Saturday, December 31, 2011

Shocking

My first night in my new bed! :D So comfortable up here. First of all, my new bed is like crazy tall -- which is what I wanted, lol. I feel like I'm looking down on my kingdom from up here! But went to bed watching Kill Bill last night, and was able to go to bed before 11:00! And now I was up before 9:00! And got a full night's sleep! On my way to being prepared for Student Teaching n.n

But I wanted to log the crazy dreams I had. I've found when I get appropriate hours of sleep at the right time, I tend to have more interesting dreams I can remember easier.


The first of which had me and Hermione, Potter and Ron flying around on broomsticks around Hogwarts. Only Hogwarts was in Las Vegas. And for some reason we had to land early in the morning in the rain, and we were walking through the suburbs trying to find our way back and Hermione finds an abandoned house (not unlike the abandoned house I found for realz on my way to Noisy Oyster last night) and I said something like "Do you know for sure a witch lives here? Maybe they have floo powder!" But I remember thinking "Darn these heroes, they probably have to lead some adventure, when I really just want to explore these houses, but that probably doesn't fit into the plot..."


We continue onward, and navigate through rocky Nelsons Ledges place -- filled with ridiculous Harry Potter-y animals. There was a poisonous "origami frog" which looked like it was made of paper. And white stick-bugs that came in a box with a mirror? And some kind of beaded or paper owl that also looked strange. Eventually we get through, after I ask several times "Wait, the paper frog is poisonous?" so as to make sure I don't touch it.

But then, plot shift, and I'm walking across campus on the first day of school. And I run into my old supervisor, and say hi, after making some joke about "Wow! This campus sure is inviting..." but the campus is filled with freshman so I say you're probably busy and go off. But then a dorm looks like my condo, where there's an unopened scale in the middle of the dining room. I open it, weigh myself, and it jumps around 115-120 (I do NOT weigh anywhere near that, haha) then my cousin comes down the stairs and is not really mad but acknowledges that I opened her scale (note: I got mom a scale for Christmas. This is my first noteworthy dream SINCE Christmas, when I last saw my cousin.)

The end. What a weird dream!

So, to round out the blog, let me say that yesterday my new bed came! n.n and I love it, but Amanda reminded me the day before yesterday I still needed to buy sheets and stuff for the Queen size. So yesterday afternoon after grabbing Oysters with Jen (I wouldn't recommend it) I ran to Target, and wouldn't cha know, they had the EXACT bedset I'd been looking for for weeks! I found it ON the day I needed to sleep in the bed, but haven't until now. And it was Target-afordable rather than like, ridiculously expensive at Bed Bath and Beyonce. How lucky!


Alright, so I remembered wrong -- in my head I remembered black and gray.
But that's okay, I found what I wanted anyway.
(Yes, my inspiration for my bed set was Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother.)


Quote of the Day: I don't remember the exact wording, but Jen commented on how our mealtime discussion often "consists of constant wordplay instead of actual conversation."

Song of the Day: "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida. Well, the video is just Flo Rida (of "Right Round"-fame, having discovered Ke$ha) running around France, and then Europe in general (probably on tour), at one point running into Snoop Dog and falling into the Mediterranean. Playing with his iPad, and riding the Tron motorcycle (?) "Good Feeling" seems to be about really straightforward "sometimes he gets a good feeling" and sometimes he's happy, and sometimes things just go well and he's having a good time. That's it. Not really something to think too deeply into I guess, but sounds like a great song for New Years Eve!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Survivor: Andrew's Closet

Well, just before Christmas the Am-Vets people came to take clothing donations -- so I went through my clothes to donate what I could, and what I don't wear, and anything that maybe just got so old I can't pull it off anymore. Well, to procrastinate getting anything done today - one of my last days of Break and before New Years, I thought it would be interesting to do a quick inventory of ALL OF my clothes, lol.

Shirts and Stuff
49 T-shirts
42 Free/CKI T-shirts
37 Button-up shirts (Casual)
10 Polos (Standard-collared)
7 Hoodies
5 Thermals
2 Sweaters
2 Polos (Henley-collared)

Dress Clothes
18 Ties
12 Dress Button-up shirts
7 Belts
6 Dress pants 
2 Suit Jackets
2 Dress Shoes

Footwear
(These are not actually mine)
9 Flipflops
4 Shoes
1 "Slipper/shoes"
1 pair of Boots

Below the Belt
24 pairs of Boxers
8 Basketball/Mesh shorts
4 normal shorts
3 Swim Trunks
6 pants (Jeans)
3 pair pants (Non-Jean)

Weather-Specific Garments
1 Winter Coat
1 Jacket
1 hat
1 scarf
1 pair of gloves

...and assorted socks, undershirts, and white tees. And whatever else may be in the Washing Machine. (That comes out to a total of about 269 articles of clothing btw.)

Quote of the Day: So last night I FINALLY got around to watching Fight Club, which I've been meaning to do all of break. And WOW! That was a really good movie, lol. I like it. At one point, after getting into a fight (without spoiling much haha) a character is brushing his teeth or something when he pulls a tooth out. His friend walking by comments:
"Hey, Even the Mona Lisa's fallin apart..."
Song of the Day: "Young, Wild & Free" by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, ft. Bruno Mars. This was on the other night when I had to go rescue Panda from the freeway, and I really liked the radio (clean) version. It actually took me a long time to figure out what this song was, cause I couldn't remember anything about it being about "being young and partying" which as we all know is what all pop music is about x_x



But lol, on closer inspection, I have several comments: 1. Snoop Dogg do not reminisce about growing peach fuzz. You are like, a grand father. (He's actually only 40, but he looks older.) 2. Smoking weed is not cool. I would like to think that I am still living young, reserved and free -- but drugs are drugs. But regardless, part of what I like about this song is it makes me feel like I should relax a bit about judging my contemporary peers for their ill-actions. "That's how it's supposed to be..." It also makes me think how with 23 just around the corner, it's high time I enter the final phase of maturing. Parties gotta be a lot more conservative, going out, life, etc.

