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I’ve been sitting on this sweet giveaway for a while, as it seemed to make the most sense as a way to get you all excited for back to school. Or at the very least, for those of you who are past the college years, a nice way to cheer up about the cold weather that’s about to return.
Courtesy of Sapporo, I have a giveaway I’m super pumped for (I wish I could have the headphones for myself!) that includes the following:
- a black Herschel backpack
- a pair of SOL REPUBLIC track on ear headphones
- and of course, Sapporo (gluten free!) beer for you to drink
The total value is around $200, and to enter you just have to be a subscriber to my newsletter (be sure to hit the confirmation email you receive or you won’t be entered). If you are already a subscriber, comment below with the email you used to subscribe so I know you want to be included.
If you want a bonus entry, Facebook fans can, as usual, like/comment or share my page’s status about this giveaway on Facebook.
Followers can retweet my tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.
And Insta followers can like my photo on Instagram about this giveaway.
You’ll have until September 8th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted via the email address they used to subscribe, the following day.
Whoa everyone! TGIF is back. I know, it’s been absent most of the summer, and for that I can only say my summer has been – as usual, busier than any other time of the year. I took on a new gig writing for Notable five days a week, on top of my regular contributions to Dose and a new job helping with social media for a record label.
Not to mention vacations, festivals, family coming to town. I’m actually looking forward to the routine that fall will bring back into my life, if not the cold weather.
With that said, here’s a big whack of links that have built up over the past few weeks. Enjoy!
- Deep-Fried Tequila Is Actually A Thing, And It Will Get You White Girl Wasted Who’s trying this with me?
- What Makes People Look Like Their Pets? It makes complete sense that it’s in the eyes. They learn from our facial expressions, so it’s no surprise that their eyes would express what ours express. When you’re sad, your dog is sad. When you’re happy, your dog is happy. They mimic you, because they are walking furry balls of empathy and connection.
- 30 Years of Music Industry Change In One GIF This is interesting.
- The Rapper Killer Mike Instagrammed A Moving Letter About Michael Brown The things happening in Ferguson are terrible for so many reasons – what everyone needs to remember is what he talks about in this letter.
- Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves to Another Universe at Death This is my favourite link of the summer. I’m non religious after the trauma of Catholic school, but I’ve always believed in the soul, and the idea that there’s something more to life. This science explains my ideas around the subject fairly well. I’m not so sure about the moving to other universes part – but I do believe our souls exist before and after our body, and our bodies serve as receptors to it in the same way that our TV is a receptor to our cable signal. It explains a lot about the idea of ghosts, mediums, near death experiences and past life regression. None of it has anything to do with organized religion.
- Dr. Dre’s letter to his girlfriend is the best thing you’ll read all day This is great. No wonder she married him.
- Photographer Takes A Self-Portrait On Her Birthday In Her Underwear For 40 Years It’s a powerful and beautiful thing to watch the body age through four decades.
- Alzheimer artist’s self portrait over 8 years’ time from onset until he forgot to send portrait to care facility management This is sad, but it also gives a world of insight into a terrifying disease. I’m not sure I’ve ever witnessed a project that so profoundly displayed the idea of being trapped inside yourself so well.
- Five Lessons The Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV If you ask me, TV has learned all the lessons the entire entertainment industry needs to learn first, and that’s why it is having such a period of glory despite the internet. The music industry should definitely take note.
- Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You Damn right we do. Mornings are just the worst.
- 7 Theories On Why We Evolved to Love Music Interesting.
- Photographer Shows Proof of Shocking Similarities In Human Templates Between Complete Strangers You know when someone tells you they saw your doppelganger, this explains that phenomenon fairly well.
- 40 Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever Lots of great tips here, bookmark it.
- Why Can’t You Ever Shut Up During A Concert? Seriously! Please, if you come to a concert, STFU. People who scream sing at the top of their lungs so loud you can’t hear the actual singer, STFU! People who come to a show to stand around having a chat, GTFO! Why are you even here? Did you really just pay money to ruin the show for everyone else??
- The Representation Test: Grading the Top Films of 2014 (So Far) This is fascinating. Support films that write female characters as real people, please.
- 18 Signs You Are Addicted To Collecting Vinyl Welp. That’s me. And probably most of you, too.
- How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry
- Pressing Issues: Record Quality in Today’s Market Some good advice to keep in mind when buying vinyl.
- The seven digital deadly sins This interactive collaboration between the NFB and The Guardian is a must watch. Digital is an amazing thing, but all of the good doesn’t outweigh the bad.
- Finally, watch this amazing Emmy promo bringing back together my two favourites from the best show of all time, Breaking Bad. We needed to see Jesse and Walt together one more time.
I came upon a Facebook status from a friend the night the awful news was announced, getting on a bit of a high horse at the fact that he had read more posts about Robin Williams death in the past few hours than he had read about the dying children of Gaza, and how wrong that is.
This kind of shit is annoying for a variety of reasons that would distract from the point of this post. But I will say that people who sit in their comfy apartments in safe North American cities a million miles away from war posting on Facebook about how awful war is, who then feel the need to call out everyone else for caring about the suicide of an entertainer who spent his entire career making people feel better – really just need to shutthefuckup and do some reflecting on their faux Facebook compassion.
Another friend pointed out how it comes off as sociopathic to not understand why so many people who grew up watching Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Aladdin, Patch Adams, Flubber etc could feel emotionally connected to an actor enough to be truly sad that they took their own life. And it kind of is.
