Monday, March 9, 2015


Lately I've been listening to a couple stations on iTunes Radio that include some screamo bands. Probably much to the demise of my mother, I see some appeal to the genre.

I don't know that I actually enjoy the screaming, but there is something cathartic about the tension that builds up until it finally resolves with a melody. To me, it is similar to the dissonance and resolution in jazz songs (yes, I just compared screamo to jazz). It also mirrors the ups and downs that life brings us. There are grating, scarring, painful lows, then soaring, melodic highs.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Dress

Part of me found the dress discussion last week refreshing. It felt like all of society grew a little closer and became unified around discussing a relatively silly topic.

The other part of me is baffled and a little unsettled. To me the dress looks so clearly blue and black that even Wired's color-corrected version that is supposed to show the white and gold side of things still looks blue and black. If it weren't for democratic senator Chris Murphy's unfortunate tweet: "I know three things: 1) the ACA works; 2) climate change is real; 2) that dress is gold and white," I wouldn't believe anyone was serious about it being white and gold.

What unsettles me is that so many people (a majority from the sounds of some articles) resolutely see an issue in a way that I cannot even fathom. It's not like other optical illusions where you finally see it and then you understand. It is just something I will never understand. I don't know if I'd be more unsettled if I were one that saw white and gold, but I'm just glad Alexia and I agree. 

In closing, here's what I don't get about the issue. The whole idea that it could be seen as white and gold rests on the idea that it could be a dress in a low light situation. Yet clearly this is not the case because 1) the background on the right is very well lit and 2) there are shadows on the dress, showing that there is light shining on it. It boggles my mind. And though it is a little unsettling, it was still entertaining. I also felt validated that I was correctly able to assess the colors of a random dress on Tumblr. I feel that says something about me.