Video of the Day: Bahahaha, this is so much better than the Gingerbread House I made for craft day.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Season Preview: Return to New York

Alright, my 30 Rock obsession week is almost over, but I have been thinking of a way to return to New York city for months. Amanda has even pointed out it's been too long since this show has gone on a road trip, and last time I went to New York I definitly didn't get to hit everything I wanted. So this time, I think I'll plan ahead a little bit better. And now that the Roosevelts are not a major target of my trip, I can try harder to find a hotel in Manhattan.

  1. 30 Rock & NBC Universal Store: Ha, I had the opportunity to see this place up close last time but time was short and interest was less than it is now -- definitely taking the opportunity to go back there and find some 30 Rock paraphernalia!! Maybe an NBC page will give me a tour like Kenneth does! :D
  2. F.A.O. Schwarz: So I'm watching this travel channel thing about Christmas in New York, and they went to the oldest toy store in America! I first heard of this place during an SNL skit actually, and it turns out it's pretty awesome. They have a concierge!? A bunch of "toy demonstrator" who play with the toys to show you how cool they are (a trained Rubik's cube completer, and a guy flinging around a lightsaber.)
  3. Filming of a New York TV Show: The Daily Show? Saturday Night Live?! Who Want's to be a Millionaire?! The People's Court!? Man, it would be outstanding to catch a live taping of a TV show!!! I could totally be a behaved audience person, lol.
  4. Broadway Show: Mary Poppins, and anything Angela Lansbury is in are by far my top two interests.
  5. Grand Central Station
  6. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA):
  7. A Cool New York Restaurant: When I got to NYC last time, I did not plan food out at all - and the first meal was "whatever pizza place I could find." Which was itself a different experience. But I'd like to go to some renowned, famous restaurant!
  8. And finally, most generically: New York Shopping! New York has like, the largest concentration of people in the country -- surely there is some interesting guy's fashion options available.
Lets see, I've seen the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center site, Times Square, Central Park, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt's houses. I think that's most of the glitzy NYC landmarks.

Video of the Day: Hahahaha, 30 Rock week is almost at an end - but I've still got time to post some quotes and videos.



Quote of the Day: "...buy better clothes." (From video above) Haha, that reminds me of how I talk to Patsy. That is from Season 3, Episode 15: "The Bubble."

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Observations on Curiosities in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

So I'm watching Willy Wonka on ABC Family, and I have a number of questions or comments that I feel the need to share with someone, and I've already blown up twitter enough.


Let me just say that back in like, 1996 my Dad VHS recorded Willy Wonka on TV and he, David, and I watched it like a million times. He strongly, perhaps strangely, emphasized that I take away Wonka's message of "anything you want to do it, want to change the world, there's nothing to it..." But that's a story for another time.
  1. My first observation: it is not Christmas at any point in this movie, why is it a 25 Days of Christmas movie???? I thought maybe he gets the candy bar for Christmas, but no, it's his Birthday.
  2. Everything I learned about how candy is made comes from the opening credits of this movie.
  3. Where does this movie take place??? I know the director intentionally wanted it to seem like it "could be anywhere" - Europe or America, but it kinda bothers me. It was filmed in Germany.
  4. Grandpa comments on the brilliant marketing strategy Wonka uses: "He'll sell a million candy bars that way..." or something to that effect. Veruca Salt's father mentions that his factory workers had already opened 700,000+ candy bars, and were working at 19,000 bars an hour! Wonka sold almost a million candy bars to this guy alone!
  5. "Charlie, there are 100 billion people in this world..." - Charlie's mom. Um, it's 1970: try 3.7 billion. 
  6. Woah: I totally forget the mom has a singing part, haha. Talk about your minor characters... Why does she focus so generically on "cheer[ing] up Charlie", he's not even there to be sung to!
  7. "I bet those chocolate tickets make the chocolate taste terrible..." "Let him sleep, let him have one last dream..." Oh My God, this kid's life is so depressing!
  8. The Queen bids 5,000 pounds for the last box of Wonka bars in the UK. That's approximately $7,000 in then-dollars, and between $89,000 and $164,000 in 2011 money.
  9. Wow, the teacher guy in this movie sucks. As does the teacher from "Frosty Returns" which I was watching earlier. Why are teachers portrayed so meanly in movies? Is it cause kids associate us with School and winter has winter break? Cause let me tell you, we look forward to it just as much or more!
  10. When they find out the last ticket was fake - there's a HUGE crowd around the newsstand, but the candy store a full 10 feet away is all but empty? Just think -- if one of these people chilling at the news stand ran straight to that candy store, they could have beat Charlie to that ticket!
  11. Slugworth's classes are octagon shapes. The money he flashes to Charlie is blue, and he offers him "10,000 of these..."
  12. It's definitely not Christmas time. The ticket says come on the "1st day of October", "but that's tomorrow!" -- presumably Charlie's birthday is sometime in September. Oh, and talk about cutting it close!
  13. Grandpa Joe wobbles around (and almost smothers Charlie) like he literally hasn't gotten out of bed in 20 years, as they (presumably) exaggerate is the case. But if it were, he'd have all kinds of bedsores, and how does he buy tobacco? How did he buy Charlie that candy bar? How does he use the bathroom. (Though I do think there is a bedpan beneath the bed, ew.)
  14. During the parade-thing outside Wonka's, the newscaster that does the most speaking to the Camera aims the microphone at the camera for some reason.
  15. Despite how poor they are, the hat and coat Grandpa Joe wears during the dance sequence is not what he wears to the factory.
  16. All the kids wave American, German, and UK flags. So it's unlikely Charlie's from anywhere else. My theory is that the movie takes place in Berlin, that explains why there is an inconsistent representation of British, American and German influences.
  17. Why do the Oompa Loompa's listen when Mike T.V. says "Lights, Camera, Action." Btw: for years, the way Mike T.V.'s mom says "unharmed" has craaaacks me up, lol.
  18. I want to challenge the fact that reading a book is inherently better than watching TV. There are a lot of educational TV shows, and I would say I've learned volumes from TV shows and educational books are often less condensed. I've read A Time Machine, The Odyssey, a few dozen Star Trek books, -- I've also seen every episode of The West Wing, Charmed and Veronica Mars. I would say they both have added to my character and knowledge set in their own way. Not to mention historical documentaries, etc. Top Chef made me want to cook things. Eh, I'm just tangenting now.
Website of the Day: The Urban Gentleman, a random fashion blog I came across accidentally.It's so hard to find good websites about straight men's fashion.

