Guess who didn’t study journalism?

Well, I haven’t been doing much in the whole media consumption quest lately. I have been trying to catch up with podcasts and am currently enjoying another Nerdist podcast called “The Indoor Kids”. It’s about video games and video game culture. I’m still pretty behind but it’s fun so far. The hosts are a husband and wife duo and they’ve had some good and interesting guests. I bring this podcast up in specific because I just listened to an episode with Nerdist creator Chris Hardwick where he talked about quitting video games for a while and then getting back into them later in his life and he said something about limiting oneself in media consumption because there simply isn’t time to consume everything. 

This makes a lot of sense, even though I don’t want to believe it. I am still holding out that by the time I am old and grey, medicine will keep me alive for a million years and I’ll sit by myself and watch every episode of Friends just because I have all the time in the world.

I am reading a book, Water for Elephants, right now. I don’t know if I have just forgotten how to read because college sucked all of the fun out of reading or if I’m just not clicking with the story but it is taking me for.ev.er. to get through it, and I know that it isn’t freaking Tolstoy or anything. (Not that I’ve read anything by Tolstoy. What an incept-joke! Har har) I still don’t have a library card and I’m beginning to think that it’s just never going to happen. Or maybe I’ll just never read again after this.

I’ve started an internship which has been good so far. I’m working in a sort of cultural resource for the university, a resource I didn’t take advantage of while I was actually in school and regret a lot (possibly I’ll write more about my current mission to figure out my identity as an Asian-American if I can figure out a non-cliché way to do so).

But this isn’t really what I wanted to talk about. If this were a newspaper article, I would probably be fired because it took me four paragraphs to get to the point that I wanted to make.

Has anyone seen this video? Is anyone reading my blog to actually answer this question?

It’s been making its rounds on my Facebook newsfeed and I just watched it a couple of days ago. Part of me is sad because I’ve been wanting to document my forays into coding and now that I’ve mustered up the energy to do so, this comes out. I am no longer a unique coding snowflake. I took an introductory web writing class in my major but absolutely none of it made sense to me and I’ve been using w3schools tutorials to try and get a better handle of basic web authoring skills. I don’t really have any tangible evidence of this but web development has been my newest jones and I’ve been really enjoying learning about HTML and I’m even taking real notes and feeling very self-congratulatory even though it’s not helping me find a damn job or anything.

By the way, I read some bad reviews about w3schools which bums me out because I have been taking such meticulous notes on their lessons and I really have no way of knowing what is good and what isn’t about their tutorials. My current plan is to continue to use their tutorials for basic sort of information but do them alongside Code Academy, which seems like a really cool interactive site. Do any of you imaginary readers know better than me on this? Since I know nothing, I’m positive the answer is yes.

Anyway, that concludes another sporadic update. Hopefully I’ll have something more interesting and less livejournal-y to say soon.

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I Read A Book!

Emphasis on “A”. Last month, I mentioned I went home for break (okay, I guess it’s not really a break  if I’m not in school anymore…I went home for two weeks and hung out with my parents) and while I was there I got my millionth library card and checked out two books: All the King’s Men and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I only read the first book because I think that maybe I forgot how to read?? Seriously. It took me at least five days to even pick up All the King’s Men much less make my eyeballs move across the page and comprehend what letters were. THIS IS WHAT COLLEGE DOES TO YOU, IT SUCKS THE FUN OUT OF READING.

But in the end I emerged victorious and read that book. All the King’s Men is a LONG BOOK. It’s the first “real book” that I’ve read in a really long time so I’m not sure I’m quite equipped to even make any real commentary about it but I’ll try to tell yall how I felt about it.

I did not hate this book but I was not particularly moved by it. The narrator, Jack Burden, was the sort of biased, flawed narrator similar to what’s-his-face in Wuthering Heights where you’re not sure if you trust what he’s saying. Also, I am kind of shallow I guess and wasn’t really invested in the book at all until the romantic scandal part started. I really, really wish I had more intelligent thoughts to say about this book. The most interesting thing/ the only thing that I took away from the book was the idea of whether or not a person is happy or if they are happy because they are nostalgic for a time when they were once happy. I did not really finish this thought, but I did take the time to write a note about it on my phone at 3am.

Would I recommend All the King’s Men? If you like political drama maybe. It’s kind of comforting/terrifying to know that political drama in the 1930s was just as shallow as current political drama in that it’s all backstabbing and sex scandals and whatnot.

I feel like I just wrote the shittiest book report known to (wo)man. Sorry everyone. Sorry I don’t know how to read anymore. On my list of things to do is “get a library card for somewhere around East Lansing” and then maybe I can practice my book-reading and come back with something more interesting to say.

In other news, I made a Tumblr because why neglect one blogging platform when I can neglect TWO?? This has been Caitlin Parent, worst reader/writer of words on the face of the earth.

Let the Great Experiment Begin!

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I like to characterize myself as a Book-Person. Well, I used to. At least throughout high school and the beginning part of college I was one of those Austen-philes who went to see Pride and Prejudice in theaters with the sneaking suspicion that it would not be up to standards and then went home and wrote about it in my Livejournal.

one adaptation to rule them all

one adaptation to rule them all

I haven’t read P&P in so long. I haven’t really read anything in a long time. Last year I read The Help and One Day in about four days but didn’t really have time to absorb them. I haven’t read a lot of the so-called “Great Novels” just out of pure laziness. I haven’t even read a lot of novels that I think are shitty but really have nothing of which to base that assumption (I’m looking at you, Twilight).

So today, I dragged my dad to the library where I got my card renewed for the millionth time and let him hobble around (he’s having some back trouble) while I tried to figure out what to check out. My first instinct was to get the final installments of The Princess Diaries because I used to be obsessed with them and yet, stopped buying the books and never found out what happens in the end of the series. But, I stopped myself and ended up with Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier & Clay and Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men.

Chabon        Warren

I picked up the former because I’d heard about it when I took a comic writing class during my sophomore year, unaware of Chabon’s celebrity and the latter because it was on TIME’s ALL-TIME 100 Books list. I honestly don’t know much about it. I keep getting it confused with All the President’s Men so, there you go. I’m an idiot. Eventually I want to get through all 100 of these books, while also reading some important contemporary things. I’m almost 23 and still have pipe dreams of being a writer but I really don’t have the sort of familiarity with any one genre or collection of writers to call myself “inspired-by-blah blah”. I think that, to a certain extent, to be a writer these days is to be, in part, what you’ve read. And I’ve read the first Lord of the Rings book (suffered through it, really), and every Harry Potter and a lot of trash British romance and, in case you couldn’t guess, that is not the kind of writer I want to be.

So I’m going to try and read more and maybe I’ll share some of the drivel that I’m working on at the moment (which I have promised before, and still haven’t done). Or at least I’ll be able to prove I’ve actually read things because this blog will be proof.

Open-ended Question Time: I’m trying to post more frequently, folks. What are some blogs I should be reading? Blogs about writing are alright I guess but I’ll take anything.