I don't necessarily know how to say that I have missed Buzznet other than saying that I've missed it. The new look is pretty chic. I'm torn because the old format has my heart wanting for it once more, but I think that I like Buzznet like this.
So, as I sit here on this afternoon in 2010 in the month of July, I wonder where life has lead me thus far. The last two years of my life have been heavily spent within the confines of my university. Catholic school isn't nearly as glamorous as it sounds (and I've only got two more years to get through before I can call myself a graduate). It seems like eternity, and I don't know how much information I have collected. Does anyone stop to think about what they could be processing? If you haven't, I recommend a good break from your life to figure out what you know.
And no, I'm not talking about popular culture. If you want that, go to the homepage.
I've got a sweet cup of cinnamon apple tea to my right. It tastes delicious (certainly a lot better than some of the protein shakes that I've had over the last week or so). The weather outside is disgusting; gusts have been knocking on my door all day, rattling my dogs up and forcing my cats to seek shelter underneath tables and within cabinets. The rain starts swiftly and heavily, flowing for about five minutes, and then it stops to make way for tiny rays of sunshine. The ground could use a good rinse, so I don't mind it too much. I was really hoping for a good game of basketball with my younger brother today. Eh, it can wait.
The mood is just right for me to take some time to think about what I see most often: commercials. I am, as you probably are, an avid television viewer. If I'm not on television, the oven is going off as I read one of my old books or my Netflix queue is on pause so that I can go to the restroom.
It's such a problem.
I have given a lot of thought to television programming over the last few weeks, months, years. Commercials are still the one thing that I truly cannot understand. Who regulates these short stories? How do they interact with the network that is airing them? What is the designated age group that companies are trying to target?!
I think that I've got a few commercials understood.
Most of them discuss their multiple awards and safety features that their products have to offer. Many like to take the route where if we blacken the video out, it sounds like the voice-over is talking about a woman's body. Some like to take the route to focus on something that has nothing to do with automobiles at all and somehow tie their name in right at the end. I love when editing errors happen in these commercials and skin colors change (I wonder how the editors missed that).
You can click here to look at some adverts where cars have been put in the position of objectified women.
Deserving their own category, these are the most unsavory of commercials. I don't know if I'm at an age where I get bored very easily by something that I think is thoroughly attempting to grab as much attention by highlighting sex, but every one of these commercials that I see bores me. Depressingly, there are so many media outlets that still ask for us to find these atypical people attractive. I understand that in order for a business to do well, you should appeal to the biggest market out there. I focus on my being a minority because there is so little representation of anything John Ortega out there in any of these shorts. This one is somewhat promising (in a sick, socio-normative way): giving the woman a small taste of power and suggesting that she attack the one place that every straight man fears women tread.
Of course, we are made clear who this is made for by the end of this 15 second clip.
It's fine. I found out how to make my own cologne. My queer, Hispanic body has no place in this hetero-normative environment, but that doesn't mean that I have to smell foul.
Food commercials (specifically for animal food):
It could just be that my dog has had to go to the vet's office lately, but I have issues with companies that advertise their dog food as being a combination of flavors that are premium and natural ingredients. I would be more mad if they were wrong; most of the dog food that is out there today is primarily made from corn.
I've been feeding this dog food to my dogs for a couple of months, not thinking anything of it. Now, my dog does have an allergy to corn (which I accept is not the same for every dog), but the main ingredient in this is ground yellow corn. False (or at least faulty) advertising, thy name is Beneful Healthy Radiance.
A teeny note: I understand that trying to see yourself in commercials is problematic (I could even make an argument about racial implications made by different animals, but we'll save that for later). But if I am going to have to suffer through them for almost 1/3 of my daily programming, I expect to see something a little more creative, a little more representative and a little more progressive. Need I remind anyone that it is the second half of 2010?
Enough about commercials, I'm off to make some dinner for my brother and I. Colorado is a nice state; I suggest that everyone visit sometime. Just not on days like this. And if you do get stuck here on days like this, write a blog. It turned my afternoon to evening very quickly.
My parents met in August of 1989. They fell for each other, hard, but there were complications. They were both just teens. My mother was a senior in high school, and my dad had just graduated and enlisted in the U.S. Army. My parents had a rendezvous embrace before my dad had a chance to go to basic training, and almost 9 months later, I was born! Despite the fact that my mother was never able to finish high school, she has never regretted her decision to become a teenage mother. My parents were wed on January 18th, 1990.
The year was 1990: rap had just begun to spring into action, synth pop and hair bands were at their worst and grunge started a revolutionary new chapter in the world of popular culture. I had no idea that I would even care about music at all, but fate does what it wants with us. After living two years with just me to take care of, my parents had another child, the best sister in the world, Kelli Rai. In 1994, my parents packed up their stuff and headed towards Kentucky, the state where my dad was stationed. We lived there happily for about a year or so until my father was transfered to Texas. We packed up and moved again.
While in Texas, I met people that have changed the course of my life. Just to name a few: Brittany Gile, Joshua Smith, Jessica Allison, Nancy Allison, Miss Esqueda. I even got a new sibling out of the move: my awesome little brother, Jim Troy! The nights were hot, and the spirit of my youth roamed freely. After living there for a good 4 years, we were then stationed to somewhere unthinkable: Germany. I was depressed to leave at first, but my family found out that the Allison household, our closest family friends, would be stationed not far from where we were for the 3 years we were supposed to be set there. Just knowing that we would know someone there helped me greatly.
