Monday, January 18, 2016

Goodbye Hollywood!

 Have you noticed that we no longer have the Julia Robert's and Brad Pitt's? Our celebrities last for about 15 seconds until something new and hot roles around. There is no longevity anymore. Our constant access to celebrities have some what normalised them and have made them no different then to you and I in a way. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many other platforms have turned ourselves and people that we know into celebrates of our own worlds. It stems from just wanting to know what others are doing and before social media we depended on news papers and tabloids to get our fix of what other people did in their day to day lives but we don't depend on that anymore and the control is in our own hands. Celebrities were the unknown the mystery but there is no mystery anymore. It has become more interesting following people that you actually know because well, you actually know them. Celebrities now have to go to such extremes to get attention ex.) Lady Gaga in a meat dress, everything Miley Cyrus does and President Obama going on Jay Leno and Saturday Night Live. There is very little talent anymore, or the talent that should be famous isn't because they aren't willing to paint themselves in a severe light that may or may not be themselves in order to have a booming career. All thought there are some that slip through the cracks and shine based on their abilities and talent alone.
We have reality tv taking over because they know the way to people's minds is making them think that they know you, that they're your friend. It's all psychological. Just look at the Kardashians. They put themselves absolutely everywhere until you feel as if your they're personal friend but they exploit people and garner their success off of it.
In a way it's good that celebrates are going to be a thing of the past because no one should be put on a pedestal simply because they're rich and famous but on the other way it's a bad thing because we are becoming obsessed with ourselves and putting ourselves on pedestals. The higher the pedestal the more self entitled you feel and that leads to treating other's poorly leading to a very superficial life.
It's a lose, lose.
I have Instagram, Facebook and what not but I can even see that it's starting to become too much, I'm getting too involved in it and falling in the trap that it was designed for. Hopefully I can keep my head above water and maintain perspective.
Now, this is all a theory and perhaps I have it all wrong, after all, I am writing this blog.

Monday, January 11, 2016

How To Not Make Friends

 As I get older in this journey we call life, I find it harder and harder to make friends. I think it has to due with the fact that you've seen more shit, therefore are willing to put up with less shit. Long and short I think that's what it boils down to but I came across this article on the other day and I have been thinking about it ever since. It was titled, "Seven things you should never, ever bring up in conversation". The list goes:

"Route talk is when people tell you how they arrived, or how they came, how they got on the road, which road, how long it took,".
"Nobody cares. Nobody ever cares about other people's health."
Ever notice people retell their dreams in a tedious step-by-step format, without ever managing to recreate the spookiness or eeriness of the original version in their brains?
"Diet is a very big thing not to talk about. It's really boring,".
It's already hard enough to make friends and talk to people and now there are literally lists being made about things you can't talk about, really?
I agree, most people don't need to know about your period or how much money you make but god forbid we talk about health and diet. Does it offend you if I share a delicious meal I made or wonder what you had to eat in the day? It sounds kind of weird wanting to know what other people eat but it's interesting to know little things about people, it paints a larger picture and you get a sense of who they are. 
Dreams are fascinating! Why not share them?! There's obviously ones you share and ones you don't but hell, if you want to share you share that creepy ass dream you had!
Talking about how you got somewhere is like talking about the weather and I'm sorry but what is wrong with that exactly? The weather is unpredictable and your commute can be as well and unpredictable is always intriguing.
And not talking about how you slept? It's literally a universal bond that everyone shares. We all have to sleep therefor we can all relate.
I'm poking a bit of fun but let's talk reals, just you and mean right now. Society is pushing an agenda to keep us all on a superficial level, whether it be the things we buy or the relationships with have. Disposable is good for governments and society. Disposable means turn over, it means money and you bet your ass relationships make lots of people lots of money; just think about the movies, dinner, drinks etc.
You know what? This is a great list actually. If you meet someone and they don't want to hear about most of this stuff on the list well then they're probably not a good candidate to be your friend because a friend will listen to your idiosyncrasies, they will listen to your small aches and pains and you will return the favour because who else is going to? Should we keep everything to ourselves or try to filter ourselves in such a way in fear that we may push people away? Perfect! Let me just keep everything bottled up until I have a mental breakdown. You may think that I'm taking this too far or analysing this a little too much but little things add up until one day you forget to buy toilet paper and your crying crawled up in a fetal position in aisle 10. Be yourself, and those who like it will stay and those who don't, won't. 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Nurses Diaries: You've Been Nebulized!

