Sunday, January 14, 2018

Google Arts & Culture App

An update to the Google Arts and Culture app gave a new feature that compares a user’s selfie with the company’s catalog of historical artworks. The app uses computer-vision tech to examine what is similar about your face to the thousands of pieces of art that are shared with Google by museums and other institutions.

Here are my matches, which I imagine what my Ancestry DNA result would look like.



   


Monday, January 8, 2018

Forging Meaning From Our Biggest Struggles

How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he's met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.


"When we're ashamed, we can't tell our stories, and stories are the foundation of identity. Forge meaning, build identity. Forge meaning and build identity. That became my mantra. Forging meaning is about changing yourself. Building identity is about changing the world. All of us with stigmatized identities face this question daily: How much to accommodate society by constraining ourselves, and how much to break the limits of what constitutes a valid life? Forging meaning and building identity does not make what was wrong right. It only makes what was wrong precious."

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Day 30: 30-Day Song Challenge

Day 30: A song that reminds you of yourself


There is a lot to unpack with today's song choices and why it's the songs that remind me of myself. I'll talk about that at a later post. For now, let's celebrate the final day of the 30-Day Song Challenge!

I've Changed by Josh Joplin






I wanted perfection from every song I've ever sung
But that was wrong
And I wanted something from every person I've ever loved
But that was wrong

And I've changed, I've changed
I've reconsidered everything
I'm fine now, I'm fine now
I laid the barrel in my mouth
And everything I thought before
I won't think anymore
I've changed, I've changed, I've changed

I wanted to be the greatest at everything
But I can't be
And I wanted to be exempt from temptation
But I can't be

And I've changed, I've changed
I've reconsidered everything
I'm fine now, I'm fine now
I laid the barrel in my mouth
And everything I thought before
I won't think any more
I've changed, I've changed, I've changed

And I wanted your love to be everlasting
But it isn't
I wanted life to be an easier proposition
But it isn't

And I've changed, I've changed
I've reconsidered everything
I'm fine now, I'm fine now
I laid the barrel in my mouth
And everything I thought before
I won't think anymore
I've changed, I've changed, I've changed


Divisionary (Do The Right Thing) by Ages and Ages





Do the right thing, do the right thing
Do it all the time, do it all the time
Make yourself right, never mind 'em
Don't you know you're not the only one suffering

I see you up again wandering so diligent
Crossing your T's as though it weren't irrelevant
They say formality, this is what they really meant:
They can be the walk and we can be the pavement

Do the right thing, do the right thing
Do it all the time, do it all the time
Make yourself right, never mind them
Don't you know you're not the only one suffering

So what you're up against all the disingenuous
They wave you along and say there's always room for us
But we know better than that to take 'em serious
Still don't let'em make you bitter in the process

And when the light is up, this is how oughta be
We'll make it alright, they'll come around eventually
They say it's nothing but that ain't the reality
They may take us on but they can never take us easy

They ain't moving, they're just moving around
So if you love yourself, you better get out
Get out, get out, get out now

Do the right thing, do the right thing (do the right thing)
Do it all the time, do it all the time (do it all the time)
Make yourself right, never mind them (do it all the time)
Don't you know you're not the only one suffering

I hear a higher calling
Better here than there I guess
So long, so long

Friday, December 29, 2017

Day 29: 30-Day Song Challenge

Day 29: A song you remember from your childhood


Anything from Ace of Base, really. My favorite is Lucky Love, but the one that I remember the most is this one:


The Sign by Ace of Base



There is no other song that conjures up images of my childhood than this song. I was originally going to say The Cranberries' Dreams, but I have a specific childhood memory attached to The Sign. I'll talk about that some other time.

Another song that reminds me of my childhood the first song that I learned all the words to. An amazing feat since some of the verses of this song has a faster flow. Plus, it was in the movie Reality Bites - with my favorite actress of all time, Winona Ryder.

Stay (I Missed You) by Lisa Loeb


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Day 28: 30-Day Song Challenge

Day 28: A song by an artist whose voice you love


This is an easy one:

Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie and Postal Service. Maybe it's because I haven't really grown out of my EMO-phase, but I just find his voice soothing in its melancholy. It is also a recognizable voice - that you'll immediately say, "Oh, it's the Postal Service/Death Cab guy". And it's been imitated it inspired other artists too, like Owl City.

Since I've posted Such Great Heights twice on this challenge already (Day 7Day 14), I'll share my other favorite song from this guy from his other band.

The Sound of Settling by Death Cab For Cutie




Honorable Mentions: Adelle, Bjork, and Connor Oberst