Timeless Thoughts – A time when people actually went to the library to browse books and not their E-mail.

This post is a part of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly link-up hosted by Georgie and Tara where bloggers share something they’ve missed from their past. OK. OK. That’s basically my entire blog, but I’m doing this anyway. Sue me.

At one point or another, I am sure that almost everyone had a fascination with the public library. A place where you can check out books and use a computer and other resources for free? Yes please.

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However, over the years, I’ve slowly realized that public libraries have turned more into Internet cafes. Go to any public library and you’d see a crowd of people in the computer areas and absolutely no one browsing books. They might as well remove all of the books and turn all libraries into giant computer hubs. I guess it’s a good way to get people to actually go to the library, heh.

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I’m usually the only person browsing the shelves whenever I go to the library. There are usually a few people browsing the DVDs but the bookshelf aisles are deserted. It is quite serene and peaceful to browse books with virtually no interruptions. From time to time, I do get a slightly annoying librarian asking if I need help. I’m literally in the middle of bookshelf land going through books. No, I don’t need help. OK. OK. I know you’re a librarian and it’s your job and you have to eat but, still, don’t disturb me, unless you want me to stare at you with disgust and hatred.

All kidding aside, it is quite sad that as a society, we’ve all been accustomed to doing things digitally. Even I have been starting to check out books from the library online and having them delivered to my home. Going to the library just doesn’t have the charm and appeal as much as it used to. Of course, I did used to go to the library on a regular basis for a number of years and after a while, I just slowly realized that it wasn’t as fun going to the library as it used to be.

It has been a while since I’ve been to the library. The times I have gone in recent times have been more enjoyable than it used to be. I still love libraries, but it might as well be a Blockbuster, but with computers.

Singing about the struggles of blogging or, you know, actual social issues people care about

It makes me very happy whenever I hear a song that’s not about love. We get it. You’re in love or you’re out of love or you have a crush or you’re having a threesome in a hot tub. That’s great. That’s wonderful. But we need more songs not about love, breakups and everything in between. That includes intense lovemaking in a hot tub.

Seriously. There needs to be a boycott on love songs. Sara Bareilles is doing it. Why can’t everyone else?

Enough about love. Let’s move on to songs about depressing social issues, shall we?

Walkin’ On the Sun – Smash Mouth (Consumerism, Drugs)

The origins of this song is ambiguous at best. The sad depiction of our society is subtlety masked by the upbeat melody and humorous lyrics. Seriously, though, forget about drugs. Just waiting for a package of batteries for six to eight years would kill me.

The Remedy – Jason Mraz – (Healthcare, Cancer)

OK, maybe healthcare is a bit of a stretch here. This song was written when a close friend of Jason’s was diagnosed with cancer and is about how it impacted his life. Every time I listen to this song, I imagine a rebel trying to deal with a world of corruption. Or I just have a wild imagination. You decide.

New Americana – Halsey (Legal Marijuana, Same-Sex Marriage)

The most recent of the three by far, the song is about how the world is changing and focuses on legal marijuana and same-sex-marriage. It has a pleasant, slightly eerie tone, but I would have preferred something more upbeat. Yeah, despite my adoration for Michelle Branch, I am more of a rock guy than a pop guy.

Keeping Up With the Newses – The parents lost their jobs, the kids are hungry and the dog is dead

So, quite a while ago, I posted about a personal project where I wanted to keep up with the news more often, and let’s just say I have not been doing a very good ob trying to stay informed of current events and pop culture. Surprise. Surprise.

I chose a number of publications to browse on a daily basis, and the only one I’ve really used is, The Orlando Sentinel. I only do so to keep up with local news, and honestly I’ve been feeling severely underwhelmed due to the poor Web site layout. Every time I browse the Web site, I just feel like there aren’t a lot of articles to read at one time. At worst, there is nothing for me to read. AT best, I read one article about a person or a group of people who have died a horrible death. How fun.

On top of The Orlando Sentinel, I’ve also relied on the old standby of random articles from the front page of Yahoo. I’m a man of tradition, I know. I do still want to keep up with the news, but I need to come up with a routine that’s even more simplistic than the one I came up with all those months ago.

This is the plan so far:

– Instead of The Orlando Sentinel, I’m going a local news network for local news. Something like News 13.

– Try and use CNN for national and international news, but if I can only rely on Yahoo, then so be it.

– Use both Vulture and The AV Club for pop culture new instead of one or the other.

– For now, don’t browse specialty publications.

I don’t know if this is going to work out or not, but we’ll see. Maybe I should just rely on The Onion.

Remember These? (Songs) – Michelle Branch is nowhere to be found in this post

When a person has a blog where they talk about things that they find nostalgic, there will be a time where they will consistently get comments along the lines of “I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds interesting.” This blog is no different. So to mix things up a bit, I will list a series of things, of which I’m sure all of you would recognize at least one. If you don’t recognize anything, then I suggest that you stop locking yourself in your bedroom and get some fresh air. I, of course, say this in the most friendliest, kindest way possible.

