Best Things On The Internet: Election Memes

I know elections are very serious matters, and this year’s especially so. America is in quite a gross situation and it’s very sad to see how ridiculous things have gotten. Donald Trump is a disgusting, unacceptable bigot and I can’t believe there are Americans who honestly support that.

But I am not American. I am Canadian, and therefore, I’m allowed to sit back and just laugh a little. I don’t really have a huge interest in politics, especially American ones, so one thing making this election less boring is the internet. The memes and jokes that have come out of this election have been top notch, so I’ve decided to share my favorites regarding the finale two nominations.

This is…disturbing.

Jim Halpert’s glances into the camera are so iconic! And I love that somebody edited the image!

The fact that two of these are High School Musical songs amuses me greatly. But what’s better than reading these? Hearing them!

Classic. CLASSIC.

I shared this before, but it’s totally worth sharing again. This video is a few months old too. I’m sure it could be twice the length by now!

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Even I could tell she (and her campaign team) were trying just a bit too hard to appeal to the younger generation.

Bad Lip Readings are ALWAYS funny. That ‘Time To Act’ part was hilarious!

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So I leave you with this:

I hope these brightened your day a little. I know that I have readers from all over the world, but on the off chance that I have any readers who are undecided of-age Americans, I urge you to vote for Hillary because things will be awful if Trump is elected. He’s the worst. I do a great job keeping my opinions on politics and religion to myself online, but I figured I had to take this one opportunity.

Anyways, feel free to send me any other election memes you like. I forced myself to keep this post about the leading two, because if I had expanded to the whole election, this whole post would be all Ted Cruz. The internet had a field day with him.

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Why ‘This Is Us’ Works

No spoilers, only praise!

There are really two genres when it comes to TV shows: comedy and drama. Sometimes there are blurs, but for the most part it’s either a light show, or a heavy show. And that’s fine, because people have different interests and there’s surely a show to appeal to you.

But guys. This Is Us is a new genre. It’s not a comedy and it’s not really a drama. It’s something different.

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This show was making noise as soon as the trailer dropped back in May. It was the most watched show trailer, which was understandable, because it stood out. Set to Jason Mraz’s ‘I Won’t Give Up’, it showed several people experiencing emotions. Sadness, wonder, happiness… An overweight woman unhappy with her body, a soon-to-be-father worried about his wife and future offspring, a man meeting his birth father. Even if we haven’t experienced these things, we can understand the raw emotion that these characters are feeling. We can see it in their faces. There’s something magical about human life in that sense; we always want to know what other people’s lives are like. We want to connect and feel.

I watched the trailer and knew I had to give this show a shot. There wasn’t much of a plot shown, but further reading on the show revealed that all the characters share a birthday and are loosely connected, kind of like in that movie Valentine’s Day. From this information and the amazing trailer, I knew that not only would this show be something special, but it’d be a show that would really have an impact on me. I don’t cry a lot. Characters I love have to die for me to shed tears, but darn it, if I wasn’t tearing up at that trailer… I knew this would be a show to mess me up.

And mess me up it did. We’re only three episodes in as of last night, but this show is even better than I expected.

First of all, the pilot was fantastic. It could be a stand alone short film, really. I don’t think I’ve never been so excited for a show just based on the first episode. The twist at the end was brilliant and wonderful and I was literally counting down the days until episode two. And then episode two came and it was just as wonderful with just as big a twist at the end. Episode three was without a twist, but had the same about of heart and honesty and love.

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The love is why this show works. Viewers fall in love with their love. This show isn’t using comedy and relatable scenarios to get to you, they’re showing you a handful of special yet average people whose lives are about their family and their choices. We see real sides of people that most shows would only reveal later through heavy character development. It is still somewhat relatable, but that’s not the selling point.

Not to mention that this show has a unique ability to present stories due to its timeline. I can’t say too much on that as it is a slight spoiler, but the way it has been set up will allow this show to hopefully survive and prosper for years to come without reverting to cheesy methods.

I am not one to like shows like this. My TV schedule is mostly either comedies or superhero shows, so this is very out of place. It’s not a total feel-good show and it’s not depressing either. That balance and that rawness is special, and it’s what draw people like me in. This show stands out and its ability to not fit into any categories is really amazing.

This Is Us was one of the first shows to be picked up for a full season (yay!) and I’m sure that it’ll get a second one too.

If you haven’t seen this show yet, I highly suggest you give it a watch. If you don’t fall in love after the first episode then you may be a robot. It’s on at 9pm on Tuesdays, right between The Flash and Agents Of SHIELD for me and it stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K Brown, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz. It is not one to be missed.

