Well Posterous, its been fun. Since you're closing and shutting down in April, I've decided to move on too. I've registered my blog over at Word Press, so if you enjoyed my blog here, you can find my new stuff posted over there.
I pretty well started this blog when Posterous opened. In that time, I was featured on the Spaces section, had over 450,000 hits and something like three hundred great followers. So not the greatest I have to start from scratch over at Word Press, but what can you do. Thanks everyone that made my blog fun to update all the time and I'll miss you all.
New Blog - Down The Rabbit Hole
Twitter - Office of Steve
If some of you haven't heard yet, Posterous, the free blogging service you and I love is about to close the doors for good on April 30th. The creator and owner of Posterous, Sachin Agarwal, has released a statement, which you can find here. Basically not saying much else then he's moving over to Twitter with his team to work there. I guess it shouldn't be a surprise when a website closes, due to the big companies just buying out the smaller ones and taking their talent with their sale.
It's just disappointing when you find a great service thats simple to use, you reach millions of users, to later find out that the website is closing their doors a few years later. But this isn't the end of Down The Rabbit Hole.
I recently got a gig over at The Impersonals to write some funny blogs. I'm also in the midst of transferring over my entire blog to Word Press. So in the demise of Posterous, some new opportunities have opened up for me. So I guess I should be sending the team at Posterous one of those arrangements where they make roses out of bacon. Definitely not, I'm not that nice. But, if for some bizarre reason you loved reading my blog, I'll be posting my new home on here soon enough.
Thanks for everything Posterous bloggers
This is one for the history books. Not because of how people were injured but on how rare a meteor passes our skies in this sort of situation. These two videos are simply amazing and probably a once in a life time event.
The first video is the shock wave piercing Russia's sky, breaking windows and setting off car alarms. The second one is the intense bright light of the meteor.. enjoy!
In light of keeping myself honest about my 2013 goals, I am going to post the book reviews of the two books from my list that I read on vacation: The Great Gatsby and The Handmaid's Tale.
The Great Gatsby
This book blew. It's a 140 pages of talking about people (who I am quite sure I would punch in the face if I met them in real life) followed by 30 pages of crazy, coincidental action where a bunch of skanky adulterers get what's coming to them. I have written a Haiku to summarize the book:
Party on Gatsby.
Classic Gatsby, am I right?
Fun's over, Gatsby.
The moral of the book is this: If you're a home-wrecker, you get hit by a car or shot. If you live in a modest house beside an elaborate adulterer, you don't get shot and get to write a story in a meandering, tedious fashion. The best part about this book is that it was the shortest book on my list.
The Handmaid's Tale
This book was awesome. A distopian fiction that actually kind of freaked me out since it was written in the mid eighties, but had some creepy similarities to the events following 9/11 (like the patriot act). The whole time I was reading it, I was reminded of this interview I saw with Margaret Atwood where the tarty interviewer asked Atwood why she didn't write happier books? Politely as possible, Atwood told the interviewer to eff off and read some Danielle Steel if she wanted happy books. (I'm paraphrasing here.) If nothing else, the book was a great reminder that men are perverts who shouldn't be trusted.
In other news, I underestimated how many books I would need on my trip and had to read some non-fiction books that weren't on my list. They might replace some of my originally listed books because frankly, after looking at and hearing more about Anna Karinina and Ulysses, I feel less than inclined to read them. Besides, Tolstoy, being the greedy bastard that he is, shouldn't get more than one book on my list. Additionally, I have been on a non-fiction kick for some time and if a fiction novel isn't written for pre-teen vampire lovers or bow-hunting enthusiasts, I have a hard time getting into it. It's probably because I'm super classy and sophisticated. Anyhoo, as for all my other goals, they are queued for the moment-- until someone offers me their stick shift...
First, let me first start off by explaining who Tommy Wiseau is in case you've never heard of him. Back in 2003 he produced, directed, acted and financed a movie called, The Room. While it didn't do very well in it's release, it's become a huge cult favorite playing in many small California theaters and recently around the world. But not for the reasons you may be thinking. It's been hailed as one of the worst movies of all time. From the confusing script writing, the odd characters, and inconsistent narrative flaws. The film has been dubbed, the Citizen Cane of bad movies. For a more in depth look at whats wrong with the movie, CinemaSins did their take on everything wrong with the flick. - Really watch it, it's epically hilarious.
So if you watched CinemaSins summary, and did a quick Google search on him, you've probably realized he's a pretty strange dude. Well, maybe strange doesn't sum his personality up, he's really a lone wolf of the crazy scale. In any case, his craziness is actually hilarious in it's own right.
What I just realized though is that Machinima on youTube is making a web series about Tommy Wiseau. The premise is that every so often, an alien abducts him, get's him going for a bit, and then makes him play a brand new video game. The first season is over, but with ten episodes, everyone is chalk full of hilariousness.
** It's pretty tough to understand Tommy, so for your pleasure and mine especially, here's the transcript on what Tommy is trying to say.
