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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.
It’s a man! No, It’s a goat! No, it’s… it’s…
…Me in a sparkly HaleBop dress at Shinan Govani’s Worthy 30 party last week. I told you I’d post more photos when I found them. Or maybe I didn’t. Either way, more on the goat man later in this post.
Wrong song. Still good.
A few weeks ago, an opinion piece by Tim Kreider called The ‘Busy” Trap was published by the New York Times. As someone who is chronically over-scheduled, it hit me like a ton of bricks — And I was far from alone.
I wanted to write my own overwhelmingly eloquent, insightful-enough-to-get-a-retweet-from-the-Times take on the Busy Trap but, ironically (or not?), I’m far too busy for that. And also, everybody else has already voiced off on this. And also, I’m not good enough to get a retweet from the New York Times anyway. And also, I don’t even care about a friggin retweet, SHUT UP NEW YORK TIMES, YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!
Here are a few key quotes from The ‘Busy’ Trap that really hit home for me:
“Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working or doing something to promote their work. They schedule in time with friends the way students with 4.0 G.P.A.’s make sure to sign up for community service because it looks good on their college applications.”
“Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day…”
“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”
Powerful, yes? But part of one of the zillion rebuttal posts I read also rang pretty true for me. This one, by Yale Daily News writer (and likely fellow over-achieving millennial) Sarah Swong:
“Kleider speaks as an adult addressing other adults… The busy schedules of young people, on the other hand, feel like more than distractions. We are young — we are fledgling. We don’t have careers or families, those universally understood anchors of adulthood that the Great Recession has now delayed. We are still figuring out where we’re from, what we believe, and where we’re going next…
Kleider misses that our busy habits are not only self-preservation — they’re about identity, too. To be sure, both adults and young people may be acting in fear about who we are already. The more relevant questions for young people, however, is why uncertainty preoccupies us so much and why we rely on adult benchmarks to define ourselves in the first place.”
Now, please cleanse your intellectual palette by reading all about this man in a goat costume who has been spotted hanging around with real goats in the mountains of northern Utah.
Nobody knows who he is and they can’t track him down. They call him goat man. He’ll likely break into your home this evening and try to kill you with his creepy little flesh-hooves while you sleep or something, fair warning.
Ahhh, j.k. As far as the officials are concerned, he’s not doing anything wrong. He’s just… strange.
I will win the Pulitzer for that piece, I can feel it. I can smell it.
Or maybe that’s the goat man I can smell.
Hello?… Is somebody downstairs?…
The only thing I like more than talking about TV on the internet is talking about the internet on TV.
Are you worried about losing your internet connection to DNSchanger malware?
These segments won’t help you at all, unless you’re able to go back in time, in which case I would like to think that they’d be extremely helpful.
Then again, if you can travel through time a piece of malware on your PC is probably the last thing you’re concerned with…
As you now know, computers with the “internet doomsday virus” (which is not even a virus, by the way) were scheduled to go down this morning.
So, with less than 24 hours to go until the FBI safety net came down, my Sunday morning was spent right myaw:
Gosh, I love doing that stuff so much. Teevee makes me bleed happiness. Even just watching it all go down from behind the camera. I love everything about the medium. Always have.
On a more superficial note, I was loving on the sidebraid they gave me for the second hit. I wish I could do that myself. Or that there was an app for that… or a robot…
If you’ve still got access to your Twitters and the Face book from your computer right now, it’s all gravy. Some people were not so lucky, but the malware was quite rare in Canada.
Hollah if you’re reading this from your smartphone and you need help. I’ll load hairbot up with a freshly updated antivirus and send him your way. Right after he finishes doing this:
Right? I wonder if I could do that with chalk. Casie could. She’s the hair-chalk mastah… until hairbot becomes self aware. AH!!!
Ladies, gentlemen, and ghosts who can access the Internet raw,
I’ve got some big news to share:
Nope. Even Bigger.
Well, for me anyway. Marilyn Pickard probably doesn’t care much about the career of some Canadian she’s never met.
I’ve been keeping this quiet (sort of) for what feels like months because, indeed, it was months ago that all of this started. That’s why it feels like months. I gave up hyperbolic language eons ago.
I’ve got a new job. A really, really great one.
