Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Geek Seeing a Better You in Himself and in Others.

I’m going to talk about a couple things.  First thing I want to talk about is the image or persona of myself.  Sometimes I wonder what people outside of myself think of me.  Who cares right? Or Why should I care? Or Why does that even matter?  Well it doesn’t.  I’m just curious.  I’m curious because unfortunately people judge one another.  I’m not saying every single person does, but sadly my perception of people is fairly pessimistic. I’m not going to lie to you guys and say that I’ve never judge someone before so get that clear. 

I have been working on seeing the good in people for awhile and most of my inspiration comes from Smallville’s version of Clark Kent and David Choi's song called Better You.  Listen to the lyrics of the song and see why!  Now I say “Smallville’s version” of Clark Kent because to my knowledge I believe that in the comic world, they don’t really go into Clark Kent’s life growing up in Smallville and hence why the show was created.  Did you see what I just did there?  I made a Smallville reference.  Nerdy? Geeky? Dorky? Which one?  This brings me to my next point. 

If there is one trait about myself that I can not deny is that I’m a geek.  I’m not a nerd, but sometimes I could be a dork.  What’s the difference you wonder? Well I’m going to provide you with the difference, but do not quote me for I’m going to describe them as simply as I can and it could be wrong.  A nerd is someone who focuses their energy and time studying things that would lead them to high academic success such as studying school relating things and seeking more knowledge.  A geek is similar to a nerd, but the main difference is that they focus their studies towards knowledge on different things such as technology, sports, video games, anime, movies, etc. instead of academics. Also obsessive traits may be involved if they are really into said things.  A dork is a whale’s dick.  No, I’m kidding.  A dork is someone who is sometimes awkwardly social.  They act goofy or silly in situations of nervousness and have odd body language around others.   

I bring this up because there seems to be a negative thing about being a nerd, geek, or dork. Why? I don't exactly know. You just get the feeling when you mention a joke or reference relating to something geeky such as Star Wars, Naruto, or whatever to someone in conversation and you get this weird vibe or a sense that they're thinking lowly of you.  Maybe that's just me or maybe it's the way the media has portrayed geeks and nerds to be in movies or television shows.  Because of this, sometimes I feel I have to hide my geekiness when I'm around other people who are not as much as a geek I am.  Sometimes I just want to make a geeky reference but I end up holding myself back!  I shouldn't.  I should be myself as cliche as that might sound, but it's kind of difficult when you around people who aren't as alike as you.  In the end, I shouldn't care.  So!  Are you a nerd? A geek? A dork? or a combination of two or all? Let me know in the comments below or check out my video and like, subscribe and comment on the video.

David Choi's music video of Better You:

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

I'm going to teach you how to live.

"Rod, I'm going to teach you how to live", using Barney Stinson's words.  I continued saying, "At least through high school."

High school may be the best time of your adolescent life or your worst.  High school is deadly.  Caught up in the wrong group of people and it may affect the rest of your life.  Maybe I'm just being dramatic just for the sake of being... dramatic.  I always say that if I went back to high school with the knowledge of what I know now, my high school experience would have been even greater.  My high school life wasn't bad.  I had a great time in high school, but there are a few regrets I have that I wish I could have taken advantage of.  For example, being more open and talk to everyone, join more clubs, be more social and not limit myself to like 2-3 groups of friends... or what you could call, "cliques".   

In this day and age of social media, it seems like it would be a lot easier to express yourself in a way to share your thoughts and ideas with schoolmates and avoid being a social outcast.  To use social media to your advantage.  Don't be mistaken, social media can also be grave.  For example, like that 15 year old high school girl who ranted on Facebook about how she felt about the chores her parents assigned to her and how her father found out and posted a video on Youtube to teach her a lesson. I mean as we all know, we just have to do the chores our parents give us because that is our duty and the least we can do for them since they let us live under their roof.  Anyways, this was beside my point, back to what I was originally talking about.

I said, "Think of a hobby that sparks your creative ideas and flourish it.  Whether it's photography, cinematography, writing, drawing, whatever it may be and express it and share it with everyone.  Join a sport, join a club.  Do some sort of extra curriculum that allows you to be with people and make friends and bonds along side your creative hobby and express and share it with them, but remember to be yourself and never feel you have to hide who you are. You'll be golden."  Of course, I may not be the one to talk of such great knowledge because I certainly did not do that in high school, but that's definitely what I would do if I could go back.  Unfortunately I can't, but the least I could do is guide my younger brother as best as I can.

