Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As the snow falls

Yep, it's snowing again while I'm writing this, hence the super-creative title.  Too bad it's not going to stick.

The word of the day is somnambulate. It means sleepwalk.

This post is going to be kind of weird and before I start, I'd just like to say that I don't do drugs.
Sometimes I wonder if dreams are actual places that we go to. At least I used to wonder that, before my family, my friends, and myself started being brutally murdered in my dreams.  The other thing I wonder is if our entire life is just a dream we are having, only we don't realize it, because you usually don't realize that you're dreaming during a dream unless you have lucid dreams.  I wonder if when people die, they're really just waking up from this dream and living their real life.  I know that that's not true, but it's kind of nice to think about when someone dies like they're just waking up instead of they're going to sleep forever.  Of course, as a believer in God, I also believe in Heaven and Hell, so I know that people don't just rot in a coffin forever after they die.  Their souls go on to live or die forever.  Thinking about eternity gives me a headache.  It's so hard to imagine anything actually lasting forever, probably because we are used to things not lasting. We even have a saying that all good things must come to an end.  As humans, the only thing that remains constant in our lives is change.  The concept of anything lasting forever is impossible to comprehend.  I just know that I'd much rather spend forever in Heaven than in Hell.

Wow, that was a pretty intense subject.  To end, I'd like to tell you about this really awesome charity.  It's called Free Rice.  You don't even have to give them any money and you can help feed starving people around the world.  If you'd like to help, go to http://www.freerice.com/.  The main way of donating is a vocabulary quiz.  You can choose other topics though, including art, Spanish vocabulary, and science.  It's a really great way to study for class, especially if you're in chemistry and trying to learn the abbreviations of the elements.  Based on the number of questions you get right, they donate a certain number of grains of rice to starving people.

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In other news, did you know that while a Youtube video is loading and there's those white dots in a circle, if you pause it and press the down arrow on your keyboard, you can play Snake? Try it, it's awesome.  You can also pause and do it while your video is buffering partway through.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Today's post is about words, and more specifically about words that are fun to say. Let's face it some words are more fun to say than others. It's just a fact. I've decided to start some sort of word of the day type thing at the beginning of my posts. This is an introduction. The word of the day will be a word that I have fun saying. It might be partially made up, but based on a real word, such as today's word, which I'll be getting to in a little bit.  Words that end in the letter y are often fun to say, but not if preceded by a vowel. I'm not sure why I felt the need to write that last bit, but that's how I feel, so blam! I wrote it.  Sound effect noise words are also fun to say. These are technically called onomatopoeia, but that word's hard to pronounce and it's not fun to say either. And I'd just like to take this next few sentences to discuss how British phrases sometimes sneak into my vocabulary. I am not British. I have never even been out of the US. I do not have any close friends who are British, but somehow I use some British terms. For example, earlier in this post, I said "that last bit". That's a fairly British term and I have never even heard anyone with an American accent say it except for me. Yesterday, I was having Bible study with my friends, and I said that something was spot on. They didn't even know what I said, and I had to translate it into awkward American terms of "exactly correct". I don't even remember ever hearing anyone say spot on, but I must have. I just know it's British and it's a good phrase to have in your arsenal.  (See what I did there? British. Arsenal. Haha)

Without further ado, the word of the day is................................................................drum roll please......
FRIPPEROUS! I know what you're saying, that's not a real word, you made that up! Well, actually you're spot on. I did make that word up. However, it is based on an actual word. This word is frippery. I swear to you frippery is a real word. While it is fun to say, frippery is really hard to use in a sentence. It's just awkward to incorporate into conversation. Frippery means an "article worn for show: a showy item of clothing or an adornment worn for display or effect". To use it in a sentence: Your shutter shades are full of frippery and your entire ensemble is pretentious.  Awkward sentence right? Right. So to solve this problem, frippery needed to have an adjective form. After trying out fripperful, friptastic, and friptabulous, my roommate came up with fripperous. It was an obvious winner because it's so fun to say! Example sentence: Those shutter shades are fripperous and so is your so-called ironic t-shirt. Simple correct? Yes, it is quite simple. So, to make this an actual word, actual people need to use it. So, readers, as actual people, please start using fripperous in conversation. When you discuss hipsters, instead of calling them pretentious, call them fripperous. Lauren, please do not be offended by this. I do not consider you a hipster. You don't think that everyone is beneath you and you don't listen to bands that don't even exist yet. You are not fripperous, you are stupendously amazingly awesome.

