What the Ratty Should Play Instead of CNN

We’ve all been there.

A stressful day, week… month. Where to go? What to do?

The lost and confused student need not wander much further than the shining beacon of hope that is the Ratty. Sometimes, the most therapeutic remedy in a time of tribulation is to resolve one of our most biological needs: the need to eat. For seven days a week, the Ratty is there for students, offering a bountiful wealth of sustenance, with the glimmering promise of “comforts” and better days to come.

It is nearly a perfect place. An area to socialize, eat, reflect, and learn. One glaring issue, however, restricts our beloved Ratty from reaching its full, unbridled potential: 24/7 CNN news coverage blaring from the large television mounted prominently on the wall.

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Stay animated: 7 ways to survive reading period

readingperiodTo chill or not to chill? A reading period mantra. During times like these (with little-to-no class…or, if you’re unlucky, a lot of class), it’s easy to get distracted. Suddenly everything in New England may look super fun and enticingly adventurous—that’s totally normal. Although I won’t encourage you to drop the books and find a car and zip to the destination of your dreams….who am I kidding? That’s exactly what I’m going to do.

If you find that you’re coming to resemble the above animation, consider putting brakes on the studying and indulging in some you time. Consider doing one of the following:

1. Go to the RISD Farm in Barrington, RI (it’s actually a beach). It’s beautiful, a stone’s throw away, and it’s private! Only Brown or RISD students allowed, so bring your ID. Try biking there for a good workout. Continue Reading


Winners of the Spring Weekend Caption Contest

The competition has been fierce. The captions witty, deft, and cheeky. The quippy quotations were so brilliant we had to fight them off with an army of Furbies. But it’s all over now. The first annual Spring Weekend Caption Contest has come to a close. Here are the results:

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Nostalgia Trip: Remember when these cartoons were considered kid-friendly?

As Halloween is today and October, Blog’s unofficial Nostalgia Month, comes to a close, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate HOW FUCKING CREEPY cartoons were in our childhoods. We went down memory lane, remembering all those nights when we slept with one eye open after watching Cartoon Network or a Disney Channel Original Movie that was a bit too dark. Then we thought… how the fuck was this considered suitable for children?! From inappropriate jokes to villains that occasionally still haunt us, here are some memorable spooks from the TV of yesteryear.

Invader Zim

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Firstly, I would like to point out that the creator of Invader Zim is also the the author of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac which features the exploits of, you guessed it, a homicidal maniac. In this particular episode Zim, an alien hidden among a human elementary school class, is afraid that his identity will be revealed. In order to convince everyone of his humanness, he systematically steals organs from the other children until he is gorged with squishy spleens. A cute touch is when a roll of small intestines pops out of Zim’s mouth and he slurps it back.

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Alums in the news: Life in cartoon motion edition

Andrew Pienaar ’01 has worked for Pixar on films such as The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Finding Nemo, and is now Lead Lighter for the upcoming short Day & Night, which will be released June 18, with the highly anticipated Toy Story 3. “It is the corollary to live action movies’ director of photography,” Pienaar said. His job encompasses 3-D lighting on the computer, which he compares to stage lighting.

Pienaar described the short as “very innovative,” and something that “no one has ever attempted before,” because Day & Night combines 2-D animation with 3-D technology. Day and Night are characters that are animated in 2-D, but there is a 3-D world literally within their bodies that reflect their internal states. Continue Reading