Hilltop Hacks: Productive Procrastination

Banner - Productive ProcrastinationHappy midterm season, Hoyas! While it may be crunch-time in the classroom, you can only run on a double-shot of espresso from Midnight for so long; you should treat yourself! What I’m talking about here is productive procrastination: distractions you can feel good about. The key to productive procrastination is overdoing it and doing it well. 4E is here to show you how.

  1. Did someone accidentally jump into your Village B wall the other night and leave a gaping hole? Well, what better time than now to fix it? File that maintenance request, and while you’re at it, why not explore the other failings of your crumbling apartment? Does the right faucet in the bathroom leak? Is the outlet closest to the couch failing to charge your laptop? And what about that mysterious stain on your couch cushion left over from last year’s occupants? File them all away into the interweb for maintenance to deal with while you’re gone.
  2. Cleanse your Facebook friends. Let’s face it, you probably don’t need to be friends with the old middle school meathead or that chick from the DC Summer Conference you attended during your sophomore year summer. Here’s a tip from a serial friend-remover: Check out your Facebook birthday list. If it’s their special day and you don’t feel inclined to send them good wishes, delete ’em. But don’t stop at just this month’s birthdays; purge through April’s and May’s while you’re at it. You don’t need all that newsfeed clutter anyway.
  3. Cook e v e r y t h i n g in your refrigerator. By Friday, you’ll be packing your bags to head to little old Oyster Bay Barbados and you do not want that Trader Joe’s Alaskan Salmon getting too, uh, ripe. Save yourself the stank and prune through all of your perishables. Otherwise, you’ll be coming back to a kitchen that will make you go…
  4. Speaking of Spring Break, what better way to use your wandering brain waves than trolling around Trip Advisor for “25 Best Things to Do in Cancun” ? There’s nothing worse than arriving at your gorgeous Best Western Motel all-expense paid trip and having no idea what to do next. Is there a local zoo with a rare snake exhibit? What about a modern art showcase on the intricacies of recyclable beauty? Oh, wait, is that a Groupon for bottomless mojitos and tortilla chips after 10 AM at the Crazy Frog?

    And if you don’t know, now you know.
  5. And finally, as I’m sure you haven’t called your mom except in a stressed-out, crying fit all week, give her a ring. If anything, calling now will lessen how angry she’ll feel about the inevitable “I need $100 in my bank account mom, please. This is the last time, I promise” text you send her next week. But while you’re at it, call Grandma, Aunt Sue, your long-distance ex-but-not-really-ex-girlfriend; why not? On second thought, maybe it’s best to just text dad and ask to Facetime with the dog. You do have tests to study for, after all!

Photos/Gifs: appliedvisionworks.com, giphy.com

RIP Jack Sr.

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As any Georgetown student, D.C. citizen and dog-lover already knows, our dear Jack Sr. passed on this past Tuesday. The pup was 12 years old, and had been in his second year of retirement. Anyone who lived in New South during the school year of 2012-2013 will remember, Jack Sr. was the lovable pet of the freshman dorm. We here at 4E already miss him.  And, as it turns out, everyone else is having the same emotions as us (obviously).

Here is the Georgetown’s community response to this tragic event:

Of course all the Georgetown-based media immediately spread the news.

Most people have just reacted with pure sadness and shock. Personally, I didn’t even see this coming. The shock is what affected me the most.

Tweets on Fleek

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Twitter has been on fleek lately, even though a lot of popular accounts have just been sharing the same jokes – I’m looking at you, @CommonWhiteGirl, @FillWerrell and @GirlPosts. Lame!

Despite this trend toward social media plagiarism, there are some really great accounts that have totally original tweets and concepts. Here are a few of our favorites:

@GeorgetownGnome chronicles his ceramic life in 140 characters or less. Most recently, he has journeyed to Afghanistan where he has fraternized with an Afghan Shepherd (their slightly less cute version of the lovely German Shepherd) and gone for a ride on a military tank.

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@RealCarrotFacts provides life advice and commentary on hot cultural topics while bemoaning the lost love of his life, the mysterious Megan. Don’t be turned off by the misspellings and lack of punctuation; he’s just a carrot, he’s still learning.

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@WolfPupy is the sassiest little canine on Twitter. It includes deep insights on such topics as breakfast, dinosaurs and life itself. This one is hard to categorize; you definitely have to check it out to experience the comedic genius.

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@MedievalReactions is a relatively new account – with only 11 tweets – but it combines appreciation for medieval art with modern sentiments. Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 7.20.21 PM

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Next time you want to see a gnome driving a military helicopter, a sexy carrot or a three-hundred-year-old nude painting, check out these hilarious handles.

Photos: twitter.com; softpedia-static.com

The Top 12 Things We Love About Jack

As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.” This week, we’ve said goodbye to our friends (read: mortal enemies) at Syracuse, the old 4E layout, and the box-eating days of our beloved mascot, Jack the Bulldog. Since Jack is retiring, we wanted to look back and admire some of his greatest moments. Here are The Top 12 Things We Love About Jack:

12. He loves to sit out and do his reading on Healy Lawn, just like us.

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11. He always practices good hygeine.

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10. He proves that horizontal stripes can be flattering.

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9. He’s the perfect role model for JJ.

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8. He promotes a healthy and active lifestyle (especially for Father Steck)!

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7. Despite his wise face, he was a puppy once!

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6. He always makes time to hang out with his friends.

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5. He even loves hanging out with himself (in a totally non-egocentric way).

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4. He loves reading AND cura personalis!

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2. He once made this face. But most importantly…Screen-shot-2010-01-05-at-3.29.22-PM1. We could always count on him to eat that box.jack2

We love you Jack! Happy retirement!

Photos: Georgetown University, Vox Populi, MSN

Eat That Box: Jack is Back

It’s been three months since Jack the Elder went under for surgery on his ACL, and he’s already back in the game, tearing up boxes like a young pup.

Jack has been benched since last March, when he injured himself while jumping on a couch. A surgeon confirmed that he had torn the dog version of an ACL, and would have to take it easy while he prepared for surgery on April 23rd.

But Jack wasn’t alone while he was limping around outside the Jes Res and taking tours of campus in his personal golf cart. A few weeks after his injury, the pending arrival of a new mascot-in-training was announced. Jack Junior was a gift to the university from Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, parents of Nathan (COL ’12) and Rachel (COL ’13). Once J.J. is done with his training, he’ll take over as the sixth bulldog to serve as Georgetown’s mascot.

Jack the Elder will resume his mascot duties for the fall sports season, with J.J. serving as his apprentice.

While nobody loves Jack Junior  more than  us (we haven’t even taken him off our logo since J.J. Day), it’s nice to see his big buddy back in action. Besides, who else would teach J.J. how to properly devour a box?