Video of the Day: That Guy with the Glasses (AKA: The Nostalgia Critic) reviews Moulin Rouge! Haha, Panda told me to check this out for some reason. I am pretty disappointed Critic doesn't like the movie, but it's still entertaining me, and gives me a reason to go watch the Nostalgia Critic again, and I may get around to watching Moulin Rouge soon too, lol.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Why is Jack Frost a Douchebag?

Flipping through channels on this fine snow-filled Saturday morning, I accidentally found "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" (1976) on ABC Family. I'm only catching what I think may be the ending, but wow is this bad. There's a priest snowman? Frosty got married!? When did that happen? (Clearly, in 1976.) But before I could judge too harshly, a Jack Frost character made his required douchbagginess apparent.

Jack Frost from "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" (1976)

Here I guess he was causing mischief and mayhem or something, until Mrs. Crystal theSnowman (?) was nice to him and he became the best man at their wedding?? Riight.

His hair kinda looks like a combination of what I wanted mine to look like -- with that of an anime character from Yu-Gi-Oh! or Digimon or something.

Then a few days ago I caught The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, with the very annoying Martin Short playing Jack Frost - a mythical figure trying to steal control of the Christmas magic or something. He is also a douchebag, that vaguely resembles an elf.

You have 1996's Jack Frost the murderer douchebag. A serial killer being transported to his execution somehow mixes with genetic-altering chemicals, and becomes a snowman! Cult-classically bad, wikipedia claims it is a staple of frat parties. Guess not being a member of a fraternity, it's not that surprising I did not know that. Admittedly though, I haven't seen this movie in years.


Then of course, there's the 1998's Jack-Frost the negligent-father douchebag who drives himself off a cliff or something, turns into a snow man with a magic harmonica, and spends time with his son for the first time in his life while growing snow-boobs. This is clearly not as malicious as the other Jack Frosts, but he's also not implied to be the mythical figure in anyway.

Well, I'm going to go write some Christmas cards and finish watching Home Alone 2. I don't think I've ever seen this one start to finish? It's reminding me that I want to return to New York City sometimes soon.

Website of the Day: I have a whole blog about this one coming up, but the TVTropes wiki is Hilarious! It's a collection of random references to practically every TV show, brought together by cataloging every running TV cliche in history -- and naming them scientifically, lol. Many of us have heard of "breaking the fourth wall" and "Jumping the Shark" -- but what about Last Name Basis or Cassandra Truth?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Does Everybody Know What Time it is?

Tool Time!

Well, I have two half written blogs in the que, but I'll make this one quick. Mom called to wake me up at 6 something x_x to remind me to do something I did before I went to bed. But then I couldn't go back to sleep for some reason. So I started doing house work, and then decided to go on the computer (as I often do) and Home Improvement was on TV!


Haha, googling the floor plan of Tim's house, and then Wilson's and not finding anything - OH Wait, before I could post this I accidentally did find it, pictured above, lol.

Website of the Day (for...tomorrow?): Okay, I already picked a website of the day, but this is too cool not to list. I found it by searching for the floor plan I put up above -- "The Home Improvement Archive" has a family tree of all the characters (including the Borlands and Wilsons!) and has a floor plan of the house, a list of all the Salute to-'s, and an indepth character history!!! This site is so cool, I wish I could create a site like this about every show I love, lol.

Website of the Day: "The 15 Most Awesome Fictional Kids' Bedrooms" -- from some website called Mary Sue. Which, if I remember correctly, is the TV term for a character meant to represent the fanboys/girls in a show. (IE: A Fanfic where a random new character is the focus and saves the heros is called a Mary Sue story I think.)


Video of the Day: "Cowboys & Pokemon" -- a College Humor-esque parody of Cowboy & Aliens, by the people who made that "Pokemon Live Action video." Hahaha, this isn't as directly funny, but it still has plenty of good moments.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Break plans

Hello Internet, and good morning. Wow, I gotta say Christmas break kinda sprung up on me faster than I was expecting -- I don't quite have it down packed what I need to take care of yet. It's like there are these non-corporeal ideas floating around that eventually condensate into actual plans. All I do know is thank god Finals are over! Two huge papers (11 and 12 pages) both due yesterday. Well, more accurately, one due Tuesday one due Yesterday at 6. I ended up turning them both in Yesterday because neither professor knows how to work Springboard. :/ procrastination, it's a problem.



But for realz: immediate future, buy my new Queen size mattress for my new queen size bed frame which looks awesome. (Right now I'm sleeping on my old mattress next to it... I didn't imagine buying a mattress would take this long for some weird reason.) Today, get in contact with student teaching supervisor about maybe sitting in on their class next week. Then I have a bajillion Circle K things to take care of now that the Treasurer and Secretary are resigning.


