Archive for the ‘Peeta’ Category

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Inspiration from a Cell Phone?

15/06/2014

Another company has done something brilliant.  I saw THIS in February and thought it was a fluke.  An amazing fluke, but a fluke.  Now this video above.  I have trouble putting words to how amazing it is that Verizon has made this commercial.  Verizon wireless services ~122 million customers in the US as of Q1 2014.** Unless my math is sub par that is >1/3 of the entire US population.

At first the commercial doesn’t appear to be doing anything wrong.  Just a parent talking to their kids and saying things that you would normally say to a kid.  I thought it was going to be a commercial about how you want to keep track of your children.  Then they drop their little fact nugget on you around the 45 second mark and the whole thing changes.

I have a daughter.  I want her to know she can be absolutely anything she wants to be.  If she wants to be a marketing executive, a secretary, a doctor, a sports announcer, a fashion designer, a trash collector, a CEO, a stay at home mom, a call center manager, a call center employee, a stripper, a single store owner, a farmer, or anything else and I will support her 100%.  Even though I know this I also know I am guilty sometimes of telling her to not get dirty, or wanting to protect her.  I try everyday and would like to thank Verizon for a reminder.

Even if Verizon does some other shady things this is one thing they got right.

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PSA: Punch a Dude

01/05/2014

Here is the thing.  It is frustrating when a woman starts to walk faster just because I happened to come out of my house as she was walking by.  It drives me crazy!  Thing is that I am not upset with the lady at all when this happens.  I am pissed of at the way society has treated women for the last fuckityousand years.

So yeah, get pissed when a women starts walking faster just because you happen to be behind her.  But please for the love of all, do not get mad at her, instead go punch a dude who thinks its appropriate to oogle a woman and then get pissed when she doesn’t go home with him.

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Lets talk about GoldieBlox

28/02/2014

http://www.goldieblox.com

I have two kids whom I love very much.  I purchase my son dolls and I purchase my daughter legos.  Both of these things are non gender normative but its what they like so I get it for them.

I want to take a second to be clear here.  My daughter get dolls and clothes and hair things too; just like I get my son legos and action figures and video games (which are arguably more normal).  I say this so you understand that I try to get my 11 year old son and soon to be 10 year old daughter things that they like; not things the world thinks they “should” have.

Back on track.  I was recently introduced to GoldieBlox which is a toy AND book series designed by an engineer who decided that there needed to be more toys that focus on spacial skills for those of the female persuasion.  While certain companies have thought to slap a pink coat of paint on their toys clearly designed for males; some have even done a bit of a redesign,  it has become clear that very few (if any) spacial skill toys have been designed for young ladies from the ground up.

I am shocked this has not been done before.  Why has it taken us so long for  somebody to spend their hard earned money and degree to make sure it was actually designed for young women.  Sadly my daughter is a bit old for the series (I will probably still ask her if she wants it anyway) but if this had been available five years ago she would have had it.

I know that the general reading audience for DFTBA* is not one likely to have children but for those of us who do or plan to have in the future please take a second to check out GoldieBlox.  Especially if you have a young lady in your life that might be interested in building and engineering.

~Peeta

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Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

29/01/2014

http://mustbethistalltoride.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/water-heart-flowerdrop-24013865-1680-1050.jpg

The title of this piece is a repeated line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor has little to to with the subject at had in its original context but the words are quite applicable to the water shortage facing the world today.

The world is approximately 71% water.  Of that water only 2.5% of the Earths water is considered fresh water.  The World Wildlife Organization says that by 2025 up to 66% of the world will be facing a water scarcity.  This all hit home today when I was at work and very unceremoniously dumped out water from yesterday out of my water bottle.  Now I have a reusable water bottle and I think I do a pretty good job of remembering to use it instead of throw away containers but I have never thought about the water itself.    Those of us in first world countries take the “unlimited” water supply for granted.  We just dump water whenever and rarely/never think about how it impacts the rest of the world.

I am a typical American and I have a dishwasher, wash my clothes in a washer, have a flushable toilet, take showers or baths when I want, and many other things with water on demand.  This is not something everybody has and since most of our readers would fall squarely in the privileged category (at least when it comes to water) I am asking imploring all of you to at the bare minimum make sure you drink ALL of your water when you get some and if at all possible try to conserve water by maybe taking a shorter shower or making sure your dishwasher is 100% full before using… things like that.

