Link Tank #53

by Jamie Sanford on April 29, 2019

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DONE! Brook Lynn Hytes with one of the best runway presentations on Drag Race, EVER!

Chefs tell you how to doctor brownies up when you are using a boxed mix.

I am not a hoarder and can part with a ton of things without issue, but I do have the issue of “I bought this and haven’t used it as much as I would have liked, so I can’t toss or donate it” and blog posts like this one about identifying which kitchen items are actually getting used and getting rid of the rest are quite motivating.

The best Instagram accounts for vintage home stuff.

If you like makeup at all, you should watch RawBeautyKristi try out magnetic eyeliner and lashes because it is everything. You have to watch all the way to where she simulates wind with a blowdryer.

Watch Cardi B’s stylist travel to Paris to find Mugler looks for the Grammys, and then all of the other prep to get it all ready for Cardi to wear.

This closet is an IKEA hack for the ages! I’m obsessed with the color.

This creamy dijon chicken looks divine.

This Lifehacker instructional on how to go through the process of deleting your Facebook is one to save for the future. I haven’t removed myself from Facebook yet but it seems inevitable.

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I read Refinery29 articles often. They bark up my tree most of the time and come up in my feeds a lot.

Today, I caught a live video they were broadcasting on Facebook. I don’t know exactly how long they had been going, but there were already over 2,000 comments on the video. It was a bunch of balloons, and they were popping them to reveal a “major announcement.”

Here’s a screenshot from when I watched, definitely read those comments.

Instead of a steady stream of popping the balloons, they kept cutting to the women with the pins, making faces at the camera and miming something to suggest “which one should we pop next?” It was aggravating to say the least. You can see all of the angry faces along the bottom. In addition to the comments here, I saw someone else say that they were interested in the reveal but that the video was draining their phone of battery and their mobile plan of data.

Click here to watch the full video, if you want to spend 30 minutes on a bizarre balloon-popping situation.

I commented after someone else commented to “fire whoever’s idea this was” that I thought the idea was good, but the execution was terrible. There was NO reason to pop balloons slowly for 30 minutes to announce an upcoming event. The video could have been 3 minutes long and it would have been just fine. The comments on this video are pretty brutal, and funny, because that’s how the internet is, but they are all about the insane length of the video.

It is 2017. There are countless videos available to view online, and thousands if not millions being added each day. In addition, attention spans for content that isn’t engaging and concise are nonexistent. Refinery29 is too big and too successful to not have known this before this live broadcast started.

I would really love to know who at Refinery29 decided to create a 30-minute reveal, and what the brainstorming process was that led to an unfortunate decision.


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My Mother is on Facebook – Pros and Cons

by Jamie Sanford on August 13, 2013

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#23)

I signed Mom up for a Facebook account in December, while I was in Florida for the holidays. Here’s my current list of pros and cons to having your Mom on Facebook.


  • Greatly reduced need to be repetitive. I don’t have to send pictures to Mom and upload to Facebook, since she will see them when she checks FB
  • Mom gets to communicate with other family members who she doesn’t see very often


  • I become repetitive when I talk on the phone to Mom, because she already knows about anything I’ve posted on Facebook
  • I had to ask Mom to stop embarrassing my teenage nephews on Facebook
  • Mom is using her limited Facebook skills to teach Dad about Facebook, which results in lots of posts that say “Love Mom” at the end
  • Mom can see random things people post on my Facebook wall – which can at times be moderately inappropriate
  • Mom still cannot upload photos to Facebook, or change her profile picture, or upload a new cover photo = I’m giving Facebook lessons

Even though there are more cons than pros, I’m really OK with mom being on Facebook. Hopefully she will make time for me soon to show her how to handle photos, and maybe we will see the images she took from her trip to England, where she was in March. I’m calling her out on the blog, so hopefully this will help. Love you Mom!

Here’s an entertaining flowchart of parent friends, via Cool Material.

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Sights & Sounds 35

by Jamie Sanford on March 14, 2012

Sights and Sounds #35

Lots of random videos this time around. If you receive this post via email, it is best to go through to the actual post where the videos are embedded.

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It’s a hamster doing flips, which is one of the cutest things ever. This makes me want to get a hamster.

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The Obama reelection campaign is in full effect, and this video reminds me of how well they did the first time using the internet, and is a great timeline of some of the President’s best moments in the last few years. I will be voting for him again.

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Plus, they keep getting him to sing and it’s really endearing.

I’ve talked about my love for The Vampire Diaries before, and this is old now, but you can check out the crazy sexy cover shoot photos here on EW.com.

Catherine of Red Carpet Fashion Awards, one of my most favorite blogs, got a look at the details of the recently shown Alexander McQueen collection. After the McQueen exhibit at the Met, I want to see all fashion up close and personal like this, and her post reminds me of that experience so much.

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Are you managing a page on Facebook? The Facebook team has a good video on controlling posts in the new Timeline for Pages.

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Realness Report: Fashion Week, Kristen Stewart, Gaga

by Jamie Sanford on September 12, 2011

New feature! I have been sucked into the term “realness” from watching too many episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul’s Drag U, etc.

You can see the origin of talking about realness in terms of “passing” in this clip from Paris is Burning.

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In this instance, realness I’m talking about is encapsulating a look or attitude from another person, culture, situation, etc.  It’s a broader definition, but it works for me and let’s go with it.

“Just out of the shower with a hangover” realness at the Alexander Wang Spring 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.

Kristen Stewart looks AMAZING in this month’s W Magazine, but as you can see from the picture, she is giving lots of Priscilla Presley realness.  Click here to check out the rest of the photos and an interview with Kristen.

Carnation realness from Lady Gaga.  Come on, look at that hat.  (In all seriousness though, how beautiful does Gaga look here? She looks fabulous with a pale lip and that blond hair, for about a week she looked just beautiful, without distracting from it with her fashion extremes.  I appreciate that part of Gaga too, but I really loved this look.)

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