Your Week in Procrastination
Monday, December 7, 2009
The "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy: What other time in your life besides dead week are you going to be able to watch more than 10 hours of movies straight? You deserve to escape for a few hours and follow the adventures of Frodo and company.
"The Wire": Now is the time to indulge in those full, hour-long episodes of HBO's fantastic take on the sprawling urban experience. Save those 25-minute network comedies for later in the week when you actually feel obligated to study.
The Beatles, Abbey Road: You can't go wrong with what I consider to be the Beatles' best album. If you have never listened to this classic record, you need to track it down now. Abbey Road is designed to be played from beginning to end on repeat.
Thrice, Beggars: Before you write off the band as pre-packaged post-screamo, this album is Thrice's most accessible to date. Dustin Kensrue's lyrics are filled with literary references that will help your term paper sound even more sophisticated.
"Swipe You a Drink" (YouTube): T-Pain's "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" meets Cal Dining in this hilarious video by the Swipe Kings. This catchy parody makes the Cal 1 Card feel like the key to a college student's eating adventure.
Happynews.com: Here you'll get only the good stuff: A book drive helps schools affected by Hurricane Katrina; an NFL player donates $2 million to pediatric research; a UC Berkeley student discovers Happynews.com during finals (well, that last one hasn't made it ... yet).
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show": There is nothing better than the look on my roommate's face when she glances over and sees a man in fishnets and a corset. This dead week, instead of slaving over 45-page-long review sheets, do the Time Warp and make Tim Curry proud.
Cracked.com: Ever wanted to know about insane things people have done while sleepwalking, things that have exploded but shouldn't and why you secretly want a zombie apocalypse to happen? If you have ever wondered any of these, check out Cracked.com.
"Eye of the Tiger": Imagining yourself running up Savio Steps to "Eye of the Tiger" after acing an English final allows you to put off working on anything you should be working on while procrastinating, Sylvester Stallone-style.
"Pee Wee's Big Adventure": Tim Burton's feature-length debut starring the boy-child Pee Wee Herman may seem odd and unsophisticated, and it is. But that is the charm of this movie, which follows Pee Wee as he tries to find his beloved bike.
Movits!, Appleknyckarjazz: Hands down the best Swedish jazz hip-hop swing band I've ever listened to. The music makes even the most uncoordinated human being (me) get up and dance. Every once in a while you'll catch a word like "sexy," and that's all you need to know.
"Castle": This show is a doozy: It's clever, charming, sweet and full of morbid mysteries. It stars Nathan Fillion as a rich mystery writer who teams up with a tough-but-vulnerable police detective (Stana Katic) to solve crimes.
"Sex and the City": Drop that textbook, slip into something lacy and flip that remote to everyone's favorite foursome. Escape your mundane reality by imagining yourself as Carrie, who supports an extravagantly materialistic lifestyle by repeating hackneyed love advice in cute new ways, or Samantha, a raging alpha male trapped in a businesswoman's body. Middle age never looked so good.
Lady Gaga: Perk up, feel fabulous, and get your creative juices flowing again by checking out one of Lady Gaga's inimitable music videos. Her artistic vision will fill you with productive ideas-like lying on a bed next to a rotting corpse, or murdering your lover while wearing a mouse suit. Ga-ga, ooh-la-la.
TextsFromLastNight.com: So you might have spent last night drooling over your desk. But with Texts From Last Night, you can pretend you were this guy: "(804): I just woke up in bed with 4 girls. Either i dont remember the best night of my life or they think im gay."
"South Park": Matt Stone and Trey Parker use four elementary school-age boys, made through construction paper animation, to tackle all sorts of things with their signature dark and satirical humor. Abortions, Saddam Hussein, Tom Cruise ... nothing is off-limits for this show.
"Auto-Tune the News" (YouTube): Nothing makes the droning of Joe Biden and our Congressmen and women on C-SPAN more entertaining (or at least bearable) than listening to them transformed into miniature T-Pains.
TheAtlantic.com: The magazine's site has articles on everything from politics to travel and food. It also features a number of diverse and high profile bloggers: Jeffrey Goldberg's Middle East commentary, Megan McArdle's economics blog and the granddaddy of them all-"The Daily Dish," by blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan.
Passion Pit, Manners: From the infectious hand claps of "Sleepyhead" to the soaring anthemic chorus of "To Kingdom Come," this album makes a serious case for feel-good electronic-rock. Crank it up and don't forget to clap your hands.
-Stephanie M. Lee
"Gossip Girl": This show is not quality television. I'm not even sure it qualifies as television. But "Gossip Girl" is, if nothing else, American. And you know what? You don't mess with America.
-Stephanie M. Lee
"The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report": Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert offer ridiculous takes on the news of the day four times weekly. Luckily, the online episodes provide the perfect opportunity for comic relief during dead week.
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