If you wondered where I was this time last week, I was in the Music City itself, Nashville, Tennessee! I spent the weekend in Nashville to film my school's club ice hockey team in their conference tournament. I wasn't originally supposed to do it, but a position opened up, and the hockey players' parents were paying for everything, so I figured "why not".
Our trip didn't get off to the best start. The bus I was riding in with the hockey team and fellow media members broke down in the middle of the trip, and our bus driver seemed to have no idea how to fix it for the longest time. After half an hour of us sitting in the bus bewildered and afraid, the driver told us in his very thick Italian accent that "it's time to Mickey Mouse" this. Nobody on the bus knew what that meant, but whatever it was, it worked, and we got a brand new meme out of it.
The coach bought a bunch of DVDs to watch on the bus after lunch, and the team chose to watch Superbad. I had never watched Superbad before, so it was a pretty fun experience seeing it for the first time with a bunch of college guys. I could barely hear the movie above all the hooting and hollering, but I could still appreciate it for the penis jokes and the reminders that MySpace and cell phones that only called people were still popular in 2007.
Shortly after Superbad ended, the bus reached the hotel, and I was put in a room with two other media members. We watched Futurama until it was time to leave for the hockey stadium. I had never filmed hockey before, so following that little puck around the skating rink with my camera was a nightmare. Whenever you watch hockey, don't forget the work that these camera people do, because it is without a doubt the worst sport to film.
Thankfully, we won the game, so it wasn't a totally miserable experience, even if it meant I had to film another game the next day. After going back to the hotel, my roommates and I got together with some female media members, and we all got dinner together. Since I was the only person in the group who was 21 or older, I had to buy us liquor after we finished dinner, my first time visiting a liquor store and hopefully my last.
I didn't actually drink any of the liquor because I was all business, but I still hung out with the girls and my roommates in the girls' room, where we watched Friends and everybody else got drunk. The girls kicked us out right before midnight, and my roommates passed out pretty much as soon as we got back to our room. I didn't really mind, as I didn't feel like staying up late that night, anyway.
I woke up at 6 a.m. the next day and trashed central time in the shoutbox because I can't go a week without angrily posting something in the shoutbox. About an hour later, I went down to the lobby to eat breakfast, and the coach and bus driver were the only other people up that early. I learned that the coach was from Canada and came down here to play hockey, but he fell in love (with a woman, not America (well maybe America too (it was an American woman, after all (I'm using way too many parentheses here)))) and decided to stay.
My roommates, their female friends, and I spent most of the day visiting the hot spots at Nashville. First of all, every stereotype you hear about Nashville is true. People wear cowboy hats and ride horses down the street, and all the bars play live country music 24/7. After eating at one of the bars, we went back to the hockey stadium and covered our team's next game, where we lost to Georgia because we lose to them in every sport.
Our team was devastated after the loss, though I wasn't as sad about it because it meant we would be leaving at 2 the next day instead of 5, when the championship game probably would have ended. Going home from Nashville was going to take us eight hours, and I still had school on Monday, so the sooner we left Sunday, the better. I did feel bad for the hockey players, though, even though they were all from the North and reminded me of my own inadequacies.
That night I did stay up late eating pizza and watching Central Intelligence with my roommates. Central Intelligence had Kevin Hart and The Rock, so it was amazing, of course, and took the bad taste of that night's loss right out of our mouths. That and the pizza. The bad taste returned the next morning, though, when our hockey team lost the third place game, which I filmed with less than five hours of sleep. We went straight to the bus after that and spent eight hours riding home, though we got there at 11 PM instead of 10 PM because of crazy timezone magic.
Despite the time there being objectively wrong, I had a lot of fun in Nashville and would go there again. Plus, I watched three great comedy movies for the first time. (The other being Horrible Bosses on the ride home, which like Central Intelligence and Superbad was a 10/10). I also watched Grown Ups for the first time on the bus, which was definitely a movie, but not what I would call "great" or "comedy". Still, it was a decent way to kill time.
Anyway, if you actually managed to sit through all of my rambling and bad attempts at humor, you deserve a prize, so I'll give you one. Behold: Your very own country guitar!
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Hey guys, I was just in a podcast, and you all should listen to it. In it, me and a few of my friends talk about our favorite animated shows, our favorite animated movies, and our least favorite animated reboots. (Spoiler: Powerpuff Girls '16 gets shit on a lot.)
Also, if you have an hour of your life to spare, you can listen to the longer, uncensored version of this here.
Once or twice a semester, my school gets a comedian to come and make jokes, and we get to watch him for free. The biggest name from last semester was Eric Andre, who was great, even though he pulled his pants down at the end of his routine and effectively got banned from the school. This semester, it was Kenan Thompson, a man I've watched on TV since I was five and the comedian I was most excited for. We've had SNL actors before. I personally got to see Aidy Bryant and Pete Davison, and Seth Meyers and Jay Pharaoh (RIP) came to my school before I was even a student there. However, none of them compare to Kenan Thompson, and his act was even better than I thought it'd be. Here's the CliffNotes version:
Kenan Thompson started his routine with the words "Wassup, motherfuckers" and ended it with "Remember, 'no' means 'no', and 'yes' means 'twice'". If you know nothing else about it, that'll tell you all you need to know about it. This certainly was not an act watered down for Nick or NBC, which is honestly true for most of SNL's actors. (Except Aidy, who swore maybe once or twice.)
