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Bastille Concert @ The Milwaukee Theatre

Well…that was amazing. Grizfolk opened for them, and got the entire venue energized, but then everything went dark. Just like their music, the concert itself started softly, like no aggressively flashing lights, or even a “So how’s everyone tonight?!” Bastille went right into Things We Lost in the Fire. The concert itself was unbelievably fun, and everyone was so energized. Dan Smith, the lead singer, got everyone moving. Also, his hair was absolutely on point. Seriously, Dan Smith’s hair is absolutely flawless. I wanted to pet him. Is that weird?

Bastille Concert Dan Smith's Hair

My friend Shaili and I got to The Milwaukee Theatre at around 4:30, and the line was hardly 50 people at that point, so that was perfect timing on our part. Our neighbors in line were super nice, so they held our spots when we went on a Starbucks run (and then a bathroom run because of those oh-too-good lattes.) The gates opened at 7 sharp, and we got some merch right away. (She got a hoodie and I got a T-Shirt with the Bad Blood album art on it.) After that we filed into the auditorium thing. The first 125 people get to stand up near the stage, so we were super lucky to be in that group.

During Flaws, Dan jumped into the audience and walked around, high fiving a bunch of people and I. Got. So. Close. So close. But alas, I was too far away to touch him or his hair. But the most, absolutely breathtaking thing was his hair during Oblivion, when everyone got out their phones and the entire place just lit up. Pardon the crappy panorama, but the stage is on the far right, and the shot extends about 3/4 around the theatre.

"when oblivion...is calling out your name..."

Here is their final song they sang yesterday…Pompeii.  Look at his dorky, adorable dance moves…I can’t. I can’t deal with that.


If you get lucky enough to have these guys in a venue near you, you should really go see them. They are amazing live, and their songs even better in person than on iTunes, which cannot be said for all bands.

Hopefully later I’ll have another follow up post with more videos and pictures from the concert.

Yosemite: First Impressions

I just downloaded OS X Yosemite, the tenth incarnation of Apple’s desktop OS. Apple is once again shrinking the gap between its mobile devices and desktop systems. Lion introduced the concept of iOS and OS X integration, and Yosemite is finally cutting the red tape on the bridge between iOS and OS X…that is…if my early-2011 Macbook Pro was compatible with a lot of the features.

In terms of UI, Yosemite fully removes the skeuomorphic design elements. Gone are the fake-aluminum headers and and glassy buttons on Apple’s natives apps. And I love it. I’ve been a big fan of iOS 7’s revamp of the design, and since Yosemite is carrying on that design, I’m a fan of this design too.

The first thing I noticed was the dock. The shelf, which had been disappearing since Mountain Lion, is now replaced with a 10.4 Tiger-like–and more to the point–iOS-like dock. The dark option (shown in the screenshot below), is much easier on the eyes, and frankly, goes with my Galaxy wallpaper. Also, the fonts have changed, the folders are lighter, and the trash can is no longer a metal bin. Obviously, the icons of the native apps have changed as well.

Yosemite Desktop

Desktop

Yosemite Safari

Safari-Edit Menu

The general feel of Yosemite is much lighter, much airier. Safari has no more gradients on the buttons, and the menu bar can be customized far more than before (shown below). The translucency of the windows is the next thing I’ve noticed, and this translucency also brings the whole shebang closer to iOS.

What absolutely ticks me off is that apparently, a lot of the Handoff and Continuity features are not compatible with my computer. This is what I’ve found, but hopefully I’m just missing something and I can figure out how to set it up with my devices later.

Yosemite Notification Center

Notification Center

Yosemite Edit Panel

Edit Notification Center

The best feature of Yosemite, at least in my eyes, is the updated Notification Center. It’s essentially stolen from iOS 8, and it’s great. It has widgets, and clicking “EDIT” below allows the user to move around widgets and extensions (which is a new panel under System Preferences, btw)

Something totally random that I’ve found is that when you update an app and open Launchpad, it sparkles. Also, more of the apps have been changed, which you can see below.

Yosemite Launchpad

LaunchPad

The impression as a whole that I get from Yosemite is a lighter, snappier OS. And on my MBP, which is pushing the 4 year mark, that’s something I really need. It’s a free download, and can breathe new life into a rather stale UI, so I’d definitely recommend upgrading. Now I just need to get the core feature–iOS 8 Integration–to work.

#HeForShe

“We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are.”

-Emma Watson

I just watched Emma Watson’s speech to the UN titled HeForShe. In her speech, Watson beautifully addresses both sides of sexism, and how the only way to combat it is to work together, women and men, as equals, to reach equality and remove discrimination based on sex.

I wanted to write about this because the amount of sexism I see in my day-to-day life shocks me. The fact that my friend felt unsafe walking through the thin woods behind my school at 9 pm alone because someone could take advantage of her should not be happening! Or some of the guys at school calling someone a “chick” as an insult is just as grating. Why should it be an insult to be a woman? What really got me was that I didn’t even notice this sexism–due to male privilege–until one of my friends told me that it was there. Sometimes sexism can be very blatant and seen outright in numbers, like the wage gap, and sometimes it can be very subtle, like telling someone not to be such a chick.

Watson’s speech to the UN council is not the first push for equality using hashtags. #NotAllMen came to be after the Isla Vista killings earlier this year as a way for men to say that not all men are violent or sexist. Two hashtags came out as a counter: #YesAllWomen and #YesAllMen. #YesAllWomen came out to show that yes, all women experience some sort of sexism. The hashtag #YesAllMen came to be because yes, all men have a responsibility to fight sexism and bridge the gap between women and men.

YESALLWOMEN

So for all the men who always hesitated to join the feminist movement because “All feminists hate men”, or the movement is only for women, I want to tell you that both of those are not true, and there is an official invitation on the table:

“I am inviting you to step forward, to be seen to speak up…And to ask yourself if not me, who? If not now, when?”

#HeForShe

Go here and show your support by signing up: #HeForShe