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So this school/mall setting is basically a rectangle. In the rotunda is a moveable carnival/food court. On one of the short sides of the rectangle is a 4 or 5 story-high seating area, with retractable tables. The entire student body can be seated in these seats for presentations and lectures. The rotunda can be quickly converted to a stage where said presentations and lectures can be given from. While not being used for presentations and lectures, students often study in these seats, or hang out and make out, like people their age do.

Said lectures and presentations might be made on cultural topics – such as why it is important to go to school in such a setting; the importance of consumerism; general brain-washing types of things.

This college could very well be the Harvard equivalent. The bigger the mall/ consumerist environment, the “better” the school. That’s the general concept. Cross-promotion is king.

Would it be too much to incorporate that which I’ve absorbed about premium youtube content? Is there an element other than just the students living their lives? What kind of cross-promotion are they expected to participate in as students? Are they expected to express preferences in some kind of public forum as a way of asserting social status?

Which then naturally brings me to a completely new idea about what if everyone had youtube channels and interacted with society in a large part in that way? I won’t get into that quite yet, since I haven’t fleshed out the mall-school thing yet.

So, is it a mark of social status to be more consumerist than somebody else? Or to like the “right” brands? That relates to today FO’ SHO’.

What’s the way out? What’s the fatal flaw that the protagonist is going to find? Maybe we’re not there yet, maybe I still need to establish this world…

Farmers exist. Bankers exist. There is always a center of commerce in any given town. But going to this particular school is like going to Harvard. It’s the best of the best. And the protagonist will have a conflict with that.

Nature – what about nature? It still exists. But it’s largely ignored. And considered dangerous? Except for a select few who are the equivalent of homeless in that they actually go out and hike and camp and effectively live in the nature that most people don’t understand because it’s been so long since anybody has ever really appreciated it. It’s kind of like the factionless in Divergent. It sounds like it sucks, but it’s really the best thing ever because there are no rules or limitations. Nature exists in a lot of places, even with people taking resources from it.

Is there a revolution? Is it nature vs. development? Ehhhh, I’m not sure yet.

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Ok, ok, ok. But I do have a fairly distinct concept of the dorm areas. How does that affect social interactions? In that format is it pretty similar to today’s dorm life? What about the people that work in these school-malls? Are they separate workers from the students? Do they get special treatment or benefits because they work here? Do they interact with the students in a more significant way than a seller/buyer relationship? Are the students the employees? Eh, that’ sounds a little overly complicated, socially-wise.

Or, well, maybe not. Your social status depends on what job you get; at which store. But I also like the idea of non-students socializing with students and having some kind of effect on them as a result. They can be secret friends and confidantes. They can also be secret competitors and enemies.

How long is this college program? Does it result in running your own company? After you graduate are you expected to be hired by a company and participating in their sinister business deals to promote their own brand? Is this really all just an allegory for the business of business? Does that even make sense???

Ok, maybe that’s seeing too far in the future. I don’t know.

I think that’s pretty good for the time being. Considering I’m 3 glasses of wine down and have poured myself one last glass. Just please don’t be too hung over tomorrow when I have to take my dad to the airport!!

P.S. – I’m not even gonna spell check this BOO YAAAAAAAAA

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THE HARRY POTTER OSCARS

(Presented by Mugglenet.com)

So here’s what’s bringing me back to my WordPress blog after so long…

THE HARRY POTTER OSCARS, YA’LL!!

Mugglenet.com, the preeminent fan website for all things Harry Potter, has recently decided to conduct a fun Academy Award style award “show.” Now, of course there is no visual aspect to these awards, the results will merely be posted on Mugglenet on February 24th, 2013. But once I opened the ballot (no need to be a member of the Academy for this one!) I realized just how thoughtful it was, especially considering it’s a glorified fan poll. There are a SHTON (I just made up a new word ya’ll, holla!) of categories, some traditional and some specific to the fandom.

(Oh look, “fandom” isn’t a dictionary recognized word… get on it for 2014 Merriam Webster!)

Because there’s nothing better than picking apart every single category, Entertainment Weekly style, here are my picks for EVERY SINGLE category with what will hopefully not be completely over-complicated explanations.

LET’S DO THIS (my vote is denoted in BOLD)

Best Actor Over 30

  • Jason Issaacs
  • Alan Rickman
  • Gary Oldman
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Richard Harris

Alan Rickman is probably the obvious choice as he’s navigated a delicate (and redemptive) character arc over 8 films (not to mention he is ACTUALLY a world class actor), but I’m going to go with Richard Harris because very few actors in these films managed to evoke exactly what was in my head reading the books, and in the best possible way at that.

Best Actress Over 30

  • Helena Bonham-Carter
  • Julie Walters
  • Emma Thompson
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Maggie Smith

I almost voted for Julie Walters for her portrayal as pretty much the best mother ever that anybody could ever want (no matter how over-bearing and shrill she can be). But I had to go with Maggie Smith because she not only worked on the films through cancer treatment (in her 70s), but she played Professor McGonagall with unflinching consistent BAMF-ness. Was anyone REALLY that surprised when she magically brought the Hogwarts suits of armor to life in Deathly Hallows Part 2?

Best Actor Under 30

  • Rupert Grint
  • Tom Felton
  • Oliver Phelps
  • James Phelps
  • Matthew Lewis
  • Daniel Radcliffe

This was a no-brainer. The competition was NOT fierce. Sorry Ron. And Tom. And Matt.

Best Actress Under 30

  • Evanna Lynch
  • Natalia Tena
  • Jessie Cave
  • Bonnie Wright
  • Emma Watson

Again, a no-brainer. Evanna Lynch might be Emma Watson’s toughest competitor in this category (lord knows Bonnie Wright was given a nomination out of pity), but there’s really no beating the member of the trio with the most X’s in her chromosomes (see what I did there? SCIENCE JOKE! …… ).

Best Hair

  • Jason Isaacs
  • Alan Rickman
  • Emma Thompson
  • Emma Watson
  • Helena Bonham-Carter

This was a slightly more difficult category because there are so many sub-categories to consider. Helena Bonham-Carter and Emma Thompson would fall under the “crazy hair people” category (or “crazy people hair” depending on your perspective), while Emma Watson and Alan Rickman would go in the “neater and cleaner than as described in the books” category. So I’ve got to go with Jason Isaacs for his luscious golden locks (No pun intended… who am I kidding. PUN ENTIRELY INTENDED).

Best Visual F/X (all films nominated)

  • Goblet of Fire

Mostly because of the variety of F/X that were created for all three tasks, especially the underwater sequence.

