record-reviews

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“From here on out, I am only interested in what is real. Real people, real feelings, that’s it, that’s all I’m interested in.”

Almost Famous came out in 2000 and it is directed by Cameron Crowe and serves as a semi-biography. It is also one of the best coming-of-age films I have ever seen, shared along with Stand By Me. As you may know, this film is one of my favourites. It is my home, it’s like a hug, strange at it seems. It is the life I want, well if I lived in the 70s. It’s the film I choose to watch when I’m feeling down, although it gives you quite the heartache at times. Almost Famous is drama/comedy film about music, 70’s music to be exact.

So the story is about 15-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit) who wants to be a writer, a rock writer, mind. William gets the opportunity to travel with up and coming band Stillwater. Before that big event, William submits his record reviews to Creem magazine writer Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The two becomes friends and Williams gets the mentor of his dreams. Soon after William goes on a mission for Rolling stone, where he meets the girls, the band aids, the un-groupies. Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) the band aids leader takes a liking to the teen and William falls head over heels for her. William leaves his home, with the band Stillwater (Billy Crudup, Jason Lee, John Fedevich and Mark Kozeleck) and leaves his “trying to mean well” mother, Elaine (Frances McDormand) to worry.

This film is filled with lovely, wonderful performances. Patrick Fugit portrays naive and young William very well, Frances McDormand is brilliant as William and Anita’s (Zooey Deschanel) mother. Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson fill the screen with romantic tension and a bit of heartbreak, or a lot of it actually. Kate Hudson as mysterious, ageless, nameless “Penny Lane”, yes like the song, is brilliant and honest. Her character is very relatable and it really isn’t hard to fall for her ways. The beer scene is one to really look closely at. As always Philip Seymour Hoffman is brilliant, he exudes arrogance and confidence, he’s always such a good supporting actor.

The soundtrack, of course, is so very good, filled with classic rock tunes, only the best. The music written by then-wife of Crowe, Nancy Wilson, for Stillwater is so bloody good. It’s a visually good looking film, but the cinematography isn’t an element that stands out, this film is about honest characters and good music. I recommend it forever, I really do, and if you want the get the absolute best experience from it I would recommend trying to find the extended version.

Chapter 128 Mini Mystery: Why Was Grell on the Roof?

In chapter 128, we see Grell reviewing Agni’s records, but there’s one thing that puzzles me.

Why was Grell on the roof rather than inside the townhouse?

At one point, Grell would have had to go inside in order to stab Agni (thank goodness we didn’t see that) to get the records to come out. She could have easily just stayed inside where it was dry and where Sebastian was sure to come. Instead, she would have had to go inside, stab Agni, and then go back up to the roof. After all, we’ve seen Grell standing right over bodies while looking at records, so there wasn’t a need to move farther away.

Plus, Grell even said how she would be meeting Sebastian soon but is keeping her distance. She’s not playfully flirting or tossing out innuendos. In fact, she almost seems to purposely distancing herself.

Why?

It may have something to do with Knife Dude, or Grell had some other reason she was not interacting with Sebastian as usual.

Thoughts?

OK so first submission, because basically my job has been chill up until now. So for back story, I work in an office reviewing medical records for nursing students, etc. Which means I’m at a desk on the computer eight hours a day. SO the culture of this company is very chill, I don’t have a lot of complaints about it. The main issues are management has a short of clique vibe going on with certain people on the floor, which is fine like yay friendship whatever. But oh my God. So I’m sitting at my desk minding my own business doing my work when I get an email from a supervisor that basically went like this:
“Hey, Haywood, it’s come to my attention that you’ve been sleeping at your desk frequently, can you not do that?”
Now keep in mind that I’m caffeinated 24/7 working here or I’ll literally drop from exhaustion. So I’ve never slept at, dozed off at, or otherwise done anything like this. Because I PHYSICALLY can’t fall asleep with this much sugar and caffeine in my body. So I sit here for a minute and I’m like what the fuck. So I email back like:
“Hey I don’t know who told you that but I definitely don’t sleep at my desk”
The icing on the cake is that the supervisor is pals with the guy that had my desk before I did, and this guy took full on hour long naps at the desk and nobody ever said anything to him about it. This dude had a blanket, his feet up, eyes closed. Meanwhile I can’t stretch my legs out without people thinking I’m asleep even though my fingers are very obviously using the computer and I’m bouncing in my chair. So yeah, fuck high school type cliques in corporate office settings, and fuck the fact that I got yelled at for supposedly sleeping when I’m very clearly awake and working. :)

Grell on the Roof: Revisted

I recently wrote this post about why Grell remained on the roof while reviewing Agni’s records. In a nutshell, there’s seems to be little reason for her to do so. We’ve seen in the past that she doesn’t have to be that far away when reviewing records, and Grell isn’t the kind to purposely remove herself from a scene. Plus, as pointed out by @abybweisse it’s odd that Grell would bring up the line to Sebastian about them meeting again when she’s not actually meeting them.

One rather reasonable explanation is that Grell was outside during all this simply because her presence would have removed too much of the drama from the scene. If Grell had been there, you wouldn’t have had the impact of Soma’s slap, Ciel’s emotions, and later finding the words on the walls. Honestly, imagine the same scenes but now with Grell flirting with Sebastian. it doesn’t actually work all that well. Of course, that might the reason she was kept on the roof, but that doesn’t that’s the reason that Grell might give.

First, Sebastian says Agni’s body is still warm, so the murder didn’t happen long before their arrival.

So the killer(s) might still be close by. There’s some theories they are in the house even. Could that be the reason that Grell’s stay back? We know that Knife Dude isn’t a simple human. Even Sebastian has said it would take 5 to 10 normal people to kill Agni.

