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Everyone who reads this blog, thank you all! May your 2012 be full of cool stuff, attractive members of the opposite sex, and true happiness. I write for fun, but it’s still awesome that people like reading what I write. You guys all rock.
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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.
Recently I tried out for a musical group here on campus called Groove (best video I could find). They’re similar to Stomp, but with a bit more theatrical flair. I’ve seen them live before and I can attest that they are extremely talented, creative, funny, and extremely driven. If I had to sum that up in one word I’d simply say that they are legit.
Having said all that, let me say again. I decided to try out for this group. Me, who’s experience playing guitar (as my ‘special talent’ to show off) is four lessons spanning 2 months and who’s drumming resumé starts and ends with “sometimes I play on Expert in Rock Band.”
I practiced my little heart out for the auditions, as I’ve been told that a lot rides on your ‘special talent’ that you perform for the group. I figured guitar would be a great talent to showcase, since they always want more instruments in their arrangements. I had a pretty solid grasp on the song Stay Together For The Kids by Blink 182 and was super pumped to get to play in front of an audience.
I really don’t understand why people take the elevator to go down. When you go down a stairway gravity is literally doing all the metaphorical heavy lifting. The earth is doing all of your work for you.
Okay, maybe you have some sort of medical condition which makes it harder for you to go down stairs. That’s fine. Take the elevator. But when I see an outwardly healthy young kid using the elevator to go down (especially only a couple of floors) I can’t help but think obesity is just the destiny of our great, overweight country.
Turns out I don’t actually do that much photography. I’ll still post a picture or two if I take any that I really like, but I don’t think my blog should be partly centered around photography if I’ve only had one or two posts about photography so far.
So this is basically a PSA post. If you’re wondering where my photography page went then I have sad news for you. It
died was moved. I’m sorry for your loss. Don’t worry though, all the pictures on there were old anyways.
Edit: Check up in the far top right. That little Flickr icon will take you to my portfolio.
Well, ladies and gents, the end of the summer is almost upon us. That means heading back to school for another year of sleeping through classes and pulling all-nighters at the libraries. This type of lifestyle I simply call “College Nocturnal.”
As awesome of a life as that is, there will be many things that I miss about my hometown that I’ve grown to love again during my four months back. Counting down, here they are.
10. My own bathroom. While I don’t really mind sharing a bathroom with a whole hall of other kids, mostly because then I don’t have to clean it, it is nice to be able to have some privacy. By ‘some privacy’ I of course mean ‘the ability to walk around naked if I so choose.’
9. Not having to wear flip-flops in the shower. This one ties into the item above. I’m of the opinion, as I’m sure most people are, that no article of clothing should be worn in the shower. To do so is just wrong. Flip-flops, while they protect my feet from the gross shower floor, are obnoxious.
8. Video games. For a lot of people this would be higher on their list. For me I won’t really miss actually playing the games, but I will miss the feeling of ‘I have literally nothing better to do right now’ that comes with using your free time to shoot terrorists on a TV. Read the rest of this entry
Inspired by NCIS’ character Leroy Jethro Gibbs (I watch more TV during the summer than the rest of the year combined) I decided to make a list of my rules, my tenants, my life’s guidelines. Life is easier to live within a certain set of parameters. Plus, it makes it all the sweeter when you break said rules.
Seeing as I’m not even into my third decade of life yet, this list is obviously a living document. However, I’ve seen enough in my 18 years to make these first three rules.
1. Never pass up a chance that you may never have again
2. When a romantic relationship ends, let it stay that way
3. Learn from the past, but never let it rule you
To be continued…
Recently I’ve found a new way to combat the problem that I’m sure plagues 9 out of 10 kids home for the summer: procrastination. If you’re anything like me, you went into the summer months with a laundry list of things that you wanted to do, now that you didn’t have homework and exams to eat up your time.
Also, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been failing pretty miserably at the tasks on your list.
There always seems to be a host of excuses ready to bail me out. Like a good friend bailing you out of jail. But only if that good friend was plotting an elaborate revenge that would screw you over in the long run.
Okay, I’ll admit. That analogy lost coherency faster than they usually do.
