Monthly Archives: April 2012

I Am a Semifinalist!!!

The post’s title speaks for itself.  I’m a semifinalist, world.  One in fifty, to be exact!  Check it out!

I’m so ecstatic, there are no words.  Nor is there a Word of the Day.  It isn’t needed.

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My Random Thoughts for Tonight

I know I just wrote, and I wanna give you guys a break, so I’m going to be brief.

1. I finally got around to updating the “Books I Recommend” Page so it’s actually organized.  You can now find the books in various different categories, like Young Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, etc., and the books are alphabetized by their titles within those categories, and because I love you, I went through and added links to the books on Amazon, so now all you have to do is click the title to get it opened up for you in a separate tab or window or whatever.  Yes that was a long sentence.  Yes, I believe you were able to follow along anyway.  That’s how much faith I have in you.

2. I noticed that I have three books on that list that are meant to be read by small children – There’s a Boy in the Girl’s BathroomThe Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and The Phantom Tollbooth.  And I just wanted to justify their being on that list real quick.  I think people kind of underestimate the power of children’s books sometimes.  Sure, Goosebumps probably isn’t going to show up on any school reading lists, but those three books are really amazing no matter how old you are.  On top of that, I think it’s important to keep in touch with your inner child sometimes, and books are a great way to do that.  They’re a window into Child-You’s mind, and that’s important.  Not only because you need to keep Child-You from hitting others with sticks, but because children see the world differently than we do.  And when I say “differently,” I don’t mean “wrong.”  Kids sometimes see stuff that we never even notice, and kids can imagine things and really truly see them right in front of their eyes.  They also aren’t afraid to point out that your shoe’s untied, your fly is down, and you need to blow your nose.  Whatever.  Kids are unfiltered.  And that can be painful, but it can also be wonderful.  You know, I just realized I don’t make any sense.  I think it’s because it’s late, and I’m tired.  I’m just going to leave you with a random Word of the Day.

Word of the Day: Belligerent (adj) – of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose

Bonus Word of the Day to Help Understand Definition of Belligerent: Bellicose (adj) – inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious

Really, Dictionary.com?  Really?  You’re just trying to show off now: Pugnacious (adj) – inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative

I’m beginning to sense a pattern.  I wasn’t even trying to send a message here.  I just really like the word, “Belligerent.”  Okay, I’m really done now.

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When I Grow up, I Want to be John Green

So a while back I posted a link to a video that was recommended to me by my friend, Alan.  (Alan, I know you’re reading this because I tagged you in the post on Facebook, and I’m probably going to tell you about it later.  Well I haven’t tagged you yet since the post doesn’t exist yet, but I will.)

And no I’m not going to link you to the video again.  I’m going to link you to the blog post (click here) because hey, this is my blog, and I happen to think you should read it.  So lately, I was bored.  I was supposed to be writing a ten-page essay, but I’m graduating in less than a month, and it’s a beautiful Friday afternoon here in New York, and I just wasn’t having it.  So I decided to go to YouTube and find the beginning of John Green’s video blogging (I refuse to say “vlogging.”  It just sounds weird) and watch all the videos he exchanged with his brother.  See what John and his brother, Hank, did in 2007 was they started using (Fine!  I’ll say it!) a vlog as a way of communicating with each other.  Hank challenged John to go a full year without any text-based communication, so that was the start of the blog, and their videos are really funny.

So I was watching them and laughing and not doing my essay, and I came to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=Ck-dW8YGyes.  And that’s when I decided I wanted to be John Green when I grow up.  (Incidentally, I have also written a blog post that contains a short story that touches on this phrase – “When I grow up…”)  Because John Green is funny, and he’s a published author, and he’s won awards, and he’s written books in the Young Adult genre, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy.  And I want to be/do all those things!  (As long as you replace “guy” with “girl,” “woman,” or “lady.”  Your choice)  And I found, also, that I was really happy for him even though I don’t know him.  And also I’m currently reading one of his books, and it’s really good.  (I should probably add it to the Books I Recommend page. I’ll do that later.)  It’s important to aspire to be someone who’s good at what they do, I think.  And that is why I owe Alan a sandwich or something for introducing me to these brothers and their crazy vlog (ew).  I hope I get to realize my dream and be John Green one day.  Even if that does mean I’ll have to vlog.  At least once.  Just to say I did it.  Because I do like to talk, and I love how when you listen to a recording of yourself, your voice always sounds so foreign!  I know you never hear yourself right, but it’s still really awesome.  I guess I’ll think about it.

