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Reading List: Getting In Touch With My Inner Teenager

I may or may not do 100 Books in 1 Year… and if I do decide to do it, I’m afraid I will have to stick to light, easy reading because I cannot afford to dedicate an entire week to one book an existential crisis at my age (the last thing I need is a life-defining moment brought upon by reading fiction that will encourage new bad habits). Anyway, here’s my initial list (provided I find all the ebooks!):

1) Paper Towns, John Green
2) Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green
3) 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
5) Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series, 5 books), Rick Riordan
6) The Mortal Instruments (series, 3 books), Cassandra Clare*
7) Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld
8) Sloppy Firsts (and the succeeding four books), Megan McCafferty
9) Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
10) Love, Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

Total: 16 books.

*Carina calls Clare the devil because she is a shady shady person, but I still wanna give this a shot.

Television Stuff

I need to stop saying “I’m not big on TV” or “I don’t really watch TV” because I do, in fact, watch a whole lot of TV.

Shows I watch that I’m totally into:

  • CSI
  • CSI: Miami
  • CSI: New York

Shows I need to catch up on:

  • CSI
  • CSI: Miami (my season 7 DVD is missing a few eps)
  • CSI: New York
  • Glee (stopped watching an episode or two before they took that break)
  • Gossip Girl (I think I have eight more eps to go)
  • How I Met Your Mother (season 5)
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • SNL
  • The Hills
  • The Vampire Diaries

Shows I plan to get into:

  • Community
  • The United States of Tara

Anyone have recommendations?

Shows I would like to get into but am too overwhelmed to get into lulz:

  • One Tree Hill
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Lost (finally ended!)

Shows I am too scared to get into:

  • True Blood

Helga’s Top Tracks of 2009

If anything, 2009 gave us good music. This here is (obviously) a list of my favorite tracks from last year. I wish I could put them all in a zip file for you to download and listen to while you hit the treadmills (hrhrhr) or are on your way to work but meh, I’m lazy.

10) The Joy FormidableThe Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade

From A Balloon Called Moaning (which according to the band’s Wiki page was released in Japan in December 2008 but was released again in 2009), this song is #7 in my top tracks on lastfm. Harsh and sometimes grating, yet dreamy and hypnotizing. I don’t know how they do it.

9) Dirty ProjectorsTemecula Sunrise

Okay, so maybe Stillness Is The Move is the Dirty Projectors song and so maybe their collab with David Byrne, Knotty Pine (from Dark Was The Night), is unbelievably cute and happy and catchy but Temecula Sunrise wins me over because it is pure chaos. When I first heard this, I switched to my music player, checked the title, and thought to myself “What the hell is up with this song?” Keeee <3 8) Death Cab for CutieMy Mirror Speaks

Oh, Ben. Oh, The Open Door EP.

2009 was a strange strange year for me, with some aspects in my life (parts that I hold dearly) gone haywire. I did not turn to My Mirror Speaks for comfort; I listened to remind myself of what kind of person I do not want to be:

Cause I’m a man who hides from all that binds
In a mess of fading lines
And there’s a tangled thread inside my head
With nothing on either end

I always fall in love with an open door
Or the horizon on an endless sea

Nah-uh, do not want to be like that.

7) Passion PitThe Reeling

Manners is just so darn fun to listen to! If I recall correctly, I have at least four photos in my Project 365 set titled after Passion Pit songs: The Reeling, Little Secrets, Make Light, and To Kingdom Come. I pick The Reeling because aside from being the first song of theirs I heard and having the most plays in my iTunes library, it’s also deep and shit.


(I particularly prefer the Miike Snow remix).

6) Think About LifeNueva Nueva

Thank you, Canada, for Think About Life! I think more people should listen to them because they are unequivocally excellent. Nueva Nueva (which I find both uplifting and calming) is my favorite song to listen to while walking home at night, after work. Sweet Sixteen is a second favorite from their 2009 album, Family.

5) Grizzly BearForeground

Veckatimest was one of my most anticipated albums of 2009 and while each and every song from it is hauntingly beautiful (I initially gravitated towards Cheerleader, as I found the beat sexy), Foreground gives me goosebumps.

4) MetricHelp I’m Alive

Everytime I listen to this song, I have the urge to get on my feet, jump around, and dance badassedly. It’s also very very quotable; I don’t know how many times I’ve had to stop myself from tweeting “Help I’m alive, my heart keeps beating like a hammer” over and over again.

