I was surfing the Internets recently (like I do for most of my waking hours), and I came across this nugget of wisdom:
Writing is 1% inspiration and 99% not being distracted by the Internet…
I cannot emphasize enough how true that statement is for me (and too many others). When I have something important to do (usually a big paper, or story, or article, or report, or something related to my increasingly useless-looking major), I freakin’ waste time in every way imaginable — everything from blogging, music, driving around after I convince myself I have to go somewhere, doing laundry and not folding the clothes for hours, etc.
Half the time, the internet and my computer are what keep me occupied. And I’m either blog-hopping, reading about music and bands ad nauseum, or going on a never-ending train of “Hmm…I’ve always wondered about that, I’ll look it up!” Then I go to bed cussing myself out for wasting the whole day away, and I vow never to do it again. The next night usually ends the same way.
On another note (pun most enthusiastically intended), are there any songs with “Michael” in the title or lyrics? Seriously…it’s one of the most common names ever and for most of my life I’ve always had to deal with being “the other Michael” (or variations on “Michael #1, 2, or 3..”; or having to go by “Mike,””Mikey” or the full “Michael Kim/Mike Kim”) in almost every class, job, room, or general vicinity of existence.
And yet, how come it’s so freakin’ hard to find an equal surplus of “Michael” songs?! Life sucks. I only know one “Michael” song off the top of my head, and it’s Franz Ferdinand’s song of a homosexual dancing frenzy. (They wrote a song about a gay friend named Michael who went to a club one night, I think.) An excerpt from the song:
Michael you’re the boy with the leather hips sticky hair, sticky lips, stubble on my sticky lips. Beautiful boys on a beautiful dance floor, Michael you’re dancing like a beautiful dance whore.
It’s actually a very catchy tune but I am looking for a “Michael” song that is more in line with who I am. (I am no “beautiful dance whore.”) I’m tired of everyone else having their own little name songs…like this one girl I knew back in Texas. Her name’s Annie. She has Ben Folds’ awesome song, “Annie Waits.” Or my other friend, Johny. Although his name is spelled kind of weird, he has Chuck Berry’s (and Marty McFly’s) “Johnny B. Goode.”All I have for now is Franz Ferdinand’s “Michael.” And I still have to deal with every other guy (and newborn) having the same name as me.
While I’m feeling annoyed and slighted, I’m going to go on to my next random topic. I have my share of annoyances and pet peeves…and will vent some of them now.
1. People who drive with their high-beams on.
Seriously…why do you people do this? I know many people don’t realize they’re on but c’mon, I know the majority of people do know — and they do it anyway. In my experience it’s usually the young kids or the middle-age to retiring age people who do this. The young kids do it because it looks cool? And the old people do it because they can see better. Well hell, quit being so damn insecure, kids, and quit being so damn selfish, old people. You do realize you’re annoying and dangerously distracting EVERY CAR in front of you when you have those damn things on. Okay, so perhaps many don’t know their high-beams are even on…you still have no excuse. Please learn the basic functions of your car.
2. People who don’t use turn signals
All right, I live in southern California…my whole list can be comprised of complaints about traffic and driving. (I can’t imagine having to drive in places like NYC.) But this one is just as annoying as #1. If you’re going to drive like an idiot anyway, the least you can do is give a few seconds of advance warning to everyone you’re putting in danger. Even if you don’t drive like an idiot, you should still use your damn turn signal — it’s not that hard. Why the hell don’t you use it people!?
3. When people get offended so easily these days.
People playing the race card, or the sexist card, or the religion card, or whatever card so eagerly. I understand that there are all too many things for which there is a reason to get offended and act on it. But not everything is racist or sexist or classist or anything-ist. Sometimes, that’s just how it happened and nothing more. Or it’s not even offensive and you’re just being offended.
4. My horribly inconsistent internet connection (I put this in here so I won’t look like I hate people that much. I actually kind of like people.)
I could be talking to someone on an instant messenger, diligently keeping vigil over potential fantasy basketball moves, trying to blog on here, trying to upload batches of files to put on this blog, checking comments for this blog, emailing, downloading/uploading torrents, or, umm, doing some school work…and my internet will find a way to fail. I hate it. I’ve actually seriously considered moving many times in the past six months solely based on my inconsistent internet connection.
I am an obsessive post/comment editor. But I’ve been wondering…is there a certain unspoken rule about that? Is it ever not okay to edit your own posts and comments? I do it all the time. There are many times in social situations in the “real world” where I do or say something and I look back a few minutes, hours, or days afterwards and think “Dammit! I’m so stupid. I wish I could do that over.” With blogging, I can! So I do.
I look back and I make little tweaks when I wish I could’ve said something better, or if I phrased something wrong, or if I just wasn’t as witty as I originally thought I was (then I change it back when I realize my edit wasn’t that witty either). Just grammatical mistakes themselves make up about 50% of my edits. I’ve even edited another person’s comment on my Quiet Company post.
Guns N’ Roses – “Anything Goes”
Elliott Smith – “No Name #3”
Franz Ferdinand – “Michael”
Ben Folds – “Annie Waits”
Chuck Berry – “Johnny B. Goode”
Spoon – “Idiot Driver”
Headlights – “Some Racing, Some Stopping”
Kings of Convenience – “Misread”
The White Stripes – “Offend in Every Way”
Sufjan Stevens – “Dear Mr. Supercomputer”
Director – “Reconnect”
The Beatles – “Fixing a Hole”
The Velvet Underground – “That’s the Story of My Life”