That’s all!

Word of the Day: Aspire (v) – to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous,especially for something great or of high value.

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You Look Pretty Today

I’ve decided I want to start a trend, and I can’t think of a better way to spread it than this.

You know how you get all dressed up one day because you have an event later, or you just felt like looking nice, or your mom made you?  Have you ever had someone say, “You look nice/pretty/handsome/splendid/attractive today?”  (If anyone said the last two to you, then they are probably creepers.  You should stay away from them)

I don’t know if it annoys you when that happens, but it does bother me.  Being an English major, I tend to analyze language almost religiously.  So here’s what “You look pretty today” means once it’s been analyzed: “Today you look good.  You never look good any other day.”  Now, 9 times out of 10 (I’d like to say 10 times out of 10, but you can never be sure), people aren’t trying to insult you when they say that.  What they’re trying to say is that they’ve noticed you’re looking extra special and they want to compliment you on your temporarily heightened good looks.

So here’s the trend I want to start: When someone looks especially pretty/handsome, tell them, “You look extra pretty/handsome today.”  That way your compliment will be 100% genuine, with no accidentally implied insult.  What you’re saying is, “Usually you look good, but today your good looks have been emphasized, and I’ve taken notice.”  Please start doing this.  I think it’d be awesome if I could change the world.

Note: If you totally meant to insult that person because they stole your girlfriend and then glued a picture of their butt onto your computer screen, but you can’t insult them outright because they’re the boss’ kid and they can get you fired, so you have to stick to backhanded insults that sound like compliments, then go ahead and disregard this post.  Or just use the “extra pretty” line with people you genuinely like.

Word of the Day: Implication (n) – something implied or suggested as naturally to be inferred or understood.

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If Your Ad is Grammatically Incorrect, I’m Not Using Your Product

I was on the Facebook just now, and I glimpsed an ad in the sidebar.  Facebook has a lot of trouble advertising to me, since I recently went through my profile and deleted every single bit of information I’d previously provided.  So now it has very little to work with.  Here are two things it knows: I play a horseback riding game, and I am currently in Syracuse, NY.  So my ads are pretty much all geared to that now – either horses or “fun” stuff to do in Syracuse – except for some random ones for FASHION.  I don’t know where that came from.  Oh…yes I do.  I’m female.  Therefore I must love buying hideous dresses from websites I’ve never heard of.

So I glimpsed the sidebar, as I said, and I saw an ad that said, “Five things to do in Syracuse everyday.”  I promptly clicked the little X in the upper right corner of the advertisement to make it go away.  And Facebook does this thing where it gives you a list of reasons to choose from when you dismiss an ad.  The reasons are:

– Uninteresting

– Misleading

– Sexually explicit

– Against my views

– Offensive

– Repetitive

– Other

(I used to get ads that said stuff like, “DO YOU LOVE TWILIGHT???  DO YOUUUU??” and I’m pretty sure I clicked the “Offensive” and “Against my views” buttons a couple times.)

For this ad, I clicked “Other.”  And when you do that, it gives you a little box to type in your reason.  I typed in, “This ad is grammatically incorrect.  They used “everyday” and not “every day.”  And that inspired me to tell this story on my blog, and also give a short grammar lesson, since this concept seems to be hard for some people to grasp.

“Everyday” is an adjective.  You have everyday activities, like eating, sleeping, swimming, killing people’s dogs, and reading the newspaper.  These everyday activities are things you do every day.  See what I did there?  “Everyday” is an adjective, and “every day” is an adjective describing a noun.

Every day, I stare out my window and make faces at passersby.

This ad is not seen every day.

I have many everyday routines.

This isn’t some kind of everyday threat.

Are we starting to see the difference?  “Every day” is talking about the day.  It’s a noun.  You don’t see people writing, “Onceaday, I kick my bedroom wall.”  No, they write, “Once a day.”  Same thing with “Every day.”  I think I’m getting a little repetitive here, but I really want to make sure I’m understood, because between you and me, I get a little annoyed when people blatantly disregard basic grammatical rules.  And it’s not an uncommon occurrence either!  It happens every day!

Word of the Day: Miffed (adj) – put into an irritable mood, especially by an offending incident.

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