Do you think it's wrong of me to hand down an ideal that I wish I could of done back in high school to my younger brother? Or do you think it's a good thing that I'm giving him some sort of older brotherly advice?  Let me know in the comment box below.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Chronicle of Unbreakable H E R O E S

Taking the superhero genre closer to home. If I were to describe Chronicle, that's what I would say. Being a fan of science fiction that involves superhuman abilities, there would be no doubt I would enjoy this film. Do not worry, I am not going to spoil anything. I am simply going to try and articulate how the film made me feel.

The directing direction that this movie uses won me over because the movie is about 3 high school kids who gain superhuman abilites by discovering something extraordinary and its way of telling the story through its innovative cinematography through a character's actual video camera. This movie could relate to a wide variety of audiences because it explores an aspect of discovering powers in a way that we can relate to and that is; "What if you discovered you had superhuman abilites?". It takes us closer by adding, "What if you were a teenager in high school discovering you had superhuman abilities?". This film is an example of answering those questions.  To convey those questions,  it is filmed through one of the character's video camera making it feel more like you are there. That choice of cinematography hit the spot. For those who have watched it already, what would you do if you discovered powers? For those who haven't, I recommend seeing it.

Since I'm on the subject of the superhero genre, there's another film I would recommend watching and it's called Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. This was one of M. Night Shyamalan's good films that came after The Sixth Sense. It is about discovering superhuman abilities as well, but in a different point of view. I like to say that it could be an origin story you could put in the realm of H E R O E S.

Now if you haven't heard of H E R O E S, then let me fill you in.  H E R O E S was a superhero genre television show. There are a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to deciding whether or not it was good or bad. I would like to say it was good to some extent. I could understand why others may not have liked it after the first season, but I stayed loyal to the show and watched it until the end. While I'm on the subject of H E R O E S, I'm going to have to say that it borrowed similar story telling ideas from L O S T. If you watch both of them you can see similarities between characters and story telling.

Chronicle, Unbreakable, and H E R O E S. I recommend watching them if you have the time to do so and especially if you like to suspend your disbeliefs and believe super powers can exist.

Friday, February 3, 2012

LOST Home in the Chronicle

Hello world!

It's that time again.  Time to blog.  I realize that most of these blogs are going to be a bunch of rambling about what's on my mind and what matters to me so forgive my blogs for not be grammatically correct or what not.  During the week I always get ideas of what to blog about but by the time I get down to write something, I forget what I was going to blog about!  Perhaps I should just make a note in my phone when I get an idea.  I could actually talk about a lot of things.  Most of what I think about though is usually a reference to a movie, a television show, a video game, a Youtube video or something random I witnessed/observed in public. Pretty geeky stuff.  I suppose I'll go by the same formula of blogging I did in my last post.

LOST.  I must say that show easily goes straight to one of my top favorite television shows even though I jumped onto the wagon before the final season started.  =/.  None-the-less, it captured my attention and heart. I bring this up because one of my friends made a small reference to the show the other day and so then I went through one of my obsessive phases where I just start looking stuff up and blah blah blah... you get the picture... Anyways, the show is a serial drama that follows several survivors of an airplane that crashes onto a mysterious island in the South Pacific.  The story is told in two different types of storylines; one main storyline taking place on the island and a side story that takes place in one of the survivor's life before the crash.  What makes this show one of my favorites are the themes that it presents such as life, destiny, faith, philosophy, religion, etc.  I highly recommend this show to anyone that has interest in mystery/science fiction/supernatural/drama genres.  I recently just found a user who has uploaded seasons 1-5 in 720p HD on Youtube.  I haven't searched if anyone has the final season, but here's the link: LOST.
Here's a fun song for the LOST fans that was made as the final season ended:

(Wow, I just figured out that I can just share Youtube videos here instead of linking them.  Now I'm going to go back to my other posts and edit them in.).

This week, Wong Fu Productions released their first episode of their new short, "Home is Where the Hans Are".  Be sure to check it out right here:

Also! Chronicle comes out today! I want to watch it.  Of course it tends to my geekiness because it's a superhero genre film!! Yeeaaaahh!! Check out the trailer!

All right, that's all that I had on my mind for now. If anything else pops up, I'll blog it... or vlog it! check out my first attempt at vlogging!  I don't know if I'll be doing it often although in the video I say I will try.  I kind of like writing better, but whatever.  I don't know.

Peace out world!