Best Adapted Screenplay (all films nominated)

  • Chamber of Secrets

This was a really difficult category because I’d say in general all the films were adapted just as closely to and far-ly from their respective books. Perhaps because it had the advantage of being the second shortest book of the series I had to go with Chamber of Secrets. It hit all the plot points I wanted it to whilst still feeling fluid and connected as a whole.

Best Composer

  • John Williams – Sorcerer’s Stone
  • John Williams – Chamber of Secrets
  • John Williams – Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Patrick Doyle – Goblet of Fire
  • Nicholas Hooper – Order of the Phoenix
  • Nicholas Hooper – The Half Blood Prince
  • Alexandre Desplat – Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Alexandre Desplat – Deathly Hallows Part 2

Another EXTREMELY difficult category. My first thought was that I must go with John Williams because he created multiple recognizable themes that were used throughout the series (and he’s like super awesome and incredible at what he does). Then I thought about the Goblet of Fire soundtrack which, while it’s my least favorite movie, definitely has the most bombastic soundtrack of any of the films. It’s just plain fun. But at the end of the day I had to go with the score that really moved me, physically and emotionally, and that was Alexandre Desplat’s score for Deathly Hallows Part 1. The sequence in which Snape is… apparating on the wind? Is that what you’d call it? …toward Malfoy Manor just made me tremble in my seat and giddily dread the drama to come.

Best Director

  • Chris Colombus – Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chris Colombus – Chamber of Secrets
  • Alfonso Cuaron – Prisoner of Azakaban
  • Mike Newell – Goblet of Fire
  • David Yates – Order of the Phoenix
  • David Yates – The Half Blood Prince
  • David Yates – Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • David Yates – Deathly Hallows Part 2

There are many potential qualifications for choosing the best Harry Potter director. If you’re going for someone with visionary flavor, go with Alfonso Cuaron. If you want more British authenticity, go with Mike Newell. But if you’re going for faithfulness to the spirit of the books, you can easily narrow it down to Chris Colombus and David Yates. The coup de gras is going to have to be that David got to make 4 films instead of 2, creating an equally faithful but ultimately longer lasting (and more mature) vision.

Best Film Overall (all films nominated)

  • Deathly Hallows Part 1

Many people will disagree with this choice, but please refer to the Best Director category for my explanation on why I chose this film as the best overall.

Best Pet In A Leading Role

  • Fang
  • Scabbers
  • Crookshanks
  • Errol
  • Hedwig

So many good options! Fang & Errol! The most loyal of them all, no matter their shortcomings. Scabbers was actually evil so that’s working against him. Crookshanks was a bit too independent to be really loveable. Besides, Hedwig sacrificed herself for Harry, and that is the only time in Deathly Hallows Parts 1 or 2 that I cried (ok, ok, I cried when Harry was saying goodbye to Ron & Hermione too).

Best Actor In A Hero Role

  • Alan Rickman
  • Emma Watson
  • Maggie Smith
  • Matthew Lewis
  • Daniel Radcliffe

Dan or Alan are the obvious choices here, but I can’t help but choose girl power and go with Hermione. As Hermione on The BAMF Girls Club on youtube says, “Try getting petrified by a f******  basilisk.” Slightly more rationally, she says, “Harry, Ron and I have a democracy. Mmhmm. It’s called ‘Hermione Always Saves The Day.’ And that she’s smart. Vote for me.” I can’t argue with that.

Best Actor In A Villain Role

  • Jason Isaacs
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Helena Bonham-Carter
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Alan Rickman

Undoubtedly I have chosen the darkest of dark horses in this particular category, but Ralph Fiennes is predictable. Helena Bonham-Carter and Imelda Staunton are middle of the pack and Alan Rickman is also nominated for best hero, so I’m like, pick a side, dude. Jason Isaacs was always a bad guy, no matter what. Even when he was a spineless fool in Voldemort’s presence.

Best Actor In A Non-Human Role

  • Toby Jones – Voice of Dobby the House Elf
  • John Cleese – Nearly Headless Nick
  • Leslie Phillips – Voice of The Sorting Hat
  • Shirley Henderson – Moaning Myrtle
  • Warwick Davis – Griphook

When Dobby died, right? No comparison.

Best Supporting Student

  • Devon Murry – Seamus Finnigan
  • Sean Biggerstaff – Oliver Wood
  • Robert Pattinson – Cedric Diggory
  • Freddie Stroma – Cormac McLaggen
  • Jessie Cave – Lavender Brown

My vote in this category goes to the student who was in the most films, more specifically, all 8 films – Devon Murray. Though, why Katie Leung’s Cho Chang wasn’t nominated in this category, I’m not sure.

Best Guest Performer

  • Jim Broadbent – Horace Slughorn
  • Miranda Richardson – Rita Skeeter
  • Christan Coulson – Tom Riddle (Chamber of Secrets)
  • David Tennant – Barty Crouch Jr.
  • Kenneth Branagh – Gilderoy Lockhart

This is an interestingly worded category. “Guest” performer. Some of these actors appeared in more than one film (Jim Broadbent and Kenneth Branagh) which would suggest to me they were more than guests. Doctor Who fans might take over the poll and vote for David Tennant, but he’s the least deserving in my opinion. Christian Coulson was absolutely slick and scathing as Tom Riddle but his younger counterparts in The Half Blood Prince are more deserving (where are their nominations?) but I’m voting for Rita Skeeter, the scum of the journalistic world. It was as if she were pulled straight off the page.

Best Performance By A Squib or Muggle

  • David Bradley – Argus Filch
  • Richard Griffiths – Vernon Dursley
  • Harry Melling – Dudley Dursley
  • Pam Ferris – Marge Dursley
  • Fiona Shaw – Petunia Dursley

I’m disappointed Mrs. Figg didn’t make this category, but she was a better character in the books than in the movies. Because I just can’t bring myself to vote for a Dursley, I gotta go with David Bradley. When he was sweeping up the rubble from the battle of Hogwarts? I felt for him. He genuinely loves the school even though he’s a jerk most of the time.

Best Performance By A Weasley

  • James Phelps
  • Oliver Phelps
  • Julie Walters
  • Mark Williams
  • Rupert Grint

Poor Bonnie Wright… Again, Julie Walters, while playing a character who is overbearing and shrill 75% of the time, nonetheless exudes motherly love and comfort. It’s no wonder she is a mother figure to Harry.

