Day 14: Blogger’s Choice!

Since today I had the choice of adding whatever I wanted to RKB, I toyed around with the lil’ apps you see on your right. –>

The first time I had to add widgets as part of this 30 Day Challenge, I remember reading about how to add those lil’ boxes with about.me, but at the time I was too impatient to try. Well, today I finally figured it out! It took some toying around but I made an about.me profile, connected some of my most frequented social networks, and look! Now it’s so easy for you to click on them and they’re so colorful and cute!

I’ve always wanted to figure out how to do this for awhile, and I’m just so happy I finally did it.

Cool! Now you can click away!

PS: about.me didn’t have all the app connections to the sites I typically frequent (especially the music ones) or they had some, but then it looked too aesthetically unbalanced for my taste when I posted them on here. So, be sure to check out my ‘About Me‘ page where I have everything hyperlinked. 🙂

Day 13: Build A (Better) Blogroll

Today’s Assignment: Create, edit, or expand your blogroll.”

I didn’t have a blogroll until today so voila! Behold!

To the bottom right of my widget bar, you will see 3 blogs I have recommended to you, my lovely readers:

Jen’s Post Grad Life – Jen is one of my oldest friends; We’ve known each other for almost 10 years now, first meeting in the Alto section in our middle school choir. We were always involved in choir and the musicals at our middle school/high school, roomed together when our Chamber Singers group toured Italy and Austria in 2007…Needless to say, we have an extensive, exciting, and humorous history.

Jen is probably one of the few people I know who is on my wavelength, trying to find her place in the world, trying to find work in a creative field that she loves. We’ve really been bonding over our situation the past couple of months, and that’s why I want you to check out her blog. Like me, she’s also a 20-something going through a transitional period. And even though we’ve both seen our fair share of ups and downs, at the end of the day I know we can get through this together! Be sure to check ‘er out. 🙂

What Will I Cook Today? – My good friend Sam has been posting to this blog for a few years now. She’s an AWESOME baker/cook and concocts the most DELICIOUS, healthy things! (Seriously, she once had me try a piece of Vegan Vanilla Bean Cheesecake…it was DIVINE) Definitely check her out if you’re looking for delicious, nutritious food and goodies. She does not disappoint!

Texts from TNG – This is actually a Tumblr site, but oh my gosh does it make me lawl so hard. This meld of Texts From Last Night and Star Trek caps are genius. Whoever decided to combine the two, I sincerely salute you. There’s other sites like this on Tumblr; I know there’s Voyager one, I think there’s a DS9 one too. But anyway, if you’re a Trek nerd and love to laugh this blog is absolutely perfect.

I still feel a little new to the whole blogroll concept, so this list is bound to grow but don’t you worry.

Stay tuned, everyone!

Day 12: From Comment To Blog Post – Be Inspired By The Community

Today’s assignment: Write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog.”

Alright, so yesterday I commented on three blogs and after weighing the comments I left and debating how much I was inspired by the posts, I decided I wanted this post to be about Cosmos and why I believe it will positively impact the future of pop culture.

I commented on the ALL THINGS SCIENCE blog (You can see my comment here) expressing my excitement for the return of intellectual/scientific programming to a mainstream media channel (even if it is FOX…). In my eyes, this is huge.

Last night’s episode was killer, by the way. It talked about COMETS, Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Halley, and stars. I love the graphics, the animation, I love Neil deGrasse Tyson narrating and leading this “Spacetime Odyssey”, continuing to carry the still-blazing torch of Carl Sagan. It’s awesome, inspiring, enlightening, and absolutely refreshing to this a show like this make headway, even with the controversial creationists nipping at Cosmos’ heels. We get to see the both sides of the public’s reaction to science in real time and no matter what the other thinks or believes, this can mean nothing but good because we are finally talking about these things out in the open. Science is making good dinner/social media conversation, making up for lost time when it fell out of the regular conversation scope for awhile; Blame it on the postmodern age if you must but whatever the reason, science has made a comeback in our daily dialog and these conversations won’t be going away anytime soon.

