My Love/Hate Relationship with Live-Tweeting

So, I’ve recently come across some extremely mixed feelings when checking my twitter feed in the morning, and all of them have to do with live-tweeting.

On the one hand, I completely understand why actors would want to live-tweet their show – It makes fans feel more connected, it gives fans an inside look at the making of the show (much like DVD commentaries, which I personally love), and it’s a free way to promote themselves.

On the other hand, people who follow live-tweeters end up with pages upon pages that look like this:

Live Tweeting

I love me some J-Pad (Although not as much as Jensen Ackles), but he is frequent live-tweeter and filler-upper of my twitter.

It also means that people who choose to/have to record a show on their trusty DVR could have spoilers ruined for them when they check twitter (with no warning), so it’s really only beneficial for folks who are on twitter while they watch their shows.

Personally, when I am watching a show that I love, I don’t have my eye on my phone – I’m actually watching the show. Not to smack people who do feel the need to multitask while watching TV; I just prefer to give all of my attention to a show, because it allows me to enjoy it a bit more.

But, even without watching the show, it is still interesting to hear about what was going on behind the scenes, and actors are generally pretty humorous about everything, to further enhance the viewer’s enjoyment of the show.

Hence, I am torn; I love/hate live-tweeting, and I don’t know if I should embrace the background information on a show I haven’t watched yet or weed out the live-tweeters from my twitter feed.

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Don’t Judge a Thing by it’s Fandom

Recently, I was listening to a podcast by a friend of mine, in which she and her husband discuss pop culture tidbits and other awesomeness. I enjoy listening to podcasts to and from work, because it makes the drive go by faster and it makes me feel like I have friends in the car (it gets lonely, guys).

In the episode that I listened to the other day, though, my friend’s husband was discussing a book that he wrote (props to him, man) in which the main villain was an evil doctor. Because of this, he was referred to as The Doctor throughout the book, which caused a lot of negative feedback from people who are super fans of Doctor Who.

Now, fans of Doctor Who, or Whovians, are a special kind of fan, in that they are obsessive to the point of crazy, and highly defensive of negative ideas or portrayals of pretty much any character from the show (even villains can cause a soft spot in Doctor Who – Whovian life is not always black and white).

Because of this obsessiveness, I can completely see people taking his story the wrong way, being offended that the villain is called The Doctor (“How dare you use that name for someone evil!”), and hurt by the fact that he didn’t know that in Doctor Who, the main character is referred to as The Doctor, which is common knowledge for people who have see the show (but not common knowledge for anyone else).

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Original photo co. BBC
Also, I just re-watched “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”, and I absolutely love this line.

Now, I personally identify with Whovians, because I love a good story (and they really are fantastic in Doctor Who), but I can also see where he was coming from. Fans of Doctor Who can be crazy, and that can be a huge turn off.

I myself was hesitant to start watching Doctor Who at first, because I knew people who were so crazy in love with the show that I couldn’t imagine it to be that good, and I would only end up disappointed. I’ve been burned by crazy fans before (a former roommate told me to read Twilight, because “the story is kind of lame, but the writing is really good”. Lies.), and I wasn’t really looking to put myself out there for a show that I wasn’t already attached to.

So I get it – crazy fans are crazy, and they can easily turn people off of a show, movie, comic, book, whatever. It’s a fine line being a fan of something. You have to ease people into it, like  stepping into a hot bath – dip their toes with a clip or two, and hope that it is comfortable enough for them to want to slip in.

The thing about fandoms is, people are always going to be fanatical about them. That’s the point – they love this thing so much that they can’t help but want to push it onto you too – they want to share their wonder with the people around them, so they can wonder together.

But shows are not the fandom – the boy who builds his own life-size dalek, the couple who have a Star Trek wedding at Comic Con, or the girl who writes erotic fanfiction of Supernatural and tries to publish it – they are not a representative of the thing itself, or even the fandom. They are the extremes.

So please, don’t judge a thing by it’s fandom – you could be missing out on something life-changing.

Bow Ties are Cool

Sometimes, my sister and I have awesome conversations that should be shared with the world. And sometimes, I’m really funny and want people to know about it.

No, she is not normally put into my phone as "Seester", but since she is my seester, I figured it would be fine.

No, she is not normally put into my phone as “Seester”, but since she is my seester, I figured it would be fine.

Seriously, you should take the time to Google women in bow ties. It is not a good look for anyone involved, I’m sorry to say.

The Best Way to Change

I look through my spam inbox frequently, which has resulted in Spam Haikus, a series of haiku poems using only words found in spam emails. It’s challenging and wonderful and makes me feel creative while I sit in a cubicle and stare at HTML text.

But since starting a blog, I’ve come across a new kind of spam. You all know the kind; comments that say things like

spam

and

spam

Well, some of these are strangely lovely, and I’ve decided to use their words (combined throughout the weeks) as part of a poem. All I’ve added is a bit of punctuation, and that’s more for my own sanity than anything else.

Here is is.

wishing for blogging
is not merely for safekeeping –
Luck is more advanced than search engines.

Money and freedom is the best way to change
what is so perfect about modern-day democracy
as well as the marketplace of ideas.

And irrespective,
Your perspective… is the best way to change.
i think it will be helpful.

this method climbs into your current kidney
inflicting indication within just a number –
a fastidious one.

Shiny
really does understand gentle generating looks
Nevertheless, confused.

As strange as it is, I’m awfully fond of this. Although, I sincerely believe that it can be summed up in the last line.

 

Real Cowboys Wear Bow Ties

I came across the top picture in my Facebook feed, and felt the need to modify it.

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You’re welcome, Whovians.

