Metaphorically displaying my dirty laundry on a piece of furniture

For years, I’ve wanted a bookshelf, but I had trouble committing to a bookshelf due to indecision and the daunting task of finding room for it, assembling it, deciding what to put on it and how to display everything the way I want to. Instead, I made due with two small TV stands and a small glass cabinet as my main places to display my books and various collections.

On a whim, I took my father’s bookshelf that he didn’t really use. It held CD cases filled with Chinese DVDs that my father was no longer watching. I was like, “Yeah, no. My action figures need that bookshelf more than the DVDs do.” I know. I have my priorities in place.

I immediately filled it with stuff and over time, I’ve made little changes here and there. I was content with it for a while, but something just bothered me about it. I didn’t exactly know what it was. Every day I would look at it, and it would bother me more and more. It looked cluttered. It felt like I was using it as storage. I am TECHNICALLY using the bottom half as storage, but it looked too messy for my liking. When I’m looking at my bookshelf, I want to feel like I’m displaying my books and collections. I don’t want to feel like i’m having dirty laundry shown in a public area, and that’s how I felt.

Now, if I were an extremely organized person, I would take off everything for the shelves, declutter and put back the items in a methodical manner. I am not one of those people.

The changes it needed were relatively small, and I had a good idea on what I needed to do. I just avoided doing it. Well, I looked at the cluttered mess one more time, and swiftly got to work.

Starting with the bottom shelf, I took out everything that was not a Gundam kit. It already looked much better. I then took the boats I was storing on top of the bookshelf, and placed them vertically next to the Gundam kits. Perfect. It already did not look like a storage unit.

I then placed the Lego sets on top of the bookshelf. Originally, I had them facing the front, so you can see the front of the box. After doing some rearranging in other areas, I decided to just put the boxes on their sides, and put a container of Legos next to them, in order to free up some drawer space.

After that, I organized my books according to subject matter. Now, of course, these are not all of my books. They’re just my non-fiction books. My fiction books are in another room. I am not a perfectionist by any means. I think the multiple posts of me crying in front of towers of books I own but haven’t read yet has established that. But I don’t like ordering my books in any other way other than size because seeing one small book sandwiched together between two large books is going to make my left eye twitch. and I have enough problems. Surprisingly though, it hasn’t been that much of a problem, and I do like how my books are at least grouped together by category.

The last thing I did was I finally addressed what I like to call the shelf of death. OK, not really, but I’m good with coming up with nicknames for shelves, aren’t I? The problem with the shelf is that I can’t store large items on it and it’s not at eye level. When I got the bookshelf, I adjusted the shelves to my liking but there were certain shelves that I couldn’t move, which is why the bookshelf is the way it is.

I left it alone for a little while, and focused on organizing other areas. As I was struggling to figure out where to put certain things, I thought hey, why not store them on the bookshelf of death? It helped that the items were book-related (maps, mini books, bookmarks, etc.)

Overall, I am very happy with the overall look of my bookshelf. I just wish I had room for two, heh.

If you are a female blogger and you are sick, I will take over your blog for you, and there will be a lot of Michelle Branch videos.

I have shared my fondness for realistic comedy dramas before but, unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options on the big screen. The comedy dramas that do appear on the big screen are largely book adaptations or true stories, and they’re slightly unrealistic. I guess no one wants to see a movie about a girl eating cereal, going to work, texting their friends for five hours about some guy she kind of likes but is a jerk while watching Jane the Virgin and crying herself to sleep because she has such a boring, mundane life. And, of course, I am not projecting. :p

I tried to find the most recent comedy drama that aired in major theaters that was not a book adaptation or true story that could kind of, sort of happen in real life, and this was what I came up with.

Yeah, the most realistic recent comedy drama that I could come up is from 2011 and stars Steve Carell.

Now, if we move from films released in major theaters to films with limited releases, we get more of a selection of comedy dramas. This, of course, has to deal with the difficulty of executing most genres with budget, scheduling and other restraints. Now, the problem with smaller films is being able to watch them because they’re not readily available. Well, fret no more because Netflix and other streaming services have a good selection of smaller films. I know. I know. Many people would want brand new movies that came out two days ago over indie films from 2012, but it’s not realistic, which I guess fits in with this post, heh. I have found a number of film that are, as of right now, available on Netflix that could happen in real life but have unrealistic elements. I am OK with it though. I literally get bored watching fighting scenes.

OK. That was kind of cool.

Adventures in Public School
A teenage boy, who has been homeschooled his entire life by his single, overprotective mother, decides to go to public school and offers to takes over the schedule of a girl who is on a leave of absence due to a medical condition.

OK, the premise doesn’t make 100% sense. Why is a teenage boy taking over the schedule of a female student who’s on medical leave? If I had to guess, it was just something cute a writer came up with. I could imagine the production meeting right now.

“I like the idea, but we need the film to be about something more than a movie about a homeschooled kid going to a public high school. That’s been done before by hundreds of hipster student filmmakers.”

“He could take over the schedule of a dying male student?”

“Great idea, but make it a girl.”

“Why?”

“Because I said so, damnit!”

“OK.”

While the premise doesn’t make sense, I quite enjoyed the laid-back, quirky tone and, of course, you can’t help but to root for the main character and relate to him at the same time.

People You May Know (The one With Nick Thune)
A woman desperate to further her public relations career offers her help to a recluse unfamiliar with social media with fabricating his life online in hopes to make him a viral sensation.

I find it quite surprising that there’s actually more than one movie with the title “People You May Know.” Although we are all familiar with the phase because of you know what, it’s long-ish for a movie title and not really that catchy. Despite this, it is an appropriate title for this particular story.

When it comes to social media, it is easy to portray your life the way you want it. You’re showing the parts of your lie you want to show and hiding the parts you don’t. This film, of course, takes this to the extreme, but it is relatively true for most of today’s society. Thankfully, for a person who thinks he’s still living in 2004, I find social media kind of useless for me and my lifestyle. Yay for living in the past.

The Little Death
Five couples deal with their, or their significant other’s, strange sexual desires and the consequences that come with them.

I don’t often talk about things from different countries, but I do want to explore pop culture from outside of the United States. Now, of course, I am not going to say this film is a good representation of Australia, but it’s a cute, quirky film that’s a bit on the dark side, but at the same time it is lighthearted, amusing and has some heartfelt moments. It is a strange topic, but shows the challenges of relationships, the decisions we make and the rewards and consequences that comes from them. Mostly the consequences, heh.

How many years will it take for someone to be nostalgic for Twitter?

I have to admit that I am someone who finds nostalgic in pretty much everything, even the things that I didn’t experience and enjoy. Mixed tapes being just one example. I grew up in the 90s and early 2000s and by then, cassettes were pretty much obsolete. The only time I’ve ever used cassettes was when I had to record something for a school project in the fifth grade. Mixed tapes weren’t really a thing when I was growing up, but I wasn’t really into music back then, so I wouldn’t really know. Despite this, I can’t help but to feel nostalgic whenever mixed tapes or cassettes is brought up. I guess I’m fond of anything that was once popular but is obsolete now. I wonder how many years if will take for me to be nostalgic for Pokemon Go. Oh, that’s right. Never.

There are a number of things that still exist that I’ve missed, but I’m not sure if I would experience them again. And if I did, if it would feel the same as it did before. Two of these, of course, are specific to New York City, where I call my home, despite being there for the least amount of time. I have spent 20 years now in Florida, but I’ve never considered myself a Floridian. I do not enjoy feeling like I’m melting 10 months out of the year.

Sigh. The joys of living in Florida. Let me tell you, I will not miss Florida. Well, maybe in a snowstorm.

Penpal Letters

Although writing letters still exist in this world full of technological advances, it’s been slowly dying out in the past 20 years, like journalism and blogging and having a conversation with someone without at least one of you glued to the screen of your phone like a zombie. But, on the other hand, phone zombies are very on trend right now.

