger for people to actually hear them when you are alone. We also seem to think it’s okay for someone to sing to themselves or disconnect from reality just because they have white ear buds in their ears. Seeing someone saying something out loud with ear buds in their ears leads us to assume that they’re just a fun-loving guy or gal singing along to some tunes. Just because you don’t have ear buds in your ears as you’re speaking to yourself, people assume it’s not okay or not allowed for you to disconnect in the same way as if you did.
I obviously think deeming talking out loud to oneself as crazy is completely bonkers. If you’ve never wandered around and just said your thoughts out loud or talked openly about something that’s been bothering you recently, I highly suggest you do. There is something incredibly therapeutic and liberating about talking out your concerns with yourself and the world around you as a witness. It feels good, it sounds good, and it is not crazy. Just because nobody else is doing it doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.
Have a great weekend, go talk to yourself, and thanks for reading
Happy Thursday friends! I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel over the weekend, and I can’t stop thinking about it.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film written and directed by Wes Anderson, and inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. In its prime, The Grand Budapest Hotel was the happeningist hotel around, and Gustave H. was the best concierge there was. He befriends Zero Mustafa, the hotel’s newest lobby boy, and together they go on a series of adventures. The movie illustrates those adventures as a now grown Zero tells them to a curious writer visiting the hotel many years after it has become rundown. The movie has many familiar faces including Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Willem Dafoe, and of course the classic ingredient in any Wes Anderson movie: Bill Murray.
The set, scenery, and costuming in the film is incredibly beautiful. The colors and patterns featured in the hotel and throughout the rest of the movie are so vivid and whimsical, but realistic and fitting at the same time. The film’s website (which I linked above) is a testament to the movie’s beautiful set. The film is incredibly funny as well, featuring many a-dry humored joke thrown in. The only other Wes Anderson movie I’ve seen is Moonrise Kingdom, and I thought that was beautiful and great. Well, this movie definitely trumps that one. I loved this film, and if you get the chance, you should most certainly go see it.
Have a great end to the week, and thanks for reading
Happy Monday friends. The weather is gloomy today and I want you to be happy, so we’re going to talk about The Moldy Peaches.
The Moldy Peaches is a six person indie band founded by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson back in 1999. The band gained notoriety from their song “Anyone Else But You,” which was featured in the movie Juno. Unfortunately, after 2004, the group fell out of making music and has been quiet since then. The group was a part of the anti-folk movement in music, which basically means their music is as sober as the politically charged folk music of the 60s, and it sounds experimental and silly at times. (Regina Spektor is another artist I’ve blogged about whose music is anti-folk).
I had only ever heard “Anyone Else But You,” and some of Dawson’s solo songs, so I listened to The Moldy Peaches all day yesterday and came to a conclusion: they are freaking weird. I mean “weird” as a good thing of course, but I can’t think of any other way to describe them. Green and Dawson have extremely unique voices, sounding sometimes like they are more talk-singing than really belting it out. They definitely live up to their anti-folk title; most of their songs sound like they are just messing around playing in someone’s garage making up nonsense lyrics as they go along. I think that’s what I like about them so much; they just sound really weird and strange and sing about stuff that makes no sense or is totally out there and not really sung about in a song. For example, in “Anyone Else But You,” one line goes, “Scrunched up your face and did a dance/shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants.” Definitely unique.
I also really enjoy how you can hear them laughing as they are singing some of their songs. You can just tell that they are enjoying creating this strange musical world that we are lucky enough to be invited into. They sound like they are either playing a joke on all of us by making music so strange they can’t be serious, or they were on a lot of drugs when they wrote their songs. Either way, I dig it so hard.
“Anyone Else But You”
“Who’s Got the Crack”
“Nyc’s Like a Graveyard”
Another fave: “These Burgers”
Have a great week, and thanks for reading
Happy Friday everyone. I never know what to talk about on Fridays, so let’s do another stream of consciousness post. I think I might just dedicate every Friday to stream of consciousness since I so often resort to that. Let us begin!
I carry around a pocket-sized black journal everywhere I go and write down random thoughts and observations I have. I started my first journal on November 5 and finished it the other day. I was really excited about it and just started a new one. My computer keeps telling me its full, so I bought an external hard drive, but I don’t know how to use it. I’m sitting in C Club right now, which I don’t do often, but I really do think it’s a hidden gem. I feel like a lot of secretly cool humans hang out here, and everyone who works in C Club is so kind and joyful. Although I am quite fond of it, I don’t enjoy the constant noise and bright lights from the televisions down here. Le sigh.
Butler Art’s Fest started yesterday and runs through April 13. Check out their site for a list of all the rad stuff happening, and make sure to stop by the Schrott to see a piece I have in the show. Yippie skippie! Other events throughout the week include performances by dance and music students and guests, as well as different lectures relating to the year’s theme Fables, Fairty tales, and Physics.
Final thought for today: I saw The Vagina Monologues last night and it was STUPENDOUS! I blogged about it Wednesday, mentioning that the show ran last night and tomorrow (Saturday the 5th) at 7:30 in the Edison-Duckwell Recital Hall in Robertson. For the love of God, you should all go. Every single student who performed a monologue did so with so much emotion and excitement and passion. Wow, it was incredible. I have never been so excited to have a vagina as I was after seeing the show. It was really empowering and wonderful. Go see it, forreal.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading
Happy Wednesday to all. The Vagina Monologues are coming up and I think you should probably go.
Demia, Butler’s feminist organization which I am a part of, puts on their own production of The Vagina Monologues every year, and this year’s production is tomorrow night (April 3) and Saturday April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edison-Duckwell Recital Hall in Robertson. The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler that consists of different monologues about female sexuality. Inspired by Ensler’s profuction, students are performing some of their own monologues. I believe some of Ensler’s original monologues are being performed as well, but I’m not entirely positive.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go last year because I had some sort of conflict, so I am stoked for this year. Human sexuality is something that is totally natural and literally essential for our survival, yet I feel as if people feel weird talking about openly and freely. It also seems as if women’s sexuality gets skewed in the media and whatnot, so The Vagina Monologues serves as an open space for men and women to talk about their experience with female sexuality in any and all aspects.
Perhaps you’re a dude and think you don’t care about vaginas or women’s sexuality. Well, you were most likely birthed through a vagina, and conceived through a vagina, and if you are a heterosexual male, you probably have or will encounter a few vaginas. If you’re a female and feel weird about it, you should go. You have a vagina and perhaps you have or will encounter a few vaginas as well. There is a lot of stigma surrounding talking about sexuality in a public setting and I think that’s bonkers. We literally could not exist without sex or vaginas for that matter, so I think it is an empowering, significant thing to talk about. Plus, this year’s production counts as a cultural requirement. Holla.
For more information, stop by the Starbucks table for the next few hours and pick up a flyer.
Have a great day and thanks for reading