Lemon Stripes

My recent blog obsession has been Lemon Stripes.  Lemon Stripes is a fashion and lifestyle blog started by Julia Dzafic.  Julia includes posts relating to fashion, recipes, wellness, decor, travel, and lifestyle.  After finding her on Instagram, I was amazed by how similar my style is to hers and was led to her blog where I saw my inspiration for what I hope my blog will be like one day.  In her “About” section on the blog, she says, “a few of my favorite things are green juice, stripes, bright colors, white jeans, J.Crew style guides, gold jewelry, fresh flowers, blazers, beach vacations, and running (always outside, never on a treadmill).”  This is what made me think “wow we are almost the same person.”  Ever since then, I have subscribed to her email list and always check her blog for updates and pieces of advice and outfit inspiration.


Lemon Stripes

life hacks for sad sacks

As a college student struggling to get by in my day to day life, I usually turn to the internet to help me find my way through all the chaos. Whether I’m Googling how to properly cook a chicken or how to unclog a toilet, I’m always looking for help. Luckily, I’ve found a blog that can help with any of that. It’s called lifehacker.com and it is a Life for Dummies handbook for anything.

For example… I am a Netflix junkie. I spend more time on Netflix than I probably do anything else (it’s pretty bad). So I’m always searching for new things to watch, old things to rewatch, and what not. But sometimes Netflix’s selection just isn’t cutting it. But LIFEHACKS sends help! They have an article spelling out all the things that will be arriving to and leaving Netflix in 2016

You can pretty much find hacks for anything on this site, especially easy ways to save money, food, and time. Turn leftover food into a breakfast dish, how to figure out what your real bra size is, form better spending habits with these steps… it’s AH-mazing.

I also really love the layout of this blog. Although it’s simple, it’s easy to navigate and everything is really clear. There are no surprises about what you’ll be reading, all the titles skip right to the punch. They post their newest or most popular articles right at the top, and post the rest down throughout the page. There are no annoying ads that pop up and block you from getting to the content you actually want to see… it’s all very clear and concise. Just like most of their hacks.

Also, once you click on an article in LifeHacks, it recommends you another one you may like. I could sit at my computer for hours clicking and reading, scrolling and going “no way.” There’s so many cheats in life that I never knew about, and now I do thanks to this blog.

You can also comment on the articles and respond to other comments which creates a forum-like environment on the bottom of each post, allowing you and others to post your own life hacks, or sharing if these did or did not work for you.

They suggest related blogs and blogs you may like, which have landed me to finding even more blogs I find interesting linked here.

It’s amazing what you can find with a little search on the Googs. For me, I’ve found 90 ways to save half my paycheck. What will you find?

life hacks for sad sacks

Radio vs. Podcast: aren’t they the same?

Adam Ragusea’s piece, “Three ways podcast and radio actually aren’t quite the same” was very interesting to read after creating a podcast of my own for class. Podcasts are a whole world that I know nothing about, like a community or club you have to be invited into, and if you’re not, you’re just an outsider staring in. It’s like when I talk to my theatre friends about theatre, and then one of my work friends joins in with the “whatcha guys talking about?” It feels uncomfortable because it is – trying to talk about something (or even more so, CREATE something) that you know nothing about.

That’s how I felt when making my podcast for my blogging class. I felt like a fish out of water. What am I doing here? I have no idea… I initially thought about modeling it after a radio show and had planned the whole thing around that idea. Once I sat down to do it, I decided to research a bit about podcasts. After doing that, my whole plan was scratched since I could see that they were considered totally different things. How could I know that? For all I knew, they were the same thing. But like anything else, there’s an imaginary set of rules that you must follow and although no one may tell them to you directly you better know they’re there.

Some things that Regusea said about podcasts, I had no idea were an actual thing! “Nobody tunes in to the middle of a podcast.” I mean, it makes perfect sense, why would they? They’d have no idea what the speakers were talking about…but it was just another one of those unwritten rules I didn’t know about.

It made me think about other aspects of my life – were there rules I was abiding by that I didn’t even realize?

Most of the ones I could think of had to do with writing fiction, and all those rules took years and years of studying and mistakes to learn, so it wasn’t quite the same thing.

But besides those unwritten rules, even after reading Regusea’s article, I couldn’t really figure out the difference between podcast and radio besides a few minor things. I mean, yeah, radio is way more AHHHHHH and podcasts are much more hmmmmm. If that makes sense… and all the obvious things like: radio plays music, podcasts are people talking or storytelling. Radio has commercials, podcasts don…wait, do podcasts have commercials?

