Better Late Than Never (Happy Birthday, Blog)

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, then to write for the public and have no self.”

–  Cyril Connolly

 

I think the first thing I should say in this post is that there is a 500-year-old statue of a man eating a sack of babies in Bern, Switzerland, and nobody is sure why.

Post a picture? Why, don’t mind if I do.

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The reason I started with that? Because the “platform” (if you want to call it that) of my blog was originally something like “hey, even if my posts are all awful, I’ll try to include random facts with them so you’ll have learned something.” And since I’m celebrating the first birthday of my blog, I felt like that was a good place to drop a random fact.

So, then. To the post!

Tonight I’ll just be talking about my blog. This can be a refresher for anyone who hasn’t read my stuff in a while (I don’t blame you, given my posting rate) and an intro for anyone just now stumbling across it.

I started my blog a year ago, plus a few days added in for how long it took me to find time to write this post. The actual anniversary is September 9th, but I’m putting this up on the 22nd.

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The blog was named after my favorite movie, Super 8, and the topics I intended to blog about included writing, movies, and maybe the occasional ‘growing up’ schpeel.

Well, now here I am, one year later. I’ve gone from being at the start of my senior year to a kid who’s graduated high school and is settled into college. My blog topics went in a bit of a different direction than I originally intended. First, I wrote posts going through the steps of writing a book, something I was finishing up at the time. But then as I ran out of those, life kicked in, and I started writing about that. I outlined my last days of school, and my first full request from a New York literary agent.

So now, my posts—when I have time to write them—are more focused on growing up, with the occasional writing or movie commentary thrown in, as well.

I don’t have time to post as much as I used to. Let’s just talk about THAT for a second. For most of senior year, I posted on average 2-3 times a week, sometimes four. Over summer, ironically, I had less time. And now, I’m down to a few times a MONTH.

Yikes.

I wish I could promise it’ll get better, but really, it won’t. I hope everyone will still care enough to read what I can post, and I understand if you don’t. I started this thing with zero followers, and even if I hit that number again, I’ll keep writing. The activity of this blog might get knocked down a few notches, but it’ll never stop completely. I’ll always be here.

How have I changed personally, in the past year? Not that you really care, but I’ll go through it anyway. For starters, there’s the whole thing of me graduating high school, finishing my novel, and getting a full request from an agent. But I’ve also developed on a personal level. I came to appreciate everything high school has to offer, and learned to let it go. I dated a girl I never thought I’d get the chance to date, then broke up with her, then moved on. It’s funny how you can tell people about that kind of stuff and they’ll say, “well, it’s like it never happened at all,” when you know of course that’s not true at all.

I think that’s life, to go broad with the topic. It’s about staying YOU outwardly, but growing inwardly, and balancing all of that. In short: it’s about accepting you’ll change and thus resolving to change for the better. I’d like to think I’ve done that, though I also think I’ve changed less than most people do.

My writing, I think, is the same way: outwardly, it hasn’t changed much. My style was relatively solid when I started, and I think it still is. But the elements behind it have developed quite a bit. 

I’ve made a lot of new friends since last September, and quite a few of them have changed my life in major ways. I’m thinking particularly of my best friend, one of the most thoughtful, opinionated, supportive, unreliable people I know. Anyone know someone like that? They’re awesome, but the only thing they’re really consistent about is being inconsistent.

I’m not trying to insult my best friend. I’m trying to make a point, that being, all of those adjectives I listed, both good and bad, they form one interesting person. Talking to him and hanging out (or not hanging out because he never checked with his parents) definitely exposed me to a variety of feelings, especially that pesky one where you love someone like a brother and want to decapitate them at the same time.

That, combined with all the emotions of finishing high school and starting college…all of these have added depth to my writing in a way no one can really see, but it’s there, and I know it is. I guess that’s all that really counts, right?

Anyway, I’ll close by roping back to the main subject of tonight: this blog.

I promise to keep it going, however sporadic the posting will be. I’ll still review movies—both old and new—and talk about life as it comes. And I’ll most certainly keep it updated regarding my progress as an author.

After all, who knows where I’ll be a year from now?

Awesome Devices We Should Invent Someday

“But I’m an adventurer. I like invention, I like discovery.”

–  Karlheinz Stockhausen

 

When I was four years old, I decided that when I grew up, I would invent some sort of powder that you can put into water to turn it into soda. I imagined being able to just take a powder pack to school for lunch, drop it in a water bottle, and boom, you have soda. I kept up with the idea well into my teens, even trying to come up with the chemistry behind carbonating water.

