Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Sunday, Sunday / Tuesday, Tuesday (43 + 44)

Well, I’ve had a crappy couple of weeks. I’m still getting over whatever foreign flu I had in my system and am currently dealing with a passing within my family. Luckily, I have the best family around me to get through all of this, and that’s all we can ever ask for really when something happens.

Work has definitely been helping by taking my mind off everything, so let’s jump into all that and laugh at my mental instability when it comes to watching American Horror Story.

I love horror. Give me blood, gore, and a good scare and I’ll be happy. You’d think a show like American Horror Story wouldn’t phase me, and it wasn’t during the first season. I mean, there were times where I grabbed my blessed IKEA shark Steve (named after Spielberg, of course), but I wasn’t terrified of it.

But then came Asylum.

I’m only four episodes in, but Christ the closer of the third episode ‘Nor’easter’ had me both in shock and slightly nauseated. Same goes for the fourth episode ‘I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)’, I can’t believe how dark this series is, and how when you think its as messed up as it can get, it gets even worse ... and I love it. 

You know how obsessed I am learning about American theme parks, especially Universal and Disney. Disney’s California Adventure has always been intriguing to me, since it has always seemed a bit out of place compared to the parks in Disney World.

Who would have thought that there was quite a bit of history surrounding the entrance to the park alone, but here we are. These sorts of videos get me so excited, and now I’m really hyped after finding out that they’re redeveloping Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier, along with California Screamin’ being rethemed into the Incredicoaster

Anime has been a passion of mine ever since I saw Pokemon for the first time. My brother … not so much.

I mean, he watched Pokemon and other anime’s as a kid along with me, but not to the extent that I did. As the kind, caring brother that he is, he would eventually begin to take the piss out me for watching it.

But lo and behold, his mate got him onto Cowboy Bebop and ooohhh how the tables have turned. He’s in love with it and is forcing me to watch it now, too. I’ve been meaning to anyway, and I got around to watching the first episode this evening.  

It’s amazing, awesome, everything I thought it would be. I prefer watching anime in Japanese with subtitles. But to keep my brother happy, I’m watching the episodes twice with the dub too, since Steven Blum voices Spike and he loves him.  
If you hadn’t guessed already, NowThis Nerd is becoming one of my favourite YouTube channels. They’ve been killing it recently, and they’ve currently begun some small series regarding ‘What Could Go Wrong With’, and a video detailing ‘The Right Way to Adapt a Philip K. Dick story’.

I just love sci-fi, okay.

The grunge scene of the 1990s is an absolute haven for me, and its hard not to see that period of time with rose-colored glasses. I wasn’t alive nor there when it began, or when it ended. 

It’s not hard to imagine how stressful of a time it was, especially if a musician in a successful band had previous addictions/demons that were often made worse by touring and recording.

An example of someone coming out of the 90s relatively unscathed, however, is the badass woman that is Patty Schemel. The drummer for Hole, Schemel battelled her demons, addictions, alcoholism, and homelessness and is more than happy to speak out about it, being the focus of the 2011 documentary Hit So Hard and the subject of this fantastic DAZED interview. 

A collective of Guardian writers have compiled a list regarding the best seasons of the best television shows, which is chock full of spoilers. But if you’re a television buff – like myself – a lot of these series (Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Seinfeld, etc.) you’ve definitely seen by now.

These writers explore an area within the television dome that is surprisingly not mentioned enough. Breaking Bad might be one of the best series of all time, but which season was the catalyst? The same goes for Game of Thrones. And the best thing about this is, it’s all down to personal opinion.


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