While I don’t think Grell is afraid of Knife Dude, this might be tied into why she’s staying outside. She might not be allowed to interfere because of Knife Dude, who doesn’t appear to be human. Instead, she’s just doing her job and watching things play out.

There’s also a chance that this is only the beginning. I’ve compared certain aspects of the story of this arc to Campania. Perhaps Grell is supposed to wait until things really heat up and a second shinigami comes along to jump in.

Either way, I still find it interesting. Was Grell on the roof purely so that she wouldn’t interfere in the dramatic tension of the scene or was there another reason.

Thoughts?

I Don’t Want the World to See Me (Cause I Don’t Think that They’d Understand) # 8

#8  Here’s another little blurb from Bucky’s POV - It takes place during Part 36 of WEMtbB (masterlist here)

Word count - 2355 (so much for this being a drabble….)

Warnings - Angst, anger, the internal wrath of Bucky, thoughts of violence/death

Wondering where Bucky was during the last update to WEMtbB?  Here you go!!  If you need a little music, check out The Light by Disturbed.  This song could have been written for this particular segment.

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so this was supposed to have been a thank you for 100 followers, but it’s a bit late haha i’ve been procrastinating. i hope this masterpost will give you a bit of insight into how i study as well giving you ideas for your own planning. i know the title slide is pretty simple and boring but i needed to post this before i procrastinate again, so it’ll just stay like this for now. either way, here’s the masterpost (thanks again everyone!!):

Suggestions for In Class:

  • Listen to the teacher, even if the lectures are boring. Often my teachers give long, unexciting lectures, but it’s important to know what the teacher thinks is crucial within a textbook reading. Sometimes he or she will even give hints or suggestions about what might be on the test.
    • Some days we all feel sick of listening to the teacher. In this case, I would suggest 1) taking an audio recording (if allowed) and then listening later or 2) borrowing notes from a friend (but rewrite them for yourself, and then reread the textbook in case)
  • Take advantage of worktime given to you. (This is probably more applicable to us who are in middle or high school.) If a teacher gives you a period to study, or to work on a project, use it. Just because some other people don’t work doesn’t mean that you can’t get ahead on tonight’s textbook reading, or finish the project that’s due tomorrow.
  • Make a study plan for a test. If the teacher hands out a syllabus and reads it over, you can make little notes that notate (notes that notate gosh im good at this) the first impressions you have of a topic. Sometimes these impressions can make a huge difference into how you will be studying for a test later.

Out of Class:

For Good Days (starting from when you get home. It targets those of us who go to school during the day and then come back home for the afternoon, but I hope everyone can get something from this):

  1. Eat something quickly and don’t take out your phone or laptop or book or whatever. It’s not good to get distracted this quickly.
  2. Find a study space you’re going to dedicate yourself to. It’s ok to change day by day, but changing locations every hour is not going to settle your study attitude.
  3. Take out your planner. If you don’t have a planner or bullet journal, it might be a good idea to start one (it depends). Mark tasks in their priority and then on how quickly you can get them done. I’d suggest starting with one or two short tasks, then getting to one long one that’s high priority, then doing another couple short tasks, etc.
  4. Between those one or two short tasks and the long task, take a break. If you’ve been using your laptop constantly, walk around a bit, look at some scenery, or stretch. If you’ve been on paper, maybe take out your phone and check social media. Either way, set a timer for 10 minutes so you don’t get dragged away for too long. (note that depending on the workload, 10 minutes may become 5 minutes which may become 1 minute)
  5. Eat your meals. Like seriously. Eat your meals, take your showers, brush your teeth. Personal hygiene is something you want to maintain if you want to feel good about yourself. Forget everyone else.
    1. If you can fit it into your schedule, exercise is also good. I have extracurricular activities that force me to get out and work, but if you tend to stay at home, at the library, or wherever, try to find a time where you can go and walk or run.
    2. When you’ve accomplished something major, check it off. At the end of the day, go back to your planner and make sure you’ve really finished everything. Draw happy faces all over a sheet of scratch paper until happiness is floating in the room. You’ve made it through another day!

For Bad Days (because we all have them):

  • Come home, take a shower, and eat something nice. Maybe lie on your bed and take a nap for an hour. Listen to music. Whatever works to chill. You deserve some time to yourself.
  • It’s best if you get something done every day, even if it’s the littlest thing. When I don’t want to dedicate myself to a lengthy essay – so long as it’s not due the next day – I do activities like:
    • Making flashcards for vocabulary. Short ones. I tend not to like flashcards with lots of text, because then I prefer just writing up notes.
    • Studying the language that you’re learning (if you’re learning a language, and why not?). Most days I don’t get the chance to dedicatedly review my notes, so just rereading class notes or finding a short story to read in that language can help to keep up with comprehension.
    • Planning. Like planning my next day, planning my week, planning my month, or planning my year. Whatever it is I feel like planning. Or reorganizing my desk. Sometimes changing the look of things or taking a step back to think about your situation helps calm you down.
    • Reading a book. Especially if it’s a nonfiction book – but not a textbook – or something along the lines of historical fiction. These will improve your literacy comprehension and help give insight into a specific topic. For example, if I’m studying American History in my history class, I’ll check out fiction books relating to the topic and get a lot of insight into the era.
  • But most of all, take care of yourself. If you’ve had a bad day at school, something huge has happened to your social life, you’re drowning in a sea of assignments… remember that we’ve all been there. Put your health above everything else. Please. <3

During Transition Times (e.g. on the bus, in the car, waiting in a line, etc.):

  • Practice those flashcards you made. Carry them in your pocket, everywhere, and when you’re on the bus and think, “if only I had those flashcards,” they’ll be right there.
  • Listen to a recording of yourself talking about whatever you’re studying. This works especially well if you’re an auditory learner – you can record yourself reading the textbook aloud, so you don’t skip words, and then come back to your recording to understand better.
    • You can also record reviews or presentations that you will need later to immerse yourself.
  • Flip through note pages. I don’t do this much, since I get carsick or bus-sick easily, but some people can get through pages and pages of a textbook while on the bus and feel nothing at all. *envy*
  • Drink a good drink. Like Starbucks. This has nothing to do with studying, but transition times are also great for taking a step back from studies and spending fifteen minutes with yourself and whatever (or whomever!) else you want to spend it with.

again, hope this helps, thank you all, and happy late new year!

anonymous asked:

I can't seem to ever stay focused in class and as a result my grades have been falling! What do I do?!?