It doesn't get much more fripperous than this

So, go forth and use fripperous in your conversation. Use it in your blogposts even! I leave you with this video by the hilarious Brian Regan, in which he discusses the confusing nature of the English language. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Getting important stuff done

For reals this time. My 7 page paper is due tomorrow and I haven't started yet. In my favor, I planned to start it last night after a power nap, but I mixed up am and pm on my alarm, so I woke up this morning at 7.  I am going to go study with some friends today and I will conquer this paper.  I did revise my 2 page paper yesterday. I know, right? I'm so productive.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

blah (again)

I woke up this, um, morning (okay it was 1:00 in the afternoon) and found out that I am sick. Like the I feel like I shouldn't eat anything because my stomach is not happy kind of sick. Not only that, but remember how yesterday I vowed to do important things? Big surprise, didn't happen. I procrastinated. It doesn't even seem like a good idea when I do it. I know it's a bad idea but I do it anyway. Well, the good news is I discovered this hilarious TV show called Raising Hope. The bad news is that today I am sick and all I want to do is sleep, yet I must revise one paper and start writing another. And I actually have to do it today, for reals this time. I will not allow myself to go mildly insane after putting this off until tomorrow. So with that, here's a picture of one very "important" thing I accomplished yesterday.

It's like a Rubik's cube only it's shaped like a pyramid. This thing practically screams importance.

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Thoughts of Today

I woke up at 2:00 in the afternoon. I realized I'm pretty sick. I vowed to actually get important stuff done today. I went on Facebook and watched my friend's 9 minute long video of him doing magic tricks. I commented on said video. I went to check out my blog. Okay, now this is the actual thoughts part: I got a new follower! (Hello Drew. Thanks for following me.) I went to the blog updates to see who wrote new blog posts that I had to read before I get stuff done. More thoughts: Wait a second, why does that say Friday? Today's Thursday, right? Wrong. Today is Friday. That's why so many of my friends on Facebook have statuses about Black Friday shopping. What happened to Thursday? I swear yesterday was Wednesday. I'm so confused. Oh no, that paper I've been procrastinating is due today! Why is it due on a day we don't have school and most people are gone? Checks syllabus, okay it's due on Monday. But I'm still going to get important stuff done today, right after I read everyone's latest blog posts. I'm pretty sad about losing my Thursday. If you guys find it, could you please return it to me? Thanks.

I'm going to see what people Google the most.  Apparently it's: cyber monday deals 2010, auburn alabama game, iron bowl, auburn vs. alabama 2010, turkey soup recipe, turkey pot pie, kay jewelers, lil kim black friday, fingerhut, alabama football, amazon promotional code, jcpenny, plastic jungle, auburn university, amazon coupons, lil kim disses nicki minaj, jcp, college football, west virginia football, express coupons. Seriously people? Your searches are boring. You should really search for more interesting things like how to escape from raptors on hoverboards, where to buy the cheapest jetpacks that still work well, how to travel back in time and fix your mistakes, buried treasure, how to get more people to visit your blog, what to do when you're bored and all you have is the internet, Twilight sucks. Although I am relieved that there weren't any top searches for funny cat pictures. Kudos to you for that Google searcher people. Okay, I'm just going to hope that the new viewers to my blog will be here because of my awesome made-up search terms and not the semi-lame ones that people are actually searching for. I'm sorry people, but if you are one of those popular search searchers, you probably won't enjoy my blog, although I have discussed football once. Farewell, regular blog viewers and especially you people who follow me. If you're out of ideas on how to procrastinate, feel free to comment on every single one of my blog posts. Seriously, I won't mind and I did it to pretty much all of the people I follow, so return the favor. Seriously, I love comments and I don't get a whole lot of them.

