During the holiday season of 1990 the world was treated to and immediately fell for an adorable and strong willed 8-year-old boy from Shermer, Illinois, named Kevin McCallister. We all know that McCallister was played by the wonderful Macaulay Culkin, who has since transitioned from being a well regarded child actor to his role now, as it looks to us from afar, as a man of leisure who only does things that are fun and to help out his pals.
For a lot of people, video games actually aren't that fun. If you suffer from anxiety or have a high-stress lifestyle, your downtime activity of choice might not be entering into a seemingly borderless digital world where you probably have to hide, flee or kill to survive. And we're not even talking about something as extreme as, say, Red Barrel's Outlast or Capcom's Resident Evil. How many times have we wanted to throw the controller after dying too many times in Mario? Even the most basic and classic games are notorious for making our stress levels rise. Tetris, anyone?
Of all the imagery I’ve encountered on adventures down the Instagram rabbithole, none has captured my imagination so much as the sight of some guy boarding the Tokyo subway with what appears to be a guinea pig on a leash... wearing a wizard’s pointed hat. My mind reeled with questions about the fuzzy brown creature’s origins and how its owner had managed to leash-train it. Was I to believe that this critter wasn’t at risk of stiletto impalement or being carelessly knocked onto the tracks by frenzied rush hour commuters in the labyrinthine public transit system of Japan’s capital?
Shanda Leer is your favourite tipsy aunt at a wedding. Besides making every pizza personal-sized, her three talents are hosting, toasting and ghosting.
A fresh packet of Post-It Notes is your passport to freedom this month. Take all your intentions and colour code them, then paint your walls with these neon glimpses of the future. Don’t lick the glue off the back. If you can tear down at least one per week, you’re doing just OK. People have to be watching to be disappointed. Don’t lick the glue.