3) Animal CollectiveMy Girls

I get the hugest girlboner for Merriweather Post Pavilion (I bet my bottom dollar it’s on everyone’s Top 10/20 Albums of 2009 lists) and it was hard picking a favorite track off MPP (Summertime Clothes and Brother Sport are a couple of other superfaves). But because My Girls has the awesommest hook in the history of musics (I don’t mean to seem like I care about material things like a social status / I just want four walls and adobe slabs for my girls *insert animalish woop! in the background here*), I pick this.

2) Neko CaseThis Tornado Loves You

This song just blows me away.

1) Yeah Yeah YeahsHysteric

It’s like a sobering lullaby, the chorus being words I would whisper into the lover’s ear right before falling asleep.

TV5’s Lipgloss: Local Showbiz Trying to Do Gossip Girl

The good news is, Sam Milby’s not in it (rumor had it he was going to play Nate Archibald’s role). The bad news is, the Philippine version of Gossip Girl is *here* and as expected, it’s a bucket of lulz. It’s tacky, it’s stupid, it’s pretentious, it’s ugly, it’s hokie, the boys look like douches, the accents (aka attempts at sounding rich) are horrible, most of the cast can’t act, and it fails. Miserably.

Seriously, watch this teaser (LOL at the narrator’s bad inflection, especially when she says “the younger generation”. Why so perky?):

Notice how they’re all “I’m rich I’m rich I’m awesome because I’m rich, even though my clothes look like the cheap shit you get in Divisoria I’m rich and I’m powerful and popular but I’m very sad, too, because I’m a teen and I have real problems oh and hey look! I HAS A GUN! YEY! Lemme wave it around for you while I talk about how rich and awesome and powerful I am!”

Are you freakin’ kidding me. Do you see that kind of bullshit and stereotyping in Gossip Girl? Of course not. Why? Because it’s cheap behavior. And maybe this joke of a TV show (Lipgloss) shouldn’t be compared to the real McCoy (Gossip Girl) because it’s not an exact adaptation, but it’s kind of hard not to when there are so many obvious similarities in the plot and the characters. I don’t know what I just said but I think what I’m trying to say is that this spin off is disgusting (can’t think of another word) and riding on GG’s popularity. God, the thought of it alone gives me goosebumps of horror. I mean, SERIOUSLY?! Can you imagine just how dumb and vapid each train wreck of an episode is going to be???

And who the heck names their kid Julivee?

Pilot (which aired yesterday) preview:

Face of the First School Day? With a trophy and flowers and a public awarding? Really? Really??? I bet my ass that my idiot cat, Bobby, who catatonically stares at walls and the floor for hours can pen a better show than this.

I mean, there is nothing exceptional about Gossip Girl to begin with. I watch it for the pretty people and Chuck Bass (my GG episodes take up around 5 gigs of my hard drive). People love the show because, while it has nothing substantial to contribute to the betterment of the world and society (unless Ed Westwick takes off his shirt, which I am crossing my fingers for), we want to be them. I seriously can’t think of anyone who’d want to be an Abby (who calls herself a second generation showbiz brat, whatever the heck that is. She’s pretty, though) or a Meg (who seems really really lame and can’t speak properly).

Oh Logan and Veronica

Over a year after being canceled, I finally got around to watching the last ten episodes of Veronica Mars’ final season. Quite honestly, the show has left me feeling like a mopey kid— I actually teared up when Albert Hammond’s It Never Rains In Southern California played as Veronica walked away in the rain and the scene faded out (naturally, my hatred for the CW was rekindled. Fangirls never get over these things, really).

But what ultimately crushed my heart is seeing Logan and Veronica dating other people (and Parker and Piz, of all people! Parker reminded me too much of Meg Manning and Piz is just so bland and boring. Emotional bad boys over music elitist slash radio geeks any day, please) and not getting back together. There is no love more epic than my favorite TV supercouple’s— it was the kind of love I once coveted— and it’s just not right that it had to end that way. It would be silly and futile to rant about that, though, so I leave you with two video clips.

Their first kiss (I still tear up and get giddy):

Veronica and Piz kiss at a party Logan threw for Parker (my heart, it stopped):

Off to mope I go.

Medical diagnostics, what?

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