Lastly, I would like to give shout-outs to the countries that seem to enjoy my blog the most. United States is number 1 with 447 views. Next, Denmark and India are tied with a total of 7 views. Canada and Thailand each have 4. Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore all have 3. Germany has 2. Finland has 1. I love Finland! Why don't you love me back? Seriously, you're my favorite country and I want to visit you. I think I need to appeal more to my international audience. I have a lot of other countries with only 1 view, so I think I need to figure out a way to get them coming back. I think that I'll try to target the United Kingdom first because there are a lot of people there who can read English. I hope that that last bit didn't offend anyone. I really would like to appeal to more people. I want my blog to be about things that other people can sometimes relate to, no matter what country they're from. That's my goal, and it appears that so far, I'm not really accomplishing that. I think I should also have more cool pictures in my blog for people who don't speak English. Here are some pictures that I really like:

For the record, these pictures don't actually belong to me. They are from this awesome social networking picture sharing site thing. You don't even have to have an account to browse through the pictures and making an account is free. Okay, that's all today. Be sure to tune in again tomorrow, same channel, probably a different time.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

First Thanksgiving without Family

I woke up this morning and then my parents called to tell me Happy Thanksgiving. I went downstairs to get some breakfast and found out the cafeteria is closed. I am out of breakfast type foods in my room. I am thankful for my roommate, because she always encourages me to help myself to her food. I am now eating a bowl of her cereal with her milk. I am thankful that she gets good cereal. Later, not sure what time, my friend will be picking me up and we'll go over to another friend's house and eat soup and watch Harry Potter. I'm thankful I have friends to spend today with. My main goal for today is to somehow get a piece of pumpkin pie. Well, Happy Thanksgiving everyone. If you are able to spend it with your families, make sure to give them hugs and tell them you love them.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This should be something descriptive about the post

I decided to save some brain power by not coming up with an actual title. Why, you ask. Well, it's really a funny story, that actually isn't funny at all but I'm just saying that so maybe you'll keep reading. I have a final paper due on Friday. That's right Friday, as in two days from now. Somehow it managed to completely slip my mind, but luckily for me the professor emailed something related to it yesterday which caused me to instantly remember. It is 7-10 pages and I can't believe I forgot about it. Usually I get these things done about a week ahead of time. So that's what I'll be doing today. And it's not like I have anything better to do. The roads are like ice rinks, so going home is totally out of the question. My legs worked all day yesterday, giving me some false hope that maybe they were better for now. This hope was swiftly murdered when I woke up this morning and my legs didn't work at all. Oh well, at least now I won't be tempted to go play in the snow, or do my dishes, or wash my laundry. I can just focus all my energy on this paper and get it done.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Things didn't quite go as planned yesterday

First, since it's almost Thanksgiving, I am thankful that my throat doesn't feel like it's commiting suicide today. So remember how I went to yesterday's neurologist appointment even though I was kind of sick? And rememeber how there was a little bit of snow in the morning? Well after my friend left to take me to my doctor appointment, the little bit of snow must have bored all by itself so it invited a bunch of snow friends and some ice and had a party. I made it to my appointment 40 minutes late and the appointment lasted all of 5 minutes. The doctor decided that I should see someone else. Haha, when I put it like that, it sounds like he broke up with me. Anyway, he wants me to see someone from my school's medical department because we have a big hospital and state of the art equipment and stuff. My amazing friend had left to get us sandwiches. I texted her that I was done and she said she was on her way. About 30 minutes later, she texted that she was stuck in traffic. The office was closing so I hobbled down to the main lobby and waited there. I had managed to arrive at my appointment at 4:00. I left at 6:45. I found out that my friend had almost died on multiple occasions slipping on the ice. There was this really nice old lady who had been waiting for her ride since 3:00 and when I left, she was still there. I hope she got home okay. By the time we made it back, Thanksgiving dinner was over and everyone was leaving, but my friend got me a huge plate of leftovers. All of the pumpkin pie got eaten though, so I didn't get any. I came back to my dorm and ate some delicious Thanksgiving dinner and watched the 5th Harry Potter again. Then I had some hot chocolate. Then I went and talked to strangers on Omegle. Guess what, people still use that and not all of them are jerks! Sometimes I go chat with people there when I'm bored. I ended up finding this really nice guy and we had a long conversation. Then he had to get ready for class, but we exchanged e-mails. He seems like a really cool guy. I would add him on Facebook, but I have this rule where I never add anyone I don't know in real life. I went to bed at 5:30 in the morning. Classes are canceled today because of snow and ice and Thanksgiving break starts tomorrow, but it is highly probable that I won't be able to go home. It is normally a four hour drive but in these conditions it would be more like 12 hours, risking my life the whole way. It's kind of disappointing but can't be helped. I hope my legs decide not be paralyzed today. It hasn't happened for a month, but I can still hope. I want to play in the snow. A whole bunch of people stole cardboard out of the recycling and are sledding on it. Plus, snowball fights are awesome, but difficult with paralyzed legs. And then I still don't have gloves.

