Pop Culture Commentary: Nelly’s “Tip Drill” Video

I am happy to say that I have finally gotten enough free time to be able to go through my iTunes and cut out all the old music I don’t listen to anymore. When I got to the Ns and started deleting Nelly songs, I was intrigued to remember that I had his old song “Tip Drill” from way back when I was a teenager. I remember being shown the video by an old friend, one that was both shocking and profanely exciting in nature to me in discovering my new-found feminine sexuality. Read More Pop Culture Commentary: Nelly’s “Tip Drill” Video

Precarious Labor: Traffic Control

This is a repost from my personal blog Only20something about the construction industry and the workers that are on the lower end of the food chain in most companies, in keeping with my theme of last week’s post on forgotten populations.

Student jobs and seasonal work often go unnoticed because the labour is cheap and has high turnover, and the actual work itself is often considered unskilled and not very mentally stimulating. Read More Precarious Labor: Traffic Control

What You’re Not Taught in History Class

This summer, I did something very unlike myself and worked away from home on a construction crew in Western Canada. We initially started out in Alberta (I flew from Toronto) and from there we drove—trucks, equipment and all—to Manitoba. We started out near Brandon, but as the summer wore on, we progressed further north and ended up staying on an Aboriginal reserve at one point. Read More What You’re Not Taught in History Class

Don’t Overestimate What You Can Do Today

Monday motivation, or all over the place? I remember reading an article a little while back discussing what is known as the Planning Fallacy, or, in other words, mistakenly assuming that you can get way more work done than you are consistently capable of. Read More Don’t Overestimate What You Can Do Today

Why I Love Rap Music

I’m just your average looking white girl who refuses to listen to anything besides rap. It’s one of those things that in part, I kind of can’t explain”¦ like, why do I like the color orange? Why do I like broccoli but not Brussels sprouts? It’s just a certain taste that I’ve come to acquire. On the other side of this reasoning, I’m really passionate about a lot of what hip hop music stands for, although the genre as a whole does tend to get dumped on a little excessively for being misogynistic and glorifying criminal lifestyles. But some of the things that hip-hop gets a bad rap for–no pun intended–are in fact some of the aspects I am absolutely in love with: the cockiness most rappers bring to their personas, the blunt, unforgiving nature of some songs, and just the fact that hip-hop uses a certain level of shock value to attract attention to the genre itself. Rap music is often rude, aggressive, and in-your-face and that’s the very reason I love it even when some songs are very problematic. Read More Why I Love Rap Music

Twitter Is a Great Newspaper Substitute

I used to consider myself slightly old school for my generation in that up until recently, I never had any “new” technology that all my friends had, because I opted to be the cheap one. While quite a few of my friends pre-ordered the iPhone 5, I was happy with my little slide-out Samsung with my $25 basic plan. First semester I also printed out all of my online readings–being in Gender Studies and Sociology, there are a lot of them–as opposed to reading them on my computer because I was convinced that I needed a concrete piece of material in front of me and that highlighter scribbles were easier to internalize. Read More Twitter Is a Great Newspaper Substitute

Commercials That Air During Maury

I’m (kind of) your typical home from college kid temporarily living back at my parents’ house. I don’t miss much about having to live under their roof and rules in the suburbs except for the free TV.

Typical.

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