Tuesday, 7 October 2014

31 Day Blog Challenge - DAY 2

Day 2: 20 facts about you

  1. I was born in 1988
  2. I'm a summer solstice baby
  3. I like layers
  4. I live in London
  5. I was born in London
  6. I don't have a favourite colour
  7. My favourite colour used to be blue
  8. I'm not a particularly loud person
  9. I'll admit that I thought this list would be easier to write
  10. I'm currently in the middle of a 'Keeping up with the Kardashian' binge. It's been about 3 months now. Judge away. I don't know who I am anymore
  11. I'm getting tips on how to treat my boyfriend watching Scott and Kourtney. "You're a sloppy mess" "You're disgusting, go home"
  12. I am actually watching Keeping up with the Kardashians right now
  13. I can usually think of a song for every situation
  14. It's really easy to put my one of my nickname's into most Jay-Z songs. So then i'm Jay-Z
  15. I did gymnastic for about 10 years
  16. My skin is really great right now
  17. I've been trying to write this list for an hour now
  18. I love conspiracy theories (I know your reading this Big Brother)
  19. I love to read
  20. My breasts can always tell when it's going to rain

Monday, 6 October 2014

31 Day Blog Challenge - Day 1

Day 1: Introduction and photo

My name's Jade and I'm Johnny Depp's secret girlfriend. We have 10 kids together, I live in a luxury villa in Santorini and Johnny visits whenever he can, to make more babies. The plan is to build a clan and weaoponize them with the intent of taking over Greece and then the world. Like Beyonce - with less leotards but with all the Sasha Fierce.

Us hanging out like normal
Anyway i'm going to stop lying, even though it's really tempting to continue - I'd love to tell you more about my live in boyfriends ... Pharrell and Mr Gandy.

Okay, my name actually is Jade i'm a twenty-something gal who lives in London. Next year I'll be moving to Amsterdam so my current life consists of saving and saving and more saving. I have three sisters and one brother - i'm the oldest and best sibling (obviously). I love music, I can play the piano and I am learning how to play the drums (currently on a break - long story). I also love silence and alone time so I can let my brain breath. I'm a psychology graduate but I currently don't actually do anything that relates to that degree, except for when I lurk on message boards for people with personality disorders (which I hope isn't offensive - I enjoy reading about the disorder from their own point of view).

I am in a relationship with a great human being, it'll be four years in November since we started being all lovey-dovey with each other.

I have a cat named Caesar who is always catting around like a typical cat.

I consider myself a feminist, which isn't something that's always very popular to claim because of untrue connotations but take from that what you will.

I think that should suffice as an introduction.

Photo!:


Bye.

You can check out the 31 day challenge here.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

31 Day Blog Challenge

As I start to get this blog up and running again I thought that taking on a writing challenge might help to get me back into the swing of things, as I've been feeling really stumped lately. So, ta -da, I'm hoping that being 'forced' to write once a day will get rid of this writers block that has gripped me since I started my current job! I'll be starting from next week Monday.

In other exciting news, it is 11pm.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The irony of social media

As someone who once prided themselves on 'discovering' and being a part of the newest technology available, as soon as it was available, social media is one of those things I have grown up using.

Having a dad who is heavily into computers meant I was using them at quite a young age and using them as a way to be social is second nature, from my foray into chat rooms, taking part in conversations with people that may or may not one day feature on 'To catch a predator', to  message boards to diary sites like Xanga, you name it I probably still have an account on there.

Coming from heavily using these sites at a time where I would almost feeling embarrassed by it in general company, to now living in a society where it's looked upon as odd to not be on at least one social networking site, has left me in a position where I'm beginning to analyse my usage of these websites, and coupled with my background in Psychology - I can't help but wonder how these interactions are shaping us and what we're gaining from it.

Currently a new social media site seems to pop up every 5 minutes, instead of being quick to join I now feel the weight of past sites I've joined calling me to question why the hell I need to add a new password and login to my memory bank. Not being so easily swayed to join newer sites makes me begin to question the ones I am using at the moment.