I’ve chosen six songs that are all pop songs from the mid to late 2000s by non-American singer-songwriters. Yes, it’s a very specific theme that I accidentally came across. How many songs do you recognize? Please say at least one, or I will cry. You know I will, and you don’t want me to cry. Really, you don’t.

This is the Life (2007) – Amy Macdonald (Scotland)

Suddenly I See (2004) – KT Tunstall (Scotland)

Warwick Avenue (2008) – Duffy (Wales)

Bad Day (2005) – Daniel Powter (Canada)

Sweet About Me (2008) – Gabriella Cilmi (Australia)

A box of crackers, a handful of maple leaves and a crap ton of chocolate

Food. We can’t avoid it. Unless, of course, you want to, you know, die. Over time, we all have our comfort foods and guilty pleasures. Iv’e certainly had quite a few.

Aero Bars
Originally a product of England, Aero bars are chocolate bars with a filling that has a bubbly texture. They are now available in many countries, including the United States, and comes in multiple flavors such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, mint, latte, etc. Yay. Unfortunately, here in the land of boring chocolate, only milk chocolate and mint are available here. Oh, well. at least we have mint.

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Maple Creme Maple Leaf Cookies
Can a snack be any more Canadian than maple cream cookies in the shape of maple leaves? Perhaps poutine-flavored beaver-shaped cookies. They don’t sound very appetizing though. Maple Creme cookies are amazingly delicious but horribly decadent. Also, it may or may not give you instant Diabetes. I don’t know for sure. Regardless, maybe share the unhealthy maplely goodness and split a package with 20 of your closest friends

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Kashi Cheese Crackers
Kashi is a company known for healthy snacks. That’s kind of funny given it is inconceivable that cheese crackers can ever be healthy. But they exist and I like them better than Cheez-its.Or maybe I’ve st been brainwashed. I don’t know.

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Timeless Thoughts: Michelle Branch is no longer ‘everywhere’. In fact, she’s nowhere. Or is she somewhere?

This post is a part of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly link-up hosted by Georgie and Tara where bloggers share something they’ve missed from their past. OK. OK. That’s basically my entire blog, but I’m doing this anyway. Sue me.

OK, so this isn’t the first time I’ve posted about Michelle Branch. I didn’t dedicate an entire post to her though. She was more of a blurb. I wonder how many times I can subtlety mention Michelle Branch on my blog before someone mentions it. Challenge accepted.

As a teenager, my music taste was ambiguous at best. I listened to mostly country music and to this day, I’m still puzzled as to why. Now, I’m not a big fan of country music. In fact, I pretty much listen to everything but country. Yeah, I’m a strange one.

I don’t have a lot of nostalgia and memories attached to music until I was much older because I wasn’t listening to music until I was like 12. Michelle Branch is one of the few music artists I was familiar with around that age. Yes, I sometimes feel like a 12-year-old girl listening to her songs. Her songs are easy for me to listen to and they remind me of a simpler time. Since I listened to music at a later age and I wasn’t familiar with a lot of music at the time, it’s nice to have at least a small amount of music artists that I’m familiar with and can easily recognize. Plus, at the time, she was literally everywhere. It was difficult to avoid her anyway, heh.


In the mid-2000s, Michelle decided to form a country pop duo with Jessica Harp, a friend and fellow musician. I didn’t expect Michelle to sing country, but I still liked her. I did still like country at the time though, heh. So that doesn’t say much.

in 2007, they disbanded, and she’s been here and there but she’s nowhere near as popular as she used to be. She’s not everywhere. She’s not nowhere. She’s somewhere. Maybe she’s in a coffeehouse in Iowa.

Like a good blogger, I’m there… with a boatload of sarcasm and a sandwich

Commercials. They can make you happy. They can make you cry. They can make you throw your cat at your television. State Farm commercials, however, amuse and entertain, me at least.

For those of you not in the know, which includes pretty much everyone not living in the US, heh, State Farm is simply an insurance completely here in the land of bald eagles and sarcastic slightly-off (but only slightly) Asian guys. Not really your first choice of a company that has humorous entertaining commercials, I know.

Now, of course, you could say some of the commercials are false advertising but, honestly, if a person actually thinks their insurance agent is going to pop into your life every time you sing a commercial jingle, then you need to be mentally institutionalized, or at least gain a sense of humor. Whatever is easier for you. They’re not supposed to be serious. They’re supposed to be fun and entertaining and somehow get you to get an insurance policy from them. Wait a minute…

But seriously. Watch them, and I guarantee that you’d at least wonder who the heck thought of these ideas and what they were smoking at the time.

Going back to 2010 and watching TV shows on ABC no one knows

I like to think of myself as a television fan who has vast knowledge more on obscure, barely-known shows than popular shows that almost every person in every country has heard of. Like seriously, if you’re Australian and you haven’t at least heard of Friends, I will slap you with a bald eagle. And you will like it.

I am quite fond of the year 2010. I’m not exactly sure why. Perhaps it’s because it’s the year I decided to go back to college. Maybe it’s because it was just a good year for television. Or it’s just a round number. I don’t know.

