Tuesday, March 30, 2010

the adoration of the beatles...

lives within this book.

I finally got a chance to go to the Strand yesterday, and happily bought this book after weeks of hesitation. And of course, page 82 turned into page 214, and I got the feeling that I could make the remaining 71 pages last until Thursday. But soon I didn't have anything to read except the author's acknowlegement page.

Anyway, The Lonely Hearts Club is an awesome book. As you can tell by the cover picture, there is a lot of reference to the Beatles, and I thought back to the long driving trips I took as a kid when my mom would put on the album, "1". The story was cute, too. A girl named Penny Lane gets her heart broken and forms a club called, you guessed it, The Lonely Hearts Club. She encourages her friends to join, and soon almost all of the girls at her high school are in the club, and everyone is looking out for each other. This book made me think about the times when everyone would freak out and get cheesy when a couple was formed. I'm sure you're all familiar with a chorus of  "awwww!". My friends and I don't really think about the boys at school so much, considering that they tell us to go and kiss Robert Pattinson when we simply ask them why there has to be a perverted meaning to Louisville, Kentucky. Yeah, middle school boys aren't exactly the mature and intellectual type. Just egotistical maniacs who tell sex jokes.

The spring fling was on Friday, and I didn't go. Part of me wanted to, but then I realized I was better off not going. Instead of "dancing" (dancing, as in sitting at a table, talking to people, and forcing myself to eat Wise popcorn for dinner), I talked myself into watching Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars on Disney Channel. Who knows; maybe next year I'll go and sing a Paramore song on karaoke, with my friends of course. But I did go a small party on Sunday, which was a lot of fun. I'm not as socially awkward as my parents think I am after all, or so I believe.

I thought spring was supposed to be filled with nice, sunny weather, not rain and wind! It really sucks when your umbrella gets turned up by the wind when you're only two blocks away from your house or school, so you have to sprint. And then when you come in someone laughs at you because there's water all over your glasses. But fabulous fashion has come out of all this, considering a guy in my grade wore a neon pink shirt and green rainboots today. I'm sure if Alexander McQueen was still alive, he would give him a thumbs up, no doubt.

My sarcastic streak has come out a lot today, so I might as well stop writing and start East of Eden or finish my Spanish packet.

Have a nice week!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

read, write, and solve equations all day

That, my friends, is what you do at school...which has been occupying most of my time. I'm almost done with seventh grade...will that mean that this blog will be called "grade eight momentos"? No, I certainly hope not! I need to think of a new blog title before the school year ends (yes, I know changing your blog title every few months or so is annoying, and I'm surprised that I've kept the current title this long). I am lacking creativity at the moment, which is kind of ironic considering I have a three page volcano report and a literary essay due in a month or so.
For a minute there...
In Humanities, we just finished reading The Westing Game, which is about some millionaire who fakes his own death and chooses sixteen people to go after his fortune. The main character, Sam Westing, had four different identities, and his niece kicked people in the shins most of the time. It was a good book, but we watched the movie last week, and that was a disaster. I'm pretty convinced that the screenwriter didn't read the book, because the characters ended up being paranoid melodramatic creepers for the most part.

Speaking of reading, I just read I am the Messenger, by Markus Zusac (who also wrote The Book Thief, if you're wondering). I definitely reccomend it. 

I've been listening to Joan Jett and The Runaways a lot recently, because of the new movie thats coming out. I mean, I listened to "I Love Rock n' Roll" way before anyone made a movie, but I've just started to go beyond that. The girls who made up The Runaways aren't exactly the "role model" type, but some of their songs are pretty good, even if the lyrics tend to get a bit racy. But most songs these days are about sex, drugs, and broken hearts so there isn't really much of a difference unless you compare the generations. The band manager, Kim Fowley, was very creepy and wore makeup and flashy clothes, which is kind of strange, even for the mid-1970s.

Well, that is pretty much all I'd like to say today. I hope you enjoyed the seemingly longer post (I'll have to make these more often, huh?).  I gleefully did my homework during recess, so I'm going to watch the new communitychannel video on YouTube now, if you don't mind.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. My mom convinced me that this girl should win American Idol this year...most of the other contestants want to be cookie-cutter pop stars.

