Monday, October 31, 2011

Manufactured Marriage + Halloween Snowstorm + Nanowrimo

So Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are getting a divorce, 72 days after putting a ring on it? Seriously, what is wrong with TV these days?

What annoys me is that people who refuse to watch Kim Kardashian's show out of principle admire her "business savvy." I used to think she was a good businesswoman, too. I mean, look at her! She's a mega billionaire by doing NOTHING! Obviously this marriage-divorce deal is a set-up to rake in more moolah for the show, and that it was a "business tactic," but it was a lowly business tactic! It was cheap! She's not only degrading marriage, but she's treating her fans like poop, with the together-not-together junk. And what about the people who actually admire her and watch the show? Are they supposed to pity Kim's faux pain?

It just bothers me that Kim Kardashian and other reality "stars" get so much money from being fake!

At least Khole Kardashian and Lamar whatever his name is are still married.

Anyway, it snowed Saturday night! Actually snowed! And today is Halloween! Holy guac!
I had school off today because half of Connecticut is out of power. It's Hurricane Irene all over again!
Tonight I'm going trick or treating with my friends, because you're never too old for free stale candy and/or toothbrushes! NEVER.

I'm going as a ninja.... Expect an epic trick or treating post soon!

On another sailboat, Nanowrimo starts tomorrow! Luckily, I have another day off of school because we reached our goal for this fundraiser thing and our award was a day off, so yay! A 4 day weekend! Hopefully I can use the remainder of this mini-break to spend all of my time on tumblr to get a headstart on my novel!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!
What do you guys think? Is Kim Kardashian's divorce real or fake? If fake, was it a clever business tactic or a lowly one? What are you being for Halloween?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

EUROVISION! You have not lived until you've seen Eurovision!

Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing I think Eurovision is. 

I mean, each country facing off in an epic battle? Of SONGS? Come on! You have got to admit that THAT IS AWESOME!
Look Europeans who are probably making fun of me right now, yes I know "Push the Button" was from 2007, and I know I'm seriously fan-girling right now, but please note that I am American and we don't have amazing television like this here. Instead we have crap like "Whitney." Pity us. 
This is "Push the Button" by the Teapacks. I repeat. WHY DON'T I LIVE IN EUROPE?? (and since when is Israel in Europe? Is my geography really that bad?)
"I Love Belarus." Nothing else needs to be said. 
"Rockefeller Street" by Estonia. I'm pretty sure whichever Estonian wrote this song has never been to New York because there's no such thing as "Rockefeller Street" in Manhattan. GET YO FACTS STRAIGHT!
What do you guys think? Are you a Eurovision fan? Do you like American TV or Euro TV more? 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New York Comic Con + a vlog about it! Man this is belated.

Guys! Hey! Wasshappen'? Sorry for being MIA this week... I blame Latin class.

But anyways, I WENT TO NEW YORK COMIC CON 8 DAYS AGO. So that would be Saturday, October 15th. Yeah. I went. With my parents... I'm cool. 


It was an out of this world experience. I thought I'd be able to find my way around pretty easily because I had already been to the Javits Center or whatever it's called to see Rick Steves but the place had totally transformed itself. I can't even put together words to explain it.
I took this picture! IT'S MINE! 
I really can't explain Comic Con... it was something else. SO, you should watch my mini video to understand the craziness of it! It's only a minute and forty-eight second long! WATCH.

(note: my voice is not that terrible and shrill and gross in person! Believe me!)
What do you guys think? Have you ever been to a comic con? Do you want to go to one? 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Tumblr Vs. Blogspot: THE FINAL SHOWDOWN

So, it's no secret that me and millions of other socially inept people* love tumblr and the internet in general. And it's hard not to... because tumblr is just amazing ok?

One of the best parts about tumblr for me is that you can really see what different people like. My friend Chole is the biggest All Time Low fan and my friend Rachel (who wrote the agnostic guest post) has deep contemplative thoughts.