But good things will happen to. I have the Mayor's retirement party, Mayor D.'s swearing in is just around the corner, there is of course Christmas and New Years -- both of which I have to get down to planning. And as I found out yesterday while procrastinating my papers, I really want to watch more 30 Rock this break - haha, under appreciated show!


Also a road trip to Steubenville to visit with some ASG friends is on the table.

Video of the Day: Haha, avoiding finals recently I was playing with my Harry Potter replica wand -- and googled what people had done CGI-ically with these. This video I found particularly impressive!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Power of One

Song of the Day: Okay, I can't handle this: Herman Cain, a Republican presidential candidate (and former Pizza place-business man) has had a history of political gaffes, while at the same time being the front runner briefly (which basically describes every candidate in the Republican field this year...)

But it turns out that Mr. Cain had quoted a "poet" in one of the Republican debates that I haven't paid any attention to, and that poet was in fact Donna Summer. And by "poetry", he really meant a song she wrote for the movie Pokemon 2000 (the only place that song has ever been played.) Mr. Cain later admitted he got the quote from Pokemon. (Another youtube video here.)

WTF. Anyway, not remembering the song, I went to listen to it -- it's actually fairly unbearable. After like 6 seconds I can't stand any more of it at all whatsoever, but by all means, give it a try:



Oh wait, did I mention that Herman Cain dropped out of the race recently?

Quote of the day: Haha, found this as a comment on the youtube video...
"Cain used Pokémon song... but it failed!
Candidacy fled!"

Picture of the Day: Haha, while googling around and looking for new clothes as I so love to do, I found this on a new mens fashion blog I came across:


AAAhahahhahahaa! I see that shirt I wanted 2 and a half years ago is still in style!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pause. Japanese break.

For some reason, something last Saturday sparked my Pokemon senses. Which was quickly followed by my reading almost the entire website of "PokeMemes" a wonderful place with jokes that often only hardcore pokefanatics will understand.


That was quickly followed by the fact that I had two big papers to write, which of course meant Distraction via Pokemon time! I through this together, and used it as a scale by which to define how much my friends really were my friends, lol. It was as easy as download emulator, screen cap, and find the Pokemon font. I'm tempted to make a bunch of them.


But anyway. Lol, I'm too busy to let pokemon take over my life right now, funny though the site may be - and I'm never opposed to finding a reason to keep pokemon alive in our hearts and minds! Like these Bento boxes, a japanese art form of doing something cute (big surprise, I know) with your kid's school lunch box!

Who's that Pokemon?

It's Oddish!
Who's that Pokemon?

It's Snorlax, with a side of Dugtrio.
and then you have some that are entertaining even though they aren't Pokemon....

This looks delicous until I realize that whipped cream is actually cauliflower.
Major AWWWWz!

As Patsy often says, I wish I were Asian, everything they do is just so cute! Well anyway, soon I will be starting my maddening weekend of busy. Even though finals are far from my mind, my social calendar is packed with Birthday parties, Dem events, and Kiwanis things. Little rest until Sunday! But how I love it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

November News

[Didn't finish this in time, so this should have been posted on Black Friday actually, before the previous post...]

Thanksgiving Day went fairly well actually and as we enter Black Friday it's time to acknowledge that November's stay is waning. We have less than 40 days until the year 2012: wow, what a year. There's still plenty of time to do the "Top Lists of 2011" blogs, and the new years resolutions blogs, and all that fun stuff.

But back to Thanksgiving! Aunt Betty and David came over, and the food was fine. Every year I worry if the turkey is just starting to reach room temperature or if mom cooked it properly; next year I'm thinking I may try to take more responsibility for cooking of the dinner. Ya know, cause taking responsibility is one of my pastimes. But it was nice to catch up with Aunt Betty because her connection to the family was Grandpa and she doesn't really have that now.


In other news: The creator of Paranormal Activity Oren Peli is creating a TV series: The River. I think I'll DVR the first episode of that, I imagine it'll be something like Lost but not as good.
Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln, he was more of an enigma.... At the urging of his mother, Tess, Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole's cagey ex-producer, Clark, film the mission documentary-style....

I don't think I've mentioned it, but as I write this I'm watching "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving." Why the heck does this exist, lol? Oh well, it's actually been pretty entertaining. Her rendition of White Christmas, with her added lyrics weren't half bad. She mentioned how such a classic song only has one verse, so she added:

"I'm dreaming of a white snowman
With a carrot nose, and charcoal eyes
Oh, and when he cries, I'm gonna tell'm it's okay
Because santa's on his sleigh, and he's on his way..."

While checking out the iTunes store (curious what the last song I paid for was) and considering buying something off Lady Gaga's holiday special (I did not) -- I saw that Punk Goes Pop 4 is out! Based on the iTunes reviews, everyone seems pretty displeased that all the bands are too poppy and it's not really punk/rock versions of the songs. Some songs covered include "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", "Rolling in the Deep", "We R Who We R", and "Super Bass."

Song of the Day: "Little Lion Man" covered by Tonight Alive. ...after listening to some of the songs on this CD, wow. 1. I agree that most of this is still pretty poppy. 2. Most of this is just generally bad. But this song is more tolerable, I think I would have to hear it a few more times to determine if I find it legit good or not though.



Quote of the Day: "You're not gay, you're just really really vain." - Dee, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

[Woah! I had no idea that was the first episode! Haha...wait, I thought I'd already seen the first episode? Wow, there's only like a dozen episodes per season.]

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Is this Real Life?

I cannot even describe the day I just had: except it is exactly the kind of day I love having! Started hanging out with Patsy most of the day, and ended meeting up with people from my internship for a night out in Stow and playing some Wii until 2 in the morning! Fantastic times, like no other.

