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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #15: The Corrected, Hooded, Cordless Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #15: The Corrected, Hooded, Cordless Edition

Wear: H&M Mens' Hoodie

I bought this $25 hoodie a week ago and have been wearing it for at least part of every day since then. It's so comfortable and just the right weight - not too heavy, but not so thin as to be useless. The fact that it's from the mens' section means that it fits me like a hoodie should, not like the stylized, slim-cut versions of hoodies you find in the ladies' section. Look, I have my fair share of those too, but sometimes you just want a plain ol' sweatshirt to wear when you're on the couch, working your way through the DVR.

Watch: The 100 (Yes, again.)

Last time, in the Watch Only Edition of Wear, Watch, Want, I told you all about The 100. I took my own advice the next week and started rewatching season 1 on Netflix, and I realized that I spread some misinformation in my last post. I've also learned some more things since then, so allow me to make a few corrections and a few additions:

1. I said that ship has three more years in space, because I thought it was 100 years total that they needed to stay off earth. In rewatching, I realized that they actually say they have 100 more years to go. Whoops.

2. Also, I wanted to mention the amount of Battlestar Galactica cast members that pop up on The1 100 (both shows film(ed) in Vancouver), but it didn't really fit in. My favorite is Alessandro Juliani, who played Gaeta on BSG and plays Sinclair on The 100. The characters are practically identical, which led me to say to my screen, "Oh Gaeta. Always the bitch, never the head bitch in charge." At least his leg appears to have grown back.

3. The show's title is actually The Hundred, but written stylistically as The 100. I called it The One Hundred for quite awhile before I heard it in a promo or something and learned the error of my ways. Learn from my mistake, if you are like me and read 100 as "one hundred." (Which, by the way, is the correct way to say "100.")

4. I didn't even mention how amazing this show is at portraying strong women and diverse characters. I will now: One of the most badass characters on the show is a disabled woman of color! And every episode but one passes the Bechdel Test! (And, having just rewatched the series from the beginning, that episode is fresh in my mind, and it is one of those exceptions to the Bechdel Test that doesn't technically pass, but still totally passes, you know?) I even found this great factsheet on Tumblr about it. The funny thing is, a lot of this stuff didn't occur to me until I read this particular Tumblr post, which was embarrassing. I have a degree in Gender Studies, and my concentration was in popular culture! BUT what I learned to do in all my classes was notice every little bit of oppression and lack of representation in movies and tv shows, not the times that things were done well. I did notice the diversity in The 100, because it's so unusual, even in 2014, to see such a diverse cast, but I couldn't have told you about all the shows passing the Bechdel Test. Whoops again.

Want: A More Affordable Macbook Power Cord

There was no Tuesday post this week because I left the power cord for my Macbook Air behind when I flew home from my Thanksgiving travels. I looking into just buying a new one here, but those things cost EIGHTY DOLLARS. I've had to purchase new power cords before, but then it wasn't optional, so it seemed worth it. The cord itself cannot be worth $80, can it? Spending that kind of money on a cord didn't seem worth it, so I decided to go without laptop power for a few days and have my old cord express shipped to me. It would have been so much easier to just buy a new cord the day after I realized I left mine behind, but that price was a serious deterrent. I would have shelled out for one for $40, even $50, but $80? Nope.

Gift Guide 2014: The High Maintenance Homebody

Gift Guide 2014: The High Maintenance Homebody

Gift Guide 2014: The Book Lover

Gift Guide 2014: The Book Lover