But... what about Blogspot? (or blogger? Seriously, WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS WEBSITE??) People said that when Twitter became popular, the death of blogs was imminent. But we proved them wrong (well ok you guys did... when Twitter became cool I was still on Club Penguin).

However now Blogspot has a legitimate opponent... the godly tumblr. Does Blogspot stack up? Or are the two incomparable? THE CHOICE IS YOURS, FOREVER.
from here
So here's a little comparison chart I made on the all mystical Picnik, another cool website for people who don't understand Photoshop when you have to edit pictures in a snap! Oh yeah! adVERT!
Isn't it purty? Look at that fancy editing goin' on! i.e. this took me forever to make. So you better like it. Yes I had to put my url in the corner to take credit for this beautifulness. THIS IS THE INTERNET.

Anyways back to the post....
Tumblr used to be another blog hosting website, but now it's described as "Twitter with pictures" by Facebookians. Instead of being a legitimate blog for most of Tumblr citizens, it's a personalized online smorgasbord of each individual's favorite stuff. You can really get to know somebody through their tumblr.
What do you guys think? Which is better, tumblr or Blogspot? Or are the two incomparable?
*tumblr isn't just for socially inept people; tumblr folks just pride themselves on being awkward. NERD PRIDE!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Part 2: Another Confused Teenager by Eoin

Here's Part 2 finally (due to me being lazy and not posting things... sorry!!) by Eoin, a 16 year old uber-funny Youtuber and Tumblr-fiend from Ireland! Enjoy!
this is Jen speaking, sorry for the random lightning gif, it's just awesome and I've been looking for an excuse to use it, I think a post about religion is worthy.

Religion is undoubtedly a very relevant topic for teenagers around the world to be discussing. Here in Ireland, I see a massive turn away from religion in people around my age. Ireland is known as a very religious country around the world, but I think that that is just another generalisation. After all, some people do think that Irish people dance around fields all day, singing gibberish songs while getting drunk. And that's obviously not true either. Don't get me wrong, the majority of the older generation in Ireland are still quite religious and attend mass at least once a week. But I think that habit and religiousness shall die out with that generation.

I don't believe in God myself, but I'm not sure if I'd consider myself an Atheist. My father, who would be relatively religious doesn't know that I don't believe in God, but I'm not sure it's necessary to tell him this. It would just upset him, and I'm not going to try and convince a man, set in his religious ways for the past 50-odd years, that God doesn't exist. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, and is entitled to believe in what they want to believe in. 

There are many reasons why I don't believe in God. Most of which are relating to the utter lack of proof that God ever existed. But I think that it would be a lot easier to just quote from an essay my brother wrote, to explain the main reasons why I don't believe in him.

"Many people turn to religion to provide meaning to their lives. Only fear of death and the need for meaning could drive otherwise rational people to believe in an invisible dictator in the sky. Some extremists are even so determined to find significance in their lives that they are willing to kill and die for it. Religion must be a comfort when a loved one dies, or indeed when you yourself are close to death. However, from an atheist's point of view, I would prefer to live my life knowing that when it's over, it's over, instead of living in blissful ignorance"

I've quoted from this essay several times while writing different paragraphs and stories on religion, and I've always loved that paragraph. Doesn't it really just make you think? I'd like to hear a person who believes in God's reaction to that paragraph above.
One of Eoin's videos which he does with his friend Adam; Eoin is the one with the awesome hat. 
Thanks Eoin!!
What do you guys think? Do you think religiousness will die out in Ireland? Do you agree with Eoin's brother's statement? 
p.s. my friend Alisha started a blog!! Go check it out now!! I command you!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs.... and how he changed the world

As you probably know, Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has lost his tortuous fight with pancreatic cancer. As you also probably know, Steve Jobs was beyond amazing. Apple (and the world) has lost a ground-shaking, awesome intellectual.
Sorry for asking the obvious question, but where would the world be if it wasn't for Steve Jobs? Obviously some other company probably would have invented iPods and iPads and fancy computers with really pretty wallpapers but still. They wouldn't have an i in front of it! AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE iCARLY.