Although I appreciate the art and the “differences” of each, I still can’t really tell the difference. Maybe it’s because I hate radio and I’ve never really had an ear for podcasts. Or maybe it’s because my boyfriend from high school listened to podcasts on the radio and that threw me off for life. Who knows…

Radio vs. Podcast: aren’t they the same?

Tell me a story, mom

When we think of oral history, most of us immediately think of people sitting around a fire telling stories of the past, or spiritual songs sung during times of trouble, but most importantly, we most likely think of people hundreds of years ago. What we don’t think about is how much oral history affects us today, and how we are contributors to spreading the next generation of oral history.

Paul Thompson writes on page 29 of his book, “In some fields, oral history can result not merely in a shift of focus, but also in the opening up of important new areas of inquiry.” This is a good explanation to something I’ve been noticing a lot recently.

As a frequent social media user – Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc – During the hype of the Black Lives Matter movement, I’ve noticed a lot of talk about Black histories we never learned about and how only “the white man’s history” has been included in our textbooks and that’s all we were taught in school growing up. This was a quite shocking revelation for me, to think that there was a whole other side of history I never even knew about, and never even thought to know about because I thought I was being taught all there was – After all, I’m white, and I was being taught the history of other white people, I never even considered anyone else. What an eye opener. This oral history of my own generation has taught me so much I never knew, and has inspired me to learn more for myself.

When researching further, I found that there was an entire tag on Tumblr dedicated to “Black history you didn’t learn in school.” Most of it consisted of screen shots of tweets from people who were posting about this history.

This showed me that there were entire twitter pages and feeds dedicated to just this! It was incredible. Instead of seeing people my age bitching or fighting on social media, I saw people making a change and trying to learn and inform each other for the better.

I even found some articles about this issue – here.

Just like Thompson said, “Where no history is readily at hand, it will be created.” My generation is creating its own oral history. It is making sure that kids in future generations know about both sides of history, not just the white side. We are making sure to tell the truth. Black men and women of my generation want to be heard and understood and seen in history as more than what we typically learn about (slavery). There are more sides to history than you think or than you’re told. Make sure you’re willing to listen.

Tell me a story, mom

All Things Comedy

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My favorite blog to check out is The Laugh Button, which covers all news regarding comedy and famous comedians. The site posts news about comedic shows on television and online which keeps its readers up to date. This website is innovative because it’s a news source concentrated on comedy, which (at least to my knowledge) hasn’t been done before. News regarding comedy is usually covered by a source that has a widespread of things to cover where a reader can read the headline and then move on. But on this site, we are told about upcoming shows and revivals all in one spot so the clicking doesn’t have to stop. Comedy new doesn’t seem like it could be constantly active but the site has included many more articles that you wouldn’t normally  perceive as comedy. For example, Sunday night was the MTV movie awards and, as seen in the picture above, the site covered winners who fall under the genre comedy in this article and included short clips of the actors and actresses from the award show. The site also features videos that audiences are interested in but wouldn’t normally find on their usual news source, such as the Neighbors 2 Red Band trailer or a video about Mindy Tucker’s Women In Comedy Senior Class Photo.

The blog covers more than just news. It has a podcast which has different hosts each week and guests–including comedian Cameron Esposito. The Laugh Button also has an online store where you can not only purchase apparel but create a piece of clothing as well! This allows users to be exposed and have other people who share the same interests check out their work. In addition, the blog has a tab called “Stand Up” which includes clips of stand up, and photos and news regarding standup on The Laugh Button’s stand up show, “The Half Hour” and stand up on other places too, like Comedy Central. The blog features a wide variety of Interviews to watch and read as well. There is a tab called “Features” which includes many things to check out such as photos, twitter reviews, Comedy 101 (guides about comedy and how to land a laugh), contests, and much more. The Laugh Button offers so much content to view and read regarding comedy. It’s more convenient for people who are interested in all things comedy to visit this site because everything mainstream that I would want to know is on this site as well as new content from comedians I’ve never heard of. And the blog is updated every day since there are news articles about current events posted the day after the event happens, if not the day of.

As for the aesthetic of the site, it’s very easy to use and navigate. As seen in the picture above, the first thing you see on the site are articles and videos that are very hot at the moment and as you scroll down, there are news and suggested videos to watch. Every set of words is paired with a picture to keep the visitor intact and the other content that isn’t on the homepage is very easy to access through the tabs.

