Stuff Yer Face, 49 Easton Ave

We can’t not talk about Stuff Yer Face when talking about food at Rutgers University. Stuff Yer Face attracts the young and old and everyone in between. It’s a great place to hang out, celebrate birthdays, or simply just to grab drinks and great food. If you’ve made it to the yellow house with green window panes, you’ve come to the right place.

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Stuff Yer Face Front

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Sharing is Caring

In the past, I’ve written about how thankful I am to my readers, even to those who are reading this for the sole purpose of passing this class (no judgments here!). Time is precious–even the two or three minutes spent skimming this blog is two or three minutes you could have spent elsewhere.

So, to all of you out there reading this:

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From Clay, to Paper, to Bytes

Food blogs originated from cooking books, which go all the way back to 1700 BC (!!), with the earliest known cookbook being from our Babylonian (modern day Iraq) friends. Written on clay tablets, these instructions were surprisingly intricate and concise and most likely written for professional chefs. Luckily, we don’t have to lug around clay tablets when we’re frying up our patties anymore because we got paper and then…the Internet!

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There are millions of food blogs out there. My blog fits in with other food blogs because I made this blog in hopes of spreading the word on great eats around campus. Of course I wasn’t the first person to do it; even in this class there are other students who have a similar topic. But when Yelp is your only alternative, you know there’s a dire need for something else.

I hope and think my blog adds to the conversation of great eats around Rutgers. It would be pretty cool to hear that someone got something out of my recommendations or even just to hear that they learned about a new restaurant around campus through this blog. And I know I haven’t been publishing as much as I wanted to, but I promise I have a collaboration post that I’ve been dying to publish coming up!! Stay tuned……

90’s Kids

Does anyone remember when avatars used to be THE thing on AIM? And then it turned into actual profile pictures on Myspace and now Facebook…but I remember I would spend HOURS on sites dedicated to avatars looking for the perfect one. Going through “Powerpuffing” myself definitely brought back the memories of making an avatar of myself.

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Pretty accurate reflection of me 🙂

I actually learned about “Powerpuffing” yourself earlier this week at work, where it spread like wildfire with all of us making our own Powerpuff characters. And the greatest thing is that it’s not just for girls; there are tons of options for guys too! The overall amount of choices really surprised me; everyone’s avatar was surprisingly diverse and accurate (if that’s what you were aiming for, anyways).

I know a lot of people idolize the “90’s” but I really did get to watch some of the best cartoons growing up. The Powerpuff Girls, Hey Arnold, Rugrats, Doug, Catdog….and so many more to name!!! I’m so glad that The PPGs are making a comeback and they’re even on Netflix right now! So make sure you grab your popcorn and tune in to watch one of the best cartoons around…I’m really hoping Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network brings back more of my childhood favorites 🙂

 

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It is My Birthday.

My favorite thing about birthdays is the cake. And since today is my birthday, I can eat however much cake I want. Obtuse, rubber goose, green moose, guave juice, Giant snakebirthday cake, large fries, chocolate shake!!! (retweet if you’re a 90’s kid)

It’s crazy because normally I would insert a .gif here about Fairy Odd Parents but due to the nature of this post, I’ll have to refrain from it because I’m pretty sure it’s heavily copyright protected by Nickelodeon. To find a “Fair Use” photo, I went through pages and pages of Fair Use content on Flickr, and finally found this amazing picture of a Boston Cream  Pie (?) cake:

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This photo is protected under a Creative Commons license, though ironically, when I tried putting the copyright icon © into the caption, it wouldn’t let me!!! Not sure what’s going on here, but I am claiming a Fair Use of this photo, so please don’t sue me, Mr. Malone!

Anyways, the use of this photo on my blog would certainly apply for Fair Use under the Fair Use Checklist since 1) this blog is being used to make a comment about the photo, 2) the photo is a published work, 3) I am only using a small quantity, and finally, 4) there is no significant effect on the market (I am not receiving any type of compensation from this post).

Going through the Fair Use checklist, however, I can definitely see how biased the list is towards the Fair Use of written works, as opposed to other forms of media, such as photos and music. The wording of certain phrases makes it easier to apply to written works; for example, it’s kind of hard to say what portion of a song used is “central to or ‘heart of the to entire work'”.How would I apply this to a photo? Does using a portion of the photo still count as using the whole thing, or is it just a completely new photo at that point?

We desperately need a revamping of our copyright system, and after reading Lessig’s article “REMIX: How Creativity Is Being Strangled by the Law” this week, I really can’t stop thinking about how desperate for a change in our copyright system we are. I think about his solutions every time I use content I find on the Internet for this blog.

