Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/13/17)

We are all so ready to go home. Eat turkey. Catch up on sleep. Finally binge-watch Stranger Things 2. But until then, enjoy the latest 4E-approved tunes!

  1. 070 Shake – Honey
    https://open.spotify.com/track/0PoMoPqIJxe6H0rDMnpGP8
  2. Roy Woods – Instinct (ft. MadeinTYO)
    https://open.spotify.com/track/49VzL5oBsUICN7U34T98b9
  3. Big Sean – No More Interviews
    https://open.spotify.com/track/3IRloeDfPgi7bH5OwXfwkN
  4. Pham – Movements (ft. Yung Fusion)
    https://soundcloud.com/xxx/pham-movements-ft-yung-fusion 
  5. Kygo – Nothing Left ft. Will Heard (Trinix Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/stayseemusic/kygo-nothing-left-ft-will-heard-trinix-remix
  6. Kygo – This Town
    https://open.spotify.com/track/4aSfgWmRa9KsISD4Jmx7QB
  7. Shura – Touch
    https://soundcloud.com/shura/shura-touch
  8. Louis The Child – Phone Died (ft. Blaise Railey)
    https://soundcloud.com/louisthechild/phonedied
  9. Darci – Two Up
    https://soundcloud.com/darksidedarci/darci-two-up
  10. Childish Gambino – Terrified (Zikomo Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/zikomo/childish-gambino-terrified-zikomo-remix

Thanks for reading! Time to get listening!

Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, spotify.com, giphy.com

Monday Music Update! (Week of 11/6/17)

Midterms should be over. So relax and listen to some music!

Here is 4E’s latest ~Music Monday~ playlist to help you de-stress:

  1. Brent Faiyaz – Gang Over Luv
    https://soundcloud.com/brentfaiyaz/gang-over-luv?in=brentfaiyaz/sets/sonder-son
  2. Brent Faiyaz – First World Problemz / Nobody Carez
    https://soundcloud.com/brentfaiyaz/first-world-problemz-nobody
  3. Russ – Cherry Hill
    https://open.spotify.com/track/6qcuRcbz8DCLG6nG4or8Uo
  4. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Wus Good/Curious (NVR Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/therealdonnyvega/party-next-door-wus-good
  5. LLD – All That Matters (LiveMix)
    https://soundcloud.com/livelikedavis/livelikedavis-all-that-matters
  6. The Sun King – I Wrote This Song For An Ex (ft. Abbn0rmal)
    https://soundcloud.com/the-sun-king-ny/i-wrote-this-song-for-an-ex-remix-ft-abbn0rmal
  7. Roy Woods – What Are You On?
    https://open.spotify.com/track/4467C0jkad7vMVD8kOhFxW
  8. dsvn – Don’t Choose
    https://open.spotify.com/track/6OVDdIF1LyY36sXL5xGCSR
  9. H.E.R – Jungle
    https://open.spotify.com/track/3C23UChONVCL0A3U9uWO5u
  10. Russ – Losin’ Control (Silver Waves Remix)
    https://soundcloud.com/silverwaves/losin-control-remix-1

Photos/Gifs/Music: soundcloud.com, spotify.com, giphy.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Holiday Sing-A-Longs

holiday sing a longBecause finals are starting, everyone at 4E knows that it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit. But there’s no better way to get excited than to play some holiday music, finish that paper that you know is last minute, and cram for that bio exam that you’ve got tomorrow morning. Here’s what you should definitely have on that playlist right now.

  1. “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Pentatonix

The holiday season wouldn’t be the holiday season without some form of The Nutcracker playing in the background. This new version will honestly keep you guessing.

2. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber

Let’s face it. We all loved JB when this song came out and we love JB now. This is too full circle not to include.

3. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

The classic Mariah Carey song. Use this to inspire you to make your life as iconic as Mariah has made this song.

4. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé

I’m not cruel enough to include any Frozen song on this list, but Idina Menzel’s voice is too amazing to pass up. Also, another iconic holiday song, it’s too relatable when the temperatures drop on campus to below 30 degrees.

5. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

Who knows when you’re going to listen to this song, but if you know the Mean Girls dance to this song, you should definitely perform it on Lau 2 as a study break.

6. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Nat King Cole

Hands down one of the best song to get you in the holiday spirit. Works every time.

7. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé

It wouldn’t be a holiday playlist without Michael Bublé. It just wouldn’t.

8. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Dean Martin

The more you play this, the more likely it is that it will actually snow. The snow day calculator told me so.

9. “Hallelujah” by the Pentatonix

Yes, this is the second song I’ve included from their album but honestly listen to the whole thing because it’s beautiful.

10. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

The best pump up holiday song. Fast paced, easy to sing along to, and just in general a holiday anthem. Get ready to belt it out.

Finally, happy holidays from everyone at 4E! And good luck on finals!

Photos/gifs: giphy.com

Things We Forgot Happened in 2015

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2015 was a long year — 365 days to be exact. A lot can happen in 365 days. Friendships can be made (and broken), phone screens can be cracked, Netflix binges can be completed and begun and completed again. There are a ton of things that we forgot happened in the last twelve months. Here are a few:

Ariana Grande licked a donut and said she hated America

Justin Bieber got hot (and – dare I say – talented) #Sorry

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Academy Awards in his underwear

Leonardo DiCaprio still didn’t win an Oscar

Tom Brady was accused of deflating balls in an incident known affectionately as “Deflategate”

Tom Brady set the record for most Superbowl wins by a quarterback

Left Shark stole the Superbowl half-time show

The war on gluten kicked in to high gear

The Pope came to DC

The Pope’s encyclical Laudato Sí focused on the environment

Microbeads were banned in the U.S.

New York Times asked, “Would you kill baby Hitler?” and people freaked out

Obama tweeted that NYT was ridiculous for suggesting peas in guacamole

“The dress”

Georgetown opened the old Jes Res dorm

Georgetown renamed the buildings of the old Jes Res

Georgetown basketball won a game in the NCAA Tournament

Georgetown blew out Villanova by 20 points at the Verizon Center

Villanova included Georgetown gear in its basketball fan pack (dummies)

Bradley Hayes learned to play basketball (and is actually really good)

DSR broke our hearts by declaring for the NBA draft (but then came back)

LJ Peak played on the gold-medal winning USA U-23 basketball team

Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2 premiered

Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke a bunch of records

Hillary Clinton lied about her emails

Volkswagen lied to everyone

People sucked cups to try to get Kardashian-esque lips

Kim Kardashian’s rear end continued to break the Internet

Hoyas, we at 4E hope you had an incredible 2015 with some truly unforgettable memories.

Photo: wisegeek.com, TMZ.com, 

Manly Monday: Bieber Fever?

UntitledsdhsjadLast week, as I was anxiously counting down the days before Thanksgiving Break, I found myself having a bit of an existential crisis. Now, I know, these are common this time of year. Questions such as: “What am I doing with my life?” and “Am I supposed to have a job yet?” and “Do I really need to pass Organic Chemistry?” and “What Christmas sweater should I force my dog to wear this year?” can drive even the most level-headed Georgetown student crazy. But my troubles this Thanksgiving were new. I was dealing with a troubling thought that I’ve never really had to deal with before, and it shook me to my core. The issue? Justin Bieber might actually be talented. Like, really talented.

Justin Bieber dropped his new album, Purpose, on November 13. And to my complete surprise, there are some absolute bangers on that album. That’s bangers, plural. I don’t know that I can name any Bieber songs since the incredibly high-pitched “Baby,” so needless to say I’ve never been a fan. He has just always been so easy to dislike. He was (seemingly) an immature jerk that didn’t have enough talent to warrant the kind of fame that he got, but teenage girls everywhere loved him because he was cute. There is a Facebook page titled “Dear God, Give Us 2Pac Back, and You Can Have Justin Bieber in Return” that had 3,600 likes. He even broke Selena Gomez’s heart! The key in all of that, though, was that I could be angry because it seemed like he was famous for no reason.

Two weeks ago, that whole reality was destroyed. It started when I realized that “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean” were Bieber tracks. I began struggling. Bieber wasn’t going to win me back with carpool sing-alongs or acoustic performances with Skrillex. I tried to fight it. I tried to think back to him being a bad neighbor, egging people’s houses and driving recklessly. I tried to think about Selena. And then I heard “Love Yourself.” Move over Drake, Bieber has the best diss-track of the year. It’s smooth, it has Ed Sheeran, and it has the line: “my momma don’t like you, and she likes everyone.” While that’s the best line of the song, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Bieber crushed it.

Even though only a couple of the songs are currently noteworthy, the entire album is phenomenal. It just grooves all the way through. Some people might argue that Bieber never left, but I will, and now I will say it: he is back. And now that I’ve had a couple weeks to think it over since the album dropped, I’ve decided I can accept that. It doesn’t mean I need to like him. Maybe he’s a great guy. Maybe we’d be best friends. Maybe he even reads 4E. But I’m not ready for that yet. So for right now, you can all hold off on calling me a Belieber, and I’ll concede that the Canadian Boy Wonder is pretty gosh-darn talented. I hope it’s not too late to say I’m sorry.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, gannett-cdcn.com

PSA: Microsoft Wants To Tell You How Old You Are

numbersHave you ever wondered how old you really look?  Maybe you’re just curious what bouncers really think when you hand them your ID and they laugh in your face?  Because let’s be honest, no one at Piano Bar is buying that you’re 26.  Regardless of your purpose, Microsoft is now here to help.