Best Performance By A Hogwarts Professor

  • Maggie Smith
  • Robbie Coltrane
  • Richard Harris
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Alan Rickman

Because I haven’t given Alan Rickman much love in these awards thus far, I will use this category to give him his due. He is the teacher we probably see the most. And actually teaching. Robbie Coltrane would be a close second, but he’s more of a friend to the trio than a teacher.

Best Performance By A Ministry of Magic Employee

  • Imelda Staunton – Dolores Umbridge
  • Robert Hardy – Cornelius Fudge
  • Mark Williams – Arthur Weasley
  • George Harris – Kingsley Shacklebolt
  • Bill Nighy – Rufus Scrimgeour

I was THIS close to voting for Umbridge because she’s just the type of character you love to hate (and she stole Moody’s magical eyeball!!), but Robert Hardy really did an incredible job with Cornelius Fudge. He didn’t have that many scenes or interactions with other characters, but I can hear his voice in my head very clearly and I loathe his ineptitude. That’s exactly what Cornelius Fudge should do to a person.

Best Wand Design

  • Sirius Black
  • Hermione Granger
  • Dumbledore/ The Elder Wand
  • Lord Voldemort
  • Lucius Malfoy

This was a tough choice between two excellent contenders. Hermione’s elegance or Dumbledore’s Elder Wand? While the Elder Wand is likely the most recognizable, Hermione’s is the most character-based. The Elder Wand belonged to many witches and wizards across history, but Hermione’s only ever belonged to her, and its design reflects that.

Best Wizard Location or Set

  • Diagon Alley
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Ministry of Magic
  • The Burrow
  • The Great Hall

Again, I’ve likely chosen the dark horse of this category. Diagon Alley is a pure representation of the wonder of magic and the magical community. The Chamber of Secrets represents, well, Voldemort, and Evil. The Burrow represents family. The Great Hall represents home, as well as community. The Ministry of Magic? … the only rationale I have is that when I saw the Ministry of Magic on screen in Order of the Phoenix and again in Deathly Hallows Part 1, I was mesmerized. I wasn’t satisfied with the shots that they gave us in those films. I wanted to be standing on the sets, or even better, in the computer program where they were created and connected to one another. The Ministry of Magic, while perhaps the most sinister of location/sets among the nominees, left me the most curious.

Best Non-Human Digital Design

  • Fawkes
  • Buckbeak
  • Ukranian Ironbelly (dragon)
  • Basilisk
  • Dobby

The only reason I didn’t choose Dobby is because Dobby is human-like. Buckbeak, being half lion, half eagle, is the most complex and flashy of the nominees (not unlike his personality!)

Best New Scene (NOT in the books)

  • Neville & Luna Fall For Each Other (Deathly Hallows Part 2)
  • Wand Tribute to Albus Dumbledore (The Half Blood Prince)
  • Harry & Luna Feed Thestrals (Order of the Phoenix)
  • Neville vs. The Death Eaters (Deathly Hallows Part 2)
  • Harry & Hermione Dance In Tent (Deathly Hallows Part 1)

I don’t care so much about this category but it felt like a real nod to the fandom that the movie makers decided to pursue a Neville/Luna romance. Obviously this is not canon, but it has been a ship ever since Luna was introduced, so kudos to those shippers who had their fantasies realized in Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Best Horcrux Destruction

  • Harry Potter
  • Slytherin’s Locket
  • Nagini
  • Ravenclaw’s Diadem
  • Hufflepuff’s Cup
  • Tom Riddle’s Diary

SPOILER ALERT! Harry is a Horcrux. If you don’t know that, why are you reading this post? This was a tough choice between Slytherin’s Locket and Nagini, but in the end I’m going to stay away from naked smoke monster Harry & Hermione going at each other in favor of giving Neville/Matthew Lewis his moment of praise.

Best Visualization Of A Spell

  • Sectumsempra
  • Lumos
  • Morsmordre
  • Avada Kedavra
  • Expecto Patronum

This category depends on your preferred aesthetic for spell casting. Lumos and Morsmordre are very straight forward. Avada Kedavra is a flash of green light (completely accurate to the books, I’ll admit), and Sectumsempra wasn’t fully visualized due to the fact that a torso exploding with blood is not going to get a PG-13 rating. Expecto Patronum is probably the least consistent of the nominees in its multiple visualizations, but it ultimately inspired the most creativity, and therefore gets my vote.

Best Corny Line or Scene

  • “Don’t worry. I will be.” (Chamber of Secrets)
  • “…Something worth fighting for.” (Order of the Phoenix)
  • “Everything’s going to change now – isn’t it?” (Goblet of Fire)
  • “I love magic.” (Goblet of Fire)
  • “He was their FRIEND!” (Prisoner of Azkaban)

Isn’t that how we all felt, and still feel, after reading each chapter, heck, each sentence, of each book?

Best Harry & Voldemort Showdown

  • The Fight for Tom Riddle’s Diary (Chamber of Secrets)
  • Ministry of Magic Possession (Order of the Phoenix)
  • Seven Potters Chase Scene (Deathly Hallows Part 1)
  • The Flaw in the Plan (Deathly Hallows Part 2)
  • Graveyard Scene (Goblet of Fire)

What’s “The Flaw in the Plan” you ask? Well, it’s the very last showdown where Harry explains to Voldemort that it was HE, Harry, who was the master of the Elder Wand. Not only did this conversation never take place in the film (until the very end when Harry casually breaks the most powerful wand in the world in half… totally realistic, right?), but what a terrible description to have representing it in the category. For me it’s the Seven Potters chase that resulted in Lucius Malfoy’s wand breaking into a million little pieces and Voldemort flexing his magical muscle and destroying all the power lines. It gave me a real sense of Voldemort’s malice.

Best Opening

  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Goblet of Fire
  • The Half Blood Prince
  • Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows Part 2

The opening of Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the same as the ending of Deathly Hallows Part 1 so that automatically eliminates it from either this category or the next. What this category comes down to is faithfulness to the source material. Dumbledore appearing out of nowhere, putting out all the lights, meeting up with Professor McGonagall who transforms from a cat to a woman, Hagrid flying in by motorcycle and not wanting to leave Harry, and Dumbledore leaving Harry on the doorstep for the Dursley’s to find in the morning. It wasn’t just an opening for a film, but an opening for a series, and it cant be beat.

Best Ending

  • Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Chamber of Secrets
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Deathly Hallows Part 2

I’m sure a lot of people will vote for Deathly Hallows Part 2 because of the epilogue, but just as Sorcerer’s Stone was the perfect opening to the series, so too was its ending a perfect thesis statement for the rest of the films. “I’m not going home, not really.”