Hi! These are a few things you could try to improve your focus! Discipline yourself each time is going to improve your overall concentration but don’t expect things to change overnight. It might take your a few weeks to really learn how you can focus.

  • make a commitment to yourself - write down a goal of try to stay focused for more than you usually would in one period of time. By externalising your goal, you’ll be more likely to want to complete it. If you manage, reward yourself! If you fail, you’ll have let down yourself and probably feel bad about it. Whilst feeling bad about it isn’t awesome, it’s a good way to motivate yourself to try again next time.
  • don’t bring your laptop unless your need it - I think everyone is tempted to go on random sites, do random stuff, just generally zone out if their laptop is in front of them. I am no different haha! Unless you absolutely need it, it might be worth trying writing your notes. If you do need a laptop, try sites like StayFocusd, FocalFilter and RescueTime. You could even add parental controls between school hours.
  • put your phone away - again, it’s tempting to look at it! Put it in your bag so you can’t just pick it up whenever you’re bored. Or use Forest or FocusNow apps to gamify your time management and help you stop checking your phone!
  • sit closer to the front - it might just force you to pay a little closer attention if the teacher is close by.
  • be strategic with your seating - if you get distracted by your friends, maybe move away. It can be a little awkward but if you tell them nicely “I’m just going to sit here because I’m constantly talking to you and really don’t understand this!” then hopefully they’ll understand. Something I’ve found works well in the past is sitting with someone who is a friend but not a close friend. If you’ve talked before or are close acquaintances you’ll still want to talk with them but you’re not going to be distracted as you would be with your bestie. Since you’re going to try talking, it will generally be about the work and therefore you actually take in a lot more because you’re analysing it and taking it in. I was sat next to a guy in maths that I knew but wasn’t close with and we got so much done. It was honestly the best seating arrangement I’d ever had for a maths class. 
  • be prepared beforehand - try to get ahead of class by checking out any materials that will be coming up. Perhaps read the textbook, scroll through any powerpoints, check out the worksheets. If you’ve got an understanding, it might be more interesting to you and therefore you become more engaged. This can also mean you end up only taking the most relevant notes!
  • drink more water - I remember a study ages ago that measured focus/concentration of students who were drinking water vs coke. It showed that the water was so much better at keeping them engaged. 
  • be active (even if it’s just in your mind) - write down any questions you have or answers to rhetorical questions your teachers mentions. If you’re confident enough to answer or ask questions, go ahead!
  • record and review the class - this could be useful for times when you’ve zoned out completely and lost whatever the teacher is talking about it. If you’ve got a copy, you can review it later. Microsoft OneNote has a great recording feature.
  • have a brain dump sticky note/page/laptop note - if you’re getting distracted by your own thoughts/to-dos, write them down. That way they’re out of your brain and on a piece of paper for future reference. You won’t have that “I need to remember this” feeling since you’ll have externalised what you’ve got to do in the future.
  • have a procrastination sticky note/page/laptop note - similar concept to the above but instead, write down everything that distracts you. (e.g. your friend, a Facebook notification, the window.) You’ll be able to review it after and work to remove them and then get your mind back to focusing.
  • finally, don’t multitask - yes it is so tempting but it’s going to ruin your ability to focus on the actual class. Josh Kaufman says that with multitasking, you’re basically asking your brain to bring whatever you’re doing into working memory. By multitasking, you’re making your brain load and reload contexts over and over. Diverting your attention over and over is just going to tire out your brain and therefore, equal a loss of focus. 

I hope this helps! Good luck with your class! x

anonymous asked:

Wait I'm sorry for being misinformed, but the info about Paul calling Yoko a jap tart is not true? From what i read he sent a letter to john (i think) saying this. So it's not true? (because thank god if it's not true)

it’s okay, anon. let me reiterate: 

the full message – if you believe francie, that is – was “you and your jap tart think you’re hot shit” and the full quote reads:

“John obviously loved Paul enough to let him run wild if it would help ease the tension Paul was creating in the studio and at home. Yoko could see it too.

But Paul was treating them like shit too. He even sent them a hate letter once, unsigned, typed. I brought it in with the morning mail. Paul put most of his fan mail in a big basket and let it sit for weeks, but John and Yoko opened every piece. When they go to the anonymous note, they looked puzzled, looking at each other with genuine pain in their eyes.

‘You and your Jap tart think you’re hot shit’, it said. John put it on the mantle, and in the afternoon, Paul hopped in, prancing much the same self-conscious way he did when we met.

‘Oh I just did that for a lark…’ he said in his most sugar-coated accent.

