Daria Now

It’s been 20 years since Daria first graced TV screens with her sardonic, monotone genius. To mark the anniversary, we revisited the series’ 10 very best episodes. In looking back to the late ’90s, though, we wondered: Where are the show’s beloved characters now? Well, thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have our answer. EW recently brought together co-creator Susie…

via Daria creator imagines what the cast looks like 20 years later — Consequence of Sound

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Stay Enlightened and Keep It Civil

It’s been a while.  Sometimes it seems like just yesterday I started this blog and sometimes it feels like a lifetime.  It’s very strange having something that documents how I’ve felt about life over the years and how that’s changed with me.  There’s been a lot happening in the world and in my personal life and I thought, hey why not write a bit, so hello.  I wouldn’t be who I am if I didn’t discus politics, but I don’t feel like writing about policy or anything, so here are some of my experiences of  the past few months.

This past election I followed almost every turn, as I do with most elections.  This one was a little different for me though, it felt a bit more personal.  I knew the results of the election would have a big impact on my life over the next four years.  I’m not going to hide it, I’m a Clinton supporter.  I do not support Donald Trump or Mike Pence and could go on for days about my opinions on them, but hey that’s what Twitter’s for.  Trump’s election win lead to quite the emotional rollercoaster for not only me but my entire school.  Teachers and students spoke openly about their feelings and concerns (the majority of people in my school were Clinton supporters) and made sure everyone knew that the sadness and anger we felt was channeled into action.  Following the election I did go out and protest on several occasions for the rights of all Americans.  I protested to show that I’m watching my government and country and any injustice will not be tolerated.  Once the sadness died down a bit things got a little tense.  I’ve had my share of interactions with openly racist, Islamophobic, and homophobic people.  In fact I had a discussion with some people today, and it was interesting.

Now, I am not a fan of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, or nearly any of the people in his cabinet, but I am willing to listen to anyone who is.  A friend of mine shared with me that they had indeed voted for Donald Trump.  This person is someone who I consider to be one of the most kind-hearted and selfless people I know.  They don’t fit the generic Trump supporter stereotype.  I asked them what made them want to vote for Trump over Clinton and listened.  I don’t agree with any of their political views.  There were some things they said that I felt very passionate about.  I’m a black person who fully supports Black Lives Matter, and the friend of mine is someone who’s white and doesn’t.  Although we feel very differently about various things happening in the country and have a different set of morals I listened and learned a lot about my friend.  I think that’s important.  I listened to someone I completely disagree with and learned from that experience.  We didn’t have a debate or try and convince the other to change their opinions, but rather listened with the intention of understanding the other better.  I understand there’s lots of personal attacks happening around the country with various political moves that have been made.  I absolutely believe that people should be angry and upset with what’s happening and should speak up and against the hate and fear.  I’m with them and will continue to voice my opinions to my peers, congressmen, and in the streets in protest.  While this is all good and dandy it’s important to know that real people did vote for the person I don’t approve of, and the only way to not become divided and vilify the other side is to listen to one another and try and understand each other.  As long as they’re willing to have an open and respectful discussion I’m all ears and will gladly partake.

I encourage you all to stay informed.  Get your news from nonpartisan news outlets to educate yourself on the current affairs of the world.  Don’t just take someone’s word for something and keep others in mind.  Every action will affect someone, it may not be you but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care.  Make sure your voice is heard and speak out against injustice, but remember to stay respectful and safe.  God Bless!

Animals in 2017

Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Brice Ezell looks back at Pink Floyd’s bleakest album, which feels eerily relevant in these grave times. When it comes to Pink Floyd and politics, one refrain tends to ring louder than the others:…

via Pink Floyd’s Animals Pulls No Political Punches 40 Years Later — Consequence of Sound

She Said It Best

In just the last 48 hours, two black men have died at the hands of police officers. 37-year-old Alton Sterling was fatally shot during an arrest while pinned down to the ground in Baton Rouge early Tuesday; yesterday, 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot in a St. Paul, Minnesota suburb as he tried to reach for…

via Beyoncé on Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings: “Stop killing us” — Consequence of Sound

My Love of Film Has Become an Obsession

I really like movies.  I could watch them all day and not get tired of it.  I like dissecting them.  There’re some movies I could watch 50 times in a row and get something new out of it each time.  Some stick with me more than others.  Sometimes I’ll watch a movie and it’ll be all I think about for the next 2 weeks.  Music and movies are a bit of an obsession of mine.