Monday, November 22, 2010

It Snowed!!!

Chapter One: I woke up at 12:00 in the afternoon today and discovered three things. Number one, it snowed. There is about an inch of it, but apparently in Seattle, that is enough to get classes canceled and make people freak out about driving. Number two, I am sick again. My throat feels like I tried to become a sword swallower and fire breather at the same time and failed at both. I won't go into details about the stuff I've been coughing up. Number three, I don't have mittens or gloves here. I have at least six pairs at home, but somehow I didn't manage to bring any to college.

Chapter Two: I am sick but I am still going to my neurologist appointment today. I wouldn't except that I'm pretty sure that I caught this from the doctor in the first place and I've been getting various degrees of better and worse ever since. Also, I want him to find out what's wrong with me.

Chapter Three: I am having Thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of friends from church tonight. I am excited because I love any and all food that has not been cooked in the microwave, and when it's free it's even better. Plus almost all of my friends will be there and it will be a ton of fun.

Chapter Four: I learned how to make vector illustrations by tracing photos. The process actually isn't very difficult, but it is fairly time consuming. As a future graphic designer, this is a very important skill to have. Also now I won't have to feel guilty about using other people's free vector images in my designs because I can make my own. That might not mean a lot to you, but just know that it's really good.

That's all for today. I am going to eat my breakfast now. Yes it is 2:30 PM. Don't judge me.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

How I spent my day

I watched football with a bunch of guys. We watched two games at once and the Seahawks and Colts both lost. The Colts almost made a comeback but the Patriots intercepted the ball and it was all over. After that, I went to a baby shower. Oh yeah, after church this morning it was snowing a little bit and I got super excited but was also very cold. The snow didn't stick but I enjoyed watching it fall.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I registered for some, well two actually. I need to register for one more but everything seems so boring. I have decided that I want to learn Latin, but that class is full. It's not even sensible for me to learn Latin, not even a little bit. Latin is a dead language, which means that nobody speaks it as their main language anymore. Basically, the only reason that I want to learn Latin is that my strange brain thinks it would be really cool. I don't even know what I'd do with it after I learned it. I certainly wouldn't sit around reading classics in the original language. I guess the only purpose of knowing Latin would be so that when I'm meeting large groups of people and we go around and introduce ourselves and share a fun fact, mine could be that I know Latin.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I Get to Go to Classes!

Believe me, that's something I never thought I would be excited to say, but sitting on my bed all day is starting to become boring. The Disabled Resources for Students people finally decided to help me, so I'll be going to classes again starting Tuesday. Today I have to make up a midterm and Monday I have a doctor's appointment. But Tuesday I will be back in class struggling to stay awake and doodling in my notebook just like old times! And I only have two classes now. I think I mentioned that I dropped one. These two remaining classes are both History and History is by far my weakest subject, but I'm still excited to go back. Yay! I'm doing excited cartwheels in my head right now because my paralyzed legs make them hard to do in real life. Adios.

P.S.? I won't be getting to the Twilight review thing yet this week, because quite honestly watching Twilight is not high on my list of priorities. Sometime in the future  I will watch it and then make a list of why it's so horrible.

