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23 March 2016 @ 02:07 am
I am still reading! It's a miracle... so let's get to it while I am still writing!
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Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2) by Harper Lee
After finshing Mindy's book, I wanted to go back to fiction and remembered a friend mentioning this book. I LOVED To Kill a Mockingbird but I wish people stopped comparing this to that because that really set the bar too high. If this was a draft of that and then revised years after it came out, of coruse it will seem shocking to some people. I personally thought it made sense. Times change, so do people. Either way, I wasn't too big on it but I did enjoy somewhat of a flashback to my love for Scout.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
I found this and a bunch of other books on a list that said Mindy loved these books. Oh my gosh, HOW DID I NEVER HEAR ABOUT JHUMPA BEFORE?! This book was quite bittersweet but it sort of reminded me of my constant inner dialogue of being from two different thought processes. I sort of brought me back, in a sense. I also loved how I read a short story while in transportation between locations, because each story was the perfect length! Not only were the stories relatable and well-written but they were the right length?? How is that even possible. Mindy's supposid list had won my heart!

- America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill
I figured it was worth a shot to go back to non-fiction and I loved the first chapter of this and the idea behind this book. Turns out... that's all I loved. I sort of wish "Politics" was highlighted and underlined in the long title of this book. I mean I guess the politics were part of the fight to fix our broken healthcare system but seeing I'm not a political person, it did me no good reading about the different rooms and people it had to go through with different money allocations and considerations. Snooze.

- The Girl in the Green Raincoat (Tess Monaghan, #11) by Laura Lippman
Bitter Pill made me want to go back to fiction and so I found another Mindy-Rec* (tm). Oh man, this book tug the heart strings of my childhood. I used to love Mary Kate and Ashley Adventures and write mystery novels (that sucked, mind you), so this was a flashback kind of book. It was so well written that it made me think I was reading JAne the Virgin-style detective novela without it being super dramatic. I also have the strong desire to be a detective again because of this.

- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The last book lead me to behavioral economics. I loved Freakonomics and Blink and so I figured I need to get back into other similar books. I am not yet done but I will be by the end of this month. Every chapter is enticing with psychological and sociological studies and perspectives. Now this tugs my social science desires. It's funny, I associate this and Freakonomics and Blink as Economics books but it's just leisure reading to me. I think everyone should be aware of everything that goes into... everything, and books like these really help with that from things like start dates to opportunistic times, to the mere idea of practice makes perfect.
Current Music: Lemonade - Whitecaps | Powered by Last.fm
02 February 2016 @ 10:07 pm
I have a new challenge for the next 365 days... (or more like 333 days to come): I am going to read 24 books by the end of December! I noticed I can't really use my tweets to describe my eyar or thoughts, because I like to be as vague as possible, and I can't use pictures because sometimes I literally do nothing and use an older picture. This way, my thoughts are more inspired by what I recently read and I am going back to posting. We'll see how this goes. Anyway, here we go!

- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I figured it was time I jumped right into a book I have been eyeing since last year. I met an awesome person on the plane who immediately clicked because she admired the same people: Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Amy Poehler and had Yes Please to read on the plane. I was just amazed that she had such great taste (forgetting that any girl interested in popular culture probably admires these amazing ladies), so I didn't let her read much until I started to fall asleep. So, to make it up to this awesome random person (who was in the army after high school and met her husband and now gets to live in germany as part of her army job!), I had to read this. I am so glad I did.

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The starting bothered me a bit, with the focus on her pregnancy and the whole idea of beign a mother, but I eventually came to understand why she comes off so... nice. I had started Bossypants but did not finish it, so that's on my list this year, Either way, I really started to like Amy Poehler even more. She wasn't dramatic, if anything, she was too much into discussing her love for improv. I was a good read but content-wise, not super interested in the acting part of it all.

- Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
I was recommended this book sometime last year but I never got around to reading it. With the snowstorm here (flurries for those in the midwest, I'm sure) and since I had successfully finished my first book in what felt like forever, , I had a bit more time on my hands and not enough television to compensate for it. So, I picked this up again and I could not believe that I didn't get into it the first time! Not only is the title enticing but the book was about one of my absolute favorite topics: memory! In a way, it looks at cognition and learning because it starts off evaluating intelligence.

