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Comedy Podcast Recommendations

I am a comedy nerd. By “I am” I mean “I call myself,” because literally no one else has ever called me that in the history of time outside of my own internal monologue, but still.

Maybe my favorite way to get my laughs is by listening to comedy podcasts. However, absolutely every white man between the ages of 22 and 36 has a podcast, and also finds himself hilarious, so it can be hard to know where to start.

As someone who has listened to what seems like infinite self-indulgent LA-based improv comedians speaking into a microphone: I am here to save you from that fate.

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An Honest Review of the First Episode of American Idol Reboot

Back in 2008, I really thought I was going to be the next American Idol.

I had it all planned out. My stage name would be Elisa, and my audition song was going to be “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse. I was going to get that golden ticket and become the next big star, my debut single being strangely reminiscent of Avril Lavinge’s “Complicated.”

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Y’all Think Texas Is Like This?

Y’all really think all Texans are like this? As a Texan, I have come to answer your burning questions about Texas. Even though Austin is the live music capital of the world, has amazing food and shopping, and is becoming one of the most popular cities to live in, I obviously show no favoritism whatsoever to Austin. After moving to Boston, I have been asked all of these questions. Some are more ridiculous than others and I still think it is hilarious that people actually believe these preconceived notions. So here is my best shot at answering these recurring questions, Y’all (And I’ve even included my own personal pictures). 

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Tattoo Tips

I’ve always imagined getting a tattoo. The thought of getting an image inked on my skin that would be there for the rest of my life seemed both terrifying and intriguing. Even though I was scared, I always told myself one day that I would get one.

After much deliberation (over a year’s worth), I finally decided that I was going to get a puzzle piece tattoo. The puzzle piece was significant to me because it represents autism. My older brother was diagnosed with autism when he was about 3 or 4 years old. Despite his disability, he was and still is a major influencer and contributor to my life, and I wanted to be able to have him represented wherever I go.

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Mattress Firm: Aiding Sleep, or Schemes?

That’s right, folks. It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room: The Mattress Firm Conspiracy Theory.

Forget your basic Berenstain Bears Mandela effects – this next level conspiracy theory will make you say “Illuminati, who?”

If you’re not familiar with the Mattress Firm Conspiracy Theory, here’s a quick rundown (you can also watch the video Youtuber Shane Dawson made about it): Back in January, a Reddit user commented that they believed Mattress Firm, the largest specialty mattress retailer in the US is a money laundering company, according to Business Insider.

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Do One Thing Everyday That Scares You

I was strolling through a bookstore, coffee in hand, when I stumbled across a small peculiar book called Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You by Robie Rogge. My interest was immediately piqued, so I read the back cover:

Each day is an opportunity to perform one small act of bravery; singing out loud, asking for help, admitting a mistake, pitching an idea, accepting a compliment, changing your hair, going for the prize, failing spectacularly and trying again. This journal contains a year’s worth of fear-facing prompts and mottos of encouragement.”

Well, I thought, didn’t that sound just great! I am currently at a stage of my life, like most other college students, where self-growth and finding myself are two of my highest priorities. So, naturally, this book seemed like the best way to push me out of my comfort zone. However, I wasn’t about to drop $20 on the book after last week’s expenditures left me $10 in my checking account… So I settled on creating my own “scary challenges” each day, tailored to me.

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The Challenge of Being Female on the Internet

I had a friend request from myself.

Worse than the unsettling experience of receiving a friend request from you that you hadn’t sent was the fact that it wasn’t really surprising at all. Since, for the past week or two, I’d been occasionally contacted by a Goodreads account that was an exact copy of my own.

As someone who has discovered a love for rereading books I loved in childhood, I set a goal of rereading every Sarah Dessen book in 2018. As I finished another reread of the queen of middle school literature, I logged into Goodreads to update my review.

Before I did, I checked my notifications. And saw my own profile picture. My name, with the same lowercase E I use on my profiles.

“emma started following you.”

“emma commented on your review of The Moon and More.”

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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog

Starting a blog is a very daunting idea, but anyone is able to start one. Before I created my blog, I wish I had a better understanding of what I was getting myself in to. Although it is feasible to start a blog without a solid plan, I would strongly recommend against it. If you are considering starting a blog, here are 10 tips that I wish I would have known before I started my own blog.

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Diverse YA Recommendations

Over the past year, I’ve become extremely passionate about diversity in books. To the point that I did both a presentation and an essay on the topic last semester. Voluntarily. In the same timeframe. For two different classes. If that’s not passion, I don’t know what is.

Luckily, this long-term temper tantrum of mine lines up pretty well with a renaissance of diversity in young adult books. So if the Renaissance featured more teens taking down governments/discovering magic/having sassy banter-y conversations – and fewer really good paintings of fruit and Jesus and stuff.

I define diversity as representations of sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, mental illnesses, disabilities, and body types that are marginalized or not typically represented in popular culture.

That being said, here are some of my favorite reads from this diversity quest!

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Black Panther and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Marvel cinematic universe has turned into an ever-growing conglomerate of superhero movies. The most recent addition to the universe is the new and popular film, Black Panther. If you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, you’re missing out. I would argue that if even if you are not a Marvel fan, Black Panther is an incredible cinematic production. Plus Chadwick Boseman is just incredible to look at in his role as the black panther (especially in all black ;)).  

I was personally really excited to see this film. I was curious to see how Marvel was going to incorporate a new superhero into the mix, especially one with such a unique background as to how he actually became the Black Panther. Being the Marvel nerd that I am, I could barely contain my excitement once it came out in theaters. I knew there was no shot I was going to be able to see it opening night, so I waited a couple of weeks. When I finally got around to seeing it, I spent the extra money and saw it in IMAX 3D. In the end, the film went beyond my expectations, providing me with a thrilling experience in the theater.

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