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End of the Year Facebook Montage

2014 is winding down and I don’t even need a calendar to know that. I just have to go on Facebook. As soon as I do, I’m bombarded by all of the End of the Year Facebook montages that everybody is posting. They are all the same. They start with a caption that reads, “It’s been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.” Then it starts breaking down their year by displaying their most trafficked pictures. It’s all the same. There’s a picture of a wedding or an engagement, there’s a picture from some sporting event, there’s a couple of friends at bars or parties, and a few shots from vacations or day trips. It’s kind of weird how everyone has different lives but still do the exact same shit. There are so many End of the Year Facebook montages that you can’t watch them all. You have to choose which ones to watch, and you’re going to choose the ones that will most likely include a picture of you. You tell yourself that you’re not going to give in and do one of your own, but curiosity sets in and you’ll see what your year looks like in review. And you’ll kind of like it because you forgot how awesome your year actually was. Then you’ll share it because everybody else is doing it too and you don’t want to jump on the bandwagon too late.

Critically Rated at 11/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Colorized Old-Timey Photos

Nothing brings the past alive quite like colorized old-timey photos. You can gaze upon the daguerreotype of a forgotten Civil War soldier whose name has been lost to history, but you have evidence that he existed, proof of a moment that was captured on film well over a hundred years ago. Black and white photos from the past are beautiful in their own way, but colorizing them makes them more real and more relevant to the now. We see the world in color, not in shades of gray. The black and white pictures that you saw in you high school history textbook were interesting but had no meaning to you. The fire from the Hindenburg isn’t imposing until you add a little color and see the glow from the flames. You can stare into the face of Marilyn Monroe and see exactly what the producers, directors, and screenwriters saw in her that turned her into the poster girl for Hollywood actresses. You see a few familiar landmarks but an unfamiliar skyline from your city’s early years. That has impact, that has meaning. I’m sorry if you’re colorblind, but color is the key to reality or so it seems.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Looking at Old Pictures

Not many things make you more nostalgic than looking at old pictures. Yesterday my friend sent me a bunch of pictures of us that I’ve never seen before. Each picture takes me back to a different time, a different place, to a moment in time when all that mattered was that particular moment. Time is linear, but your memories are not. Some memories stick out more than others. You can remember things you did ten years ago in vivid detail, but you’ll forget what you had for lunch yesterday. Your memory is not perfect. But looking at old pictures will make you recall and remember things that you’ve forgotten about. Looking at old pictures is like stepping into a time machine and going back to the good old days, back to when the past was still the present. You can’t go back in time, but you can always reminisce.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Googling Yourself

Googling yourself is when you go to Google.com and search for your name. You’ll end up finding some random shit of yours that you totally forgot about, like crappy poetry about high school from your LiveJournal days or photos from your abandoned MySpace account. You’ll also discover that a lot of people share the same name as you, and most of those people seem to have a better life than you. Everyone Googles themself at some point and you have to use Google to do it. You never hear anyone say that they Binged themself or Lycosed themself. That’s just absurd. It’s Google or bust. So Google yourself and see what your name means to the world. If you can’t find anything of you or about you, that means that you don’t contribute to the Internet much. If you died tomorrow, you would be forgotten. And nobody will go to your funeral. But on the bright side, your eulogy will probably show up on Google.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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