Subjects like this have been done to death, with scientists tentatively explaining how 'notifications' act as a drug, giving us a feeling of pleasure which then causes us to repeat the behaviour to get said feeling of pleasure again, thus the cycle begins. We are being told that the way we are using this technology is causing us to have shorter attention spans and they're changing the way we communicate in 'real-life'.

It's not hard to see the affect this has had on our lives. Go out to dinner with your friends, sit down at the table and one of the first things you'll see is everyone do is put their phone on the table ... and every iPhone user knows that they offend St Steve Jobs if they dare to sit down to a meal without taking a picture first.

I don't really want to talk about that, I don't have Instagram as I own a Blackberry (a serious mistake), although I definitely understand the appeal of the website, as a long time user of websites such as picnik.com and now picmonkey.com - filters and editing images (with little Photoshop knowledge) has always been a fun past-time. It's obvious the way it's put a barrier up between actually experiencing something in the moment instead of taking a picture/tweeting to experience it later with your followers.

It is weird how society is gradually changing in that way and in that sense I'd like to talk about the growing trend of nude blogs, specifically on Tumblr. When it was first announced that Yahoo had bought Tumblr, one of the main questions was; "BuT wHat Of ThE PoRn BlOgS??!!". Most readers of these articles and even most Tumblr users appeared to be surprised to hear of this thriving community of Penis's and Vaginas', but within it's clean aesthetic and pictures of townhouses and rainbows are many a gif and image that you pray to God are tagged with NSFW as you browse in 'safe mode' sat in your office.

Sex is prevalent on Tumblr and the site has seen an emergence of various sex blogs created by the average Joe or Jane, staying anonymous, they provide a more 'normal' side to the world of porn but also from a very intimate view point. Most popular among these sites are the couples blogs who share their sex lives with their followers through stories, photos, videos and gifs. These sites are like catnip to our Big Brother generation who could seriously put 'Lurking' under a key skill on our CV's. It's something like not being able to look away from a car crash, not because it's a negative thing but because they're sharing such private acts that we wonder whether should we be privy to.

It's the actual act of taking a picture during sex that baffles me. It's one of the rawest acts humans partake it, within a society where we are ever so conscious of our every move and thought, sex breaks that mold and more natural aspects take over, taste, touch - you're able to let go. So during these moments, I wonder at what point does the camera get pulled out? Do you begin to perform for the camera and in turn the audience who you know will be viewing the images/video later? The irony being that during a moment of such social intimacy you're not actually there in the moment experiencing it. Does the quality of the experience then slightly become dependent on how many 'reblogs' and 'likes' the picture receives?

With generic porn, somewhere in our heads we are aware that at one point the director called 'cut', but with these images it's the idea of real intimacy that makes them more interesting to view... but in the way that it's  now more common to watch concerts through a mobile phone screens rather than with our own eyes, I wonder if social media is again infiltrating intimate experiences in a way that takes away from how special the act is in itself - even if it is a one time thing to never be seen again.

Don't get me wrong, I see the appeal of the sites, and the majority tend to be body positive and fairly arty, but living presently and not for future rewards is something I'd like to see more of. I feel like our current use of social media has begun using us.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Every time I come in the kitchen, you in the kitchen


"Every time I come in the kitchen, you in the kitchen. In the goddamn refrigerator. Eatin' up all the food. All the chitlins... All the pig's feet... All the collard greens... All the hog maws. I wanna eat them chitlins... I like pigs feet."

For any Londoners interested in kicks and free food

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Some Stromae loving

It's been a while (two years) since I posted anything Stromae. He has a new album! and I stumbled across his new song completely by accident and I'm currently riding the Stromae train again. Come aboard companions and enjoy this with me. On a serious note, I personally think he is quite an interesting artist (and a slight comedian), his songs are usually quite meaningful with a pretty cool vid to go with it. Here are some of the new ones I watched yesterday:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

You Are So Jealous


Not even going to tell you where I did it. Can I put it in my professional email signature?