Although I briefly had a penpal from Italy in the fourth grade.it really didn’t amount to anything and I didn’t get interested in having penpals until I was well into my 20s. It was a combination of nostalgia and watching YouTube videos of people receiving penpal packages. I wanted to find a penpal who was close to my age, but it was difficult. I ended up finding a penpal who was a bit younger than me, but I already knew her, so that helped. It was lovely exchanging letters and packages with her, but I just did not feel comfortable with it, and I felt I was forcing myself to write the letters. I wanted it to feel natural but instead, it felt like I was doing a 25 page essay on the American Revolution.

NYC Chinatown

When I was in New York, my family and I would go to to Chinatown every weekend. It was a family tradition. Of We didn’t really do anything special. My parents won errands while us kids just went to various stores and stood around looking at stuff. Some people might say that it was no different than grocery shopping. But you just don’t get the same feeling of nostalgia shopping at Wal-Mart.

There is a part of Orlando where there is a cluster of Asian stores that somewhat resembles a vague idea of what a Chinatown is. It’s just not the same. It’s not as lively and there isn’t as many places to go to. But then again, I’m comparing apples to oranges. It’s just that Orlando is a really sad orange.

NYC Subway

OK, so for those of you who take the Subway, or the equivalent, on a regular basis, you may think I’m crazy for being nostalgic for public transportation. Well, keep in mind that I moved out of New York when I was a child. As a result, I’m quite disappointed that I didn’t grow taking the subway as a teenager and young adult. Actually, I remember when I was like ten, I was on the bus with my mother, and I was jealous of seeing teenagers taking the bus by themselves. And this was on a BUS. A bus. I guess I’m more nostalgia for experiences I missed in New York because my parents were like, “Yeah, we want to slowly die from the humidity and THE SUN. Off to Florida we go. Clearly, my nostalgia here has been romanticized a bit, but I still miss the Subway.

Who’s not nostalgic for the morning rush and being in a subway car full of 100+ angry, cranky New Yorkers who want to secretly kill you? :p

Nostalgia Battles: Hmm. I wonder if Beyonce ever cries about not having the time to read Harry Potter. (Reading VS. Writing)

I like to classify people into one of four categories: People who are into reading and writing, People who are into math and science, People who are into neither reading and writing or math and science and, of course, the magical unicorns who are just good at everything and we should just worship them as if they’re Beyonce.

Hey, I’m the one who does the crying around here, Beyonce. If you want to cry and talk about your problems, start your own blog.

For many years, I have struggled with reading and writing consistently. I don’t really consider myself a reader because I just don’t feel likebI read enough. At the same time, I’ve always considered myself a writer, but I barely write. It’s funny how that works, but I just feel more connected as a writer than a reader.

It’s actually difficult to define my relationship with reading. I’ve always loved books, but I don’t remember reading a lot as a child. I would go to the library a lot and checkout books but wouldn’t actually finish or even read a lot of the books. As I got older, the problem got worse. I was still borrowing books, but I wasn’t reading them. Now, there is no need for me to go to the library because I’m crying over stacks and stacks of unread books that I own.

And, yes, if you are one of those people who can read 100 books in a year, I hate you. I respect you, but I hate you. :p

I enjoy reading for two reason. One, is for the nostalgia factor. It just takes me back to a simpler time and makes me long for the past. Second, whenever I read a book, I feel like I’m transported into someone else’s life and getting a glimpse of their life. It often gives me inspiration for my own stories. I often get inspiration from movies and TV shows but I feel more accomplished when I finish a book as opposed to a movie or TV show. I know, what a surprise. How dare me for feeling more accomplished finishing Beloved than Mean Girls.

I am a man of very few talents. I know useless TV trvia from TV shows that others have stopped watching seven years ago. I can organize your office within a reasonable amount of time. Oh, and I can write, I guess.

