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Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week

Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.

It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.  


Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…

PHlightsout1. LIGHTS OUT

I recently saw a movie trailer for a film called Lights Out. The movie premise is pretty simple- there is a monster that can only be seen when lights are off. The movie centers around a woman and her little brother who are being stalked by this lightless creature, but as horror movies often do, the monster is a metaphor for something else; in the case of this film, the monster is mental illness. But did you know that the movie is based off of a short film on Youtube? Because I didn’t. And in my opinion, the short film is much better than the movie. It does a fantastic job of building up tension without backstory. Do you prefer a horror film with/without backstory? Does the decision for either affect your preference for the story? I think that I prefer a story with lore, but I think it’s scarier when there isn’t. Let me know your thoughts. Click here to watch the video.




To be completely honest, reading this article was horrifying. It’s full of advertising from Silicon Valley CEOs, and the ones that aren’t adds have really lame suggestions- One woman suggested an “emoji decodifier.” I think Ryan Hoover and Alexandra Fine said it best- it’s less about tech and more about social pressures around sex. Fine says,

I actually don’t think that technology is as much of a part of it as the social pressures telling us ‘don’t have sex, don’t have sex, herpes herpes herpes, unwanted pregnancy, etc.’ That’s the larger problem here.

Most of my friends weren’t really told about sex growing up, and I think because of the AIDS scare that our parents grew up with, the sentiment in school was akin to that scene in Mean Girls- “Don’t have sex. If you have sex, you’ll get pregnant and die.” I was discussing this with Antonia, and her observation was that Millennials might just be entering Graves 4 earlier than older Millennials and Generation Xers.  Do you agree? What was your experience with sex growing up? Do you think that the tech CEOs were as condescending as I thought they were?  Click here to read the article.




I recently found a Tumblr entirely devoted to people’s pictures of their teenage bedrooms. I think people’s bedrooms when they’re teenagers are encapsulations of their entire personalities, because they often live with a guardian/parents and don’t have an entire apartment to decorate yet. So all of it gets shoved into one tiny space that they’ve sort of outgrown. Teenage bedrooms are a manifestation of childhood and future adulthood. Click here to look through “teenage bedroom tumblr.”




We do! And I run it! We post all of our blog articles on Pinterest, and include fun stats, quotes, pictures, etc for all of the types (plus some other fun stuff.) I post all of the Fridays posts there. It has its own board! Our username is Personalityhack. Come check us out. 😉 Click here to see our Pinterest.





Physics is confusing. I was browsing Wikipedia (as I often do) and I came across the “quantity of entropy,” which is the “only quantity in the physical sciences that requires a particular direction for time…” Humans have an intuitive understanding of the travel of time and the increase/decrease of temperature, despite both of those things being abstract concepts of energy movement. The confusing thing about the entropy of time is that the second law of thermodynamics says that a system of energy can only increase going forward, but we have observed that time increases and decreases in energy (ie living things, the movement of the universe, the dying of suns, etc.) I really don’t understand it very well, but theoreticals are too interesting to not think about. Click here to read the article.




So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.


Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.


Got a tip or something you think I should check out? Email me [email protected] and put in the subject line: Fridays @ Five


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Addison Dunlap
Addison Dunlap is a writer, student and all around walking encyclopedia of internet chic. You can also hear her on many episodes of the PHQ Podcast.

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