We also wouldn't have those really annoying text screen shot conversations where people admit their deep feelings for each other. C'mon. Like we're really supposed to believe you didn't stage that.

But another pressing question... where will we be without Steve Jobs? Did he have the idea for the next big thing but couldn't execute it? And what will come next? Is Windows going to take over? THE DRAMA!

But in conclusion, Steve Jobs was a genius who changed the world, starting from his garage. He proved that you can do something radical with the smallest resources (well if you read Outliers or had your dad summarize it for you, that's a different story). But he also proved that you can do something awesome today, not tomorrow.

He changed the world by following his dream and now the whole world found out about his passing on the devices he created. He really did seize the day.

Rest in peace Steve Jobs, you'll be missed! Thank you for everything you gave to the world!
What do you guys think? Where would the world be without Steve Jobs? Where will the world be without him? Is Apple going to stay on top, or will another company take over? What technology do you imagine/hope is going to come next?
p.s. VOTE IN THE POLL!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Mothers' Ghosthunting Club

Hello readers of this blog... we're in the midst of Religion Week here (get ready for a great post about religion in Ireland by Eoin!!) but I thought I'd break up the deep-thinking with a weird post. 
The other day I was talking to Marg on the phone, and we started talking about Halloween. I mentioned how, because my mom is in love with this show Ghost Hunters, my family and I are going on some weird "graveyard tour" in Tarrytown, and Marg said

Marg: Oh, my mom loves Ghost Hunters, she just bought an EMF reader...
Me: No way.
Marg: Well... yes...
Me: (calling to my mom) MOM! YOU WON'T BELIVE IT! MARG'S MOM BOUGHT AN EMF READER!

My mom's face drops in absolute shock.

Mom: VAL BOUGHT WHAT?? 
Marg: Yeah, my mom was gonna ask your mom if she wanted to go to a graveyard with her and, like, ghosthunt...
Me: MOM! MARG'S MOM WANTS YOU TO GO GHOSTHUNTING WITH YOU!

My mom is practically dying with happiness.

Me: She wants to go.
Marg: MOM! JEN'S MOM WANTS TO GO GHOSTHUNTING WITH YOU! This is really weird, Jenna...
Me: I know... I know...
Marg: My mom wants to talk to your mom.
Me: Uh, ok, I'll give the phone to my mom.

My mom, who was breathing down my neck at that point, starting jumping up and down like she had peed her pants and hyperventilating and tears the phone from my hand.

Mom: Val? Val? You bought an EMF reader?...!

I started to laugh hysterically.

So in the days since, our moms have planned to go to this random graveyard and test out the EMF reader, get matching jackets, and make a team name. The contenders are:

  1. Real Ghost-Catchers of Connecticut ("You get it? Like Real Housewives of New York," my mom said)
  2. Ghost Huntresses
  3. The Ghost Magnets
  4. The Spirit Stalkers ("ooh I like that one. Do you like that one?")
  5. Ladies with EMFs (It kinda sounds like they have a sexually transmitted disease, but whatever floats their boat)
  6. Have EMFs Will Travel
So, to help Marg's mom and my mom decide on a name, please vote for your favorite in the poll on the sidebar! 
On another note, are any of you doing Nanowrimo this year? This is my first year, so any advice for a noob? (if you guys are, friend me or whatever, my username is jennafortunecookie).

What do you guys think? Are our moms weird or cool? Do you believe in ghosts? What's your favorite team name? VOTE! Are you doing Nanowrimo? Any advice? 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Part 1: What Agnosticism REALLY is, by Rachel

Lately my friends and I have been thinking a lot about religion. And all of this thinking led me to one conclusion: why not do a series of guest posts about it? So here's the first one, by my friend Rachel. 
from my tumblr
I’ve actually been trying to recall when exactly I stopped believing in God, but I can’t. I think this is because I’ve never REALLY believed. Even as a little kid in Sunday school I viewed Bible stories more as entertainment than any way of life. They all just seemed rather silly and unbelievable. 