Germany was the place where I really grew. Being exposed to such a wonderfully off-beat culture than the one that I had been used to up until then was such a shock. I like to think that it was a shock for the best, though. Some of the people that I'll always remember from there are Jake Purdy, Shabron Dorsey, Marina Ledesma and the dear town of Schweinfurt! I have had the best of memories there that I wouldn't dare trade for anything in the world! The good times have never stopped rolling while I was there. It was honestly like magic. I learned how to be magical, to be alive, in Germany. I owe a lot of my life to the years that I spent there.
Once we lived out our days in Germany, we moved back to the United States and chose Alamosa, Colorado as our hometown. We've lived here for the last 6 years or so, and I have grown a bit tired of seeing the same old place, day after day. So, I have packed up and moved to Chicago. I figure that a change of pace is what is best for me; it's what I've known my whole life. I am a student at DePaul University as off Fall 2008.
If you are ever in Chicago while I am here, hit me up and I'll totally set up dinner plans for us or something! I can promise to show you a fun time! You know you want to have dinner with a total stranger (not that I am; honestly, what you see is what you get). I am not too creepy, but I am neurotic a little bit. Buzznet has a wonderful way of weeding out the creepies. Anywho, the offer is out there for whenever; all you have to do is ask.
In closing, I have developed a mindset of pure happiness and optimism. If you are ever down or need someone to talk to, I am just about always here. Drop me a note, shoot me a message, hit me up with a comment: I am a listener. Through and through, I want to make things more cheerful. Give me a chance, and I can make you smile like you never have before. :*)
Anything and everything!
*Cole Porter*, 20 Mark Helga, 3OH!3, 8 Inch Betsy, AFI, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Athens Boys Choir, Bananas in Pyjamas, Beck, Bella Ruse, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Big Splashes, Breaking Out Into Song From Words Someone Said In Normal Conversation, Brian Slade and Curt Wild, Bright Like Japan, Britney Spears, Buddy Nielsen, Chaise Marcel, Chiodos WILL suck without Craig Owens, Chris Lowe, Cobra Starship, Colin Healy and the Jetskis, DJ Fierce Tease, Diamanda Galas, Dirty Diamonds, EVERYTHING IS RUINED, Early November, Enrique Iglesias, Erasure, Fall Out Boy, FoFoQUEIRAS (Official), Fox Elipsus, Gabe Saporta, Head Automatica, Hey Champ, John Goldman's QUADRANGLE, Kid Color, Kings Of Leon, La Dolce Vita, Liar vs Lawyer, Lilith Fair, Lionlimb, Lollapalooza, Lucky Dragons, MIA, MIKA, Madonna, Makeshift Prodigy, Marat 14k, Mark Hoppus, Mary and the Boy, Michael Jackson, Moneypenny, Muse, Nancy FullForce, Neil Tennant, New Kids On The Block, Nobody's Stranger, O CHILDREN, Panic! At The Disco, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Plain White T's, Putter Sanford and the Gang, Queen, Queer Control Records, Radiohead, Reckless Place, Schoolyard Heroes, Shakespeare's Dead, Sixteen Candles Band, Space Cowboy, Sum 41, THE BIGGER LIGHTS, Taking Back Sunday, The, The Audition, The Cab, The Clash, The Frantic, The Gay Blades, The Hood Internet, The Names That Spell, The Rapture, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Wombats, Trigger Fish, Twin Atlantic, Tyson Ritter, Unmade Beds Original Soundtrack, What Is Life For?, Yann Tiersen (official), You Me At Six, Your Secret Identity, Zebo, becoming a fan of things, katastrophe
American Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, DAVID LYNCH INTERVIEW PROJECT, Dr, Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, MOON, New Moon: The story of a girls choice between Beastiality and Necrophilia., OUTVIEW FILM FESTIVAL, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, Squirt, Taking Woodstock, The 95th: The Iron Men of Metz, The Boat That Rocked, The Last Airbender, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Wintress, Toy Story, Turning your beds into bunk beds so that there is more room for activities, Unmade Beds, Velvet Goldmine, Watchmen, against a trans narrative, illegale scheisse
Favorite TV Shows:
BlahGirls, Caprica, Dexter, Doctor Who, Doctor Who News Page, Doug, Drawn Together, Everybody Loves Hypnotoad, Family Guy, Glee, I Love Lucy, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Just Shoot Me!, LABOR BEAT, My Boys, Neighborhood Watch @theHollywood Web Series, Official CHUCK Page, Original Pokémon, Rick and Steve, Rocko's Modern Life, Saying, Scrubs, Showtime the Show, Smallville, South Park, Spongebob's face when he figured out Squidward likes Krabby Patties., Squidbillies, The Nanny, True Blood, Unsolved Mysteries, queer as folk
A Tale Of Two Cities, Catch 22, Great Expectations, Hearts In Atlantis, Jack The Ripper: Portrait of a Killer, Night, Number The Stars, Papa, Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray