Hey ho, LEH-GO;
It’s been a week, guys. A solid one. Longer than seven days for sure, but what is TIME anyway? Really?
I’m going to drop this YouTube video of my recent standup comedy re-debut right off the top before I get into it because ME:
That was filmed about a month ago — the very day I moved to my new place, actually, hence the hair sitch. Shup. Here’s another video, this one made by Casie and her sweet phone. Even seeing my parents just now got me smiling. As bratty as I am towards them, I don’t love anyone else more.
The set I performed a couple of days ago during the gauntlet round of the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl was not recorded, but this is close enough:
Awwww, jaykay. It wasn’t my best set (out of the WHOLE THREE I’ve done) ever, but it got me through to the next round which is all I was really hoping for. I’ll write more about that when it happens. I also met some cool people — one of whom booked me for ANOTHER show Monday night!
COME! IT’S FREE!
Also free and sufficiently grand = This Prancercise demonstration video. I’m not going to write about how this came to be (because I already did that at length,) but I will encourage you to discover it for yourself. Read this story. Watch the video. Learn to prance. Buy different pants.
Even lulzier than the video are the Amazon reviews on her book. I love you Joanna Rohrback and I love you, like actually, as much as a god, lover, or family member, LOVE you, Internet.
Now riddle me this friends: How much do you know about Canada’s Senate? I mean, outside of the ongoing scandal headlines and vague memories from Grade 10 civic class?
As constantly immersed and in love with the world of news as I am, I’ve got to admit that I didn’t know much before hosting a Senate-themed episode of CBC Live Online Thursday evening. I’m still a bit foggy on the issue (it’s a foggy issue) but I learned a ton and it was a pleasure to speak with Senator Mobina Jaffer / all of our fantastic guests.
Replay the chat here if you’re so inclined and turn the volume down if you’ve got dogs in the room. My voice will make them jump out of windows.
Outfit of that day:
I also had the pleasure of speaking on a panel about innovation in news at work last week — a topic I’ve got plenty to say about beyond “GIFS RULE,” I swear.
— Andrew Yates (@yatesey) May 23, 2013
Lastly, OH MY GOSH THE ISLAND. Have you been to the freaking Toronto Islands? I took a ferry to Centre Island yesterday for Expedia’s TBEX party and I was just blown away. Big ups to my homie Alistair for the invite!
A few photos, if you will:
That last one is not from the island… I was just trying to take a selfie while kneeling on my own forehead afterwards like the weekend winner that I am.
IT’S GAME OF THRONES TIME NOW BYE BYE LOVE YOU.
**UPDATE: 12:35 a.m. — post Game of Thrones**
Crystal Light moustache all day.
Only HUGH can prevent florist friars. And also, Hi!
That there is the incomparable Fabiola Carletti and I in the “Editor’s Gif” of CBC News Community’s second-ever issue of Gen Why: weekly must-reads for Canadian youth (photos shot by CBC superphotographer Evan Mitsui, Gif’ed by me.) It dropped yesterday.
Regard, the inaugural issue:
That cover was illustrated by an OCAD student and CBC audience member named Sabina Lindemann and I’m in LOVE with it. Holy heck is she good.
The cover of this week’s issue was done by Joe Osei Bonsu, another reader who’s also right talented.
Both issues are rife with interesting comments and article selections from young CBC Staffers and Canadians under 30. You can read more about the project and it’s inspiration and, most importantly, how YOU can contribute here. Fabiola explains it better than I do.
If you’d like to learn more about why you should actually pay attention to the Google Glasses hype though, I can explain that… in a rambling, one-take kind of way last night.
It’s been really neat to collaborate with other bright young minds in this country, both within the organization I work for and outside of it.
We’ve been absolutely floored by the response so far — so much so that we dedicated Thursday’s episode of CBC Live Online to #GenWhy and the questions millennials are asking about what can be done to make this world a better place.
You can watch the full replay of that here:
Annnnd if you’re interested in seeing the wee video blog about wearable computing I meantioned above (and didn’t already click through,) Voila!
Bed time for this chica. Speaking of science… GUESS WHERE I’M GOING TOMORROW?!?
A yeah yeah
It’s been a busy month so far, and things aren’t slowing down with Toronto’s fashion week coming up… my rambling rants will be back soon I hope.
One funny (wait, two funnies) before I go, at least:
PS – I freaking love this hat. Relevant.
Friend: “Hey Lauren, where’s the party tonight?”
Me: “The Republicans or the Democrats?”‘
Me: “Which party?”
Friend: “I don’t know… anything going on downtown?”
Me: “Oh. Oh I don’t care. I’m working.”
Me: “Yeah… I’m interviewing TOM FREAKING ROSENSTIEL about memes and the presidential candidates tonight.”
Friend: “When did you start caring about American politics?”
Me: “Politics have changed man. I’ve changed… ”
Friend: “When are you going to be normal again?”
Me: “Saturday, probably. I need to sleep.”
It’s been a really good, really busy week for me on the work front.
Between a marathon Live Chat Tuesday night, weeks of presidential campaign stories and the “Meme Election” episode of Live Online last night (plus all of the writing, prep, and research in between) I am an exhausted zombie, but one who’s feeling pretty knowledgable in her own keenerly bookish geek-beat way.
Come at me with a current events question, bro, I’ll TALK YOUR FLIPPIN’ EAR OFF before I eat your brains, braiiiiins…
Here are a few of the best things I did over the past week, for posterity’s sake and in case any of you are into new media, journalim, or the intersection of memes and American politics from a (nerdy millennial) Canadian perspective.
And of course, LIVE ONLINE: The Meme Election, featuring Tom Rosenstiel, Brad Kim, Tim Hwang, Veronica De Souza and Michelle Forelle.
You can watch the full video replay here.
Here are some of the studies I touched upon or articles I gleaned knowledge / facts / statistics from to provide more in-depth social media commentary than “Binders, Big Bird, Bayonets, wee!” over the past couple of weeks.
- Clicktivism, The Buzzfeed Effect And Corporate Meme-Jacking, by Whitney Phillips and Kate Miltner. A must-read.
- Speaking in Memes, By Nathan Jurgenson (great read.)
- Computer Scientist Warns of Social Media Manipulation in U.S. Election: Twitter bombs, microtargeting, and astroturfed journalists.
- 2012: The First Digital Election, Forbes.
- How Generation Internet will clean up our politics
- Mark 2012 as history’s last ‘social media’ election
- Obama Winning Social Media, If #Hashtagwars Really Matter
- 5 social media questions 2012 will answer, Politico
- Where America’s Racist Tweets Come From
Bed time for this cat. For so many hours…