- Thunderspace – everyone gets really stressed out sometime and when it happens to me, I find it gets really hard to stop my mind from churning and to let my mind quiet enough for sleep. Thunderspace is an app that helps you calm your mind with a selection of white noise like “Roof Garden” which is the sound of wind and rain on a canopy above you. The cool thing about this app is that is is stereophonic so when you listen to it with headphones it feels like the sound is all around you, it also uses your built-in camera flash to create strikes of lightening. FREE
- Fandango – so I’m a movie buff and I usually catch a movie on the fly, spur of the moment when I’m out and I feel like seeing whatever is out. Here’s something about me, I’m so old that I remember when you could call up a phone number (ON AN ACTUAL PHONE) and a person would tell you the movie times. And oh we thought it was so convenient! But now I can be as anti-social as I want to be and still find out movie times. It finds what you’re looking for by movie title or by theater location, it shows what movies near you are playing soon, lets you buy tickets, and tells you when movies you are waiting for are playing in your area. FREE
- Perfect 365 – okay, so lets be real for a second, we all want to look good right, especially in our selfies. Well in this app, you can get rid of practically anything that you don’t like about yourself. Yes I know, self acceptance, self love, confidence blah blah blah but come on, we all have something we’d like to change in photos. This app can adjust your skin, brighten your teeth, widen your eyes even add make-up. I use it in every photo I take and I give zero fucks because I look good in real life and even better in pictures. FREE
- Starbucks – I love me some skinny peppermint mocha lattes with soy, an extra shot of espresso, and hold the foam. YAY! So Starbucks has an app that is worth downloading if you go there with any frequency. Alright so one of the benefits is that you can get rewards like free refills and free drinks, including one on free drink. Also you get the free songs and downloads right into your app. FREE
- Urbanspoon – finds restaurants near you dependent on what kind of food you are craving and how much money you have and how much money you have. Great for finding food in a neighborhood you don’t know or when you just HAVE to have Chinese at 10pm… not speaking from past experience. FREE
- Instagram – I mean yeah duh. FREE
- Monsters Ate My Condo – I have a thing for kaiju (Japanese Gigantic Monsters) like a REALLY have a thing for kaiju. I don’t know if I want to have a kaiju for a pet or a friend or transform myself into a gigantic raging rampaging radioactive unstoppable revenge machine. Anywho. If you need a game to take your mind off of superfluous things like work, taking care of your children or driving (please don’t take me seriously) dl this game. It works like Jenga, you have to swipe the coloured blocks to get 3 of the same colours in a row, you can only feed certain colours to kaiju with the same colours or they will get mad and also you have to swipe fast enough to not topple your condo. Its fun and I’ve been know to get a bit too into this game… $0.99
- My Fitness Pal – In the past year or so, I’ve been very stagnant with my fitness and health and gained so much that I was at my highest in about 10 years. It was embarrassing, my favorite clothes didn’t fit, I felt ugly. So in my revamped attempt at a healthy lifestyle and slim dream body, I went back to logging my food and exercise everyday… for every meal. It really does help. I can see what I’m eating and its calories and nutrients and I think twice about eating something not so healthy because I don’t want to have to see that on my list. It’s a helpful and it has features like a pedometer that logs your calories you burned while walking around and a community of supportive, encouraging people. FREE
- Bloglovin– Obviously I love blogs, but I must have over a hundred blogs that I follow. It can be really overwhelming to visit each one, one after the other and read through old posts and new. With this app (and website) all of your favorite blogs are aggregated together and put together according to when they were published. This makes it easier for people on the go, when you want to read something on your morning commute, its all right there for you. FREE
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1) What first got you interested in kawaii/Japanese culture?
2) How did you approach the area of study and were you met with any resistance within academia?
3) Have you spoken to any members of the Japanese subculture fashion and what are their reactions to your research?
4) What do you hope to accomplish with your studies?
5)Are there any things you could share about the impact of subculture fashion with contemporary views on women in society?
6) Do you feel that participating in subculture fashion is a way of getting more authentic findings in your research?
7) Do you plan on publishing a book or going on tour to make speeches about kawaii culture?
8) What do you think is the future of kawaii fashion and culture in the west?
9) Do you have any messages to fans of kawaii culture who may also want to go into study?
10) Could you tell us about any plans or projects that you are currently working on?
At the moment my main project is my field work in Harajuku. More information is on www.harajukudollhouse.com
“If you aren’t graciously willing to accept ‘no’ easily, then you’re not asking — you’re demanding or begging.”
– Amanda Palmer on asking for help
Recently, as I was getting ready for work, an episode of The View was on TV playing in the background. For those not familiar with it, The View is a show with a panel of women who discuss different current topics. On this particular episode the guest was one of my favorite performers, Annie Lennox. I had my back to the TV as I was doing my makeup and picking out jewelry, but I stopped in my tracks and began to pay more attention when I heard Annie talk about a very important and personal issue. That issue is Beyoncé.
But, we are now in the 4th Wave, an inclusive period of redefining what feminism looks like and also who gets to call whom a feminist. Part of my problem is that up until now the main voices on what is feminism has been white women, like Annie, who speak for the movement at large. The voices of minorities, trans women, poor women, queer women, immigrant women have never been part of the dialogue, but that has changed. Now you can’t say you are having a balanced conversation about feminism with only white women, because there is an understanding about representation, no one person can represent all views, needs and experiences. So when Annie sits on television and tells Beyonce, who has made immense success in a world where there are so few black women making it as far as she has. The opportunities for black women are much less that white women, and yet there she is and she has done that all while dressed in little more than a leotard and still twerks her way to the bank. She has become a feminist icon because of the fact that she is successful on her own terms, supporting women & their accomplishments, but also the inherent beauty of her feminine form and the power and strength she has in her own body. That is what is empowering and liberating to her, to be able to express herself in the context of her culture and what she envisions for herself. And that’s pretty fucking feminist.
My feelings can be summed up by the commentary from Segun Oduolowu on the Wendy Williams show. He, much to my surprise and relief, seems to have a firmer grasp on the concept and ideals of feminism that the women sitting next to him. He stands for the concepts that black feminism and 4th wave feminist are trying to explain.