Instead, I opted for a smaller wall of books. I simply put the excess books on the shelf where the DVDs used to be. And Voila.
There was really no type of organization with this shelf. I just shoved everything in there. Well, there was a little organization.. The books I want to read are on top, the books I don’t want to read as much are below and the bottom shelf stayed the same with my non-fiction.
I actually do like that this shelf is full of books. It just appeals to me much more on a smaller scale rather than what I had. Now, if I had multiple bookshelves side by side, that would be a different story. But when you only have one tall bookshelf, you need to display more than just books.
In the typical Nostalgicism fashion, I added a few knickknacks because what’s the point of having knickknacks if you don’t display them? Clearly two items were not enough because it looks quite empty and cold to me. To be transparent, right before I took these pictures, I did have random clutter on it, which was why I refrained from going overboard with the collectibles and knickknacks. But, right now, the shelves look sad. Almost as sad as a Miley Cyrus song.
But it’s a work in progress, much like my main bookshelf or my life, really, heh. Sigh.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.