 As a nurse funny and uncomfortable things happen all the time and I have accepted this. I have accepted the fact that I will almost always be in awkward and uncomfortable situations and have learnt to enjoy them as it seems to bring some spontaneity to an otherwise predictable day.
Case in point a few weeks ago, a young boy, maybe 5 years old comes into the clinic with his mom and dad at around 6 pm. He's kind of sick, has a cough and doesn't feel good and really playing it up but of course the parents are treating him like he's on his death bed.
The Dr asks me to give him some normal saline, which is just salt water via a nebuliser, for all of you who don't know what that is, it's an oxygen mask that you put on the face that delivers medication in the form of vapour.
I get everything all set up, put the saline in the nebuliser fit the mask on his face, everything looks good to go or so I thought. I pushed the on button and the saline shot out of the mask right into his face like a geyser and because the mask was secured around his head with elastics it literally blasted him directly in the mug. This is not high pressure nor did he get hurt, it's basically someone shooting you in the face with a low powered water gun but he jerked his head back and started crying so hard as if he lost a leg. I had to stop myself from laughing because it just looked so hilarious and he was playing the sympathy card hard. The father and mother looked at me like I was a monster but listen stuff happens and he was fine so can we please appreciate your sons contribution to the film society and award him with his academy award because he was given a performance like the rent was two months due, I mean, Meryl Streep watch out, we have a newcomer on the acting scene.
I told Bradley the story later that day and he told me I should had told the boy, "You've been nebulized," that would had been the perfect thing to say, like the one liners in an action movie before the main character throws a grenade. Oh well, there's always next time. There are plenty of kids out there that need a good nebulizing.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens *SPOILERS*

Warning this article contains spoilers regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I'm a huge Star Wars fan and have been from the a young age when I accidentally inserted The Empire Strikes Back backwards in the VHS ruining movie night for the family.
On the spectrum on crazy fan I lie somewhere in the middle of noob and dressing up as slave Princess Leia, I mean I did have a Star Wars corner in my apartment once, but that's not crazy, right?

I don't want this review to be too drawn out because there are a million already out there so I will break this down into what I liked and what I didn't like.

Let's start out with the cons that way we end on a positive note.


1.) New age humour. I'm a big fan of the awkward obvious humour of the Micheal Cera's and Jonah Hill's but there is a time and a place for it and I just don't think that time and place is in a galaxy far far away. When the awkward situational humour was used it seemed very obvious and forced, drawing away from what was happening in the moment.

2.) Luke Skywalker is in the film for literally 30 seconds. I love Luke Skywalker and I use the alias Skywalker almost any chance I get, well Skywalker and or Buzz Lightyear but I felt ripped off when he popped onto the screen at the very end of the movie; blink and you would had missed him. People tell me that he will be in the second one more as if that is supposed to be comforting. It's not.

3.) The bad Guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). It was fine when he had the mask on but bad when the mask was off. Like really bad. Almost Jar Jar Binks bad but not quite. It was incredibly under acted and over acted simultaneously. The delivery of dialogue was bizarre and stood out for all the wrong reasons. There is a point in the movie where he tries to bring Rey (the main character) to the dark side and says, "I can teach you" he sounded so pathetic I actually started laughing. He didn't seem powerful or dark. I wouldn't even call him a Sith Lord.

