(Another) Study break of the day: BACKSTREET’S BACK, ALRIGHT

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Everybody (yeaaaah).Rock your body (yeaaaah).

That’s right: In case you were wondering whether your favorite (or second favorite) ’90s boy band had, in fact, fallen off the face of the earth, Jimmy Fallon has made them relevant again. The quintet will be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight to play their original holiday song, “It’s Christmas Time Again.”

The song is notable for lots of reasons, primarily that it’s the first song BSB has produced since Kevin rejoined the group. (Prodigal Kevin!) HuffPost calls the song “vintage BSB with a holiday spin — a festive tune that’s just poppy enough to dance to.”  Whether you’re finished with finals or in need of a break, there is no way that tuning in to watch this performance could be anything other than a good decision. I will be tuning in after the Sufjan Stevens concert so I can comfort my still-studying soul with a lil’ bit of Kevin–he was always my favorite. (Nick Carter is s0o0o0o overrated.) Below, a few marvelous BSB tunes to remind you what they’re all about. Continue Reading


BlogStudyJamz: Lily’s definitive StudyJamz playlist

I conceptualize StudyJamz as fitting into two major categories:

  1. ChillStudyJamz – I am reading Freud’s theory of the 4th dimensional city. I am a flowering intellectual. Background noise would be nice as I contemplate the relationship between time and space.
  2. PumpUpStudyJamz – I HAVEN’T SLEPT IN THREE DAYS IS THIS COFFEE I’M DRINKING IT WAIT IS THAT A HAWK EATING A SQUIRREL I NEED THE INTENSITY OF A TORNADO EARTHQUAKE IN MY HEADPHONES

Here are some choice picks from both categories. And I’m not going to lie to you: This blog post may be my curated musical masterpiece.

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Snow Jamz: A wintry mix

If finals period isn’t enough of a reminder, winter is here—we’ve traded in the cornucopias, foliage, and the three sisters for inflatable Santas, candy canes, and, well, snow this sleet-y excuse for snow in Providence. Here are some of our squad’s favorite melodious slow snow jamz for any snowyish-day mood:

Jamz for cuddling: These songs will make you want to snuggle up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, hide under a blanket, and stare out the window as the snow comes down. Curl up under a with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, and enjoy watching the snow as it falls down.

  • Winter Song — Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson: The “bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum”s and the bells in this song will definitely put you in the winter mood.

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It’s here.


DogDailyHerald, Vol. 2

DogDH was such a success the first go-round that the submissions have kept rolling in. Can’t have too many dogs at finals time, right? Here, for you, are even more canines for your study breaking pleasure… and keep ’em coming to blog@browndailyherald.com (or to my Brown address, if you feel like finding it in the directory).

Georgia’s dogs, Hercules and Daisy.

Georgia Tollin ’15: “A similarity? Daisy is 5 years older than Hercules, and their relationship exactly mimics that of my relationship with my younger brother: Daisy’s the diva and Hercules is the trouble-maker.” Continue Reading


Study break of the day: Calming Manatee

We feel better already.

We’re all up to our ears in work, and it’s no surprise that we’re all searching for outlets on the Internet to calm ourselves down. We really don’t know why these majestic calming manatees are so comforting, but they seem to do the trick. Take a deep breath, enjoy the cerulean tones, and let these motherly manatees calm your finals jitters.

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