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Jake & Amir (from CollegeHumor) Interview!

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Fun Times, Humor, Interviews, Links, Videos, Web with tags , , , on May 16, 2009 by Jill

I recently started watching Jake & Amir, a mini-series developed by those silly kids at CollegeHumor.com. The series is about two co-workers, played by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. Amir adores Jake and believes they are best friends (or “BBFs”, as Amir would say). Jake barely tolerates Amir. Haven’t seen any of the episodes? (What’s wrong with you??) Check out the video below. (It’s a little different than most of their videos, which take place in the office, but it’s one of my very favorites.)

I contacted Jake and Amir and did a little interview about the series and their online fame. Enjoy, y’all.

1) How did you guys become involved with CollegeHumor? What were you doing (job-wise) before CH?
We both started writing for the site while we were in college. Just submitting articles and stuff like that. Then when they were expanding we already had our feet in the door and were hired as writers. Amir’s a little older than me, so he’s been here longer. He started in 2005, me in 2006.

2) Where did the idea come from to start a mini series just about you two?
It kind of just came about naturally. We both got seated across from each other when we moved offices in 2007 and I got a camera that same summer. We started making goofy little videos during work, and that grew into Jake and Amir dot com.

3) You guys have done a couple CollegeHumor Live gigs. How different is that from being in front of a camera?
Sometimes it’s a little scary because if you mess up you can’t just do it over. And you can’t smooth over bumpy parts by editing them. But it’s also a rush to perform and it’s been really fun to meet all the people that like our series. So while it’s been different, and sometimes intimidating, it’s mostly been really awesome.

4) How often do you get recognized in the street? Any crazy fan/stalker stories you’d like to share?
Every once in a while. We don’t have any really crazy stories yet, but hopefully we’ll meet someone totally INSANE soon.

5) How have things changed for you and the rest of the CH folk since The CollegeHumor Show debuted?
We’re a lot more arrogant. Not really. Everything felt really fun and exciting while we were on TV. Everyone was just very excited to be a part of something like that. Now that the show has been off the air for a while we’re all kind of winding down and going back to business as usual. Fortunately for us business as usual is making silly videos around our office all day.

6) “Jake and Amir” has affected online pop culture how…?
Haha, that’s a flattering question. We have no idea.

7) Your favorite CollegeHumor prank up-to-date is…
For April Fool’s Day we signed our boss, who was on a 6 hour flight and had no idea, up for a Twitter account. We got over 1000 followers in a few hours and continually tweeted a bunch of really weird things. Culminating in a picture of his penis* and his phone number**.
*Not his actual penis
**Not his actual number, but a service that forwarded calls to it.

Check out these links for more Jake & Amir!

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10 Things I Hate About Facebook

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Fun Times, Kill Jill, Personal with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2009 by Jill

OK, I admit. Some of these things aren’t exactly Facebook‘s fault, but more the fault of some of the Facebook-using folk. Here, I’ll explain.

  1. I hate when people list “tanning” in their profile under “Interests”. Tanning is not an interest, nor a hobby. Tanning is bad for your skin. There was this girl in one of my classes in high school who was permanently orange. Me and my (pale) friend called her “The Sun-Dried Tomato”. She looked ridiculous.
  2. I hate that I actually know people who put “tanning” on their profile under “Interests”.
  3. When teenage moms take sexy selfie photos with their babies. I’ve only seen this done twice but it disgusted me both times. I hope these babies grow up to see their mom was such a camera/attention/Facebook whore and then rebel by getting tons of piercings and trying drugs.
  4. Bored “adults” who have WAY too much time on their hands and play a thousand different Facebook games, use a bunch of dumb applications and then invite everybody they know to join in.
  5. I hate that there is a “Like” option but no “Dislike” option. As my friend Claire said, “I would use that a lot more.”
  6. People who update their status WAY too many times in a day. “Bob just woke up.” “Bob is brushing his teeth.” “Bob is leaving for work.” “Bob is at work.” “Bob needs to get back to work and stop going on Facebook at work.” “Bob needs to prove he has a fulfilling life by updating his status as often as possible.” “Bob should start a Twitter account.”
  7. Groups that demand people join because “if we get 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 members, we can stop Facebook from shutting own!!!!!!!1” Lame. Stop it. And yet these groups do actually have thousands and thousands of members. The number of gullible folk in this world is tragic.
  8. Little 13-year-old emo kids complaining about the stresses of their junior high lives. (They have NO IDEA what they’re in for.)
  9. Teenagers who constantly put “gettin high wit mah boyeeez 2nite” or the 14-year-olds who put “getting hammered tonight” in their status. Hello, um, people can see your status updates, idiots.
  10. I hate that Facebook has been going strong for a couple years now and I’m still fully addicted. *le sigh* Facebook, I’d get so much done if it weren’t for you.

