KAT: Friends, readers, earthmen, lend us your eyes for another Culture War Correspondence. This week Evan and I will be discussing Jennifer Lawrence. It may sound like a broad topic, but maybe Evan can expand for us why she recently came to his attention.
EVAN: Well, in general there’ve been a number of articles, like this one on Salon, that hint at an impending wave of internet backlash towards J-Law [I will not be referring to her like that again]. This has been backed up by comments on popular image hosting website imgur that sum up to, “still?” and/or “okay, we get it.”
But before we really delve into all of that I think it’d be good if we both answered the question: How do you feel, generally, about Ms. Lawrence?
KAT: Well, I’ve written about her in the past and my opinion tends to be generally the same. She seems authentic to me, and while I realize no one can be truly authentic in the public eye, I enjoy seeing a celebrity in the news that I can relate to.
How about you? Continue reading
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Tagged Adele, backlash, Beyoncé, body image, body-shaming, celebrity, Culture War Correspondence, double standard, dumb, fat, food, hate, internet, J-Law, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Melissa McCarthy, relatable
It’s actually pretty hard to write a Fame Day post for Christmas since it’s now pretty much synonymous with materialism, something that most people agree “eats you from the inside out.”
But dang it guys! I really love Christmas! I love all the lights everywhere draining energy and creating light pollution. I love the repetitive Christmas music on the radio. I love giving and (gasp) even receiving gifts (though I try to only purchase gifts from businesses I feel happy supporting ex. fair trade, local, etc). So much about how Christmas is marketed goes against the things I want to be socially conscious about, and yet I can’t seem to help loving it. I think this probably comes down to the many fun traditions my family has had, and the way the season forces us all to drop everything going on in our lives just to spend time together.
So I’ve decided that for today’s Fame Day post I’m going to share a few of my favorite traditions, and I would really love if you could tell me a little bit about yours. Continue reading
Posted in Fame Day, family, food
Tagged aunts, biblical Christmas story, big box stores, carols, Christmas, cousins, elf, environment, fair trade, family, food, Friends, fun, gifts, grandparents, gristle, in-laws, It's a Wonderful Life, John, kulma, lefse, light pollution, lights, local, love, materialism, meals, new family, organic, presents, recipes, Santa Claus, sharing, singing, tradition, Turkey, uncles, weird
It all started back in August of 2011 with a post on r/pics titled “2am Chili.”
The recipe for delicious-looking chili in 29 panels became an instant hit, and blew up to garner 2,208 upvotes and almost 2,800 comments. Its appeal was obvious, too. A simple step-by-step cooking instruction doesn’t receive all that much excitement, but insert a fairly aggressive stick man who has some serious opinions about food and tells you that the spice blend you just made “smells like touchdowns” and you’ve got something special on your hands. Continue reading
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Tagged 2am chili, art, artist, cheesecake, comics, cooking, Cooking Comically, entertaining, Fame Day, food, fun, funny, internet, muffins, recipes, reddit, Tyler Capps
Dumpster diving has become a pretty trendy thing. So trendy, that the hipster-mocking TV show Portlandia even did a sketch about it.
After moving to Victoria last fall John and I decided to attempt our first dumpster dive. We aren’t freegans and we don’t wear your grandpa’s clothes but we sure were excited about having a way to save on grocery money.
We may not dress like Macklemore and his crew, but we sure do love a thrifty alternative.
Posted in Economy, environmentalism, food, money
Tagged Canada, capitalism, cheap, donating, donations, Dumpster Diving, farmer, food, freegan, globalization, grocery stores, Hipster, leftovers, materialism, McDonalization, money, politics, Portlandia, salvaged food, save money, society, student, thrifty, trash, trendy, Tristram Stuart, Victoria, waste
I do love a good story of an individual sticking it to “the system”, i.e. the reign of capitalism. But having grown up in British Columbia’s Shuswap region, land of rich earthy gardens and succulent fruit (getting hungry?), I was shocked to discover that in some areas that act of rebellion can be as simple as growing a garden. It’s illegal.
But, but, but WHY???
Posted in Canada, environmentalism, food, money
Tagged British Columbia, City gardens, Culture, Fame Day, fines, food, Gardening, Guerrilla Gardening, illegal, jail, Julie Bass, laws, Michel Beauchamp and Josée Landry, politics, poverty, restrictions, Ron Finley, Shuswap, society
I say with complete honesty that I there are times that I feel genuine pity for those of you who don’t live in Toronto. I mean, sure, there’s the fact that it’s one of the most diverse cities in the world, is home of the 3rd highest tower in the world [underneath which is brewed some pretty decent beer], and is the setting for pretty much the entirety of the Scott Pilgrim series-
You can click the image above to check out a whole bunch more.
No, the reason for that, dear readers, is The Grid. A weekly publication, this newspaper describes itself on its website as:
…a weekly city magazine and daily website providing a fresh, accessible voice for Toronto. Our goal is to capture the vibe and energy of a city in ascendance, largely by rejecting the glossy, doggedly aspirational vision of it you see in so many other publications. Continue reading
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Tagged ads, advertisements, articles, award-winning, best design, Canada, city, drama, Fame Day, food, interesting, media, newspaper, NOW, periodical, publication, reviews, The Grid, Toronto, writing
So this one time on Food Revolution Jamie Oliver tried to convince a group of kids that chicken nuggets were too disgusting to eat by showing them how nuggets are made from the skin, cartilage, internal organs and other worthless chicken leftovers. Unfortunately for him, the experiment backfired.
Posted in Africa, America, food, health, Youth
Tagged beef, CEO, cereal, chicken nuggets, Culture, food, goat, health, Jamie Oliver, meat, Niger, north america, obesity, picky, pizza, preservatives, Ramadan