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Another Great Night

Posted in Friends, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 01/10/2011 by arabrhizome

Hey everyone. Sorry I locked in earlier and can write now. But unfortunately it’s not going to be a long post. I’m exhausted and just want to sleep. I had another great night with my friend. We had a lot of fun. I got to see her do her sets again. Se’s really very good. I always enjoy watching comedy when it’s well done, and she’s really very good at it. Anyway, That’s all from me. I really need to go to bed and wake up earlyish tomorrow and get some work done. So as always, stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

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Excellent Night

Posted in Culture, Friends, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 30/09/2011 by arabrhizome

Hi everyone. Sorry about the earlier one line titleless post. I had to lock in the date as I didn’t know if I would make it in time to write the post today. I was out with my friend. She has a couple of gigs this weekend here in town. It was great hanging out with her and just talking and having fun. I got to see her perform again, it was great as usual. The room was boiling and the punters were clearly not in the mood for crappy comedy. After the compare and the first act went on, and didn’t do that well if I’m being honest, it was clear that the room was ready to turn. But my friend got on and turned them back. She was great as usual. She slowly but surely brought the whole room back on side. It was fantastic to witness how easily a gig can go wrong and how it can be brought back from the brink. I mean before she got on the compare asked, as you do, if people were having fun, and quite a few said very clearly no. But then after my friend’s set everyone gave very loud applause and were clearly very happy. All in all it was a great evening. Now I have to go and try to do some work before I go to sleep. Stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

Nothing of Note

Posted in about the blog, Me, Silly Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 21/05/2011 by arabrhizome

I wanted to write a long satyrical post about religion and the nuttery of the people who are waiting for the rapture today because one of their chief nutters said it was today. I wanted to intelligently yet humorously dissect the very concept of the rapture and what it said about us as a species as a whole and what it said about the people who wish the end of the world so hard. I wanted to show the hypocrisy of those who pretend to love their neighbours, but would be happy to leave them to burn in hell. I wanted to talk about the Muslim version of the rapture, which is almost the same as the christian one.

In my mind, my post was going to be so funny and so intelligent that it would be quoted all over the world and that everyone who read it would be charmed and convinced by it. I thought my post would expose organised religions for what they are and lead us all into a new age of peace, prosperity, and reason. I thought that I would be held as a hero, nay a prophet of rationalism. People would flock from every corner of the world to hear me speak and explain to them why it is better to use rationality than blind faith. I thought I would bring peace to the world. Everyone would just stop fighting and I would resolve all the problems of the world.

I thought that thanks to this post I’ll be able to spread a message of love and understanding. Obviously, some people would resist and call me names. They’d probably try to stop me from talking. Maybe they’ll go as far as try to kill me. But because of my immense following I’d just crush them. I’d use them as an example to show the world how to deal with irrational people. Because there’s just no reasoning with some people, to be honest. I would explain that those who continue to think differently from how I think about political, scientific, and philosophical matters would be hunted as apostates and brought to justice, my justice.

My word would become law and I will rule the world as the beloved and benevolent philosopher king of the world (but without shouting it in a shrill voice on a boat). My followers will write of my exploits and my rise from very ordinary origins to becoming the philosopher king of the world. After I die, people will fight about the exact interpretation of my words. Things will start to get muddy after a few decades and splits in the unified world I achieved would start to appear. A few centuries in, wars in my name will be fought and some people will be exterminated, real estate claims will be made in my name, and it’ll all go to shit.

So I decided not to write that post. I thought it would be better if I didn’t do that to the world. I think this, along with the fact that I started writing this post thinking it was going to be a short one and I was going to apologise for the fact that I wasn’t going to write a proper post, shows how good I am as a human being. I am however a little worried that this post, which turned out to not suck, might have a bit of a similar effect on a smaller scale. But I guess I can deal with a cult following. That’s not too bad. I will now go and await the inevitable deluge of comments and emails from people inspired by me. Now, what would suck is if the rapture happened and my dreams of becoming the leader of the band of weird stalkers and internet nerds who read this blog never get to fruition. I would never forgive Jesus for that.

