I'd like to consider myself a musical hipster. What I mean is that I tend to shy away from mainstream music, and tend to listen to obscure songs and bands. The thing is though, I don't avoid mainstream music because it's mainstream; I avoid it because it often isn't good. In addition, when there is a good song, it becomes played on the radio to the point of oblivion, making a good song merely just another part of the mainstream. The biggest problem I find with mainstream music, is how everyone follows it like it's just another trend. If everyone's a sheep following along whatever's popular, I guess I'm that black sheep that does his own thing.
Why is it considered more acceptable and even adorable for this baby to put his bowl full of spaghetti on his head, but when someone even just slightly older than him does the same action it is considered to be inappropriate and unmannerly? The answer is simple really. This baby has yet to learn that what he is doing is actually inappropriate.
As you grow older, you go through more and experience more about the world. We learn right from wrong, and what is acceptable to society and what is not. This may seem to be a good thing, but it does take something away.
When we experience more, we tend to think more. When we think more, we begin to stop doing things because we think it will be fun and end up doing things because it is right. this constant thought process may even hinder our creativity. Because we think more, we doubt our ideas more, so we no longer have try as many things as we would have as a child.
There are times when I wish I could go back to thinking like a child; without a care in the world, and only doing things because I want to and not only because I know I should. How many innovations could come about if we all could do that? I wonder.
-Post by Kathleen
There are so many ideas that we hold inside of our minds that we never let out or even think possible. The very idea that we could make something so vast actually happen seems to be impossible.
Why is it that we do this to ourselves? Why is it so hard for us to believe that maybe it can happen? Maybe we should all take a look at the television show Phineas and Ferb. These two kids create something new every day throughout their summer. Just one of the things that they did was build a rollercoaster in their backyard that went all around the city. Yes. That actually happened. They built a ROLLERCOASTER in their backyard.
Now, I know what you're all thinking. "Well, that's just a show; we can't actually do anything like that." True, there's probably no way you can build a rollercoaster in your backyard, but you can do something smaller. Take all of your ideas that are at least somewhat logical, that also does not cause anyone harm, and try to carry them out. You might be surprised of what you create.
-Post by Kathleen
Being a support in League of Legends is a lot like trying to get into a relationship. Before we get into that, I'm sure that most people, at one point or another, have heard of the extremely popular game, League of Legends. A lot of people who aren't into gaming probably don't know what the game is about, so I'll tell you! So the goal of the game is to destroy the enemy's nexus, or base. To do this, a 5-man team must obtain gold and experience by killing minions to buy items so that they can destroy towers and eventually the other team's base.
Now in the game, there are 5 roles, your top laner, which is usually a tanky champion; your mid laner, which is the spellcaster; your jungler, who helps the other champions by attacking by surprise; your ADC, which is your ranged shooter and a large source of damage; and finally, your support, which usually helps the ADC.
If you haven't guessed it yet, my favorite color is orange. I'm not sure when this started because unlike most kids I never really had a favorite color. I went through various colors before I realized that this particular color really stands out to me. I can't understand it. I love this color and yet it seems so utterly flamboyant and loud. Sometimes this color is beautiful when I find it in random moments in life, like a sunset or orange M&Ms. Sometimes it distracting. Who wears a bright verging on neon matching sweatshirt/pants set out in public? Other times I ignore it completely and pick some other color over it. But consistently I've discovered that this color makes me feel happy. Its reliable. Other colors can only make me happy for a while or in that moment but whenever I see orange it automatically lifts my spirits no matter what I'm feeling.
Some crash-course color psychology, apparently if one prefers the color orange one is outgoing, warm, optimistic, impatient, easy-going with life problems and is a risk-taker. There are lots more. What I thought was hilarious was that there are certain attributes which suggest why one would hate the color orange. I found that I could relate to almost all of these, more so than those on my last list. If I hate hate orange with all my heart:
Most of us don't want to admit it, but organization is extremely important, especially with larger projects. We've all said things such as "Oh, I'll just wing it" or "I'll deal with the problem when it gets here." NO! Thinking like that will make the process so much harder. Having some type of schedule or at least a base plan will save you a lot of time that would have been spent dealing with small details.
Having a plan, or a goal, is even shown to be important in Pokémon. Now, you're probably thinking that I'm crazy to even think that Pokémon has anything to do with organization, planning, or even having a goal. Think about it, though. All of Ash's travels, even though they seem random sometimes, have one end goal: to become the world's greatest Pokémon Master. He does everything that he does because he wants to become the world's greatest Pokémon Master, and he knows that he has to do what he is doing to become that.
With the current project that I'm working on, it is really important that I, along with the others that I'm working with, to stay on top of things and be organized. If we don't do this, then the whole thing won't turn out as successful as it possibly could, and could even fall apart. We made a schedule that we do our best to follow, and we have our base plan to fall back on if we fall off schedule.
So, next time you feel like saying "I'll just wing it," think about how much easier it will be on yourself if you at least have an idea and a plan for what you are doing. Also, if you're a Pokémon fan like I am, remember that to be the very best, you have to know what you want.
(The song really doesn't relate to the post much other than it being Pokémon, but I like it so I put it on here).
-Post by Kathleen
So the other day I saw another movie centered on the famous Wing Chun master, Ip Man (played by Dennis To), called "The Legend is Born: Ip Man". It struck me how Man's dedication and passion from a young age allowed him to soar in skill above all his other peers, eventually spreading Wing Chun all around the world as well as teaching Bruce Lee.
I think something needs to be said about the show, The Legend of Korra, which if you don't know, is the sequel series to the amazing Avatar The Last Airbender (not the one with the blue people). If I had to choose one animated kids show as proof that children's television hasn't gone down the wastebasket, I would without a doubt choose The Legend of Korra; its amazing art style and applicable themes make it a must watch for the whole family.