The tech company just launched a facial recognition tool that supposedly accurately predicts both your age and gender in a picture using a set of algorithms.  Sounds pretty complicated, right?  Well, all you have to do is visit www.how-old.net, upload a photo of yourself and let the software do the rest of the work.  The tool started out as a small demo test, as the website information was only released to 50 people via email from Microsoft.  The response was overwhelming, and the website started to blow up.  Two members of Microsoft’s machine learning group wrote on their official blog, “We were shocked.  Within a few hours, over 35,000 users had hit the page from all over the world.”

While the new technology is certainly exciting, many users are complaining about the inaccuracy of the age recognition setting.  In order to give you a sample of just how hilarious these age predictions are, we here at 4E took it upon ourselves to give the system a test drive and share our results with you.

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Despite what Microsoft seems to believe, Kylie and Kendall Jenner are not in their 20’s.  They’re actually both still teens…so that’s awkward.

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 12.35.00 PMWe thought that using a picture of Ariana Grande in a baby buggy with a pacifier in her mouth might make Microsoft think she actually is a toddler.  However, it seems to have had the opposite effect as she’s really just 21.

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Now there’s no way this can be accurate! Todd doesn’t look a day over 27…c’mon Microsoft, this one should have been a no brainer.

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 Leave it to Georgetown alum, Bradley Cooper, to actually have Microsoft underestimate his age.  He’s actually 40, but hey age is just a number, right?

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While the inaccuracy of the Bieb’s age is pretty funny, it’s even more hilarious that Microsoft happens to think he’s a female.  Now we’re just waiting for the Beliebers to start a protest.

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This one couldn’t be more inaccurate.  Anyone who’s anyone knows this is a picture of Benjamin Button, who’s actually about 8 not 76. How Microsoft got this one wrong, no one will ever know.

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 12.22.56 PMFinally, 4E decided to test out the program on a picture of some of our very own bloggers.  We just loved the Hilltop so much that we stayed a few extra years, we’re just redefining being a “super senior”.

So go ahead and try out Microsoft’s new tool.  But please, don’t get insulted if it seems to think you’re about 20 years older than you actually are…

Source: fourtune.com, the guardian.com
Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, internetvideoarchive.com, georgetown.edu, facebook.com, gannett.com, perezhilton.com, fccst.com 

Bieber: Let’s Talk About It

bieberJustin Bieber has officially gone off the deep end, and I want to talk about it because I don’t want to do my philosophy reading. Instead, let’s philosophize about the Biebz.

I have to say that I have always been the first person to stand up for Bieber ever since I saw his performance at the AMAs in 2012. Here it is, in case you were wondering:

I was obviously persecuted and bullied for such a defensive stance on an oft-ridiculed celebrity; however, I am a strong-willed person so I would naturally whine back something like “but he’s so talented!” Which he is. Not as talented as Kanye West (another celeb that I just can’t help stand up for), but Kanye’s a genius so that’s different. Anyway, Bieber has been basically having a mental breakdown similar to the one I am having on Lau 4 because I’ve realized that I forgot how to do school. Thankfully, I haven’t assaulted anyone yet. He did.

Here at 4E, we’ve always been concerned for Justin’s well-being, and once again, we’re going to give our take on the things he should and shouldn’t be doing. I don’t have any expertise on his life, but I’m gonna discuss it anyway. Here are some of the things that J.B. did recently that make me worry:

1. Over 100,000 Americans are calling for his deportation. If that happens, he’s probably going to be like this:

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Baby, baby, baby, NOOOOOO!

2. He also grew a super sketch mustache. (See top photo.) I can’t even begin to deal with it.

3. Please note that he is wearing Invisalign in the picture at the top of this post. Lemme see yo grillz! I’m just kidding. Please put your grillz away. We don’t like them.

4. He’s been committing all sorts of crimes lately. Not okay.

5. This was his mugshot for the above-mentioned crimes. Also not okay.2014-01-24-biebz_mugshots_transparent-thumb

This supports my theory that all celebrities are actually insane and we should trust none of them. Except Jennifer Lawrence and Alanis Morrissete, they’re awesome.