P.P.S.  I'm probably never going to watch Twilight, but if I ever do, I will review it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Study study study: A Haiku

Study study stu-
dy study study study
study study learn

If you can't tell by my riveting poem, today I will be studying a lot, because I have a makeup midterm tomorrow that I may or may not be able to get to. It's in History of Modern Japan.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Assorted Happenings

This morning I accidentally poked myself in the eye really hard trying to brush hair out of my eyes. It hurt really bad and got all watery.  I ate leftover chinese food for brunch at 1:00. I downloaded free Photoshop brushes. I designed shirts. I redesigned the shirts. I got accused of copying a girl's idea and then redesigned the shirts again. I saw a gorgeous sunset. I redesigned the shirts again. Well that's all. I have to go redesign some shirts now.

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Motivation for Procrastination

Today, I need to write a paper. It is only two pages long, double spaced and it is due at midnight tonight. This sort of assignment not only encourages procrastination, it practically requires it. You see, this assignment was given two weeks ago. That is correct, two weeks to write the rough draft of a two page paper. It should take me all of an hour to complete at the most. How could I have received this assignment and thought, "Oh, goodness, this is of utmost importance and must be completed immediately." I could not. There is no way a two page paper could be regarded as a priority. So today, I will write this paper while watching a movie on my other laptop. I'm not sure what movie yet. I find that using two laptops at once while sitting on my bed and curled up in a blanket is a pretty good way of getting warm. I will also design another T-shirt today. It will be a spin on the common crows sitting on a wire design. I'll let you guys know if it actually goes up for sale. That's all. Auf weidersehen.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Up until a few years ago, you could have asked me who my favorite actress was and I wouldn't have a clue. I hadn't even heard of very many actresses. I described movies by what they were about and not who was in them. I still do that. People will ask me, "Oh, is so-and-so in this movie?" and I'll reply that I have no idea. Anyway, I now know who my favorite actresses are: Zooey Deschanel and Ellen Page. I also just found out about this girl named Chloe Moretz who seems pretty interesting. I was watching "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" today for absolutely no reason. It's an alright movie, I guess, good for wasting time. I'd give it 2 stars out of 5, certainly not fantastic or one I'd watch again. Anyway, Chloe Moretz was an actress in the movie. I'm not really sure yet whether I like her as an actress or I just liked her character, so I'll have to watch some more of her movies soon and figure it out. The one that I'm really looking forward to is called "Let Me In" and it's about a 250-year old vampire in a 13 year old girl's body. Chloe Moretz plays the little girl. The best part of the movie is that it's nothing like Twilight, which is good because I hate Twilight. I've never actually seen it and sometime I will actually torture myself by watching it so I can provide some sort of list of reasons that it's stupid and ridiculous. Maybe this week, so you can look forward to that. I haven't read the books either, but I have watched all of the "Alex Reads Twilight" videos on Youtube, so I have heard all of Twilight. It's poorly written and Bella is angsty and ridiculous.  Anyway, back to the topic of actresses, I guess that I like actresses who remind me of myself somehow. In "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Chloe Moretz' character (I don't remember her name) is in middle school and she's one of the only kids not trying to be popular. She is comfortable being herself and at one point she says that girls she's known since Kindergarten won't even talk to her anymore. That was me in middle school, only I was shorter. I knew who I was and I wasn't going to pretend to be someone else just so people I didn't even like would like me. I feel like Ellen Page is sort of a younger version of Zooey Deschanel. I like them because they always play characters that are unique and quirky. I'm sort of quirky myself, even if I don't own a hamburger phone. I also really love the way they talk. It is the sort of witty banter that I expect from Gilmore Girls, a show which I love. I don't talk cool like that, but I like it when other people do. Well, I think that's all I wanted to say. I sort of just typed stuff as it came into my head, and sorry for the rant but I really do hate Twilight. Look for that anti-Twilight post sometime this week, probably. It promises to be scintillating. Au revoir mis amis (That's a really good movie by the way. It's in French but there's an English version. It's kind of sad because it's about the Holocaust)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Musings on Superpowers

When offered any superpower imaginable, why would anyone choose invisibility? How would that even be helpful as a superpower? I mean, I can understand that it would make it difficult for villains to find you, but how does it help you save people? I think that super strength would be a much more helpful superpower when it comes to saving people.  Either that or mind control, but you'd have to be careful or you might use that power for evil. Teleportation and flight would be pretty cool, but only really useful after you already saved someone and need to get out of there.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Decisions Decisions

If anyone cares, I did end up dropping my Physics class so I can focus on my other two classes. Still debating about Cornish. Filling out an application. I have to get some more scholarships if I go there because it costs more. That's it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Prepare Yourselves...

...for a short and boring post. I stayed up last night until 4:00 for absolutely no reason and then slept in until 1:00 this afternoon. I started watching Lonelygirl15 on Youtube which I hadn't even heard about until a few days ago. I guess I'm out of the loop. Anyway, I know it's fake and everything but I can definitely see how people fell for it. And it's a really interesting show. So that's what I did until 4:00 in the morning yesterday. I didn't even make it through the first season. That show really makes you think about a lot of things. So today,well what's left of it anyway, I will be watching more of that as well as catching up on my other shows on Hulu.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Am Very Frustrated

In case the title wasn't clear enough for you, I am very frustrated. Specifically with my neurologist. I had an appointment with him yesterday but he was out sick, so it got rescheduled for today. That is not why I am frustrated. I totally get being sick. It happens to me a whole lot more than I'd like, which is never, but I am sick most of the time. Anyway, the reason that I am frustrated is that I'm pretty sure that I figured out what's wrong with me that's making my legs paralyzed. I think it's a rare genetic condition called periodic paralysis. I printed out massive amounts of information on it for the doctor so he could see how much it corresponds to what I have and then test me for it. It's just a simple DNA test. This would be the ideal circumstances: Doctor says something about how this sounds like it's indeed periodic paralysis, tests me, yep I was right and that's what it is, tells his findings to my university, they finally help me with class stuff like getting me a notetaker since I can't get to class. Unfortunately, none of that actually happened. What ended up happening was this: I share my findings, Doctor explains how stupid I am to believe that I am at all correct, Doctor further explains why I'm wrong and backs this up with misinformed beliefs about the disease such as that it is caused by hyperthyroidism and my whole body would be paralyzed, Nurse takes vital signs, Doctor sets up appointment to observe me and test me again when I'm paralyzed, tells Receptionist that it's NOT URGENT so I get an appointment for November 22nd (Ya, sure Doctor, my legs don't work and it's really hard for me to even dress myself, but it's definitely not urgent, just take your time! Totally sarcastic, in case you didn't catch that.), blood gets drawn even though they just assume that I know I have to go downstairs to the laboratory and I sit there waiting for about 20 minutes and then they tell me after I finally ask. So that was my day. I'm going to try to find another doctor to give me a second opinion, or a first opinion really since I don't consider you-are-stupid-and-wrong-and-I-am-all-knowing an opinion. Yep, that's it, just me being frustrated. Feel free to proceed with your life.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Fantastic New Product

Guess what everyone! I invented something, only not really! But I have a cool idea for a versatile and stylish product for your homes! Are you excited yet?! It's the Hat Lamp! I know, I know, you're thinking that this sounds completely ridiculous, but let me explain. It's a lamp but instead of a normal lampshade, there's a fully functioning hat! You can even use a hat that you already own. Then, the lamp will cost less than an ordinary lamp. The way it works is you put the hat over it instead of a lampshade. When you want to wear a hat, just remove it from the lamp and place it on your head. The downside is that you could be potentially blinded if you leave the lamp turned on while wearing the hat, so I would recommend that you have at least two hats. That way while you are wearing one, you can use the other as a lampshade. This makes it really simple to change the look of your lamp. Have you ever had an embarassing experience involving drunkenness and wearing a lampshade on your head? That won't be a problem with Hat Lamp. Nobody will notice that you are wearing a lampshade on your head! If you don't want to rush out and buy a Hat Lamp right now, I don't know what to say. You're really missing out on a great idea and a creative yet functional decorating solution.

The Hat Lamp in action

So I actually do think that this is a pretty cool idea. I have a lot of hats and one day I just put one of them on top of my desk lamp because the bed posts already had hats on them, and I thought it looked pretty cool. My lamp is pretty awesome. Not only is it my favorite color, it has storage in the base and an extra plug in that's perfect for my cell phone charger or my laptop. Fantastic. Add a hat and your lamp can be a hipster or a cowboy or Charlie Chaplin or a sports fan. Just for the record, I'm not a hipster, I just have a fedora but none of the ironic clothing or the better than everyone attitude.
I'm out of unique, some would say creative, ways to end posts, so goodbye.

