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Greetings, inhabitants of the blogging world.

As you can see, today is indeed an excellent day, for it is the day when I finally put aside all my University work (along with other productive and important things I really should be doing right now) so I can return to the procrastinating side of the internet and bring my blog back to life. Or at least, attempt to heal it from it’s pitiful and dying state.

Yes, I have finally returned from my deep slumber, yes, I know it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything interesting, and yes, I really should be apologising for my lack of commitment, but alas, I’ve run out of excuses. Instead, I shall take this moment to thank my few remaining followers for sticking with me despite my unexplained absences. I will try to stop letting you guys down. I will try.

Anyway, before I bore you all to death, let me move to my main point. Today, what I really wanted to talk about is not why I haven’t been on for so long (I’m a University student now; need I say more? No, I didn’t think so). I wanted to talk about the alarmingly large number of pet accounts on Facebook.

Now, before I begin, let me just say this (before all of you pet lovers come at me with false accusations and unnecessary attacks): I have nothing against animals or pets. I love pets. I have three cats (well, technically I only have one, but my cat is an extremely seductive female and thus I now have to care for the two stray males who hang around my house waiting for food and attempting to flirt with my prized creature), a dog, and I recently acquired a new puppy. Yet, no matter how much I love animals, I will never be able to understand why some people feel the need to put their pets all over the internet.

By “put their pets all over the internet”, I don’t mean sharing photos of their adorable little animals, because that is still sort of understandable. What I mean is when these obsessed owners start creating YouTube channels and Facebook profiles for their pets, and fill these profiles with nonsense. All right, I admit some animal YouTube channels are pretty entertaining (or maybe I’m just biased towards cat videos), but then there are the ones that are basically full of low quality footage, recorded by bored owners who have nothing to do but follow their pets around the house all day. Now, the YouTube videos are bad enough. But no, these pets had to go dominate Facebook as well. I have met people who give their dogs Facebook profiles, and help their dogs update statuses, because “oh, our darling doggie Fido is part of the family :)”. It drives me insane! These owners create all these profiles, to help build the illusion that their pets are like humans, and that they share this “special connection”. Well, I don’t care how big a part the family pet plays in the family. The truth is, your pet cannot type. It is completely unfeasible to know exactly what your pet is feeling, no matter how close the two of you are, so what gives you the right to pretend to be your dog on Facebook, and write statuses as if you know exactly what is going on in that creatures mind? For all you know, your dog could be plotting world domination… Or ready to take a dump on your sneakers.

The alarming amount of animal profiles that exist on Facebook is just beyond me. Some people even make blogspot, Tumblr and WordPress accounts for their beloved pets. I find it all… Confusing. I mean, isn’t it hard enough to blog for yourself? It takes me forever  (though I bet you already knew that. oops.) to put together a blog post that I find worthy of your attention, and add to that my Tumblr and Facebook accounts and all my free time is used up. So where on earth do these owners find time to blog for themselves and their pets? Do they not have jobs? Or school? It must take an eternity to blog for yourself, your dog, your cat, and your parrots. In my opinion, it’s crazy, and a complete waste of time (although… Most of the things I do are a complete waste of time, so I don’t have much right to judge).

It isn’t just the owners who’re wasting time. I wonder how other Facebook users can bear to be friends with animals on Facebook. It’s bad enough having to tolerate boring, pointless statuses on my newsfeed by humans. Now, imagine having your newsfeed full of boring, pointless statuses by animals! Aww, you just jumped on your owner’s sofa hoping for some love? That’s cute, but IRRELEVANT. What, you just ate your favourite brand of dog food? Interesting, what’s it got to do with me? Honestly, I really DON’T CARE what these animals are up to. But for some reason, these pets are gaining popularity all over the internet, and the number of profiles created for animals is increasing at a terrifying rate. Soon, Facebook will have more animals than humans, and before we know it, these pets will be chatting each other up and having online relationships and discussing topics like “Cat politics” and “How To Overthrow The Humans”. Best beware fellow blogger friends, for if we don’t act now, soon our time will be over, and our darling kittens will dominate the online world.

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I’m Back!

Dear Lovely Stalkers,

It is with my utmost pleasure that I inform you all of my return to the distracting internet world. Finally, after an agonizing week spent away from my computer, I have managed to complete everything I had to do during this month – with the exception of Camp NaNoWriMo, which I will most likely complete on the last day of May (oh look, a rhyme!) – meaning, of course, that my blogging hiatus is over! I would very much like to share with you all the insignificant (but interesting) details of what I’ve been up to this past week, but frankly, I’m exhausted. I’ve only just got home from the final round of an academic competition, it’s 11pm, and all that brainpower I used has worn me out. I’m much to tired to function properly, let alone describe a whole week’s worth of events and still make sense. Thus, I have decided to dedicate this post to 2 important topics: my existance and thank you’s.

