Don’t Make Crappy Movies

As much as I love watching award winning movies on Netflix, I take a special pleasure in watching some of the movies that can only be described as being complete and utter crap. There is just something about them that brings a sparkle to my eye. A personal favourite of mine is The Room written, directed, produced and starring Tommy Wiseau.

This movie truly does not make any sense, and has some of the most unnatural dialogue that it makes me question as to whether or not Tommy Wiseau is even human. I still don’t think he is. The most puzzling thing about this movie for me is how during the entire process of making the film did no one stop Tommy and ask him what the heck he was doing or for any of the other actors and actresses to talk to him about the terrible script in front of them. How did no one catch the huge continuity errors and unnatural story arches?  Then I remembered that Tommy wrote, directed and produced it himself. Without another set of eyes from a production standpoint, how was he supposed to know?

Probably because their reaction would be something like this…

I mean, Tommy just made the same mistakes that tons of us make on a regular basis, whether it is writing a paper or even writing a blog post; we often don’t look to other people to critique our work and edit it when we should. Taylor Mali, a teacher and poet, does a great job showing why editing is so important, and how one small mistake can completely change your paper’s meaning and make it even laughable.

Every time I come across a crappy movie I think of my own work, and how important it is for me to read it over, even just once. Getting a fresh set of eyes on a piece of work will bring out mistakes that you can’t see with your own eyes. I know that I can’t pick out mistakes in my own work and often get my friends and family to read it over a number of times before I submit it. As nerdy and keener as it may sound, I have had nightmares of professors handing back my papers riddled with mistakes and I can see more red pen on the page than there are typed words.

My reaction after reading my rough drafts sometimes… What was I thinking?

I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be a Tommy. Let Tommy be Tommy. If your name is Tommy and you’re reading this, still be a Tommy, just try to be a better one. If your goal is to make your paper into a literary version of The Room than by all means go for it, but no one wants to write a paper of that poor quality. I don’t even think Tommy Wiseau does.

Don’t be like Tommy. Let people see your work before you put it out there.

 

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Positive Procrastinating

My reaction when I realize I’ve spent all my time on the internet and have barely started my paper

If someone were to ask me what my favourite hobby is, it would probably have to be the internet. The internet is awesome. It’s impossible to deny. The internet is also, maybe, possibly, the best worst thing to happen to any student today. As helpful it is for enormous amounts of information to be at your fingertips in a moment’s notice, just as many distracting things can draw you away from them. For me, its reddit. There’s just something about it which sucks me in and before I know it I’ve been looking at /r/birdswitharms or /r/youtubehaiku for hours. HOURS. (Apologies in advance if you clicked the link and gotten you to stop doing your work)

I’ve been trying to tone down my procrastination by allowing myself little breaks from my work to browse reddit or YouTube, and so far so good. For every hour of work I’ll give myself 15 minutes of reddit or YouTube. If I’m feeling especially studious I might spend time watching a YouTube video about what I’m studying or browse a subreddit that can actually be useful for the subject that I’m studying. (i.e not /r/birdswitharms). For instance, since I’m taking a French Revolution course, this miniseries by John Green is perfect and for lack of a better word, and I do really hate this word, its edutainment. *shudder*

Going along with the subject of history, the subreddit /r/AskHistorians has been extremely useful as it allows me to ask questions that may pertain to an essay topic of mine and get answers from knowledgeable people, as well as references which I can use in my paper. They can also clear up any questions I might have and explain things like I’m five. (There is also a subreddit just for explaining things like you’re five @ /r/ELI5).

What my profs think of my references

Reddit and YouTube can definitely be timewasters and more often than not they are, but when used properly can be a really great resource. You just have to do a little digging first.

Sleep is For the Week(end)

 

LONG WEEKENDS!

 

For anyone in university, the long weekend is cherished almost as much as Christmas Break is for those in high school. It’s a time to take control of your social life, maybe start that essay that’s due, and most importantly catch up on some much needed sleep.

The Thanksgiving long weekend is a much needed, and much deserved break for many. A little rest about a month into the school year that allows you to just lounge in your bed if you need to, or pull an all-nighter and still be able to sleep in the next day. It’s a beautiful thing really.

A spirit animal representation of me on a long weekend

Personally, I use this break to catch up on some sleep because I’m more or less a night owl and nocturnal during the school year and can truly benefit from the mini-hibernation I grant myself. For someone who works on the weekend, waking up and knowing I don’t have to get up and go to work or school is a feeling comparable to Christmas morning. Even another 15 minutes with my head on a pillow is a present.

Some people stress themselves out by wanting to jam pack as much studying as possible into their long weekend, when they should worry about getting enough rest. Let your brain rest for the time being, there will always be time to work on that assignment but burning yourself out mid-term can only leave you worse for wear at the end of the term.

I’m currently writing this in my pajamas, sitting in bed with some coffee and a bagel, and I couldn’t be happier right now. Maybe if I had a deluxe breakfast.

Deluxe Breakfast and Other Pieces of ‘GLintelligence’

It’s been about a month of school now and I feel like I’ve finally settled into being a third year student. I’m not particularly smarter per se (minus my use of Latin in my everyday life), but I’ve acquired enough of what I like to call ‘GLintelligence’ (patent pending) over the previous two years to make the transition almost seamless. Seamless in the sense that I’m not scrambling to class hungry, and without any money to quiet the monster living inside of my stomach.

For one, I’m more confident now in my ability to know exactly how much time I need to get from one side of the campus to another than I was in my first year. Even though Glendon is a small campus, it’s important not to underestimate the time it takes to go from Point A to Point B… especially if getting to Point B includes walking up the million-and-one steps to get to class from the GAC (Glendon Athletic Club). Walking in late and sweaty from this trek wasn’t my greatest moment.

Pretty much me after I walk up the steps in the summer.

By far the most important piece of ‘GLintelligence’ I have acquired isn’t something that can be learned from a book, or even a blogpost, but rather my stomach. It was about mid-way through first year when I discovered that for a handful of change I could get a Deluxe Breakfast from the cafeteria consisting of 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 hash browns and 2 pieces of toast. IMHO, it is by far the best thing to order at the cafeteria and it’s available all day long. ALL DAY LONG. This means that I could potentially eat breakfast for every meal if I wanted to. Let’s be serious, I already have. Many times. It’s that good.

I had to!

How I came to appreciate and love the Deluxe Breakfast in all of its inexpensive-yet-delicious glory definitely came out of my insatiable hunger in finding the best deal possible in any situation. A fixed priority I have at the beginning of every new school year is finding and buying all of my course books for as cheap as legally possible. As much as I love books, some of the courses I’m taking can get pretty pricey which is why I’m happy that there is a Facebook page dedicated to book buying and selling.  Big shout out to Bryan for setting that up! Thanks to him, I was able to continue supporting my caffeine addiction. Kudos.

Seriously.

It took some time to get where I am now, and a lot of trial and error to become more independent, but I’m excited to see what this year brings, and more importantly for whatever other tricks I pick up along the way.