Then one day a few years ago, this came out:

Sodastream logo

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And my dreams were crushed.

Putting aside the fact that the company was technically founded in 1903, I was surprised that someone actually invented this, and that it actually worked. That being said, I’ve decided to make a list of awesome devices that I should invent, if all other career ambitions fall through. I’m fully aware that like Soda Stream, most of these devices either already exist or are in the works. If so, inventors, get going!

 

1.  Shower speakers

A good example of a device that probably already exists, but if it does, then I should be able to walk into Best Buy and purchase a set. Imagine this: you get into the shower, either after a long day or before the start of one. In addition to relaxing and getting clean, you could use your waterproof iPod (sold separately) and play whatever songs you want! You could go with a relaxing playlist, or contemporary rock, or else bass-filled pop for you to dance to while you wash. Don’t want to be in the shower too long? Set yourself a playlist and time the shower to turn off when it finishes playing!

 2.  A musical microwave

Stick with me for this one. I’m not just talking about a microwave that plays songs while it cooks your food; someone has probably invented that already. I’m talking about a microwave that plays music relevant to the cooking time cycle. For example, when you’re two minutes into a four-minute meal, it could throw in a little Livin’ on a Prayer (“whoaaa, we’re halfway there!”) For the last thirty seconds: (“It’s the final countdown!”)

And when the food is done, instead of beeping:

When you’re ready come and get it, na na na na!”

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3.  A treadmill that powers the internet

I will openly admit I didn’t come up with this one; the Twitter universe did. Still, I think it needs to be shared.

So imagine that when you want to browse the internet for more than an hour, you have to hook your laptop up to a treadmill. Running on the treadmill powers your internet connection. The faster you run, the faster your internet connection is, and the faster you download things.

I’m pretty sure we would cure obesity in no time.

 

4.  TV Wrist Band

Another device I came up with when I was around four, and probably something that’s already been invented. But imagine having a little miniature TV the size of an iPhone. And I know, you’re probably thinking, an iPhone is a TV, you simple blogger! But I don’t mean a device to watch YouTube or anything. I mean an actual TV that receives channels, where you can watch live programs as though on your TV set at home.

I know, this one would be relatively obsolete, but I thought it was a good idea at the time.

5.  Tony Stark’s paralysis device, for slow walkers

Everyone remember this part in Iron Man?

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Well, I think we need this device for slow hallway walkers, whom I’ve ranted about here. At first, you might be confused by this. What good would it do to temporarily paralyze people who already aren’t moving fast enough?

But think about it. If they freeze in their tracks, it makes them much easier to shove aside and brush past. Plus, then they can be more easily identified if my annoying hat solution (again, see the linked post) falls through.

6.  Something that keeps your pillow cold

I don’t know what could do this, or how, but someone needs to get on it.

7.  Bonus round: a $2700 HDMI cable

This is only vaguely related to my post on interesting devices, but I still thought it was worth sharing. For anyone looking for an HDMI cable for their TV, one option now available to you is a 5-meter deal for a meager $540 per meter.

Here, take a look!

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Digital-Ethernet-Connection-meters/dp/B003CT2A6I

I still haven’t figured out why it’s so expensive, but if anyone has some money they need to get rid of, this looks promising. The reason I’m sharing it with you, though, is for the best part of the product: the reviews.

I won’t comb over every single one—do that on your own time—but here’s a little taste. My favorite snippets include:

  • “I found later that after so long alone in the house and out of Kools, that I no longer need those dreaded cigarettes.”
  • “I am from the planet Norx’Blath and live in a pod-station where HD television is outlawed…I have very fond memories of receiving an HDTV when I was 267 years old, merely an infant.”
  • “I saw this on amazon.paralleluniverse.uk for the unbeatable price of 3z^87 phlangths.”
  • “I was going to buy a $2.82 hdmi cable on amazon and then I came across this masterpiece, and after getting a 3 month advance on my salary, I was in business to finally own one of these beauties. Because of the price amazon decided to send the hdmi cable by armored car.”
  • “When I got this cable, it came wrapped in bacon, which I thought was pretty weird, but shrugged it off, slid off my recliner into my Rascal, scooted from the living room to the kitchenette, and started cooking my bacon-wrapping.”
  • “I like it, but now I’m homeless.”

A suitable choice indeed.