Waking Up in Vegas (A Guide to Sunglasses)


Waking Up in Vegas (A Guide to Sunglasses)

Vegas is my second favorite vacation destination. When I do Vegas, the hours of sleep I get can usually be measured by the number of fingers on my hands. Though, as a disclaimer, the amount of fingers I see can at times go to 12 depending on how sleep deprived I am. Sure, you might say that I’m an idiot for just not sleeping in until 5 pm, but you know the reason why you can’t? First off, the cleaning staff comes in at around 2pm to make sure your room is livable (or in my case, check if I’m alive) and secondly, the fucking sun.

I don’t know how to accurately describe the sun in Las Vegas. It is a relentlessly punishing ball of fire in the sky that forces you into a pool, buy ridiculously expensive drinks to slake your ever increasing thirst, or just makes your pass out (in which case you forgot to re-apply sunscreen, so you end up burnt to a crisp). Over the summer, my buddy and I would manage to crawl out of our room to let the cleaning service go in and manage to secure chairs by the pool. Which leads me to the crux of the article.


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How to Make A Good Mix-Tape (or CD, Playlist, or Whatever)


How to Make A Good Mix-Tape (or CD, Playlist, or Whatever)

OK, the title is a bit misleading, because who uses tapes any more. I still remember as a kid racing to hit record on the radio when a song that I liked came on so I could listen to it without buying a CD. I think that was the last vestige of the cassette tape, but then the CD and the CD burner came to be. Nowadays, do people do that anymore? I guess you can make a playlist, but the playlist is easy, because there are no constraints. No constraints on time means that there is no need for editorial perfection, which was always the hardest part of finishing off a mix. I love making mixes for people. It’s incredibly cliche, but a well-done mix can do wonders. Music is one of the universal tools for expressing emotion, and the satisfaction of introducing a new song that someone loves is incredible. Whether it’s simply for discovery or the announcing of romantic intentions, the mix is a time honored yet incredibly hard thing to pull off correctly. From High Fidelity:

“The making of a great compilation tape…it takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick it off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you gotta take it up a notch, but you don’t want to blow your wad, so then you gotta cool it off a notch, there are a lot of rules.”

All of the above is absolutely true, and here are a few more in no particular order.

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Look With Your Eyes (or Stop Taking Photos of Everything)

ImageLook With Your Eyes (or Stop Taking Photos of Everything)

It seems like every time I go on Facebook now, there is almost always a picture of food popping up coupled with a blitz of tagged photos everywhere. And that’s fine, but I do remember a time when everyone didn’t have an 8 megapixel camera in their pocket and had the ability to see everyone’s photos instantaneously. I remember as a kid, my dad had this great old camera with a manual focus, and you had to manually wind it every time you took a picture. It made this incredibly loud and satisfying click, which of course as an 8 year old, all I wanted to do was pull on this lever. My dad would then get mad at me for wasting film.

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Valentine’s Week: On Dealbreakers (Just, No)

ImageOn Dealbreakers (Just, No)

So, Valentine’s Day is over. Well, at least for most of us, I guess there are still people who  celebrate this weekend, but all in all, the day is done. Maybe you found new love (or lust), or maybe you’re just discovering more about your significant other. Hopefully you found out good things, but this post is not about that.

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Valentine’s Week: So You’re Single. (Fucking Deal With It)


Valentine’s Week: So You’re Single. (Fucking Deal With It)

I swear to god, if I see another “Single’s Awareness Day” status up I’m going to start openly mocking these people. The joke hits the unfunny trifecta (the trifecta being that it’s pathetic, overused, and dumb) and god, it’s just so pathetic. Beyond the obvious acronym created (SAD) it just implies that being alone means that you’re somewhat less of a person. First, let’s be completely clear, no one in a relationship really gives a shit whether you’re taken or not. I’m fairly certain that today of all days, they’re just a little bit self-involved, which is completely fine. They’re not the ones actively making you aware that you’re single, you are. It’s a nice little kick in the ass to realize that you’re the one causing all your angst. Kinda takes the wind out of your sails doesn’t it?

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Valentine’s Week: On Love and Relationships (Dated 3 Years Ago in New York City)


(Editor’s Note: Ran into a bit of a tech snafu, so we’re running an old post from one of our contributors, don’t worry, should be back on track tomorrow.)

I’m re-posting this word for word without (major) editing. I wrote this almost exactly three years ago. A part of me cringes as I read this, both for how much I agree and disagree with what I wrote, but mostly for how much I changed in the past three years. Frankly, I don’t know if I can ever be as emotionally frank in writing again, but here it is, in its entirety.


I’m writing this note on my iPhone at 2:33am on Feb. 15, 2010 on a half-inflated air mattress listening to the sound of New York City traffic passing idly by many stories below. Another Valentines Day has come and gone and for me, it’s just been a bit more of the same. I’m a very recent 23 and it’s been a while since I’ve written anything of substance (substance meaning anything that I have to think and invest in, and yes Facebook notes count) and I can’t fall asleep, it’s time to write.

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Valentine’s Week: What to Buy Your Guy (The Unstructured Sportcoat)


Valentine’s Week: What to Buy Your Guy (The Unstructured Sportcoat)

Going on in Valentine’s week, we address what to get a guy for Valentine’s Day. Being completely honest, it is incredibly easy for a guy to buy a girl a present on Valentine’s Day. The number of incredibly stereotypical gifts that can be purchased last minute for women is pretty high. Now, keep in mind that I never stated that it’s easy for a guy to buy a girl a good present.

However, on the flip side I really don’t think there is an easy option for a girl to get the guy something, so I thought some advice might be in order. So ladies, (or gentlemen), what to buy your guy for Valentine’s Day this year?

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Valentine’s Week: How I Accidentally Asked a Girl Out on Valentine’s Day (and assorted blog news)

Valentine’s Week: How I Accidentally Asked a Girl Out on Valentine’s Day (and assorted blog news)Image

(Editor’s Notes: Can we just mention how fucking cool Prince was last night at the Grammy’s? Also, Justin Timberlake’s performance, it’s something quite ridiculous when you can make Jay-Z your sidekick on national television.)

Valentine’s Day is often this much heralded day of male dread. As with most things however, a lot of this is overhyped and again, pure hyperbole. However, this is a nice little opportunity to go on a bit of a writing spree and get our new writers in the mix. In an effort to expand the blog and move toward a more regular posting schedule, I’ve recruited some friends to help write the blog. So, this week, we’ll be having a post everyday, and then moving to a Monday/Thursday posting schedule (at least I hope). Anyways, with multiple authors in the mix, we’ll be having a little bit of fun with the anonymity, but for the most part, we’ll be trying our best to provide well-written reads.

Anyways, back to the point of Valentine’s Day, I will say that a lot of men are often oblivious to some facts though, like for example, which exact day the holiday is on. For example, last week, I was supposed to get dinner with a friend. However, both she and I ended up being busy, so we texted each other to re-schedule. Now, I feel that this is a common circumstances, and something that everyone does on a fairly regular basis nowadays. So, not thinking about the dangers of early February, I non-chalantly suggested “Next Thursday” as an option, because, my Thursdays are most usually free. It was only after about 15 minutes of working on my laptop that I realized what I did.

At this point, I had already found myself in a virtual minefield to stumble through.

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