About lizcormack

Communication Design '12 at Emerson College.

MTV 30

I just had to share this somewhere, and what better place than Homemade Hot Sauce?

Today, August 1st 2011, MTV turns 30 years old. I found this video of the VERY beginning of Music Video Television – I’m talking 12:01am on August 1st, 1981 – and it’s really amazing.

30 years ago, MTV launched its revolutionary channel with a poignantly significant song choice: The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star. The title of that song must have hit hard for older generations at the time, who were probably dealing with the reality that the era of radio was dead.

It just goes to show that there will always be something that’s on its way out… and even twitter will be old-school one day.

In fact, just last night Erin, Kira and I were talking about how one day, Rihanna will be on the oldies channel, and “hammered” will be old-people slang for whatever the kids are calling it those days. So the ultimate question is – will grandmas be raging to dubstep?


Things I look for in a coffee shop

Today I went to Olea Cafe in Brookline Village for my lunch break – I usually go to KooKoo Cafe but I figured I should branch out and try it, since it’s across the street.

The coffee was really good, and the chocolate croissant was awesome. But the place was just WRONG! I hate walking into a coffee shop that has a great recommendation, that multiple friends have directed me too, and immediately feeling like I’m in a cafeteria or a poorly-managed Bon Pain.

Mood and decor go hand-in-hand with a good coffee shop, so here’s a break down of what I feel is necessary for a coffee shop to be a destination worth visiting.

1. Homey surfaces that don’t make me feel like I’m in a crappy pizza parlor – no fake marble table tops or cheap tile floors.

2. Good coffee, with an option to drink it in house in a mug or glass coffee cup.

3. Decor! A theme, decorations, art on the walls, or some sort of evidence that there was a conscious decision made concerning interior design.

4. All the fittings of a heaven for mac-toting hipsters. At least one couch, cushy chair or something that isn’t a cheap stool.

5. If you’re not going to have wifi (what is wrong with you?!) then you have to have awesome food. KooKoo’s, for example, is one of my favorites. No wifi, but their tabouleh and tuna pita sandwiches are stupidly good. I go for lunch and for the atmosphere, not to camp out and do work.


Just opened my Emerson email web host for the first time in a long time, and clicked on my sent messages. First message ever sent was an email that Erin and I wrote to WERS – not even WECB, but WERS – about our prospective jointly-hosted radio show.

I still remember the conversation: “hey Erin, would making the text lime green be annoying, or fun and exciting?” “definitely fun and exciting!”

hey! this is Liz Cormack, of the Liz & Erin duo. we’re roommates, we’re fun, and we REALLY want a radio show. we propose to call it the Tall Blond Talk Show which will consist of music and entertainment. see you at the open house tomorrow!

you stay classy Emerson,
Love, Erin and Liz
p.s. we’re bringing a demo CD mix.    

not annoying.