Kenan trashed Ben Stiller, JJ Abrams, Morgan Freeman, Bill O'Reily, as well as Fox News in general. He compared his Disney experiece to Miley's and his Nick experience to Amanda's. Suffice it to say, he counts himself very lucky.
He talked about growing up in Atlanta and having his first experiences with, as he called it, the mari-joo-juana.
He was approached by some network to do some show called All That where there was apparently a lot of chocolate and he got to speak French in a bathtub. He was originally supposed to speak Spanish and have the name Pedro, but guys were like "that's racist" so they made him French instead.
The network then approached him and his friend Kel about maybe doing their own show, and as Kenan delicately put it, they "came in their pants" upon recieving the offer.
After leaving Nick and moving to Los Angeles, he smoked weed with Snoop Dogg, like every celebrity in Los Angeles did back then.
While he was filming Fat Albert, Cosby told him that once he finished he'd need "two dicks" to handle all the girls that would be after him, which horrified him, of course.
Speaking of horrifying things Cosby did, Kenan made a quick joke about the allegations then moved on, using the "And that's all we're going to say about that!" line from JCMovies almost verbatim. I got a special kick out of that one.
During the Q&A, the first two questions were about weed, of course, then someone asked him whether he preferred "tits or ass". (He took a middle-of-the-road response.) Basically, my school is full of degenerates. The next person asked him whether he preferred Trump or Clinton, and choosing between tits and ass seemed easier for him. Finally, someone asked him whether he was still friends with Kel, and to show us he still was, he actually called Kel live in front of us. It was awesome.
That's pretty much all I have to say about that night. Sorry if I went on too long, but I just wanted to record this for posterity, and because I assume there are other fans of Nickelodeon shows on this forum, I figured they'd get a kick out of it, too.
Holy crap, this is a good album. If for some reason you aren't familiar with the musical this is based on, it's about one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and one of the biggest influences on America itself, even if he isn't as well-remembered as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Benjamin Franklin. I learned a little about him in US History four years ago, but not nearly as much as I learned from the first song of this album alone. The album does a brilliant job of merging history with rap and R&B to create something that transcends both while still telling a great story. If you don't have a thousand dollars lying around to buy tickets to the play, I definitely recommend listening to the album, as it covers all the same themes and motifs, and even if you have seen the play, give it a listen, because it's just a fun, fresh album that is beautifully, beautifully composed. I'm giving Hamilton a 10/10, perfect for the man who graces the $10 bill.
I've mentioned this before on Xat, but I really wanted to use this blog to talk about a short film I worked on earlier this year: I Alone. It's about Islamophobia and the effects it has on American Muslims. I was part of a relatively small crew that had to produce the film in a week and submit it Campus MovieFest. We not only won our school's division of Campus MovieFest, beating out dozens of other movies, but we got first place in the Elfenworks Social Justice Category at the national level and a huge bundle of money to go along with. Our movie will also be playing on Virgin America flights during the next two months. So yeah, it's definitely the thing I'm most proud of being a part of. Here's the film, if you'd like to see it for yourself:
I did sound on it, but it's really good sound. You can even hear the people talking!
You may have noticed a status I posted about meeting Grunkle Stan at an anime convention. I wanted to talk a little more about that convention, and now that we have a blogs, I figured what better time to do so than now?
I had never been to an anime convention before, so I didn't really know what to expect. My cosplay was a Naruto headband I bought off of Amazon, and fittingly enough, the first event I went to was on how to design a good cosplay. Some lady talked for an hour about sewing and crap, and when that was done, I went into another room to play Super Smash Bros. 4. I got second place every time thanks to my awesome strategy of avoiding everyone until it's just me and one other person, at which point I get destroyed. After an hour of doing that, I went to another event, Voice Idol, which is like American Idol but with voice acting. The judges were Grant George, who did voices on Kill la Kill, Bleach, and Fate/Zero, his wife, Jessica Gee George, and their children. I originally wanted to participate in Voice Idol, but once five people in the room turned to 25, my social anxiety took over and I firmly kept my hand down when they asked for participants. They seemed to sense that I wanted to do it, though, so they gave me a script anyway. I read for a character from Tokyo Ghoul, and I was apparently really good, because I won the whole competition. My years of making up ridiculous voices for JCMovies characters had finally paid off.
After that, I went to an event titled "Mysteries of the Falls". That was where I met Grunkle Stan (who was really just a middle-aged man dressed as Grunkle Stan, but don't tell anybody). He splashed water on some kid cosplaying as Dipper before the event started, making him run out in tears. That was more interesting than the event itself, which was just Grunkle Stan and some other guy reading from the Wikipedia pages about things like gnomes and ghosts, essentially. Grunkle Stan and the other guy stayed in the room for the next event, The Disney Renaissance, which about about, as you may have guessed, the Disney Renaissance. After they read from the Wikipedia page about that, we did Disney trivia. The first question was about when Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out. I knew the answer, but a girl who I swear was spitting image of Katniss raised her hand first and got it right. I swore to myself I'd get the next one, which was about what the last animated movie released by Disney's main studio was. A different girl raised her hand a split second before I did, and her answer was The Princess and the Frog. That turned out to be wrong, so Grunkle Stan chose me next. I said Zootopia, and it was right, so I got the next prize. There were other questions after that, but who cares? I won an award!
Two, if you count Voice Idol. Overall, it was a pretty fun day, I'll probably go again next year and see what else I can win. I need to go outside more, anyway.