Started my day getting lunch with Patsy at Max & Irma's, which I'd never been to. And wouldn't cha know: Sam was our host, but not waitress; she's our friend that works there that always talk about waitressing there. The food was delicious, and I certainly plan to return sometime soon! I got this delicious steak, in fact mmmmm, I am in the mood for steak.

This is not what it looked like at all, but now I'm hungry.

Patsy and I shopped, my second favorite thing, for a while at Summit Mall before going to the Tree Festival at the Knight Convention Center downtown: that was awesome! Bought more clothes than I needed too, of course. And the Tree Festival thing was so cool, we are eager to enter our own Christmas tree's next year. Some suggestions we're working on for themes include: "Don We Now Our Gay Apparel", "A Lady Gaga Christmas",...and I don't even remember the other ones, haha.

After that, it was already dark, but I got a wonderful phone call from campaign folks asking to join their night out and I absolutely took them up on that offer! I loved this internship so much, in a hectic time in my life, it was seriously one of the most happy-making parts of my life these past couples months.

Word of the Day: (I don't know if this is a thing I do already or not? But go with it.) "Granola."  Apparently, a subculture that may have evolved in part into the modern day Hipsters.
"An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons), as well as limit consumption of what he or she does consume, as granola people are usually concerned about wasting resources. Usually buy only fair-trade goods and refrain from buying from large corporations, as most exploit the environment as well as their workers, which goes against granola core values."
Steak and a tree hugger in the same blog? Ironic.


Website of the Day: PokéMemes.com (Okay, that's not their actual address -- but the information there will be entertaining none the less!) Tons and Tons of memes about Pokémon! lol

Upcoming Movie of the Day: Well, I just saw the Muppet Movie the other day and let me tell you nothin in the opening credits seemed all that appealing. (I don't plan to see Chipmunks 2: Chipwrecked in theaters, in fact I haven't even rented the first one yet.) But today, via Youtube's ads they make you watch before you can watch some movies -- they advertised "The Devil Inside" -- Your run of the mill exorcism movie.

I'm sorry, but all exorcism movies look exactly the same, and then I think "Maybe this one will be different" then it's not -- THEY'RE ALL EXACTLY THE SAME! Except for the Exorcism of Emily Rose -- which wasn't so much the same as all the other exorcism movies, as it just wasn't an exorcism movie and was an episode of Law & Order. Anyway, this may be upcoming movie of the day, but they're going to have to do a bit more convincing to make me see it at full price at the theater.



Song of the Day: "The Story of Us" by Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift is not all that awful, most of her country-y songs are really just poppy. But this song is interesting, I don't remember what I was watching but Youtube recommended I might like this so I tried it - and it's about Taylor at a prep school with this guy she's no longer with. Apparently their relationship went sour (no, I did not seek this out based on any situations that may resemble my life) well: I'll let you watch the video and make your own entertainment assessments, but I think it's pretty good. The Story of Us looks a lot like a tragedy now...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So Many White Women, So Little Time.

So my day has been jumping whiplash-style from awful to awesome. My morning went well, I got up early to get a haircut, workout with Aubree from ASG (who, as a former ROTC member, had an intense workout routine!) Also went to American Eagle to get a new hoodie I wanted, but they took over half an hour in the back looking for it. I'm glad they were able to find it, and they were generally pretty nice about it, except I was kinda left just wandering around. But in the end I paid 10$ less than I was hoping, and 20$ less than I was expecting!

Anyway, did a bunch of ASG stuff, Circle K meeting which I was just annoyed with everyone at because I had to defend their behavior to Wooster which I really wasn't expecting to have to do, but then got Starbucks with Patsy and all was better because of an awesome phone call I had making political connections!

The rest of my night was spent relaxing, catching up on the DVDs I've been meaning to watch, and finally going back and watching The West Wing! Oh, how I miss this show. That's what I imagine politics to be, and what I want to do: fast walk and talks, clever banter, and comically historic references that 5% of people understand. Speaking of references, when I put the DVD in -- the file briefly flashed "So many white women, so little time..." and I thought "Um, is that the first chapter of the first episode? That seems a bit odd."


Only to google and find that it has nothing to do at all with The West Wing, and is in fact the title of a porn video -- and others on the internet have discovered this odd "easter egg" so to speak in the WW DVDs.

Video of the Day: Apparently LMFAO and the Kia Soul had some kind of shuffle-off competition, and a person won and to declare the winner they made this video with a light show on a house. Here is a different video from a person watching them film it. Pretty cool!



New Story of the Day: "Girl Blames DUI on Twilight."

Ugh, "Police in Illinois arrested an "extremely upset" 18-year-old girl on Saturday after she told authorities that she crashed her car because her boyfriend did not take her to see the new Twilight movie."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Who is Peabo Bryson?

Well not much content today, mainly "of the day" kind of things: woke up early; had lunch with a political consultant for Jimmy Carter and the Campaign Manager for Jesse Jackson;  ASG'ed for a few hours; class; attended an Honors Educators meeting, and LGBTU meeting (ASG has been trying to show a stronger solidarity with them since a recent unfortunate suicide), and finally of course the CKI meeting and dinner afterwards. It was nice to catch up with the CKI folk -- missed last week because of the campaign!

Quote of the Day: The other day in the office the center of conversation surprisingly shifted over to me. Apparently I've been nicer lately or something?

"You've been in a different mood these last few weeks. You're more expressive and happy, did you have like a life changing experience or something?" - Jackie S.

Based on the time period, I suggested my break up as the cause -- but I would have guessed I'd be described as sadder or quieter since then, but apparently not.

Picture of the Day: While checking out today's Gizmodo, I saw this ad for the new Yaris. xD And I just want to say that numerous times I feel I have encountered this sentiment...