This is gonna sound stupid, but my first EVER serious boyfriend was atheist, and he and I talked a lot about controversial subjects like politics, religions, etc. One day I asked him why he didn’t believe in God.

His reply was “Why don’t you believe in unicorns?”

I actually don’t remember very well, but my reasons for not believing in unicorns were that 1) I’d never seen one, 2) there was no physical evidence, and 3) pop culture references like books or movies didn’t necessarily have any basis in fact (or something along those lines).

All of these reasons, of course, were easily looped around to God.

So, now considering my “faith” more deeply, I decided to do research (seeing as I’m a nerd).
I read through the entire Bible and found nothing that convinced me of God, and so, branching out, I read the entire (translated) Quran/Koran, which didn’t help me any either. (I actually read the Quran with my boyfriend; it was mostly his idea.)

I also read The Satanist’s Bible by Anton LeVay (WHICH ISN’T ACTUALLY A BOOK ON SATANISM! It’s a book that’s just anti-religion in general), and did extensive research on Wiccanism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Judaism. None of which gave me the type of evidence I was looking for. At this point, I was completely desperate for some God, ANY God, because, let’s be real here, having the feeling that someone’s looking out for you and who only wants the best for you is a REALLY comforting thing to believe.

Are you in my Theology class? With Mrs. Vasaturo? I’m fairly positive that you are.

If not (or maybe you’ve just forgotten; it was a while ago), let me give you a quick story: God was recently compared to Santa Claus in class, and for some reason everyone there thought this made a lot of sense. It does, but not for the reasons they think. I mean, a being who watches you all the time, who rewards you based on your actions, and who punishes those who don’t believe in him? REALLY?

That’s pretty much God.

So, having made it obnoxiously obvious WHY I don’t believe in God, let’s move on the what I DO believe.

It’s called "agnosticism."

Pretty much, it means that I believe there is SOME power that had SOME role in creating SOME part of the universe, but that nothing at all can really be determined beyond that.

I mean, the universe has order. That can’t be denied by anyone, no matter what belief you hold. So obviously, it had to get this order from somewhere. This could be like someone painting an entire complete painting, or just squirting some paint and seeing what happens. Either (metaphorically speaking) is entirely plausible.

Personally (because the agnostic society isn’t organized), I’m more for the "squirting some paint and seeing what happens" theory. It just makes more sense to me. I do, however, sometimes go back and forth between agnostic to atheist-agnostic to all-out atheist to agnostic-theist to just not caring. There are a lot of options, and part of it is that there just ISN’T a way to know.

This depresses some people. I can totally get why it might, at least at the beginning. But, once you put some thought into it, isn’t it just beautiful? Doesn’t it just amaze you to even CONSIDER everything that’s happened so far in the universe? Not just on an entirely human level either, but altogether; taking EVERYTHING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED EVER into account.

I mean, we exist in a pretty damn cool place to have just come about.

Back to bad metaphors: think about it this way: You go over to somebody’s house, and see this HUGE puzzle covering, like, five rooms, and you ask how it got there. The person says “Oh, yeah, I made it. Put it all together—it took millions of years, literally.”

I mean, that’s pretty impressive.

So now imagine you go over to another person’s house, and you see the EXACT same puzzle, and so you ask the same question, and they say “Oh, yeah, well I just put together a small corner of it. From there, it just decided to expand upon itself and change its own pieces to fit everything together nicely, and it’s STILL expanding.”

That’s SO MUCH MORE impressive, right?

Uhh, okay, I’m done being a loser now. I geek out really easily, in case you can’t tell! So, this is all mostly about me; I didn’t really do much to disprove Christianity, mostly because I don’t want to offend anyone.
Thanks Rachel!!
What do you guys think? Do you agree with Rachel? Why or why not? What are your views? Do you want to write a post for this series? (if so, email it to me at jenna565@me.com)