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So there you have it. My long-winded rationale for The Harry Potter Oscars! YAY!

I’m a little maxed out after that marathon of copying and pasting and explaining, so feel free to leave comments, all my dear readers and subscribers.

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It’s been quite a long while since I posted last. In fact, it’s a whole new year. Literally!

I recently discovered Daily Grace on youtube. Where Mark Oshiro of Mark Reads & Watches may inspired me to start posting on my own wordpress site, DailyGrace has only-in-theory-so-far inspired me to start making videos and posting them online. Have I recorded any video of myself doing anything? NO. Not even remotely. I’ve thought about things I might do whilst recording myself, but I have yet to execute any such video recording session.

So what am I getting at exactly? I’m not entirely sure, but I thought it’d be good to post something nonetheless.

What am I watching on tv right now? - I am literally watching Nashville on ABC.

What am I reading right now? - I am reading A Clash of Kings in the Song of Ice & Fire series.

What did I have for dinner?- Two leftover chicken tenders, a cup of grapes, a half cup of bell pepper, 5 slices of marble cheddar cheese, and about 7 slices of cucumber. And guess what? It was a damn tasty dinner and I’m not hungry two and a half hours later.

That’s one thing I suppose I could mention. Since a week or two before Christmas I have been haphazardly embarking upon a quest to eat more healthily. I hesitate to call this a diet because my ultimate goal is not really to lose weight, just to eat more balanced and natural, without breaking the bank. The ultimate way to lose weight and/or get fit is to exercise and eat right, and that fact is not lost on me. So while my exercise regime is close to non-existent at this point, I can at least start to eat a but more healthily.

What does that mean, exactly? Eating more raw foods. Raw foods have more vitamins and minerals in them. For example, I’m not a fan of raw broccoli, but you steam that shit and you put butter salt and pepper on it and it’s GENIUS. But steaming veggies, along with boiling them, sucks out a fair amount of nutrients. So by picking fruits and veggies that I don’t mind eating raw – bell peppers, apples, grapes, snap peas (sometimes), and cucumbers to name a few – I am getting more natural vitamins and minerals that will ultimately help me feel more full and satisfied. Cause if I’m burning extra calories through exercise, all my body wants is to get all the nutrients it needs, right?

Onto the second part – decrease the amount of sugar and sodium. Am I still eating standard Jeffery-family dinners? Hell yeah! Steak, broccoli with butter, salt & pepper, rice with butter, salt & pepper. Pot roast, stir fry, mac & cheese with Velveeta. All those classic dinners – yeah I still eat ‘em. I eat a healthy lunch, and I snack on healthy foods (ooh, peanuts too – nuts are a good source of protein and are a good filler snack) pretty much up until dinner when I eat that classic tater-tot casserole. And I try to keep my dinner portions reasonable.

Is this a problem for leftovers? Absolutely, unfortunately. I, Caroline Jeffery, can demolish left overs like nobody’s business. Whenever I have leftovers I separate them into serving size tupperware containers so I can eat them the next day for lunch. For years I thrived on this method and still do to a certain extent these days. So this new “eating raw healthy foods for lunch and through the afternoon” deal has been difficult because I am still making dishes that result in leftovers, but I am eating those leftovers less often. Not so un-often that I can’t finish them before they go bad, but I do get tempted to binge on leftovers. They are just too god damn YUMMY-LICIOUS!!!

Speaking of cheating on my new “diet,” I do give myself some cheat days, though admittedly, I’ve been taking more cheat days since I’ve been temporarily living alone. When living with another person, it’s surprisingly easier to maintain one’s diet, perhaps in the hopes of not looking like a quitter. For instance, I made a rule that I could only drink alochol on Saturdays or when I went out with friends. And to be perfectly honestly, I don’t go out very often, not even remotely close to every weekend, so that seemed a reasonable rule. It was fairly easy to begin with, drinking only one night a week, when someone was there who was drinking EVERY night to a certain level of excess. It was almost like an example right in front of my face of why it was a good idea not to drink 2-3 glasses of wine every night. But is it harder to do the same when living alone? Abso-fucking-lutely. Does that mean I’m drinking 2-3 glasses of wine a night? No. I think that’s definitely been a positive of this nearly month-long half-assed endeavor. I drink alcohol maybe 4 nights a week, tops. I splurged on a 6 pack of beer the other day, drank it over 3 days. 2 beers a night. Not the best practice for any kind of diet, but not the worst. And after a bad night at hockey I stopped at the liquor store and caved on some box wine and whiskey, but hey, I’m only human. Sometimes you just need a DRANK, amirite? All that being said, I am very happy that I’ve decreased my alcohol consumption from every night of the week to 3-4 nights a week. I just feel better in the morning. Not that I used to feel like shit, but I can tell the difference you know? I’m less groggy and I wake more naturally. That doesn’t discount my inherent laziness… but maybe that’s a topic for another post.

MMMmmmmm…. is that all for the different eating habits? Less pop, less Kraft Mac & Cheese, less alcohol, more raw veggies that make me feel full. OOh! And more apples and peanut butter. OM NOM NOM,

Am I really meant to write? Or record videos? Or something where I share my insights with other people? I don’t know. That takes a certain amount of gaul and charisma that I’m not entirely sure that I have. Though I suppose to a certain extent it takes practice. Were Daily Grace’s first videos particularly dynamic? No, probably not. But through repitition and practice she gained more confidence in herself and now creates hilarious videos every day of the week. It’s like a muscle. Am I necessarily meant to develop such a muscle in my own life? Maybe not. But it never hurts to throw some thoughts and words on the internet anyway and see where it leads you, ya know? What inspired me to start brushing my teeth regularly? Some random anecdote from a college friend. What prompted me to start using mouth wash every night? I honestly don’t remember. What prompted me to start brushing my teeth TWICE a day? I don’t know, I just decided it was time to get it over with.

For all those folks in my life who are worried about me and my lack of a full-time job, I guess all I have to say is, I’ll get there. I don’t know when, I don’t know under what pretenses. But I know I’ll get there. Just support me while I’m searching, eh?

Wow, that turned REAL preachy without it being my intention. Revealing my insecurities much?

Later Gatorz.

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If College Were Like The Mall Of America…

Hold the phone ya’ll. I wish I was artistic cause then I could draw a really BAD ASS rendering of the mall/college that I’ve dreamt about multiple times. Coupled with the fact that last night I dreamt more about my former school years, essentially taking a journey back in time from college to high school to junior high in different forms.