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Me, thinking about this show.


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On TV Show Endings

Season finales are great.

Series finales are great.

But you know what’s not great? Season finales that end up being series finales. Those suck. Show cancellations suck.

As a fan, I know that writers/showrunners don’t technically owe me anything, but I like to think that at the very least, I do deserve a good ending. A kind of thanks for sticking around. The same way a DJ plays a really great song to end their set. And I know that writers/showrunners aren’t purposely withholding these from me, but I think there should be some changes as to how show endings are approached.

It’s all about ratings. I know. Even shows with the most loyal fans and the highest critic reviews can be cancelled. Networks want money the best, and shows want to be on for as long as possible. But that means that sometimes shows start losing quality after a while. It happens to the best.

That’s why I think a lot more shows need to realize when it’s time to quit. They need to look at their ratings and see what the fans are saying and think about what they should do. If they really cared about their fans, they’d bow out and give the remaining loyal watchers a great ending. Yes, they may be able to survive for another year or so, but should they? Will things get better?

It’s not just the cliffhangers that bother me. Yes, those suck too, but mostly I want to know that these characters I fell in love with find peace.

I think about all the shows that had planned endings and how freaking great most of those endings were. FRIENDS, ending by closing the door to the apartment and all walking to get coffee one last time. Glee, ending with a fabulous, group song. Parks And Recreation, by giving us glimpses into each characters’ futures. Even How I Met Your Mother, ending by finally explaining Ted’s love life. Those last episodes and last scenes leave marks on viewers.

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Compare that to Agent Carter, ending with Jack Thompson getting mysteriously shot, or Under The Dome, ending with more complications even when outside of the dome.

Writers/showrunners should, when writing and planning season finales, take a look at their ratings and talk to networks and really think about the possibility of this being the end, and if there is a chance, just make it a nice ending.

Smash was cancelled after two seasons, but it ended on a good note. Tonys were won, romances were had. It was fine, and I didn’t feel cheated. Same with The New Normal, getting canned after one season; Bryan and David have their child and it’s all happy.

I don’t think people are going to be upset that the season didn’t end on a cliffhanger. And I know that cliffhangers keep people coming back but newsflash! People can’t come back if the show is cancelled!

But you know what? I don’t think things are going to change. Whether thoughts about cancellations are being had or not, shows will still likely pretend that things are fine and dandy. So what can they do instead? Is there still a way to provide closure? Yes.

Fans of Team Starkid may have seen their old web series called Little White Lie, a show about siblings who start a band by stealing music from an acquaintance in a coma. Season 1 ends with Kevin, the guy in the coma, opening his eyes. So of course, fans like myself were desperate for more, but at the time, Starkid didn’t have the funding or time to make Season 2, and some of the cast has moved on since. But what one of the writers (Eric Kahn Gale) did years later was release a general outline for what they had planned for the second season. That was outstanding. There was no more hypotheticals or fans writing their own second season, as a canon ending was provided.

Why can’t TV shows do that too? I’m not looking for a novel (though I’d happily read one) but just a general summary of how any loose ends would be tied up. Take Agent Carter for example. As much as I’d love to know if Peggy and Sousa would have stayed together in Season 3 or how Ana is doing, what I really need to know is who shot Thompson and how that ties into Peggy’s story/future at the SSR. I’m talking like half a page of writing. Or like, six tweets, I don’t care. And if writers want to give more info, then they can, and fans will happily read it!

Just think about it, folks. Think about how much happier fans will be knowing that even if their favourite show gets cancelled, they’ll still get to know what happens. No longer will fans be forever haunted by these endings. No more nights spent lying awake wondering what if. It’s win-win because not only do fans get the info, but writers/showrunners get to share their Cool Plot Ideas. There is literally no downside.

There are several shows I watch right now that I absolutely adore, but I think a few of them are nearing their deaths. I don’t want them to end, but I’m not ignorant enough to miss the signs. I’m just crossing my fingers that they have good endings. Planned endings. Ones that satisfy fans, the cast, and the writers.

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Anyways, I’m just brainstorming here and trying to express how I feel about TV show endings. These are just hypothetical ideas, but it’d be great if they were ever used for real.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so leave a comment. Or tell me which cancelled show’s ending bothered you the most.

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Monthly Look Ahead: October 2016

Oh, October. This month has never been a favourite of mine. Not only do I lack interest in Halloween but it’s kind of the only thing stopping me from going into full Christmas mode. I don’t want to be that person who gets hyped too early, but after October it’s suitable. That being said, I do have a handful of things to look forward to this month. And, like always, you’re more than welcome to take my image and participate in this month’s look ahead on your own blogs.

