The Good Stuff: Parodybill

If you like musicals and jokes, then this is the post for you. A while ago I came across this Instagram account called Parodybill, and I did not hesitate to click Follow right away (a feeling all of my blog followers felt when they first came to my blog, I’m sure). Parodybill basically takes a Broadway musical/reference and mashes it up with something else—usually another musical, but sometimes it’s a movie or a TV show—to create a parody Playbill. They’re so well done and so funny. I would never even think of these mashups, but they work perfectly.

In the almost two years they’ve been parodying musicals, they’ve done a lot, but I want to share my favourites. (Click to enlarge)

Aren’t these just so fun? I always enjoy seeing them pop up on my feed. And on their Insta stories they also sometimes show their brainstorming and sketching, which I think is neat.

And they do it just for fun, because they love doing it. They do sell Tshirts and mugs and prints and stuff here, and for reasonable prices actually, but otherwise, they’re just want to make some theatrical art for us to all see. So go follow them on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with their wonderful, entertaining creations!

Though as great as they are, they currently don’t have any Mamma Mia ones, which is a shame. What’s the deal with that, Parodybill?


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Be Me Bingo Card

I saw this idea on Tumblr and thought it was fun, but I’m more of a passive Tumblr user, so I knew no one would see it or do it if I did my own there. So here we are on my blog.

So we probably all know how to play Bingo, but since I know it’s more of a North American game and I do have readers all over the world, here’s a quick explanation: Usually a Bingo card has random numbers in all the boxes, and an elected leader would call out numbers like B12 or G60 and you’d mark off what ones you have on your board in an attempt to get a straight line. The middle one is a free space. Once you get a line, you yell Bingo! and win. Pretty simple. My grandmother plays it on Friday nights, and I always ask her, “Nonna, what did you win at Bingo?” and she always shrugs and says “fifteen cents” because they play for nickles, apparently.

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Anyway, on Tumblr, I’ve seen people make Bingo cards with personality traits rather than numbers to see who best aligns with them. It’s cute and a quick way to know someone.

So here’s me in a Bingo card:

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Yes, I did make this on Microsoft Paint, thanks for noticing! I encourage you to play by copy/pasting the image into MS Paint and marking off what applies to you, then pasting it into a comment below or by Tweeting it at me. There’s no pressure and no winners. Unless you get all of them, in which case you’re legally obligated to be my new best friend. Otherwise, I’m just curious to see who best aligns with me, and what boxes of mine no one relates to.

And feel free to make your own! If you do, I’ll play! I just Googled ‘blank bingo template’ to get the boxes and it took me like 20 minutes to think of the traits to fill in and then another 20 minutes moving the boxes around.

Well, hopefully you found this fun and consider it Quality Blog Content, because that’s the goal, always.

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That’s all for now!


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The Good Stuff: The State Of LinkedIn

I don’t use LinkedIn that often. In my second year of university, I had a prof that raved about its benefits, so I created an account and updated it whenever I was about to begin the harrowing Summer Job Search. That was about all I used it for until I got my current job, where I now use it for the company (I’m in marketing), but even then I’m not doing a lot with it. I always saw LinkedIn as something that had a good concept but in practicality wasn’t giving results, especially not for people my age at the start of our careers so all our connections were just our friends. I also don’t like the idea of connecting with complete strangers just for the sake of seeming connected.

Anyway, every morning at work, I scroll through my LinkedIn feed quickly, and I’ve seen an increasing number of wildly pretentious posts from grown adults. It’s like when hot Instagrammers flex except it’s middle-aged businessmen. And these posts are often from people who’ve got about eight job titles displayed, one of which is usually motivational speaker or author (both of which are stretches, I’m sure).

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And I’m not the only one who is amused and confused by these posts, because I’ve stumbled across a great little Twitter account called State Of LinkedIn and they basically just share the cringiest of the cringy LinkedIn posts for us to enjoy and laugh at. It’s very interesting to see just how weird people can be on LinkedIn, which I think is the least interesting platform. If you’re gonna lie online for clout, do it on Twitter or Facebook where you can get maybe a bit of fame from it. And yes, I did say lie. A lot of the posts that State Of LinkedIn shares are just a little too good to be true, meaning they’re probably fake. But if these people insist on doing it in 2019, then I think State Of LinkedIn is free to roast them for it.

So whether you’ve seen this nonsense on LinkedIn or not, enjoy this small sample of tweets from State Of LinkedIn:

Even if State Of LinkedIn’s commentary isn’t the funniest, what they’re sharing is always an amusing read, and I hope I’ve managed to get that across with these tweets. There are many more where they came from, so if you also get a kick out of silly people online, follow their account.

I hope you’ve learned to not be annoying on LinkedIn. And I hope you’ve enjoyed this second installment of The Good Stuff!

That’s all for now!