Song of the Day: "Where Them Girls At" by David Guetta, ft. Nicki Minaj. This is kind of an older song, but as I find myself in a Nicki Minaj-mood I'm going back and trying to find all the songs that she is featured in but not the lead singer. Most of her earlier work is being featured on other people's songs I've found.



Video breakdown: We start in the city streets when these music-y Ghost Writer bubbles are roaming around, causing people to start dancing like they're possessed by the demon from Paranormal Activity. Turns out it's DJ David Guetta blasting music into the bubbles, while Nicki plays with her robot men and Flo Rida creeps on some pool girls. After that it's just a lot of dancing that's really not all that entertaining, I much prefer some of Nicki Minaj's lyrics:
"Peabe, Peabe, who's Peabo Bryson?
Two years ago I renewed my license.
Anyway; Why'd I start my verse like that?...
"

"Coming through the club, all the girls in the back of me;
This ain't football, why the f*ck they tryna tackle me!?
"

Well I don't know why he's relevant, but for those curious: Peabo Bryson is a R&B singer-songwriter who sang the album version of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin's "A Whole New World", and also the non-Disney song "Missing You" (2007).





Video of the Day: Found this on Gizmodo too, of all places. Hillary Clinton at a photo op in Hawaii, a half naked guy with a torch runs across the background (being "photobombed.") She finds it hilarious.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Interests: Old People that Solve Mysteries!

Four and a quarter years ago, in August 2007 - a younger, bright-eyed Andrew moved to his first University dorm room as a freshman with the help of a friend, and one of the first things he discovered was that cable had more marathons than he had ever dreamed. The Hallmark Channel, in particular. I remember thinking it was the coolest thing that Murder, She Wrote was on all the time! In fact, the next day when I ate at Rob's cafeteria for hte first time (I think?) I remember the hilarious commercial featuring Angela Landsbury -- "On next is an episode of Diagnosis Murder, and then Nine More Hours of Murder, She Wrote!"

Almost 5 years later, and I am still spending the night watching Murder, She Wrote episodes! I mean, honestly, think of how many murders she's solved in the last 4 and a quarter years! (I'm sure they've aired like every episode something like 6 or 7+ times.) I've seen one particular episode at least 3 times since we moved into the condo.


I've said before, I'll say it again: I love old people that solve mysteries. I can only hope to be so clever, and spry in my old age as Doctor Mark Sloan, Father Dowling, Jessica Fletcher and the others which I don't actually watch like Matlock.

BAhahahaa, I just had a hilarious thought: What if all the old people who solve mysteries, now pretty old themselves actually, all lived in the same retirement home for some kind of cross over special? Then I imagined that if they all lived in that retirement home, they'd probably deal with people dying pretty often - and they'd all be running around senile investigating every retirement home death like it was a murder!


Website of the Day: Wow. This is a lot of random to take in at once, but the person who wrote the theme song for Friends ("I'll be there for you..."), well here's her blog, talking about an actual Murder, She Wrote board game from the mid-80s. My favorite line is "Although this illustration kind of looks like a (Paint-By-Number) Angela Lansbury it also looks like 3 trillion other women who didn’t start using skin cream early enough and have always kept their hair in a convenient and generic bob."



Quote of the Day: At the end of a 2000 Murder, She Wrote TV-movie (that aired earlier tonight), "Jessica Fletcher" had a very inspiring, almost Star Trek-ian/utopian view answering a reporter's question about why she continues to try to catch murderers after all she's seen since she started writing. She gave a clearly-meant-to-be-an-inspiring-monologue response, but that only takes away some of it's niceness:
"...but because I'm a romantic, I still believe that we have the potential to be nobler than we know and better than we think. That the darkness I've seen is only a shadow on the potential of the human heart... So I urge you to keep your hearts' compass on the true North of your dreams. Be free to be romantics, to reject cynicism, to believe that good will prevail, and that those who do wrong will be punished. Because when the hour of the wolf comes, as it comes to all of us sooner or later, those are the things that sustain us."

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I wanna see your Teapot, pot, pot, Your Teapot, pot...

Song of the Day: "The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry. This is a sweet, if not horribly ground breaking music video for a good Katy Perry-y song. Katy Perry-y songs just have a certain kind of poppy/whiny to them, which I like. Anyway, so after some mild 'get excited' ads and trailers, The One That Got Away came out as a video on 11/11/11 (on which I made a total of 4 wishes.) Described by some as a "more forgettable Teenage Dream."



"I wrote (it) about when you promise someone forever, but you end up not being able to follow through. It's a bittersweet story. Hopefully, the listener learns from hearing it and never has to say they had 'The One' get away"

But as I've mentioned before, I love futuristic-looking things. Minority Report, I, Robot, even that vampire movie. Well one part of Future/Old Katy Perry's sleek and modern home caught my attention especially in this music video: her futuristic tea pot!


And I kind of picked this song of the day just to see if I could find it, because I imagine other people will google Katy Perry's futuristic Tea Pot The One That Got Away (as I did) and find nothing. Well look no further!


From a company called Sorapot by Joey Roth, these babies'll cost you a whopping 200-250$! I think Mike had something similar to this, that you put flowers in as the tea base, but not this classy. Even if you are interested in buying one right now, they appear to be sold out, and planning on further designs based on consumer feedback. I gotta say, from watching the video (embedded below) I'm not really a big fan of the needless difficulty. You need ANOTHER tea pot just to pour into this teapot!? Still, can't deny it looks sleek and cool. (Here's another site with it, not sure if it's a vendor of the same product or a copy.)