 

I Need to Start My Own Book Club…

Have you ever had one of those moments where you really need to talk to someone about something, but you don’t want to ruin it for them? Like, you already watched the next episode of a TV show, and something awesome happens that you want to discuss at length, but the person you want to talk to about it hasn’t seen that episode, so you just have to bite your lip, sit on your hands, and wait?

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Damn you, George R. R. Martin.

I’m in the middle of that, and it’s going to last for several months, I fear.

I’ve been reading the Game of Thrones series for the past few weeks, along with watching the show on HBO with my man-friend. I’m finally at the third book, which is the part of the story that the show is currently at, so I was racing against the show for a while to read what would happen next before the next episode. I succeeded, but now I wish I hadn’t.

I just read something so big in the book, that I just have to talk to my man-friend about it. Unfortunately, he has just started the series, so he hasn’t read that part yet. Even more unfortunately, the show is done for the season, and they did not do THE BIG THING. This means that I will have to wait for him to read all the way through to this book to talk about it, and until then, I have to keep my trap shut every time he says something kind of related to THE BIG THING.

It’s going to be a long summer.

Books You Should Read When You Graduate

High school, college, grad school, whatever – we generally find ourselves with a lot of extra time once school is not an in-your-face priority anymore. Here are some books to help you unwind a bit and remember why you loved reading in the first place.

In the Wilderness1. In the Wilderness – Kim Barnes

A memoir of a girl growing up in a variety of places (many that include the actual wilderness, such as a logger’s camp), Barnes’ writing is just beautiful – it will make you remember why you loved to read in the first place. And the things that she remembers and the grown-up conversations that she deciphered as a child – amazing.

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2. Boy Still Missing – John Searles

I discovered this book in high school, and still like to go back and reread it. The story follows a teenager in the 70’s who befriends his father’s pregnant mistress. Subdued hijinks ensue, along with coming of age things and a hostage situation.

Running-with-scissors3. Running with Scissors – Augusten Burroughs

The first of Augusten Burroughs’ memoirs, Running with Scissors follows his life as a ward of his mother’s psychiatrist and his strange family. The best part of this book is the humorous twist that Burroughs puts on events that would make any other person want to curl up in the bath tub and cry.

4. Mariette in Ecstasy – Ron HansenMariette-in-Ecstasy

An interesting story for religious and non-religious folks alike, this short book follows a young woman who joins a nunnery and develops the stigmata, while the other nuns gossip and deny that she is telling the truth.

Cat's_Eye_book_cover5. Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

A great introduction to Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye follows a young woman as she flies through childhood and grows into adulthood. The beautiful language that Atwood uses makes this book just lovely to read. And no, the title is not about a cat, it’s about a marble (and oh, how literary analysts and professors love to interpret that).

6. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawsonlets pretend

If you ever want to feel better about your own strange childhood, read Jenny Lawson’s first memoir (and then check out her blog, because it’s awesome). From taxidermied animals to sticking your arm inside a cow’s vagina, your life will never be this strange.

macbeth7. Macbeth – William Shakespeare

People complain about Shakespeare being difficult to read and even worse to understand, but I guarantee it’s easier when you’re not being forced. Macbeth is a nice one to read because it is a very interesting story, full of witches and curses and prophecies and killing kings and blood all over the place. Seriously, it could be a modern movie, and everyone who didn’t know it was Shakespeare would love it.

8. House of Leaves – Mark Danielewskileaves

This is definitely not one to read if you are buying a new house, but it’s worth the fears any other time in your life. This book follows a couple who find a strange opening in their home, and keeps even the most ADHD reader in check with spiraling text, footnotes, and lots of other strange stuff.

stand9. The Stand – Stephen King

Stephen King is always great to read, because his stories are so interesting (except for Dreamcatcher. Even King will admit that he wrote that one while on an immense amount of painkillers). This one is post apocalyptic and mysterious, and also became a bad TV miniseries (I do not recommend). It may make the apocalypse seem too real, though, so beware.

10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twainhuck finn

Yeah, you probably had to read Tom Sawyer in high school, but honestly, I don’t know why that one is more popular. Huckleberry Finn has the better adventures, and more poignant tales than that guy. Check out this one.

bastard11. Bastard out of Carolina – Dorothy Allison

This fictional story is actually based on a lot of things that happened in Dorothy Allison’s life, before she found the courage to speak about her white-trash family in a real sense. If you like her as an author, or just want to experiment with something new, I suggest also reading her memoirs, because they are flavorful and quick reads.

12. Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Brother’s Grimmgrimm2

Everyone should know the original fairy tales – the gruesome, giving birth in your sleep, cutting off your heels kind of stories. Because life is not all fairy tales, and these versions will at least make you feel better about not fitting into your sister’s shoes.

0978038531995_500X50013. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

I know I’ve talked about Outlander before, but I can’t help it – it’s an awesome series. It’s got Scottish people, time travel, true love, and lots of authentic history. Pick it up if you feel that you have an overabundance of time on your hands (like when you’re unemployed and living at home).

14. Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniukmonster

In true Palahniuk fashion, Invisible Monsters has a unique story that lets you see the world through someone else’s eyes – In this case, the eyes of a former beauty queen who had the lower half of her face shot off.

princess bride15. The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Yes, it is actually a book. Yes, you should still read it. It’s very similar to the movie, but with some differences that make it worth reading (and just so you know, S. Morganstern is not a real person, even though Goldman talks like he is. Sorry to ruin your dreams).

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16. The Vampire Lestat – Anne Rice

A better option than Interview with the Vampire, this book gives you better insight into the character of Lestat, and lets you love him for who he is, not for how others see him. It’s also far less angsty, and a lot like a memoir.

17. Mortified – David Nadelbergmortified

Graduating generally makes people nostalgic, and this book is a great way to get over that. Basically, Mortified is selected diary entries from people who are grown ups now, but were highly dramatic teenagers in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.