When I think of good TV shows in 2010, I often think of ABC. This is mostly because it was the network I was watching quite a few TV shows that premiered (and later got canceled) that year. I, of course, don’t discriminate against any network. I just used to watch a lot of ABC at the time. Like I always say, sue me.

My Generation
Summary: A mockumentary drama about a group of people in Austin, Texas who participated in a documentary about their senior year of high school ten years prior, the documentary crew comes back to see what they’ve been up to.

Note: I wrote a more detailed post here.

The Gates
Summary: The new police chief of a gated community quickly realizes that the people aren’t who they appear to be.

The Deep End
Summary: Five first-year lawyers start their careers at one of the most prestigious law firms while trying to juggle both their professional and personal livesw. Think of it as the lawyer version of Grey’s Anatomy with not as man sex scenes.

Timeless Thoughts: Ned Vizzini – Ugh. The one time I will actually cry.

This post is a part of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly link-up hosted by Georgie and Tara where bloggers share something they’ve missed from their past. OK. OK. That’s basically my entire blog, but I’m doing this anyway. Sue me.

I’ve always considered myself as a writer, despite hardly ever writing anything in my spare time until recently. A writer who doesn’t write? How could one ever exist? Well, they do, and I’m living proof.

Writing has always come very naturally to me, or so I thought. I had no problem writing fiction for class assignments, but I had difficulty writing on my own in my spare time. I didn’t write my first short story outside of a classroom setting until just two years ago. Yes I was a late bloomer, especially for someone who has called himself a writer for 18 years.

My one regret in life is that I didn’t pursue writing at an early age. That is, of course, difficult to do when I didn’t even have the motivation and drive to actually write. I literally had no idea what I wanted to do in life and how to pursue it. Now, I have a clearer idea, but I’m still throwing darts all over the place and hoping that I don’t hit anyone in the process. Wish me luck.

I admire and envy those who know exactly they want to do in life, and they actively pursue it. I am the type of person who not only doesn’t now what the heck they want to do, but is convinced that they’re not ready to pursue anything. They just end up waiting for the right moment only to find out that the moment has passed. Yes, you’re playing the world’s smallest violin for me. Well, it’s only going to get sadder.

Ned Vizzini is one writer I’ve always admired. An author who focuses on writing both fiction and non-fiction about teenagers dealing with everyday life, he is best known for It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Loosely based on true events, it’s about a teenager who checks himself into a psychiatric hospital after wanting to kill himself. In 2010, it was released as a movie starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts.

I originally heard of Ned Vizzini through a literary Web site shortly after It’s Kind of a Funny Story came out. I believe it was an interview, but don’t quote me on that. I did a little research on him. I went to his Web site. I read his blog. I read his short stories and essays. I attempted to write a short story and failed. And, no, I’m not a stalker.

Ned started his writing career when he was 15 when he submitted his first essay to the now defunct New York Press, an alternative magazine. He published his first book a compilation of some of the essays he published in New York Press when he was just 19. He then published numerous young adult novels. He branched out to TV writing and wrote for such series like Teen Wolf and Last Resort. Sadly, he committed suicide in December 2013. He was 32.

I did not find out about Ned’s death in a traditional way. I was actually watching an episode of The Blacklist, a TV show about an FBI agent and a fugitive who team up together to capture America’s most wanted criminals. At the end of the episode, there it was. A tribute to Ned Vizzini. I quickly go on Google and searched my little heart away, only to be deeply saddened to find out about Ned’s suicide.

I came across a very touching and heartfelt essay written by his best friend and writer Marty Beckerman. Again, you will cry a million tears for the rest of your life. When I read it, I felt I was reading something that I shouldn’t be reading. It was very personal and emotional and I felt like I was reading someone’s personal thoughts. I’m over two years too late, but my condolences to those who knew and loved Ned. Even after his death, he is still an inspiration to me, and I hope I continue to have the drive and motivation to write, like he did.

That awkward moment when you didn’t buy enough kawaii stationery

It should be no secret that I am a collector of everything. It says so in my bio. I am especially fond of kawaii items, and I have a rather large collection of kawaii stationery. I’ve been wanting to place an order from my favorite kawaii stationery store, KawaiiYa, for the past two years, but I just couldn’t take the plunge. Well, I did it. I dove into a virtual pile of kawaii stationery and grabbed myself a few goodies.

Here’s what I bought. I decided to place a smaller order than I have in the past and, honestly, I wish I had bought more. Sigh, and here I was thinking I was being financially responsible. Nope. I just deprived myself of getting more kawaii goodies.

Here are the memo pads that I bought. I chose not to buy any mini memo pads. I haven’t really been a fan of them, since they’re really too small to do anything practical with them anyway. Not that I actually use my kawaii stationery anyway, heh.

Sticker Sheets

Sticker Sacks

A Rilakkuma Letter Set

Deco Tapes

Oh, and oh look, some free goodies I got with my purchase. Yay for extras.