Bitstrips: The Gift That Keeps on Giving Even After You Try to Return It

By Ben Lek in Get in Style
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 3:32pm. (Updated: 11/19/13 at 7:19pm) Add comments

bitstripToday’s lesson is on the anomaly known as Bitstrips, and how to try to block it.

I had blocked the app immediately after seeing how my Facebook friends have the creativity comparable to that of the chick from Twilight’s facial expressions (see: none), but alas, Bitstrips, being the dubstep of apps, somehow wobble, womped, and twerked its way back onto my news feed.

Because Bitstrips is essentially a cesspool of inside jokes, whenever the parties involved comment on one, we see it magically re-appear on our news feeds.  The revolving door of Bitstrips is horrible and unavoidable.  Blocking it does help alleviate some of the pain and at first you may feel like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” freed and like a new life is beginning, but in the end you cannot escape the fact that you got still got banged by everyone.  Every so often a friendly reminder will pop up and you catch yourself crying in a corner listening to Dashboard Confessional.

While the concept of the app is clever, it is the users that are making our news feeds an island surrounded by diarrhea.  As if pictures of food and duckface selfies are not enough, we now have to deal with comic strips that make absolutely no sense.  What baffles me about the whole phenomenon is that I never saw one that was remotely funny.  If you think they are funny you probably watch reruns of “Everybody Loves Raymond” and have a group of friends aptly named “the Mean Girls.”  Possibly a Facebook album named “I might be bad but I’m perfectly good at it” as well.  You also may have quoted Marilyn Monroe as a status update more than once.  If so I hate you.  Seriously, why do people idolize her?  She was like the classic slut.

But I digress, we have now reached the point where people reading this will say, “I totes have made some awesome Bitstrips.”  To all of you I issue this challenge.  Make one that is not an inside joke and is actually funny.  Post it in the comment section provided below.  Tag me in it.  Tweet me it.  Whatever.  If it is actually funny, you get rewarded with the prize of wasting your time by making a Bitstrip.

For everyone else, here are some simple instructions on how to try and block Bitstrips.


Method 1:

1) Click on the Facebook Account Settings icon, and click the “Blocking” option on the left side of your screen.

2) Now scroll down to the “Block Apps” option at the bottom.

3) Type in “Bitstrips.”


Method 2:

Find a Bitstrip on your news feed and click on the down arrow located in the top right of the post. You then simply click on the Hide all from Bitstrips options and they will be removed from your Facebook new feed.


Method 3:

Delete all of your friends.  Live Bitstrips in real life.


Bitstrips: So not fetch.




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LIKE OMG BONUS MATERIAL:  This is what Bitstrips looks like to people that are not involved in your Bitstrips.

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Prostitutes are Beliebers

By Ben Lek in Entertainment News, Get in Style, Lifestyle, Music, Pop Music, Pop News
Monday, November 4, 2013, 5:19pm. (Updated: 11/25/13 at 3:28pm) Add comments

Justin Bieber yolo’d his way into the headlines yet again this past weekend in Brazil.  When the wonder boy is not busy churning out hits from his bong heart, he is hard at work stealing the heart of a Brazilian prostitute.  What is that?  I made a mistake?  It was two prostitutes?  I apologize and stand corrected.

El Biebs was caught sneaking out of the popular brothel Centauros with two females this past Friday in Rio de Janeiro.  While it is not confirmed that the two females were prostitutes, it is general logic that when a person leaves a whorehouse with two people that he did not enter with, they may, in fact, be prostitutes.  In addition to this Bieber left with a blanket draped over him that had the sex den’s logo on it, leaving us to believe that “being discreet about things” is not high on the pop star’s priority list.

Later in the morning he was kicked out of the hotel for breaking their rules.  His management claims that the artist left due to hordes of fans ambushing the hotel. I am claiming that he and Miley Cyrus are on a tight timeframe to see who can officially lay claim to the title “Ratchet Jesus.”

Earlier Bieber had showed up an hour and a half late to his show, and three hours late to a meet and greet that fans had paid over $1000 each in order to attend.  It was reported that Bieber stormed off stage during his performance earlier after getting hit by a water bottle all whilst kicking the Brazilian flags that were left on stage from fans.

This of course comes after reports that Bieber had allegedly paid a hooker in Panama City at a club $500 to have sex and smoke weed in his hotel room the week before.

Apart from all of this, there are many positive highlights that allow Justin Bieber to shine.  The most notable of these events can be found below in no particular order:

-Getting out of various speeding tickets (caught on camera with no cars following him) by telling police officers that he was “evading paparazzi:”  We cannot imagine how hard it must be having to deal with imaginary photographers chasing you in imaginary photographer rocket cars that turn invisible upon spotting cop cars.

-Spitting on fans:  Can these fans really be mad?  They have been waiting to swap spit with Sir Bieber for years, and he was caring enough to oblige to their demands (and prostitutes).

-Punching EDM DJ Michael Woods’ tour manager in the face after the EDM DJ refused to play hip hop:  Can you blame him?  What is worse than going to an EDM DJ’s EDM set and only hearing EDM music being played?  The DJ told the shirtless Bieber to “f*ck off and put a shirt on.”  Clubs can get hot, and Michael Woods should know that.  Sometimes the only viable option to cool down is rip your shirt off and demand some Drake.  If I do not hear at least one variation of “Starships” by Nicki Minaj during a night out I usually chalk it up as a wasted night.

-After punching Michael Woods’ tour manager, Bieber ran behind his security screaming “recognize when you see a real n*gga:” Have you ever seen or met an EDM DJ?  They are the most frightening human beings on planet earth behind hipsters and Snooki.  In Beiber’s defense, Michael Woods was totally not being PLUR by not playing hip hop and being unable to recognize that Bieber is a “real n*gga.”  Stay black.  Stay proud Justin.

-Peeing in a restaurant’s mop bucket:  I cannot lie and for once I am not being sarcastic.  I respect this power move.  Well done.

Of course I could continue on in the glorious YOLO swag life of the mighty Bieber, but it would detract from the real point of this article.

We want to salute the audience member that managed to hit Justin Bieber with a bottle of water.  With one swift throw and pinpoint accuracy that would rival Tony Romo to opposing defensive backs, you managed to hit the bane of everyone’s existence and subsequently send him to the loving arms of two Brazilian prostitutes.  In the end, that is what the kid needs.  Some tender love and care.  And an STD test.

Canada: America’s hat.


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How To Make Your Own Sriracha Sauce (and survive a shortage)

By Ben Lek in Get in Style
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 12:21am. (Updated: 12/02/13 at 4:44am) Add comments
sriracha girl

At least you can still wear this fake Sriracha costume for Halloween when you’re eating fake Sriracha substitute.

In case you’re living under a rock, the Srirachapocalypse is nigh. We all await the fate of one of the greatest sauces on Earth, but there is still hope.

As our government tries to figure out their own issues, the country prepares itself for the real problem involving the possible suspension of Sriracha production.  What some are understandably considering the apocalypse and others the second coming of Miley Cyrus is threatening the taste buds of many food enthusiasts not yet ready to give up the infamous rooster sauce.

David Tran, CEO and founder of Huy Fong Foods which makes the sauce, has already stated that “If the city shuts us down, the price of Sriracha will jump up a lot.”  This has sparked an uproar on all social media outlets with threats that would make Chris Brown look like Drake on all levels.

But where there is a will there is a way.  For those with culinary prowess, we present you with a way to create your own Sriracha substitute in just 25 minutes.  Of course, you could continue to go to your local Asian food market and stockpile bottle for cheaper prices than at your local supermarket.

So until we find out the official decision on the possible suspension Thursday, we hope this helps you cope with any stress you have been feeling this week. Now if only the guy who produced “Friday” by Rebecca Black wouldn’t create another song making this situation worse, we can live happy for now. Oh wait…


Sriracha-style hot sauce

Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: Makes about 1½ cups sauce

Note: This sauce should be prepared in a well-ventilated area and is best prepared at least 1 to 2 days before using. Cane vinegar and palm sugar can be found at select well-stocked cooking stores, as well as Asian markets.

1 pound mixed fresh red chiles (such as red Fresnos or jalapeños), stemmed and chopped

2 to 4 cloves garlic

1/4 cup cane or rice vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, more if desired

2 tablespoons palm or light brown sugar, more if desired

1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the chiles, garlic, vinegar, salt and sugar to form a coarse paste.

2. Remove the mixture to a non-reactive saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the aroma softens or mellows a bit, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Blend the sauce again to form a smooth paste, thinning as desired with water.

4. Strain the sauce, pressing the solids through a fine mesh strainer with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Taste the sauce, and tweak the flavors as desired with additional salt, sugar or vinegar. Remove the sauce to a glass jar or bottle and cool completely. Refrigerate until needed.

Each tablespoon: 13 calories; 0 protein; 3 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 2 grams sugar; 133 mg sodium.

Source for recipe:,0,2437476.story#axzz2jFvb9m5W

YouTube's First-Ever Music Awards Show

By Ravi in Get in Style, Lifestyle, Music, Pop, Pop News
Monday, October 28, 2013, 2:52pm. (Updated: 11/04/13 at 4:42pm) Add comments

The YouTube Music Awards
Sunday November 3, 2013
Live from Pier 36 – New York, New York w/ additional feeds from Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Moscow and London.

Hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts • Directed by Spike Jonze
With performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, Avicii, MIA, Arcade Fire, Tyler the Creator and YouTube’s biggest stars.

The YouTube Music Awards categories include video of the year, artist of the year, phenomenon of the year and more:

The nominees were selected by using YouTube data from the last year based on views, likes, shares, comments and subscriptions.

