As the study points out, “A person who makes $40,000 a year after tax in Kentucky would need to have after-tax earnings of $53,000 in Washington, DC just in order to have an equal standard of living, let alone feel richer.”


And people wonder why I’m not eager to move to *NYC.

That shit’s hella expensive.

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(via How much is $100 worth in each state? - Urbanful)

*My lifemate lives in NY, where she’s working on attaining her doctorate. We’ve been dealing with it for 3 years—traveling back and forth every other month or so. That too is hella expensive, but it’s currently easier to manage than a move.

As the study points out, “A person who makes $40,000 a year after tax in Kentucky would need to have after-tax earnings of $53,000 in Washington, DC just in order to have an equal standard of living, let alone feel richer.”

And people wonder why I’m not eager to move to *NYC.

That shit’s hella expensive.

(via How much is $100 worth in each state? - Urbanful)

*My lifemate lives in NY, where she’s working on attaining her doctorate. We’ve been dealing with it for 3 years—traveling back and forth every other month or so. That too is hella expensive, but it’s currently easier to manage than a move.

noPhone

Funny.

It’s amazing that 7 years ago I despised the cellphone to the point of neglecting to carry one regularly. It was a Nokia 6225 on Sprint, so honestly I wasn’t missing much. My iBook G3 did all of my smart things like email and so forth. Phones didn’t seem smart, because they weren’t.

Now, I chuckle at jokes like this. Even though I’m not so attached to my iPhone I’d flip out not having it, I still can’t imagine life without it.

It’s a crazy world, right?

Alizée has a new album and hair color—I still have a thing for female french pop. While this isn’t my favorite work to date, I’ll have to give it a few listens before I pass judgment. Overall though, I like what I hear.

Click or tap the image to listen on Rdio for free.

Also, glad Usagi’s featured so prominently in the promo shots and the album cover (right arm, btw—in case you’re blind.)

Alizée has a new album and hair color—I still have a thing for female french pop. While this isn’t my favorite work to date, I’ll have to give it a few listens before I pass judgment. Overall though, I like what I hear.

Click or tap the image to listen on Rdio for free.

Also, glad Usagi’s featured so prominently in the promo shots and the album cover (right arm, btw—in case you’re blind.)

tuneage

tuneage:

New Music: Black Widow - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora

Your fave is problematic but Iggy has transcended the lines of problematic; whether it’s her homophobia or her racism, she’s never one to acknowledge any wrong doing.

In her newest video, “Black Widow,” Iggy partners with Rita Ora in a Kill Bill parody, playing off Beatrix Kiddo’s code name, Black Mamba. However, there are so many reasons why this is a nasty example of cultural appropriation. You might think the same of Kill Bill, except, I’d like to argue, that Kill Bill wasn’t an example of cultural appropriation, but rather of cultural respect and homage. Tarantino’s vol. 1 is a respectful nod, a tribute, to the classic Japanese samurai and Chinese kung-fu films that inspired him. Tarantino worked with several well known martial arts experts to train his yellow-haired warrior, had Uma work with tutors to speak the languages, and included some well known Japanese actors (Sonny Chiba and Kenji Ohba). Kill Bill is far from a mockery of Japanese culture (in fact, the film pokes fun at itself with O-Ren Ishii’s “silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords”).

Iggy, on the other hand, seemingly handles a samurai sword but not the Japanese culture. She neglects Tarantino’s same respect. She uses a faux Japanese script to spell out “DESTROY,” white washing any authentic language. And for some reason, rather than taking place in a Japanese bar, the decisive House of Blue Leaves scene replica takes place in a club, with an American flag in the backdrop and Michael Madsen in cowboy attire.

Iggy successfully removes anything authentically or even vaguely Japanese from the music video. Nothing really respectful here: Iggy’s character takes the exotic and uses it to kill. 

Gauche at best.