Rose Petals in Sorapot from Joey Roth on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Poli Sci Nerd's Christmas

As my one friend put it, poli sci nerds look forward to election day more than Christmas! Only it's like a Christmas where, between you and another person, only one of you gets gifts (and the other gets nothing.) Well this Christmas -- I got most of my gifts: the candidate my internship has been with WON the Mayoral election!!! :D

Let me tell you a little about how election day went down in my life. Woke up bright and early, like 6:15am (on a day I had class at 3.) Went to the polls looking dapper as I often do (you don't want to look like a crazy person at the polls, subconsciously I don't associate crazy people with supporting not-crazy candidates.) And just wished people entering the polling location "Good morning!" from more than 100 feet away, often accompanied by Council candidate Annie. We had a blast talking about all kinds of things, mainly local-politics related.


While she went to other polling locations, I stuck at this one: an elementary school, where I was soon making small talk with Annie's opposition and a school board candidate's husband (both of which I do not support.) Well, they had their interesting things to say, and felt like lecturing me because of my age for a lot of the time, but my Kiwanis-training helps me respectfully listen to opinions from old people I don't agree with. The husband grabs his lawn chair, and proceeds to tell me things I know are lies about the schools, unions, city workers, the city itself, President Clinton, etc.

Annie comes back, and my favorite part of the day arrives: a crazy old lady who is in love with the candidate's husband, and Annie's opponent. So I just respectfully keep my distance, safe to say I won't be winning her vote. Then she asks me: Quote of the Day: "Are you the live-in?!"

To which I politely responded, "I beg your pardon?" holding my candidate's sign up. "Her live-in boyfriend. I know she got one, I don't approve of that." To which Annie and I assure her, my candidate does not have a live in boyfriend (Certainly not myself, being ~20 years younger than the candidate.) That conversation kind of goes no where for a minute or two, as we are unable to convince her because "she knows!" and "she heard from someone." Oh well, another person we were never going to get the vote of anyway.

Still, for the rest of the day whenever it would get quite Annie and I would just laugh at that situation. Oh, but immediately after: the husband and the other candidate come up to me, and say that they had heard the same thing, "I was asked about it, and I don't know the answer, but I told'm 'Yeah, it's true' because I had heard it from 2 other people." WtF??? Dumb. People.

Anyway, had lunch with outgoing Mayor and some of the campaign people at a Chinese place which was fun. Lost track of time to the point where I would have been late for class because of parking, so decided to poll work for the rest of the day anyway. Then as the sunset, we decided to call it a night - and I went home to get ready for what was sure to be an exciting election night watch party!!!

Some attendees of the Watch Party.


This pic is actually from StowPatch
Haha, I've made it into the background of a few of their pics.

My first job: get my laptop to show up on the TV set there. We reserved a room that fit about 28+ people (which turned out to be the perfect venue.) But my laptop was going to be the one we refreshed to get the election results! So I got to sit under the TV the whole night, guarding the Candidate's phone, and hitting refresh more often than not. A Bunch of people came in, the who's who of the campaign really, all people I have come to really respect and would like to call friends. The outgoing Mayor as always was a hoot, and a Councilman running for reelection was sure to constantly be over my shoulder reminding me to refresh (as if I could forget.) But it really was a blast!


Not all of our candidates won that night unfortunately, including Annie. But Sara did win Mayor! The school levy passed! And the Developmental Disability Department's renewal passed as well! And of course, Issue 2 failed miserably which is good!!! :D The bad parts are the council losses, and Issue 3. But election day is just the beginning: there is still a lot to work out, figure out, and be thankful for (how appropriate that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.) More great things to come I feel, as I enter the last chapter of my college life!

Song of the Day: "Fly" by Nicki Minaj ft. Rihanna. I have come, these past few weeks, to really like Nicki Minaj - who I once really hated. It really boiled down to slowing down and listening to the lyrics in her songs, and she's really not as annoying as she once was. Though she still is, in a funny way. Well anyway, this song is all about prospering in a time of defeat, seems Nicki's boyfriend or someone "abandoned" her -- and despite this or because of this her and Rihanna "win...fight...conquer...thrive...fight...prosper...rise," etc. Though my favorite line would be:
"Cry my eyes out for days upon days,
such a heavy burden placed upon me,
but when you go hard your nay's become yay's,
Yankee Stadium with Jay's and Kanye's...."

Dang, if I like any more Nicki songs I'm worried I may buy Pink Friday.



Picture of the Day: So College Dems have been kinda lagging this past semester, but I'm really glad we were able to paint the rock the night before election day!!! My fifth year, and this is the first time I've ever gotten to paint the rock actually - a tradition for student orgs at many colleges. (President Andrea, and Vice President me pictured. Our Treasurer's name is Al, our Secretary's name is Antoinette, and our most dedicated member is Angela: SO MANY A's!!!)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween & IKEA

Busy weekend ahead -- slept through the service project this morning, but I'm not sure I actually signed up for it, plus that playground has been cleaned at least twice in the last month and I don't use the McDonalds coupons they give us anyway.

Today I have to major food shop with mom, get lunch, go campaigning and to a Halloween party with the campaign, make my costume (Still not sure what I'm being at this point!) and somehow make it to Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Then after that it's off to a Halloween shindig with Jen and Patsy.

Then tomorrow afternoon: I have a Roman Republic report to write, and a Internship book report to write due Monday. Ugh, think I'm going to reserve myself for 'stay at home' work -- unless some campaign stuff comes up perhaps.

Song of the Day: "We Found Love" by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris. Off the album Talk That Talk I believe. Hehe, okay, so first of all you need to know that the chorus of this song is "We fell in love in a hopeless place." But they repeat it so much in the song, that if you listen to it too intently, you start to hear other things. Such as yesterday, when I was stuck in rush hour traffic (the second time that day...) because of an accident on Route 8 (the second time that day!) this came on and I had to chuckle thinking of the lyrics as "We fell in love in a home display..." Which kind of reminds me of [500] Days of Summer when they frolic around an IKEA, or that Fireflies parody where he frolics around an IKEA, or ya know, just generally frolicing around an IKEA. If I were to write a parody of this song, it would definitly be about IKEA.