And because I just really can’t resist (also claiming Fair Use of this .GIF for the same reasons outlined above):

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Time to stuff my face with cake! #birthdayrutgersgal #22

49 days. (+some Rutgers tips)

Today marks 49 days left until graduation. 49 days left of running to catch the LX, getting sick from eating Brower food, and pulling all-nighters at Alex. There’s really only one meme to describe this feeling:

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My boyfriend actually showed me this yesterday and it was a trending topic on Twitter/Facebook for the past few days. Basically, the movie Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice got horrible early reviews and Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck (Batman) were asked what they thought about the reviews. While Cavill was talking to the interviewer, Affleck just stared off into the distance looking sad as ever….

His face kinda perfectly portrays my feeling about graduation. I always do this thing where I hate where I am currently and think about where I want to be , but once it’s over I get sad. It’s weird. I thought I wouldn’t really miss Rutgers but now that I’m almost gone I’m noticing the little things that I’ve learned over the years and how I’ll miss them.

For those of you who still have time left here, enjoy it! Here are some tips I picked up along the way that may be useful to you:

  1. Don’t take the train to NYC. There’s a coach bus that leaves on College Ave (by Key Food) that’s only $17 round-trip. The train round-trip is $28 (!!!) and the bus takes roughly the same time (~1 hour), sometimes faster depending on traffic. It drops you off straight at Port Authority (42nd st). You can buy tickets at the SAC and they leave twice every hour. More info here.
  2. Use your meal swipes at the Rock Cafe (Livi), Kilmer’s Market (Livi), Woody’s (Busch), or at Douglass Cafe (C/D). Buy a bagel and use the remaining money (~$5-$6) to buy snacks and packaged foods you can eat later. And if you can find the Knight Wagon, GET IT!! Get the Skirted Knight Combo and thank me later. More info here.
  3. When printing at the labs, use your RUID card to click and drag and select all the print jobs on the screen to print at once!
  4. DON’T buy textbooks without checking the libraries first. SERIOUSLY. The only time I bought textbooks was freshman year when I didn’t know any better. Use the EZ borrow system (searches other University libraries), Uborrow (searches Big Ten schools), and ILL to find what you need. It’s free and you can choose the library that you want to pick up the book at. Pro tip: usually, older textbook editions will be similar enough to newer ones. Check the table of contents on both editions (can find on Amazon or the publisher’s website) to be sure. More info here.
  5. New Brunswick Registrar’s number: (848) 445-7000. Use if you need help with registering for classes, transcripts, and pre-req overrides. They don’t post their number anywhere so save this in case you need it!!!!
  6. Install RU Wireless Secure on all your devices!!! Don’t use RU Wireless open. With RU Wireless Secure, you don’t have to log in every time you connect and it adds an extra layer of encryption so your information is safer. Install the Client here.
  7.  In addition, install Eduroam on your devices! It’s the same thing as RU Wireless Secure (it was actually made for visiting scholars between universities) and less people know about it so it’s sometimes faster. It’s also another network you can use when RU Wireless Secure is being a pain in the butt. More info here.
  8. For juniors and seniors, use CareerKnight to find internships and jobs. Many company recruiters actually check CareerKnight applications, and it’s a step above just applying to job openings on their website as a random applicant. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back from recruiters/companies immediately, keep looking and keep applying. It’s a numbers game. More info here.
  9. Update your resume!!
  10. When picking housing assignments, always try to choose a corner room. They tend to be bigger and quieter. Always check the floor maps and go and visit in person if you can.
  11. If you live in the river dorms (Campbell, Hardenbergh, Frelinghuysen), choose an odd-numbered room so you get the river view. Even numbered rooms mean street view which means street noise.
  12. If you live in Easton Ave Apartments, choose the 12th floor. They’re bigger (have higher ceilings) and the train noise isn’t as loud. You also won’t be judged when taking the elevator.
  13. If you live in the Livi Apartments, choose Livi C if you have a car (they make you park in Lot 105 which is closest to C). Choose Livi A if you don’t have a car (you can get off first at the Plaza stop), and choose the back side so you get the amazing Livi sunset views. Choose B if you love Starbucks and 16 Handles. Avoid selecting the first floor on all the Livi Apartments unless you never want to open your curtains. (they’re ground level so people can see in)
  14. When the same bus comes in a row to the Student Centers or any of the bus “rest” areas, (eg: two LX’s come to the Livi student center at the same time), take the second bus!! It’s more likely to leave faster; although I’ve been proven wrong lots of times. Take this with a grain of salt.
  15. Be good to yourself. Eat everything in moderation, get good sleep, and do what you love. You don’t have to have life figured out. No one does.

There’s probably tons more things but I can’t remember them all at the moment. Please let me know if any of this is helpful and if you have any questions I’d be more than happy to help!! 🙂

Update: some more tips!

