Nothing like waking up feeling as though you’ve been hit by a train at full speed to encourage you to start counting down the days to the weekend. Would it really be Monday if you didn’t press snooze on five separate occasions and do a half-hearted contour on the train?
Not to worry. The gleaming light at the end of the tunnel reaches you in the form of this week’s Round-Up, and it’s a good’un, we promise. So tuck in, and try not to laugh at these videos in public, you weirdo.
Tough Luck (Original) | Maisie Peters
Starting us off with a brand spanking new original tune this week is none other than online songstress and local ethereal princess, Maisie Peters. Tough Luck has us here at TenEighty HQ longing for summer, and a porch to sit on while we stare warmly into the setting sun. Surely that’s in the budget, right guys? No? Well, at least we’ll be able to put this song on repeat to warm up our dreary office space.
Why AI will probably kill us all. | Boyinaband
There are two opposing conversations surrounding artificial intelligence: the ones that have you marvel at the prowess of humankind in the realm of technology, and the ones that have you throwing a side-eye at your laptop after it makes an unprompted sound sitting on your bed five feet away. This video is a little of both.
Watch Dave Brown tackle the AI discussion with impressive grace, from covering the basic types of artificial intelligence, to touching on the consequences of such powerful programs. But until all of this technology reaches fruition we’ll enjoy living in a world where our toasters don’t have the capability to hold us hostage.
eating disorders more like BEATING DISORDERS | Savannah Brown
While we’re no strangers to hearing her wisdom in poem form, Savannah Brown comes to us this week to start a conversation in honour of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Conditions like this hardly make for easy topics, and within a society that often dismisses the validity of such disorders as a whole, it’s not uncommon for those who are affected to be unaware of the severity.
Thankfully, Savannah’s audience and those alike can turn to her for a candid, thoughtful conversation about her experience with various eating disorders in the past, educating her viewers on the very real physical and mental effects that accompany eating disorders. So thanks for that, Sav — your recovery will inspire and educate others.
Gay Body Image (Spoken Word) | Calum McSwiggan
As a society, we’re pretty transfixed by the way we look, constantly assessing our own bodies and deeming them “good” or “bad” based on an internal set of ideals. What we don’t often think about is the way those ideals change for different societal groups.
Calum McSwiggan examines just that in his newest spoken word poem, this time examining standards of male beauty within the gay community. It’s a reminder of two things: that you’re never alone in your mental struggles with your body, and that you can never go wrong with a little self-love.
‘NEW GODS’ FULL SHORT FILM | JackVsLife
New Gods is Jack Burke’s latest short film, and trust us, you need to watch this, like, yesterday.
The film is a dark take on an outsider community, and YouTube isn’t the only platform showing it some love. The film was part of the 2016 New York Film Festival and the 2016 London Independent Film Festival. And, as all of Jack’s films do, it ends with a twist that we’ll leave for you to unravel.
Looking for a bit more?
Are you a fan of gaming? The sultry voice of a certain Dean Dobbs? Then you, our friends, are very much in luck! Check out Dean’s first episode in the newly reformatted We Need To Talk About Games podcast, this time with special guest (and TenEighty fave) Bertie Gilbert!
Everyone’s favorite clown is back in town! PJ Liguori — err, Wiggles — takes on a barrage of questions from his adoring fans, from the intricacies of his online dating to family issues you never asked to hear.