Hope remains.
Hope remains.
Photos: huffingtonpost, nymag.com Gif: gifsoup.com, celebuzz.com

Miley Mayhem and “Can’t Stop” Controversy

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Miley Cyrus isn’t one to stray away from polemics. Over the course of her short career, Miley has caused more than one mouth to drop with her wild partying and rebellious antics. Most recently, she’s been spotted twerking with Juicy J and hanging out with Justin Bieber and his leopard print Audi. And just to top things off, Miley’s released a shocking new single – and let me just say, “We Can’t Stop” definitively lives up to her recent Disney-sweetheart-turned-bad-girl reputation.

From the first few seconds of Miley’s new tune, it’s clear that Miley isn’t looking to revert to her more innocent days. The song begins with a voice-distorted, in-your-face, YOLO-generation statement: “It’s our party/ we can do what we want… we can say what we want… we can kiss who we want.”

As the song progresses, Miley makes it obvious that for her and her generation, nothing is going to change. “We can’t stop/ And we won’t stop,” she sings, referring to the over-the-top party lifestyle of her millennial age group. But it’s not the lyrics about partying that are causing “We Can’t Stop” to garner such a mixed response from listeners. (After all, we already know that Miley “Can’t Be Tamed.”) Rather, it’s the salvia-smoking singer’s drug references that are creating quite the sharp reaction to her newest single.

Ms. Cyrus isn’t afraid at all to bring drugs into wild nights of which she sings. “La dee dee da dee/ Dancing with molly,” she croons, followed later by, “Everyone in line in the bathroom/ Trying to get a line in the bathroom.”

First MDMA and then cocaine? I didn’t see that one coming, Miley. Heck, even Kendrick Lamar is a bit shocked.

What do you think of Miley’s drug references? Think that it’s “her mouth and she can say what she wants to?” Or do you want it all to stop? Take a listen to the new single below and give us a holler in the comments!

Photo: Google+

Justin Bieber: This is One of Those Times When You Say “Never”

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To prepare you for this little tidbit of news, I must first define two major terms:

Belieber: One who is an obsessive fan of Justin Bieber (courtesy of Urban Dictionary)

Anne Frank: A teenage Dutch Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis for two years in World War II. She lived with her family and several friends in a secret apartment in a warehouse in Amsterdam until they were discovered by the Nazis in 1944. She was then sent to a concentration camp where she died of typhus. Anne Frank’s story of her experiences was published after the war as The Diary of a Young Girl.

Got it? Good.

Now, one important distinction between these two terms is that they are not synonymous. But apparently Justin Bieber doesn’t seem to think so.

In a recent visit to the Anne Frank House, Bieber wrote the following in the guestbook:

Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.

I will allow you to make of this what you will, but I am of the opinion that a 19-year-old celebrity, whom many young people look up to, should stick a pin in that inflated head of his. The Diary of a Young Girl is not like the diaries of many young girls today; it is not filled with hearts and scribblings of “Mrs. Justin Bieber”.

I wish I could report that my source was The Onion, but sadly, this is the truth.

Source: CNN.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Summer Countdown

Somehow, it’s almost the end of the spring semester, and we only have a month until the next round of final exams. Winter coats are being put away for good, and the sun is finally coming out to play. However, we aren’t free just yet. We hope that our 4E playlist will provide you with the motivation that you need to make it through the final stretch.

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson I’ve heard the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” a million times, but, for some reason, when Kelly sings it, everything just clicks.

Firework – Katy Perry Yes, Katy, sometimes I do feel like a plastic bag. Don’t we all? No? Okay, maybe that’s just me. All I know is that this is the best pick-me-up song ever.

Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi For some reason, taking my Developmental Cell Biology final exam or writing my USPS final paper isn’t my idea of happiness, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction If you’re anything like me, then you’ve caught the One Direction bug. They know exactly what to say to a girl.

Numb – Linkin Park It’s never a good idea to bottle up stress so the next time that you’re angry at the world, just turn up this song and channel your inner rocker.

Fighter – Christina Aguilera You have to be a fighter in order to make it through the last month of school. Are you up for the battle?

Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield Always remember that whatever happens in the next month does not define your life. Your life is unwritten, and you have the ability to do or be anything. Sorry, that just got really deep.

Never Say Never – Justin Bieber He may be on a slippery slope ever since his split with Selena, but this boy sure knows how to sing a catchy tune, regardless of how trite his lyrics may be.

One Step at a Time – Jordin Sparks I loved this girl ever since American Idol, and I love her now even more. And she’s completely correct  – we all just need to take each day as it comes. Before we know it, we’ll be packing up and heading home for the summer.

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi This song will be my anthem as I walk out of my last final exam. End of story.