Hm, the nearest IKEA is in Pittsburgh... I wonder if we could get one in Garfield, Stow, or Akron/Cleveland? Economic Development!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Abandoned Sigma Nu House

Baaah, crazy week. This has been a very ASG heavy week, weak on CKI and other things unfortunately. I think Monday alone I completed like, 8+ office hours -- while I am only paid for 4 a week. Got home from the Safety Walk tonight around 10:10 PM. On the bright side, the safety walk went were few others have gone before -- the Abandoned ΣΝ House on campus! It was nice to breathe in that moldy air, with bad lighting, I was completely in my element!





Above is the last rubber tree in Akron - the primary reason (apparently) the University hasn't torn the building down yet. Haha, there's something strange about being able to explore an abandoned building on official business! :D


Sigma Nu's logo on a wall inside. I found the minutes actually, where the Board of Trustee's bought the house for over $400,000.

Shady bathroom.


This is pretty awesome actually, the fireplaces in here were classy! I personally would like to see them convert the building into a residence hall or office space.


On the right is the front door to the building, boarded up; we had to get in another way.



Not even sure what this room was. But I think one thing is sure: I need go buy myself a new camera as soon as possible :( my phone does not cut it in the dark.


Website of the Day: Memegenerator.net -- Apparently this is where all of the internet's memes come from, lol. My personal favorite concept is the "Philosoraptor"...




Alright, as you can see, this blog is pretty content light. Hopefully I'll have more to talk about tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sleepin-up Service

Bright and early Saturday morning in Akron was Make a Difference Day. Circle K, I don't even know how many years we've been doing this -- something like 3 to 5. Got to be a Transportation assistant again and once again had a lot of fun! Especially since my bus only had to transport 2 groups of 4, and both projects were relatively near the University. So this was actually a really easy project - and I may try to get a group of CKI alumni next year together to volunteer as a public group.


Lets see, what happened Saturday? Went over Patsy's and watched the first episode of the old animated X-Men! Talk about an awesome day! The theme song was stuck in my head for the rest of the weekend. We had a lot of fun mocking the various scripts, concepts and imagery of it.

Then I'm pretty sure we came back to the condo so I could change or something, and Panda joined us, and we went to a corn maze in Peninsula with Erin & Joe. I didn't know there was a corn maze there! It was really cool, and they had really good apple cider, and gigantic pumpkins the likes of which I'd never seen - but Erin being from farmland just called me "cityfolk." After that we went to Peninsula looking for a good time (cause on the way there, we passed what seemed to be a very active celebration - we figured a festival or something!) Turns out it was just a wedding, haha.


So we went to Fairlawn Winking Lizard for dinner, more good times were had, then went down to the Valley for more good times! New favorite drink: Rocket Pop! It's red at the bottom, clear/white in the middle, and blue on top! And so tasty too! Had a bit too many of those, some blue drinks, beers, and the lot of us went to bed at Erin's at like 3+ am?
 


Ugh, 2 hours later, we woke up to come to my place, where Jen and Panda waited while I showered and got ready for another day of CKI. This time, cleaning up a hotel at Cedar Point to fund-raise.

Quote of the Day: While exploring the Corn Maze, there were many Halloween decorations all over the place, including several of the same "haunted" looking scary black cats. While taking the picture above, one moved --
"AHHHH! That cat was real..." - Joe, Panda and everyone just kind jump scared out of their wits as an actual black cat runs off. WTF?! lolz....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Shoppin' pre-Exhaustion

Well, I'm worried if I don't type this out now I'll end up forgetting and this past weekend will go unrecorded. So lets see, starting Friday I think -- Panda texted me "I need to go shopping, like now." So drove up to Garfield to hang with her after my morning of meetings and schoolwork.

Panda's headbands, becoming her new trademark (replacing the Panda theme)
Reminds me of me and my rainbow button-up shirts!

Yay for Shopping with Panda. That is like, one of my favorite things to do - thank you consumerism! Every time I go clothes shopping with Panda I think of Patsy's voice saying "Whenever I see Panda, she always looks so cuuute!" and it's not even with a particularly funny inflection but I just think its funnier than it really is - haha. But yeah, that took a couple of hours, I didn't really find that much that appealed to me unfortunately. Except: I finally found a new pair of dress shoes!!! My old ones were like, a size (or 2) too big, so my feet always felt (and looked) weird in them. But these are perfect! Usually, while I've been on the look out for new dress shoes, they are either too tight and uncomfortable, or far too expensive (most over a hundred dollars.) These were the perfect price, the perfect fit, and design, Love'm. Other than that, not much bought unfortunately.
"Bowties are cool."
 But Panda wanted to come out to Akron for Dinner with Patsy for some reason, lol, so we went out to Johnny Malloy's and got drinks and had a good time! Went only a little later than expected, I still slept in until 6:30 the next morning when I wanted to wake up at 5am -- to be at Make a Difference Day by 6:30am. I managed to speed-shower and dress and get there pretty quickly though, and I was still fairly early I'd say. So started my EXHAUSTING weekend...

Quote of Friday: At the store I bought the shoes, I found a pair of gloves that you can operate a touch-screen phone through. I pointed it out to Panda while a sales associate was nearby...
"Hm, gloves you can use your touch screen with." -- Me.
"That's stupid. If I had to use my phone I'd just take my clothes off, er, glov--"
(We both start laughing)

Picture of the Day: Bahahaha, stole this from my cousin on Facebook.