Like with reading, I don’t remember much about how I got into writing. I guess I always had an interest in writing, but I didn’t realize it was a passion until I was in my teens. I didn’t really write outside of a school setting until I was well into my 20s.

When I do write for fun, I often get frustrated because my writing never comes out the way I want to. I guess I should write more often, heh. I do consider writing as the main passion for me because I just can’t think of any other way to best express myself. I guess I could try interpretative dance.

OK. Maybe not. I’m not Asian enough.

It’s difficult for me to choose a preference. I love writing, but every time I write, I want to throw something out the window. Reading is far easier, but it can still be difficult. For the sake of nostalgia and my sanity, reading is the winner.

My commercial for Nostalgicism: A man who is not Asian is not in front of his computer and is not crying and the song “Redneck Woman” is not playing in the background.

Since I no longer have a TV, commercials have not really been a major part in my life like they used to be. Whenever I encounter ads, it’s mostly through either YouTube or podcasts. And, of course, it’s usually the same 15 ads. Lately, I’ve been coming across this commercial from Wells Fargo, and it leaves me in a state of confusion every time I see it.

I’m confused by everything in this commercial. If they’re rebuilding their image, a montage of random people with a Black Keys song isn’t the best way to go about it. The commercial just doesn’t match their intention. I’m not thinking, “Oh, great. They’re trying to rebuild their image! They’re making changes!” I’m thinking more along the lines of, “Oh, it’s nice that I recognize this song, but why are these people smiling?”

If they wanted to change their image to a more positive light, then I would have gone the Publix route. Something sentimental and heartfelt with subtle instrumental music that will fit in with a Hallmark commercial.

Of course, there are commercials that can pull you right with the right song and the appropriate visuals.

Some just need a light upbeat song and a cute story line.

Some don’t even need a story. They just need an upbeat song and a montage of random people.

While others have more complex stories.

Seriously who would know that this came from Windex? You go, Windex.

Having the right song in a commercial is crucial. It must fit with the story you’re trying to tell. Your intended customer must relate to it. And, most of all, it must appeal to Asians.

It’s finally happening!!! A post to celebrate Asian ladies all over the world. Oh, and I have updates too.

It’s been very quiet here at Nostalgicism. There are cobwebs on the walls. The crickets are chirping. The relentless mobs of angry Asian moms have discovered Green Tea Frappuccinos and are now taking their bamboo torches to Starbucks. If you live in an area with a large Asian population and you like getting Green Tea Frappuccinos, I strongly suggest that you make your own if you want to avoid getting tofu thrown at you by angry Asian ladies.

And, yes, I chose a video uploaded by an Asian woman because I like supporting Asian ladies. Go Asian ladies. :p

Given the nature of my blog, I have posted about a wide variety of different subjects. TV. Books. Music. Movies. Technology. It varies. I don’t really talk about my personal life outside of pop culture that often, and that’s fine by me. Despite this, I do have a lot of updates that are a bit on the personal side. Brace yourself.

I have started my next project

I’ve been wanting to start a new project, but was having trouble figuring out what exactly. I finally decided to build a Lego replica of the Big Bang Theory apartment. I’m making a little bit of progress. At this point, I have not used the official Big Bang Theory apartment set, but I will eventually use it for props. I’ve just been using parts from my collection and bought various parts online and pretty much building my own version of it.

I am eventually going to start writing again, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to go about it. Like with everything, it’ll happen…eventually.

I still don’t have a Smartphone, and I have no regrets.

I’ve talked about not having a phone right from the very beginning. Hardly anyone calls me, and I literally use my phone, at most, twice a day, and that’s only to call someone for a specific reason. I wasn’t lying in my bio when I said I still think I’m in the year 2004.

They now make Dark Chocolate Twix.

Roughly 12 years ago, I discovered Dark Chocolate Twix at a college bookstore. At the time, it was limited edition, and shortly after, it disappeared.

Now, in a world where even Tropical Sour Patch Kids exist, and every brand is expanding their flavor, Dark chocolate Twix is now available widely.

Surprise, I still don’t keep up with the news.

