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You're probably kicking back after Dean's Date, trying not to think about your finals looming overhead. Or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have any, and you're done for the semester. Maybe you're PTL and absolutely bored. In any case, Netflix (or your streaming site of choice) is calling your name. Here are some prime procrastination picks.
New courses came out this week, so you probably spent all the time you should have been working on your current classes looking at new classes. To help with your procrastination, here's the Prox's list, in no particular order, of the 14 coolest/weirdest/most awesome classes that you can take in the fall. AMS 334: The CIA in Fact and FictionThis class looks at media depictions of the CIA as opposed to the reality. You might want to keep an eye out for intimidating figures in black suits showing up in this class, but it looks very cool. Plus, you get to watch episodes of Homeland! ELE 470: Smartphone Security and ArchitectureI barely understand the description of this class, so it's probably very interesting to all you STEM people. From what I can gather, this seems like a great class for people who want to run the world someday, probably. ENG 309: Graphic Novels and ComicsThis seems like a great LA for you (wonderful) weirdos who struggle finding one. Comics are easy, fun reading, and if you can imagine readingCalvin & Hobbesfor homework, this class is for you! LIN 312: Linguistics of American Sign LanguageASL is an incredibly cool language and you should all study it. ’Nuff said. SAN 101: Elementary Sanskrit I OR BCS 101: Beginning Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian I OR SWA 101: Elementary Swahili ILooking for a cool way to way to fulfill your language requirement? Try one of these new languages Princeton offers. AAS 301 / SOC 367: Black to the FutureFrankly, I just think this is an excellent pun. ATL 499: Princeton Atelier: Memory House: Video and Sound InstallationThe Atelier classes are always cool, and this is no exception. Visual artists, sound designers, actors and filmmakers would all find a place in this class. GEO 255A / AST 255A / EEB 255A / CHM 255A:Life in the UniverseAstrobiology is one of those "only at Princeton" things that you have to take advantage of. Plus it's an STN. COS 402: Artificial IntelligenceYou are the ones responsible for our eventual robot overlords. Please take this class with caution. ELE 381 / COS 381:Networks: Friends, Money and BytesYou can be the next Zuckerberg and you don't even have to drop out to do it! ENG 210: Princeton University ReadsYou read works by famous writers in the Princeton area and then get to sit in on an interview with them. What could be better? Also, even if you can't register for this one, it would be cool to audit. THR 310 / ENG 318 / MUS 338:The Musical Theatre of Stephen SondheimI think everyone interested in theater at Princeton wants to take this class, and for good reason. You'll probably only get in if you're a rising senior, but it's totally worth it. MUS 265: Rock, R&B and Hip-HopListening to music —and cool music! —for a class. Need I say more? PSY 407 / NEU 407:Sleep: From Molecules to MattressEvery Princetonian wants to talk about sleep all the time. Maybe you'd even get to sleepfor class. #livingthedream
“Call Me Maybe”(Kiss, 2012)
Fittingly, “Heartsigh” introduces Purity Ring’s signature style, featuring dreamy synth layers under James’ light, reverb-laden vocals. Purity Ring’s knack for drum programming is showcased well on this track and remains a standout feature throughout the album. Their synchrony between drums and synth reaches near divinity in “Push Pull,” making it easy for the vocals to take you away. “Repetition” plays a bit with the vocals, using them as a sample to complement James’ lyrics, thematically encapsulating the song. After this technique gets used on a somewhat haunting “Stranger Than Earth,” the pace of the album weakens, as the album suffers from the triteness of stringing too many midtempo tracks together, even in spite of the album’s first single, “Begin Again.”
Even though midterms are all anyone can talk about right now, let’s all shut up for a second andlook forward to the approaching nationally-sacred holiday: Spring Break. There are those of youwho want to make this a particularly productive time in various ways, but we believe in realism, so behold your realitycheck:
If you're like me, these Roommate Test posts have taken over your Facebook. That app is probably a data mining site, and I live in a single, so I made some more accurate results that you can post on your Timeline so you can be cool too!