It was embarrassing. The three of us swiveled around, staring at him. You could see the pain in John. Yoko simply rose above it, feeling only sympathy for John. I was sad to see the Lennons go, even though it took the pressure off of Paul.”

putting aside that you can already read the clear bias between the lines, sometimes in other retellings of the story, it’s said to be a postcard and other times it’s a typewritten message left in an envelope. the discrepancies here alone should tell you something. 

now, where does the claim come from? it comes from an ex-girlfriend of paul’s from the late 60s, who he has parted not on the best terms with: francie schwartz. francie wrote a book about her relationship with paul where francie claims that while john and yoko stayed at cavendish, they received a note saying “you and your jap tart think you’re hot shit”.

why is it bullshit? i have several points to make:

francie schwartz is one of the most unreliable sources in beatles history. ask any beatles researcher worth their salt on their opinion about francie and her book. what’s more important in this particular case: she relies almost exclusively on sensational claims to make her book body count (1972) more palatable and exciting to a general and broad public instead of actual proof. other such claims include paul having been sent love letters from brian; a claim just as insubstantial and without any actual tangible proof. 

first off, to get a more personal picture of francie during the time she wrote and published her book you have to ackowledge her agenda as the scorned ex-lover as is evidenced by the book itself as it displays a great deal of vindictiveness towards paul. read body count and you’ll know what  i mean. it’s absolutely vile in places.

second, the book was published in 1972 – when paul’s critical reputation was possibly at one of its lowest points – and it was published by none other than jann wenner’s rolling stone press, which very obviously chose john’s side in the john versus paul breakup era split and which back in the day had a lot of sway in the music industry. the magazine wasn’t yet the joke it was to become. something else that is interesting and slightly related: jann wenner. paul’s critical acclaim wasn’t at it lowest point because mccartney (the album) was years ahead in its day and the press just didn’t get it, but because wenner directly influenced his reviewers to slam paul for – as wenner saw it – breaking up the beatles. here’s the relevant quote:

“When I became record reviews editor, I made it clear to him after a few months — nobody had done the job before me — that the record review section was an independent republic within the country of Rolling Stone. That meant that nobody else could tell me what to review or what a writer could say. They could argue with me, but ultimately it was my decision. And that worked well. There was one incident where Paul McCartney makes his first solo record and people thought it was wonderful: this rough, homemade one-man-band album. It was accompanied by a press release, a self-interview, about why he no longer needed the Beatles and how little he thought of them … this real obnoxious statement, you know? I assigned it to a friend of mine, Langdon Winner, and Jann saw the piece and said: “We can’t run it this way — he’s just reviewing it as if it’s this nice little record. It’s not just a nice little record, it’s a statement and it’s taking place in a context that we know: it’s one person breaking up the band. This is what needs to be talked about.” I said I didn’t agree and “in any case it’s up to Langdon to say what he wants to say.” Jann said, “We have to talk about this.” So we went to dinner that night and spent three fucking hours arguing about this record review. Finally he convinced me. So I went over to Langdon’s and sat down with him and spent three more hours arguing with him until I convinced him! Now to me this was the essence of great editing, of how you put out a publication that is utterly honest. All that time spent over one 750 word review! And it was worth it.”

—Greil Marcus in conversation with Simon Reynolds,

Los Angeles Review of Books

there are other instances where wenner displays his clear bias against paul, which was especially rampant in the time where paul was hailed as the talentless and flighty hack who did nothing more than book the studio for the beatles and john as the deeply misunderstood true lyrical and musical genius behind the beatles. a narrative that was formed then and persists to this day.

third, a number of writers – including, disappointingly, doggett and carlin – have recounted the “jap tart” episode from paul to john and yoko as fact, but it’s NOT. it’s the unverified retrospective eyewitness testimony years after it happened of a very much biased, secondhand source. we’ve never seen evidence from anyone else that this event occurred. no picture, no copy, nothing. just like any other event francie “remembers”, if i might add. and since other private notes and copies from letters and even journals exist from other and more deeply involved with the beatles people, it is suspicious.

even during “lennon remembers” – also done with involvement from wenner – john himself admits that his examples of the others treating yoko badly in the studio or elsewhere come off as him being paranoid. if he had indeed a clear and very much damning example, such as this “jap tart” postcard or typewritten message or handwritten note, why didn’t he bring it up? or, more glaringly, yoko herself? when discussing why she and john left cavendish in philip norman’s paul bio, she doesn’t mention this incident at all. why didn’t either of them ever bring up this incident in all the years after it supposedly occurred? 

it’s also important to point out that the narrative that paul was an absolute and continuous horror to john and yoko during the let it be era is just that: a narrative. let’s see what yoko has to say:

“After the initial embarrassment, then – um, now Paul is being very nice to me. He’s nice, and a – a very, um, str– on the level, straight sense. Like, um, whenever there’s something happening at Apple, he explains to me, as if I should know, [inaudible] and things like that. And also whenever there’s something like they need a light man or something like that, he asks me if I know of anybody in the art world, and things like that.

And like, um, I can see that he’s just now suddenly changing his attitude, like he’s being – he’s treating me with respect. Not because it’s me – but because I belong to John. I hope that’s what it is, because that would be nice. And I feel like he’s my younger brother or something like that. I’m sure that if he had been a woman or something, he would have been a great threat – because there’s something definitely very strong between John and Paul.

And, um – and probably among those three people of George and Ringo and Paul, Paul is the only one that I can sort of feel the vibration [from]. Like, sort of sense it, you know, that something is among that. ‘Cause Ringo and George, I just can’t communicate. I mean, I’m sure that George and – I’m really sure that they’re both very nice people, but that’s not the point… I think that’s because being, uh, [because of John, Paul, and me] being air signs, like Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius.”

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another point is the nature of the source itself: francie didn’t – at least as far as we know – write any of these instances down, be it in her diary, or even in a letter to her mother, with whom she stayed in contact during that time. all of which would have made the claim more credible, as those would have been never intended for public view and subsequent consumption as her book was. 

she wrote them in her memoir, something she wanted people to buy, and there has been discussion that wenner encouraged her to promote the “sex and dissension” between paul and her and paul and the beatles in her work, because that’s what would sell and ensure publicity. 

lasty, i’ve seen another valid point brought up: linguistics. “hot shit” is something that is more an americanism – francie is american – than something used in the late 60s by someone of liverpool descent.

tl;dr: francie’s claim is unfounded and to this very day has zero (0) proof to it. 

i’ll include another good quote about the issue under a read more should you be interested.

