Writer's Block: Cause or symptom?

Do you believe that violence in media promotes violence in real life? Does media reflect cultural values or can it actively reshape them?

The media shows violence because that's what people are attracted to. Everybody is and that's nothing new. Shakespeare has violence in a lot of his plays, because people are fascinated by it. Something draws us to watch it happen, perhaps awe, perhaps terror. The violence in media does not affect violence in reality. There's no hard evidence to suggest that it does. There are fun facts like the national crime rate decreasing ever since Grand Theft Auto and its sequels came out. A lot of us grew up with Power Rangers, but you don't see us going around karate kicking everything in sight.

Writer's Block: Le Quatorze Juillet

Happy Bastille Day! Today the French celebrate the event that sparked the French revolution. In honor of our Francophone friends, what is your favorite French thing? Bonus points for answers en français.

A lot of my favorite literature is French. Of course "Le Fantome de l'Opera" is at the top of the list. Les Miserables is also great. In fact, most things by Victor Hugo are great (if a little verbose).

Writer's Block: Dog Day Afternoon

The Dog Days of summer, the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, start today. What's your favorite thing to do in hot weather?

Well considering I have a tendency to pass out during intense heat, I stay inside. I like to have a tea or Jones Soda by my side, catch up on my YouTube subscriptions, read TV Tropes, or read a book. Also watch anime. Hooray for free online anime.

OMG that's what it really looks like!

I recently (Wednesday) had Lasik eye surgery. For those who don't know, I had glasses since I was nine and since about Seventh grade I haven't been able to see a foot away from my face clearly. Between college and that I haven't had time or the ability to post. It's amazing what I can see already. I'm off my allergy meds which is a pain and I have two drops and tears for my post-op stuff. I have to sleep with goggles to next Wednesday (and hopefully no longer). So hooray! I'm seeing 20/20 out of my left eye and 20/15 out of my right.

Massive update!

I haven't done an actual update in forever. I think I neglected this in favor of facebook. whoops. well, first year done and have my class list for next semester. good gpa so far. waiting for book list. and financial aid. Getting lasik surgery at the end of the month. YAY! Missing my gamer buddies. They were more fun and funnier than the internet. They're spread out across the country. I don't know where they all live ( i could look at facebook but that would be smart). One is in Atlanta and the other in Oregon. Did a massive software update on my mac. Safari 4.0 is neat. Also miss comic shop and bookstore close by. And steady income. Why am I talking like Rorschach?

Writer's Block: Get It to Go

What's your favorite thing to order for takeout (or takeaway)?

I love ordering sushi. My order always includes Tuna and Avocado rolls, they're my favorite. I usually order a second roll, typically California rolls or Spicy Crunchy Yellowtail rolls. Sometimes I'll order both, but usually it's one or the other. Then I get Vietnamese Spring Rolls or Crab Rangoon. That is a good dinner.

Writer's Block: End of the World as We Know It

Robert Frost speculated about the world ending in fire or in ice. Which do you think is likely to end us all: meteorite, global warming, nuclear weapons, zombies, or the superflu?

A meteorite will smash into the earth, throwing lots of debris into the atmosphere causing a sudden second ice age. I noticed ice was missing so this is the most likely ice-y way to die. That or whatever 2012 decides to throw at us. I want the forgotten gods to come to earth that way no body will have expected it and it'd be interesting to see how people will act. That or somebody's reopening Pandora's Box.

Writer's Block: Swine Times

Are you worried about catching the swine flu? Do you have a plan for avoiding contagion or dealing with quarantine?

Nope! The most cases are in NYC and even when I go home I'm six hours away. Plus, it'll be summer and hot, I'm not leaving the house much, I pass out and go boom! (I just took an 8:30 final that I'm pretty sure I did ok on but not great. I didn't go to bed until 1 am because of a paper and said final. I'm tired and maybe delusional). Besides, it sound like all these people went to Mexico and I'm no where near them or Mexico. And I don't eat pork that much anyway and when I do I make sure it's thoroughly cooked. This is a lot like Mad Cow: Order it well and you'll be fine! I didn't stop eating beef during Mad Cow (then again most of our beef is local or close to local). I'm still eating Italian sausage and hot dogs! (especially sausage for breakfast from Mickey D's since our fridge has to be out of our room tomorrow. I JUST BOUGHT MILK!!) So no, no fear.