Auuug, ooooo, hahaha, thats a good one, that good one. Very nice, very nice, very nice, c'mon. Oh no zombie...alien, how cana hit a dude. Wuuuh, come on! Ugh, yes yes, ahhh, yes yes! Ow woh, yes, come on, yeaaa, yoww, woh way. Come on, go inside. Gooo insiiide, ugh. Ow ow yesss yes got it, alright. yes quick es yes Ooooo wooo woooo Woow, yes yes ow very nice very nice yes, again? come on thats enough, whatta habba jammie. Come on Santa Claus, c'mon, ye ye yess, whaa, oooo oooo. Ohh thats bruutal thats bruutal, thats really bruutal. How many points do I get? come on! gimmie a reward gimmie some gold, I need some golly.
Zuuugh, disabled person, aa hahaha thats good one, aaa yes lesbian, come on, come on chubby, too much bread. Yaaah oh yah, oh aliens I'm killing all dead things, like I mentioned before, I'm killing well do I, watta think alien, I kill all dead things I seeeee, I see all dead things annd I kill it. I kill allll dead things I see, ugh yes, damage increase combo wow, wappa that alien huh? come on, you disappear on me now.
Now I'm killing bastard, yes yess. oh ho ho ho, Oh one by one, okay who is next? Who's next, ohh woga, we better watch out, he gonna eat you, they is monsters. Yes quick, oh yes yes oh my God, five against one! Oh no, bastard! ohh naaow ow dammit, he'a eating me, you tried to kill me. oh no no no no no, huh?
Source - Machinima
As the breeding years have arrived and the risk of accidental offspring becomes possible, (due only to the dwindling fear of pregnancy that causes lapses in birth control measures) I fear my free time may be in jeopardy and I would like to use the remainder more wisely.
I am posting these goals (even though I doubt anybody reads this blog) because I need to be held responsible. I am a classic quitter, giver upper--FAILURE AT LIFE, you might say. Readers, if you exist, you must hold me accountable...somehow. I'll be posting progress reports, pithy book reviews, and of course self-motivating, self-deprecating comments.
The first goal I set for myself was not to lose my list of goals and I have temporarily failed at that. If I find it again, then we'll revoke the failure status and amend the list with the forgotten items. Until then, I'll see if I can do it from memory.
Now, the goals may seem LAME city, but I as someone who has avoided goal-setting her whole life, I wanted to start small. At least they are goals ya jerk.
1A. Be less insulting to readers.
1B.I spend around 15 hours a week on the bus so I should be doing things other than napping and reading other people's personal emails over their shoulders. Additionally, as an English major you would THINK I am well read. However, most of the books that I actually did read I've forgotten, and many of them that I was supposed to read, I didn't. As such, I will be attempting to read some classics, some books that have been on my shelves for ages, and some non-fictions that I have been meaning to read. 30 books by December 31st 2013 (excluding "Outliers" which I started in 2012 so it doesn't count). The list appears at the bottom of this post.
2. I learned to do the Rubik's cube this year and I can do it in about 2.5 minutes at my best. I would like to get that to under a minute.
3. I pick up my guitar every now and again, but I really like playing it. I want to learn the intro to "Crazy on you" by Heart to better my picking skills. By "better," I mean "begin to develop." This particular goal is unlikely since it was originally predicated on my guitarist brother living with me, but I'll leave it on there in case lightning strikes.
4. Steve and I have signed up for Tough Mudder in June 2013. I want to complete it without dying. If I fail at this goal, then all other goals are moot.
5. If Tough Mudder is successful, and I run 17km, then the only logical next step is to run a half marathon. Obvi.
6. Learn to drive stick. Who wants to lend me their vehicle?? You didn't really need that transmission anyway...
My Book List (spare your judgment judgy judgersons)
1. Catch 22
2. Fifth Business
3. Uncle Tom's Cabin
4.Through Black Spruce
5. Three Day Road
6. Nineteen Eighty Four
7. Animal Farm
8. The Catcher in the Rye
9. The Handmaid's Tale
10. The Great Gatsby
11. Captain Corelli's Mandolin
12. Gulliver's Travels
13. Treasure Island
14. The Jungle
15. The Lord of the Flies
17. The Color Purple
18. Heart of Darkness
19. One Hundred Years of Solitude
20. The Poisonwood Bible
21. The Twits
23. Anna Karenina
24. The God of Small Things
25. The Polished Ho
26. War and Peace (Uggggh)
27. The Selfish Gene
28. The Origin Of Species
29. An Incomplete Education
30. The Art of Learning
Every so often, a website comes along that really intrigues me. I find now that people want a quick laugh, meme or youtube video to fill the void of their pathetic existence. So reading long entries is way out of the question for many, especially for me. But when I found this site about analyzing the hundred worst people on Twitter, I just couldn't stop scrolling through every character.
There was actually a lot of people I remember on this list throughout my twitter searches. The writer of this blog really did his homework, and I mean did it so well, you would think he hired a private investigator. No one was safe from his onslaught.... politicians, religious groups, and just typical people trying to be funny get their own write up. If you do anything today, just browse throughout this site and give some a quick read.