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Back to Work

As you likely know by now, I had a bereavement in the family earlier this week, and have been taking some time away from videos to get my head together. I had announced on Friday January 27th that I was taking a hiatus while I rushed to join my family before the passing, which has helped me cope with what has just happened. Since I got back home, I’ve mostly been taking things easy, and I was preparing to get back to work soon, since this is a very busy period for me.

What I will say is that the uploads may be a little intermittent, since events are still ongoing. I could put out loads of videos at once, or be away for over a week; I can’t be sure at this point, but I mention it just in case.

I think the first video I will likely have out is a Projector for The LEGO Batman Movie at some point in the next few days, since I wanted to review that and it’s likely going to be an easy one to get me back into things. I’ve also got to catch up on T2 Trainspotting, as well as reviews of A United Kingdom and Ballerina (AKA Leap!) that I didn’t manage to do before these sudden events unfolded. One that will probably be shelved for a while is a review of Mum’s List, a small British film that deals with the issue of bereavement and cancer, which you can understand why I don’t want to talk about that at this present moment.

I am going to do a Bad Movie Beatdown 2016 video, but it will not be a full “Review Of…” video like previous years and simply a “Best and Worst” video. This is partly because the longer retrospective takes a very long period to make that I simply don’t have at this moment with all my other projects and it’s just not realistic to start doing such a video in February (some of my patrons may recall that I didn’t post a single video in January 2016, which is because the “Review of 2015” video took so long to make). It will still be the same format, but without the looks at specific events in the year, and my apologies to anyone who is disappointed by this. I should have started writing it earlier, but work got on top of me somewhat.

Speaking of Bad Movie Beatdown, there is another episode in the can that still needs to be completed - namely, Leap Year, which has now taken an entire year to come to fruition (it was scripted last February). This episode was filmed in August 2016, but because of preparations for ALcon and my trip to Chicago in September, which led to me trying to catch up on my backlog (again, my work getting on top of me), I never got around to recording the voiceover narration. Now I’m in a somewhat awkward situation because the opening link has me reference that I’m recording the episode in an actual leap year (2016), which no longer makes sense unless I insert a title card there, or I reshoot the link to mention I will be releasing the episode in February. Either way, apologies for not getting this one out sooner, and if it seemed like I was little grouchy when people were asking me where episodes were, that was the reason.

On a related note, you may have noticed that there have been more episodes of Bad Movie Beatdown going up on YouTube these days. This has been deliberate: I’ve wanted to get more of the vintage videos back on my main YouTube channel where people will be able to see them. These videos do require re-editing, further than I did when I re-edited them for DailyMotion (which mostly tightened up the editing and removed some inappropriate jokes), which is necessary anyway because they need to comply with UK Fair Trading, which is different from US Fair Use (you’ll note that many of my videos now have captions listing film clips with their directors and owners, and this is why). I’ve been gradually drip-feeding them alongside my new content so there’s not big of a lull in content; I spent part of the week before the call to visit my family re-editing these old videos so I had a backlog of work to put up should something happen. The only episodes that I am currently not taking a chance on right now is anything held by Fox, who I have had struggles with on YouTube before, which is unfortunate because of how many of my most popular videos are films by them (I wanted to re-upload Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, for example, to coincide with the Nostalgia Critic episode, but it was globally blocked outright moments after it was uploaded).

Also intended to be out soon is another Patron-requested retrospective video, this time on The LEGO Movie. This is something I’ve been excited to cover, especially because you’ll get to see me talk about my days before That Guy with the Glasses and Channel Awesome, where I used to be part of the Brickfilming scene, so this one will be a little more personal. I was glad about the positive feedback to the one for Doctor Mordrid, and this format will likely be how I handle requests that don’t fit into the Bad Movie Beatdown mold. Speaking of which, I intend to do my first Patron-requested Beatdown video on Branded, that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time - if you’re the person who requested this and you’re reading this, please get back in touch, and I’m so sorry it’s taken this long to fulfill your wishes but I’ve not forgotten it.

There’s also some additional crossovers that you will see in the future. I recorded another review with Diamanda Hagan at ALcon that I had to resend the narration for because I sent her a silent audio file the first time (d'oh!), and there’s another video from my Chicago trip that will be quite fun too, so these again should tide you over should things mean I need to take another break.

I think that should cover everything for the next month or so. It’s going to be hectic, more so than usual (and some of the blame for that goes to me, outside of what has just happened),  but we’ll see. I hope you keep on enjoying my work, and thank you once more for all your continued support and well wishes, especially after the news broke. I couldn’t ask for more gracious and understanding fans, I love you all.

SST 030. This was the first live album by Black Flag. I wish they’d had this idea a couple of years earlier but this will do just fine. Originally released as a cassette in 1985 and later on CD in 1998. There was also a bootleg vinyl release too that appeared in 1991. There’s a great balance of songs here including fabulous rock and roll versions of Nervous Breakdown and Fix Me but the high point is the Three Nights into Nothing Left Inside into Wound Up section which is just too fucking amazing for words.

Note Taking Systems

The Cornell Method

The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes without laborious recopying. After writing the notes in the main space, use the left-hand space to label each idea and detail with a key word or “cue.”

Method

Rule your paper with a 2 ½ inch margin on the left leaving a six-inch area on the right in which to make notes. During class, take down information in the six-inch area. When the instructor moves to a new point, skip a few lines. After class, complete phrases and sentences as much as possible. For every significant bit of information, write a cue in the left margin. To review, cover your notes with a card, leaving the cues exposed. Say the cue out loud, then say as much as you can of the material underneath the card. When you have said as much as you can, move the card and see if what you said matches what is written. If you can say it, you know it.