Monday, November 8, 2010

There's nothing on TV

It seems like the number of really good TV shows has dramatically decreased since I was a kid. When I was really little, I enjoyed shows like Fraggle Rock, Under the Umbrella Tree, Duck Tales, and Gummi Bears. As I got a little older, there were The Amanda Show, All That, Kenan and Kel, Rocko's Modern Life (that was a seriously messed up show but I loved it), Ahhh! Real Monsters, Rocket Power, The Angry Beavers, and Tiny Toon Adventures (also a pretty messed up show). There were so many good shows! I don't know why they all died off. Now, pretty much the only good shows, in my opinion, are Bones, The Office, Modern Family, The Middle, Life Unexpected, and Survivor. You may think that I forgot about Glee, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, or Gossip Girl, but I assure you that I did not. I was listing good shows, and as far as I'm concerned those ones do not qualify. There is such a disturbing lack of quality television nowadays that I can't understand why anyone would pay for it. I prefer Hulu, but you already knew that.
Now stop procrastinating and go do important stuff.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Throw away your television

Don't actually do that. If you are actually going to get rid of your television, at least try to sell it. The title is some lyrics in a song. This is kind of a letter to Hulu, but not really. That made no sense and was kind of unnecessary but oh well. Anyway, post commencing in...3...2...1. I like Hulu because it allows me to catch up on my favorite shows whenever I have the time and it's free, which is a big yay for any college student. Free stuff=awesome, especially free food. Free food is like awesome squared. I use Hulu to watch Survivor, The Office, Modern Family, The Middle, and Life Unexpected. One of the reasons that I found Hulu so enjoyable in the past was the fact that the commercials were only about 1 to 2 minutes long. Sometimes you could even choose to watch one full-length commercial and then view the rest commercial-free. Well recently this all changed. Maybe it was just a change that the CW website made but they now have normal TV commercial length commercials. You'll be sitting there happily watching your show when BAM! out of nowhere comes a barrage of about six or seven commercials in a row. I combat this by having a book to read and pressing mute, because I didn't want to watch those commercials the first time and for all five-ish commercial breaks you show the exact same commercials. The point is, if there is a point, that I still like Hulu because it is free and it gives me something to do while I'm stuck in my room. I apologize to all 5 followers for this monstrosity of a post. I promise that I will attempt to post slightly more coherent things in the future.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Life has no limits if you're not afraid to get in it

Those are some lyrics from a song, 5 internet points for you if you can name it. They are completely true. Lots of times the only thing standing between you and greatness is fear. It could be fear of failure, fear of embarassment, or fear of getting injured. I conquered one of my fears today. That was the fear of using the stairs when I'm on crutches. It's still really scary and I usually trip, but I am capable of going down or up about 10 steps. This is pretty awesome because the stairs are way quicker than wheelchair ramps and it helps me not feel quite so helpless, even though I have trouble putting my own shoes on. I guess that this whole experience has taught me how to rely on others instead of just trying to do everything myself. So this is me encouraging all of you to face a fear, even a little one. You'll feel so much better after you do.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Children's Songs

At first, these children's songs seem sweet and innocent, but after I reveal the supposed truth behind the lyrics, you'll never look at them the same way again.  Are these stories true, or do some people just want to ruin everything that's happy and good? I don't know. There is a lot of debate over most of these.

You might already be familiar with the backstory for this one but here it is anyway:

Ring around the rosy
Pockets full of posies
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down

This song is about the black plague. I do not know how it became a popular children's game but it did. Red rings surrounding rosy bumps were one of the first signs of plague. People carried little bags of herbs, or "posies" to try to ward off the disease. The bodies of plague victims were cremated to avoid further spread of the disease. "We all fall down" refers to dying.

That is the supposed explanation anyway. According to Snopes.com, it's wrong. Could this innocent children's song reference something other than happiness and flowers? You be the judge.

