Saturday, April 30, 2011
Hiiii :D How are you? Life better be good. But yeah, 10 years in the future... But freaky if you think about it. This whole week of thinking about you reading this 10 years into the future has been messing with my already, too much, paranoid mind. I don't even know if I should refer to you as me/myself. Argh. Confusing.. But it's a bit like the episode Blink. When Kathy left a letter for Sally... Or more like when the Doctor left all of those clues for the Doctor. Actually, it's not like that at all.. Seeing as they knew what she was like then. Argh. MESSING WITH MY HEAD THIS IS. I watch too much science fiction. Well, we watch too much science fiction.. Or I did watch too much science fiction. And you're laughing aren't you? I know you are, I am XD
So catch up. It's the year 2011. You're 14, not yet 15... You're just launching the Fez and Prince William just got married to Kate. Oh, and Doctor Who S6 basically just aired in Australia 2 hours ago. Oh my, as you read this you know how it's ended.. Who River Song is.. AHH. Kay, off track again, expectations? I think so. Actually, they're more qusetions and hopes for my 24/25th year old self. We shall have a number of them for you, well I will. Yes.
1) You've been on Doctor Who right? Or Torchwood.. Either one. Hopefully they're still both airing then. They'd better be. If not, go start a petition or something to get it back onto air. OR ELSE.
2) You better still be a nerd. You are right? It's all we've really known... From reading books in the library during recess and lunch to joining Nerdfighteria. Which you are still apart of right? No matter how small the role, you're just there. Aware of it all, helping to decrease world suck.
3) Hopefully, the blog's still going on! Either by us five (If Colin ever resurfaces) or some group of nerds around the age we are now have taken over and are keeping it going and doing a good job with it. (Not as good as we are doing now of course) This blog is awoosome. This people are awoosome. Be in contact with them Caitlin. If you aren't, email them or something.
4) You've written at least one book and gotten it published. Or, at the very least, completed NaNoWriMo.
5) The Fez is up and running. It will be awoosome.
6) You're still friends with who you are friends with now. That's all of them. AND GET IN TOUCH WITH CAITLIN DAMMIT. Oh, and stay close with your family. You need them.
7) You've gotten a job, moved out, aren't living Australia and have been to the UK.
8) Met a guy exactly like the one Hayley described to you a month or so back, when everyone was trying to figure out everyone's futures. The whole PLP thing. Yeah, I know, don't think about how important that was.. I'll figure it out.
9) You've travelled. More than you have already. This includes going to such conventions as Vidcon, Leakycon, Comicon etc.
10) YOU'RE LOVING LIFE.
That is all. Now, have fun 25-year-old me. And let's just hope we'll do something brilliant with ourselves (Well, that I will and that you have and still are). You get the point.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I don't know what life has in store for you, nor do I know how your last ten years have past but I want you to always remember these first 18 years. There have been good times and bad but they all have made you into the person you are today. I hope that you look back on these times with the fondest of memories.
Are you still in theatre? I hope so. But if not remember that time your school did Les Miz? And no one thought you'd be able to pull it off but you kind of did? I hope you're still proud of that. I hope you remember the love and support of all the people you worked with through high school and that they still hold a piece of your heart.
Always stay true to who you are. Never be ashamed of setting your ring tone to the imperial march from star wars (Remember your high school art teacher did that!) and never be ashamed of proclaiming your nerdiness. Value intelligence, logic, and kindness above all else and you should have very few problems in life.
Reaching the end of high school I don't know which way we'll go but never let there be regret. Keep optimism and dreams close to your heart and cherish all the good times you've had.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Probably my favorite part of easter is dinner with my family, not just my parents and sister but my dad's entire side of the family. It's really nice having everyone sitting down together and eating some yummy food. Like ham. I love ham, and I hardly ever get because my dad's alergic but I get it at easter!
When I was little I loved getting up early with my sister to go on egg hunts! All around the house just chocolate eggs in every nook and crany :)
Also there are bunny's all over my house. They're EVERYWHERE but they're cute so I guess it's okay.
This post is super lame. I'm really sorry. It's 12:24am, I have to get up for school at 7 and after school I'm going to the theatre until midnight so I should sleep and I won't have time to post later today. Okay I will see you next week with an exponentially better post I promise!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
So yeah.. Easter has never really been a big thing for us. My mum will try to get my brothers and I into it, you know, with the whole Lent thing. And we all know about the four days. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. But I guess for my brothers (and what was me) Easter for us was chocolate. The whole commercial side of it... I can remember in Easter Sunday, our parents would hide Easter eggs in our apartment and we'd paint eggs!! (Like Emily, I had an egg in my room somewhere.. And the smell.. Ugh.) Easter was always a happy time for me. And it still is, even though I'm now doing something different.
On the subject of church, we'd go to church on Easter Sunday. And when I was on camp last year I missed out on family get togethers where they'd be Easter egg hunts for the little kids.. But us big kids always joined in and got all the chocolate first ;) But we're nice.. So we split them up and shared them with the little kids.. Yes.
Just going back on what Emily said.. I'm sorry if this theme offends anyone. I just thought it'd be appropriate because Easter is something that is known on a world basis, on both a commercialism basis and a religious basis.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
So, Easter. I wish my family had a proper Easter tradition, but things happen differently every year. I think this post is going to be somewhat anecdotal.
