Thursday, April 19, 2007

Mims, Money, Malcontent

I hadn't actually heard this "This Is Why I'm Hot" song, but when Jessie posted these remix lyrics on her blog, I couldn't resist the temptation to look up the actual lyrics to see what the fuss was about (not that I couldn't guess). Holy balls, I don't even know what Mims (MIMS?) is saying here, aside from "I don't have to do anything, and I'll still be famous. Oh, and hot." Maybe that's all he's trying to say? I would say it's an ironic statement on pop culture, but the lyrics aren't quite outlandish enough to strike me as purposefully ridiculous. It's just on that border between "this must be a joke" and "this is irritating, and kind of scary." Either way, I took a listen to the song, and I must say it's not for me. [Note: The remix that Mims himself did, which is also on his myspace page, is not the same as Jessie's remix lyrics. Mims' remix is NOT funny, and is in fact, awful. There, I said it.] I know the clubs are bumpin' it (is that the right term? God, I sound like an old fogie), but I just don't get it. Someone please explain to me why he is so hot? Seriously.

A couple things from The Simple Dollar:
  • 529 Savings Plans. Now, I am nowhere near ready to have a child or start saving for a child's college expenses, but I think it's a good thing to know about anyway. It's basically a savings account specifically designed for expenses relating to higher education. I suppose I could use it to save for grad school, but I'll have to read more into it before I think about that. The writer of The Simple Dollar believes that Iowa has the best 529 Plan out there--and you don't have to live in Iowa to open one (though he does. coincidence?). Many states have this option; you can open an account even if you're not a resident of the state, and many states don't tax you on withdrawls you make outside of the state in which the account was opened. Here's a handy dandy comparison chart of all the states and the plans they offer, if you're interested in that. And, just for the sake of it, here's info on the Iowa Plan. So, if you're about to be a parent, or are currently a parent, there you go. Maybe you already knew about it. I sure didn't--but maybe it's one of those things you magically learn when you become a grown-up and have "mortgages" and "taxes" and "re-financing." Sometimes the thought of all that is overwhelming.
  • Here's another list of things to do on what The Simple Dollar calls a "money-free weekend," which is basically how I'm trying to live my life at this point. It's quite fun to think of things you can do without spending money--and it makes you (or me at least) feel more active, and more aware of my community and all the great things my city has to offer!
In other news, I watched Notes From the Underbelly last night. To my dismay, Sunkrish did not even make an appearance! The episode was also not nearly as funny as the first two. Coincidence? I think not. Also, I'm a little irked at the blatant whiteness of the show. I mean, the central cast is made up of 6 characters. 5 of them are white. 5 of them were in last night's episode. Guess which one was not? Additionally, in nearly every review I have read, Sunkrish is the only actor not mentioned, unless they're merely listing the cast members. Even more puzzling, in the first 2 episodes, he received significantly less screen time than the other actors. Now, I don't know if it's a racial thing or not, but I know that Sunkrish is hilarious. And in the moments when he was on the show, he was very funny. His character is less developed, he seems like he's more of the enthusiastic-but-tired new-daddy-to-be, and not much else, but that's something, folks. Everyone's a stereotype on a sit-com. That's the way it works, and I'm going to be really mad if Sunkrish's character gets pushed out of the picture--I'm guessing since his wife is about to have a baby, he'll be more present, but you never can tell. And it would be great if he wasn't just the token Indian. Let's give his character a teensy bit of dimension, eh?

That's all the ranting for now. I just found this interesting-looking book about the "hooking up" generation. I'm going to check it out from the library...I read this Q&A with the author, and it seems like a really interesting (for lack of a better word) read. I'm not sure about her perspectives on the necessity of relationships, her bit about it in the Q&A might be misleading, but I am interested (how many times can I use this word?) to see what she found about this new trend in women, how it's "empowering" (or not), its relation to some sort of skewed feminist movement among today's young women, etc. It's definitely something I've thought about; I had always thought of it more as a phase you go through in high school/college, but in my post-college days I'm finding girls (women) my age who are also looking for "hookups." I'll read the book and write an elaboration on this I'm sure...

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