Jords & Mads

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Almost every time I log onto my laptop,

I automatically take just a minute to skim through my Facebook newsfeed. Then I quickly check my email to make sure I haven’t missed any important updates on assignments from professors or funny forwards from my dad. After that, I log onto both of my blogs (one for news and one for fun) and read a few updates from bloggers I follow. If I have time (and sometimes even if I don’t), I search for pretty pictures on Pinterest or tweet a couple of lines. Sometimes I simultaneously have the latest episode of a favorite show streaming through Hulu on TV, or I’m listening to a playlist on Spotify or iTunes. Finally, I start a paper, download a PDF to read for class, or begin whatever it was I logged onto my laptop for in the first place–that’s usually when I notice a text on my cell phone waiting for a reply, or maybe it’s a calendar alert reminding me to stick our latest Netflix DVD in the mail. Lately I’ve been wondering, should I get a tumblr? Or do I have too much social media going on already?

Okay, so maybe my laptop use isn’t always that dramatic. I am online a ton, though, and lately I’m noticing how hooked I really am on the world wide web. A lot of times it’s for my major — it’s what Comms is all about — but I’m setting a new goal to make sure more of my time online is constructive than not.

This talk by Elder Bednar and this talk by President Uchtdorf both focus on using social media in positive ways (not to mention the many mentions of it in this past LDS GC). I especially related to Elder Bednar’s point about the adversary wanting to minimize the importance of real-life bodies by persuading people to live online–it reminded me of a drawing on my freshman dorm’s quote board (in case you were wondering, yes, I re-created this with my masterful Paint skills):

And it reminded me of this funny clip from “He’s Just Not That Into You” (which I saw edited on the plane back from London, so I’m not sure I’d recommend it or not):

Anyway, there’s some techie thoughts for the day. Ultimately, I love technology and social media, but I’m setting a new goal to make sure I focus on “things that matter most” and “things as they really are.”

maybe I’m just a comms major

but these really make me giggle. I’m taking a publication design class this semester and my professor introduced us to some of Jay Leno’s funny headlines from The Tonight Show. See if you can find what’s up with these designs …
Sometimes you just don’t step back and really read what you’re writing (or which pictures you’re putting next to which stories), ya know?  I think I enjoyed these so much because I can really relate to them — I started college as an English major and now I’m studying journalism, and I keep re-learning how important it is to edit my stuff, especially if it’s gonna be published.  So please forgive me if I ever post anything weird or off on here — promise it’s (most likely) unintentional!

I wasn’t born in Texas …

but I got here as fast as I could.

{Absolutely ancient photo. Like senior year of high school ancient.}
My family’s lived in Texas for about four years now, and we figure that qualifies us as Texans. After all, it’s about to take the lead as where we’ve lived the longest (ehh … in like two years). Close enough, right?
But what I figure qualifies us most isn’t how long we’ve lived here: it’s how fully we’ve embraced country music … Jords & I most often have Pandora playing Brad Paisley, and I don’t think my sister has any other kind of station programmed into her car. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t the-more-twang-the-better types, but really, who can get enough of that quaint southern drawl?
Anyway, I liked this article from Deseret News about the country music genre, its themes, and how they relate to American culture. One source calls it the “play-hard, pray-hard” genre, and I pretty much love that description — it’s true that it can sometimes be too real about people’s problems, but it also focuses on turning to a higher power for help. Popular music and contemporary culture have a chicken-or-the-egg relationship in my brain; check out the article to see which one they think came first.

not the banana kind

It’s interesting to see the ways our church is growing technologically — I’ve had this on my brain today because my family’s home ward split into two wards, and we had the weirdest powerpoint-style Sacrament meeting ever. Not that the meeting itself was weird at all; actually the meeting felt more like a blender filled with we’re-excited-to-progress feelings and we’ll-miss-our-friends feelings. {Okay horrible comparison, but a smoothie sounds great right now.} Just weird that there was a powerpoint, ya know?

Anyway, I saw this one article through LDS Living on how church members around the world can tap into the Mormon Channel — pretty interesting. And there’s this other article, also through LDS Living, by a Catholic writer who’s into our contemporary marketing ideas. Maybe it’s my major, but I like belonging to a church that uses modern media to spread an eternal message.
P.S. Man, four posts in one weekend? Must mean Jordan’s working too much.