What an Idiot I Am Sometimes

Posted in about the blog, Me, Silly Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 16/05/2011 by arabrhizome

Hi everyone, I have done it again. I forgot about the blog. It’s really daft because this is the last post of my first year of blogging daily. I will write a proper long post tomorrow as it will be this blog’s first birthday. I can’t believe that I have written a post everyday for a year. I know that we’ve had highs and lows, today is a low as this will be a short post, because I didn’t really think about what to write. I will make sure to write a longer post tomorrow and maybe try to give myself guidelines for the coming year. I’ll think about it and you’ll see my post tomorrow. In the mean time, thanks you to all my regular readers, all three of you (there are actually quite a lot more than three but I said this for comic effect. Also, it’s a little self deprecating and I am told that it’s an adorable quality and that a lot of women really like that in a man), It’s nice to know that some people actually go through the effort to read my ramblings. I mean there really is no reason, unless you’re stalkers or mentally ill. You probably are. Oh no! I’ve been feeding your mental illness! Although to be fair you have been good to me because I’m so insecure and knowing that there are people so pathetic out there that they would read me everyday sure made me feel better. So all in all it’s been mutually beneficiary. Although insulting you like that is probably not the best policy. Please don’t come to my Flat and stab me. Love you bye.

Not in the Mood

Posted in about the blog, Me, Silly Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 12/05/2011 by arabrhizome

Right I know I said I was going to write a post justifying the terms I use when I describe zionism and israel, but I’m really not in the mood tonight. In fact, I’m not in the mood to write a post. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I’m a little moody. Nothing special, just feeling a little blah, as the youths say on their internets. I hate the youths and everything they stand for. All of them all thin and with all their hair. Also, I hate them for all the fun they have. Also, everything seems to be geared at them and they don’t give a shit. Finally I hate them because they have their whole lives in front of them and they haven’t been disappointed yet by the crushing reality of this cruel world. Although I do take a little bit of comfort in the thought that they are going to encounter the real world soon and have all their hopes and dreams crushed and destroyed. They will start putting on weight and losing their hair, and I will be there welcoming them into the world of bitterness that is one’s 30s.

As you can tell I’m in a bit of a mood today. I don’t know what brought it on. It’s not like I have encountered any youths lately. I just don’t like them. They are scummy little shits who don’t appreciate all the opportunities their age offer them. Well that’s all from me today I’m afraid. I’m just not in the mood to write more. I’m just going to make myself a cup of tea and watch something sensible on television that doesn’t involve screaming teenagers, and is not geared for them. Although that type of show is less and less available. Have you seen how terrible BBC3 is in general? I hate youths. I keep being dragged into this rant even though I don’t want to continue it. I don’t really mind youths on a daily basis but for some reason I’m feeling very bitter about them today. I really don’t know where all this bile is coming from. Maybe I’m starting to lose my mind. Shut up people who are saying “That’s right H starting”! I am not mentally ill and whoever says I am is a nincompoop.

As I said all I wanted to do was to come on here and tell you all that I wasn’t going to write a long post and just explain that I’m in a mood today that means I don’t want to write a long post. Instead here I am repeating myself and having a bunch of conflicting thoughts, they’re actually different voices in my head, about youths. I didn’t even feel angry about them before I started writing this post. What is wrong with me? Shut up I’m not mentally ill. This is all a clever plan to get you readers to like me by putting on a show that hopefully made you laugh. I’m not completely and utterly insecure. The fact that I write a daily blog and check the number of hits I get on it obsessively isn’t a symptom of low self esteem. Also, the fact that I feel that my whole existence is validated when I get a high number of hits and completely useless and like my life is worthless when I get a very low number of hits, doesn’t mean anything. I am not mentally ill. Love you bye.

