10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

Interesting food for thought (hah, America)

Brief Pieces on Media (Social, Televised, and Other)

I’m that guy that doesn’t watch television, or really very much movies, because I’m a jerk like that. Super snooty about it, actually.

Actually, no, that’s a lie (sort of). I don’t have any access to cable or digital television channels. The tv we got from a friend is analog, so I would have to go buy a digital conversion box to even get that work, and really… the roommate and I decided against it. She got Netflix to use and I use my work (library) to borrow anything I care to watch (currently BBC and Portlandia) or the boyfriend. We are champion money savers, I must say!

On the flip side, I do care to keep up with my social media (because why not?), so naturally I pay attention to what’s going on via Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, WordPress, BuzzFeed, and general news stuff. No, this isn’t going to be a post about what I thought about the Oscars solely based on a couple videos and photographs I saw. That’s really not relevant enough to me.

[Spoiler alert: I did not find Seth McFarlane offensive because let’s be real. if you have watched any Family Guy or seen Ted, or watched those other not-very-good shows of his, you know what’s coming. Seth doesn’t do clean or even lightly offensive joking. He pushes, crosses and shoves way past the line. It’s what he does. This should not be surprising to anybody at all.]

The social media world on the internet fascinates me. We’re intrigued by it, want to be wanted by it, solely depend our daily mood by how big of a response we receive by it, and quite frankly, letting our worlds be dominated by it. It’s not really a terrible thing, although it could be destruction in some cases. Worst case scenarios are using only technology to communicate with people, and yet not communicating with people IRL at all. (Mm, check out that old school AOL lingo right there…) There is definitely  a certain dependency on the internet and technology, which ranges for all people, but the hardest part is not letting it control you.

Of course, most people who actively use the internet have a hard time coping with this. I have an iPhone, use a computer at work and at home, and been debating on saving up money for a tablet (much later on this year or the next), but my thoughts keep swinging back to the “Do I really need all of this?” It’s a weird transition from living your younger childhood days without technology, straight into your teenage years being completely dominated by it. As we all know, with technology comes social media and alternative ways to interact with people aside from face-to-face or even via phone conversation (the talking part, not the texting), and that’s the hardest part we have to remember doing just maybe 10-12 years ago. 

As all things change over time, we often forget the “old way” of doing things. Simple things like looking up directions using a map, or doing math in your head, or even just excess tools in the kitchen. Do we really need a quesadilla maker? I swear it’s fairly easy to do without this magical device.

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This thing must be magical if it cuts my 5 minutes into 4 minutes!

So, in regards to the “old way,” this shows that the younger generation (including myself as a person in her mid 20s) often forgets how to communicate with people how it used to be done. Face-to-face, telephone talk, letters (PENPALS anybody?! I had one of those!), and what have you. People used to meet each other by just going up to someone in the market after getting their morning whisky fix at the bar and saying “Hey, I like the way you handle those eggs in your wire basket.” 

Am I complaining about this? Actually, no. I rather enjoy the current waves of technology and what’s coming ahead for us. I do at times reprimand myself for forgetting to keep in touch with people in the “older” ways because I took the lazy route, and I do often question why I keep my Twitter account (keeping up with the news, right?), and I’m also fairly certain I have no real need for a tablet, but hey, this is 2013. What else are we supposed to fret over? First world problems, anyone?

I couldn’t agree more with this!

Dipping in that BBC Pool

I decided to start a new trend. Something fairly popular and commonly known to the internet world. I thought perhaps I was being a hater for far too long and I should embrace my more American side (just kidding, really). Anyways, I have begun a new destiny for myself:

Start watching BBC America shows.

Mind you, I don’t have any form of cable or digital television. I just have an ancient television with a DVD player and a VCR in case I want to watch Good Burger for a good fun. Hey, when you’re poor, you do what you can to get by. Anyways, with the help of some lovely friends and my awesome place of work AKA the library, I’m able to score some BBC goodness on DVD to get myself in the know of this wonderful world of British accents. I have this desire to know more things about unimportant matters than important, but that’s just way my brain operates sometimes.

Anyways, so I started with the original The Office, so I could get an idea where the American version got it’s idea and how they derived from it. I have to say that once I got into the BBC version, I was a little disappointed to see that the American version really did take so much from the British version. Tim to Jim? Really? Dawn’s troubled engagement to Lee to Pam’s troubled engagement to Roy? Stapler in jelly to Stapler in Jell-o? Ahh, I was very disappointed, but whatever, it works. Anyways, after I got through the first three episodes, I did enjoy it very much. I was surprised and pleased to see how much I ended up liking it by the end of the 1st series.

My next step is/was Sherlock. OH MAN. I was told to just go for it because so far, it’s a short series, only into it’s second bit. I was all, ‘Oh alright, if it’s short, it won’t take up too much of my time.’ I got my boyfriend to agree to watching the first episode with me and I was thinking, ‘Ah, this won’t be too much, right?’

First off, I didn’t know each episode was 90 minutes long (because I never read the fine print, I just generally grab and go). Ninety minutes later, both the boy and I were in a daze and a little confused by where the time went. HOWEVER, it was very good! I got very into the dynamics of the Holmes-Watson relationship and the mysteries were amazingly intricate. While the episodes were definitely long, I found myself very immersed by them. The second episode didn’t grab my attention as much, but the third one definitely went back up to speed. Of course it ends at a cliffhanger and of course, I don’t have BBC America, so at the moment, I’ll be waiting for my copy to come in at work.

What’s next then? Well, I’m waiting for The Office and Sherlock, both series 2. After that? Perhaps I’ll just jump into Doctor Who? I was also debating on some comedy series, in the situation I was told “The IT Crowd” is worthy of watching. I did watch an episode of it before and did like it very much, so I see that being possible too.

Now I’m aware there are some hardcore fans out there and I would very much love to ask your opinions, but let’s not be overwhelming, shall we? Baby steps… baby steps…

Back to the real world!

This is becoming a true story. I have a feeling that my 20s (currently 24) will be among my greatest years.

Love it!!

1000 Awesome Things

Today’s the greatest day you’ve ever lived.

Today’s the only day you’ve ever lived.

The past is gone, the future is far, nothing else matters, except where you are.

AWESOME!

Wow! The Book of (Even More) Awesome debuts at #1 in paperback! 

Live in Toronto? Join me on Wednesday!

Thank you to the talented Misty Harris for a great tribute to 1000 Awesome Things.

 

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Featuring 31 tiny stories and a wide range of illustrations, The Tiny Book Of Tiny Stories are little bits and pieces of funny and thought provoking liners by Zooey Deschanel’s perfect partner in my opinion, Joseph Gordon Levitt. And the cover design is just so adorable.

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