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The Good Stuff: Gourmet Junk Food

As I mentioned in my blog post about making your own Magic Eye (a post that consistently gets a handful of views still) I wanted to do more sharing of fun stuff I come across online, be it memes or videos or articles. If I got amusement from it, I want you too as well. So I am starting a series on this blog called The Good Stuff (a phrase I use far too much in my daily life) where I share fun things I find online.

And I’m starting off with a bunch of videos in which a pastry chef attempts to make gourmet versions of popular junk food. Personally, I don’t watch a lot of cooking/baking videos because I’m a picky eater, and I know I’m not motivated enough to try baking something I did like, but I find these Gourmet Makes videos very interesting. They ended up in my YouTube recommendations one night and I watched them all right then and there.

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Claire, the chef and star, seems like a nice, smart person, and watching her work out solutions to obstacles she faces is cool because I know next to nothing about baking and cooking, but she’s very knowledgeable and does it all systematically. You wouldn’t think one person in a kitchen would be able to make a version of something that is normally made in a factory, but she does, and she does it well (even if she has access to a lot of cool baking tools that the average person wouldn’t have in their house).

Skittles are one of my favorite candies, and they did one episode where Claire made them but with the goal of getting natural flavours. I’d like to think that Skittles are already perfect, but seeing her work on making them better and more flavourful is neat, and I wish I was in that kitchen to try them.

And it’s not just candy she tries to make! She’s done chips, cereal, and even ramen noodles. These are things most people have tried and enjoy so we can understand what she’s doing to replicate them and why and also what changes she should make.

There are so far 12 episodes, all between 15 and 30 minutes, and there’s a new one every month or so. Here’s the playlist where you can watch them all. You know you want to.

And here we are, at the end of my first The Good Stuff post! I’m looking forward to sharing more in time!

That’s all for now!

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I Consume Content At Double Speed, And You Need To Try It

I’ve developed a habit of watching things at a faster speed. I now have a need for speed.

It started in my third year of university. One of my profs often assigned videos for us to watch for homework. Some would be short two minute videos, but some were long, twenty minute TED Talks. I did not like the long ones. And then a friend who was also in the course dropped the biggest life hack on me: watch the videos at double speed.

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You may be thinking: double speed is too fast. It’s incomprehensible. But it’s not. Especially if you have subtitles on. I love subtitles. I have them on the TV all the time. And sure, YouTube’s auto-generated ones can be hit or miss, but usually they’re alright. They’re enough for me to glance at the text as I process what I’m hearing. And really, your ears and brain adjust to the faster speed quickly so the more you do it, the easier it is to do.

See, people in TV shows/movies and a lot of YouTube videos talk slower than we talk in most real-life conversations because it’s easier for viewers to understand. If you’ve ever given a speech or presentation, you’d know you need to go slow and enunciate. So speeding that up doesn’t make it impossible to understand, it just makes it faster than expected.

Besides, a lot of the videos I was watching, like the ones for that course, were more about the sound than the picture. TED Talks are just a person standing and speaking. I don’t care if they now pace around on that stage at a weird speed. YouTube videos are largely the same. So that’s why I was shocked and amazed when this same friend informed me that he doesn’t just watch meaningless homework videos and vlogs at a double speed, he watches TV shows at this speed too. Shows that he enjoys. Why would you want to spend less time watching something you enjoy? I decided to not do that.

Until I did it.

Look, for a period last year on Tuesday nights I had seven TV shows to watch. Three of them were full hour shows. By the time midnight was rolling around, I was tired and not giving the shows the proper attention they deserve.  So I upped the speed. Suddenly a twenty two minute show was taking eleven minutes. A forty seven minute show was taking twenty three minutes. I was saving time and still being able to consume the content I enjoyed. They just spoke faster and moved faster. I used to spend literally ALL DAY watching the Marvel Netflix shows when they came out. Now I can do it in an evening. And I don’t even feel bad because Jessica Jones Season 2 was a lot of standing and talking anyway.

Of course, you may be thinking, wait, Netflix doesn’t have a speed setting. Do you watch things illegally? The answer is yeah, I sure do, but I also use a Chrome extension that allows me to control the speed on Netflix, so I can watch legally there. It also works on Facebook and Tumblr videos which also don’t have speed settings. I’ve been using it for months, and I love it.

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I still prefer to watch a show live on a TV screen (unlike my friend who will wait to watch it quickly online after, and I hope that if he’s reading this, he knows I disapprove) but if I’m in a time crunch and am watching something online, I will not hesitate to speed it up a bit.

Recently I rewatched The Office. I did it at only 1.5 speed (to savour it). Sometimes I’ll watch YouTube videos at 2.5 if it’s someone who really talks slow or I don’t really care about the sound as much as the picture or the info. Either way, I do enjoy the flexibility I now have. And I encourage you to try it. Start slow and use subtitles, if you want. It’ll be weird at first, but you’ll get used to it, and soon be able to watch all the TV shows and movies you never had time for.

You’re welcome.

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