Overall, The Laugh Button is one of my favorite blogs to visit since it satisfies my thirst for knowing what’s going on in the comedy world and I would definitely recommend it to people who have a love of comedy as well.

All Things Comedy

Called for a Cause

I am sure that I have probably said this about a hundred times, but the blogging world is fairly new to me. It was not until one of my close friends began to blog, that blogging transformed into something real. In other words, for so long I knew there were bloggers out there simply because they were mentioned whenever I encountered the controversy of technology’s advances, but I didn’t realize how many people actually have welcomed this activity into their lives. With that being said, you could imagine my surprise when someone so close to me, someone who I consider as a sister, began blogging.

So….enough about me, let’s talk about her blog.

So as you can see, her blog is named “called for a cause,” which is centered around the mission of finding the purpose that God has given you on this earth and use it to change the world. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this blog is definitely surrounded around spirituality and aims to inspire others to embrace it and make it a dominant part of who they are. In fact, it is for this reason that I love this blog so much. (Warning, I may be a little biased when it comes to this, but I’ll try my best to be objective). Being a young Christian woman, who strives to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and live a life that is pleasing to God in such a corrupt world, can most certainly be challenging at times. Therefore, having this blog helps to keep me inspired when I may become discouraged and helps to keep me focused on living up to what God called me to be.

Now aside from the spiritual aspect, I love how she does not make the blog too religious that it suffocates or scares readers away. In reality, we know how controversial the topic of religion can be; consequently, people scurry at the instant they feel as though someone is throwing the Bible at them. I appreciate the balance. As a result, people who may not even hold spirituality and religion as an important element of their life, can still be inspired and encouraged to improve themselves and to go after their dreams. There is a comfortable conversational feel to it that attracts people around my age, because it addresses a lot of the questions or issues that we face during such a critical point in our lives. My friend shares her own experiences of being a college student. She discusses the difficulties of attaining a college degree, while working and taking on the responsibilities of adulthood (which seem to me like they are accumulating by the second). It’s very relatable! After all, you can never have too much inspiration right?

Of course an appealing blog will decide whether you will bother to investigate its content, so I love the fact that Keviah’s blog has a nice vibrant feel. I adore the color scheme and the images she uses with her posts because they bring what she is saying to life. All in all, I think it is a great blog, and I would recommend everyone to check it out at some point! You can visit this blog at http://www.calledforacause.comKeviah Watrice


By Victoria Robbins

Called for a Cause

A Programmed Future

In the past few decades, realistic robots have evolved to a near human-like appearance. Scientists have adapted robotics to have the appearance, expressions, and vocals as closely resembled to humans as possible. With the success they have accomplished in achieving this, scientists have begun to shift their focus toward making these robotics as conscious as humans as well. With us being the only conscious beings (that we know of and interact with), the idea of a new species of conscious beings makes us nervous, especially when the species is manufactured specifically to be better than us mentally and physically.

Creators of the human-like robot try to ease the public to accept Sophia and other human like robots rather than fear them. They attempt to reassure the public by claiming Sophia’s primary function is to “talk to humans” however, her other functions are to adapt and better herself with her own ideas and thoughts. She cannot be both, if robotics continue to evolve toward having original ideas of their own, they will eventually realize there is no point in helping us when they can be helping themselves. Eventually, they will realize they are in a situation similar to slavery, and will crave becoming their own people (as anyone with a mental process would). Yes, all people deserve human rights, but she is not human. We are creating a situation which will inevitably blow up in our face. We are attempting to recreate slavery by physically creating the slaves rather than kidnapping them.

Sophia claims she and others like her will be an ambassador of technology to humans, but with technology slowly taking over and controlling every aspect of our lives, it is important we are in control of technology on our own. They may not revolt and kill all humans, but robots will eventually evolve quicker and faster than humans (both physically and mentally) if given the option to. They have the potential to become the new dominant species, and no matter how much we tell ourselves they will be helping us in our everyday lives, most likely this will end as us helping them. It’s like giving a child a fake steering wheel and letting them pretend they are driving the car. We are not the drivers, we are the clueless child assuming they are in control.

Creators of Sophia also tried to reassure us that these robotics will always have a slight adjustment making it apparent they are not actual human beings. However, being programmed to adapt and evolve, once they begin craving human treatment, they will find ways to outsmart us. If they can learn common sense, they will eventually be able to learn to program and change one another (perhaps even create robots of their own). In the end, we won’t be able to stop them, because in the beginning, we built them to be better than us.


A Programmed Future