When I was little, I used to be really jealous of my friends who would wake up on Easter morning with a giant basket of candy. I think my parents either couldn't afford it at the time, or they didn't want to spoil us or give us the wrong idea of what Easter is about. Or both.
There were a few years during my childhood when we spent the day before Easter dyeing eggs, and after church the next day we'd go out to a park and hide them and do an egg hunt. That was fun. We'd have a big race to find the "golden egg", which was somehow special, although I can't honestly remember what the prize was for finding it. After that, we'd throw all the eggs in the river. (They were hard boiled, not plastic, obviously. Although I still don't know how eco-friendly it was.)
Chuck mentioned that some people may be offended by the fact that we chose to write about Easter this week. I hope that's not the case. If it's an "issue" that some of us disagree on, I hope we can use the opportunity for discussion, and not feel like it's something that has to divide us. If Colin doesn't celebrate Easter, for instance, maybe he can blog about why, and what he does instead. Just a thought.
As for me, I find that Holy Week is often the most spiritually convicting part of the year. After all, it's really the crux of Christianity. I've always found it really beautiful. But I'll spare you any more Christian-y talk. Instead, listen to this lovely Owl City cover of "In Christ Alone." (I don't think this is really an Easter song per se, but I've always associated it with Easter.)
Sadly, we aren't really doing anything for Easter this year, because my cousin is getting married in Kansas the day after, and we're going to be on the road. Ah well.
I look forward to seeing what the rest of you guys write this week.
Monday, April 18, 2011
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Monday, April 4, 2011
I couldn't choose between Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst or Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum so I'm going to do both.
To this day I remember (in order) the first five songs I heard by Bright Eyes
The first Take It Easy (Love Nothing)
the second Bowl of Oranges
third Lover I Don't Have To Love
fourth Easy Lucky Free
fifth A Song To Pass The Time
After that I just started buying albums and listened to every single song on itunes that I could find (I currently have 131 Bright Eyes songs). A short while after I found out that Conor Oberst has been in 7 other bands and has a solo album.
Those bands being:
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
and Monsters of Folk
Conor is an extremely deep and profound musician. His voice is haunting, lovable, and so addicting.
His lyrics are thoughtful and evocative
Example #1: 'Sometimes I worry that I've lost the plot. My twitching muscles tease my flippant thoughts. I never really dreamed of heaven much until we put him in the ground, but it's all I'm doing now. Listening for patterns in the sound of an endless static sea. But once the satellite's deceased It blows like garbage through the streets Of the night sky to infinity' - Easy/ Lucky/ Free
Example #2: 'I dreamt of a fever, one that would cure me of this cold winter set heart. With heat to melt these frozen tears, burned with reasons as to carry on into these twisted months I plunge without a light to follow, but I swear that I would follow anything. Just get me out of here.' - If Winter Ends
Example #3: 'There is a man holding a megaphone, so he must have been the voice of God. The bystanders claimed they saw angels flying up and down the block. Well, they must have been attached to wires. I saw one laying in the lawn with a broken arm, so I called 911. So that is one less founded opinion. One more cause for a dispute. So the street filled, like a basin, up with cameras and their crews and they washed away the rumors leaving just the concrete truth. It was a spectacle. No, no, I mean a miracle.' - From A Balance Beam
Example #4: Laura's asleep in my bed, as I'm leaving she wakes up and says "I dreamed you were carried away on the crest of a wave. Baby don't go away, come here". There's kids playing guns in the street and ones pointing his tree branch at me. So I put my hands up I say "enough is enough, if you walk away, I'll walk away" And he shot me dead. - Land Locked Blues
Example #5: We made love on the living room floor with the noise in the background of a televised war, and in the deafening pleasure I thought I heard someone say "If we walk away, they'll walk away". But greed is a bottomless pit, and our freedom's a joke, we're just taking a piss, and the whole world must watch the sad comic display. If you're still free start running away cause we're coming for you!
In my opinion he is the best lyricist still making music today.
When I was about -1 a band called Neutral Milk Hotel (not-so-interesting fact #1: Neutral Milk Hotel was mentioned in Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green!) released their very first EP and it was called Everything Is. To this day the title track of that EP is and will always be my favorite NMH song.
Jeff Mangum was to folk music as Albert Einstein was to physics. Sure he didn't discover it, and he definitely didn't create it, but he changed the way people thought about it. If you look at most semi-popular folk bands today (i.e. Band of Horses, Dawes, Death Cab For Cutie, Arcade Fire, Freelance Whales, The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats etc.) you can hear Neutral Milk Hotel.
Neutral Milk Hotel broke up in 1999 after releasing 7 demo cds 2 EPs and 2 Full Length Albums
Occasionally Jeff Mangum will play a show or two but most people don't find out about them until after he's performed. In mid February Jeff Mangum announced that he would be doing a small tour along the east coast in fall 2011 and soon (practically minutes) after every single show was completely sold out. (I was pissed.)
Postscript: you don't have to listen to every single song. That would take way too much time out of your day and I know we all have lives.......... but at least listen to the first 30 seconds of From A Balance Beam and Take It Easy (Love Nothing) by Bright Eyes and In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and The King of Carrot Flowers by Neutral Milk Hotel
Postpostscript: On saturday I found out that I might be going back to Germany this summer and I'm REALLY excited.
Postpostpostscript: I currently have Streptococcal Pharyngitis. FML