Rock a bye baby in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

How this ever became a popular lullaby, I have no idea. Seriously people, you're singing a song to children about a baby in a cradle in a tree. Then the cradle gets blown down by the wind. The baby probably dies from this fall. Yet you sing this song to make children fall asleep. That's sadistic, in my opinion.

London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady

Innocent enough, right? Well it's just a song about a bridge falling down, what could be wrong with that? Well, there is a theory that this song is about burying children in the foundations of the bridge, possibly alive. It was based on the idea that a bridge would collapse unless a human sacrifice was buried in its foundations. It seems to me that this idea is a little bit far-fetched, but who knows?

There are some other nursery rhymes with far more sick and twisted theories around them, but I won't get into those. Have a nice day.

Monday, November 1, 2010


I am getting a wheelchair today, so I'll be a legit disabled person. The only problem is I can't drive it myself so I still won't be able to get to classes. It will pretty much only be useful for getting outside when it's not raining and my awesome friends feel like pushing me around in it. But being outside is good so I'm glad.

Now to the real topic of this post. Being forced to be a recluse has given me lots of free time. In this free time, one of the things that I enjoy is watching movies. I recently discovered this awesome movie site that has a ton of movies to watch for free. You don't need an account and there are no annoying advertisements. I'm not positive that it's legal, but here's a link: Woohoo, linkage, click me please I recently got into Harry Potter. My awesome friends are big fans and want me to go see the 7th movie with them when it comes out. I hadn't seen any of the movies or read the books, but I have seen the first four movies now and they are fantastic. I'll probably watch the fifth one today. Other movies I've watched lately are "The Shining", "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World".  The Shining is a classic horror movie, and I was feeling bad about not having seen it so I watched it. It was interesting and kind of confusing. I guess that Jack Nicholson went insane which explains why he was talking to people who weren't there. Also, that kid is so creepy. I now have another good reason not to have kids: I don't want a creepy kid like that. I'm trying to avoid plot spoilers in case any of you haven't seen the movie which I highly doubt, because apparently I was the last person in the world to watch it, besides my roommate who still hasn't seen it.  I wasn't a big fan of it actually. I wouldn't want to watch it again, but now I don't have to live with "OMG, you haven't seen The Shining!?!?! It's a classic! What is wrong with you?!?!?!?!11" so there's that anyway.  The Shining gets 4 and a half stars out of 10. I watched Shaun of the Dead because it's supposed to be pretty funny and I guess it's almost a classic itself. I have never seen Dawn of the Dead, which it is a parody of, but the film still made sense anyway. It was pretty good. I don't think I would have enjoyed it quite as much if the actors didn't all have British accents. I would have enjoyed it more without the overuse, or use really, of the F word. I'm a strong opponent of cussing. If your vocabulary is large enough, you should have quite a few other ways of expressing anger or annoyance or pain. That's just my opinion. So Shaun of the Dead was overall pretty good. I'd give it 7 stars out of 10. Which brings me to my last movie. As a sidenote, don't you just love all of these sentence fragments? I know I do. I am still kind of undecided on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. It was interesting and unique. Also, Ramona Flowers is awesome. I think I might be her next year for Halloween minus all the exes and the rollerblades. Parts of this movie were kind of confusing. There was a lot of stuff that seemed like dream sequence but then it might have actually happened and I'm not really sure and some confusing transitions. If you're a nerd like me, I'd say give it a try. It kind of turns a love story into a comic book/video game. It's a good movie to watch if you have nothing better to do and don't mind being completely confused for most of it. I wouldn't watch it more than once, but I'll go ahead and give it 6 stars out of 10.

Wow, you weren't expecting a movie review, were you? I might keep doing these every once in a while. Then again, I might not. Who knows? Not me. That being said, be excellent to one another and party on dudes. (Probably a bad Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure reference. I haven't actually seen the whole movie yet, just the end, but I will soon and it looks like a great movie. Also, there were two guys dressed as Bill and Ted at last night's Halloween party. I'm going to end this parenthetical nonsense before it gains a life of its own and tries to take over the world or something equally crazy/bad.) Um, the end!

Update: still trying to figure out how to use my own picture for the background. Any help would be appreciated. But for now, hello blurry birds. Also, whoa look at that, I'm not a robot! Profile picture is now an actual picture of me.