Saturday, January 28, 2012

To RP Salazar with Love

To RP Salazar, with Love from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

This video is completely adorable.

Monday, January 23, 2012


My preferred toys when I was a kid were animal toys. Sheep, dogs, horses and weird rubbery dragon monsters the parents would not buy because they were apparently evil. I never really got playing with dolls as a kid. 

It’s not that I did not like dolls, it was more I did not know what to do with them. There were a limited number of functions that could be performed with a doll, and overly expansive make-believe activities tended cause parental disturbance. (As an example: They would become alarmed when I pretended to be an animal. This was apparently Very Weird and Unusual Behavior. Either that or I was Just Too Loud.)

It was also extremely important to play with the doll, whether baby or fashion variety correctly.

The correct methods of playing with the fashion variety or “baby” variety of doll are:

  • Take clothes off.
  • Put clothes back on.
  • Comb or brush hair.
  • Braid hair (limit two. More than two would result in parental use of the “n” word.)

All possible, acceptable make-believe activities are centered on these functions. They were generally not activities that interested me so I would generally not play with dolls. (I also actively disliked fashion dolls, they were stiff and not very posable. I think I probably would have liked ball jointed dolls though.)  

On the rare occasions that I did play with dolls these were the unacceptable or “you’re really weird Rena” methods of playing with dolls. (It was usually the fashion dolls I used for these games. I really didn’t have very much use for the baby variety.)

  • Using Barbie as bait for a dragon or possibly King Kong. (I did not play this very often.)
  • Executing Pirate Barbie (hanged until dead, usually).
  • Having Barbie rescued from bad guys. (Best find ever was some little green army men I found in the vent of the house we lived in when I was a kid.)
  • Farmer Barbie. (I really would have liked having the appropriate accessories for this game).
  • Horse trainer Barbie. (The main reason this was disapproved of was that I would use shoelaces for lassoes and halters. Or occasionally, electric cords for things that I did not think were being used. I was a very destructive little kid.)

When I got a little older, these particular games were increasingly frowned upon, and I eventually stopped playing with dolls entirely. (For some reason, this did not stop one of my aunts from buying me fashion dolls. Fortunately, the aunt in question did send Christmas or birthday presents very often, but when she remembered, it would usually be a fashion doll.)

And that about sums up my experience with dolls.
This was for a prompt provided by Andrea Coventry.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

No Robots

Found this vid, and wanted to share.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

This Post is All Over the Place

I have been attempting to ponder the direction I should take with this blog. Or if it even needs a direction. I have never really had to think about what a blog is for, since my very first blog was just for me. (And whoever else was reading my writing.) Mostly what I've been using this particular blog for is:

  • Posting links for my articles and book reviews that I wrote for Y Contributor Network/Associated Content/Yahoo Voices (which is all one place, by the way.) 
  • Occasionally posting essays about previous jobs, school, and occasionally traumatizing my parents due to not being Christian.
  • Posting videos that amuse or interest me. (That I remember to post here. There are a lot of things that I see, that I do not post to this blog because I've already posted it to some other blog.)
So far, my posts to this blog have been infrequent and somewhat scattered. (This post is no exception) I see that other freelance writers have multiple blogs that appear to be carefully wrapped around one subject and I get a little frustrated, because I am all over the place. I also get frustrated because I have trouble finding motivation to write, and occasionally I lose confidence in my ability to get a point across. (And in general, I tend to be slightly depressed almost all of the time which plays hell with my creativity and productivity.)

Snapshots of what I've been up to instead of writing here:

  • Currently, I am taking my last two classes and getting ready to graduate. I am both extremely excited and extremely terrified about this.
  • The two classes are Media Portfolio and Career Development. They are essentially the same class, except one focuses on resume writing and learning to "sell" yourself in the job market and the other one has to do with creating a web portfolio
  • The site for the Web Portfolio is confusing to me since my previous web site set up was just, "here's the e-mail, this is what you plug into your FTP client, go crazy!"
  • Despite the hassle, the Career Development class is more stressful than the Media Portfolio one
  • I have been writing episode synopses then procrastinating on writing episode synopses. This happens rather frequently.
  • I have been writing book reviews for my other blog, A Wicked Convergence of Circumstances. 
  • I have also been writing a lot of stuff for both my dreamwidth and livejournal blogs. 
  • Trying to step up my affiliate marketing on Twitter and livejournal. 
  • I have a Tumblr now, for my more fan-related interests. 

 This post brought to you by procrastination, suddenly seeing I have a follower, and a vague desire to write something, even though it's random blather.