The other day while I was in the car with my mom I told her about how when I see a movie that I really like I’ll watch it repeatedly maybe 4 or 5 times in a row if I can.  Then I asked her what her thing is that she likes to dissect and analyze.  She said she feels that way about music, but she doesn’t analyze it as much when she listens to it.  This made me think about obsessions and passion.  It’s interesting to me how some people have certain passions in life and others don’t.  That’s just a bit odd to me.  There are some things that people know they’re passionate about, while there are some other people who don’t have a passion for specific things.  It’s the idea that people can be wired so differently no matter the circumstance in life that’s interesting I guess.

There’s no point to what I’m trying to write.  I’m not even quite sure of what I’m trying to say.  This may just be a result of the state of mind that is formed after you watch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind everyday for 4 days.  Hopefully this rant is somewhat coherent.

Sleeping Backwards

Oh how do I love having a reversed internal clock while also having to go to school and wake up at 5am every morning!  I swear I’ve tried.  Time and time again I’ve tried, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I just have a backwards internal clock.  I’m the type of person who needs at least 9 hours of sleep to be a functional human being.  This is probably because I’m still a teenager, but when I sleep and don’t have an alarm clock waking me mid dream, I’ll be out for about 9-12 hours.  Should I be concerned?  I don’t think so.  I think that’s pretty normal for someone my age.  I love to sleep.  It’s a passion of mine if I can call it that.  I’ve been known to do some pretty long sessions, without the help of any substances.  My longest uninterrupted sleep, 17 hours.  Naps are a natural thing for me.  I function best when I can have a mid day nap.

My love for sleeping has been something I’ve been struggling with for quite some time now.  During summer break, or any break from school longer than a week, I’ll revert into my natural sleeping pattern.  When I don’t have a reason I have to be awake early in the morning or late at night I end up naturally staying up later and sleeping in longer.  By the third week of summer break, if I haven’t had to be awake at a certain time, I’ll stay up until 3-6am and sleep until 12-3pm.  It’s just what happens.  I don’t stay up late to prove anything or do anything, it’s just when I naturally fall asleep.  It’s also when I’m my most creative.  I think I’m a pretty creative person and I do most my creating after dark.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t play guitar or write something before 8pm, but that does mean that I get the most unique ideas at night.  Most of my blog posts are written during the deep hours of the night when my mind is all over the place.  I love it.  There’s something inspiring about being awake at night that gives my brain it’s creative brain juice.

This is all fine except for the fact that the majority of the year I’m in school and have to wake up at around 5am.  This means to get a good night’s sleep I need to be in bed by 8pm.  As much as I would love to be in bed by 8, that’s just unrealistic.  I know myself and it’s a good day if I’m asleep by 10.  That’s not good for my brain or body.  I’m not going to sit around and blame everything and everyone around me about me not getting enough sleep during the school year, but there have been studies done that show that most teenagers have a different internal clock then adults.  Our brains aren’t fully formed, as my mom loves to remind me, which means things are a little wonky.  Including when our brain releases the “sleepy chemicals”.

“Changes to this circadian rhythm occur during adolescence, when most teens experience a sleep phase delay. This shift in teens’ circadian rhythm causes them to naturally feel alert later at night, making it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11:00 pm”  ~sleepfoundation.org

It’s not just me.  It annoys me so much that my school starts at 7:30am.  If I’m not biologically going to sleep until 11pm how am I supposed to get 9 hours of sleep and get to school in the morning.  I know schools can’t run at night, people have jobs and after school activities to attend, so do I.  Thus, the conflict.  Forcing myself to fight against my body clock in order to be a somewhat functional member of society.  It’s 10:35pm, I’m eating Cheerios, and before writing this post I was wired.  Now, I’m getting sleepy…And coffee is becoming a good (but unhealthy) friend of mine.