• Jeffrey Tao

    “if you can’t breathe, just scream”

    on skydiving and tom petty’s “free fallin”

    April 1, 2021
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    Tom Petty’s song “Free Fallin’” begins with bright strumming on an acoustic guitar. Accompanied by a sunny chord progression, maracas, and soothing harmonies on the chorus, he sings about wanting to “glide down” over the earth and “free fall out into nothing.” Petty’s look in the music video has the same laid-back vibe as the […]

    unfinding meaning in everything

    most of the time, it’s not that deep

    March 5, 2021
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    “Twin XL comforters for college dorm room.” Hit search. As I scrolled through countless pages of maroon, lavender, and navy blue blankets, I began to draw conclusions about college students: most prefer simpler styles, maybe some ruching or small white polka dots, but nothing too attention-grabbing that could possibly throw off the balance of their […]

    the difficulty of cultivating good taste in music

    how my hectically eclectic playlists echo the essence of my personality—and why that’s so frustrating

    November 5, 2020
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    I’m not typically one for envy, but oh, how I wish I had a knack for curating Spotify playlists: from the kinds that make you whip your hair back and forth as you fold laundry to those that assure you every little thing is going to be alright as you sulk in bed after a […]

    zoomed out

    a digital exploration of another untethered semester

    October 1, 2020
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    On the second day of school, my professor decided to simulate what would have been normal last shopping period—turning and meeting the students next to you in a lecture hall—by sending us off into “the whirlpool vortex of the Zoom breakout room” (her words) for 10 minutes of introductions and less-than-subtle awkwardness.  It’s not to […]