Social Butterfly: Smartphones

Oh god. The smartphone. We love them, obviously, but are they hurting us socially?

Worst nightmare date. That guy is never getting called back, ironically, because he's always on his phone. Rude! Photo via ethicalnag.org
Worst nightmare date. That guy is never getting called back, ironically, because he's always on his phone. Rude! Photo via ethicalnag.org

You’d think it’d be the opposite. Always connected, always uploading pictures to Facebook, commenting on somebody’s something or having a text conversation that last hours (sooooooo annoying.) But I’m finding more and more that there are certain smartphone addicts that no matter how many good friends are around them at a party, they’ve got their drink in one hand and their smartphone in the other, doing God knows what and being rude as hell.

There’s almost nothing ruder that being on your smartphone at a party… the whole NIGHT. Anyone excessively using their smartphone at a party looks super bad, in a “who the fuck is that self-important asshole” type way. There’s nothing worse than striking up a conversation with a marginally interesting person who can’t even make eye contact with you because their retinas are smartphone-occupied.

Where is the line drawn between reasonable phone-checking and a social networking pariah? 

We’ve all done it. You get bored, the people at the party aren’t your cup of tea, or your male friends are playing video games. (Sorry Lana del Rey, that shit ain’t interesting.) Unless you’re deliberately trying to send a message to people that you’re uninterested in their company and you’d like to leave immediately, we should try to keep the smartphone checking down to a minimum.

And please, on a DATE, no smartphone or cell phone checking whatsoever. For real!

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Fashion: Polyvore

Set by fashionmonkey1 via polyvore.com
Set by fashionmonkey1 via polyvore.com

My late night meanderings through the internet on this cold, dark evening have brought me to polyvore.com, a place where you can create your own style pages using a drag-and-drop hybrid of online shopping and fashion magazine features. A-MA-ZING. Pinterest but more fashion-y. I like it.

I had previously only been to polyvore to browse clothing, but I had never noticed this awesome interactive community. You can even ask for fashion advice from other fashionistas all over the world like “How can I make this shirt look supa dupa cool?” Average response time is 21 minutes. Fashion crises, avert yourselves!

You can also create your own style sets and collections by browsing through Polyvore’s stock of clothing, accessories, shoes and embellishments like print magazine articles to make the pages look like real magazines.

What a cool way to let the masses create their own magazine pages filled with style! You can like other people’s fashion sets as well and follow your favorite Polyvore fashion-magazine-stylists.

I have only just created an account and am excited to make a page! Do you have a Polyvore account? Am I super behind on the times? Let’s be friends! Follow at twentypoorandfabulous.

Mixtape Monday: The Dead Mantra Evil Mixtape

Photo via lamusicassette.com
Photo via lamusicassette.com

EVIL MIXTAPE (pour Le Musicassette)

The December Sound – Dead on a cross
Donna Summer – I feel love
The Cure – The Figurehead
Nine Inch Nails – Closer to God
Blonde Redhead – Messenger
U2 – MOFO
Sex Church – Waking Up
The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa – Square Wave
The Bonaparte’s – Battle Of Iéna
Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice
Love – The Red Telephone
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Arabian Knights
A Place To Bury Strangers – Half Awake
The KLF – What time is Love (live at Transcentral)
Yuck – Rubber
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones pt. II
De André – Un Blasfemo

Music: Rihanna samples The xx’s “Intro”

She is beautiful. Photo via 12maike on flickr
Is she drunk on love in a bathtub? Been there too, girl. Photo via 12maike on flickr

When jamming to Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk CD (it was the real CD too, how retro!) in my friend’s car this weekend, we noticed a familiar favorite on track number 8 “Drunk on Love”: Rihanna sampled The xx’s beautiful “Intro”. If you haven’t heard of The xx, then listen to their version of “Intro” before you listen to Rihanna’s “Drunk on Love”, because it truly is a great track.

Although I was pleasantly happy that someone covered such a wonderful song (that’s only the intro because The xx’s album is that good), I wish her producer’s wouldn’t have made it so obviously electronic. The twangy synth cheapens the true beauty of The xx’s song. I’m waiting for someone to remix Rihanna’s song over the original xx song so we can hear a seriously hot jam.

Enjoy both songs below, you won’t be disappointed!

Fashion: Animal Circles

Animal Circles.

This t-shirt design called “Animal Circles” is my best friend’s independent-designer-boyfriend’s design. For some reason, the little animals remind me of mahjong tile pictures, if the pictures were all of disturbingly cute chubby animals that you just wanna squeeze a little too hard. If you like this design, vote for it at threadless.com so people can revel in its beauty right on their own chests.

Besides, It could be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your boyfriend. Because men love t-shirts and everyone hates those fucking worthless teddy bears in a bag.