So, readers. What do YOU hate about Facebook??

MTV’s “College Life” Premier = Tuesday, April 21

Posted in College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, On Campus, Videos, Web with tags , on April 13, 2009 by Jill

Hey reality TV fans! MTV has a new show about life at university, premiering next Tuesday at 10 PM, that you won’t wanna miss. It’s called College Life and it lets the characters tell their own story. Check out the video below for a sneak peak at this new series. (You can also check out the official series trailer here!)

15 Things To Do When You’re Alone In A Dorm

Posted in Articles, City X, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X, Roomie, Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by Jill

It’s Spring Break for me and my fellow students at College X. So, I’ve had the dorm to myself since Roomie left on Friday. It’s been weird, not having her around… or anyone for that matter. The one only left in City X is Jaclyn and I’ve been hanging out with her quite a bit.

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But I’ve also been taking advantage of the free time and space. Including some (and I mean some!) of the things on this list. I present to you Kill Jill’s List of 15 Things To Do When You’re Alone In A Dorm. (I do recommend you make sure the door is locked when you do these things though. Because you never know.)

  1. Dance. Oh, I never thought dancing could be so much fun.
  2. Use your hair brush as a microphone and pretend you’re Debbie Harry from Blondie (or whoever it is you kids are listening to nowadays).
  3. Walk around in your pajamas all day.
  4. Walk around in your underwear.
  5. Walk around in your birthday suit.
  6. Eat peanut butter from the jar.
  7. Go pee with the bathroom door open. (But only if you have a bathroom in your dorm, not a shared one with everyone on your floor. Naturally.)
  8. Stay up until 3 AM.
  9. Play music until 3 AM (unless your dormitory has rules on quiet hours).
  10. Look up porn star actors on IMDB. This is actually a fun activity I discovered this evening. (I recommend checking out Wesley Pipes and Deep Threat. Their credentials are both impressive and hilarious.)
  11. Try on outfits you don’t usually wear and model them with pieces that you wouldn’t usually match together. Who knows! You might find yourself a new look! And even if you don’t, you can always find fashionable wholesale clothing online, so check out some websites for future purposes.
  12. Read. When I’m reading, I get distracted really easily so being alone is great for reading.
  13. Drink from the container. I do this all the time so Roomie is used to it. Oh well.
  14. Watch movies your roommate doesn’t like. Watch them loud, watch them proud. Rewind them and watch parts you like over and over. Quote any lines you know. Throw popcorn at the TV.
  15. Clean up your mess. Jeeze, man. There’s popcorn all over the place and juice on the floor from when you drank out of the container. Your roommate likely had a rough couple of days without the sight of your lovely face. Make sure the dorm isn’t a huge mess when they get back, huh?

Valentine’s Day For The Singleton

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Fun Times, How-To, Tips with tags , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by Jill

As I write this, I’m single. And there’s no shame in that.

And when I actually publish this post, it’ll be around the holiday dreaded by Singletons everywhere: Valentine’s Day.

Photo by ATIS547.

Photo by ATIS547.

I’m not going to pretend that I hate Valentine’s Day for the following reasons:

  1. It’s a holiday made up by the card companies to sell teddy bears and chocolates.
  2. It’s disgustingly overrated, even if you’re in a relationship.
  3. It lands on a Saturday this year, so Singletons will have to a) stay indoors and avoid all human contact or b) deal with the sight of googly-eyed, young-and-in-luuurve couples while they stroll around in the cold February slush. (Oh, my. How romantique.)

No. No, friends, no. I’m not going to be bitter this year (on the outside, anyway). I’ve made up a list of fun things for Single Gals (and Guys) to do on this not-so-special day. Enjoy!

