All Eyez are STILL on Tupac. In 2012 A.D.

Tupac Shakur has GOT to be the hardest working man in the afterlife.

Since his (widely contested) death in 1996, he has released 7 albums, and his pre-death albums continue to sell and be touted as the best by doting fans. There have been plenty of novelty “Tupac sightings” in the nearly sixteen years since his passing, much like Elvis sightings, lookalikes, and performers. Today, though, I saw something that SOLIDIFIES Tupac’s hard work above even James Brown.

During the Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre performance at the Coachella Music Festival, Tupac performed live and in the flesh… as a hologram. That’s right– the shirtless, crip walking TupacOgram was performing like he was really there, in the flesh. And I was totally weirded out by it.

Tupac Back.

Joining the headliners for a rousing performance of “California Love,” HoloPac also took time to perform his hit “Hail Mary,” right before the lights went out… I mean, his time was up.  He kind of vanished, and everyone was left musing about what just happened. Eminem also performed (though he wasn’t a hologram, as I originally thought), and I was left during the rest of the set musing on how creepy it was. So, like any other normal human at 1:30 am, I tweeted my thoughts, below. Read from bottom to top, of course.

Coffee + holograms of dead guys = overactive imagination Beez .

I did start thinking about it, though… what if people could seriously commission holograms for times when just being there in person isn’t convenient, like the BET Awards. Beyonce, Kanye, Jay-Z, and whatever former Apollo host/comedian hosting the show could all phone in their appearances, while still getting paid to “be there.” Could you imagine the oddness that would occur at

  • Weddings/ Christenings
  • Baby related events (showers, births)
  • Family pictures (when everyone just can’t be in the same place at the same time)
  • Family dinners/huge reunion-type events (Aunt Jackie back?)
  • Driving exams (would you trust a hologram reading for you? READING?!)
  • Days at work (why call off?)

Better yet, I’m sure these holograms take time and exorbitant amounts of money. Who do you see celebrities wanting to bring back just one more time?

  • I’m sure Drake, Missy Elliot, and Timbaland would collaborate on bringing back Aaliyah. 
  • Rap artists would bring back Nate Dogg to resume singing hooks. 
  • The #Thrillermaker would be brought back to, you know… spin and make it rain glitter and whatnot. 

Actually, that topic is getting a little too horrific for me. Honestly, I’d just prefer if folks would let the dead stay dead. Holograms now, but will we be trying to animate full on corpses sooner or later? I said I was going to stop.

Seriously, stop.

 You know what, though? This is proof that we are truly living in the future. We are getting closer and closer to living the Jetsons lifestyle.  What do you all think of this performance? Would you be antsy to see a deceased loved one or celebrity right there in your face, or would you run away? If you had the chance, who would you bring back in holographic form? 

The Future is Truly upon Us (run!),

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Pinterest is Evil and I’m Not Exactly Sure Why.

I Love Charts may be onto something.

About a week ago, I decided to drink the Kool-Aid. You see, this site Pinterest has been out for a while now, allowing people to create virtual “pinboards” about whatever their hearts desire. From the beginning, I was staunchly against it. Reports have come out recently stating the site has been reaching record numbers traffic-wise, and I couldn’t understand why. The site apparently attracts a high percentage of females compared to males, creating endless visions of weddings, clothing, and generally domesticated stuff. Given the goal of my tumblr (my attempts at being girly and whatnot), shouldn’t I have jumped on this train a while ago? I mostly figured it was like tumblr (another semi-micro-blogging platform I use) for housewives and crafty housewives-in-training.

Well, I was right.

Days after defending my unwillingness to join (yet) another social network, a text to an enabling friend (I love you, girl!) had me receiving an invite, through facebook and my email. From the onset, I was confused- I have to share all of this stuff with my 1000 closest facebook friends? Most of them don’t even know how many siblings I have in real life!* As soon as I figured out how to log in, I was asked to mark things I’m interested in, and it automatically had me follow the pins of roughly 100 people. *facepalm*

The text that started it all. I recharged soon after.

The next thing I know, I’m on a ‘dashboard’ with nothing but pictures. Food pictures. Wedding pictures. Baby pictures. Pet pictures. Shoe pictures (well, I didn’t mind those as much). Postcard-esque travel pictures. It was overwhelming to say in the least, so of course, I did what any sensible person (or business) would do, and tried to figure out what I could do with this space. I sought to find out the goals of Pinterest, if you will. A visit to the help section brought the following piece:

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Oh, great. And the mission:

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

That’s really cute, Pinterest. Really cute. From what I can tell between the following cues, not much interaction really goes on past the “repinning” motion. You pretty much scroll endlessly, find something that catches your eye, repin it, and repeat. How exactly one makes friends like this, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s not for that. The mission is to connect people to things, and not exactly people. Besides, I have the tendency to pick out patterns in things, and I clearly see a few personality types on here that bother me just a bit:

  • Single Girl Planning Her Wedding-  This could be because I’m legitimately creeped out by the trend of these ‘single bridezillas’ planning their weddings down to the detail (rings, dress, photography poses) without even having a boyfriend. The hours I’ve heard some people spend towards this scares me. This is more than putting the cart before the horse- it’s expanding the cart, buying a couple of horses, leaving them at home just in case, and then forgetting the cart in order to buy a Rolls Royce. As a generation, I think women have gone a little wedding crazy, placing more emphasis on what is essentially a formal-ish fancy party instead of working on yourself to be the best self before marrying. I’ll probably rant more about this later, so moving on… 

My thoughts exactly, Ryan.
  • Super Crafty Something or Other- We get it. You like making things. You knit, sew, paint, reupholster, and d├ęcoupage like no one’s business. You’d DIY a TV if you could. There’s nothing wrong with this at all. Not to say that I’m not in awe of your skills, because I clearly can’t craft my way out of a paper bag. Let’s just say I’m slightly jealous of your skills and that somewhat annoys me. 
  • I’ve Seen How You Dress In Real Life- So many “My Style” boards, which to me, suggests items that the user would currently wear, or already owns. For many users, “My Style” translates to “My Fantasy.” Runway models and sleek styles abound in this board, yet your personal brand looks more inspired by Lea Michele’s character (granny + toddler) on Glee? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just be you. 
  • You NEVER Eat That!- Some of my friends have tastes so refined (read: picky) that it’s a wonder that they ever do eat. All of a sudden, on Pinterest, you become a well-seasoned foodie, liking and repinning things you likely wouldn’t even sniff. I find this brand humorous, because as a picky eater (with exotic tastes) myself, you won’t catch me liking a bananas foster, no matter how many people have liked or repinned it. 

The verdict’s still out on whether I’ll continue to pin, or if I’ll go the way of deactivation until I grow up and decide to do something (or ALL the things!) myself. I suppose I’m still trying to find my niche in this huge world of pinnery, and need a little guidance as to where to start.  Perhaps once I unfollow all of the ‘dream wedding’ boards, I’ll have something to look forward to. So, the question for you is- Have you or do you currently use Pinterest? What value are you getting out of the site? I look forward to your answers. 

Duh… Pinning! 
* I have two siblings- fun fact. 

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