Thursday, July 18, 2013

Community: Great show, or greatest show? :)

You know what makes people different from animals? We're the only species on Earth that observes Shark Week. Sharks don't even observe Shark Week; but we do. For the same reason, I can pick up this pencil, tell you its name is Steve, and then go like this; *snap*


And part of you dies just a little bit on the inside.

Because people can connect with anything. We can sympathise with a pencil, we can forgive a shark, and we can give Ben Affleck an Academy Award for Screenwriting. People can find the good in just about anything except themselves.

Look at me: It's clear, to all of you, that I am awesome. But I can never admit that, because that would make me a jerk. But what I can do is see what makes Annie awesome. She's driven. We need driven people, or the lights go out and the ice cream melts. 

And Troy! Who cares if Troy thinks he's all that? Maybe he is. Do you think astronauts go to the moon because they hate oxygen? No. They're trying to impress their high school's prom king.

And Abed, Abed's a shaman. You ask him to pass the salt, he gives you a bowl of soup. Because, you know what? Soup is better. Abed is better.

You are all better than you think you are. You are just designed not to believe it when you hear it from yourself.

I want you to look to the person sitting next to you. I want you to extend to that person the same compassion you extend to sharks, pencils, and Ben Affleck. I want you to say to that person, 'I forgive you.'

You've just stopped being a study group. You've become something unstoppable. I hereby pronounce you a Community.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book review: The Magicians, Lev Grossman

One of the most important books I've ever read. It goes alongside Ender's Game & Shogun in terms of how often I bring it up in conversation

I literally find myself, time and again, drawing on this book (and those other two) for examples and metaphors to explain life, the universe, my thoughts, and everything to those who would listen :D

This is going to be a mega lazy review in that I have no intention of telling you much about the book itself

I will say that if Quentin's short-but-dramatic little Depression Phase hits a bit close to home for some people, just don't worry about it
-Remember Star Trek 2: The Genesis Planet ending?
-Remember X-Men, United: a certain character reflected on water as the @&#$^! Phoenix?!

"Life finds a way", baby!

And trust me, you will KNOW it, after reading this book. And better yet, you will have a shiny new collection of HILARIOUS Lore and Apt Anecdotes that apply to a million different situations in life and people you'll meet!

I love this book

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Driving is easy ;P

When teaching Lynn to drive, I plan to tell her Antonio Banderas' epic 2nd line

Now the question is, which am I saying?
(a) Driving is simple and can be understood in a few short mechanical steps

(b) The goal of driving is similar to swordfighting; score points, and tag opponents with the "pointy end"


Bonus note:
I'm really tempting fate by giving her this ambiguous tip!

Why? Well, even before she started the actual driving, and was preparing just for driving school...
-> Even then it was noted:

Lynn's going to driving school tomorrow? She's already *naturally* dangerous, and now they're arming her with modern technology. 'It's like giving a shark a sub machine gun!'