Advantages

Organized and systematic for recording and reviewing notes. Easy format for pulling out major concept and ideas. Simple and efficient. Saves time and effort. “Do-it-right-in-the-first-place” system.

Disadvantages

None

When to Use

In any lecture situation.


The Outlining Method

Dash or indented outlining is usually best except for some science classes such as physics or math.

  1. The information which is most general begins at the left with each more specific group of facts indented with spaces to the right.
  2. The relationships between the different parts is carried out through indenting.
  3. No numbers, letters, or Roman numerals are needed.

Method

Listening and then write in points in an organized pattern based on space indention. Place major points farthest to the left. Indent each more specific point to the right. Levels of importance will be indicated by distance away from the major point. Indention can be as simple as or as complex as labeling the indentations with Roman numerals or decimals. Markings are not necessary as space relationships will indicate the major/minor points.

Advantages

Well-organized system if done right. Outlining records content as well as relationships. It also reduces editing and is easy to review by turning main points into questions.

Disadvantages

Requires more thought in class for accurate organization. This system may not show relationships by sequence when needed. It doesn’t lend to diversity of a review attach for maximum learning and question application. This system cannot be used if the lecture is too fast.

When to Use

The outline format can be used if the lecture is presented in outline organization. This may be either deductive (regular outline) or inductive (reverse outline where minor points start building to a major point). Use this format when there is enough time in the lecture to think about and make organization decisions when they are needed. This format can be most effective when your note taking skills are super sharp and you can handle the outlining regardless of the note taking situation.

Example:

  • Extrasensory perception
    • definition: means of perceiving without use of sense organs.
      • three kinds
        • telepathy: sending messages
        • clairvoyance: forecasting the future
        • psychokinesis: perceiving events external to situation
      • current status
        • no current research to support or refute
        • few psychologists say impossible
        • door open to future

The Mapping Method

Mapping is a method that uses comprehension/concentration skills and evolves in a note taking form which relates each fact or idea to every other fact or idea. Mapping is a graphic representation of the content of a lecture. It is a method that maximizes active participation, affords immediate knowledge as to its understanding, and emphasizes critical thinking.

Advantages

This format helps you to visually track your lecture regardless of conditions. Little thinking is needed and relationships can easily be seen. It is also easy to edit your notes by adding numbers, marks, and color coding. Review will call for you to restructure thought processes which will force you to check understanding. Review by covering lines for memory drill and relationships. Main points can be written on flash or note cards and pieced together into a table or larger structure at a later date.

Disadvantages

You may not hear changes in content from major points to facts.

When to Use

Use when the lecture content is heavy and well-organized. May also be used effectively when you have a guest lecturer and have no idea how the lecture is going to be presented.

Example:


The Charting Method

If the lecture format is distinct (such as chronological), you may set up your paper by drawing columns and labeling appropriate headings in a table.

Method

Determine the categories to be covered in the lecture. Set up your paper in advance by columns headed by these categories. As you listen to the lecture, record information (words, phrases, main ideas, etc.) into the appropriate category.

Advantages

Helps you track conversation and dialogues where you would normally be confused and lose out on relevant content. Reduces amount of writing necessary. Provides easy review mechanism for both memorization of facts and study of comparisons and relationships.

Disadvantages

Few disadvantages except learning how to use the system and locating the appropriate categories. You must be able to understand what’s happening in the lecture

When to Use

Test will focus on both facts and relationships. Content is heavy and presented fast. You want to reduce the amount of time you spend editing and reviewing at test time. You want to get an overview of the whole course on one big paper sequence.

Example:


The Sentence Method

Method

Write every new thought, fact or topic on a separate line, numbering as you progress.

Advantages

Slightly more organized than the paragraph. Gets more or all of the information. Thinking to tract content is still limited.

Disadvantages

Can’t determine major/minor points from the numbered sequence. Difficult to edit without having to rewrite by clustering points which are related. Difficult to review unless editing cleans up relationship.

When to Use

Use when the lecture is somewhat organized, but heavy with content which comes fast. You can hear the different points, but you don’t know how they fit together. The instructor tends to present in point fashion, but not in grouping such as “three related points.”

Three Examples:

Example 1:

A revolution is any occurrence that affects other aspects of life, such as economic life, social life, and so forth. Therefore revolutions cause change. (See page 29 to 30 in your text about this.)

Sample Notes:

Revolution - occurrence that affects other aspects of life: e.g., econ., socl., etc. C.f. text, pp. 29-30

Example 2:

Melville did not try to represent life as it really was. The language of Ahab, Starbuck, and Ishmael, for instance, was not that of real life.

Sample Notes:

Mel didn’t repr. life as was; e.g., lang. of Ahab, etc. not of real life.

Example 3:

At first, Freud tried conventional, physical methods of treatment such as giving baths, massages, rest cures, and similar aids. But when these failed, he tried techniques of hypnosis that he had seen used by Jean-Martin Charcot. Finally, he borrowed an idea from Jean Breuer and used direct verbal communication to get an unhypnotized patient to reveal unconscious thoughts.

Sample Notes:

Freud 1st – used phys. trtment; e.g., baths, etc. This fld. 2nd – used hypnosis (fr. Charcot) Finally – used dirct vrb. commun. (fr. Breuer) - got unhynop, patnt to reveal uncons. thoughts.

theheartofmed  asked:

What are your biggest interview tips? :)

Here’s a summary of the most important things I could think of! 

