Tuesday, March 24, 2009

my fake reality

I have a terrible problem with distinguishing my dreams from reality. I have always had this issue it's just never been brought to the forefront of my attention until my roommates started pointing out that about half of my stories end with, "hmm, maybe that was a dream." I think it started when I was telling them about the creepy neighbors that lived down the street from us in Wisconsin and how their house always looked dark and the one time I was riding my bike when one of them started chasing me so I rode as fast as I could up the hill to our house, threw my bike on the lawn and went inside and locked the door. I still to this day, am unsure whether or not it’s true or not. So that one could be vetoed. There is countless other evidence from my childhood:

I did all my chores the best and was rewarded with going on a daddy-daughter date; we headed over to the new mall that had recently been finished to eat dinner. We went inside and I saw a GIANT ROLLER COASTER inside the mall!! I knew I had to ride it; and dad said we could do whatever I wanted that night so I knew it was in the bag! I wanted to go even before we ate dinner, but dad said we had to eat before we could go one the roller coaster.

I was genuinely excited when relaying this story back to my roommates. My roommates looked at me quizzically and I began to doubt. My dreams were shattered. I realized that the new mall was actually Park Meadows and I'm pretty sure that the roller coaster would still be there today if they had put it in when they first built it and I think it is now a food court. It’s really disappointing just to see my childhood memories crushed like a leaf... it makes me wonder what else wasn't real from what I remember of my childhood.

Now that I am getting better at remembering my dreams this happens a lot more often now:

I was exploring all the things that Cedar City has to offer upon which includes Jolley's Ranchwear my roommates came with me and we were playing and trying on hats and cowgirl boots in various colors and styles. We were the only ones in the store because I assume that they receive limited business in save the VIP customers so they were glaring at us but they never said anything. We eventually left without buying anything and we were completely satisfied.

So I really was in Jolley's Ranchwear yesterday, I had to drop off a few of the paint the town red card things...and as soon as I stepped in the door I had déjà vu. I stopped and stood there for a second trying to analyze whether I had actually been there before and the scene above played in my head. It was then that I had an inkling that maybe I really hadn’t gone into Jolley's Ranchwear with my roommates and that had ALSO been a dream. I got home and asked Emily if she ever came with me to Jolley's Ranchwear. She looked at me again, as she always does when I propose one of my dreams to her, and I bent my head in shame--not again, not again.

If I've told you a story and you think it's really a dream, you should post it on here cause I want to make a list of all of them.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

respect for the Star Wars nerds

Ok, so there are countless individuals that are truly dedicated to the Star Wars fan club and in so joining this fan club they must buy all Star Wars paraphernalia, special edition/extended version movies, figurines- including the entire LEGO sets. I'm not talking about the normal TIE fighters or x-wing fighters--kids stuff. Im talking about the MILLENNIUM FALCON! this 5,195 piece, $500 set takes an experienced team of 7 a record of about 3 hours but i would assume that it would take maybe 15 hours by yourself, maybe 20 who knows. i cant even imagine if you made a video of it. you would have to be an incredibly dedicated fan of the series. But I think that these guys just go WAY above and beyond anyone else that has attempted this. Not only did they:
a. buy the $500 set
b. complete the 5,195 piece set
c. make a video of the construction of this set
d. make a video of the construction of this set COMPLETED BY LEGO MINIFLIGS REENACTING 'ACTUAL' EVENTS!

Building the LEGO Millennium Falcon from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

I can confidently say that a very unnecessary amount of time was spent in the making of this video but i think it was definitely worth it. Maybe that's just the Star Wars nerd in me but I can say that I have a higher respect level for the guys that took the time to make this 12 minute video. Not to mention the building time, I think I saw somewhere that it took 38 hours, but that could have been someone else. Nonetheless, at least a full work week was spent dedicated to George Lucas. I approve. And i dont know if you noticed or not, but that movie is pretty dang accurate to how it really happened. Well done guys, well done.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

most entertaining waste of my time

I have found a new favorite website which adds to my list of sites that are 'the most entertaining waste of my time especially when I'm sitting in class' these sites include:
1. Gear Attack: 'keeping gear addicts up to date on great prices one deal at a time'
2. geekologie: 'a geek blog dedicated to the scientific study of gadgets, gizmos, and awesome. There are a lot of shiny new things out there, and Geekologie is dedicated to finding every last one of them for you.'
3. woot! and shirt.woot! derby: 'America’s most sensational fashion sensation! Oh, wait, we were thinking of those rubber wiffle-slippers everybody wears now. Shirt.Woot, on the other hand, is a web site that applies the Woot model to selling t-shirts: a new one every day at midnight Central time, sold cheap.'
4. Facebook: 'gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected'
5. Yahoo!: varies from '600 spam messages' to 'no unread messages in your inbox'

as I write these I realize how limited my access of the world wide web really is; also, how sad it might be that i get my current events from facebook and geekologie rather than a CNN which claims to be 'among the world’s leaders in online news and information delivery' But than again, according to
google so does www.beacononlinenews.com, www.nowpublic.com, www.twitter.com and www.worldtek.com so i dont really know who to believe anymore and I think I should start just worrying about my immediate surroundings like they did before phones or computers, just to simplify my life.