Bouncing Back

I see a lot of people start blogs. I also see those blogs more or less abandoned within a few posts. (I can only guess–maybe it’s just a long hiatus.) And I don’t blame any of them, really. I think keeping one of these updated is pretty challenging. You’d think that things that happen in everyday life serve as good posting topics, if nothing else, but I’m finding that things become part of a routine faster than you can type sketch them in words.

Which still doesn’t really excuse a two-posts-a-month schedule when the author is pretending to keep a semblance of a living blog. All of my writing time’s been going into essays and that little project I mentioned a while back, but I miss writing doodly posts like the ones I had over summer. If you want it badly enough, you’ll get it. Or so they say. Or maybe I have the quote wrong. But my point is that I’m really wanting to write normal posts, so I’ll be somehow creating time to do that in the coming days.

If you’re curious about my exciting college life, it’s been a less-than-stellar week for me: filled with ugly weather, a brutal midterm, a ticket for a red light that I’m pretty positive that I didn’t run two weeks ago,  and a 41-0 blowout on the football game against Stanford. I live pretty positively, but I can’t defend this week from its failure to be awesome. I don’t mind too much, though, because cool things do happen during bad weeks. Which is why I got to meet some of my favorite people in the world yesterday, and this dropped today, among other things.

I promise the next post will be more substantial than this. I do believe that I’ve run the course of how long I can take this one without rambling more. On Halloween night, for goodness’ sake.


Really Early Morning Live

Today’s been hot like it should be illegal in Washington. If that sentence seemed grammatically broken to you, it’s either the heat getting to me or the heat getting to you (assuming you’re in the same general area as me and reading this within a couple days of posting. Or, I guess, assuming you’re in a totally different place and time than right here and right now but still just as hot. Never mind.) Yes, I understand that the sun doesn’t show itself to this state very often,  but that doesn’t mean it needs to get all temperamental and suddenly decide to cook the life out of everything. I’m happy with the milder, gentler, more reasonable and less b*tchy sun we get around autumn. Why can’t we just have that all year round?

But that’s the reason I’m up at 2:20am writing instead of sleeping my well-deserved sleep. Nothing like blogging to pass the time. That doesn’t mean I can write anything coherent at the moment–it’s been a couple months since the days where I’d stay up this late on a regular basis, so all I can pump out is a random mess. Not that what I usually post on here isn’t a random mess, but even more so tonight this morning. So I’m just going to write whatever comes to me until it feels okay to sleep.

1. I have about 12 different topics on queue to blog about, but unfortunately most of them are really bare-bones ideas right now. This time could probably be spent more usefully thinking about those.

2. They should really look into having a “lights out” button on more websites. Like the ones that Youtube used to have? (Do they still have them?) WordPress is really white and bright and it’s just not the best during the night.

3. Dr. Seuss, I think I just totally topped you with that just now. And I didn’t even notice it for a while.

4. I tried Googling this blog’s title to see if it would show up. No luck. Instead, it returned stuff like this and this. I guess I wasn’t so clever when I came up with my title. I wasn’t about to give up though, so I tried searching “Found in Translation wordpress”. Which found this. (By the way, they all seem to be fairly interesting blogs. Give them a try.)
I think Google’s trying to tell me something. Like I shouldn’t try to search for my blog on it when I’ve had one for maybe half a month, and there are much better-written and more well-known blogs under the same title. But you know what? I’m not a quitter. So I searched for “Found in translation wordpress jdbae”. Yes, I included part of the blog URL in the query. And there it was–sitting proudly as the second search result. (The first was a tag that I used in my accents post–“Kumon”. Can you get any more random?)
I win, Google. Suck it.

5. I saw Shutter Island earlier. I personally think it needed at least two more twists like the one it had at the end. I like my suspense films overdone. Also, Mr. DiCaprio looks exactly the same as he did in Aviator. And Body of Lies. And The Departed. And Revolutionary Road (okay, maybe the last one’s a stretch). No, that’s not all that weird for actors, but this particular case is simply too hard on the eyes to keep up. If you’re Emma Stone and you decided to appear exactly the same from Zombieland onwards (which she didn’t, I guess), that would be totally fine. (Absolutely no bias here. I don’t know what you’re talking about.) But maybe it’s a feat in itself that he managed to snag roles where he could do that and be era-appropriate every time.

6. What happens when you decide, at 2:20am in the morning, to write a blog post and at the same time do things like Google a blog title and look at senior party pictures? The answer: you get to #6 on a numbered list, of which only five actually say something, by 3:05am. I think it’s cool enough to sleep now, goodness.