The 90s Again, One Meme at a Time

BY SEBASTIAN HUMBERT // MAY 4, 2012 //

While some college students are enjoying the start of finals, others have given up, relying on thick pillows, the fetal position and memories of better (elementary school) days. Which brings me to 90s nostalgia.

Arguably, the best part of the Internet is the ability to go back in time. Whether you use that power to take harmless note of what your ex-girlfriend did last weekend or to watch Daria re-runs is your choice. Though, here, I’ll be writing about the latter.

It’s important to have a healthy, constant stream of 90s nostalgia on all social media fronts, and the following will help you accomplish that.

The 90s on Tumblr!
“The 90s Were All That,” a popular Facebook fan page, also has a Tumblr page worth mentioning. But there are a couple others that are better. Imremembering.com is one, but F***yeah1990s.tumblr.com is way better. It provides everything you need to know about the 90s.

The 90s on Facebook!
While Facebook is third—behind Tumblr and Twitter—when it comes to 90s content, it is first in 90’s video. The 90’s Were All That fan page has full-length episodes from popular 90s Nickelodeon shows like “Are You Afraid of the Dark” and “AAHHH! Real Monsters.” The Daria fan page is OK when it comes to video. The team behind the page regularly posts new full-length episodes. If you don’t have time for that, though, check out the Saved By The Bell fan page. It hardly has video, but the amazine quotes are constant.

The 90s on Twitter!
First off, Twitter is awesome because you can keep tabs on all of your idols, such as Melissa Joan Hart (omg) or Pete and Pete (both of them). Sadly, Sarah Michelle Gellar, aka Buffy from “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer,” aka the reason for life circa 1998, does not have an account. Also, besides popular hashtags like #why90srock, Twitter has a couple of great 90s-focused accounts. 90’s Girl Problems is way more popular than 90’s guy and 90’s boy problems, but they are all worth following.

The 90s on You Tube!
Too many, but these two are a good start:

Apps, apps and more apps

BY SEBASTIAN HUMBERT // MARCH 23, 2012 //

There are thousands upon thousands of iPhone, Android and Blackberry applications to download. Yet, there exist the better ones, the top-tier apps. Even with the thousands of apps available, almost everyone with a smart phone seems to have at least one of the more popular ones—and if you don’t, you’re missing out.

The poster child for popular apps is, without a doubt, Angry Birds. Everyone has at least played the game, where you fling birds at carefully stacked objects with the intent of destruction. Now the game cost $1, so people who limit themselves to free apps can’t join in on the fun. However, there are new kids on the app market block.

Besides Angry Birds, the most popular game app for college kids this semester has been Temple Run. In the game, you play a man running through ruined temples collecting tokens and dodging obstacles, like narrow running space, flaming limbo installations trees hollowed out at the base for the easy passage of very short people. If you mess up, large black monsters—or monkeys, I’m not totally sure—chase you.

Zynga's Words With Friends dominated smartphone gaming world during the fall semester // PHOTO COURTESY ZYNGA

If you are more intellectual, land miss virtual social interaction, then Words With Friends, Scramble with Friends or Hanging with friends might be your deal. Words was another high ranking app this semester. Kind of like scrabble, you get letters and have to make words on a board and there are bonus tiles. Scrabble is timed, and that means you have to dedicate more time to the game. So, if you’re like me, you don’t have that kind of extra time.

I still go back to Words every now and then, (and the people in the middle of games with me there won’t like this post,) but since Draw Something has taken off in popularity, that “every now and then” is slowly morphing into something even less frequent. In Draw Something, your opponent draws an object and you guess what it is. You given three options of objects to draw, and letters to guess what that object is. It can get very hilarious, and is harder than it sounds.

But apps aren’t all fun and games. (Well, almost all are fun, but not all are games.) Postgram—not to be confused with the popular Instagram, which almost everyone has and is now a staple in the app world—is an app where you can take a picture, edit it, and then send it as a real, physical postcard to any U.S. address for $1. That’s right, you could send a picture, as a postcard, of you and your sibling right to the mailbox of your grandmother for just a buck and in only two screens. We know you wouldn’t use it for anything less scrupulous, so I won’t even go there.

I Want All the Channels, and I Want Them Now

BY SEBASTIAN HUMBERT // FEB. 23, 2012 //

I don’t watch a lot of TV. It’s not necessarily because my roommate and I have never gotten around to hooking the cable up, or because I’m taking more credits than I know what to do with. At the end of it all, it’s just easier to watch the shows I want to watch from the ease of my laptop.

I want to watch what I want to watch, when I want to watch it and without restrictions or payments. I want to be able to pause a show or a sports game and then go back to it. I want to watch indi flicks, and sometimes crave a dose of b-movies. But none of this is possible through the Curry cable plan or on most student-budget television sets anywhere.

While most people have a site they rely on for popular movies-on-demand—and feel free to tout the one you use, below in the comments section—a good, reliable source is Movie2k.to. Based out of the tiny island nation of Tonga, the massive database of TV shows and flicks old and new, popular and clandestine, is completely free and totally legal.

But if you feel more comfortable exchanging money for goods, then there are sites for old-fashioned Internet explorers. Netflix.com is the classic, and at this point in the semester, you could stream movies and shows legally for the rest of the year for a little more than $20. I have access to an account here, but I’m not too happy with it. Netflix doesn’t update access to the new seasons of all the TV series I want, and they still don’t have access to any Criterion Collection film…the last straw for me. Hulu Plus, an online streaming service like Netflix, but better, is better. They have all the popular films plus Criterion Collection films. Like Netflix, it is $7.99 a month.

But if you crave the live-TV feel of cable, and still want the laptop convenience, then hit up Veetle.com. The online service works more like cable or satellite than an online streaming service. The site relies on users to stream live feeds of networks like ESPN and CNN, as well as their own content. So, if you crave watching the Tennis Channel, and then want to take a break and watch back-to-back “Two and a Half Men” or “Friends” re-runs, you can. Users also provide themed movie channels, like the Action Movies, 2011 movies or the Horror channel.

We’re all busy, and most of us are living on student budgets. Watching video online is the easiest way for me to get the content I want while still being able to spend my money on the things I really need.