Alums who do cool things: Clipford “Clippy” Robinson ’94, Microsoft Office Assistant

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Remember that paper clip that always popped up in Microsoft Word? Well, he has a name–Clipford (Clippy) Robinson–and is a Brown alum–Class of ’94. Though Clippy is not boastful about his college degree, a look at his resume (which one could access on Word as a template for one’s own) proves that he did, in fact attend Brown from 1990-1994:

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Clippy agreed to sit down with Blog to discuss his time here at Brown, as well as his life since graduation.

BlogDH: How did you know that Brown was the school for you?

Clippy: I know a lot of people come to Brown to explore different options and take advantage of the open curriculum, but I always had a clear vision of what I wanted to do. Harvard and Penn have programs that primarily focus on hole punching and stapling, but I wanted to hold paper together without puncturing it, and Brown had a variety of opportunities for that. I held papers together all over campus. I also knew that I had a passion for technology, and the computer science program at Brown was–and is–second to none. When I told the alumni interviewer from Tufts that I wanted to work as a digital assistant inside of people’s computers, he laughed at me. But at Brown everyone was really supportive of my dreams.

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Nostalgia Trip: MTV reality dating shows of the ’00s

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By now, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all seen/talked incessantly about VH1’s hot new show Dating Naked. The show sets up blind dates in the nude on an island somewhere in paradise. Don’t question it, just watch it.

And while Dating Naked is a true gem, I can’t help but reminisce about the multitude of reality dating competition shows I watched as a tweenager. I’d inhale a bowl of Reeses Puffs, sit in front of my pre-DVR TV, and watch hours of NEXT and Room Raiders with ads for “Floam” and Kidz Bop in between. So if you’re bored with all your programs and looking for something new to watch this week, maybe do a little #tbt to MTV from the early 2000’s.

1. NEXT

On NEXT, potential dates are brought out one at a time while the rest wait their turn in a secluded RV. The catch is that the dater can say “NEXT” to any date at any time. The action inside of the RV is filmed as well, giving the contestants a chance to debrief their dates (if they’re nexted) slash talk about all the dumb stuff people talk about on reality TV.

The show seems pretty straightforward, except there’s this weird money part that I never really understood. The potential date is paid by the dater for the number of minutes he or she lasted on the date (1 minute = 1 dollar). If the person is not “nexted,” then they’re allowed to either go on a second date or take the money and run. While most reality TV shows try to blunt the superficial aspect of blind dating, NEXT takes it head on. It’s not uncommon for characters to be nexted on physical appearance alone. That and the whole money-in-exchange-for-dating (*cough*prostitution) thing makes it the JUICIEST SHOW EVER. Truly a reality TV show must see.

This particular episode is filled with witty one liners like “Eddie was more framboiled than my hamburger.” After a half-hour date, one of the contestants is nexted for being a smoker and starts to CRY. “She was like my crafted woman,” says 19-year-old “Italian Stallion” Justin. Other highlights from the episode include 19-year-old personal trainer Allison asking “so how much clothes do you own?” (answer: like 300 shirts), and the romantic date to the dentist’s office (Allison’s really into guys with good hygiene). This date ends with the winner and Allison (romantically) spitting Listerine into the same bowl.

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BlogDH Panel: #FlashbackFriday, Halloween 2k14 edition

Last year, Blog rejoiced when Halloween fell on #ThrowbackThursday. This year, we are not so fortunate: Halloween coincides with #FlashbackFriday, a watered down pseudo-version of #TBT, the classic and culturally accepted weekly Instagram holiday. We could not, however, resist getting involved in the most overkill social media-induced nostalgia trip of the year just because of the pesky Gregorian calendar…so, we have curated a BlogPanel of simpler days when Halloween wasn’t about muploading from the Whiskey Republic and out-punning your frenemies. Happy #FlashbackFriday!

Our editor-in-chief, Georgia Tollin (far left), mustache you a question.

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Art School(ed): RISD’s Course Superlatives 2014-2015

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Art School(ed) returns with another round of Course Superlatives! Yes, BlogDailyHerald has already thoroughly explored Brown’s Fall 2014 courses, but today marks the first day of classes down the hill at the Rhode Island School of Design. If you’ve taken VISA 0100, you know the drill: you are free to peruse the artsy course selections available at RISD. This upcoming week allows Brown students the opportunity to cram a 5-hour studio class into an already-busy course load. Acknowledging the classic obstacles RISD will set before you (notoriously small class sizes, a neurotic premium on quality control, etc.), these Course Superlatives are here to help you navigate the art school’s course catalog and streamline your RISD assimilation process – in a format reminiscent of your high school yearbook. Without further ado, we present this year’s RISD Course Superlatives:

Punniest…

PAINTING 4406: PAINTING FOCUS: GO FIGURE

Most likely to improve your #TBT game…

PHOTOGRAPHY 5340: FAMILY ALBUM

Most useful for students who live off-campus…

CERAMICS 4122: TABLEWARE

Most alliterative…

HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE H713: ART IN THE AGE OF ALEXANDER

LITERARY ARTS E326: BIRDS IN BOOKS

ILLUSTRATION 3048: VOICE + VISION

Most twinning…

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES S597: PROPAGANDA

ILLUSTRATION 3024: PROPAGANDA

Most foot-centric…

APPAREL 3052: *ITALY: SHOE DESIGN PERCEPTION, HISTORY & PROTOTYPING

TEXTILES W470: THE WOVEN RUG

ILLUSTRATION 3700: THE TWO-LEGGED PRINT

Most fun to say aloud…

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES C350: THIS IS THE WOONASQUATUCKET: STORIES OF A LIVING RIVER

LITERARY ARTS E289: THINGAMAJIGIRL: OBJECTS, HUMANS, FEMININITY

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Introducing Throwback Thursday (#tbt)

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Given that we’re addicted to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine accounts (…more on Vine later), it was only a matter of time until we hopped on the Throwback Thursday train.

Every Thursday, we’ll open up the BlogDailyHerald vault, find a relevant (but timeless) article from our archives, and share it on Facebook and Twitter for your reading pleasure with the tag #tbt. There are so many posts and creative assets are to be shared with you all, Gail triptychs included. We hope you enjoy the weekly trips down memory lane!