Here’s the spot where I share with you the cool and/or interesting things I stumbled upon during the week. Enjoy!
1. New York Magazine breaks down the meaning of “ratchet.”
If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of the use of the word “ratchet,” as an adjective, New York Magazine has you covered. John Ortved went diving into urban slang for a fairly well-researched (but still missed the mark) piece. He even talked to the creators of that hilarious “She Ratchet” song. It’s a good quick read for those interested in pop culture research.
2. Howcast and TweetBoogie want to teach you how to twerk.
This video is from 2012, but it was in my suggested recommendations from YouTube this week. (What does that say about what I’ve been watching?) In this video, a lovely young lady by the name of TweetBoogie teaches us all how to twerk. If I were not familiar with twerking already, I don’t know that this video would have helped me out much, but it is at least entertaining and shout out to TweetBoogie for getting some dough from Howcast.
3. @CreativeGreed will be your new favorite Instagram follow.
I stumbled upon @CreativeGreed on Instagram after they “liked” one of my pics and now I just love them to itty bitty pieces. Their feed is full of the most random, cool stuff. A coffee mug made from a camera lens, a chair that doubles as a bookcase and other eye-catching.
4. The Lively Morgue is not scary at all.
Just like everyone else, the New York Times has been using digital photography for quite some time, but they’ve been around since the 19th century, so they have a huge stockpile of photographs in storage. The call it the “morgue.” The Lively Morgue is an awesome Tumblr page that shares some of the more interesting photos from their vast collection.
5. How to get your Google afterlife in order.
You know you need to have a will in order to have your estate properly handled once you’ve passed away, but in today’s world much of our lives is digital. Google understands that and now they have come up with what is essentially a Google will. You can set it up so that after a certain amount of inactive time (specified by you) an email is automatically sent to whomever you designate as your digital keeper so to speak. That person will be given access to whichever accounts and clouds you specify. Makes sense. Personally, I just want a self-destruct button. Would you consider formally handing over all of your Google information to someone after you pass away?
Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.