Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 

 

I watched this series of videos on YouTube yesterday, prompted by “The Film Theorists”, and didn’t even know what to think. It was the weirdest adventure. They start off like educational videos and then go into a creepy sequence of disturbing images and shock moments. “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” has got to be the most beautiful and artistic creation I’ve seen so far. Unlike some viral videos, this one makes you think. It’s deep and layered with a message that is not so easy to understand. The unpredictability witnessed by someone who has never watched these is amazing – it was especially for me.

Now, this sixth and final one (though fans have tried to make their own theorized 7th) is obviously dealing with death. The three puppet friends are in some kind of purgatory. Scenes, characters, and dialogue from the previous episodes are featured. The Yellow Guy lies in bed thinking about his friends that have gone missing, reflecting with an old photo album. The talking lamp tells him how he can dream about the most morbid and nightmarish things and then characters from the previous episodes, such as the steak and clock, randomly appear and disappear in the room one by one, faster and faster until Yellow Guy is going insane.

Oh, and the songs in these videos are catchy as ever, especially in the first video that sings about creativity. “Green is not a creative color”. Why? The first one was probably supposed to be a one time thing done for kicks, but after people started talking about it and theorizing, a Kickstarter program was initiated to fund the second and subsequent ones. I must have watched the sixth one numerous times. It’s such a timeless creation. The whole series, while rather short, is unique. It’s time to fund a “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” feature length film.

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National Slurpee Day ’16

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the Slurpee at 7-11, among other stories, such as the Pokemon GO craze, Taylor Swift’s love life, Ghostbusters, The Home Run Derby, more shootings, and more #BlackLivesMatter drama. It’s a free Slurpee for everyone on the convenience store’s birthday, and a free cupcake is even on the side. This is a tradition that has been going on for at least 5 years now, starting back in 2011 I believe. Millions of people with nothing else to do line up to greedily raid the slush fountain and walk out like perpetual shoplifters.

Click on the pictures for a better look.

Spice Is Quite Nice

July 8, 1996 – the world is introduced to an all girl power group with catchy nicknames. With one crazy good song, “Spice Girl Fever” spread to the United States and beyond in instant fashion. “Wannabe” reached number one in the UK on July 27, staying there for seven weeks. The song hit number in 37 countries during its peak.

You know it’s “what you want, what you really, really want”, at least for people born in the ’90s – a reunion that is. Today, the song celebrates its 20th anniversary. Without looking them up, I believe the nicknames of the five were Scary Spice, Sugar Spice, Posh Spice, and…I forget the rest.They last performed at the London Olympics in 2012, which I barely got to see because the TV went out during the opening ceremony. Melanie, Melanie, Emma, Geri, and Victoria. The all girl equivalent of the Beatles – just as successful and endearing, but for all they’re worth, I only know the one hit song from them:

Update: their nicknames are Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh. The editor of Top of the Pops magazine in 1996 came up with these names as a way to make the girls more marketable. They were only supposed to be used humorously in the magazine and not globally but of course that didn’t happen. All of their graves someday will bear these names..

In my own mind though, I don’t really care for a Spice reunion because they are a trend of the past and music has evolved so much since the “girl power” phenomenon of the ’90s. Yes, people are going to be ecstatic, but I’ll be more subdued as always whenever the hype mobile comes into town. By the time I could even comprehend what music or television was, this group’s popularity had already waned, so I wouldn’t have known how they started out, wouldn’t have grown up with them. And I’m not crazy about girl bands, even less than boy bands. Too much hype, not enough pure talent. This group is a one hit wonder but makes every bit of it worthwhile.

Coverall

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I am currently filling the south wall of my bedroom with posters of all kinds. They are all 5.99 each so as you can see I’ve spent a bit of money on these, one every week or so. There is room for two more posters on this side and then I’ll likely move on to the walls adjacent to it. This mission of mine is to make the room more colorful and fun to stay in. I’m sure if I had a kid, he/she would love to sleep in this room.

The rundown of every poster so far:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (top left corner)
  2. Minions
  3. Minecraft
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. The Beatles
  6. Music
  7. Jurassic World
  8. Grumpy Cat
  9. Harley Quinn
  10. The Walking Dead
  11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rey
  12. Batman

There is a longing for more art, for more fueled passion, for more wall eye candy, and it can never stop until I’m totally satisfied with the way things look. If I move out of this room, all of the posters will go with me, because I’m not spending all of that money for nothing. It’s a neat little project of mine, yes, and I’m glad I started it in the first place.

Longing

The Final Countdown

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They’re here…

Tickets to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Two tickets, one for Uncle J and I.

A pre-screening before the film actually releases to the public on December 18th. Exclusive stuff.

For the first time in my life, I’ll be seeing a film in its red zone, that is when it’s at its hottest point at the box office and people are dying to go see it in theaters during the first week. And my suspicions were right about getting tickets early online because when I got mine today from the ticket girl, she said two theaters in the area had already been sold out with only about 45 admit ones remaining. Most likely less now as I write this. That’s popular.

