First, apologies for the late post; it’s a bit after midnight now. I was originally planning to do a longer post today — specifically, a recommendation for a TV show I’ve recently gotten into — but as it’s late, and it’s almost the new year, I figured I’d write this shorter post instead.

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We’re all aware of “New Year’s Resolutions,” I’m sure, and we’ve all heard the usual ones: exercise more, lose weight, be nicer to people, et cetera. Resolving to start doing these things at the start of a new year isn’t a bad idea, but I often see it being a problem in practice.

Think about it. How many times have you made a New Year’s Resolution and then forgotten about it just weeks — maybe even days — after making it? I doubt there are very many people out there who can say they’ve actually committed to a resolution for more than a few weeks, let alone an entire year. I’m not trying to be cynical here, but I am trying to be realistic.

So, what’s my New Year’s Resolution? It’s not to make a New Year’s Resolution.

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Wait, you may ask. If you think New Year’s Resolutions are pointless, and thus you have a paradoxical resolution not to make one, what’s the point of this post?

Well, I’m glad you asked! Allow me to answer your question with a question. Is there a better way to improve ourselves than making New Year’s Resolutions?

Yes.

Instead of resolving to achieve some goal in the coming year, we should instead wake up every day and think to ourselves: I’m going to be more cheerful today. Or, I’m going to abstain from TV today. Or any number of other personal goals we wish to accomplish. By narrowing down our timeframe to one day rather than one year, our goals become that much easier.

Seriously, whoever coined the phrase “take things one step at a time” sure was right. Problems have an uncanny way of becoming easier to solve when we break them into smaller pieces. So, to sum up my point, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions this January, let’s all resolve to take things one day at a time in order to gradually become the best we can be.

And yes, I know that was a paradox.


See you all next year! Be sure to keep an eye out for my next post, in which I will recommend to you a TV show which you may have overlooked and should definitely give a try!

Well, it’s that time of year again! The most wonderful time of the year, many people say. Christmas is just a few days away from now.

I’ll keep this post short, as it’s getting to be the last fifteen minutes of Sunday, when I publish my new post every week.

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Christmas has been rather harshly commercialized in today’s culture. As soon as Halloween is over, Christmas music is playing on the radio. Stores start breaking out the Christmas stuff as early as October. Buying things and getting things is often seen to be the focus of the whole thing, which understandably stresses many people out. It can get really crazy.

Now, obviously, there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving and receiving gifts on Christmas. I love it, and I still get butterflies in my stomach from the sheer excitement of waking up on Christmas morning. But I just wanted to share this one thought: as we’re all gathering together, opening presents, giving presents, feasting, and all that jolly good stuff, let’s remember where it all comes from and why we commemorate the holiday in the first place.

Linus said it better than I probably could, so I’ll let him take it from here.

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Have a Merry Christmas, everyone!

Another Somewhat Lame Attempt at Poetry

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Well, look at that! I’ve failed again.
I got on Christmas break, and then
I thought I’d have a longer post
That you would love (don’t mean to boast).

But now that Sunday’s almost done,
My inspiration is close to none.
So I’ve decided that I should
Try poetry again, if I could.

This time, however, instead of haiku,
I’m rhyming words — keeping rhythm, too.
So here’s to yet another lame
Attempt at poetry — if you’re game.

“My cat is sleeping next to me
Making funny noises. It brings me glee.
But now I’ve woken him up with a poke.
I’m such a troll, and that is no joke.”

“There’s a deer head hanging upon the wall.
I gave him a name once, though now can’t recall.
There’s also a fish hanging very close by.
His name, too, I don’t know, though I try.”

That’s all for now, for my brother is here
To play video games. And yet, I fear
That this post has not been interesting to you.
If so, I apologize. My condolences to you.

Overused Movie Lines

I can’t believe I forgot to write a blog post yesterday! Well, I mean, I can believe it. I was busy with finishing a final project for school, after all. So I’ll write the post today. Apologies once again for a short one — this is the last week of my semester, so next time I should have something a bit meatier for you all.

Have you ever noticed all the lines there are that appear in way too many movies? Lines that just make you roll your eyes because of how overused, cliche, and just plain stupid they are?

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Why do these lines still creep into scripts even after all these years of cinema? Is it really that hard to either nix them or replace them with something a little more creative?

You know the lines. Here’s a few prime examples:

  • “You won’t get away with this!” I’m so sick of this one. It’s often spoken by the hero to the villain, so the hero either needs to start saying other things or just shut up. Also, a common villain response to this line is “Oh, I already have.” That also needs to die.
  • “We have to get out of here!” Oh, really? REALLY? YOU DIDN’T THINK I COULD HAVE FIGURED THAT OUT ON MY OWN?!
  • “We’re trapped!” Again, thanks, Captain Obvious.
  • “Nooooooooooooooooooooo!” Admittedly, I think this works pretty well in some cases. In others, however, silence would probably be a lot more powerful.
  • “Well, well, well.” Often used by a villain taunting the hero he’s just caught. Just… stop. Please.
  • “I don’t like this.” and “I have a bad feeling about this.” Now, I’m willing to forgive Star Wars for the latter line — it’s kind of become a running joke in the series. Otherwise, though, meh.
  • “RUN!” Um, how about we just have the characters scream and start running? More realistic, no?
  • “There must be some mistake.” Not sure how this one might be replaced… I’ll think about it.

That’s all I’ve got for the moment. What are some overused lines that YOU wish would die?

See you all next week!