Tuesday, January 5, 2010

On The Ground.

Last night I went to see the new George Clooney movie. Let me start by saying this was NOT what I expected. Considering it had Anna Kendrick, I was mostly thinking it would be a chick flick. Definitely Not.
Now, I really liked the movie. It was silly in some places, really serious in others, and thought provoking throughout. But most importantly, it was realistic. It begins with a man, not in a "good" place, but content and happy and perfectly willing to continue in the same direction. Then all these things happen, his way of life is threatened, he is given a glimpse of something else that might be even better. But everything falls down around him and if we're honest, that often actually happens. An the whole thing ends with him right back where he started, albeit with a little perspective.
It was refreshing to see a movie that shows how most things actually happen. However, I don't think all movies should do that. This one started with an unlikely situation and normal things unfolded whereas most start with a normal situation and unreasonable things unfold. That's what makes most movies an escape. Which is their purpose. But it was the balance that stayed intact that made this so good. It wasn't completely believable, but it wasn't completely unbelievable.
In short, it was different. And therefore, refreshingly good.

Monday, December 21, 2009


the essay I wrote for University of Chicago on my favorite things(they asked for music, books, and other stuff like that. I added "memes")

John Green and J.K. Rowling are my favorite authors. We all know that Harry Potter has touched many lives and introduced many kids, including myself, to better books, stories, and music. Mr. Green is much less well known, even if many feel he writes just as well. He poses questions few others are willing to ask of young adults, while deeply connecting and understanding someone much younger than himself.

I love all music, even if most couldn't call it music. I feel that music, along with the other arts, allows those of us who aren't so adept to words to still express ourselves. But if I had to choose a style of music that is my favorite I would have to go with Hank Green, who happens to be the brother of John, and Kimya Dawson with their kitschy, sort of talentless, yet refreshing music. Kimya Dawson was the inspiration for the music in the highly popular movie Juno and Hank is a YouTube sensation. Neither cares that they are nowhere near what most would call "good", however, they still sing because it is fun and it means something to them. They set an example that if you love something, you can simply create it for yourself.

Incidentally, Hank and John Green are the creators of my favorite, for lack of a better word, meme, Nerdfighters. Nerdfighters are made of awesome. They fight WorldSuck, the things that make the world suck more, like hungry children or malaria. Nerdfighters are simply about making the world better by connecting thousands of people all over the world who are, put simply, a bit offbeat. As John Green sais, "A lot of life is about doing things that don't suck with people who don't suck." We even have a slogan, Don't Forget to Be Awesome.

Monday, June 22, 2009


today was remarkable because absence really does make the heart grow fonder. i want him down here. please.

i'm awful...

i haven't done a remarkable moment in MONTHS.
don't hate me, please?

today isn't over yet.
so i'll do yesterday.

mainly, this entire week will be remarkable because i am where i am. in the middle of a nature preserve. in the middle of one of the most beautiful beaches i've ever seen.

today's should be better. we're going to Seaside and driving down 30A.
...i've been waiting two years to do this. i've become obsessed with these towns and the way people live and feel in them. i wanna live here. i wanna love here.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

and after all, you're my wonderwall.

i am breathing.
i have people who love me.
and i will keep going.
and that's pretty damn remarkable.

"don't wonder why people go crazy.
wonder why they don't.
in the face of what we can lose in a day,
in and instant,
wonder what the hell it is that keeps us together."

Thursday, January 8, 2009

sealion :)

having a very nice discussion of values and such with Mike.
my remarkable moment is a tie.
i haven't had one of these sorts of convos in a while.
it's either this or getting accepted into Honor Society/Beta Club.
this wins.
yay Mike :)
yay new perspectives.
yay new ideas.
boo stupid people.
anyway, i've had a decent day. my spanish class may murder me, but i WILL have an amazing lunch.

what's 17 hours divided by two?