Saturday, April 24, 2010

The First 3-Part Blog Story, Part II: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Looks like it’s time to continue this train wreck of a story.

So it was midnight. I was nodding off while watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I’d already been awake since roughly 8am on Wednesday morning. I was lying down in bed, still just staring at my Social Science quiz, wondering why we were getting a quiz on Economics of all things.

I blinked. It was almost 1:30am. I looked around and wondered how the fuck did an hour fly by. I’d fallen asleep and hadn’t realized it yet. I buckled down and worked on the quiz while chatting with editor Yvette and looking up random things online. Yvette went to sleep at around 5am and I was almost done at 6am as I’d planned, but then I got stuck on two questions that made absolutely no sense to me. So there I was, skimming through my textbook and the two PowerPoints she uses in class before I just gave up at 7am chose the answers to the best of my ability. I then spent the next 20 minutes or so updating my iPod, because I needed something to make me feel completely bored, thus helping knock me out.

11:30am. Oldies and classic rock blaring. I’d almost forgotten my mom was off during my few hours of sleep. So I woke up, said good morning in a very zombified groan, dragged my feet to my TV, turned it on with my Xbox 360, and started up Fallout 3. The whole time I was playing it, I was thinking about the French quiz that was given to us on Tuesday night. Every half hour or so I’d look tell myself, “Okay, this is it. 30 more minutes.” That went on for almost four hours. I really didn’t want to do it. I didn’t even explain why I had a take home from French quiz, did I?

On Tuesday night, I was actually 20 minutes early to class. That’s a real accomplishment considering I stopped caring and started showing up just in time for class or 20 minutes late. Our French professor walked in 15 minutes before class was scheduled with tissue hanging out of her right nostril and told us that she was giving us the quiz to take home because she wasn’t feeling well. She also mentioned that she felt hot or light-headed (I forget which) and that she was going to the hospital.

Moving on, I did my quiz on my way to school on the CTA and while waiting for the classroom to get unlocked. I even worked on it while everyone was presenting the paragraphs we wrote on our families, which was the most important part of the quiz. I had a few mistakes, including one where a sentence had a Spanish-like structure, and that’s about it. I did fine on the oral portion. Other than being exhausted from only having three hours of sleep and not being able to keep up with the classwork because of the aforementioned fatigue, the rest of French class was dandy.

I took a very unpopular way home in an attempt to get home before The Office started. I forgot the CTA doesn’t like when you’re trying to get somewhere on time. I’d taken a different way that required me to walk an extra two blocks home. When I got off the bus, I ran home as fast as I could. I think it’s funny how I can’t run when I want to do it for enjoyment but I can run home to watch TV.

The Office? Totally worth it. 30 Rock was DEFINITELY worth it. 30 Rock poked a great amount of fun at the Tonight Show fiasco NBC caused way back in January. What I love most about 30 Rock is how they always include whatever happens to NBC in real life as part of the storylines that revolve around the pseudo-NBC that’s in show. That’s some good TV watching.

Friday, Friday, FRIDAY is next. I can’t wait. That should be up late tonight.

Also, if you giggled at “oral portion” like I did, get out of my head.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The First 3-Part Blog Story, Part I: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

At the start of the week I claimed that I would write all week. Monday went well and Tuesday was awesome, but Wednesday, Thursday, and my very late Throwback Thursday post for today didn’t happen. You know why? School. Wednesday afternoons, Thursday nights, Friday mornings. School. I decided to write about my very fun week. You know, just for fun.

I’m one of the few people in the world that loves school, but I also loathe it at the very same time. There’s always something wrong with it. Group assignments, randomly assigned assignments, and magic shows.

The city colleges system, consisting of like seven colleges and a few of satellites, somehow got viruses. I got a nice mass email and phone call telling me so. On presentation day, nonetheless. Our Social Science professor has been freaking out about viruses for a few weeks, so when she heard what we heard, she didn’t bother putting her flash drive into the school’s computers. So surprise, she told us she was posting them online and that she’d want them emailed to her by 9am. See? Magic show.

As much as I was told to be prepared by a teammate for our presentation, which I was for the most part, two of my teammates were a little over prepared in terms of collecting information. I didn’t get nervous like I always do, but I did speed through a brief two pages of Chinese history that I’d written, one of our teammates was also very brief with her geography part of the presentation. Two others kind of went over the top and, well, our 30 minute presentation was an hour long. I don’t blame them though. There was a lot of information on China.

We’re assigned to give scores to everyone on a scale from 1 to 10 because on Presentation, Interest, one other category that I don’t give enough a shit about to even remember, and the choice of leaving a comment or not. Long story short, people gave us scores that were generally in the 0-5 range for Interest. Two things I’d like to point out. The scale was supposed to be from 1 to 10. How the fuck did someone give us a zero? Also, some asshat was nice enough to write in “OK” as one of the ratings. WHEN DID “OK” BECOME A NUMBER? /caps

There were two comments in particular that I’d like to point out. One person, most likely a female that doesn’t sit in the back of the class based on the handwriting, said she learned a lot about China.  It was either sarcasm or a genuine comment, and I’ll take it as the latter. Someone else, a male that likely sits in the front of the class, possibly two seats away from me, wrote “DEATH BY POWERPOINT!” I really hope his flash drive combusts before he gets to present next week.

Because it was Wednesday, I went to my older sister’s after class because Friday nights became out of question due to my having a Saturday morning History class. We watched HGTV (Google it if you don’t know what it is, too lazy this post) and Animal Planet. It was fun.

Getting home, I opened up the Word document that our professor was nice enough to upload onto Blackboard. (Google that, too). I sat there staring at it for quite a long time -slash- looking at other things on the internet instead of working on my quiz, exam, or whatever the hell I was taking. Next thing I know, its past midnight and it was Thursday, meaning that’s the end of this part of the story.

So I’m since I don’t do anything in History class, I’ll be seeing you in the morning, bright and early. On a Saturday.

Well, maybe I won’t be seeing you, but you know what I mean.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

An Open Letter to the CTA on the New 5000 Series Trains

Dearest CTA,

I’m quite pleased with the changes you’re making to your great citywide transit city by putting put some of the much older rail cars out of their misery and retiring them behind the shed. In their old age, they began to spell like piss. Like, year-round.

The new cars are amazing. They tell time so you know how late your train is. They tell you where you currently are on the Red Line so that you can figure out where you would be given the trains were running on schedule. They also have seats where people can sit and face each other for more awkward or casual moments.

I only really have one complaint about the new cars. If you’re going to give the new rail cars to the Red Line, why don’t you save some people the trouble and just pour buckets of piss on the floor yourself so that someone else won’t feel the need to. I mean, it’s not like we want to have nice things or anything. That’s just a silly idea.


P.S. Make way for shinys!

Monday, April 19, 2010

I loved Sorority Row. Sue me.

The plot of Sorority Row is relatively simple: A guy is getting pranked by his sister’s sorority sisters with one of them (played by Audrina Patridge of The Hills fame/infamy, if that sort of thing matters to you) faking her death. The brother, thinking that Audrina Patridge’s character was dead, decided to be hardcore and impale her with a tire iron to the chest to make sure she was double dead or some shit. (Because if someone is dead, you totally need to go for the overkill and just fucking impale a damn corpse.) Anyway, they pretend like nothing happened for about eight months when they all start dying. Of course, they think its zombie Audrina running around and killing the idiots even though their asses totally deserved to die.

I accepted it early on during the first five minutes of the movie that I was either going to want to step on kittens or really enjoy myself. I’m glad to say that it was the latter. As clichéd as the storyline was, the film actually had some amazing comedy in it. I mean to the point where I had to resist tears.

That’s right, even though the reviews for this movie aren’t remotely good (like, at all), I enjoyed myself. It might be because I was watching it with the right person, but I was laughing my ass off the entire way through the movie. What can I say? I’m a fan of movies with a lot of sass and terribly great dialogue. I definitely think you should see it. Yes, seriously.

But, again, this could be because I saw it with the right person.

And this might be the first post where I wasn’t conservative with words like shit, fuck, and ass. Sorry.

NEXT UP: Jennifer’s Body; a horror movie that was actually meant to be hilarious.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Just a quickie!

Hello there!

Apparently I've been knighted as OCD Grammar chief by the un-reputable Holy Bread of Scientology. I would like to say that it is an honor to be editing such an interesting body of work.

And since it is Media Monday[well when I wrote this it was, it is now Web Wednesday so I guess the label still applies], I thought I would share one of my newest guilty pleasures here. And it is...

*Drum roll please*

I [<3] Vampires

Yes folks, you heard right. I less than three vampires. No this is not a fluke to get you reading another glittery-vampire, pre-pubescent book.

This is fanfiction come to life.

YOU pick the fate of the characters

YOU write the next plot twist

YOU can be in control

And it's all brought to life [youtube life that is]

Every "Team Jacob" girl who wished Bella would have picked werewolf over vampire and ranted and raved and wrote her own ending on the site now has a chance to see her monster- *cough cough* I mean creation come to life, internet life that is.

The premise is strikingly similar to a true-life event that happened in the life of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. A pair of best friends bond over a Twilight-esque vampire series and create a blog about their devotion. After leaking chapters from the last book online and finding out that their author has decided to stop writing, the girls decide to go on an adventure to apologize and get the last book written. This leads to some vampire ass kicking sprinkled with the usual teen drama but exemplified at all the right moments because it IS created by fans.

So click on the name, check out the site, and "get sucked in."



Monday, April 5, 2010

I am now on Rock Band 3 Watch

If I you didn’t know, I love music games.

In case you already knew, I love music games.

Rock Band, beatmania, Dance Dance Revolution, etc.

So in Rock Band 3 news (and it falls under Guitar Hero 6 news I guess), Stone Temple Pilots’ manager has come out saying that STP will have a track in both music games.

Stone Temple Pilots already have three songs available in the Rock Band catalogue, namely “Vasoline” being available on the Rock Band 1 disc along with “Interstate Love Song” and “Sex Type Thing” available as downloadable content. I assumed it would be a song from their new album set to release next month, but Yvette (my friend that acts as unofficial editor of my blog who also hides away on Blogger and Twitter) pointed out that “Plush” isn’t available as of yet and I realized that “Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart” isn’t available as DLC, either.

Along with that, Rock Band 3 will also have three-part harmonies as seen in The Beatles: Rock Band last year and the upcoming Green Day: Rock Band, which makes sense considering GD:RB will have a full exportable soundtrack to use in other Rock Band games, not including The Beatles: Rock Band.

Soon, I’m going to be coming up with a dream list for Rock Band 3 consisting of 85-110 tracks. Until then, here’s a simple rundown of what we know so far:

Rock Band 3 tracks:
  • Stone Temple Pilots – [track(s) not known]
New Features:
  • Harmonies (as seen in The Beatles: Rock Band and Green Day: Rock Band)