This is an incredible opportunity that, in many ways, I’ve been working towards my entire life. I can safely say that I’ve never been this excited, optimistic or nervous (read: anxious to succeed) about anything career-related before.
While it was a difficult decision for me to leave my old job, journalism (online and television in particular) is where my heart lies. Hey, I didn’t go to j-school for no reason.
I will always have a keen an interest in creative advertising and entertainment, but when an opportunity arrises to work for one of the world’s best media corporations doing exactly what you love to do, you do not say no. You do not hesitate. You thank your lucky stars for the opportunity and dive head first into it.
I look forward to learning, working, growing and, eventually helping to shape the face of news in an increasingly digital world.
And after writing / deleting countless paragraphs elaborting upon how I feel, I think that’s all I’m going to really say about this right now. I’m happy
So what does this mean for Lauren O’Nizzle?
Well, first off no more MTV (Creeps, I hardly new ye!), CosmoTV, or any other major network activity. So BACK OFF already, NBC! I’m not interested in replacing Jay Leno just yet…
I’ll still be blogging, tweeting and vlogging, but my focus is shifting.
Less “omgaw look at this sweet party and how cool my friends arrrre” (that’s played out, anyway), and more of what I love. Clothes. Comedy. Gadgets. Design. Culture. Adventures in the city.
Things befitting of a respectable (yet somewhat quirky and unabashedly geeky) young journalist.
I’ve actually been toying of the idea of making this a straight up fashion blog. Style through a comedic lens. I love few things more than clothes and lollage. What do you think?
… Maybe I’ll work on the fashion thing a bit first
Tonight, FOX aired the 500th episode of my favourite television program of all time — Anne of Green Gables.
Bwahaha, kidding. Thought I wish I weren’t. That show ruled.
Tonight’s feted program was obviously The Simpsons, and nary a news outlet in the entire universe neglected the story. Why would they? Love or hate the show, it’s undeniably one of the most influential programs — nay, cultural institutions — of our time.
I wasn’t over the moon for tonight’s episode (save for that dope 500 couch gags couch gag) but I really enjoyed the product releases and press coverage surrounding it. Hey, any time I see a Springfeildian face in my Google reader I get psyched.
CBC produced a great Storify on what people of the web were doing to celebrate the longest-running comedy in television history:
Buzzfeed made a much smaller, but almost as significant contribution to the pool of Simpson-related content in my browser history today:
Mind is reeling. Jeepers crow.
Many around the web have taken this opportunity to reflect upon their favourite of all 499 episodes to date.
Hank Azaria tells Entertainment Weekly that it’s Season 8 classic “Homer’s Enemy” (You know – the Grimey one). Matt Groening and this guy also list it as a favourite.
I’m not sure that I could pick a favourite — at least not without a great deal of thought and reflection.
Simpsons fans are hardcore, eh?
I’m assuming by all of the Bartman pieces in Jeremy Scott’s Fall/Winter 2012 line that ze brilliant designer (undoubtedly my favourite of all time) digs The Simpsons too.
The entire collection had me squealing with delight at my computer on Thursday. “90′s-inspired” would be an understatement here — it looks like my childhood threw up all over those clothes (I miss you, Lisa Frank notebooks!). Maybe that’s the point.
It works well, I think, because Scott doesn’t draw upon 1990s fashion trends. Instead, he translates some of the decade’s most glaring visual icons into contemporary fashion, mashing together culture and clothes in the hyper-cool way that only Jeremy Scott can.
Speaking of cool chips, ready thy clicking finger — here come the hot links!
(heard their new song yet?)
- Blue Ivy, Beyonce, Jay-Z and friends on SNL
- Jeremy Lin’s success shines a spotlight on racism in sports
- The Internet may save endangered languages
- FOX is reviving In Living Color (yay!) and thus, Fly Girl Audition videos surface. If I had known this would happen, I’d never have quit Hip Hop. Frig.
- Snowboarding at night with LED lights like woah
- LIFE FORCE CUP
- Wheels from Degrassi died… 4 years ago?
- Hollywood’s best character actors
- Every Single Simpsons chalkboard quote ever
I’m going to leave y’all with this HIlarious triangle joke and then go to bed. Many parties this weekend make a cat so sleepy come Sunday evening… but what a weekend it was! More later.