Spring Cleaning Interrupted

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 06/05/2011 by arabrhizome

Hi everyone, sorry about the earlier post. I just wanted to make sure to have a post for today. Anyway, I won’t be long, as I’m very sleepy. I woke up and started cleaning up my flat, which is more of a pig sty at the moment. It’s still a work in progress, and won’t be done until at least Sunday. Anyway, I had to stop cleaning to go out and meet a friend of mine who came up from London. We had a lovely evening. She’s a stand up and I went with her to the Glee club. I watched her perform and hung out with her and the other comedians afterwards. It was a lot of fun. I’m probably going to see her again tomorrow. Anyway, the point is all that fun made me very sleepy and I can barely keep my eyes open. So I hope you’ll excuse the short post. I’ll try to write a longer one tomorrow. Stay safe. Love you bye.

Community and Modern Family

Posted in Culture, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 18/04/2011 by arabrhizome

I thought I would use this post to review two somehow similar shows that I have been watching, both while I was ill and before that. The two shows are sit coms, but they’re the new breed of sit com. One is filed like a mockumentary, the other is a sit com without a laughter track. They’re both reliant on an ensemble cast, rather than a main character, and are very very good. I’m going to start by talking about Community and then move on to Modern Family. The reason I’m doing this is that this is the order in which I discovered them.

So Community is a sit com set in a community college in the US. The series follows a group of 6 new students who find themselves going to this college because of various reasons. One was a lawyer until it was discovered that he had faked his degree, another is a recently separated mother, one is a recovering pill addict, and so on. The cast is fantastic. However the ones who stand out are Abed and Troy. Abed has an autistic fascination with television in particular and pop culture in general, he is also half Palestinian which is fantastic politically speaking. His role in the series is very interesting as he provides a meta-narrative to many episodes. Troy is an ex high school football star who got injured and found his way in this community college. Their relationship is one of the highlights of the show.

The show works really well. I was a little sceptical at first, as the first few episodes didn’t seem to work too well for me. However, once I got in the right mindset and resonated with the rhythm of the show I started to enjoy it a lot. The fact that the show is so self-aware and doesn’t take itself seriously at all is incredibly refreshing. Everytime the show goes onto a used and abused sit com, or movie, terrain Abed deconstructs the episode by providing a meta discussion of it. Pointing out that this week seems to be a bottle episode, or providing a voice over voice. It’s really very clever. I also really love the way they deal with the would they/won’t they relationship by completely deconstructing it and resolving it very interestingly, and quickly. I honestly highly recommend it. If you don’t like it at first persevere as once you get used to it it’s really very good.

The second show is Modern Family. Now this show is much more traditional, in a sense, but is also part of the new sit coms ushered in by the likes of the Office. It is a mockumentary of sorts. We get to watch this extended family’s life with sometimes the characters sitting in a diary room-style situation speaking directly to camera. It is again based on an ensemble cast. There’s the father/grandfather who’s married to a younger hot Columbian who has a son. His daughter is married and has three children the youngest of whom is the same age as her father’s step son. His biological son is gay and lives with his partner and their newly adopted Vietnamese girl.

So the cast is basically three families who are also one big family. The best thing about the whole thing is that the complicated set up isn’t really the focus. Things are taken for granted most of the time, which is great. The adventures of the families are a lot of fun and as all good sit coms the viewer ends up developing a relationship with the characters. You want them to succeed even though they probably won’t. Also, it’s a fun study (I know that sounds pretentious but I can’t think of a better word for it) of how people perceive themselves and how they are perceived by others. It works very well and I also recommend it.

All in all these two shows are a great way to spend some time. They did make me laugh out loud a few times, as well as keeping a smile on my face throughout most episodes. Anyway, that’s it from me for today, I am going back to work now. I’ll see you all tomorrow for another post. I think it might be a short one, although that depends on how much work I get done tomorrow. Anyway, until then stay safe. Love you bye.