Anyways, to the brain hack. I’ve found out that if I hold an internal monologue, crazy-person-style, and present my excuse to myself as if a friend was presenting it to me, my excuses seem less valid. Here’s an example:
Patrick: “So, Procrastination Pat, did you practice your guitar yesterday?”
Procrastination Pat: “Nope, didn’t have the time.”
Patrick: “You did have the time to play a couple hours of Assassin’s Creed, though, right?”
Procrastination Pat: “Umm…yes.”
Patrick: “This is why you’re single”
Suddenly, procrastination doesn’t seem as good of an idea. Sure, I can do it tomorrow. But eventually tomorrow will be my first day of classes of a new semester and I will have run out of time. Carpe diem, my friends.
That’s right, kiddos. Harry Potter came out last night. If you have friends like I do then you’d see your Facebook news feed swamped with notifications that people were changing their profile pictures to various Harry Potter characters. To be fair, so was I. I’ll keep my default as Harry for a couple days longer, I think.
I’m sure everyone on the internet is dying for my review of HP7, because I’m sure they don’t have enough other reviews to look on. Here’s the thing though, my internet amigos: reading this review is scientifically proven to make you a more attractive person. Go ahead and do a before and after shot in the mirror and you will notice a difference. I guarantee it.
Oh, PS: spoiler alert. You’ve been warned.
Onwards to the actual review. The movie itself seemed shorter than the others, especially compared to Part 1. That may be because the climax was reached within the first half hour or so. The only buildup seemed to be the break-in and subsequent escape from Gringotts. After that the trio of teenage wizard heros arrives at Hogwarts, which of course the climax of the movie.
I think the actual battle for Hogwarts was pretty well done. I wasn’t able to take the dome shield part seriously, though, because it reminded me too much of a similar shield employed by the Gungans in Star Wars, Episode I. I kept expecting Voldemort to send in the battle droids. I’m sorry if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Actually I’m not sorry. Episode I was terrible. Don’t watch it. But I’m reviewing the wrong movie here.
Anyways. I do think that Snape’s redemption was extremely well done. The montage of memories was believable and touching and I think that it showed the love that Snape had for Lily, even for people who didn’t read the book, enough so that the rest of the memories made sense.
My last gripe is that, when Voldemort actually died, the movie seemed to have lost all of its steam. The death seemed totally anticlimactic. There was no massive battle in the Great Hall (that they seemed to show much of), no swarms of House Elves attacking Death Eaters (I was super bummed), and I think that Molly Weasley’s duel with Bellatrix was too short. I was also bummed that Peeves played no part in the battle and that Hagrid had about five minutes of screen time.
Still though. I think it was a good way to end the series, even if it would be hard to mess such an action-packed section of the book up. I’ll give it 8.5 stars out of 10.
See? Now go look in the mirror. More attractive. Told you.
Recently I made the score of a lifetime. That’s right. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 midnight release tickets.
My bromance with the man with the lightning scar began when I got the first three books for my 10th birthday. Since then I’ve bought all the books and watched in horror as the movies steadily declined in quality (books over movies, fo’sho).
When I went to go see the first part of the Deathly Hallows I was not expecting much. I really didn’t like Order of the Phoenix and the Half-Blood Prince wasn’t that much better. However, I was extremely surprised with the first half of HP7. Dobby’s demise moved me almost literally to tears and I think that Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) should win an Oscar.
With my frothing-mouthed devotion to the Boy Who Lived freshly restored I waited anxiously for almost an entire year for the last movie to come out. Part of me hates Warner Brothers for being a tease and making the film two movies. On the other hand, I’m glad that they’re taking the time to do this one properly. Too much was cut out from previous films and I am happy that the same thing isn’t happening to the same degree with HP7.
Coming back to the midnight showing, I am seriously considering going in costume. At the very least I’m going to draw a scar on my forehead. I do work the next morning but any lack of sleep will be totally worth it to see Harry Potter kick some Voldemort ass. I can only hope my friend doesn’t shout “Accio Hermione’s clothes!” as soon as Emma Watson steps onscreen again. That was embarrassing.