once upon a time

Writer's Block: Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs once said, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." He inspired a generation to Think Different. How has the legacy of Apple's co-founder influenced your life?
I feel a great sense of shame and disappointment towards myself whenever I hear someone utter some "life is short" sentiment. I always feel as if "living life to the fullest" is a promise I can never keep. 

I try, nonetheless. I make videos. I plan. I write. I blog. I try to get the word out when it's something important and constructive to others. 

So, I guess "live everyday like it's your last" isn't really a promise I can keep, but hopefully a goal I can one day achieve. I hope I do it in a great way. 

Also, I love my iPod and can't live without it. So thank you, Mr. Jobs, for your awesomeness. 
declaration of independence

Troy Davis

My heart weighs heavy tonight. 

When I heard news of Supreme Court's final decision, I seriously thought right would win.

I thought, since the state of Georgia is clearly run by callous, uncaring people, that maybe a little outside perspective from SCOTUS would suffice. I seriously thought the Supreme Court would understand and do the right thing. I thought the holes in the case would make it so that not executing the man would be the most logical choice.

I thought mercy would be shown. 

I thought, with all this public scrutiny, that maybe right would win. I thought it would work the way other people/organizations were publicly shamed and gave into public demands, and did the right thing. 

Clearly I was wrong. A man is now dead, and he didn't have to die tonight. It's so... incredibly... horrible. 

You would think, that even if there was a shred of doubt, you would play it safe and just commute his sentence to life. If you don't want to let the man out of jail because you're not certain of his innocence and you want to ensure the victim's family still has justice, fine. Let him rot in jail forever, but don't kill him just so you can prove a point. Just so you can save face. Let him live

It's horrible that this kind of thinking, this idea that someone else's life is at your mercy and it's part of your job as a member of a government branch, do decide his/her fate. That's just fucking crazy. 

If there's anything good to come from this, let it be the outrage that so many people have expressed today. Let this be the final tipping point that pushes toward an end to capital punishment in this country. Let this be the line in the sand where everyone says "No More." 

But, that's just me hoping. 
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Castle Review: It's Baaaaaackk!

So, I'm starting a new thing where I recap episodes. 

Let's have some fun, shall we? 


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"Castle" is tons of fun. It's a crime TV show, in which man-child/best-selling author Rick Castle writes about murder mysteries, and follows/flirts with Detective Kate Beckett of the NYPD for "research". Apart from watching the two characters banter while catching killers, there's also actual books that tie into the series. That's right, actual, physical books that you can get at a bookstore, written by "Castle" himself. 

Can't really hate on a show that gets people reading. 

The show is generally filled with interesting characters, and really it's more about the people than the crime. It's like a character study, like the way a novelist studies characters; all of whom, both major and minor, have stories to tell, a trending theme of the show.

As far as murder mystery cop shows go, this one is about as light-hearted as it gets.

When last we left "Castle" in last year's season finale, however, it went to a very super-serious place. There's one big murder case that Castle and Beckett have never been able to solve: the mystery surrounding the killing of Kate Beckett's mother. Last season lead us through a web of conspiracies, filled with twists and turns we totally did not see coming, like Captain Montgomery being a part of the Evil PlanTM surrounding the murder of Beckett.

The biggest of twists, as anyone watching will know, was when Kate was shot by an unknown sniper at Montgomery's funeral. Her life hanging in the balance, Castle utters the words fans have been dying to hear for three seasons: "I love you, Kate." 

Fade to black. Le Gasp! What will happen next? 

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It Happened On A Tuesday

I was 15. Sophomore in high school. My school and home bordered Washington, D.C., where both my parents worked. 

The day was perfect. Clear blue skies, nice weather. Of course it had to happen on a perfect day. 

I’m in a theatre class, Acting II, in a small, carpeted room where there’s about nine of us and our teacher calmly explains that there’s been an attack on the World Trade Center. She says there is now a hole in the Twin Towers. 

“Bastards,” I say. I feel the same anger I felt at the Oklahoma City Bombing and Columbine, not yet realizing that this event would become something so much bigger. My teacher talks me down with “Well, we don’t know everything yet.” 

An administrator who was more friend than faculty popped his head in the door and said “They just bombed the Pentagon.”

“Holy Shit” was our collective response.  

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Where would you start?

I can't decide where to start. 

I want to read more, but I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed. 

Here's a list I got from a WikiHow on "How to become literate": http://www.wikihow.com/Become-Literate

Where would you start, recommend, when it comes to reading? 


For Classic Literature:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Paradise Lost by John Milton, Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, My Antonia by Willa Cather, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

For Modern Literature:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

For Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick, Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

For More Romantic Literature:
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley
once upon a time

Drabble: Vampire

If I close my eyes and let my mind drift far enough, I can still remember the sea, the salt air, standing in the wooded cliff overlooking the waves, enveloped in the cool mist of the morning fog.

If I wander further into my memory, I can remember his bite. The memory of it is so vivid that I can't stand it. I ache to have his fangs pierce my skin again; the longing for it feels more painful than the actual bite, and *that* retained its fair share of pain.