  1. Bake and eat cookies. Decorate them with phrases like “Love Stinks” and “I’ve Got a Heart On” (tee hee hee).
  2. Watch movies. No romantic comedies! Stick with classics like The Shining, Psycho, Kill Bill (1 & 2) or, a couple of my personal favorites, Ginger Snaps and Sweeney Todd.
  3. Play “What Celebrity Couple Will Break Up First”. It’s a classic. Take bets with friends- whoever guesses the celebrity couple to break up first wins the pot. Good times!
  4. Take a spa day. Get a pedicure or a manicure with the girls- or just light some tea candles and take a soothing epsom bubble bath at home.
  5. Drink. And drink some more. Heck, yes! It lands on a Saturday this year! Go drink quatro margaritas with your gals (and your one gay male friend)!

12 Tips For Students Visiting NYC

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Fun Times, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Links, Money Honey, Tips, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by Jill

No, I’m not an expert on NYC traveling but I did learn a few things when I was there recently. Here’s a brief guide for students (or anyone, really) planning to visit New York.

Photo by Paphio.

Photo by Paphio.

  1. Always have your camera on hand. Keeping it on at all times will drain the battery, but always keep it close. You never know when The Naked Cowboy will pass by.
  2. This city wasn’t built for claustrophobics. A lot of boutiques are tiny and often have lots of people in them. We walked through Rockefeller Center and Times Square and we had to just hold onto one another to avoid losing each other in the crowd. It was a little scary, especially for a vertically-challenged person like me. Not cool.
  3. Don’t be afraid of taking taxi cabs. As long as you stick with official NYC Taxis (they all have the same logo on the side), you’ll be fine. I was actually surprised at how cheap it was to take a taxi from practically one end of Manhattan to the other. Don’t forget to tip your driver!
  4. Visit Central Park. No matter what else you have planned, make some room to visit Central Park. It’s incredible. Plus, I enjoyed having a break from honking cars and tall buildings all around me.
  5. If you’re going to be walking all day, avoid buying a bunch of stuff early in the morning. I started one day by purchasing a pair of shoes, a large bobblehead figure for my mom and three Wizard of Oz movie merchandise items for myself. I ended the day with two aching arms.
  6. Even though it’s generally easy to navigate the city, keep a good map on hand. Try to get one that has every street and popular tourist sights labeled.
  7. From what my group experienced, there seems to be 2 types of restaurants in Manhattan: fast food and super expensive (on a student’s bank account, especially). Students on tight budgets might have to deal with fast food- but be sure to treat yourself with a nice sit-down restaurant at least a couple times. (Your digestive system will thank you for it.)
  8. Travel with like-minded people, especially if your schedule is tight. If you’re not really into fashion, avoid traveling with shopaholics. NYC is heaven for a shopaholic, so be nice to the museum nerds in your group.
  9. Keep an eye on your purse or bookbag as much as possible. Pickpockets love tourists as they are such easy targets.
  10. Have some sort of plan before you head to the city. Have a list of what you’d like to see, where it’s located, how to get there and how much it costs to do it. Some of the best stores we went into were ones we just came across while walking somewhere else.
  11. Cross the street when everyone else does. I read on a “Manhattan Survival Guide” that tourists should wait for the walk signs before crossing the street, even though many people will be jay-walking. This was very unhelpful. Just cross everyone else does. Otherwise, you’ll just piss people off by being in their way.
  12. Don’t be scared. Yes, New York is big, crowded and, at times, intimidating but millions of tourists go there every year and I never felt unsafe once while I was there. If you just relax, pay attention to where you’re going and have fun, NYC is an amazing place with something in it for everyone.

Travel Internship & Digital Magazines!

Posted in Articles, Blog News, College Stuff, Contests, Fun Times, Links, Money Honey, Scholarships, Videos, Web on December 19, 2008 by Jill

Hey holiday homies! Thought I’d just share a few things with you that I got in my email.

One of my affiliates, digital magazine publisher Zinio (saves trees and money!) has partnered with one of the nation’s leading textbook publishers, McGraw Hill, to make the digital classroom a reality! College textbooks are heavy, wasteful, and expensive, but digital textbooks are a great solution. They allow students to stop lugging around heavy textbooks and start reading them on their laptops, all while helping out the environment.

Since the next school term is quickly approaching, you guys might be interested in checking out all the textbooks Zinio has to offer. http://www.textbooks.zinio.com/

For any fans of travel, there are two incredible internships being offered by STA. They pay for two youths (under 26) to travel to 15 countries over the course of three months during the summer months in 2009. You can apply here. For more information, check out the video below.