Firstly, I figured it would probably be wise for me to make a quick post telling you all that I’m still alive and blogging, so you don’t all just toss me into that corner of blogs that get ignored. Not that I mind getting ignored – I’d just rather you all not associate me with an empty abandoned blog.

Secondly (and more importantly), the thank you’s. I just checked my stats page (I know I keep saying stuff like “I don’t care if none of you read my blog ladidadida”, and I really don’t care at all, but I’m still really obsessed with checking my stats. It fascinates me that people actually read the rubbish I come up with) and apparently, I still have readers. Surprisingly, there are still those of you out there who follow/stalk/read my posts. I’m not very good with expressing gratitude, but I’d just like to say thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog. Even if I’m a complete newbie. Even if I’ve only got 8 posts. Even if I’ve been gone for ages. I really appreciate you guys, and even if I really don’t mind much about readership, it’s still flattering and great to know that my babbling is actually being acknowledged. Fellow internet addicts, I thank you for your support.

On that note, it’s time for bed. I shall come back online in the next few days, with an extremely detailed blog post covering everything I’ve done over the past week.

Adios!

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I’ve only got a few minutes to write this post, so I’ll just do it as quick and typo free as possible, in the above order. Let’s begin.

MIB3

I just got back from watching MIB3 on the big screen (yes, I actually left my bedroom and went to a cinema and made contact with real people :O.), and frankly, I thought it was amazing. I’ve heard from quite a few people that the movie was horrible compared to the first two, that there was no plot, that it wasn’t as funny as it should have been. To be honest, I have no idea what they were talking about. I thought MIB3 was brilliant; it kept me captivated throughout, to the point where I spent the entire movie on the edge of my seat (this was probably because I was excited, although there is that slight chance that I was straining to see over the top of the person in front of me). Now, there will probably be those of you who think I’m making careless claims without any real evidence, so I shall now list the main reasons why I loved the movie so much.

  1. The actors/actresses played their parts brilliantly. Perhaps I’m biased because MIB3 starred a lot of my favourite people in the acting business (Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Emma Thompson), but I thought their performances were all as close to perfect as they could possibly be, and every individual managed to exceed my expectations by a wide margin. Will Smith was funny as always, his jokes (accompanied by the O_o face, of course) always managed to make me laugh (which may or may not be a good thing, as there were times when I was the only one laughing, which was pretty awkward) and they really contributed to the film as a whole. Without him it probably won’t have been as good. Tommy Lee Jones… Well, what can I say? His poker face alone deserves numerous awards, and the way he delivers those blunt comments without ever cracking a smile… I honestly wonder how he does it. I certainly wouldn’t be able to film such scenes without breaking down into uncontrollable giggles. I’ve always loved Emma Thompson and Alice Eve – they’re both such wonderful, adorable (well, this applies more to Alice than Emma) – so there isn’t really any explanation needed here. Basically the entire acting crew managed to cooperate and, through their unique strengths, come together to combine those strengths and create an amazing movie that I will be happy to download and watch over and over again.
  2. The plot was – in my opinion – wonderful, and not nearly as bad as people say. True, there may be less alien busting and butt kicking, and maybe it wasn’t as complex and confusing as the previous movies, but that does not in any way make the plot less brilliant. This movie was different from the rest in the sense that it dealt with themes that were a lot more emotional and moving. Whilst previous MIB movies were more centered on humour and action, this one was more nostalgic and – pardon my simplistic diction – sad. It was just very sad, especially at the end. When I watched the ending, I literally cried. I was just sitting there like a pitiful little girl, bawling my eyes out. It was all just so moving and I was completely overwhelmed. Aside from that, the simplicity of the movie’s plot contributed to making it more enjoyable for me. It’s not that I’m so simpleminded that I can only enjoy simple things. It’s just, the movie involved a lot of confusing, paradoxical subjects [SPOILER ALERT] like time travel, and I think because of this complicated addition to the story, the plot had to have fewer twists than the first. Otherwise we’d all be mind-blown and completely confused about what was going on. Having a simple plot made it easy to understand the complex aspects of time travel, and it also made it a lot easier for the audience to be touched by the moving events that occurred.
  3. The effects were a lot better than in the last two. Now, I know this is just incredibly obvious – of course our technology and movie effects would have improved between 1997 and now, what on earth am I thinking? Yet, I can’t help but admire how much we’ve developed as a race. Before I go off into some philosophical musing on evolution and our growth as humans, I’ll just cut to the chase. MIB3 was a lot different from MIB2 and 1 – the HQ looks way cooler, and the effects were a lot more realistic (the evil alien guy actually creeped me out o_o)

