Wednesday, September 29

Yeah, I watched Glee last night...

REVIEW: So I watched the most recent episode of Glee, only because my roommate was interested in seeing Britney Spears, and one thing was made clear. Glee sucks. For starters, no human can sing like those actors. Their voices are so altered and edited that T-Pain would be embarrassed. I've heard all the hype about how awesome they make covers of popular songs. I just thought they were referring to the actual singers, not the engineers and sound guys who spent hours making average people sound like Cher and Jared Leto had a Broadway love child. Sorry, I sound cynical again; but the overt, in your face kumbya themes of world peace, holding hands and "why can't we be friends" seem to have twisted my view of this show. Apparently high school sex sells, especially when its teacher-student romances and janitor's closet hookups. And toss in a few "no hate" lines and you have a perfect storm of sugar coated, politically correct bubble gum. It plays on (and advocates) all kinds of stereotypes in high school (athletes are dumb pigs, cheerleaders are airheads and the nerds are really the only good people on earth), despite the fact that they are all supposedly equals in the same club. Basically I felt like this show says if you are popular, you are a bad person. If you are unpopular, you are a saint. I know it isn't a real representation of high school, and instead is a rather a gross exaggeration made for 17 year old girls, however, it is yet another show making a huge impact on pop culture. Viewers are made to believe that certain behaviors are acceptable and expected, when in reality, they are not. Check the promo clip to see what I mean. So I think that's the last episode of Glee I will ever watch, unless the producers choose to cover blink-182, which will result in a blog that makes my most negative commentaries seem like an Owl City song. Not my type of show; I'll stick with Arrested Development reruns.

Glee. 1/10 (one point because it's a really nice day outside.)

Thursday, September 23

How to deal with the Facebook outage of 2010

So Facebook went down today, which only means that ten years from now, we will ask "where were you when Facebook went down for 30 minutes?" After returning from my stats class, all I wanted to do was post some fire on my roommate's wall about how Boise State is the worst team ever to play in a BCS bowl when I discovered that Facebook was down. What shall I do?!?! After thinking for ten seconds, I have come up with a list of what to do without Facebook. Even though the blackout is ended, it has shown how fragile our lives are, and how the worst can happen at any time. Hope this list helps.

1. Talk about the outage on twitter. Retweet often.
2. Post comments about the outage on Tumblr. Here's mine.
3. Post a YouTube video about the outage
4. Try to make a humorous blog mocking the outage
5. Post a Skype update about the outage.
6. Stock up on bottled water and canned goods to make it through the outage.
7. Start your own social network
8. Check your Myspace...nah, just kidding, that's ridiculous.
9. Watch TV for updates on the outage
10. Text your friend in California to see if Facebook is down outside of America.
11. Call 911.
12. Panic.
13. Get into the fetal position and cry.
14. Actually start the homework that is due tomorrow.
15. Stock up on firearms
16. Blame Obama/Glenn Beck
17. Write a parody song about it.
18. Create an ironic t-shirt about the outage on
19. Do the laundry
20. Offset your carbon emissions
21. Discover that this is actually all a marketing ploy to promote The Social Network.
22. Overreact. 

I am glad to say that no one was injured or killed during this time of hardship. I hope this helps to prepare you for future blackouts. 

Monday, September 6

"How To Handle An Active Shooter"

Hello, I know it's been a while; I just haven't found anything interesting to put up until now. I saw this video a while back, and I think this should be required viewing for all students from college on down. The fact that a guy was willing to hold Discovery Channel hostage shows just what kind of messed up world we live in today. I don't see why high schools and colleges do not have a realistic drill or live action scenario for when a shooter is in the building. Turning off the lights and staying quiet is great in the best case scenario, but what if it was during an assembly, basketball game or lunch period? "Not initiating or taking action will get you killed." I guess that means our cute little red card, green card system at my old high school won't be helping a whole lot...which reminds me about a blog I will eventually write about guns on campus...not as ridiculous as you think. Instead of getting Jasooooon Deeruuuulooo for GVSU's homecoming, maybe we should bring this dude in for a seminar.

Protect - How to Handle an Active Shooter from Andrew Muscato on Vimeo.

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