Things that interviewers are trying to assess: 

  • Motivation: Why do you want to become a doctor? What activities have you done that indicate you are interested in medicine?
  • Logical Thought: Can you tackle a problem in a step-by-step fashion? Can you think on your feet?
  • Extracurricular Activities: What do you do besides study a lot? What did you add to the organization?
  • Leadership: What experiences have you had leading large or small groups of people? Did you do a good job at it?
  • Maturity: What responsibilities have you had? How did you overcome a difficult obstacle in your life? Do you fully understand what you’re getting yourself into? Are you ready to commit to a career in medicine?
  • Open-mindedness: Can you see both sides of a problem regardless of your own personal opinion?
  • Empathy and Compassion: Anyone can say they are, but can you prove it?
  • Goals: What are your ultimate dreams (this does not necessarily have to be related to medicine)?
  • Weaknesses: Not just what they are–what have you done to overcome them?
  • Strengths: What are your interests? What unique skills can you provide to your patients?
  • Knowledge of the Field: Are you familiar with current controversies in medicine? What is your opinion on these subjects?
  • Miscellaneous: It’s not possible to list everything that an interviewer could ask. Some interviewers like to talk about a specific topic in length and assess the aforementioned things all at once. Be prepared for different interview styles and take advantage of mock interview sessions if your undergrad offers them!

Other things the interviewer will notice about you:

  • Articulation: How well do you put sentences together? Do you communicate well? Can you handle stress well?
  • Sincerity: Are you genuine and honest?
  • Interest from you: BE PREPARED TO ASK THEM QUESTIONS

So, how should you prepare?

  • Review your record. Extensively. Be prepared to answer questions directly from your application, especially your personal statement.
  • Answer honestly if you are asked about other medical schools you have applied to. 
  • Know who wrote your letters of recommendation. 
  • Be familiar with the medical school before your interview!!!!!! Spend some quality time on their website and BE PREPARED TO ASK THEM QUESTIONS.
  • When they ask you “is there anything else you’d like to add,” have an elevator speech ready to go. Just a brief, but strong summary of why you should be accepted into their medical school.
  • Dress professionally, but comfortably. Most schools take you on a tour on your interview day. If your 5-inch-heels are comfortable, that’s great. But if not, just please wear the flats. 
  • Have fun!!! Interviews can be nerve-wracking and scary, but try not to let it get to you. Your interview days are supposed to be your time to shine! Just be yourself, be prepared, answer honestly, and have a great time!   

anonymous asked:

Do you think maybe Google secretly records everything that happens around him, just like a computer tracks everything that users do on it? It would be nice if he recorded the Host's narrations, so the Host could listen to them again if he wanted (or forgot a plot-point).

Absolutely!

Dark probably has him record meetings to review for later, but mostly he records to help the Host find discrepancies and plot holes (it’s not like he can look at his notepad anymore) and of course, keep track of plot-points, usually the smaller ones that tend to get lost within the action of the big ones. They’re both perfectionists like that.

Outlast 2 Spoilers!

So in the scenes where you go through a school there’s often areas you can record with Blake’s camcorder (9 in total if I’m correct). Reviewing these recording just reveal gargled voices and static BUT play them in reverse and you’re in for one hell of a treat. There’s plenty of YouTube vids on this already but I figured it’d be nice to tell you all what each of the recordings said.

Before I do this I’d like to mention that the individual speaking is most likely Blake or Father Loutermilch, he is also the crazy tongue monster that chases you given the birth mark visible on both models with careful examination. And of course major content warning because this is Outlast we’re discussing.
Any who, onto the transcripts!

Recording 1 a.k.a. Jessica’s Suicide Note - “Dear Lord, sweet Jesus, forgive my sins and accept my gratitude. Thank you God for killing the child.”

Recording 2 a.k.a. Hanged Jessica - “You remove the devilish and beyond the flesh which you made was unable to resist.”

Recording 3 a.k.a. A Game of Hangman - “I am weak, but you are strong for me. How generous. You gave me life, you gave me talent.”

Recording 4 a.k.a. A Sickness in St. Sybil - “The gift of music and mathematics and love. In those fleeting moments in which music and math can save me.”

Recording 5 a.k.a. Ruptures - “I may share peace with the children who may be able to take my pit talents and turn them into glory.”

Recording 6 a.k.a. Roots and Branches - “Let me share in their wanted path to adulthood. Moments when a child learns those things everybody else already knows, but doesn’t talk about.”

Recording 7 a.k.a. They’re All Going to Laugh at You - “She was so ripe with possibility. So resilient, smiling, flirting, never even aware of the power she had.”

Recording 8 a.k.a. Pulse - “You
killed her, you saw what she was. Your world rested on her shoulders as much as on my own. You took her, and I could not.”

Recording 9 a.k.a. I Have Lots of Friends - “You killed her, but I never told a soul. I kept your secret, our secret. Thank you. Thank you. Never told a soul. Let the sorrow of a suicide note wash over the unacceptable tragedy of her murder.”

Note: none of these are confirmed this is just what I hear when I’ve listened to them. Please feel free to look up the recordings for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

Cybertronians vs Humans

So I’m a little tired at how most of the time humans are treated as weak, disgusting fleshies and fragile squishies to Cybertronians in fics 

I mean, yes! We are easy to injure compared to giant, walking walls of metal robots, but consider the following:

Cybertronians communicate via biolights, body language and most importantly optic contacts (facial plates are just recent fashion trends I mean most of them had face masks before switching over). Interrogating and threatening enemies involves careful control over flashing biolights, engine revvings, etc etc

But nothing beats how well we can hide our emotions given enough practice.

So give me humans who can maintain steady eye contact despite being threatened by the angry metal giant in front of them. Give me humans who hold their ground, hiding their emotions behind a steel mental wall. Give me humans who stare right into the Cybertronian’s optics, lips stern but unafraid, and despite how much the robot tries to scare them they’re just. Eerily calm as they absolutely beat the deal/interrogation right back into their alarmed faceplates

and the Cybertronians are just unnerved at the scene. Look, the tiny, soft human playing and winning the dangerous word game with the enemy on screen? There’s no accidental flickering biolights or engines growling to judge because humans don’t do that. They look completely at ease yet sharp, alert, voice cold and precise to the point. And that throws the war-hardened enemy general off and once that happens, the flow of the deal is now the human’s -  plus you can’t scan the heart rate through the monitor anyway and only medics have access to that kind of scanner

(and if you review the recording later for the fifth time and squint hard enough, there are some tiny signs of him that shows confusion and is that a little flicker of fear you see in the lights of his servos and thighs???)