For example, my remembrances of college were based in the actual dorms and rooms. I clearly have some subconscious fascination with multiple-occupant dorm rooms and how exactly they are situated. Whether they are super cramped or vastly and illogically designed – like either three beds in a space the size of a hummer, or three beds in a space the size of a suburban household in Denver, CO, full square footage, as if the walls between the sitting room and the family room didn’t exist. Also, in the larger rooms, a distinct lack of privacy (aside from the bathroom – my subconscious hasn’t been compromised in that regard)…

I suppose my memories of high school were the least distinct of the three levels, but I would say in general, when I dreamt about my educational years, they tend to either take place in college or in a quasi version of my junior high. None of the characters are really form junior high, but the physical world is more like junior high than high school. And in this case, when my dreams devolved even further to elementary school, they were more of my teachers, and less about physically what my elementary school was like. And the idea that it’s been so long since I’ve been in elementary school that they have architecturally updated my elementary school. I guess it kind of goes through phases, but I can honestly say, my high school, in any recognizable form, has not appeared in my dreams for quite some time. I can’t really remember the last time it appeared.

I digress.

Ultimately I’m trying to manifest the idea of this college that takes place in a mall, and what all comes out of that. What’s the interesting kicker to that scenario?

Temptation?

Security & safety?

A future society in which consumerism via education is king?

This could possibly be the most original idea I’ve ever had.

NEWSFLASH: My Civil War Story is basically Cold Mountain.

But what about a society in which the most popular college education comes in conjunction with a mall? Literally, your college is in a MASSIVE mall, at least four times larger than the Mall of America. Like the MOA, the four corners of the complex are dormitories, and virtually everything in between is consumer temptation. As you walk to class you are bombarded with consumeristic information; information that is tied in with your college experience. Billboard outside every store that attempt to convince you that you NEED this item and item in order to have the proper college experience.

And the fact that this whole complex is contained, and you basically never have to leave the building except to visit your family… there’s definitely security in that. That idea definitely comes from the contained nature of my own college experience. There wasn’t much venturing outside of campus because mobility was restricted unless you had a car. In this case, the whole experience having a mall incorporated into your college is a given. It’s not like you come form some uber-agrarian community and this college world is completely foreign, but it is definitely a different kind of assault on your senses and personal identity.

Are there illegal connections going on relating to alcohol and drugs? Scamming on tests?

I guess I’m starting to physically imagine what this landscape would look like. What would the outside world look like? How big of a leap would it be to go to this kind of school and where would it subsequently take you in society? Would it take you to an even more consumeristic world? Would you actually gain influence or power? A government center that ALSO was incorporated with a shopping mall? What’s the end game? Is it brain washing? That seems too derivative to me. Too simple.

If the dormitories are the literal cornerstones, and the shopping mall the interior, where are the classroom’s? How fluid or in-discrepant is the school versus the mall? Is it all just brain-washing?

Escaltors? Stairs? Amphitheaters?

Seriously you guys, I think I could come up with a legitimate floor plan for this shiz. And that floor plan could potentially lead to very profound story telling. Or at least, I would hope so. In all likelihood probably not.

Sorry that this post doesn’t make much sense.

Stream of consciousness HOLLAAAA!!

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Lady Liberty Said It First… Or At Least She Would Have

The purpose of the law is to protect the rights of its people by preventing injustice. In the United States of American these rights are outlined in the Bill of Rights. At their most basic, the Bill of Rights is meant to protect, as described in The Declaration of Independence, one’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, (aside from that silly assertion that “all [people] are created equal) whatever form that might take for an individual - unless it impinges upon others rights to the same pursuits.

The Right to Life:

You might be like HBO’s Dexter and find happiness in murdering other people, but you are violating the Bill of Rights by denying those people that you killed their right to life. As such you are subject to the force of law; you have acted unlawfully. Your prosecution is not to ensure justice, but to prevent injustice. It is not just that you go to prison. Rather, it is unjust that you not be punished for violating another person’s rights.

The Right to Liberty:

The Bill of Rights protects its citizen’s liberty. Liberty is defined as the state of being free within a society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. This includes religion. You are free to believe in whatever you want, as long as your actions, whether as a result of your religious beliefs or not, do not impinge upon other’s right to liberty. For one or many to prevent the liberty of others would be unjust, and would therefore merit punishment (see Dexter, above). It is both unjust to deny one’s liberty; it would be unjust to not protect one’s right to liberty.

Separation of Church & State:

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Ba-da-bing ba-da-boom, secular government. Government shan’t be based on religion nor can it oppress the practice or belief in any claimed religion. One might say that Dexter believes that murder is his religion. But he’s not being persecuted for believing that murder is paramount, nor simply for killing another person. He is being persecuted because murdering another person is violating their right to life. Without the concept of one’s right to life, murder would not necessarily be considered bad.

Am I making any sense? I’m not going to pretend that my arguments above are bulletproof. Not in the slightest. And I realize that I am attempting to describe a delicately subtle difference that in most linguistic circles means exactly the same thing. But I swear, they are different. And here’s what I’m getting at – the government has no right to deny gay people from being recognized as married under United States of America law.

#1 – Gay and lesbian folk are people; human beings. Thusly they deserve the right to life. Ok, this isn’t so much an issue anymore. There is still homophobic violence out there, but I wouldn’t say that gay and lesbian people are actively being denied the right to life on a large scale basis. And I think that is because of human’s innate sense of one’s right to life. We don’t all ascribe to that belief because the Bill of Rights says so. There’s some innate belief in the sanctity of life.

#2 – Because gay and lesbian folk are human beings, and especially if they are citizens of the United States of America, they have the right to liberty. In laymen’s terms, they can do whatever they want (unless it violates the rights of others). I don’t see how allowing gay or lesbian people to get married would violate the basic rights of anyone else.

And don’t get me fucking started on what it says in the Constitution about marriage cause do you know who wrote those words? Yes, you should. If you don’t you really should go back to school. Do you know when that was written? Just like two hundred years ago when being same-sex inclined was basically not even an option. I feel pretty confident saying there have been gay and lesbian people for pretty much all of time, whether or not I have any proof. Over time it’s just been a matter of how acceptable or not the expression of that personal belief was in any given society.