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

whatever you do in life will be insignificant

It's pretty much been a movie weekend for me. Last night I watched Fried Green Tomatoes, which was quite good, and today I saw Remember Me. The weather has been dreadful and rainy, so getting wrapped up in the stories of fictional characters can often cheer you up, even if those stories happen to be sad.

So yes, I saw Remember Me today, as mentioned before. The movie was okay, I suppose. It's just one of those movies where you expect something depressing or shocking to happen in every scene (which it did). The story seemed to go on and on, until the huge hair-raising ending came along. I  really did enjoy the actors' performances. Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin (from Lost), and Ruby Jerins carried the film very well, while Pierce Bronsan portrayed the usual workaholic dad in the big suit. I do suggest this movie, however, and give 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Alright, moving on... 

I've been seeing pictures from Lady Gaga's new music video all over the web, and it's kind of amusing, yet annoying at the same time. I'm not really a huge fan of Lady Gaga, because I happen to think that she is a huge poseur. So many people love her because she is different, but constantly dying your hair and wearing flashy revealing outfits isn't really appealing to me. She keeps changing because her fans will get tired of her if she stays the same way for more than three months, which proves that a good majority of our generation is impatient and must always be entertained with cliché pop songs about love and whatnot.

Well bloggers, it's about that time.
Stay tuned for further critical thinking.

Monday, March 8, 2010

and the oscar goes to....

ME! Muahaha! In all of my poised glory at Columbus Circle last Saturday.

Sorry about that. Here's what really happened at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards:

  • Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosted, as mentioned in a previous post. They had a few laugh-out-loud funny moments, but otherwise you would just sit on your couch thinking "eh, yeah, not really funny. just let the hip young folks present the awards!".
  • Katherine Bigalow pretty much kicked some major butt, the "major butt" being James Cameron. The Hurt Locker won a total of six awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay.
  • Oh, and the Academy made a tribute to John Hughes, which pretty much made my night. Seeing the Brat Pack reunite was a sight for sore eyes.
  • Jeff Bridges won for Best Actor! I was very happy for him, and his speech was heartwarming. Such a caring old soul.
  • Sandra Bullock won for Best Actress, and I was really shocked. I thought Meryl Streep, Carrey Mulligan, or Gabourey Sidibide would have won, but all of the nominees were great anyway. Go Sandra!
This year's show was pretty good overall, and everyone looked stunning. Sam Worthington from Avatar wore a $20 pair of shoes, which I think is pretty cool.


Today we had surprisingly nice weather for the beginning of March, and a few people didn't even wear their winter coats. I'm ready for all of the nasty wind and snow to be gone, but not ready to say goodbye to tights because sooner or later I'll start telling myself that I look like whore if I wear high wasted skirts.

I'm not really sure if any "academic adventures" are in store for me this week, but I'll keep you posted if anything seemingly exciting happens....maybe I'll throw in a couple of crappy pictures. (:

Monday, March 1, 2010

but why did you have to go off and die?

I have a sudden fascination with The Office. It's funny how the show is in the sixth season and I just notice it now (oblivious much?).  My favorite character is Dwight Kurt Schrute III.

Anywhoo, today is the New York priemere of Robert Pattinson's new movie, Remember Me. My friends and I want to see it when it comes out next week. I guess it looks pretty good, but Summit Entertainment (the same company that has the rights to the Twilight franchise) made the movie to introduce Pattinson as a "real" actor, even though he has done other movies.

On Saturday, my mom took me to ICP, which is the International Center of Photography. I looked at a couple of galleries, and I'm still thinking about taking a class there. And I got my hands on some more Polaroid film. (:

If your calendars haven't pointed it out for you yet, it's the first day of March, which means that spring is near. The Spring Fling has already been planned, and everyone is uber excited. The theme is Rock n' Roll, and will be held from 7-10, which proves that we're real party animals.

Tomorrow the whole middle school is seeing a play adaptation of The Giver. I never read the book, but from what I've heard it's pretty good.

Well bloggers, I'm off. Remember to never leave the house with your shoes untied.

People who bother to read this