Monthly Archives: November 2011

Childish Gambino: Camp

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It’s a big week for Donald Glover. The internet is responding violently to NBC’s decision to pull Community (on which Glover plays college student Troy Barnes) from their winter schedule and he released his first commercial album under the moniker Childish Gambino. Glover is a writer through and through. He worked as a staff writer on Tina Fey’s 30 Rock before he got hired on Community and his background in wordplay is all over his music.  People have been petitioning to keep Glover’s show Community on the air all week, and many arguments for the show’s quality talk about Glover’s unique comedic voice. I would argue that voice is much more loud and clear here than it ever comes through in the muddled mess that Community has become.  Community uses pop-culture references to make the show feel high-brow and smart (there is literally no other reason to reference My Dinner With Andre), Childish Gambino uses touchstones to relate to his audience. Lyrics about being the only black kid at a Sufjan Stevens concert, feeling like Carlton from Fresh Prince and not getting praise from Pitchfork’s site give us a clear picture of Glover’s experience. He’s not using these to impress you, or to prove how cool he is, he just wants you to know how he feels. While Community wants you to intellectually “get it”, Glover’s music wants you to feel where he’s coming from. He has less to prove and is able to say more because of it.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Girly Edition: Everything Else

It’s the holiday season again, thank god, an excuse to snuggle up under blankets, tie pretty bows and drink lots of hot chocolate! One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is spoiling all the important females in my life. Buying for women is an art-form, below I’ve created a list of fool-proof gifts to help you navigate the season and give gifts that will be remembered. This final edition is a general collection of goodies sure to please any girl.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Girly Edition: Fashion

It’s the holiday season again, thank god, an excuse to snuggle up under blankets, tie pretty bows and drink lots of hot chocolate! One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is spoiling all the important females in my life. Buying for women is an art-form, below I’ve created a list of fool-proof gifts to help you navigate the season and give gifts that will be remembered. In the second edition of the ladies 2011 gift guide I discuss gifts to get the fashionista in your life.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Manly Man Edition: Games

It’s time for part two of the Manly Man holiday gift guide.  Today we’re going to review some of the hottest video games this season that you’re favorite nerd will love!  So as not to leave anyone out, we’ve included a great game for every system in your gaming arsenal.  First up is a game for my system of choice, the Nintendo Wii.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Girly Edition: Beauty Products!

It’s the holiday season again, thank god, an excuse to snuggle up under blankets, tie pretty bows and drink lots of hot chocolate! One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is spoiling all the important females in my life. Buying for women is an art-form, below I’ve created a list of fool-proof gifts to help you navigate the season and give gifts that will be remembered. This post focuses on products you can get the girls in your life who can’t get enough beauty products.

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Holiday Gift Guide – Manly Man Edition: Electronics

It’s that time of year again and everyone is scrambling to find gift ideas for their lovable nerd friends.  Fortunately for you, 2011 has been a great year for electronics, video games and other geeky toys that your favorite nerd will love.  Today we’re going to feature some of the electronics that would make a great gift for that geeky acquaintance.

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November 2011 Birchbox

Birchbox is a subscription service that sends you 4-5 deluxe size samples of high-end beauty products each month. You fill out a beauty profile so Birchbox can customize your samples, but what you get each month is a surprise until it lands on your doorstep. In this post I’ll share the items I got in my November 2011 box. Check out their website here.

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Fall 2011 Fashion

It’s finally fall, the only time of year that you have the freedom to dress fashionably in the midwest. During the summer months I’m sweating in tank-tops and shorts, and once December hits I’m so bundled in scarves and giant coats I can hardly walk, but during the fall I can kind of dress the way I dream. I put together a fantasy fall outfit appropriate for class or the office. Read more for a description of the items and where you can get them.

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Ayinger Brau-Weisse

       I thought for my first beer of the week, I’d try something a little out of my comfort zone.  Now, I should mention that as I have no professional experience reviewing beers, the first few BotW’s might be a little bumpy.  While familiar with some american craft beers like those made at the New Belgium Brewing Co. and Dogfish Head, I have to say this is my first authentic german beer. Ayinger Brau-Weisse is a Bavarian unfiltered wheat ale, brewed and bottled in Aying, Germany by Privatbraueri Franz Inselkammer.  I picked up this bottle at my local grocery store for $3.49/pint.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Available on Amazon $14.95 Hardcover / $12.99 E-Book

Office writer Mindy Kaling released her first book this week called “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Amazon describes the book as “a collection of essays,  personal anecdotes and impassioned pleas” but the description doesn’t seem all-together accurate. The book reads like a good friend talking your ear off. Kaling writes about boys, her best friends, being unpopular as a child, and her job writing for NBC’s show The Office. There’s very little structure guiding you through these stories, but that’s part of the charm. The book is, like Mindy, adorable and (I’m making an assumption about Mindy here based mostly on her Office character Kelly Kapoor) fun to be around, if not all that deep.

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