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yo. so i've been taking a screenwriting class, and it's the first creative writing class i've ever really taken, so it's the first time in college where i've been creaing my own work. though, like all of you, as the liberal arts college student i am, i've written volumes, none of this really seemed to be like my own work, cuz it's all based on researching something else, it's all done in a framework of a class, etc.

throughout the class, we're supposed to have written a feature length screenplay (80-120 pages). being in this class, while being in senior seminar at the same time has been interesting, since we've been examining deeply what it means to be an author, etc. and now i'm trying it out. I just turned it in today and i'm thinking about the whole process.

thank you for the mammaries

It's been great, guys. Seriously, I'm not kidding here. I've lied a lot in my life, but starting today, I'm turning over a new leaf, a new beginning, new horizons, Verizon Wireless, N Sync's No Strings Attached. Out with the old, in with the new, right? Right. Right? Right.
Right? Blogging is really a pretty good idea. I mean, it's about time someone realized you don't need a dead tree to convey an idea. The next step, I suppose, is just doing away with all these trappings of physical reality and having psychic conference calls, like in the sequel to Dark City that was never made because no one bothered to write a script or even propose a concept.

rejoice

Is iTunes Slowly Dying (http://www.playfuls.com/news_05513_Is_iTunes_Slowly_Dying.html)? I certainly hope so. ITunes sucks so hard, I can barely find the words. I mean, I would obviously never allow that monster to live in my computer, but it has conquered the hearts and minds of millions of computers across the globe, taking up the entire screen, demanding indecent volumes of memory, bringing entire operating systems to their knees.
But a death-rattle has finally escaped her monstrous lips, which can mean only one thing: that people are finally figuring out how to use computers. Never again will anyone submit to the will of iTunes (I want some music, but I don't want to have to go to the store. HMMMMMMMMMM! I don't know! I guess I should go to ITUNES and PAY for my music!). Hah!

iran is kind of bad

Last week, Iran joined the ranks of awful countries that block YouTube. It makes me kind of mad. Iran isn't a very good country, it turns out. I don't mind that they're trying to build a nuke that could kill me and everyone I hold dear, but YouTube is serious business, and I can't respect any nation that prevents her citizens from using it. They also block tons of blogs and basically any website that speaks ill of the current regime. How awful.
The thing is, Iran is a vibrant, youthful country that would benefit from a little more open dialog. I mean, last week Chad imposed some hard-core censorship, but they only did it to stem the massive bloodshed that's spilling into their country from Sudan. But Iran doesn't have those concerns. It's really a pretty stable place. Go figure.

this is sort of funny

How media studies! Some really awesome media-depiction-of-the-news-story stuff is developing right now, as we speak with strangers on aim. This judge was killed in the Gaza Strip earlier today, and the fact that he's a judge is gradually being erased from the factset as more outlets pick up the story.
More and more, he's being called a "rebel" or a "militant." The funny thing is, they substantiate these labels (raaaaaaaaaarely) by indicating that he belongs to Hamas. Hamas, you know, the democratically-elected ruling party in Palestine that strives to preserve an open society with civil liberties in the face of foreign-funded death squads terrorizing their people and antidemocratic international political tactics assaulting freedom on every front, courtesy of everyone's favorite enormous older sister, the United States.

lonelygirl15

So we already outed lonelygirl15. We know she's a fraud. Nevertheless, she haunts us to this day. Go to YouTube, and half of the most popular videos refer to her work. Google lonelygirl15, and you get over a million hits.
Anyway, she's spawned this awesome cultural phenomenon that's just getting more and more creative. Some of this stuff is just brilliant. It's really cool that YouTube creates a context in which this sort of thing can happen. Stars pop up overnight. Nobodies do funny things and are recognized for it. Check out some lonelygirl15-inspired videos. I highly recommend lonelyterrorist15:

a message from there-is-no-god

Have you guys ever looked up at the stars and wondered whether Mark Foley would respond if you sent Maf54 an instant message?
It turns out, former Republican Senator Mark Foley is even cooler than I suspected. Why, you ask? What could possibly make him any more awesome than he already clearly is? He's involved with the Church of Scientology!
Scientology is so cool. Those guys are great. I want to be a Scientologist when I grow up. Of course, I'll have to become a millionaire first. But once those two criteria are met, it will be smooth sailing. Rich Scientologists have armies of slaves. It's so great. They should just call their religion "capitalism."

omg wal-mart

Wal-mart is brilliant. I just found out that they sell CDs for under 10 bucks, and they make record companies sell them CDs for under the normal market price. Isn't that awesome? They're like this enormous baby that always gets her way.
Wal-mart is awesome. It's so big, it boggles the mind. And it's really smart, too. They don't profit at all from the CDs, but everyone goes there for the music and ends up buying all the other cheap junk they sell. They are just plain awesome.
I know they destroy local economies and put mom and/or pop stores out of business, but they provide cheap goods and jobs for working-class people. Right? Right.

robbie conal

Oh man, that guy sounds so cool. There's nothing I respect more than vandalism. If there is a more complete demonstration of disregard and contempt for the concept of property, I'd like to see it. I mean, I guess this guy mainly works with posters, but hey, that's a start, right?
Do you guys remember the homework assignments in Fight Club? Those were so cool. They just went out and destroyed everything in a very cold, methodical way. It was great. Those guys are American heroes.
:-*

life of a blog

So as I was watching the Colbert Report the other day, his guest was the guy who invented the Sims and came up with this new game, Spore. He was talking about the Sim games, and the more he talked about it, the less I liked the Sim games.
He was talking and he was describing the reasons that people would want to play these games, they seemed pretty sick. For example, he said, if kids "had a bad home life" they could essentially "make a new life for themselves" Except in this game, the kids get to play God. Not bad son or daughter, like usual.

I've never played these games, and I'm not really into computer games in general, but I don't see the fun in creating a world filled with robotic people and making them interact.