Everyone is free to believe in whatever they want. People who believe gay and lesbians should not be allowed to marry have every right to believe that. They do not however, have the right to pass a law which explicitly denies the supposed liberty of gay and lesbian people to get married.  Every heterosexual person in the United States of America has the freedom to get married. They aren’t just allowed to get married, they are free to get married. Why aren’t gay and lesbian people free to get married? What right do the collective “we” have to decide whether or not to allow an entire group of people a liberty that most of us take for granted? Yes, not so long ago it was illegal for white and non-white people to get married, and frankly, that only further proves the outdatedness of the words in the Constitution regarding marriage, but come on people, let’s just let everyone be equal. Science can prove that homosexual people are just as human as heterosexual people. Why is that not enough proof that homosexual folk deserve the same inalienable rights as heterosexual folk?

#3 – Religion is not a legitimate reason to change the Constitution of the United States or the Bill of Rights to deny an entire group of people those rights. Remember that little ditty about separation of church & state? This is where it applies. You can’t propose a law that says gay and lesbian people can’t get married because it is ordained by God (even that is constantly up for debate). Ok, so you say the original Constitution said marriage is between a man and a woman. Need I remind you again of when this document was conceived and written? -> in a time when homosexuality was frowned upon. And really, the assertion in a supposedly secular document that marriage is between a man and a woman is proof that the Constitution is not immune from bias. And I don’t think it’s unreasonable for this bias to be changed to reflect the times we live in now.

Admittedly, when Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “all [people] are created equal,” he wasn’t really taking into account the fact that slavery still existed; that there were thousands, even millions of people in the world who were not being treated equally. But we can’t blame him, the science to prove the humanity of black africans didn’t exist yet *eye roll*. However, if “all [people] are created equal” doesn’t outweigh every argument against gay marriage, I don’t know what does. I mean, it’s in the fucking first paragraph of the fucking first document ever composed asserting the existence of a new sovereign nation that shortly thereafter became the United States of America. Like, if Lady Liberty was a real person and could speak, that’s the first thing she would have said having been mystically and spontaneously manifested from the earth.

So don’t give me this shit about not letting gay and lesbian people get married. How exactly is allowing homosexual people the freedom to get married in the eyes of the law (which they should already have) impinging upon the rights of heterosexual people? Pass a “law” in your church or religion that gay people can’t get married, whatever. I’ll just choose not to follow your religion; I have the right not to; the right to choose. But in a government that explicitly states there be no weight given to religious beliefs in its law-making… couldn’t be more clear to me the un-Constitutionality of passing a law that not only denies a basic right but also is motivated, supported, and promoted by a religious institution.

It would probably be pertinent of me to note that I am not attempting to bash religion. On the whole I think religion can be a very profound tool in bringing people of the world together, no matter the technical differences. I also know that not all religious people out there believe homosexuality to be an abomination, and I obviously would align myself with those types of people.

As my high school hockey teammate once said in some Minnesota governing session, gay marriage is not a religious issue, it’s a human rights issue. I don’t think (hope) there aren’t any  political leaders in the United States today that believe homosexual people to somehow not quite human. So why aren’t they given the same rights and freedoms that everyone else is given? I could ask that question in so many different ways about a million times over, and I wouldn’t be the first, or the last.

Yvette Nicole Brown, of NBC’s Community, described God as love. God. Is. Love.

GOD IS LOVE

Can’t we all just love each other, ya’ll?

Whether or not you believe in God I sure as hell hope you believe in love, cause love is basically what’s at the heart of it all. Without love  we would be like Dexter and we wouldn’t have any kind of concept of the sanctity of life. Or the importance of community. I mean, seriously, what more can a girl say in a post that she’s not gonna spell check and nobody’s gonna read?

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Is Emily Thorne the New Sydney Bristow?

Short Answer: No. Sydney Bristow is my boo.

Long Answer: She definitely has the potential to be.

Nobody will ever be more of a kick-ass chick for me than Sydney Bristow (I’m sorry, I haven’t seen Alien, so chill out on the Sigourney Weaver in Alien comments, ya’ll). Jennifer Garner is pretty much a goddess in my estimation and has been ever since the pilot episode of Alias. I think Alias was probably the first television show, and probably only one of a subsequent few, that I latched onto IMMDIATELY. By the end of the pilot episode, when they left it on a cliffhanger, I was like “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” and the pilot was like “OH YES I DID!” and in the second episode they did it again and I was like “OH NO YOU DIDN’T AGAIN!” and the second episode was like “Get over it already…”

I still can’t find the words to describe my love for that show or Jennifer Garner. She was my first girl crush ya’ll! And she shall always be #1 in my heart.

In case you’re curious (I know you are) my other girl crushes include Jessica Biel, Emily Blunt, and… YOU GUESSED IT, Emily Van Camp!

SEGWAAAYY!!!

Emily Van Camp, formerly of everyone’s favorite crunchy CW show Eeverwood, is now gracing the world with her presence on ABC’s fantastically devious Revenge. I don’t think I’ll explain to you the premise of the show as it’s probably somewhat obvious based on the title. Emily Van Camp plays the main character Emily Thorne and I’ll tell you what – although she isn’t a super spy like Sydney Bristow, she speaks chinese AND knows karate. She’s like Sydney Bristow’s kid sister who lives in the Hamptons and thwarts evil in silk evening gowns. Now many of you devoted readers might call my attention to the fact that Sydney Bristow already has a kid sister, but who says she can’t have two?? One sister works for the CIA, one works for a South American version of the CIA, and the other fights crime amongst the rich and well connected. Sound perfectly plausible to me.

Seriously though, Emily Van Camp/Emily Thorne is likable for pretty much all the same reasons Jennifer Garner/Sydney Bristow is likable. They have that girl next-door vibe that is totally disarming and feels very genuine and innocent. Like, how can you NOT trust them? That vibe subsequently legitimizes all morally ambiguous decisions they make and actions they take. Otherwise we wouldn’t give a crap and we wouldn’t watch their respective shows.

Maybe Emily Thorne isn’t the next Sydney Bristow, but they definitely come from the same ilk. AND I ADORE THEM BOTH FOR IT.

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Regarding Trolls…

(The following post is basically just a silly rant about people being mean, idiotic, and just plain obnoxious on the internet, with a slight attempt at being intellectual abou tit. Hehe, I accidentally typed “tit.” Hehehe)

So who’s been watching The Newsroom on HBO?? This girl has. It’s a wonderful show. What issues it has in picking a political perspective, it makes up for in excellent characters (as well as the actors who portray them), and I’m a sucker for likable characters. Doubly so if they have a romantic interest. Triply so (most of the time) if there is a love triangle.