I have a feeling that if I go any further, I’ll only end up spoiling the movie for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it yet. Therefore, I shall stop now before I let slip anymore spoilers, and urge you to go watch it as soon as possible – it was just amazing.

Moving right along.

My Hectic Schedule

Basically, I have suddenly gone from too free, to incredibly busy. The reason for this is probably because I should have balanced my work, so I can be equally busy all the way through summer, but instead I chose to procrastinate (no surprises there) and leave all the work to the last minute – which is now. As such, my free time now is very limited; it is so limited that I find myself skipping meals. Basically, I have a bunch of important events coming up that I cannot miss, and I am unprepared for any of them. I shall list a few of these events below.

  1. I have a farewell dinner tomorrow with my friends, where I will most likely end up crying my eyes out and hugging them while I tell them desperately not to leave me. Or perhaps I will just eat and smile and wave like an antisocial twit.
  2. I have a farewell luncheon the day after tomorrow with another group of friends, where I will basically repeat whatever I do during tomorrow’s dinner.
  3. I have an orchestra audition coming up sometime next month (the date has not been emailed to me yet), where I will have to play 10 scales, and 3 solo pieces on the cello. I’m terrified, mainly because I just got a new cello (it is a beautiful babe, by the way. The wood is exactly the colour and texture I’ve always wanted, and the sound is like… it’s just indescribable. It’s so deep and lusciously rich, and every time I play it I get this feeling of satisfaction. It even makes my pizzicato sound good) and my intonation isn’t exactly at it’s best. Not only that, but my hands tend to sweat a lot when I’m nervous, so I’m just praying that won’t affect my playing and vibrato during the audition.
  4. I have a dance this Sunday, along with a dress that I can’t wear. Why did I buy such a dress you ask? Well, it was the only one left in the shop, and I was sure I’d manage to lose a couple of kilos in a week. Turns out I can’t manage such a feat, and I’ll probably have to go find a new dress on Friday. Part of me really does not want to go to this dance, but a friend of mine got me a ticket, and it seems selfish to refuse. Besides, I heard they’re hiring chefs from a five star restaurant to make the buffet. Should be good.
  5. I have Camp NaNoWrimo, need I say more? I’m only 3,000+ words into my word count, and I started a week late because writer’s block decided to strike. Not only that, but my plot has gotten out of control; it went from a simple average sci fi novel to one where planet Earth is destroyed and replaced with floating cities, and genetic engineering transforms people into human-deer hybrids. Yeah, I kind of have this obsession with hybrids.
  6. I have a literary competition coming up in June. It’s sort of world wide, and I’m terrified.

All this leads to my final topic, Hiatus’s.

Basically, as you can see, I have a lot on my plate right now, and I’m not sure I can manage to do all that and blog on a daily basis without collapsing or something. According to my wordpress stats page, there are actually a few of you out there who read my blog. I have no idea why any of you would bother, considering I’m such a pathetically boring creature who lives on the internet and fawns over Harry Potter, but I genuinely appreciate all of you for taking the time to stop by and talking to me, even if I’m completely strange and have only just started blogging. So, as an aside, thanks for reading my posts, liking them, commenting on them etc. I love talking to you guys (should I be concerned that I like talking to strangers online? xD) and it makes me feel fuzzy all over that people actually read/follow my blog. Thanks a lot. Anyhoo, back to the original topic. Seeing as I have readers, I figured I should probably tell you all that I’m planning to take a small hiatus from my blogging. This does not at all mean that I will be ditching wordpress completely, it just means that I need a while to sort everything out, and I hope when I return my  number of followers and daily views would not have dropped to zero. I think I’ll take around a week or so off, though I’ll probably come on now and again to reply to comments/post comments etc. I just won’t be as active as I am now, and there most likely won’t be any new blog posts for another week. I’m just very busy and I feel the need to get my life sorted before everything explodes, and I hope you all understand. Thanks a lot :).

And now I better get on to writing some of those essays that are due on Monday, instead of write about how amazing MIB3 was.

Adios!

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