Then finally the deal ends, odds in the crew’s favor because the human did it??? The screen flicks to black and then the human collapse to the floor and is like “Jesus Christ on a pogo stick never ask me to do that again” 

And everyone is like ??????? What. How can they do that??? Someone asks the human how did they do that and they just seem as confused as the rest of them and shrugs 

“I can’t believe I just did that either but I guess five years of customer service helped”

And from that incident on all the Cybertronians on the ship had raised their level of respect and a little fear at their tiny soft passenger Idk just give me capable humans bc I keep seeing humans being useless and puny fleshbags and I guess we are weak compared to them but it’s just so overused, guys. 

fight-me-boi  asked:

How long does it take for you to diagnose someone?

Ideally I want 3-5 sessions and ample time to review their records/talk to other providers. In real life most agencies and insurers want a diagnosis after the first session, so I just have to pick the one that makes the most sense at that point and adjust later if needed. 

Current mood: searching my email records during the performance review time period for instances of:

“very helpful”
“thank you so much, CBNA!”
“You are always so”

Especially from faculty members.

You do not fuck with a lawyer. She will bury you in paper and data to get her B raised to an A, or at least to show that the B is at best, ignorant, and at worst, malicious and threatened (see also other evidence).

anonymous asked:

hey so I really like the Hamilton soundtrack and I'd love to be a bigger part of the fan base but I don't think I'll be able to see it any time soon considering tickets are sold out for the next 6 months. do you know how I could learn more about the show or get to see more of it so I can enjoy all these posts and stuff about it? bc right now I don't know anything about it

hello, friend! without knowing your background/context, here’s a bunch of info that you might already know: both about the show & keeping up with the current culture around the show. in the interest of being actually a consumable volume, this is a non-completionist highlights anthology. (also, disclaimer: I am not very involved in Broadway fandom, so I’m sure there’s particularly a lot out there fandom-wise that I’m missing!) without further ado, under the read-more

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I need to get this out.

I keep hearing people compare Eretria’s pass at Amberle to what she did with Wil and I need to set the record straight.

Let’s review.  When Eretria and Wil first met, she was functioning in full rover capacity, going after an easy mark.  She drugged him and took the elf stones, and used her sexuality to do it.  When she shows up again at the Elven Palace and sleeps with Wil, she is there to retrieve the elf stones again, under duress I might add, so that she can be free of Cephelo from what is essentially indentured servitude.

So to recap, both times Eretria was making any sexual advance towards Wil, she did it because she had to, or because he had something she needed.

Now let’s review her interactions with Amberle.  She chooses to stick around for this quest seemingly because she’s present in a vision at Safehold, (and tied up) but despite how cold Amberle is towards her, she chooses to stick around even when she is untied and no longer actually needs to. Cephelo was gone for the time being and no one was controlling her. Even when Cephalo did show up, she chooses again to defy Cephalo and come back to save Amberle, knocking out the entire camp of rovers. Amberle promises her money, but they never speak of it again, and it’s almost just an exchange for the sake of not discussing why Eretria really came back for her when she already had everything she wanted, which was her freedom in exchange for Amberle.

Anyway, we fast forward to the hot tub scene, where they are for the moment, just relaxing.  There’s no one forcing either girl in any direction, and they’re just there, finally alone, having a seemingly normal conversation.  When Eretria makes her pass at Amberle, no one is influencing her.  Cephelo is no longer pulling her strings and there’s nothing that she needs from Amberle.  That’s what makes this different than what happened with Wil.  Her pass at Amberle wasn’t generated out of some ulterior motive or necessity, it came from a genuine place.  You can see when Amberle deflects that Eretria is truly hurt by being compared to rapey Cephelo, because she’s obviously got feelings for her.

If you’re not 100% sold, let’s talk about them being strung up by crazy elf dude. He whacks Amberle in the head to drag her away and immediately the camera pans to Eretria’s obviously distressed face.  Of all the reaction shots, they pan to her. While Amberle is getting prepared to be tortured, Eretria wiggles her way out of her bindings and immediately rushes to save Amberle. Unfortunately, Wil got there first, and was already mid smooch when she busted through the door (with an absolutely frantic worried look on her face, I might add).  When Amberle turns around and breaks the kiss, both she an Eretria look absolutely horrified, and Wil looks like he does not give a fuck at all, he has this completely blank look.  Seriously, go back and watch it.  He does not even skip a beat when he runs over to the little girl to ask for a way out.

Lastly, when Cephelo tricks Eretria into zip lining across to safety before Wil and Amberle arrive, Amberle is the one to call out to Eretria for help.  Wil isn’t anywhere in the frame (until he’s needed to blast the reaper with his handy elf stones really).  Cephelo says quite vindictively to Eretria that they’ll never choose her, but she looks straight at Amberle, says “so be it” and slides on back across, because Amberle needs her and that’s all that matters to her in that moment.

The whole point of this rant is, look at the motives.  Look at where the attention lies.  Wil isn’t in the middle of any love triangle, nor does he appear to want to be. It’s Amberle at the center between Wil and Eretria.  And seriously, if anyone tries to say that Eretria was just being a rover and trying to seduce Amberle because “that’s what she does” can fight me. Eretria is a precious bisexual child who has real feelings for Amberle.  Why else would she be on this suicidal quest?

PRINCESS ROVER WILL RISE.

Boom. Out.