A teacher, a priest and a blogger walk into a bar and… everyone’s on their phone looking at cat videos.

It’s difficult not to say our society is ruled by technology. When you walk into a room, you are surrounded by people being glued by their phones. Me, I’m the guy staring into space while eating a sandwich, thinking whether or not he should have chicken or pork for dinner.

When you’re not seeing someone on their phone, they’re in front of a computer. Seriously, if you go to your local library, walk around and you’ll see rows upon rows of people sitting in front of computers, a few people sitting, most likely on their phones and aisles and aisles of books with no one browsing them. OF course, people still use libraries to borrows books and other things. They just do it online. Seriously, they should just turn libraries into government-sanctioned Internet cafes and become the book borrowing equivalent to Amazon. If you happen to be a government official who has the power to turn public libraries into Internet cafes, you are welcome to steal my brilliant idea.

In the past, with TV shows, I had always felt that there was a disconnect between the real world and the fictional world when it came to technology. People were depicted talking with their friends right before work instead of the reality of sitting in front of a computer for hours doing nothing. I guess that wouldn’t translate well on screen.

Of course in more recent years, technology has more of a presence on TV shows. Social media mentioned more often. People are always using their phones. People are in front of their computer more. And on top of all of this, there are a handful of TV shows that focus on technology. I’m still waiting for a three hours scene of a guy in front of a computer doing nothing though.

Person of Interest
A man who created a government program that predicts pre-meditated terrorist attacks and other crimes enlists the help of an ex-CIA operative to help with non-terrorist attacks that the machine deems “irrelevant.”

As previously mentioned, I am not a big fan of crime dramas. Person of Interest is not your ordinary crime drama though. For one, the victim of the week is usually not dead. And for another, the victim of the week is not necessarily a victim. The “person of interest” can either be the victim or the perpetrator. Of course, it’s not always black and white. A lot of the cases have gray areas, which is refreshing.

There is, of course, a bigger picture here. Is the government really watching us? Do they have a specific agenda? Why do they want to know what we’re having for dinner? OK, fine. It’s chicken and rice. I’m Asian. You know I’m having rice for dinner.

Eye Candy
A hacker, who has been looking for her missing sister for years, stumbles across a serial killer who targets his victims on a dating ap.

It’s not enough that the protagonist is trying to find her sister who was kidnapped years earlier, but that she’s also a genius hacker who is tracking down a serial killer whose sexual orientation is ambiguous. And, on top of that, her best friend is close friends with your arch nemesis. God, talk about torturing your characters.

Now, this is clearly a TV show that attracts someone much, much younger than me, but I like the urban grittiness of it and, yes, I just invented a new term. I have mixed feelings about shows with characters who are trying to find the identity of someone. I’m always trying to figure out who it is, and it’s almost always one of two scenarios: it’s obvious who it is, or the person turns out to be a character who isn’t introduced until much later and usually only appears in one or two episodes. It distracts me from the show., and that’s the last thing I need with a show that’s essentially a combination of Mr. Robot and Criminal Minds.

Mr. Robot
A mysterious man approaches a hacker about joining his anarchist group that is targeting the largest corporation in the world.

I was immediately drawn to Mr. Robot due to the voiceover and the tone of never-ending pessimism. I guess that’s one thing that it has in common with Dexter, heh. It is clear that this isn’t a show about rainbows and unicorns and cute cats. No, it’s about corruption, chaos and burning hard drives in a puppy-burning furnace.

Eli, the protagonist, has a me vs. the world mentality. Although he has friends and people who care about him, he feels alone in the world and wants to make a difference. He goes down into a rabbit hole and doesn’t know where it leads to. I hope my rabbit hole leads to cake.

OK. This time every woman in the world will hate me…because of my ability to eat cereal.

Commercials. We all hate them. We especially hate them when we’re watching videos on the Internet. OK, fine. If we want to sit on the couch and watch an emotionally exhausting episode of Grey’s Anatomy, we can deal with commercials. But if we want to watch a five minute video, then even a 30-second commercial seems excessive. Yes, there is sometimes an option to skip the commercial, but that isn’t guaranteed. It’s like a game of Russian Roulette. OK, fine.no one is dying from watching commercials, but we feel like we’re dying. Does that count?