Check out the Official YouTube Music Awards Nominee Playlists and cast your vote!

The Biggest Battle

Clearly the biggest question is who will win the YouTube Phenomenon category… Gangnam Style or Harlem Shake? Both were massive hits amongst the ADD generation (yes, that’s you). Both caused people to do awesome dances all the time, everywhere. It’s a tough one for sure.

The Stats

Gangnam Style
Uploaded 7/15/12

A YouTube Record 1.8+ billion views as of 10/28/13 – that’s double 2nd place (Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris – Baby).

The crazy thing is that 1.8 billion reflects only the official video. With everything else combined it’s gotta be pushing 3,000,000,000. That’s a lot of views…

Harlem Shake
Uploaded 8/23/12
First Parody Video 2/2/13

It’s hard to determine when the first Harlem Shake parody video was made, but many believe it to be the one called “DO THE HARLEM SHAKE” with the guys in the pink, alien and red power ranger suits and the one with the sumo mask.

Since them a ton of famous people (The Miami Heat, Paul van Dyk, the cast of Sports Centre, Anderson Cooper, T-Pain, Jeff Gordon, and Jimmy Fallon, to name a few) have put up videos. And countless more.

Because of the Harlem’s Shake’s insane viral behavior, Billboard ended up announcing it would use YouTube stats to determine it’s Hot 100 chart, placing Baauer at the top of the list for several weeks. Here are some crazy Harlem Shake video stats.

The Biggest Controversy

Tyler the Creator (yes, one of the awards show’s performers) as well as LA cool guy Flying Lotus have both been outspoken critics of the social media platform’s category nominees. They have some pretty justified arguments, albeit via ranting tweets, about the same old pop acts being nominated, likening the show to the MTV VMAs.

It’s sort of true when you think about it. Sure the Obama vs. Romney rap battle video is nominated, but so are Lady Gaga and One Republic songs. The argument is that YouTube should be rewarding the little guy who makes original, innovative content, and leave the VMA stuff for MTV.

You can read more about Tyler and FL’s disdain via the LA Times.

For us the obvious concern is… YouTube is a video channel, not a music channel…

Needless to say, the YouTube Music Awards marks something truly amazing for the media and entertainment worlds. Social, traditional, music, film, it all comes together in an awards show determined by now many times people click play.

The Future of Cell Phones?

By Ravi in Get in Style, Lifestyle
Friday, September 13, 2013, 10:44am. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 5:49pm) Add comments

iPhone 5c Be Scared – Phonebloks is coming

cell phone with interchangeable parts
Imagine a cell phone where you upgrade single parts as needed… as opposed to getting a new one every time something small malfunctions. Has your phone become slow? Replace the part that affects speed, not the entire thing.

  • Need a new screen? Get one
  • Do you save info on the cloud and have little to no use for added memory?
    Get rid of the card and increase the size of your battery
  • Do you care more about photo/video than sound? Get a smaller speaker and a bigger lens
  • Are you an audiophile? Just go get some good headphones already… lol

Phonebloks could change the way we upgrade phones

Imagine if you could choose (or interchange) the charging port on your phone… what if you had multiple pieces so you could use any charger. Instead of one charger that fits all phones, you could have 1 phone that fits all chargers… WOW!

Waiting in line overnight for cell phones the way people do for concert tickets is getting ridiculous. Drooling over upgrades with few practical improvements is becoming a waste of time. Phonebloks may end all that. And it seems as though it provides an avenue for electronics manufacturers to continue monetizing the industry through product development.

Phonebloks is a platform that houses interchangeable parts in one unit to provide a customized communication device. Amazing!

10 Useful Things to Remember When Moving

By Ravi in DC Restaurants, Get in Style, Lifestyle
Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 9:34pm. (Updated: 10/16/13 at 3:10pm) Add comments
people wearing boxes

Moving cities, neighborhoods or just across the street? Regardless, you have to consider a lot and that’s where we come in. Take it from the guy who just moved…

The Top 10 Best Songs to Bang To

By Ravi in Get in Style, Lifestyle, Music
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:00pm. (Updated: 8/15/13 at 6:01pm) Add comments
best sex songs

The top 10 best songs to get it on to, curated by DC clubbing.

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Baauer, the man behind The Harlem Shake, has teamed up with legendary producer Just Blaze and the Jigga Man himself for a sure fire banger!

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Wanna keep your friends for a little longer? It’s pretty simple – Don’t sleep with your boys sister, grab your girls if you’re going to the bathroom, and don’t be a douche!

Is Instagram the Only Positive Social Media Experience?

By Ravi in Get in Style, Lifestyle, Pop News
Sunday, July 21, 2013, 5:39pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 6:01pm) Add comments
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“Beautiful people. Amazing locations. Expensive Cars. Mouthwatering food. Wild parties. Couples in love. And happy families. It’s disgusting. Is Instaplur even real?”

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