For a while, I wanted to keep up with the news because I did not enjoy feeling like I was out of the loop on current events. Needless to say, I failed.

Now, I haven’t been trying to keep up with the news, but I do make more of an effort to read the headlines on Yahoo. And it helps that I listen to podcasts, so I can at least gets news from people who are more imformed than I am.

I’ve officially given up on Twitter

Besides a FaceBook account I barely use, I don’t use social media but I wanted to start socializing and networking and thought Twitter was a good place to start. Ultimately, I realized Twitter wasn’t really my thing and quickly gave up.

I’m still maintaining my on-again off-again relationship with television

I sometimes find it silly that one of my main goals right now is to watch more TV. I do think that being a massive TV fan that I am, I’m just not watching as much as I used to. Right now, I’m in a TV slump right now, and I’ve been watching a little TV here and there, but I haven’t been committing to anything right now.

I’ve been reading again…sort of.

Finding the time and energy to read the endless tower of books I’ve been meaning to read for years has not be easy. In fact, it only took me over two years to finish one book.

Once again, I’m trying the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge, but my own variation of it, and I have since finished one book. And, yes, I know it’s the end of June. But, hey, it’s progress, and I have since been reading on a semi-regular basis. At this pace, I might end up finishing another book in just eight months. Hooray.

Nostalgia Battles: No, not all Asians watch Korean dramas (Crime Procedurals VS. Comedy Dramas)

If you have read my blog for a while, you might have picked up a few recurring themes. My love for collecting everything. My fondness for Michelle Branch. My tendency to be chased by Asian mobs, mostly consisting of angry Chinese and Korean mothers. Not having cable.

It’s very difficult for me not to mention my love for television, and how it’s been difficult to catch up with new shows and trends because I don’t have cable and can only rely on streaming services that are not always reliable when it comes to new content. I know I can just look them up and research them, but it’s just not the same. As a result, I heavily rely on my nostalgia and my love for TV shows from 10+ years ago.

My number one complaint about television is that there hasn’t been a lot of hour-long comedy dramas in the past ten years. Unfortunately, most comedy dramas don’t last long. To my knowledge, there are currently three hour-long comedy dramas on the air: This is Us, Crazy Ex-girlfriend and Jane the Virgin.

I prefer comedy dramas that are mostly serious with a splash of comedy, like This is Us. It’s more realistic. That’s the problem with comedy. It makes a show more interesting and amusing, but if there’s too much of it, it’ll turn into an episode of Scrubs.

I’m not watching comedy dramas for the comedy. I am watching comedy dramas for the storylines, for the relationships, for the heartfelt moments. The comedy and humor is an extra layer, not the main feature.

Comedy dramas weren’t really in the spotlight until This is US came out in 2016. Of course, when the previews came out, I was immediately drawn it, and I was like, “Finally. A TV show about a group of people and their various issues and relationships.” It sounds like a simple premise, but we have been drowning in crime procedurals for a long, long time.

Most successful comedy dramas revolve around families. I prefer groups of friends because it’s more relatable to me, and I tend to enjoy the bond between two friends more than I do with any familial relationship.

We need more comedy dramas featuring groups of friends, and it looks like I’m getting my wish this Fall.

Some of you might wonder what’s the difference between a comedy drama and a drama, and the answer is simple. The tone and atmosphere. Comedy dramas tend to be more heart felt and have more realistic storylines that might occur in real life: cancer, heartbreak, depression, etc. While dramas tend to be more along the lines of, I don’t know, sabotage, espionage and finding out the son of the man your recently deceased father worked for who hates you for no apparent reason is your half-brother.

For years, I have watched crime procedurals and at the time, I was more interested in the cases and not so much the storylines of the main characters. It didn’t even occur to me to care about ongoing storylines with main characters in crime procedurals until I was a member of a forum of a certain crime procedural and everyone was obsessed with the main character storylines. Me, on the other hand, I was obsessed with the cases of the week.