Another thing I mentioned in my comment yesterday, was how happy I was to see Star Trek-alum Brannon Braga’s name in the Cosmos credits. Good for him playing a critical role in Cosmos (Executive Producer) and ensuring its success! The world of science and the world of science-fiction are very closely related in my opinion.

When in comes to fantasy and science-fiction, it’s believability that is important; When it comes to real life scientific facts and calculation, it is the imagination that must be called forth so that the scientist may be encouraged to continue discovering. The two are crucially linked. For example, warp drive and transporters – They don’t exist in today’s world, but knowing how far we’ve come scientifically, technologically, we know that one day it may be possible, and possibility and believability are two skeleton keys on the keychain of innovation and can be the promise of a new tomorrow.

Before we accepted our solar system as heliocentric, something probed the mind of Copernicus. It must’ve been part imagination and part “what if”. Through observation and staring at the night sky, he somehow figured it out and let me tell you, his discovery was probably not motivated by prestige, popularity, money, or fame. The questions presented themselves to him and he fervently searched for the answers, devoting his life to something he cared so deeply about.

I’ve been watching Star Trek since I was practically born. There’s a home video floating around somewhere where at the age of 2 or 3 and while teething on a wooden spoon, I am captivated watching Next Gen or Voyager playing on the screen. And because of this early exposure to Star Trek, I’ve always credited Captain Janeway as being my first legitimate, positive, female role model (and these days I’m more vocal about it because I think it’s important to talk about) and I have my dad to thank for that; He was the one who realized the importance of presenting a character I could look up to as a young girl, especially within the strange, patriarchal-based world we currently live in. I don’t think he could have anticipated that that sense of allegiance continues to carry over now at 23-years-old, but I think I look up to Janeway more now than I did then. I will even go so far as to say I would not be who I am today, had Captain Janeway never been introduced to me. I’m 100% sure of that. (I can talk about how much Captain Janeway has influenced my life ad nauseam, but that is a different post for a different day.) 🙂

What’s so great about Star Trek is that it tells stories that are relatable, memorable, and innovative. After our planet had been explored and charted, where else were our stories supposed to go but to the stars? Gene Roddenberry was smart enough to realize that. Since TOS (The Original Series) with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, et al, Star Trek has projected an ideal future of people working together to solve problems regardless of their race, gender, (and in this case) species. It gave (and still continues to give) people a myth to live by, to follow (For more on Star Trek, myth, and Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey’ I suggest watching William Shatner’s 2012 documentary ‘Get A Life!‘ where all this is broken down really well), to better inform our lives somehow. There are archetypes that break through in every movie, in every installment of the TV series that personally reflects on our inner being and make us reflect on ourselves as human beings.

This is a great, wondrous thing. Despite television’s upsets, downfalls, and passivity and all the garbage that somehow makes it on to the screen (Neil Postman would probably have more to add about this), here we have a phenomena of sorts: A fictional TV show so uplifting and marvelous it has inspired, encouraged, and motivated hundreds if not thousands of people to become doctors, astrophysicists, scientists, engineers around the world. These stories are real. They have been documented and cataloged, especially in quite a few Star Trek documentaries. This continues to fascinate me and I think it is an important thing to recognize – Pop culture can lead to marvelous, positive things!

When a show like Cosmos gets put on the air, it is no small order. It is a massive step (the first of many, I hope) towards progress, towards uplifting the human race to get out there, explore, learn, think, do the most with our corporeal bodies as we humanly can. When children watch this show they are captivated, when lost 20-somethings like myself watch this show we are temporarily calmed about our futures and eager to learn more. TV shows like this have the capacity to change, change for the better. This is the stuff that makes kids want to be a part of this world. Not feel the need to participate in a decaying social construct that encourages destructive behaviors and habits and treating human relationships with disdain and not compassion (i.e. the majority of Reality TV).

If we can collectively make a pact to create and influence positive pop culture, I am sure we can make this world a better place to live in, to be a part of, emotionally and scientifically. This is the beauty of Cosmos, the beauty of Star Trek, and the potentiality we all have to play a role in making good things happen in our world, by encouraging these wonderful things. We have been starved for too long. I welcome Cosmos as our first dose of delicious pop culture nutrition, and I for one can’t wait for my second helping.

