New video in which I answer all the questions I’ve been avoiding for the last two years.


I had a moment with Tessa this morning.

IT IS THE MUSIC OF THE PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BE SLAVES AGAIN. In other news: SUPER weird that that’s the thumbnail that shows up for you. I haven’t used that thumbnail in over a year. Does anyone see a different thumbnail? High-res


I had a moment with Tessa this morning.

IT IS THE MUSIC OF THE PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BE SLAVES AGAIN. In other news: SUPER weird that that’s the thumbnail that shows up for you. I haven’t used that thumbnail in over a year. Does anyone see a different thumbnail?

I just saw a post where you said The Beatles were like the One Direction of their day, and I don't think I really agree with that. I mean, yeah, sure, they maybe had teenage fans, but they never had any of the dumb merch that 1D does now. The Beatles were always just about the music.

Asked by Anonymous


Wow, that’s quite an old post. Not sure how it resurfaced. But, well..







The Beatles were definitely the One Direction of their day. I’m not saying FOUR is going to be Sgt Pepper’s or anything, but The Beatles in 1964 were basically 1D in 2011. I Want To Hold Your Hand was What Makes You Beautiful.

Time will tell if One Direction can cut it as an act with real longevity and cross-market potential, but don’t confuse the modern reputation of The Beatles with who they actually were when they started out. None of your musical idols started out as legends. They started out as “just another band” until they got popular enough or stuck around long enough to be remembered.

There will inevitably be artists from our generation who are remembered as great musicians and timeless acts. There will absolutely be someone sat in 2064 complaining about how all the latest pop is derivative and boring and fake, boasting that they only listen to “real music” (vintage classics like Sam Smith or Coldplay or whoever).

No one knows what will be classic rock until it’s already classic rock. One Direction may get there, or they might fade out in a few years. But in terms of who they were a couple years ago as compared to who The Beatles were fifty years ago, the parallel is pretty much undeniable.

Do you have any advice to minimize student debt as much as possible for someone getting ready to apply for colleges?

Asked by ela-faye




Go to an in-state, state-funded university. Do well in school. Apply for scholarships (of which there are many.) Start looking at scholarships NOW. FAFSA is huge. Take AP classes in high school. TAKE AP CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL! If you don’t, you have to take them in college…where they are not free. Look into work study programs. Don’t bring your car to college…be frugal while you’re at school (because the money you spend on not-college stuff is not insignificant.)

None of these things are particularly fun. And if you have the option, I’d look into smaller schools, because I really liked mine, but they are MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE. But if you do well in school, there are full-ride scholarships in the world…if I didn’t mention this before…apply for lots of scholarships.

And now, advice for the kind of people who couldn’t afford the AP classes in high school (me) and were less academics focused (me). 

*Community service scholarships* are beautiful things. If you haven’t done community service through your high school clubs or student council, get started now. I didn’t do that particularly well in school, but I logged in a lot of hours at my local food pantry. I got into a community service scholarship program at my university that paid for the majority of my tuition/room & board. I didn’t have to take out a loan until my last semester of university. Take a look at different national charities that you’re into, and see what scholarship programs they offer in change for you volunteering for them. 

Compare cost of living in your college/uni town to the costs of a dorm room. Every city has a different outcome. I like Hank’s idea of not bringing a car; your fee for your parking tag is going to be ridiculous. But in some places that’s not possible. I minimized my car usage by getting a part time job on campus. Even better, I got a job as a desk assistant for dorms, so sometimes I just needed to walk downstairs

If you have a meal plan, go as often as humanly possible. I know the cafeteria can get boring now and again, or your friends that don’t have meal plans go out to eat off campus, but fight that urge. That is how I spent most of the money I should not have spent. Understand the limitations of your meal plan, and find out if it can be applied outside the cafeteria. Go grocery shopping with friends/hall-mates. Go to those free events that RAs in your building or your campus host all the time, because they incentivize with free food. See if you can have a coffeemaker in your dorm instead of having to go to Starbucks every morning. Bananas are a cost effective fruit that also give you the same amount of energy. 

The thing about scholarships that a lot of people don’t realize is that you can apply to them while you’re in uni. That doesn’t have to be a high school thing. Here’s a 2014 list of the top scholarship engines. I got small little things for being a church member, knowing how to play more than one instrument, and my lineage. It’s ridiculous how you can get money. 

You can also get your basic credits out if the way/figure out what you want to study much more cheaply at a local community college where the credits transfer easily. While living at home and working full time while attending school part time can mess up the typical 4 year time line, you can avoid student loans all together which comes to be REALLY handy. If you are struggling with scholarships or what to study you can explore here without worrying about the extra 2000 you just spent on a class you have no interest in