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There is a lot we don't understand about mnenomists and not only does this book seamlessly intertwine history with a subject case study, but the journalist/author is the subject and does it so well. Not only does he evaluate his own memory capacity, to create a baseline, but he talks to people who are known worldwide for their memory. Then, using his baseline, and techniques he learns (mind map, memory palaces, and the idea of ok plateau from practicing), he goes to prepare for the competition and does a final evaluation. It's awesome.

- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Okay, obviously after Amy Poehler's book, I had to go for another non-fiction biographical read. Mindy's became available and since I had only read bits and pieces at the bookstore, I just had to finish this. Completely different style and content compared to Yes Please but there were parts that made me appreciate Amy Poehler even more. Specifically, there's a bit where Mindy like falls in love with Amy and that moment just seems SO like Amy. In fact, Mindy sort of liked Amy Poehler's work from Conan and she even guest wrote for SNL, so it was meant to be. Either way, this book is smart and funny and very relatable!

Current Music: Lemonade - Whitecaps | Powered by Last.fm
08 September 2012 @ 01:03 pm
Yesterday my co-worker (male) was looking for bed/living room things on Urban Outfitters and I came across something interesting:
What you see are four room options: Feminine with two girls, Industrial with a guy and two girls, Boho with a girl and a guy, and Modern with two guys.

I know I'm thinking too much but it made me think about favorite colors. Rarely do you hear a guy say his favorite color is pink and not get a double take from someone surrounding him but when a girl says she loves blue, it's no big deal. Blue has been used for baby boys but it's not JUST masculine. It's normal. However, pink has long been associated with femininity or females, and if a guy is wearing pink or likes pink, he's making a statement of some sort. He must really be comfortable with his sexuality or himself. This means his sexuality or gender comes into question by associating with anything feminine. I don't really hear "Wow, she must be comfortable with her sexuality for wearing _." Granted, you may not be thought of as feminine enough if you're rarely associating yourself with what is feminine but it's the opposite for guys where they are fine as long as they steer clear of what is feminine. In other words, feminine is not the norm.

This example has guys in everything but Feminine Living Room. When you look at the other rooms of the same style, such as bathroom or bedroom, it's the same deal. I even asked my co-worker, if there is a feminine room style, is there one for masculine? He just answered that all were for masculine. Then when I brought up how weird it was that there were no guys in the feminine room style, he said that feminine is not just for girls. Well, why don't I see guys there but I see guys in everything else? If it's not being portrayed as girls only, why do I only see girls? It's almost like it's some forbidden or restricted world, where people can come out of there but only select people can go in. I don't get it. I may be the only one seeing this though. Something to think about... when I do actually label things and could my labeling be harmful with even such subtle things. I mean I've joked about people being lazy and that didn't really hit the right spot for someone, which was not at all what I intended but I need to remember to think before speaking, even if my intentnion is purely joking.

Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Diplo feat. Elephant Man & GTA - "Move Around"
This music/random update is brought to you by Zee Avi - "Concrete Wall"

Fresh Oranges:
JJ Project - "Bounce" | Wiz Khalifa - "Word Hard, Play Hard" | lecca - "Jammin' the Empire" | Sammy Adams - "Only One" | Matt & Kim - "Let's Go" | Connor Maynard - "Vegas Girl" | Cat Power - "Ruin" | Best Coast - "Why I Cry" | Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo - “Let’s Go”

Things that concerned me since June:

Graphics: Arrested Development theme profile picture, pairing of Ginnifer and Josh (body-only), and photosets of White Collar and X-Men. I also re-made my avatars from Scrubs 3x01, which is my favorite episode from the series.

TV: The West Wing, Eastbound & Down, Scrubs, Newsroom, Two Guys and a Girl, Mad Men, Melissa & Joey, Daria, Gossip Girl, and White Collar.

Movies: Larry Crowne, The Dark Knight Rises, Wall Street, Fast Food Nation, Game Change, Carbon Nation, Recount, Monte Carlo, The Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, The Rocker, Wanderlust, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Kids Are All Right, Couples Retreat, Love Wrecked, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Big Daddy, Something Borrowed, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, RV, and 21 Jump Street

Experiences: DC's Navy Yard, Truckaroo, First Watch after Bikram Yoga, Sweetwater Tavern, Buz and Neds, DC Campus Progress Conference, Art of Video Games, Clifton Cafe, Joe's Inn, and Omegle listing Hunger Games as an interest (don't do it!)

School: I go back this Friday and then it'll be a couple of classes and mostly me surviving that and coming up with a topic. A lot more things are sorted out now though.