Since I do not have a TV, the only commercials that I watch are online. honestly, it’s not that bad compared to TV advertising but, damn, it is annoying when you get a 30 second commercial you can’t skip. Now, with YouTube, if I’m able to click on a link to the commercial, browsing the comments is an added bonus. It’s amusing to me to see people freak out while I’m just sitting here thinking, “Eh, I liked the commercial,” and I continue eating my roast beef sandwich. Here are three such commercials.

The One That Applauds Women for Eating

When I first saw this commercial, I thought it was a simple commercial with a simple message: “Women can do anything.” I approved. A few seconds later, I was like, “Wait, did they just congratulate women for the ability to eat?” I am trying to imagine the dozens of meetings that would have taken place for this commercial to be aired, and I can’t even fathom who thought this was a good idea. Look at my picture. I can eat too, you know. And I’m a man. GASP. And I’m Asian. DOUBLE GASP.

The One That May or May Not Be Racist

I’m not a big fan of these Gorilla Glue commercials, but I find it quite silly that some people actually think that this particular commercial is racist just because the actors are Black. Of course, they don’t find it racist when there are Gorilla Glue commercials with the same concept, but with White actors. I also don’t understand what would make this commercial racist. Something involving her wanting clear glue and not white? Well, first. White glue is usually school glue, and you can’t, like, fix a screen door with White school glue. Stronger glues tend to be clear. I don’t know. I don’t see a problem with it. It’s not like she’s looking for a glue made out of White people.

The One That Makes You Lock Yourself in Your Room and Cry Until You Die

I am quite partial to commercials that make me want to cry. It reminds me that I’m human. Of course, a lot of people have the issue with companies exploiting our emotions to sell their product. Well, this particular commercial is from Zillow, which if you don’t know is a Real Estate Listing Web site and is actually free to use. It’s not like someone from Zillow is killing your husband in order to force you to sell a house and buy a new one; plus Zillow actually wouldn’t benefit from it. Just enjoy the story that’s being told and eat a sandwich. You’ll feel better.

My idea for a new TV show: A group of genius vampire misfits hunting down vampire serial killers, and it’s a musical comedy

I have long since not been able to keep up with what’s currently show on mainstream television since I’ve been relying on streaming services and DVDs. I have to admit, now is not the best time to look up what’s currently being shown on TV right now because the spring TV season has ended, and we’re approaching the wonderful voice that is summer television. I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time to see what primetime shows are currently on the air, so I just went through the Web sites of the five basic TV networks here in the US, Fox, NBC, CBC, ABC and CW, and just casually browsed the shows list. I’m a lazy Asian, I know.

For the most part, I was familiar with the majority of the shows, besides a handful of sitcoms that I was honestly not interested in finding more information about. For some reason, I was surprised that Scorpion is still on the air. I liked it, but I haven’t heard much about the show after the first season.

Throughout the years, there have been some trends with TV shows that have since come and gone. I don’t really follow enough current TV shows to even have an opinion about what the current trends are but it seems we’re heading toward an era of more comedy and less, you know, killing people. I prefer sarcasm over a pile of dead bodies.

“Normal” Criminal Procedurals

Criminal procedurals is more of a genre than a trend, and they’re staying indefinitely. I have noticed, though, that we’re taking a departure from the usual criminal procedurals like Law and Order and CSI and moving more toward the supernatural, like izombie and Grimm. I guess we got tired of people killing other people that we were like, let’s throw in some zombies into the mix and see what happens.

Vampires/Werewolves

OK, I have to admit that when I saw the first Twilight movie many, many, many years ago, I liked it. I gave into peer pressure and decided that Twilight and vampires were beneath me. Now, I did have an advantage here since I was a guy, and I was never into sparkly vampires or half-naked werewolves to begin with but when True Blood came out, I was hooked. I mean seriously, a telepathic woman and a vampire with a mysterious past? Yes please.

Serial Killers

In the mid-200s, serial killers were heavily featured in television, specifically on Criminal Minds and Dexter. This is despite even back then, serial killers were not as active as they used to be. That, or they have gotten better at killing people. I don’t know. I always thought there was a huge disconnect between these shows and what was actually going on in the real world. I’m, of course, not expecting a real life serial killer who kills other serial killers. At the same time, though, I don’t want to be “Huh, this type of thing never happens anymore. We’re not living in the 90s.”

Oh no. I see that angry mob of Asians with bamboo torches again.

I have $20 in my hand, and I refuse to buy shampoo, dish soap and toothpaste

When it comes to national big box discount stores, I strongly prefer Target over Wal-Mart for its better ethical practices and bigger selection. Wal-Mart, however, is down the road from me. Target is twenty minutes away. Yeah, it goes without saying that I shop at Wal-Mart more.

On a whim, I thought, “Huh, I wonder what $20 would buy me at Wal-Mart?” Ten minutes later, I found myself at Wal-Mart frantically going through the aisles trying to decide what to buy. I had decided to this without having a plan, to make it more difficult and interesting. The only thing I knew I wanted to do was I wanted to avoid being practical. I did buy a few practical items, but not really anything I needed. I wanted to avoid buying food, household supplies and other items I use on a daily basis. I did not want to buy vegetables, shampoo, laundry detergent and dish soap and call it a day. I wanted to have fun.

This is what I came up with for a little over $20. Yes, I went a touch over. Sue me.

Halloween Skull (With Movable Jaw) I knew I wanted to pick up something that’s Halloween related. There were three aisles full dedicated to Halloween, and I had my pick among cheaply made costumes, bad replicas of weapons and questionable makeup and face paint. I looked at the skull, and I was like, “Hmm, this seems like the safest choice;” plus, I’ve always wanted a skull. The movable jaw is pretty much useless for my needs but, hey, it’s a nice added feature.

Glade Room Freshener in Blue Odyssey At only $1, this was ridiculously cheap. I’m questioning the quality and how it was made but eh, it does its job.

Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups It was a splurge but, eh, I wanted chocolate.

Pack of 24 Plastic Forks in Teal Although it might seem to be a waste, I like having a small supply of disposable utensils and plates for both emergency situations and when I feel lazy to do the dishes.

Santa Ornament I was expecting Wal-Mart to have a Christmas section. I didn’t expect it to be so large with several aisles. As I went through the ornament aisle, I was torn between this and a moose. Ultimately, I decided the moose was just not Christmas-y enough for me.

Coffee Nut M&Ms This was what sent me over $20. I was at the checkout line, I saw these and I had to have them because I am a sucker for new flavors of candy. Again, like with the Reese’s, it was a splurge but it was worth it for me to give it a try.

Pack of 10 Children’s Stencils I picked these up thinking I could used them for my mixed media projects. It probably won’t work out but, hey, they were only a dollar, and they’re fun and whimsical.

Green Decorative Gems They’re just something nice to display in a glass bowl.

Pack of 10 XL Fabric Bandages A nice addition for my makeshift first aid kit.

A Large Plastic Spork Um… I have no idea why I bought this. It was 50 cents, and I though, “Hmmm. This is cheap and fun. Sold.”

Clip-On Faux Blue Leaves This was another item I picked up in the ornament aisle. I just thought it was something fun but still Christmas-y.

Pack of Six 9×12 Kraft Envelopes Although practical, I have no idea what to do with these. I just figured I might need them at some point. I know. I know. The makings of a hoarder. Oh, wait…

Two Folders, One in Teal, One in Blue They’re just things to put various papers in. I’m boring, I know.

Overall, I like my purchases, and I’m pleased I bought a variety of items that are both fun and practical. No shampoo for me. Thank you.

So…This is a Blog. How strange but nostalgic.

Hello everyone. My name is Kenny, and very few people know who I am. I don’t know if I should be flattered or extremely worried.

So…I am starting a blog, and it’s the year 2015. I feel strange that I’m not an elderly person from a foreign country because, honestly, I should have started a blog several years ago. Heck, I don’t even have a smartphone. I have a pay-as-you-go phone. Enough said.

I had avoided starting a blog for over a decade because I was afraid that I was going to have one of those boring old personal blog where the majority of the posts are about me having coffee in front of my desk. If people really cared about such mundane details, they would just call their parents. And, by the way, I don’t even drink coffee.

When I was trying to come up with what I would blog about, I immediately gravitated toward television, since it is the topic that I feel the most comfortable talking about. Still, I wasn’t sure about it because I didn’t want to be limited to just one topic. This revelation probably reinforces the idea that I’m afraid of commitment.

This is why I have settled with the topic of nostalgia. It covers a variety of topics, and there are very few limitations. Of course, the drawback here is that nostalgia is different from everyone. What I find nostalgic is not necessarily what you will find nostalgic. I still think it would be more interesting than blogging about eating a sandwich and thinking about my existence.

Or that’s my hope.