Of course we feel sad about it. That doesn’t mean we don’t care about what’s happening on the other side of the world, just because we’re not blabbing about it making judgements from Facebook all day. I’m well aware that the wars happening in Israel, Syria and Iraq are terrifying and devastating - note, it’s not JUST happening in Gaza – Facebook evangelists. I realize there is also a horribly fucked up issue with unarmed African American kids being killed by cops in the States. Yes, the world is a scary place right now and all these things deserve media attention.
But we generally post on our personal Facebook about things we feel a direct connection to. And thankfully, most of us up in Canada are not personally connected to those wars. On the other hand, we all grew up watching Robin Williams.
We all imagined him as our own dad in so many of those movies. We all imagined him as our greatest teacher in Dead Poets Society. As the psychiatrist we could only dream of being lucky enough to find in Good Will Hunting. As the Genie who granted our wishes in Aladdin.
A person we felt connected to, who touched our lives directly through his characters, is gone, and it leaves an overwhelmingly empty feeling.
Some people always feel the need to act high and mighty when others care if a celebrity dies, and in some ways I understand that “You didn’t even know them, they’re just people too..” mentality. But there are some entertainers who literally are responsible for saving our lives through their art – and Robin Williams was definitely, easily one of those. He wasn’t just another celebrity. He was the kind of talent the world so rarely sees, and likely will never experience again. The idea of a one of a kind talent always seemed like such bullshit to me, but looking back on the versatility of his work makes it easy to see he deserved such a label.
Could anyone else in the world have pulled off Mrs. Doubtfire? Doubtful.
I also want to mention something I read on this website:
We were saddened to hear of the suspected suicide of Robin Williams, our hearts go out to his family and friends who should be left to grieve in peace.
Suicide is characterised here in the UK, as it is in the US and for almost every nation except China, by a three, four or even five to one ratio of male to female deaths. In 2012, the last date for which we have figures, 77% of all suicides were male. It is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-49 in the UK. Given the disproportionate number of male suicides, in every age band, we hope that the media will explore the relevance of gender rather than just focusing and speculating on the minutiae of Robin’s life in examining this issue.
This might be one of the most important things I’ve read since his passing. It struck me when a friend mentioned feeling hopeless in the face of his death – because if even he can’t make it – what chance does that give for the rest of us who struggle with depression? When she first mentioned this, I feared that his death might push her back into that dark place, but almost immediately I thought to myself not to worry too much, because she’s not male, so she will have a significantly better chance of bouncing back if it does return. That sounds crass, and as someone who struggled with suicidal thoughts as a preteen I do not downplay the fact that both men and women reach that awful end point.
But the stats are overwhelming. And I think it’s something that really does need to be discussed because the fact is, men are obviously at a much higher risk of actually sinking that low and not seeing another way out.
And why is that?
That is a big conversation that really needs to happen.
There is research that needs to be done. There is a stigma around depression and being depressed that seems to be much more taboo in male culture. It’s like admitting you are a Beta male instead of an Alpha, and sadly there is still a lot of shame around that – and there shouldn’t be. Because it makes them more afraid to seek help. More likely to self medicate with booze and drugs. More likely to hide the way they feel. More likely to take their depression out in self destructive ways. More likely to bottle up and explode.
The fact is, when it comes to depression and suicide, the gender issue needs to be a part of the conversation. Too many good men are gone because they are embarrassed to seek help. They think it’s not masculine to admit something is wrong, to talk with a doctor or therapist about their feelings. So they succumb to this other option when they can no longer handle those feelings. Of course, depression is not a gender specific disease – but there is clearly a problem that’s skewing the suicide stats so far in their direction. I think it might have something to do with their different brain chemistry, and even more to do with the cultural standards men are supposed to live up to – and the pressure they feel to be beacons of strength despite their innate vulnerability.
RIP Robin. Thanks for being my psychologist when I was a severely depressed and angry 12 year old enduring daily bullying that made my life a living hell. Not sure I would have made it out of grade school alive were it not for the wisdom and compassion you showed Will Hunting. Until that scene, I really did believe it was my fault.
For anyone who somehow doubts it, movies save lives. That is why we all care so much about someone whose life we couldn’t save in return.
Want to hang with Daniel Radcliffe in person? Want to attend the premiere of his new film The F Word? I can help you do just that. The film has its Toronto premiere on Monday July 21st at Scotiabank Theatre, and Harry Potter himself will be there to say hi.
If you want to win, all you have to do is follow me on Instagram @lisalagace and like the photo of the movie poster once I share it. Only my followers will be entered into the draw – just liking the pic alone does not count.
Also, if you don’t win, you can come to Scotiabank at 4pm on Monday where there will be another huge opportunity to win tickets, so make sure you’re there early!
The F Word hits theatres on August 22nd! Check out the trailer below:
My friends over at eOne have asked me to give you a chance to see the new Mark Ruffalo/Keira Knightley film Begin Again, for free! Yes, this one features Adam Levine attempting to act, but let’s not hold that against it.
It comes from the same team that brought us the beautiful music film Once, so I understandably have high hopes for it.
I have 9 music-themed prize packs to giveaway, and each prize pack includes the following:
- A copy of the soundtrack on CD
- A Run of Engagement pass for 2 valid at any cinema in Canada excluding Quebec
- Branded headphones & headphone splitters
- Guitar picks
To enter, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words ‘Begin Again’ in the subject line of your email.
As always, Facebook fans and weekly newsletter subscribers get extra entries, so use that handy little form in the sidebar to sign up if you haven’t already. Remember, you must have clicked the confirmation email in order to actually be considered a subscriber and get that extra entry.
Keep in mind the ROE passes are only valid for all the theatres in Canada excluding Quebec. Winners will be chosen on Sunday July 20th and contacted via email.
Watch the too cute trailer here, and try not to dream about Mark Ruffalo too much for the rest of the day: