The first story attached to the video isn’t relevant. The second discusses Siri. Kind of interesting. Here’s an excerpt:
Users have been testing the limitations of the voice-enabled personal assistant with all kinds of questions, but one question it obscures is where to find an abortion clinic. People on the Web want an explanation. If you’re in Washington, D.C., and ask Siri where the closest abortion clinic is, it’ll direct you to an antiabortion Crisis Pregnancy Center in Landsdowne, Virginia, instead of a Planned Parenthood within the district. Asked the same question in New York, and Siri says there are no abortion clinics to be found. However, there are a number of controversial questions that Siri will give suggestions for, including where to get breast implants, where to find an illegal escort service, and even where to get Viagra.
I am very bummed by some of the relationships in my life...
… but in a way, maybe it’s better. At least for right now. I am trying to see the silver lining. I can focus on myself more and the things I need to get done. It just seems like I suddenly have a lot of frienemys or people who just chopped me out of their lives. I could dwell, but I won’t. I don’t know the answer to “why?”, and maybe I never will.
People change, move on, grow apart. It sucks, but maybe only for me. And it’s not only about me. But it doesn’t make it less bummer-ish for me.
Even though I’m getting a little annoyed with Dexter, I still love Michael C. Hall and hold out hope for it to get really badass. I also think I’ve had this season pretty figured out for a few episodes now. I won’t say what I think is going to happen, but I will say that it ruins the tension of the show a bit.
Walking Dead is weird too. I enjoy it, but it’s dragging on a bit. OK, a lot. And I just finished reading the Compendium and that was badASS!!! So now I will be endlessly comparing the book to the show. I also think Shane, despite (or mainly because of) his arguably ambiguous role as antihero/villain, is becoming one of the only really interesting characters on the show.
It was beautifully written … but I really wasn’t a fan. It tells the tale of a man who, as a boy, falls madly in love with a young girl who he hardly knows. The two plan to be together forever, when one day she decides she has changed her mind. He then vows that he will forever love her and the dozens and dozens and dozens of women he has relationships with over the following years of his life are all loved, but never take that one woman’s place. He still sees her and is always on his mind. The story, in theory, seemed romantic and interesting. But I was pretty bored and unhappy with the ending. I have real issues with “love” stories nowadays. It isn’t a jaded thing as much as a lot of them just seem pretty silly. While the two do exchange many letters to one another, they barely ever speak in real life and the girl (I’m blanking on names) seems to realize that they don’t really know each other at all when she sees him that one day. While his love sounds sweet in theory, in some ways it almost felt more like an excuse to keep other women at a distance. The story seemed more a meditation on aging than true love. Maybe I didn’t “get it”. I even watched the movie after, and while I like Javier Bardem, I didn’t like that either.
This book is awesome. Just awesome. I first heard about it while I was working on the boat and several people told me to read it. It was hyped up a lot there and for a relatively short sci-fi novel that is sometimes considered a teen book, I was worried. It lived up to the hype however, and I could barely put it down. Written in the 70s, the story is very ahead of its time. It tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggen a very young boy who is selected to join an elite group of children, who are being trained to lead mankind against the feared attack from an alien race known as the Buggers. Ender is an ever evolving character who is interesting and has you rooting for him from page one. The story takes some twists that are interesting and only a few that are predictable. However, I’m sure they are only predictable to me, because a lot of things that have come out since it was written have used plot points from this story. I can see it’s influence in a lot of other things out after it like, “War Games”, and even Master Chief’s backstory. I did kind of see where the ending was going but didn’t matter because i was still enthralled. A must read!
Speaker for the Dead
Sequel to “Ender’s Game”, though not much is carried over, other than the character and his past, which is very very far past. So this tale can stand apart from “Ender’s Game”. Having read this right after “Game”, I was excited. While it was far from bad, it kinda lost me towards the last third of the book.
The story is about humans living on a planet that has discovered a new alien race, known as the Piggies, whom are highly evolved. Due to the past events having happened in “Ender’s Game”, they are fearful of them, but do not want to jump to any conclusion and eradicate them. However, when a murder happens, and it looks to be the Piggie’s fault, the humans are fearful and unsure of how to proceed. The story that follows is a mystery and adventure. It’s the story of these two races co-existing and trying to understand one another, and how Ender helps facilitate it I am still impressed by the imagination and scope of Orson Scott Card. Building all these stories in this universe, all of its inhabitants having their own story…it’s all truly impressive. But, reading it immediately after Ender, which was so good, kind of put it up on an unfair pedestal and I wasn’t as into it.
A memoir of a young white girl, who grows up with her father and sister, in a predominantly black neighborhood. She struggles with fitting in and making friends as well as trying to gain acceptance from her father who sees her as too white and has himself become a “brother”. It’s funny, sweet, and sad. I enjoyed her stories and writing. It was bold and knew how to not take itself to seriously. However, i felt like if i knew that kid, i wouldn’t like her. While I do think it’s definitely a good book, the simple fact of sometimes not liking young Mishna (the writer) made it hard to care. I think that’s something writers, especially non-fiction writers, struggle with. You are trying to tell a story about real people who aren’t perfect, and sometimes are liars or jerks… but they still need you to be invested. I do think it’s a very entertaining read and that slight problem is really the only issue I had with it.
If this isn’t the worst book I have ever read, it is definitely in the top 5. And that’s enough time spent of this.
The other night, I couldn’t sleep, (No surprise there). It was my fault though. I was at my friend’s house and since I was a little sleepy from lack of sleep the night before, and we planned to watch movies and play video games, I decided a coffee from Quick Chek was in order. And not just any coffee, but an “Extreme Caffeine” coffee. So that is what I purchased and drank … at around 11pm.
The effects lasted well into the 3am hour, when I was home, trying to wrestle and pin sleep to my bed. To get my brain to stop thinking and stressing over the fact that it wasn’t sleeping (Brain won’t let me sleep, because it’s too busy worrying about not sleeping… isn’t there a meme about this sort of thing?) I started listing random things in my head, and I realized, I have read a number of books this year (counting graphic novels). So I figured, why not post a few of them at a time, with a really quick blurb about how I felt about it? Not all of my friends read often and the ones who do, don’t always read the same thing. So i figured I could use my blog to maybe open up some form of discussion and maybe get suggestions for more stuff to fit in my brain!
I’ll just start with a few…
(discussing the books may lead to some spoilers but I will try and leave them at a minimum)
House of Leaves
This book took me longer to read tan any other book I’ve ever delved into. Almost a year. I kept picking it up and putting it down. It’s intense, strange, brave, and very, very weird. That said, it was an incredibly involving story (well it was actually multiple stories inside of stories) and it was fascinating … when it wasn’t being boring. Parts of it (purposely) read like a text book. That, believe it or not, isn’t exciting to read. While I understand their reason for existing, it ruined the already slow pace I had reading it. And while it was supposed to be a mind-bending story, I put it down after I finished and said aloud, “uh, what?”
This is definitely a book I’d love to talk to people about. I recommend it if you like a little more challenge in your reading and also enjoy creepy, weird reads.
Preacher (Graphic Novel Series)
This is hands down the craziest thing I have ever read. I tried explaining the plot and I sounded like I was making it up as I went along. Maybe that’s what the writer was doing. It was really wild. It’s fun, very exciting, and very batshit insane. It pulled no punches with religion and made the reader stretch the limits of what it would buy in the story. There are demons, saints, angels, vampires, conspiracy’s… God shows up several times and theres a really creepy family that scared the hell out of me. It’s violent and creepy, funny, and entertaining. I loved the St. of Killers and his last panel is badassery. I wasn’t happy with the main characters ending though. I felt like while it was brave and crazy to tackle religious issues the way it did, the characters endings were a little tame. And while i love crazy stuff, sometimes it was a little much. But I do think it’s worth a read (as long as you aren’t easily offended)
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
I loved, loved, loved this book. It’s about actual events that took place to the men of a whaling ship from Nantucket back when whaling was the shit. It’s also what inspired Moby Dick, so if you’re familiar with that, then you know how these guys end up in a bit of trouble. And oh my God, the horrors these men endured are unimaginable. They were out at sea for so long with no food, and their sanity waining. They end up in wild places and the survivors must have been changed for life. I can’t give much away, but I recommend this one strongly. I’m not much of a nonfiction reader, but this story is well written and intense, almost like a creative piece of fiction. The only downside is the beginning is a little dry, the explanation of the town and all, but very well done. I know where these men came from and who they’re. Check it out!
I read this right after reading In the Heart of the Sea. It is another story of survival but almost the complete opposite of the tragedy that befell the Essex. This one features the strong willed Shackelton as the man who led his crew to salvation. He kept moral up and his bravery is unbelievable. I enjoyed it, though I must admit, I did compare it a lot to Heart of the Sea and absolute tragedy is always a little more exciting to read about. I do think this is a compelling and inspiring story, worth your time.
The NeverEnding Story
I went into this book, thinking it would be very much like the beloved children’s film. I was surprised by it’s length and realized quickly the movie only borrows from the first quarter of the book. The rest is a story of Bastian in Fantasia, losing who he is, and coming to terms with what he really wants. It was very magical and a fun story to help feel childlike wonder again. It is very much a coming of age tale with fantastical creatures and adventures and a sweet message behind it. I have always been a fan of children’s books and books dealing with fantasy like this so I was wrapped up in it. It is an easy read but some parts drag a bit.
I have plenty more books to talk about but I think these are all I will post tonight. More to come soon.
I love video production. Even if it IS small scale, just with friends, goofy stuff… well thats when I’m the most happy.
What we filmed is very difficult to explain because it’s all inside jokes and stuff. But it was fun and I felt productive.
Rich and I also got the video done from my father’s house on Halloween. It’s almost a month later but I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I posted it before. Please check it out. It’s under 5 minutes but took a lot of work.
Anyway, this kind of stuff helps keep me positive and my mind in a good place.