But love triangles have nothing to do with this post (I wish). This post is about Internet Trolls. Internet Trolls are random people who post random shit on random websites in order to get a rise out of other random people because they think somehow it’s fun and makes them cool. This very topic was addressed by the character Neal on The Newsroom. And frankly, with what few lines he had about it, he described the whole moral kit and kaboodle better than I just did and probably ever could, so if you really want a smart description and analysis of what Internet Trolls are and what they try to do and how they function, just go watch The Newsroom. It’ll save you a lot of time and be far  more entertaining and stimulating than this post is likely to be.

Trolls piss the shit out of me. Perhaps this is because of my own people-pleasing nature that causes me to never want to make anybody mad or feel bad, but I just don’t see what’s so fun about making somebody angry or uncomfortable.  It’s probably some kind of miniature power trip that they can say “OHH look at me I just shut down this one page on the internet out of millions of pages on the internet because I’m using my intellect for obnoxious purposes.” Attention-seeking much?

Now, not everyone who posts something mean, stupid, or obnoxious on the internet is a Troll. For instance, when somebody leaves a comment about, say, a certain brilliant podcast on Nerdist.com (The JV Club hosted by Janet Varney a.k.a. the voice of Korra on the Nickelodeon show Legend of Korra) that says, “Interviewer needs to stfu,” that’s hardly grounds for Troll-dom, mostly in its utter stupidity & brevity. In the actual episode on which this comment was made a brief discussion was had about finding one’s own voice annoying and consequently how ironic it was that these two lovely ladies (the aforementioned Janet Varney and guest Yvette Nicole Brown of NBC’s Community) were creating something strictly with their voices. “Interviewer needs to stfu” has got to be the least amount of effort a wannabe Troll can exude in order to feed their need for anonymous attention. I gave it one look, one iota of a thought, and then posted my own comment saying how lovely the episode was (it really was lovely and I would recommend the podcast to all of my devoted followers).

As was addressed by Neal in The Newsroom, Trolling is all about inciting a reaction; getting a rise out of people that would otherwise have too much common sense to stoop to the level of insulting anonymous strangers on the internet. A one-off comment of ten words or less is not generally going to incite internet backlash because most people DO have enough common sense to identify that commenter as an obnoxious idiot who is trying to get a rise out of people for no good reason. OR that person is a twelve-year boy who thinks it’s hilarious and cool to write curse words where his mom can’t find out. The REAL internet Trolls have clubs & shit where they revel in their Troll-dom and have complex initiation processes where you have to prove how Troll-ish you are. Seriously?? Is this real life?? Cause that sounds closer to a cult than a club if you ask me. A cult of hatefulness. Was the Ku Klux Klan a klan, a klub, or a kult (what were those Kardashians thinking with all the K’s??)?? It was/is a cult, ya’ll!!

NEWSFLASH: Cults aren’t happy places where people do happy things. Rainbows and butterflies don’t exist in cults; nobody screams for ice cream; three legged races result in severed limbs, and humans genetically altered with strains of synthetic, hallucinatory marijuana turn into zombies and eat the faces off their dogs. Scared straight yet?

If The Newsroom covering internet Trolls can do anything, it will hopefully bring a broader knowledge of this epidemic to the internet masses – and by masses I mean both people who leave comments on the internet and people who don’t. I personally enjoy leaving comments on internet posts that I am interested in. I like knowing that there are like-minded people out there who like to think that they think as critically about entertainment as I like to think I do (did that even make sense?), and neither of us will place judgment on the other (unless of course one of us is wrong ;-)).

I was recently Trolled on TVLine.com. There was a poll about who should win the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and while I was only familiar with the work of one of the nominees, I had heard wonderful, wonderful things about one of the other actors, leading me to believe that perhaps he DID deserve the recognition, more so than the brilliant actor I would have chosen otherwise. So I placed my very (not) important and (not at all) influential vote for the actor with whom I was not familiar, and left a comment on the post saying as much as a way of giving him my benefit of the doubt props. Naturally, some 12 foot tall, hairy-eared, slobbering Troll posted a reply that basically said I was the reason the Emmy Award voting system was so flawed. That I was making the popular hive-mind choice and was therefore the reason why shows like Buffy and The Wire got cancelled before their time. And because I was stupid, and tried to reply with something sincerely snarky, s/he literally said, “Shame on you.” Twice. If I hadn’t already subconsciously suspected s/he was a Troll, or at the very least a very judgmental person, that second response sure as hell sealed the deal.

As Neal lamented about when he was thwarted in his quest to become Grand Master Troll of the Realm, I recognized this poster as a hack; a wannabe. A slightly pathetic soul who finds some kind of misguided self-affirmation in getting a rise out of other people. In case you didn’t already guess, I did not rise to his/her second taunt. And actually, another person replied very kindly to my initial post, saying “oh you really should! that actor was very excellent!” See? Why can’t everyone just post nice stuff like that? (Because that’s what HelloGiggles.com is for! He-llo!)

The fact that internet Trolls exist is stupid enough, but the fact that people who watch The Newsroom fall prey to their antics on posts ABOUT The Newsroom is utterly ridiculous to me. This poster who called him/herself “Chuck Finley (AJ)” was making all these political statements (politics are addressed on this show and some people were not pleased with the show’s comparison between The Tea Party and The Taliban in the season finale – that’s fair game) and then replied to basically every reply by saying something even more annoying and inflammatory and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at these posters who rose to the taunt of the very topic that was addressed, quite intelligently in my opinion, on the very same show not two weeks earlier! I realize that it’s probably much more important (and fun) to worry about the romantic entanglements and Will’s going up against The Man (who is really a woman played like a boss by Jane Fonda), but seriously people – PAY ATTENTION. These are not just throw-away subplots. Yes, Neal’s Trolling story was a plot device to get us further into the death threat fiasco, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important, nor that it is not a real thing.

Now, I realize that it is purely my own opinion that people should learn about and actively attempt to subdue internet Trolls – and that, frankly, is why I am writing this post to my hundreds, thousands, and millions of loyal readers. I’m pretty sure my WordPress blog is so prolific it reaches the eyeballs or aborigines in Australia, as well as all the native tribes of the Amazon River Delta. IN FACT, my blog posts travel back through time via the mysterious blue mists on the Amazon River, lovingly guided by a regal, talking, black panther. Basically what I’m saying is that my blog, and specifically this post, transcends the laws of physics and therefore space and time as we know it. With that kind of power I  feel it necessary to send out the call to internet posters everywhere and scream at the top of the my lungs,

“T–t–troll! T–TROOOLLLL IN THE DUNGEONS!”

and hope that at least one person in the universe (and the history of all time) heeds the call and pays it forward.

