These Things Are So 2000 You'll Have to Check Your Calendar to See What Year it Really Is

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It might take you a second to recall, but do you remember where you were about fifteen years ago today? Stuck in 2003, that’s where. 

Back then, the internet was a budding resource we were all just starting to get familiar with, and between AIM statuses, Myspace Top 8s, Neopets, and Limewire, we were definitely taking no prisoners.

But there were also tidbits of IRL nostalgia too, like shopping for books at Barnes and Noble, or actually buying these CDs that only had 12 songs at Sam Goody (RIP). 

Dave Stopera took to Twitter to commemorate the long-gone days of yesteryear when he posed a question that would quickly go viral and have people from all corners of the web sharing where they were in the mid-2000s.

He asked, “What’s the most mid-2000s thing you ever did?” And even delighted the internet with his anachronistic response: “Mine was use an iTunes code from the cap of a Mountain Dew Code Red to download a Bloodhound Gang song.”

Well, well, well. While a plastic soda bottle with a download code is pretty spot on, other people had equally relatable memories that couldn’t have occurred at any other time than the mid aughts.

Take a scroll down memory lane with these extremely mid-2000 occurrences.

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For one, we all had janky MP3 devices that our 2018-selves would surely scoff at. Plus, remember how they would only hold, like, 30 songs? That was so much compared to the number of songs on a CD — I mean, it was more than double — and we had no idea iTunes was actually going to take off.

“Bought an off-brand MP3 player instead of an iPod because I was ‘afraid that iTunes thing wouldn’t have all the songs I want’,” responded @kblampson, and people could totally relate. One @KendraWrites even asked, “Was it a Diamond Multimedia’s Rio PMP300? Because that was my first MP3 player.”

Twitter user @stephanie_fitz even introduced us to a brand of MP3 we’d never heard of: “I had a Creative Zen MP3 player. Nobody else I know has ever heard of it. My daughter actually found it yesterday and we rocked out to some old emo jams.”

Wow, I wonder what kids these days think of all that Modest Mouse and Good Charlotte we used to blast back in the day.

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I distinctly recall the jealousy I felt toward my friends who had these waterproof MP3s they could take down with them to the beach.

One person even posted a photo of the minidisc player (!!) her boyfriend at the time got her. “It was ‘the future,”http://undefined/” she wrote. We really thought it would be.

Another person posted this cardboard iPod, which needs no explaining, but actually kind of does because it’s literally perfect.

“Made a clock in the shape of an iPod mini playing a Keane song at school,” wrote Sophie. Notice the song is paused at exactly 1:23 because we were very clever back then.

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While we’re on the subject of music, it might be a good time to segue into social media, and our behavior on Myspace (pretty much the only socially acceptable platform to be on) during those early golden years of the internet.

And @jamescervantes basically described all of our pages with his tweet: “Decorated my Myspace page so that when you’d open it, the first thing you’d hear is the loudest Linkin Park song.”

“Same, but it was Breaking Benjamin Breath lol,” chimed in another user. “And my background was a black and white picture of some goth girl standing on a cliff ready to jump. #SoEdgy

“Learned HTML for the sole purpose of customizing my Myspace page,” added an ambitious @laurabellejean, who we hope is now making bank as a coder.

But @courtmpif had everyone beat with a moment she shared that couldn’t have taken place in any other decade: “Using ICQ to instant message friends while seriously debating who to put in my Top 8 on Myspace and then telling my mom that my grandma left a message for us on Callwave. I also put heart stickers on my hip when I got in the tanning bed so everything would tan except that spot.”

Boy, now I feel like I screwed up my tween years.

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Would it even be a roundup of the 2000s if we didn’t take a moment of silence to remember AIM and MSN?

One person shared their online flirting techniques: “Sign in and out of MSN messenger to make my crush notice me. With suitable attractive music playing.” The tweeter then added, “Not forgetting the special font for your status update.”

Obviously, no one was taking customizable fonts, or your emo song lyrics, for granted.

@TheMarkusAdam shared the hilarious way he would get girls online to notice him:

When the girl I was crushing on messaged me on AIM I would always immediately start furiously typing out the end of a made up sentence and send it in hopes that she thought I was just that popular. It would be like,

“-nd haha thanks those were such good times!

oops wrong convo”

Markus, you’re definitely not alone in this one. I wonder if she ever picked up on it, or just thought you were that cool.

And while most people only had one phone line and several family members who were equally interested in checking the internet, one woman proved that patience had its rewards.

“Met my now-husband chatting on MSN messenger using dial-up internet,” she wrote.

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I don’t even have enough fingers to count the number of crushes I messaged on MSN, but I’m glad this woman stayed for the long-con and got to eventually sow the fruits of her online labor.

Remember downloading music? It’s not like the practice went away or anything, but now we have countless platforms we can pay nominal fees to use and don’t have to take up all our computer’s memory with a whole downloaded album when we really just wanted one song.

“Once I spent three days downloading an episode of Buffy on Limewire because my VCR accidentally taped Frasier instead. The video was 240×360,” reminisced @emmapants.

But some people got really creative with their downloads back in the day. 

“I changed all of the album artwork to every song in my mp3 library to my pop punk band’s so that if/when they were downloaded from Kazaa/Limewire we got free publicity,” wrote one emerging rockstar who enlightened some Limewire users.

“This is the first lead I’ve ever gotten on why so many songs on LimeWire had the wrong artist or title,” responded @ChrisRywalt. “Why would someone attribute ‘Romeo’s Tune’ to Sting? Clearly Sting’s Romeo’s Tune was a punk band.”