  1. Confused about the College Ave-Busch buses? Just remember A bus for Academics (goes to Stadium/Hill Center first) and H for Hungry (goes to Buell/Busch Dining Hall first)
  2. If you’re going to the SAC, get off at the Student Center and walk straight down. It’s good exercise and your body will thank you. Additionally, take the bus from the SAC instead of the Student Center if you’re taking any bus except the EE or F.
  3. Generally, classes on Livi and Busch start at 8:40am, 10:20am, 12am, 1:20pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6:20pm, 8pm, 9:40pm while College Ave and C/D classes start at 8:10am, 9:50am, 11:30am, 1:10pm, 2:50pm, 4:10pm, 6:10pm, 7:40pm, 9:10pm. Most classes run 80 minutes, with 20 in-between minutes. Memorizing these times can help you avoid traffic and busy bus hours. 
  4. If you have a class on Lipman Hall (C/D), take the REXB or REXL to College Hall (next stop) and then take an EE or F bus straight back to College Ave. If you take the EE or F at Lipman Hall, you’ll have to circle all of C/D. Beware that if you go during a class end time, you’ll never get on since College Hall is the last stop.
  5. Check the status of your laundry online at http://rutgers.esuds.net/ . Be courteous and remove your laundry from the machines when finished.
  6. The Rutgers pharmacies sell Plan B for $30 and condoms for $5. They also have a stocked pharmacy for other needs. Hurtado on College Ave is the biggest of the 3. More info here
  7. If you have a device that cannot install RU Wireless Secure (Playstation, Xbox, etc), you will have to call the Help Desk at (848) 445-HELP (4357) to register it within the system.
  8. With all Rutgers departments: go in person if you can, especially for Financial Aid or Student Accounting. It’s much faster and better than waiting on the phone with horrible wait music for hours.
  9. Rutgers Student Accounting Number: (848) 932-2254
  10. Rutgers Financial Aid Number: (848) 932-7057

And since we can’t leave without a Spongebob-themed meme, here we go:

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The most relevant #rutgers meme

 

 

#hungryrutgersgal

My heart really goes out to bloggers. In a world where literally anyone can have a website, it’s easy to have your own voice but it’s so hard to have people listen. Gathering a user base is always hard no matter how great your website is. I can’t even think of a website that didn’t struggle with attracting users/readers early on.

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How I picture myself to look when I self-promote

Like some of my classmates mentioned, I think using the hashtag is a great way to promote your blog and to get new followers. Because almost all social media sites now incorporate the hashtag, it would be a great way to get your blog out across multiple different sites. I think hash-tagging my site on my Facebook and Instagram accounts would definitely help because most of my friends are here within the Rutgers area and they might find my site useful. And hey, #hungryrutgersgal…..has a nice ring to it!

In addition to the hashtag, having readers re-blog or like my posts on their social media accounts would help increase traffic and readership since it would be broadcast to my readers’ readers, and so on. I’m not entirely sure if this works on WordPress like it does on Tumblr or Twitter, however, so I can’t really say if it’s a viable option. But it’s a great one if your site is on Tumblr or Twitter or even on Facebook (using the “share” feature).

So the next question stands, why should you help promote my blog? Well, firstly, I really would be eternally grateful to you and would send you virtual cookies (but not the malicious kinds). Secondly, exposure would really help me get feedback on my content and what people want to see! Reading everyone’s comments on my first post was SO encouraging and it really made me so excited to write the next post which is (hint:) under wraps. But regardless of promotion or not, I’m just so thankful that somebody (you!) is reading this 🙂

Adios, amigos! Until next time. #hungryrutgersgal

Noodle Gourmet, 43 Easton Ave

Ahhhh, noodles. Possibly the most versatile, humble, and ubiquitous ingredient ever. I can’t even think of a cuisine that doesn’t have some variation of a noodle dish. Fresh noodles, dried noodles, egg noodles–there’s an estimated 350 “official” types of noodles and over 4,000 unofficial types!

Close, but no cigar Spongebob. We’re talking edible noodles here

Noodles mean something different to everyone. For most college kids, noodles are synonymous with a cheap, easy and filling meal. And Noodle Gourmet on Easton Ave delivers (literally) just that.

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Restaurant Outside

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Jing! Dinner’s Ready

Professor, if you’re reading this, I give you props. You laid out the assignments from hardest to least hardest so we would like you more and more, didn’t you!

I see what you did there!

Jing, to my surprise, was easy and fun to use! I’ve never done any “Screencasts” before, so I was pleasantly surprised at how intuitive it was. I’ve watched a lot of different game walkthroughs before (does anyone play Hitman? Best game ever) so I kind of knew what I was doing, but I eventually got the hang of it after a few go’s.

Here is my Screencast, done on the Pioneer Woman blog/site:

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