Monday, December 26, 2011

Carnage and Blogaversary!!!

First of all, go see the movie Carnage. I didn't think it was perfect, but it's different (in a good way). And it shows that you don't need a big budget to make a cool movie. Take note, James Cameron.

And also, know what the day before yesterday was? The one-year anniversary of this blog!! Thank you all for reading. It's been fun so far.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Internet

I know this is obvious and kind of dumb but in light of all the stuff people always say about how spookily addicted our generation is to the Internet, and how there are rehab centres and the like for people who go through life not being able to control the freakish typing movement of their fingers and looking like they're staring into the cool glow of a computer screen even when they're not, I've been thinking a lot lately about the Internet's good side. I mean, not that I'm old, but when I was a kid I had to ask someone what a blowjob was if I wanted to know. Now you can just google it and they'll give you pictures and everything.

But that's not the most what's really amazing about the Internet. (And Wikipedia has taken the best of the whole world's knowledge, organized it, and put it all in one place, but that's not what's really amazing either.) What's really amazing is that it gives anyone who wants to the opportunity to change people's lives. Take Natalie Lue, for example. I know that her relationship blog definitely changed my life completely. Or this guy Adam Baker whom I just found out about, who posts about how he's getting out of debt and travelling the world at the same time, with a baby no less, and offers tips about how anyone else can do that too. These people aren't huge celebrities, but they are speaking to people who experience the same longings that they have experienced.

Likewise, it is easier than ever before to find these people. Whereas in bygone days, you had to tell your story and hope you could find one person who would think to themselves "ah yes, that's the way I feel it too," today you don't even have to be the one to say it. Now, you can find someone else to say it and then you can be the one to respond, "ah yes." And there's no risk that anyone will call you crazy.

That's, well, amazing. Isn't it?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Three Good Friends

As I've been going about trying to get used to the real full-time working phase of my life and coming to terms with the fact that I will probably (hopefully) never be a student again, I've been thinking (and posting) a lot lately about what contributes to happiness. And I think I have possibly come up with a short list that might actually sort of be true. Here it is:

Three good friends
One is too few, 10 is too many because they can't all be good friends. But three is the magic number. You need three good friends.

A good partner
I sort of hate to put this on here because I know it's modern and so on to think that everyone can be equally happy, single or not. However, the truth, as far as I can tell, is that a lot of happy people have good partners. I'll hopefully redeem myself a bit by saying it's not exactly the case that a good partner makes you happy, but rather that a happy person is satisfied with a good partner. A happy person, in other words, is content to get to know people who are obviously available for a genuine relationship. He/she doesn't seek drama or have a constantly wandering eye.

A decent day-to-day
It takes maturity to get to a certain age and say "okay, I can't just nap intermittently all day long anymore. I have to make a living." And maybe making a living won't be quite as much fun as napping intermittently all day long. That said, you can't hate what you do all day, or else your life will just become a gigantic battle to get to the weekend, which will go by way too fast every time. Not happy.

A minimal number of assholes in one's line of vision
And by line of vision I mean, you know, people you give the time of day to.

So that's happiness. Tell me, what did I miss?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stupid Movies

I get really frustrated with the seemingly ever-increasing popularity of stupid movies, and with how people seem to insist that they're really funny.


Take, for example, something like Scary Movie. Or Hot Shots. Or really, practically every Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller movie. You will probably laugh when you watch these movies because they're kind of funny. But they won't really stand out in your mind a year or so after you've seen them because the humour is safe and obvious. There is nothing risky, original, or especially interesting there. This means they are not, and can never be, really funny.

So yeah. Get your heads on straight, people.