I’m silently getting excited, so much that I want to watch all six films again, in order this time. I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan, but this is one movie I definitely want to be apart of, along with die-hard geeks and religious fanatics. I’m going to see the film, but I don’t know if I’ll go as far as getting into cosplay and really living the experience.

I can’t believe the time has finally come. I remember first hearing about the movie in 2012 when Disney bought Lucasfilm for a whopping 4.5 billion (does someone sign a check or something?) and shook the Internet to its breaking point. I, like many people, was initially critical of the decision, joking that Star Wars was going to turn into a really sanitized family flick with Disney cliché all around. I even made a video on ten reasons why Disney would fail with Star Wars, such as having storm troopers with Mickey Mouse ears and having Jar Jar moving to the Dark Side – so wrong on so many levels that I’m embarrassed to even feature it here. But when J.J. Abrams of Lost fame was announced as the director, my approval rating shot straight up with the cool sound effect of a lightsaber.

Now 2015 has arrived and the skepticism is long gone and excitement and rumor is peaking, especially with the sneak peek of the cross-shaped lightsaber being wielded by a new character named Kylo Ren, who may or may not be the successor to Darth Vader.

These are the kind of moments I love to blog about. Pop cultural things that are relevant to the world. Fun stuff that I’m interested in and can explore further in other places. Having original pictures to go along with my posts is also what makes my blogging experience worthwhile.

45 more days until new and old fans go nuts, and I’ll be one of the first to the starting line. Does it really matter though, who is first? No, but bragging rights are bragging rights and I can always put down in my memoir that I was one of the first for something.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Million-Dollar Question.”

Why do you blog?

Because I’m allowed to under the first amendment, simply put. Getting thoughts out of my head and into words is also great therapy for me. If I get it off my mind and into my blog, it won’t worry me anymore.

Epic Pop Culture Battles

Time for a classic “who would win in a fight?” post.

I’m taking a series of characters, fictional or non-fictional, from books, TV shows, movies, or real life, and pitting them against each other. Doesn’t matter if the match-ups are totally nonsensical. From a box of random names I wrote down on slips of paper, I pulled out some interesting match-ups. There are some videos on the Internet that do the talking for some, while others are too far out in left field for visual description.

Indiana Jones vs. Zombies

Indiana might survive a fight against zombies for a while, but after he runs out of bullets, the undead would swarm him, his rope proving no use. Of course, what do I know? I’ve never even watched any Indiana Jones movies, but this seems like a no-brainer.

Mario vs. Harry Potter

Mario is much faster and nimble than Harry and doesn’t need long winded spells to attack. He can jump high, shoot fireballs, go down pipes, and turn into Super Mario. And Mario can’t be hurt by spells because he’s animated and has no blood (or so I think). But, as this attempt at a good descriptive video shows, all Harry has to do is turn Mario into a rat and he wins.

Walter White vs. Luke Skywalker

The only things saving Walter White in this battle is his “crazy handful of nothin” explosive mixture and his mad meth making skills (might be able to impress Luke with the blue stuff). Without a light saber to match Luke, he’ll be like the pizza on the roof, flat and roasted. Though, Walter could still run Skywalker over with his Winnebago 😀

Voldemort vs. Bill Gates

Avada Kevadra! Done. Voldemort wins. That’s with a silent “t”, by the way. Unless Bill Gates pays off Voldemort with his money or finds a way to reprogram him, this will be over quick. But I hear that Bill got an intern to do the fight for him, since he’s Bill Gates and can do that. Or he cloned himself. Or replaced himself with Mark Zuckerberg. Voldemort can’t be killed unless all of his horcruxes are found and destroyed so this battle depends on when it is happening in the Harry Potter timeline: at the very end or somewhere in the middle. The wonders a random draw from a box can do.

Batman vs. Superman

And what do you know, a feature film pitting these iconic superheroes against each other is coming out. I have no idea what’s going to happen in the movie, but I believe Superman would win in a fight because he’s got more superpowers.

Here’s the trailer for the movie coming out in 2016:

Rick Grimes vs. Frodo

Seriously? Rick Grimes would totally kick Frodo’s Hobbit butt. The only defense Frodo has is the ring that makes him invisible and sends him into another dimension. Rick’s got tons of ammunition and an entire world of walkers on his side.

Scooby-Doo vs. Spongebob Squarepants

So an animated dog against an animated spongeguy? Tell me how this makes no sense. I suppose if it was happening on land, the dog would win because Spongebob would dry out, while in the water Spongebob would win because dogs can’t breath underwater. But in terms of which character is better, I would go with Spongebob because at least he’s the main character in the show and can speak regular English.

Spider-man vs. a cow

Spider-man wins in a dance off. Nuff said.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Dr. Who

I don’t think this battle could ever be won. Both of these men are as smart, witty, and just plain awesome as the other.  I guess a humorous video will solve things – or not.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Worlds Colliding.”

Take two main characters from two different books works of art (either fiction or nonfiction) and introduce them to, or have them meet, each other. What would happen next?