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Showing posts from March, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

For those who haven't heard, this is not merely a re-telling of the little girl gone down the rabbit hole. As it happens, it is somewhat a mixture of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, with a few dashes of good old Tim Burton flair thrown in. We've gone to see it twice now, once in the standard version, once in 3-D. I'm becoming more and more attached to this whole 3-D movie idea, and I would recommend seeing the 3-D version.
The movie plays about with a number of the classic conventions of Alice, but adds in little details like Alice's clothes neither growing nor shrinking with her. The March Hare is highly amusing, and Stephen Fry's Cheshire Cat is, in a word, delicious, for all that his part seems small in the film.
Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, unsurprisingly, is a role with significantly more depth than I'd have imagined for the character, which is carried off phenomenally. Changes in the Hatter's mood are marked by his shifti…

What I am Building

I quit going to college around six years ago, and while I can't precisely say that I haven't looked back, it is not a decision that I particularly regret. I wasn't going for the right reasons, had no idea what I really wanted to do, and was absolutely terrified that I would get all the way through to graduation only to realize that I really wanted a completely different degree for a completely different career. I also allowed that fear to influence my work ethic, and fell into the same habits I had in High School. I finished assignments late, poorly, both of the above, or not at all. It's not that I couldn't do the work, or that I didn't have time--I just prioritized poorly, and my GPA paid the price. I graduated HS with a 3.23 on a 5-point scale, and the last I checked, my GPA at Parkland was somewhere in the realm of a 1.16 on a 4-point scale. Because I hate writing papers.
Odd, isn't that, since I'm writing this, and I love to write in general. …

On the nature of love

Our hands touch, and the distance between us closes. We shut our eyes, shutting out the world, just for this moment, just to feel this single, solitary feeling. Our lips meet, each of us wrapping our arms around each other. We can feel two heartbeats. They do not beat as one. We are not one. You do not complete me, nor I you, for this implies that each of us, on our own, is somehow incomplete. But we complement each other, you and I. In this moment, all my guard falls away, all the walls I keep around myself, and I just...feel. There is a connection between us that I can feel, like a single candle flame in the endless caverns of the mind, of the soul. We are not one, but the light in each of us is made stronger by the light in each other. The kiss ends, and the embrace, but the feeling does not.
"Remember to pick up sweetener at the store, and to order that thing for my phone," you say.
"I will."
I have lunch with a friend, take your paycheck to the bank, h…

Considering the Structure

Since I'm in a writing mood, I think I shall capitalize on it, and continue with my explanation of the process of Remodeling My Brain. When you are doing any sort of remodeling, one must consider the structure in which you are working. If you are remodeling a kitchen, you have to consider all aspects, not just where you want the cabinets, but the location of pipes, wires, walls, and the condition of all of the above, as well as setting up a sensible layout (if your kitchen is only 10x8 with large doorways and limited wall-space, a center island is not a good idea, for example) so that your remodeling continues to provide you with a usable space.The same is true of remodeling your brain or your life. One must consider the structure, both current and desired, and what changes must be made to said structure to create something effective, efficient, and useful. In my case, a lot of this involved reviewing my daily and weekly routine and considering which parts of it were useful an…

A view of the inside of my head--careful, I'm remodeling!

For anyone who's been reading on my Facebook status updates of late, I've been dropping a lot of little hints and vague references to what has been going on in my head lately, but I have left out a great deal of detail, both due to time constraints and, frankly, due to doubting anyone would be interested. Based on comments and conversations I've been having with friends and family, I've come to the conclusion that I may have been mistaken. In light of this, I've decided to share the practices that I recently chose to add to my life, with the intention of bettering myself.To begin, I will qualify the phrase "bettering myself." I think we all have some idea of who we are, how we perceive ourselves, and how we are perceived by others. I have struggled for a number of years now with a major conflict between who I wanted to be, and who I feel I am. When I was younger, I think around second grade, I took one sort of IQ test or another, and while the number…