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  • Fall TV is still returning. I have the DC lineup coming back, so The Flash on the 4th, Arrow on the 5th, Supergirl on the 10th and Legends Of Tomorrow on the 13th.
  • Also The Middle and Mr. D are back on the 11th.
  • Thanksgiving (in Canada)! Time off from school is always appreciated.
  • Also this month I have a reading week! My school never used to have a fall one, but now we do. I’m excited to go home and see friends but I also know I’ll have a lot of literal reading and studying to do. Yuck.
  • On the 20th, Fox is airing The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, and it stars a bunch of cool people. Rocky Horror has some good music, but I’ve only sat through the full movie once and I don’t remember it being anything standout, so we’ll see how it goes.

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  • Pumpkin seeds! I’m going to go buy a pumpkin (and probably carve it too) just so I can roast some pumpkin seeds. They’re so good and make for a great healthy snack! (Oooh, side note: should I do a post on that or nah?).
  • Okay, I’m adding Halloween to this list, but that’s because last year I actually hung out with friends and I may do that again. No plans have been made or even talked about, but there’s a chance. Here’s hoping!


Thank goodness I have some fun things going on to balance out the piles of reports and readings I’ll have to do. I’m already stressing!

I look forward to reading what you’re up to this October! Leave a comment with a link to your post and also comment telling me what your favourite Halloween candy is! Mine is Skittles!

That’s all for now!

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My #DreamCrate: Putting The Fun In Functional

Recently Lootcrate contacted me and asked me to put together a blog post on my dream lootcrate. To better understand their target audience, they’re encouraging everyone and anyone to design a dreamcrate, so feel free to do it too! For those unaware, Lootcrate is one of those services that have a monthly subscription and buyers get shipped a box (or “crate”) of fun, nerdy merchandise. Usually these boxes have a theme, so people can know a bit about what they’re getting, or opt out of buying that one.

I’ve never subscribed to these for two reasons. One, I’m a student so the money ain’t exactly flowing. And two, I have no need for a ton of (for the most part) useless merch. For example, I love looking at the newest Pop! Funkos that are released, but I personally can’t understand why people buy a whole bunch. They just sit there on peoples’ desks or shelves. They’re nice too look at and bobble their little heads once in a while, but I personally have no use and could never justify the money.

So I decided to take Lootcrate up on their challenge and design my dream crate with the theme of functionality. The following things are very useful but still are cool and nerdy items that any fan would love to have! Here’s what I’d include:


Image result for captain america shield t shirtShirts are functional. You can wear them whenever. This shirt is also gender neutral. As much as I’d wear any shirt sporting an Avengers’ logo I’ve always liked how symmetrical Cap’s shield is, which is why I went with this one.


Image result for nerdy messenger bagsI’ve been looking for a nice messenger bag/beach bag (I don’t know what different bags are called) that’s smaller than a backpack but big enough to hold more than a wallet like my current cross body bag. This bag is a subtle colour and style but has the cool Zelda logo. But really any bag will do.


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We all brush our teeth, right? So some good quality yet fun toothbrushes would be totally useful! Imagine: a pack of six tooth brushes, one for each Avenger.


Image result for batman water bottleI use a water bottle when I play Quidditch but the one I have now is some school one I got at frosh week two years ago, so a cool Batman one would be wonderful. Reusable water bottles are always great because you never know when you may need one. I think a Batman one would specifically be amusing because I can totally picture Batman using one but being completely unhappy with the fact that he needs to rehydrate. I dunno, it’s funny in my head.


Image result for rubix cube pepper and salt“Hey, pass the pepper cube.” Honestly, these are so neat! There are so many cool s&p shakers but I like pepper chunks and the fact is shakers only give you pepper dust, so grinders and mills where it’s at. Not to mention that a solid 60% of my meals involve a lot salt and pepper, so these are perfect! Fun and functional for sure!


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Oven mitts have never looked so cool. Even the inside of the mitt is designed to look like the Pac-man map, and it provides better grip. Amazing.


And there ya have it, folks! My (fun)ctional dream crate. Honestly, I could probably list so many more things, but I’m being realistic and pretending this is a real crate, so I’m limited. As much as I hope to one day be in such a financial state that I could happily subscribe to all these cool crates and stuff, I think that even if I was, my logic would take over and I’d know that I don’t have a need for seventeen key chains and forty three mugs. I do, however, have a need for Tshirts and a pepper mill and a water bottle, and an even bigger need for those things in nerdy styles. Gotta rep, y’know?

I’d also love to know what functional nerdy items you have or want, so leave a comment telling me, or link me to your own dreamcrate posts!

That’s all for now!

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