It has come to my attention that some people on campus think squirrels are "cute" and "cuddly." I am here to rectify this error. Squirrels are terrifying miniature hell-beasts who have the capability to utterly trash your room over winter break, leaving you crying at midnight, forced to sleep in McCosh because your own room is utterly inhabitable by humans. Beyond a certain Prox editor’s personal experience, here are ten reasons squirrels are the absolute worst.
As a necessary disclaimer before I get into this piece, I thought Taylor Swift’s 1989 was a gigantic disappointment. Despite pristine production that makes for a wonderful first few listens, the album’s generic song constructions and boring conceptual backdrops made it nearly impossible to listen to more than a fraction of the album at a time. Within the consistently mediocre material, though, lay a few gems, and “Style” is one of the finest songs on the album. Its powerfully-stated rhythmic framework and tasty guitar riff couples well with Swift’s starry-eyed lyrics and gorgeously-mastered vocals, creating one of the most satisfying songs of 2014. Unlike most of the other tracks on the album, “Style” is an appropriately ambitious song, cocksure and revelatory but well-contained and perfectly paced.
The EP has a slow start, with a fairly average electro house track in “Different World.” While the constant melodious repetition of “you live in that different world” by a robotic synth is tastefully used throughout the song, the drops lack punchiness, resulting in a flat track overall.
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This year was a wonderful year for albums. From albums that took time to grow on you to albums that attained your love after the first 5 seconds, these are our top 10 albums for 2014. (Links are to reviews or the artist's YouTube page.)
This year was filled with creativity! Everyone switched up their style and others improved on what was already seen as perfect. Here are a few of our picks for this year's best music videos. Enjoy!
Some artists are known for being problematic and unsavory. Every year there is always beef about whose track is the best or about whose head is getting a bit too big. The music world has dealt with more serious drama this year and artists and the public have been very vocal. Intersections picked a few controversial artists for 2014 and here they are. We won't give our thoughts on these issues, but rather provide information so that you'll be able to form your own opinions on these artists.
1. "All About the Bass" by Meghan Trainor
Thinking of whether or not to P/D/F that nagging class of yours? Use this handy checklist to predict your academic future:
But even at the rowdiest basement bar show, there are rules. Not that you’ll be thrown out for spilling your drink, or texting during the encore, but concert going has its own etiquette: a set of unwritten guidelines that give some order to the chaos. Whether you’re dancing on the lawn, or head banging by the stage, here are some tips on how to rock out with good manners.
The band's first released their album Maps of Non-Existent Places in 2012, but the album was remastered and re-released in 2014. The first track of the album, titled "Prelude," presents an eerie solo vocal intro by Salvatore Morrano, backed by a haunting background choir. The mood of this track belies the often more aggressive sound that the band goes for throughout the rest of the album. The next song beings with heavy riffing, which jars the listener (in the best way possible). Many of the songs include distinct sections that often differ in style and genre. The third track, "Feed the Horses," starts off with a very tension inducing prog sounding riff played by all the instruments. Particularly interesting is the use of low, aggressive double stops from the violin to mimic the heavy metal rhythm vibe achieved by the guitar. After an eerie violin solo, the song suddenly transitions into a catchy, upbeat funk groove that put a smile on my face when I heard it for the first time.
Whiplashturns the classic inspiring mentor trope on its head, or rather, on Simmons's bald, furrowed brow. For Fletcher isn't the wise older figure speaking in platitudes that Hollywood has conditioned us to expect. He doesn't congratulate Neyman on his progresses, nor does he guide him with mildly confusing suggestions. Instead, he throws a chair at his head when he fails to play in tempo, and slaps him across the face when he can't tell by how much he was off-beat. All of this is done with a cold, calculating menace. Fletcher isn't reacting out of anger. No, he simply believes that this is the only way to inspire "greatness."
It's been a long time since Intersections has covered Legend of Korra's 4th season (three weeks, to be exact), but I'm going to make it up to you all! Over the next few days, I'll be recapping the past 3 episodes of Legend of Korra (Episodes 4, 5, and 6), in anticipation for this week's episode. Now, time to get down to business.