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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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!

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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!

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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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What Is A Meme?

I’ve had to explain to my parents and to a few other people what a meme is many times. I’d imagine you’ve had to do the same, and it can be hard to do. So I figured I’d make all our jobs easier by making this post, so the next time your uncle asks for the third time what a meme is, you can just send him this URL.

A meme is an internet joke that is shared quickly via social media and edited so there are many variations. These variations are the key because otherwise, it’s not a meme, it’s just something funny.

An OG meme that you may be familiar with is this success kid:

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This image is a meme because the text that accompanies it isn’t always the same and it’s easily recognizable. Here are just a few examples of this meme.

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See, the image is the same but the text changes to create relatable contexts, and these get shared a lot. This is a meme.

Now, as I said, this is an old meme. This is a meme that the Facebook Moms have found and used. And in this day and age, new memes come up every other week. Sometimes there are several good memes going on at once. It’s fun. Though I should tell you that the above meme style (white block text on an image) is very old-fashioned and a sign that you’re not up on your memes at all.

Where do memes come from? They come from social media. Usually they begin on Reddit, 4chan, Tumblr, or Twitter. Some memes don’t make it to multiple platforms because they don’t get popular enough, or they’re not adaptable to the platforms. Right now, a meme that’s fairly popular on Twitter is this poll meme:

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It’s a good and pure meme, if you ask me, and I very much loved coming across it on my Twitter timeline. This is an example of a meme that was very popular for a week or two, and only on Twitter, and will eventually die out. Some memes live long fruitful lives, but most end within a month or two when a new meme rises. People even put together meme calendars. Here is one made for 2017:

I remember most of these. Good times.

Anyway, that more or less is a meme. Of course, like anything, memes aren’t black and white, and there can be some discussion as to what is a meme (are reaction images/gifs a meme? Is imitation without alteration okay?) or how much reach a meme has to have before it reaches dank level (the danker the better) or if videos/vines are memes, but overall, most memes are just silly ways for the internet to have fun collectively. They’re a part of youth culture and a part of internet culture. The internet can be an awful place at times, but for the most part, memes are light and fun.

I hope you now have a good understanding of memes and their relevance to the internet now. Memes are not going anywhere any time soon, so it’s good to know what’s up. And I hope I’ve managed to explain it so everyone can understand.

What’s your favourite meme? Mine is the Shia LaBeouf “Just do it” meme from a few years ago. It was so random and adaptable and funny. (Watch a Vine compilation of it here)

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