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Emily Thorne Level Bad Assery

I wish I had decided to post this in the morning so I wouldn’t have forgotten so much, but here we go nonetheless.

I didn’t start off as an Emily Thorne revenge type, but I was definitely running away from/avoiding someone. Recently my dreams have taken place on my college campus so… there’s that. But so I was in  classroom setting and I was clearly ill-prepared for the class discussion. Someone in the class recognized me and we may or may not have been giving each other suspicious looks, or it could have just been random looks of a non-suspicious nature, I’m not sure. At this point I was in and out of revengy Emily Thorne purposes.

The scene transitioned to something more dramatic and  myself and a few cohorts were trying to get out of the room before we were discovered – because we were wanted. People were chasing us now. And so I was sort of Emily Thorne, but also someone else, but also a non-physical presence viewing everything. Emily Thorne and one other girl she knew, an old friend, were still in the room when two people threw open the door expecting to see somebody they could capture. Naturally, Emily & friend played it cool. ACTUALLY, they played it tricksy.  Turns out Emily and friend were former lovers? Emily had an ongoing love interest at this point, of the male variety, so it was somewhat surprising to learn/realize that this old friend, a female, was also a potential love interest.

Somehow knowing the people opening the door didn’t know what she, Emily, looked like, and given her familiarity with the other person in the room, who was not “in on it”, Emily just grabbed her friend and sort of started making out with her. And for as much as it was “business” to distract the people opening the door, it unexpectedly turned into a pleasurable moment, however short lived. They played it off like they were interrupted in the throws of passion and the two intruders acted as much. They awkwardly asked if there was anything suspcious going on in the room and Emily & friend said, why, no there is not. And I guess it worked.

The rest of the dream moved rather quickly, in that there were only impressions of future events, but the impression of future events was that Emily and her friend got back together briefly, as their connection and passion was real, but ultimately they were not meant to be, and the same issues that split them up before caused them to split up once again.

I suppose the most refreshing piece of this all was that it all seemed perfectly natural and acceptable. It was never like, ohh sexy girls possibly getting it on. Nor was it doubtful that Emily could have feelings for both a man and a woman. A vision of the future in my lifetime? Who knows. A reflection of my own personal subdued feelings? – I don’t think so. I’ve tried to be open enough to imagine being with another woman, and it just feels awkward and uncomfortable. In respect to my friends of the non-binary variety I try to keep an 0pen mind that one day in the future my sexuality might swing in one direction or another, but at this point I really feel quite certain of my leanings. A few more boyfriends might put the last nails in the coffin.

I don’t take these kinds of things happening in my dreams to mean I want them to be realized in real life, but rather the behavioral traits of the character – largely related to assertiveness. I wish I could go up to a guy with confidence that I liked him and be able to express as much without feeling shy or stupid or inadequate. But I suppose that will come with time.

Hope this post makes sense. I’m 4 beers down. =D

I’m not even going to proof read it. That’s how Emily-Thorne-Bad-Ass I am.

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Alien Invasion

I had a legitimately scary dream last night. It started off as any normal dream with innocuous family vacations, then suddenly that big monster thing from the Avengers trailer showed up in the sky and people were watching it like, “oh my gosh that’s crazy, but not totally scary since it’s keeping its course.”

And right before this Avengers monster showed up there was this freak wind storm/tornado system with sustained winds that was blowing all this shit into the air including trash and sand and general earthly debris.

But after the Avengers monster showed up it turned out there was possibly full scale alien invasion going on. First they were just in their ships flying through the atmosphere and everybody could see them flying around but they never showed any hostililty or sign that they were gonna land so people, or at least me and my dad at home, were like um ok well I guess we’re safe for now. For some reason I was trying to remain optimistic.

Now it’s night time and these ships are still flying around like it’s Firefly or something and then all of a sudden they stop middair, I can see 4 or 5 at this point, looking over the Bouselog’s house, and then it’s as if beneath each ship a spotlight shines up underneath it, maybe as a sort of anti-gravity to slow their descent, or maybe for dramatic effect, I don’t know. But at this point I’m officially starting to lose my shit. I don’t know where my dad is, if he’s in the house, or if he’s at work late at night, but I look out the front of the house and people, mostly with their kids, are bundled up in jackets and what not (though the weather is summer-ish) and they’re walking north. I don’t know what the significance of this is, and I’m thinking where do they think they’re going that they can evade these alien landing parties?? Ships have landed all around, do they think they can hide in a park or something?? Or in the brush by the river? That’s really pretty unrealistic.

I never found out if they were hostile or not, but I was genuinely afraid. Maybe the sense of doomsday came from watching I Am Legend. And its 2012 and last night before I went to bed I think I was thinking about if this could be the end of the world. Like if the earth’s magnetic fields decides to switch, or aliens do invade… then again, maybe that was after I’d woken up from the dream and was trying to calm myself down a little bit.

You’ll all be glad to hear that after I feel back asleep I had much more neutral to positive dreams. =)

Gotta go watch some more Prison Break!!

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Here’s the Situation…

So here’s the sit-you-eh?-shun…

I am an athlete.

I am 3 glasses of red wine down on this Tuesday evening.

I am considering getting the following tattooed on my person at some point in my life:

“Perfection. That’s what it’s about. It’s about those moments when you can feel the perfection of creation; the beauty of physics; the wonder of mathematics; the elation of action and reaction. And that is the kind of perfection that I want to be connected to.”

Should I propose getting this tattoo with my sister around the time of her wedding? Would it be a bit ballsy to propose such a thing (considering the high divorce rate in the U.S. – thought that’s a bit presumptive don’t you think)? Ok, I think I’m reading way too far into this; or maybe not enough… I’m 3 glasses of wine down remember… DAMNIT I DONT KNOW. I also think I’m overestimating my own personal ballsiness.

If I were to get the former tattooed on my person, for some reason I imagine my inner calf would be appropriate? Do I know why? No. But aesthetically it seems appropriate.

The meaning behind the quote – I have no doubt of it’s meaningfulness. In fact it’s the only thing I can really think of that I would feel 100% confident publishing permanently on my body. Maybe I’ll feel differently in 30 years. Maybe I’ll feel differently in 12 hours when I’m 100% sober.

I’m not entirely sure. I’m losing focus. I’ve changed the channel to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Maybe I’lll make some popcorn.

Aye, I’m drunk. I don’t know where this is going.

Later Gatorz.

~CJ

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