 

Day 11: Be A Good Neighbor – Leave Comments On Three New Blogs

Since I’ve started my blog, I’ve been relatively quiet on the commenting front. So far I’ve only independently posted and responded to other comments on my page. Today marks my branching out. I commented on three blogs today:

1. It’s All Dead – I follow and dig this online music magazine because they tend to post about bands/artists within a vein I’m familiar with. They recently posted the newest Against Me! music video for their single “Black Me Out” off Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The album’s pretty solid. I haven’t listened to it in awhile, but may revisit it soon after watching the video.

The first (and only) time I saw Against Me! live was September 2005 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford when they opened for Green Day on their American Idiot tour. I saw Jimmy Eat World that night too. Laura Jane Grace was still Tom Gabel at that point but regardless, as a bright-eyed 14-year-old I just remember being swept by the music. That was my first legit concert too. I was in the pit…It was one of the best nights of my life.

2. All Things Science – Sapeck Agrawal wrote a nice writeup on the new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson (It’s on again tonight at 9, by the way!) and I just had to comment on it. I’m just so stoked science is making its way back to the mainstream again. It’s been awhile since it’s been in the spotlight. Positive pop culture like this tends to inspire and encourage young minds with their future pursuits – and how awesome is that?

3. Creative Database – This blog found and posted a HILARIOUS video of puppets describing Joseph Campbell’s monomyth. I LOL’d so hard! It’s absolutely genius. In fact, I’m going to leave it here for you all to watch. It is informative, yet absolutely priceless. Get into Joseph Campbell, my friends! You will not regret it 🙂

A Regrettable Vent: Typical Diary of an American 21st Century 20-something

I’m spiraling to nowhere.

Everything I get involved in seems like a half-assed attempt at trying to achieve something that never really goes anywhere.

My horoscope has been cryptic as fuck or just super vague, and I’m starting to realize maybe I’ve grown too dependent on it. I’ve grown too dependent on a lot of things.

I feel like everywhere I turn vines jump out and tie me down. Some of them come out of myself, others come from the outside.

I don’t know what I’m interested anymore. Don’t know what I want, what’s best. No one fucking understands what’s happening to me, what I’m going through. I’ve heard the same shit over and over. But it’s different from what you went through. Drowning you out and I don’t care anymore. Watching your hand gestures from my peripheral and I could care less. I feel like I need to move away and I don’t care how I get there. The world’s a different place now. And if you’re not Business, you’re not wanted. You’re voided out. To be trapped within your own mind is one of the worst things. It doesn’t physically hurt but just feels so damn suffocating and paralyzing. How can I possibly move?

Was I trying to take some easy way out? Is that why I’m in such a tortuous state? And I just too scared or something? Make a move! But where?

I’ve used all my lifelines, I’ve tried to be positive, but there are just some nights you want to cry yourself to sleep and realize you can’t because you’re too damn angry at everything and anxious about the future and that keeps you awake for hours.

Drinking gives a false, elevated sense of self and is never worth the repercussions. I feel like I can’t breathe. I feel awkward and unwanted and lost.

I have nothing to talk about anymore and it’s fucking killing me. I can write all I want and it gets me nowhere. I don’t fit the format, don’t fit the clothes, the schematic. I’m something other than what the blueprint suggested. There are changing landscapes now. I don’t know what to do with myself anymore.

I am 23 years old, full of energetic promise and potential. Where did I go wrong? I feel tapped out, gipped out of something I thought I earned. No one takes chances anymore and I guess that means me too. What am I doing here? Does this end, because it feels like forever.

The things I thought to be honest and true are all flaking paint, including myself.

Our world naturally and idealistically is slowly morphing into wasteland and hell and my emotions are going along with it.

Everything revolves around money I don’t have, don’t want, yet weakly need. It seems so wrong. Everything seems so wrong. Everything seems to be so desperately wrong.

Cue Sound The Alarm. It’s really the only record I can listen to when I get like this anyway. That and Between The Concrete & Clouds seems to be really hitting the spot right now.