Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Makings of a Superhero: A Case Study – Superman (1978)

The Makings of a Superhero: A Case Study – Superman (1978)
Image from here.

 Also known as: The Optimist’s 14 Rules To Live By To Be The Most Super Human You Can Be.

1. Humility is key – even if it leads to a certain kind of humili-ation. Superman was in charge of the football equipment when he could have thrown those teenage footballers clear off the field. Also, it’s okay to pretend to faint in front of Lois Lane when, in fact, you just literally caught a bullet that could have killed her with your bare hands. Some insight: you will get her to faint soon enough. ;) 

2. Respect your elders; they are wise. Especially those that pat you on the back and call you “son”. Because when you break Rule #1, you better believe the truly wise are going to call you out, son.

3. Follow the voices in your head, even if they are eerie and come out of nowhere. They might lead you to uncover the key to your unique (read: bizarre, weird) gifts. This rule is also known as: “Believe in the impossible” & “Don’t question the hologram.”

4. Abandon all you know with only one word directing this rash decision. In Superman’s case, that one word is “North”. While the word can be replaced by your own single word of guidance, there is a way to check its applicability in this rule. The respected-elder who calls you “son” will support your journey. If this is the case, follow that word. You do need to broaden your horizons and learn what cloth you’re cut from (if it’s one with a big “S” on it, I can help with that).

5. Don’t regret seemingly blank, boring times in your life that are not even worth documenting. They are leading up to the climax of the movie; trust me, I’ve seen it.

6. Don’t be ashamed of Rule #2. It’s quite impressive in this world.

7. Be appreciative of the little things unabashedly. There is nothing wrong in saying things like “Gosh, it was kind of swell,” even if “there are very few people left in the world who feel comfortable saying that word.”

8. Take the extra step and trust your instincts about where you need to change your clothes. That extra time you spend doing something right is not a waste.

9. An oldie but a goodie from the Wiccan Rede : If “it harm none, do what ye will.” Let the burglar nearly sob and think himself plunging to his certain death, only for you to save him at the last moment. He probably learned his lesson.

10. Stick to your mission, despite being called names like “big blue bird with red boots” and “it.” People will see for whom you truly are as long as you continue your pursuit of truth and justice (See Rule #13).

11. Be ready to take your clothes off at any time for anything at all times. This may mean being uncomfortably warm under layers and layers of clothes and might contribute to your reason to live in New York as opposed to California.

12. Smoking is not cool. You can care about other people’s health. 

13. Do not tell lies. A person in search of truth and justice (See Rule #10) would be a terrible kind of hypocrite if he lied. Loophole: you can simply omit the truth in dire situations like preserving your true identity. 

14. And of course, go to the ends of the Earth (which may turn out to be simple the flaming, boiling core of the Earth) to save the world.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Coffee Cravings

I'm the type of coffee drinker that didn't start to drink coffee until freshman year of college at 16 years old,  partly because I had heard of its downsides but mainly because I did not know what I was missing (oh, interesting, that isn't an official type? okay..). For the next two years, I was a fan (to put it mildly). Honestly, I was borderline a caffeine addict. I would have coffee in the morning to start the day and then at night to keep me up, to write papers, to survive in last-minute cramming, and to give me energy to go out with friends.

My guilty feeling catching up with me, a year and a bit ago, I decided I needed to get a better handle on my coffee cravings so last year, I only drank coffee when I absolutely needed it to stay awake (okay, saying you need something in this context does not make me dependent at all, alright?). Or, on special occasions like trying coffee on my alternative break in Panama.

Now, with my attempt at being more productive and proactive, in my job search and goal-making and general post-grad life, I've found myself craving some of that magical potion (still talking about coffee). After reading this awesome article on LearnVest, I don't feel bad at all about this mini-craving and can't wait to get my hands on my next cup! After all:

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Video of My Day

I cannot believe how much I am in love with this cover of Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" I stumbled upon on mean, I absolutely love, and perhaps overplayed, the original when it first came out. Just check out this blog post! But, Emeli Sandé's soulful voice adds something that I cannot describe with words, just a gesture that makes me look like I'm hugging the air and an "ouf!" sound. 

Sidenote: Listening to Emeli Sandé's album now. In her song "Where I Sleep," she says she's from "a generation undecided" which basically summed up my life at the moment and has forged a slight connection of kinship that makes me wish her very many happy things. Doesn't that always happen?

Anyway, what do you think about this cover? Any other videos I should check out?