Thanks,
Peeta

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December 25th & Fandoms & Internet Families

25/12/2013

I know it seems sad to some that this “younger” generation is so attached to the internet.  But with all the violence and hate we see around us it is no surprise to me that people long for somebody to cling to.  In Super Natural we have characters that love each other unconditionally;  In Harry Potter we have a trio that when together can triumph over anything thing;  In Sherlock we have somebody who is a beacon of good (even if he is a bit crazy); In Doctor Who we have somebody who will aid his friends no matter the cost to himself;  And in many other shows there are many other things that people cling to.

So for those of us that have a nice life and can spend time with out families we should.  But for those of us who have families or situations that seem unbearable please know that there are people out here who understand and are in need of a friend just like you are.  So please never let anybody tell you that your friends on the internet are not real.  I have met some of my best friends on the internet and would not change those encounters for anything.  I want to say a personal thank you to Garret, Jeanie, Stormy, Celery, Moon Man, Mar-GA-ret, Jessie, MC, McBoooom, Day, Caity, Jusk, Seeks, Islid, Regan, Sean, James and the many others that I have met and made friends with over the years.

Internet friends are just as awesome as any other friend out there!

 

~Best Wishes, Peeta

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This Poster Sucks

24/12/2013

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This poster is annoying me quite a bit.  Let me number them for you

  1. They are lying on grass? This is presumably at the funky bones exhibit but they are not in the picture.  There are so many more things that are more important to the story.
  2. Why are they the only two people in the poster?  If you have read the book you will know that this story is as much NOT about Hazel and Augustus as it is about them. It is about Issac, and Hazel and Augustus’s family, and their friends, and their teachers, and just about everybody else they encounter.
  3. The tag line… I just.  NO.  Why is this even associated with this movie?  If it were in my power I would pull the entire movie for the tag line.  It is in poor taste and this move is NOT a love story.  Not even kind of.  The first person who even introduces the concept of love is Issac (not in the poster).  /!\ SPOILER ALERT /!\  Hazel is more concerned with how she will effect those closest to her than having a relationship with anybody.  The story is NOT the love story.  It contains a love story like much of life does but it feels like Hollywood is once again focusing on the love story as if its the only story.

I hope the movie is much better than the poster.  I hope that the first trailer makes all my doubt go away.  I just feel that the tag line is way too glib for the tone of the movie.

/rant off

Thank you for listening to me rant.

Photo credit to IMDB.COM

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YouTube Music Awards; Not That Shocking

06/11/2013

Some of the people I follow are talking about how bad the YouTube music awards were and how only two actual YouTubers won awards (I understand they only gave out 6 awards?  So that is 33%?).

I am a bit confused as to what we expected.

When YouTube announced that the nominations came in by views and thumbs up it was clear to me that most artists winning would be Vevo artists.  YouTube is clearly trying to cater to the big business these days and bring more “lean back” content to their site.  This is largely because the majority of the general YouTube audience is logging on to check a video a friend sent them or how to replace X part on Y device or the latest music video or cat videos; and the reality is that few people (by comparison to total traffic) actually subscribe to a channel and watch the majority of their videos.    As an example,  Pewdiepie, the number one channel that is not the YouTube spotlight channel, with just over 15 million subs worldwide counts for less than .1% of the over 1 billion unique users that visit YouTube each month.  So even Pewdiepie has a small audience compared to the amount of traffic that YouTube generates.  We saw something similar with the Streamy’s for their first two seasons.  The third season was better but still not full on YouTuber winners.

It seems the people who are the most vocal about how bad the show was are upset because “real YouTubers” didn’t win.  The way I see it this wasn’t a show for real YouTubers it was a show for people who post music on YouTube and unfortunately that means professional artists and the like.  I know some people  wanted a show where YouTubers were the only, or at least majority,  winners but the only way I see this happening is if the show is created by the very people (or their networks) that we want to honor.

Take the ApprenticeA team for example.  When they wanted to create a film festival highlighting content on YouTube created by YouTubers so they didn’t contact the Hollywood Foreign Press, or the Academy, or any of the myriad of other existing film festivals out there.  They just set out and created their own thing and when it happens this coming weekend we can all sit back and judge them for how well they put on a show; but we wont be able to judge them for excluding the people a lot of us consider to be the real YouTubers.

So if ApprenticeA, Phillip Defranco and SourceFed, Shay Carl and Maker Studios, or even the Vlog Brothers would like to create a music awards show that has only, or mostly, real YouTubers in it then it would probably be better if they took it upon themselves to create something and make the magic happen.  In fact I would purchase tickets right now.

TL;DR

Sure the YouTube music awards didn’t highlight that many people who make a living directly off YouTube.  Sadly, I don’t believe that was ever the intention of the show.   My hope is that this will spur somebody on to make a better show in the future that focuses on these people.  We should be the change we want to see (:

~Peeta

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