Sure, seeing a different version of the same thing each weeks get boring, but I like crime procedurals and mysteries because I enjoy puzzles, and there’s something about a group of people solving a case or a mystery that appeals to me.

I was at my dentist a month ago, and there was an old episode of CSI on, and I immediately felt the nostalgia and I thought, “Damn, I miss the good old days.” And, yes, I felt like a 80-year-old man at that moment.

Of course, it gets boring when we find out, SURPRISE, the victim was killed by their significant other, relative or friend. So to make things interesting, we’re now getting supernatural crime procedural shows. I guess things are slightly more interesting, when the killer turns out to be a werewolf.

And then there are crime procedural shows that are slightly different because not every case involves someone dying and, in fact, not every case involves a crime. A crime procedural without crime. Yes, it exists. Gasp.

Although I was a fan of crime procedurals longer before I was fond of comedy dramas, I am just more interested in character enriched storylines. I do not want to know that it was the husband who killed the wife. I want to know why the main character is having panic attacks and how is she going to deal with them. I have watched enough TV characters killed in crime procedurals to last a life time. I want to cry, damn it. And I want to cry now.

It’s official: I need a life coach, or at least someone who is perfectly OK with making decisions for me.

I wish I could say that I’m a very focused individual. I tend to jump around from one thing to another. On this blog alone, I have talked about trying to catch up on the news, trying to watch more TV, trying to read more often and, oh, how I have like 50 different collections. I am truly all over the place, and I am often jealous of people who are able to focus on one thing.

And, surprise, I collect Legos, but seldomly build with them, want to read books but struggle with finding the time and focus and have the desire to be artistic but lack the skills and confidence to not want to scream every time I try to draw a stick figure.

I’ve made a little progress with reading. I finished a book a few months ago, so at least I can say I read a book this year. I have also been working on watching more TV, but nothing really consistent so far. It is a work in progress though. I have been thinking about starting a project of some sort. A project that has an end to it, as opposed to “Oh, just read more often.” I want to work on something over time and be finished at some point. As always with me, there was a long list of things I wanted to do. Miraculously, I narrowed it down to three projects that are feasible for me to do over time with the eventuality that it will be finished in the next 25 years.

Add Content on Nostalgicism

When I started web designing over 5 years ago, I started out with personal Web sites that had a lot of content and pretty much no blog. Now, it is the reverse. I have a blog with no content. Well, except for a slightly sarcastic bio page with a photo that is seven years old. I’ve been wanting to add content to Nostalgicism, but I’ve never really had a firm idea of what I wanted. I was thinking maybe a progress page for my book reading and television watching, but I don’t know if either warrants its own separate page when I can just blog about either. But, then again, it would be more accessible if they had their own pages. I don’t see anyone thinking, “Huh, I wonder if Kenny finished the fourth season of The Wire yet?” But I do worry just having a standard blog is not enough.

Write More Short Stories

Despite having a pretty thin writing portfolio and not being a professional writer of any sort, I have always considered myself a writer. In the past year, the only writing I’ve really done has been for Nostalgicism. Well, I am working on an novel outline that’s been a work in progress…for 7 years. Sigh.

A few years ago, I did write a bunch of short stories with the intention of working on the novel or a bigger writing project. Surprise, nothing ended up happening. All I have are several short stories that I am unsatisfied with. Most of the short stories came from exercises from a book of writing prompts. Here’s a quick sample. The original writing prompt was to write a story about two extremely close people consisting mostly of dialogue. I naturally chose two best friends of the opposite gender who have absolutely no possibility of hooking up, ever. I am writing a short story here, not an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

