Wednesday, August 31, 2011

i just don't understand

Do you ever get lost in your thoughts? I do. And let me tell you, sometimes it's enough to make me crazy. These are the things that I 100% do not understand.

1. Christopher Columbus.
How can he possibly say that he was the first person to discover America when the story goes that he got off the boat and met Native Americans? Even his own story doesn't line up.

2. How people don't realize what they're literally saying when they use the word literally.
Have you ever noticed how much people use the word literally? And when they do, have you ever stopped and thought about what they actually are saying when they use said word?

"She literally took the words out of my mouth."
"I was so sick last night I literally died" Which I literally heard when I was walking home from class one day.
"I literally cried my eyes out."

Literally, each would be quite the feat. But maybe not quite what they literally meant.

3. Starvation mode.
Is there really such a thing? You hear people say over and over "don't cut out too many calories when trying to lose weight. If you do your body will go into starvation mode and you'll end up not losing anything."

Well then riddle me this. Why is it that people who are anorexic (not that I'm promoting it by any means), children in Africa, victims of the Holocaust and contestants on Survivor eat next to nothing for days on end and before you know it they are withering away to dangerously low weights?

4. Natural Sugar vs. Sugar.
Sugar cane is pretty natural, last time I checked. I mean it's a plant and sugar is harvested from it. So natural sugar substitute like honey or agave, isn't really a substitute. It's just another option. And either way, it's still sugar.

Tune in later for more wonders of the Universe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

run and tweet that

So earlier today I was perusing through the books at Barnes and Noble. I was longingly gazing down the aisle wishing that I wasn't a poor college student and could afford more books. I was looking at the crisp and clean spines of the books that were sitting on the shelves, waiting to be picked up and purchased, when something caught my eye.


Yes. You read that right. TWEET-hearts. OK fine. I was looking through the teenie bopper section, I was debating whether or not I should buy Pretty Little Liars the book series. ABC Family has totally sucked me in and now I'm curious to see how the books stack up. You caught me. But you didn't hear it from me.

So I'm ALL about social media. I think it can be a great tool when used correctly. And Twitter is one of those ones that can be a little tricky, it's great for businesses and I suppose celebrities (since being a celebrity is pretty much a business), but as for every day people....the use is lost on me. I have an account, but I'm still not really sure what to do with it.

But suddenly Twitter is taking over the world. I can't look at anything without seeing a hash tag and a string of words with no spaces that I need some type of legend to decode.

And now it's making its way into novels. NOVELS.

The subtitle was "A love story through blogs, emails and tweets"


I couldn't contain my curiosity anymore. I opened the book. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, but true to the subtitle, there was page after page of what looked like screenshots from Twitter. Bits and pieces blocked off in a little box of 140 characters or less with a little profile picture to the side. Just like your tweet feed on Twitter.

And of course since this is a love story story (and a teen one), there is sure to be drama and multiple characters. I quickly glanced over the page I was on and there was some teen-angst banter going on back and forth between the two characters who I'm sure after many emotional days, eventually got together, became a couple, and lived happily ever after.

Tweets like "OMG dis is all ur fault. I never gave him a chance cuz o wat u said! Y do u always lie? #mylifeisover"

Not to mention, I'm convinced that Twitter and texting have single handedly (...double handedly....?) destroyed the English language.
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