4.) Rey learning to use the force so quickly. She learns her ability to use the force and within seconds she's mind controlling and force grab/pushing junk. As if! What skill have you ever mastered within minutes of picking it up? Let me answer that for you. None! I get it that she always kind of knew she was special but please, Luke wasn't very good at it until Empire Strikes Back and you're telling me she's better then Luke as a Jedi, yah right, not buying what you're selling.

5.) Daisy Ridley as Rey. She was fine but unfortunately fine does not land you on the pro list. I just felt nothing special watching her. I can't explain it, either you connect to a character or you don't, it doesn't matter the situation or dialogue and she just didn't have the raw energy that I believed the character needed. Won't right it off as this film is to set up a trilogy and lets be honest, anyone next to Harrison Ford will not make the cut but here's hoping she brings a little more to the role in the future films.


1.) Minimal use of CGI. I hate CGI, it feels like I'm watching a cartoon and I find it hard to get invested into storylines that utilise too much of it as in the newest Jurassic Park movie. Side note, I love Jurassic Park but hated the new one because of the over use of CGI. This movie felt like a blast from the past wiht the use of robots, makeup and costumes. I felt like I was watching a movie, a story and it drew me into another world that could be possible due to the authenticity and when they did use CGI it was tasteful and limited in the most perfect way.

2.) Harrison Ford having a large role. I knew Harrison Ford was going to be in the movie but I thought it would only be a couple scenes. I was pleasantly surprised that he was in more than half. Harrison Ford is Star Wars and it just felt so right to have that smart ass sarcastic humour and dialogue that made Han Solo such a pleasure to watch in the first place.

3.) The new characters. Oscar Isaac as Po Dameron was a breath of fresh air. He didn't have too much screen time but when he did, it was scene stealing. He brought the wittiness of Han Solo and heart of Luke Skywalker. At times it felt that his shoes were a little too big or like a puppy trying to stand guard but he had the heart to carry the performance. John Boyega as Finn. I honestly didn't think I was going to like him based on the trailer that had come out but in fact he was a refreshening fish in the pond. He delivered some of the awkward observational humour which I didn't care for but his performance of kind of being an idiot/bafoon mixed with his struggle of doing the right thing balanced each-other out perfectly and I look forward to what he brings in the future films.

4.) C3PO, R2D2 and new comer BB 8. It was a great thrill to see all the droids again. I love C3PO, he's such a dink but in a good way and all tho R2D2 was only in it for a short amount of time it was still great to see him. The new comer BB 8 was awesome. Disney does have the gift of giving robots and other non talking creatures the ability to convey such emotion without ever using words. They almost do a better job telling a story without dialogue and BB 8 was a great example of this. He wasn't quite Wall-E but let's just say I felt more form him then I did Daisy Ridley.

5.) Harrison Ford dying. Now this isn't a pro or a con but with a heavy heart I thought it was necessary. Han Solo and Leia have a son who is dum dum dum KYLO REN and his son ends up killing him in the end. Did I like seeing him die? No, of course not it was very upsetting but let's be realistic, how long do you expect Harrison Ford to be around for? What if he dies or becomes ill or whatever before the next Star Wars is filmed and then they have to write a shitty side plot of the movie taking him out the franchise or do you feature him in the next movie as much as this one? He can't just be a cameo and he steals every scene he is in, there's no way the series could progress with him still in it. As much as it pains me, I respect that the director had the balls to kill him off as I found it necessary all though the fan girl inside is crying like a baby.

There are obviously more things I didn't like and more that I did but these are the ones that stood out. In the end it was a solid addition to the franchise and I think it sets up this next trilogy on solid ground. It has great nods to the past and promising elements for the future.
Where does it stand on the list of Star Wars films for me you ask? #5.

1-New Hope
2-Return of the Jedi
4-Phantom Menace
5-Force Awakens
6-Attack of the Clones
7-Revenge of the Sith

It may sound like I take Star Wars very serious but I don't (I do).