I stare at my cards. I have a two of hearts and seven of spades. Out on the table is a two of spades, five of diamonds, jack of spades, queen of diamonds and ace of clubs. All I have is a lousy pair of twos. I have no idea what my next move is. Theresa glances at me as if she wants to kill me. I glance at her back as if I would rather stab myself in the leg than to continue this poker game.
“ I call,” I finally say while dropping the chips into the pile.
“Great, and I want to know more about Rachel.”
“Theresa…”
“I know. I know. It’s none of my business, but you know it’s my duty as your…”
“…best friend to know everything. You will never let me forget that. Will you?”
I lay my cards on the table solemnly, knowing Theresa will win. I don’t really care.
“No, I won’t, and I have two pairs,” She says while she lays her cards, a queen of spades and an ace of hearts, on the table. She then reaches her arms out to get the chips from the center of the table and puts them in her pile.
“You win. Now let’s stop playing.”
“No, we’re not done yet with this game, or with talking about the girl you’re currently in love with,”

I, of course, cringed while quickly scanning the story and immediately edited it. And I didn’t even read more than what I posted. Sigh. Now I know why I stopped writing. And. God. The poker references. Someone who is more familiar with Ppker than I am is shaking their head at me in disappointment.

Build a Replica of the Big Bang Theory Apartment Out of Legos

Yes, it’s very specific. :p

I have been obsessed with Legos recently, despite having only built two fairly simple sets and have done nothing custom on my own before. I have the Big Bang Theory living room set, and I haven’t really been inspired to built it. Well, after seeing a video of someone modifying the set to make it larger to include the kitchen, I’ve been racking up ideas in my head for a larger, more accurate replica, using the set as a base of course.

I don’t know if I’m ready for it though. I only start buying lego pieces outside of sets because I wanted a miniature table, I’ve been unsatisfied with dollhouse tables. I know what you’re thinking. I’m a man in his early 30s, and I want a miniature table. Ugh. I like miniature tables. Sue me.

If anyone has any opinions of what I should pursue next, do let me know. I need help. x.x.

He’s a self-obsessed video game developer with a hand fetish. She’s an obnoxious waitress who cries in the shower. …and they fall in love.

With the popularity of Netflix, Amazon Video and other streaming services, people have been watching TV more than ever. We no longer have to wait for our shows to come on or have to record our shows in advance. The downside is not all of the TV shows we want to watch will be available for streaming and if they are, we would have to pay extra for them (on top of a subscription fee). Because of this, I often watch TV shows that are either not currently on their air or about to be canceled. Thankfully, as a person fond of nostalgia, I don’t mind so much. I do find it annoying, at times, that I’m not usually current on what’s currently on the air at all times, like I used to be. Sigh. I miss having cable.

Even without a TV, I have a basic understanding of what’s popular. It’s interesting now because a lot of them are from streaming sites. Davedevil. Stranger Things. House of Cards. No longer are we chained to our TVs. There are still, however, many popular shows on traditional TV networks. Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead. Supernatural. Basically, shows that everyone short of a 95-year-old Lithuanian woman should be familiar with. Believe it or not though, there are quite a few shows currently on the air that are not well known. Of course this does not mean that these shows are not as good. They’re just not as well known or often watched. Why? If that was possible to know, we wouldn’t have to worry about our shows being canceled. Yes, I know. We should be worried more about starving children in Africa, but unless you have an army of billionaires providing unlimited resources, it’s really an impossible task to stop global starvation. But that’s just my opinion.

You’re the Worst
Two conceited, selfish people fall in love, despite being strongly against conventional relationships.

On paper, you wouldn’t think the concept of two horrible, selfish people falling in love would make a good TV show, but the combination of well-thought out characters and compelling recurring storylines makes the show stand out from other half-hour comedies. Actually, it’s more like an hour-long comedy drama condensed into a half-hour comedy with a bit of drama thrown into it. It’s a bit intense and vulgar at times but there is also some heartfelt moments, which is surprising for a show about people you’re not supposed to like and care about but, really, you do.

iZombie
A medical student becomes a zombie while at a party, and is now a coroner helping solve cases with her new abilities.

An odd combination of the Walking Dead, CSI and Crossing Jordan, this is one of many variations of the standard procedural crime drama. It offers a new prospective on crime dramas and ups the stakes. This isn’t a regular world with regular crimes. It’s a world of regular crimes that’s also in the brink of a zombie apocalypse. Well, I guess someone didn’t want to write a crime drama about an eccentric journalist teaming up with a non-nonsense detective although, honestly, I would watch it.