His clever antic was commended by the internet, and the original poster even chimed in to compliment him, saying “You should’ve won the Nobel Prize for this.”

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While some people scoffed at the mid aughts for not having all the technology available today — like this guy who recalled printing Mapquests as the only way to get directions — others remember those years as simpler times.

One person remembers waiting “until after 9pm to make calls on a cell phone because calls were free on nights and weekends, otherwise it used your minutes.”http://undefined/”Or knowing what it felt like to have wait for next month cause you used all your MMS,” added another.

Come to think of it, 2018 isn’t seeming so shabby after all.

I do have to say, the fact that I didn’t see Nokia’s changeable phone covers on the thread was highly disappointing.

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/10/10/24vtRe/tweet-like-the-2000s

If You Love 'Riverdale,' Then You'll Love Netflix's New Spanish Original Series, 'Élite'

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At this point, I consider myself a connoisseur of Spanish television series on Netflix.  I can’t remember the last time I watched a show that didn’t come with heavily accented dialogue — and I can probably tell you which of the 10 Spanish actors Netflix seemingly has on rotation starred in which series, like your own personal IMDb

Or just offer you some random but fun facts. Like, for example, if the show stars Blanca Suárez or Yon González, you can guarantee there will be a love triangle involving one (or both) of the stars or that Gran Hotel is the Law and Order of the Spanish TV world, in that there is a very high chance at least one actor on every Spanish show on the streaming platform has made a cameo in the 66-episode series. 

Which brings me to Élite — the latest original drama coming to Netflix via España. For those who are also self-proclaimed telenovela aficionados, Élite comes across as a mix of the aforementioned Gran Hotel and Rebelde (without the catchy pop songs). For newbies to the Spanish genre, think of it as Gossip Girl meets Riverdale, with a bit more blood. 

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So, what is Élite about? 

The show centers around three teens from working-class backgrounds who enroll in an exclusive private school and follows their struggle to fit in with their privileged classmates. Ultimately, this clash of the classes results in a murder – and an investigation is launched to find out who the killer is. Could it be Samuel — played by Itzan Escamilla, who you might recognize as young Francisco in Cable Girls —  who was called a “waiter” by the school’s bully on his first day and has to deal with his trouble-making older brother (Money Heist’s Jaime Lorente) trying to steal his crush? Fellow scholarship kid Nadia (Mina El Hammani) who is Palestinian and forced to remove her headscarf or face expulsion?  

Or is it Christian, aka Río from Money Heist, who finds himself in a love triangle against one of the more popular guys at Las Encinas? 

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Then there is rich girl Marina — María Pedraza, also of Money Heist fame —  who is harboring a deep secret while planning her big quinceañera debut. (SPOILER ALERT: She is HIV-positive). Anyone could be responsible for the murder, but it’s the mystery surrounded by sex, drugs, and typical high school angst that makes Élite a must-watch. 

Will there be a Season 2? 

Netflix has yet to announce plans for a second season, but seeing as this is just their second original series from Spain, it’s looking good for Élite. Netflix’s first Spanish original Cable Girls was just renewed for a fourth season and Mexico’s Ingobernable was green-lighted for two seasons very early on. Plus, given the success of other teen dramas on the streaming platform – i.e. To All the Boys I Loved Before, Insatiable, 13 Reasons Why — it would come as a huge surprise if Netflix did not confirm a Season 2 release date ASAP. 

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Tune in to watch Élite when it premieres on Netflix on Oct. 5. 

Source : https://undefined/entertainment/2018/10/03/Gefcz/elite-netflix-season-2

This Is The Only Tutorial On How To Fold A Fitted Sheet You'll Ever Need

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It can be hard growing up and learning all the stuff you need to be a successful adult in the world. Communication, responsibility, discipline, how to take chances and live fully. Also, folding a fitted sheet.

I don’t know why we have physical education in schools, but no class on managing bed linens. This is what the children need! We sleep on a bed every day, and change the sheets, like, once a month at least. Doing laundry is a valuable skill, and folding a fitted sheet is like the gold star of housekeeping.

Just look at all these people for whom the struggle is real:

The struggle is folding a fitted sheet.

Please meet YouTuber Terri Estep Metz, who likes to make videos about ordinary every day things that are actually funny. Her recent tutorial on fitted sheet folding is going viral for its novel approach to a problem that’s existed since we invented elastic corners. First, she presented the challenge, saying, “Today, I’m gonna show you the easiest way ever to fold a fitted sheet.”

She then lays her demo sheet out on the floor, clearly the most practical approach to take with clean laundry.

She then climbs inside the sheet, as you do, sticking her hands and feet into the pocket of each corner, and stretching it out like a demented starfish:

Seem too easy? Well, the next step requires flipping the whole thing into a rolled up sheet burrito, and you’re the filling.

Maybe you’ve mastered the art of making yourself a burrito on your bed, but Metz is careful to demonstrate how to extricate yourself so you don’t disturb the folding process. Peek your head out first, then kick your legs.

And then it’s just a matter of a few tucks and you’ve got a folded fitted sheet! Wow! Metz gleefully waves her finished product around, and you know what? It looks about as good as a folded sheet ever looks.

You can watch her entire process here:

And you should definitely try it at home, because at the very least, it’s a really good ab workout.

Metz’s followers love it, though they’ve had mixed results:

She also has at least one extremely passionate detractor who refuses to see the humor in folding a fitted sheet. They will die on this hill.

Some people don’t want laundry to be fun.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/07/16/Z26is8S/fold-fitted-sheet-tutorial