Resuscitated

10 03 2010

Guess whose back? So, I knew when I started this blog that I wasn’t going to post every day. And I haven’t posted in well over a year. The blog just kind of sat out here in Cyberland waiting for me to return and revive it. Well, I’ve decided to revive it for my own personal state of mind. I don’t care if people read it or don’t, cause mostly right now it’s going to be for me. I can pretend I am telling people things, even if no one reads it.
I’ve recently discovered the beauty of the podcast. I don’t know why I haven’t even listened to podcasts before. Probably because I don’t really listen to the radio either, because I don’t like people talking interrupting my music. But as some of you know, many of you don’t, I am a member of a message board for my biggest obsession: Disney. The message boards (which are part of the
Dis family) are known as the Disboards. There are tons of Disney fans, and also Disney newbies who are just looking for info about planning their trip to anywhere within the Disneysphere. Everyone is superfriendly, and very helpful. Anyway, as I was wandering around the boards, I noticed the Dis Unplugged board. The Dis Unplugged is the Dis podcast. More out of curiousity than anything, I went into itunes and subscribed, and began downloading some of the past shows. Well, I’ve been listening to it for a few days now, and I am addicted. The folks that do it (podcasters? cast? crew? employees?) are great fun to listen to. I’ve also subscribed to some other podcasts (not Disney related) cause I have decided that podcasts are the coolest thing ever. My ipod (16gig) is literally 100% full (for the first time ever) because of all the podcasts. I know I sound really old, that I have just discovered them. It’s not that I didn’t know the existed, its just that I didn’t get the appeal of them. Now, I do. I talk back to them in the car. Which is probably the most amusing thing about it. Anyway, if you don’t listen to podcasts, I would suggest that you go into your little itunes account, go to the store, and search a topic that interests you. (In addition to my Disney podcast, I listen to a travel podcast, a design podcast (like, interior design), and a book review podcast). Subscribe to the podcasts, which are usually free, and you’ll have an hour of entertainment.

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Twilight

14 11 2008

Twilight the movie. It’s being talked about everywhere. It’s splashed all over the cover (or should I say covers) of Entertainment Weekly. Author of the book, Stephenie Meyer, has been named one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year. I was introduced to the book by my sister who called me up one day and said, “I just read this book, and you have to read it!” I trust Kelsey’s judgment, so I picked up a copy. And then I picked up the succeeding books of the series. While it is billed as a young adult novel, it isn’t written as one. The characters are well spoken. I’ve read other adult novels, and I find that most authors write young adult novels as if the young adults are…six or seven years old. They don’t seem to be able to find the right conversational styles for people of the age 16. Albeit, Meyer’s characters probably have conversational styles at a level higher than that of normal 17 year olds. But, one of them is technically 109 years old, so she gets a pass. Anyway, I am counting down for this movie. I don’t count down to thing very often, unless it is a holiday, or a time that I get to go somewhere. But I am ready for this movie to come out. So, it is being released at midnight next Thursday (technically Friday, but whose counting.) Well, I had a lot more to say about this topic, but I can’t remember it at the moment, so more for later!

Chase (is pretty excited for Twilight)





World’s Worst Music

7 08 2008

I listen to a lot of music. Pretty consistently. At work, at home, in the car, even in the shower (yay, ipod shower…thing). So, I’ve been exposed to a lot of different songs. Well, a friend of mine recently came across this video, where apparently two guys challenged each other to come up with the worst mixtape ever, and the loser had to walk around town with a giant boombox blasting the worst mixtape. It’s hilarious, although I have my doubts about these songs actually being the worst songs in the world.

I decided to try to come up with my own list, but in the process, I came across Blender‘s list of the top 50 worst songs ever. Some of them I disagree with, but some of them I completely agree with. You can find their list here. As for me, my list of top five would be something like this:
1) Man, I feel like a woman – Shania Twain
I actually like some of this canadian singer’s stuff, but this one I just think was overplayed.
2) My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
This song brings back memories of the seventh grade, when my best friend was in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. It was a funny time, but I am pretty sure when we went to see Titanic, she was bawling when he died, and myself and our other best friend just couldn’t help but laugh at her, and the little girls behind us who were sobbing as well.
3) Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
I don’t even have words for this one.
4) She Bangs – Ricky Martin
Ok, he did ok on Livin’ La Vida Loca, but he missed the mark with this one.
5) Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
I am actually sad to put this one on the list, but I think it belongs. It is definitely one of those that gets in your head and then just grates into your brain. And now, it is in my head, and will probably be there for the rest of the day.
What do you think are the worst songs ever?
By the way, I would just like to say that for like, 6 days now, someone (aka, Tony Perkins of the Fox Five morning news) has been promising me rain. And once again, it is bright and sunny outside. I’m not a creep who hates the sun, but I’ve lived here for almost two years, and not once have we had a decent thunderstorm. Sometimes you just need some pounding rain, and crazy thunder and lightening.
Bring on the rain!!
Chase





Perez Hilton Doez Charity

4 04 2008

I read Perez Hilton practically every day. I’m a sucker for celebrity gossip, and I am not embarrassed to admit it. And Perez Hilton is the best that I’ve found. I ♥ Perez. But recently (actually, I don’t know how recently, but I’ve noticed it recently) he’s been putting links to donations pages for charities and non-profit organizations. I love the fact that he is doing that, because Perez Hilton gets a lot of site traffic. According to Alexa.com, a website that gives information on websites including traffic, and lists the sites that gets the most traffic in certain countries, Perez Hilton is the 759th most popular website in the US (which doesn’t sound very high, but it really is when you think about how many people are on the internet during the day, and how many different sites they could be visiting). So, I’m glad that he’s posted these links to charities and invited people to donate. Someone made a comment on one post of his where he listed a charity that it was wrong of him to do that because people that go to his site don’t want to dig through the clutter for the gossip. I’ve decided to reply right here to that comment. Ok, A) the website is not hard to navigate. It’s not as if every other link or post is a link to a charity instead of some bit of salacious gossip. I’ve noticed that it is about one a day, maybe two. B) With the constant influx of information, an hour after it’s been posted, the charity link has already been moved to the second page. You’re not missing out on your daily fix. C) It’s a great thing that he’s trying to make that audience aware that there are people out there who need help, and not just the celebers who party too hard. There are real people out there struggling with chronic illness, people struggling with hunger, battling to keep a roof over their head, animals being brutalized, people in other countries being tortured and killed, a rapidly growing hole in our ozone layer, and tons of other things. So, thank you, Perez for doing that. A lot of people appreciate that you are trying to call attention to the fact that there are real problems in the world that we can actually do something about.
That being said, I have a little knowledge of that world. The world of online fundraising for non-profit organizations. And the audience that reads Perez’s website is not the audience that makes donations. It’s not that they don’t care, although research has shown that fewer of them do than older generations, but rather that they don’t have the money to donate. The younger people are, the less likely they are to donate, that’s something that makes sense even if you aren’t in the industry. The demographic of people who read Perez Hilton are under 35, web users, and generally female. Not in the “likely to donate” category. Non-profit organizations who fundraise online know that, and they don’t spend a whole lot of time trying to raise money from them. What’s important about what Perez is doing is cultivation. While his readers today are young, college age people who use any spare cash to buy groceries and pay down college loans, they won’t always be. Eventually they will be in that target audience for donors. By being exposed to these organizations now, the organizations have the opportunity to cultivate a relationship with them so that when they do decide to donate, they are donating to their organization. That is the advantage that Perez is giving these charities. Now we can only hope that it will stick.





April Fools’ Day!

1 04 2008

April 1st, today, is April Fools’ Day. I don’t think I ever pranked anyone on April Fools. If I did, I don’t remember. Did anyone prank you? Or better yet, did you prank anyone?
Here’s some news for the day. So, my alma mater is Oklahoma State University. They don’t have a great football team, but they have (in the past) done well in basketball, making it to the Final Four at least once while I was a student there. That was under head coach Eddie Sutton (and his infamous scowl). Well, two years ago, Eddie Sutton retired, and his son Sean was named the new head coach. And today, there was a statement released that Sean was being asked to leave. Or, being fired. Whichever you prefer. Poor Sean. It’s true, the Cowboys haven’t done nearly as well since Eddie Sutton retired. Was Sean given the chance to prove himself? He did have two years. Geez, that’s got to be embarrassing. Wonder what they are going to be talking about at the next family reunion. Ah, I don’t mean to be harsh. But I was disappointed with my Cowboys this year. Football and basketball.
Then again….it is April Fools Day. Is it possible someone is making a big joke? How uncool is it to fire someone on April 1st? How do they know if you are being serious?





Stop-Loss

30 03 2008

I saw the movie Stop-Loss this weekend. I haven’t heard great reviews about the movie so far, but I’ll have to say the movie was horrifying, but an excellent example of free speech. It’s about the stop-loss in the US military, which is an involuntary extension of a service member’s enlistment contract in order to retain them beyond the normal end of service term. It was created by the US Congress after the Vietnam War as a part of title 10 of the US Code. It is included in (fine print) in an enlistment contract signed by service members, stating that “in the event of war, my enlistment in the Armed Forces continues until six (6) months after the war ends, unless the enlistment is ended sooner by the President of the United States.” I agree with Senator Kerry when he says this is a “backdoor draft.” First of all, this movie just served to remind me that how much we need to get out of Iraq. As we were exiting the theatre, I heard a conversation between a few people discussing whether the movie was “anti-American” or not. My personal opinion is that it is the exact opposite of anti-American. The movie, which was produced by MTV Films, is supposed to be informative about stop-loss, but it has underlying tones of resistance. Ok, more than underlying tones. The movie follows the journey of one staff Sergeant who was stop-lossed and his struggle to avoid going back into combat. There are alot of people in the country who are against the war in Iraq (myself included) and are ready to bring our soldiers home. This movie is an expression against the war, specifically against the stop-loss that is being imposed on soldiers who’ve already done their tour. And as for the anti-American comments, the movie is an example of free speech. One of the reasons we’ve been dragged into this battle is because in this country we can get away with expressing differing opinions without punishment opinions that differ than that of our government without fear of retribution. An organization that I strongly support has done alot of work in opposing the stop-loss, and I would suggest to anyone who is curious to visit their site and learn more about the work that they are doing. Sign up to receive their emails, because Iraq Vets Against the War really is a great organization.





Quidditch in a Muggle World

25 03 2008

I am a pretty big Harry Potter fan. I love going to see the movies when they come out, and I have all of the books. I stayed up all night the evening that Deathly Hallows was released because I wanted to know how it ended. JK Rowling’s world of Hogwarts and the wizarding community is imaginative, creative, and so detailed that her writing gives you the opportunity to get lost in Harry Potter’s world. Anyway, couldn’t help but get excited when I stumbled across this article from The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University’s daily paper. Apparently, a group of Middlebury students decided back in the Fall of 2005 that they wanted to bring the famous wizarding sport Quidditch to the “muggle” (or non-magic, for those of you that haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books) world. So, they formed their own Quidditch team. If you haven’t read Harry Potter, I’ll briefly explain Quidditch. It is a sport played on broomsticks while flying through the air. There are 7 players on each team: a keeper, 2 beaters, 3 chasers, and a seeker. There are four balls in Quidditch: The Quaffle, which is about the size of a volleyball that the chasers attempt to throw through one of three hoops stationed at either end of the “pitch.” The hoops are guarded by the keeper. There are two bludgers in Quidditch. Bludgers are two bowling ball sized demon balls that zoom around the pitch with a mind of their own. The beaters keep track of these two with the help of bats (that look like cricket bats). The final ball in Quidditch is called the golden snitch. It is a small ball about the size of a plum with wings that flies around very fast. It is the seeker’s job (Harry Potter’s position) to find and catch the snitch, which ends the game. So, you can see that several of these things might cause some problems for the students seeking to play Quidditch. Well, Middlebury attempted to tweak the game so they could play while keeping as close to the original as possible. For example, the players are required to play with a broomstick between their legs at all times. That sounds…challenging. The snitch it not a ball at all, but instead a person dressed in yellow who runs crazily around the basketball court-sized patch of grass. He (or she) has a black sock dangling from his yellow costume, and is effectively “caught” when the sock has been captured. Somewhat like flag football.
Anyway, as I said, this article was published today in Princeton’s Daily paper because Middlebury has taken Quidditch on the road. In an attempt to spread their version of the wizard sport to other universities, Middlebury has been traveling to other schools and scheduling games. They’ve played Bard, Penn, and now Princeton, and have scheduled games against Columbia and Vassar. Apparently, ESPN, CBS News, and MTVU all made an appearance at the Middlebury vs. Princeton Quidditch match. Can we expect to see more schools forming their own Quidditch teams? I for one think this is hilarious. If my school had a Quidditch team…well, I probably wouldn’t play, but I would definitely go watch. Here is a clip I found on YouTube from a Middlebury Quidditch Tournament:

Life is good. When I stumble upon stories like this, they leave me smiling the rest of the day.
Oh, did everyone hear that they have decided to make the final installment of the Harry Potter movies/books, Deathly Hallows into two movies? Hooray, the fun will last just a little longer!