Blindspot
An FBI agent is called in when a freshly tattooed amnesiac is found with his name on her body.

Another variation of crime dramas, it focuses more on mass casualty crimes and global terrorism than your standard murder of the week premise. Being a TV nerd, the number one thing that stood out to me when it came out was how similar it was to The Blacklist, another TV show on NBC. A mysterious person who shows up out of nowhere. An FBI agent who has some type of connection to this person but has no idea who they are. A list of crimes or/and suspects. Although there are other storylines that set it apart from The Blacklist, it was just too similar for me to not compare the two. Granted, there are literally a million versions of crime dramas but, alas, they will never stop making crime drama after crime drama. I mean, if there are no more crime dramas, what are the actors who play the one-off victims going to do? There are only so many McDonald’s commercials an actor can be in.

Nostalgia Battles: Does anyone want to see a daily vlog of an Asian crying while blogging at the same time? (Blogging vs. Vlogging)

As a person who’s been web designing since the early 2000s, I’ve always been familiar with the concept of personal sites and blogs. Although I blogged a little bit here and there back then, the sites I had were more personal sites than blogs. I focused more on having content. Not so much now, heh.

In the mid 2000s, I stopped having Web sites. It was a combination of lack of interest and the change of landscape of the Internet at the time. A lot of the people I knew back then stopped updating their sites regularly, and a lot of the forums I was involved in closed down or had a lack of activity. Years after, I tried going back to having a Web site, but it didn’t work out for more than a year a time. Yes, I was one of those people. And, yes, I can hear your passive aggressive traditionally-minded Asian mother judging me.

Although I was trying to get back into Web design again, the reason why I started Nostalgicism was to have an outlet for writing. I needed a platform to write on a regular basis, and a blog was my best option. I knew I was taking a big risk due to my previouss failed attempts on starting a Web site. Although I tried blogging a few times, I wasn’t really into it because I honestly didn’t have anything to blog about. Back then, all of the blogs I was familiar with were personal blogs of people sharing their daily lives. This was pretty much my downfall when I first tried blogging. I don’t have a problem with sharing things about my personal life. I just don’t think people will care because I never have anything going in my life. There’s just really nothing to share when you’re watching Scorpion and eating pizza. This is why Nostalgicism is a pop culture blog with small pieces of my life thrown in here and there. I’ve found I’m best in small doses anyway.

It is no secret that, over the years, blogging has been slowly dying. There are just too many options for people to share their thoughts and connect with people. There was actually a time where people actually had conversations on tag boards. Yes. Tag boards. God. I feel old.

Over the years, vlogging has been more popular. Me, personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable vlogging because I’d be too worried about whether or not I’m allowed to film in certain places. I really don’t want a McDonald’s employee to tell me, “Sir, you can’t film in here.” Heck, I’d be self-conscious just taking a photo, and that’s a lot more discreet. That is why I like blogging. It’s a private endeavor, and I can do it in the comfort of my own home. Now, it is possible to vlog in one’s home but, unless you have a specific theme or focus, I don’t think daily vlogs of you eating breaking and watching TV would be the most entertaining.

Most of the vlogs I’m familiar with are mostly couples in their 30s with young children. Honestly, they all blur into one super vlog, and I’m like when does one vlog end and another begin? I personally like vlogs that are not the norm, like ones that focus on a specific job outside of filming/making videos, a specific disease or disorder, etc. Now, with these types of topics, I prefer watching vlogs than reading blogs. I would rather watch a 15 minute video of the daily routine of a person with a health condition as opoosed to reading a 1,500 word essay on it. This isn’t high school, and I’m not a teacher grading you.

I, however, do prefer blogs overall. I’ve always been familiar with them. I prefer coding Web sites over editing videos. And, oh yeah, I have a blog, so blogs win. :p