Social: I have no idea how this will work, since all of my friends are in the work field rather than school now :( We'll see how it goes. Here's to talking to the 2 other kids in my class, haha. I got to go to Campus Progress conference this year, which was great! I should have been social there, but I believe it really motivated me for thinking about what I'll do next semester.

Job: I have an idea of what I'll do for door decorations, maybe Pacman and Ghosts? I'm not sure that'll be too alienating or sending the wrong message. My locator board is definitely going to be pacman, and I hope to use pacman theme for any assignments or tutuoring, haha. Then again, not sure what the events will be, or I'll be more involved in the community. I'm super excited though!

News: JCPenny being awesome; Chick-fil-A not being awesome; Income Based Repayment plan for student loans; you are what you eat; 10 perks from Obamacare; three cups of coffee keeps Alzheimer’s away?; Obama's attack on Romney outsourcing were stretched; first vein grown from human stem cells successfully transplanted into a young girl; Diabetes drug triggers potential neuron growth; Scientists discover bees can 'turn back time,' reverse brain aging; A recent survey finds considerable differences in how men and women view attraction between male and female friends; Better catwoman?

Cut Oranges: Mid-Year Music

Mike Tompkins - "Cinema" and "Disparate Youth" dubstep a capella remix/mashup XD
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: Two Door Cinema Club - "I Can Talk"
11 November 2011 @ 01:40 am

Okay, so more experiences:

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Some personality-based things:

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So, today was the second day I saw the episode Sex and Another City and, just like the first time I saw the episode (which was a month or so ago), I wondered why Samantha idolizes Hugh Hefner. I ended up looking him up and realized he actually could be called a gay rights activist and even took a few Sociology courses before going out on his own. He was the heart-broken soul, apparently, when he came from the Army and his first wife told him that she had cheated on him. Not only that, but he stayed married to his second wife longer because he cared about his kids.

So, where is the disconnect? How did the Playboy mentality happen?
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Current Mood: amusedamused
19 June 2011 @ 07:21 pm
Being home for the summer means way too much time. Sadly that ends up with reruns of many shows... and sadly I have added Sex and the City to that list. Lately seeing the show makes me question a lot of things about dating and feminism. It successfully makes you think about certain things but then totally knocks off other things. One of my favorite things in Sex and Gender was discussing how Sex and the City portrays a form of feminism, or as Levy may say, "Female Chauvinist Pigs."Man and Wife... really?! You mean Husband and Wife, or Man and WomanCollapse )
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: The Darkness - Love Is Only A Feeling | Powered by Last.fm
Fresh Orange: Selena Gomez & The Scene - I Love You like a Love Song (official audio)

I have no idea why this song keeps distracting me, seeing I actually do love the song like I love love songs... which means I both love and hate the song. Is it just or me are there a lot of songs about describing someone or love as something else, particularly as a melody or as a drug [dealer]? Ha, then there is the Mike Posner version where he actually falls in love with his drug-dealer? Back to music.

I'm all for metaphors and similes, heck, comparisons are what I do best, but when the same comparisons are continuously made... it can weaken the appeal. Sort of like with love in movies and the media. You hear it is the best thing ever but you also see it so often, that you wonder if it is more hyped than it should be. What happened to everlasting love? Then again, most of the songs wouldn't exist if they didn't talk about love or compare love..., if not showcasing love for something. Hm, well something to look forward to, finding songs about something being like a song. Fun circle there.

Want to learn more about similes and metaphors through examples in songs?

Yeah, there really was no point to this entry but when is there ever really a point for most of my entries? Haha. I should be more productive right now but I keep getting distracted by some random thing I hear or read... and I figured why not feel somewhat productive and write in here?

Maybe in the next three hours, I'll have something productive done before I have to head on out to see X-Men. My friend is actually planning to write about X-Men as a good way to demonstrate society... and while I was afraid to ask more due to lack of viewing, I'm looking forward to seeing the movie and trying to pick up any connections that she can bring forth.

Squeezed Orange: White Town - Your Woman
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Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Ke$ha - Crazy Beautiful Life
I was able to find the modules for the refresher course, even though I could not enroll in the course. I figured this would be a good way to review the course and see how the refresher course will be after December (seeing that would be when I could enroll, even though I last took the basic course exactly two years ago). In addition to that, I went to optional modules that corresponded to Basic models that gave more information on some of the the Refresher material.

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