Sunday, July 7, 2013

Not With A Fizzle, But With A Bang

I've been feeling pretty good this past week. I'm done with doctors until later this month, and there's no use worrying and pacing about things right now. Hanging out with Elizabeth during the days and staying up late with friends on Skype has been keeping me in good spirits, and both are definitely worth sacrificing my sleep schedule for. It's summer, after all, and there's no point seriously looking for a job until after VidCon anyway (although I've been tentatively searching), so I may as well live it up. (To me, "living it up" means playing games on Omgpop and Habbo till 4 a.m. with my home fries on Skype. I feel like I should throw a gang sign here.)

I'm also ready to come out from under the rock I've been hiding beneath for the past week. In reality, it's been a rather poor excuse for a break. I've tumbl'd and blogged, although I did disappear from Twitter and haven't uploaded to my personal channel on YouTube for about two weeks. But it was much needed and I'm refreshed. Like a phoenix risen from the ashes, except probably more like a hobo wearing a torn cardigan and emerging in slow motion from a dumpster while Xtina's "Lotus Intro" plays in the background. (Side note: If you know me, you know I'm actually in love with that disaster of a song and I sing it to my friends whenever I have the chance. Check it out so you can get the full mental image.)

Like I've said before, Twitter is probably my favorite social site, and I guess I unintentionally came back not with a fizzle, but more so with a bang, which is where the title of this entry comes into play.

Easy A, good movie
Perhaps I come across as an ass sometimes, but I really believe people deserve to know what's going on in the video world these days, and if I have to bust some balls doing it, I don't really care. I think most people see it, but they're too afraid of burning bridges to say anything. But bridges built with bills are flimsy and dangerous and not anything I want to tread upon. I'll take a good ol' fashion bridge built out of hard work and dignity any day. (Well, maybe not the dignity. I flushed that down the toilet a while ago.) It's always interesting to see who pops out of the woodwork after just a few generalized tweets. It's like my grandma always said, "Find a running mouth and there's usually a guilty conscious nearby." (You know you're a Southerner when you constantly quote an older, wiser relative.)

Quite frankly, if I were in the audience of most vloggers these days, I'd feel insulted the video makers think I'd be dumb enough to not see their real intentions. I've written volumes about this in the past, and I'm done writing in length about things for now (Did I write a blog entry about this? I might not have posted it, actually), but sometimes I just can't help myself on Twitter. It's too much fun. And so I've decided to showcase a few of my favorite gifs/pngs here of Roger Smith from American Dad! Roger is one of my many spirit animals, and these are all faces you can be sure I'm making whenever I'm tweeting.

A few other things. My artist friend, Terry, is also the founder of the Gnerd podcast (link) and had me on the show yesterday to talk about nerdy-type things. (The episode should be up Wednesday, I think. I'll post a link here when it is.) I had such a blast participating, and it made me miss the good ol' days of the Cup of Joe podcast. Now, I'm not saying it's gonna happen, but the past few weeks I've been throwing around ideas in my head about starting up another podcast, and participating in the Gnerd show just sort of reaffirmed that, yeah, I really do miss it. It's been about two years since the COJ podcast went on hiatus so I could focus on my educational endeavors, and I still get weekly messages asking if it will ever return. I'm still not sure, but I'm closer to wrapping my mind around the idea.

Finally, I'd like to leave you with a quote. No explanations--just a quote. I'm not sure I even could offer an explanation. I'm not a really someone who goes around posting quotes everywhere (not that I have anything against that, of course. Quotes are fun. And I also realize I'm saying this after posting a quote from my grandmother a few paragraphs up), but this quote has been on my mind for a long, long time now. It's a J.D. Salinger quote, found in Joyce Maynard's At Home in the World, but I originally read it in Betsy Lerner's The Forest for the Trees (which I recommend for anyone who likes to write).
"One day a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of." - J.D. Salinger