Things I Enjoyed in 2012

I’m really bad with keeping up with this blog but figured I should post something before the year ends.

Since the last time I updated, I started my MA program at NYU and moved to New York. It’s been a huge change (one that was quite difficult at first), but it’s definitely been a learning experience. I’m happy to say that I’m enjoying my time there now and school has definitely contributed to my overall happiness. The beginning half of this year was possibly the hardest time period in my life – having to learn how to accept “no” as an answer multiple times, realizing that I need to stop acting entitled just because I have an expensive sheet of paper, learning how to be happy for other people even as my self-confidence dwindles, learning how to swallow my pride and face the fact that nothing is really “below my standards,” and so on – but I do believe I am a better person overall for having experienced it. Did it suck? Obviously. Would I do it again? Hopefully not, but I am, in a strange way, grateful for January – August because I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes and how to be satisfied and thankful for any opportunity that comes my way.

Now that I’ve explained my current and past mentality for this year, I’ll move on to much more exciting and entertaining things. This is a post about the pop culture-y things I’ve enjoyed this year – anything from movies, tv shows, music, YouTube videos, etc. I have to admit there isn’t anything groundbreaking here as I was/am a bit slow to catch onto things, at least for 2012, due in part to my lack of time and (mostly) in part to my laziness. Some of these items listed are things I’m sure most people already know about and may have even moved past or gotten over. Oh well!

So here are the things, in no particular order, that provided an escape, entertained me, or helped me procrastinate:

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Slackin’

Old habits die hard. I’m a huge procrastinator and tend to be forgetful. No surprises that I completely forgot to make my YouTube post last week! Luckily, this week has been pretty huge! Well, for Harry Potter fans anyway. Apologies if you’re not a huge Harry Potter fan because this post will consist of HP related videos. This is mostly due to the fact that last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2 is coming out next week! As a diehard fan, this is incredibly bittersweet; I’m excited to see the film adaptation, but very sad that this era is coming to an end. Nevertheless, Harry Potter movie time means lots of Harry Potter interviews on YouTube time.

First up, the world premiere was held on Thursday in London’s Trafalgar Square and it was a massive event, with fans traveling from all over the world and camping out to secure their spots at the very last HP movie premiere. I watched the stream in the CoHo on campus and started getting teary-eyed when they showed a montage of fans who spoke about their love for HP. I’m not going to lie, it was embarrassing trying to make sure no one getting coffee or eating nearby could see me welling up. However, that was nothing compared to my reaction to the speeches made by JK Rowling and her beloved trio towards the end of the event. It was apparent that, although the trio are branching out into different and more mature projects, they are very grateful for being apart of the franchise that has propelled them into stardom. Emma Watson and JK Rowling’s speeches in particular made me cry because there was genuine emotion dripping in each word. I loved Ruper Grint’s speech as well, if only because he didn’t utter a single “kind of” or “sort of” (he’s actually my favorite, but isn’t the greatest at public speaking IMO). Watch the video and get those tissues ready.

Now about Rupert Grint. He’s my favorite member of the, as some fans are calling it now, “Holy Trinity” because he seems like the most laid-back and the most fun to hang out with. I mean the guy has an ice cream truck and a hovercraft! However, over the past decade or so, he seems to have become somewhat of an introvert and closed off. In older interviews, he was much more talkative and excitable, but recently he’s appeared quieter and frequently drops “kind of” or “sort of” instead of giving, I guess, more definitive answers to questions. This was explored in a really great article/interview by the Guardian (here) recently and the interviewer notes how difficult it is to get Rupert to answer questions. Is it because he’s grown wary of the press or is it because he’s disappointed at his dwindling activity in the films? It’s definitely something to think about, especially since Ron in the films has become comedic relief when in the books he’s an important character who teaches Harry, not just about the wizard world, but about friendship, loyalty, and family. But anyway, I went on a bit of a tangent there when I really wanted to talk about the following video. The article linked to a video of the trio in one of their first screen tests for Sorcerer’s Stone . It’s crazy to think of how fast time has gone looking at this video. It makes me feel really old, when I’m actually the same age as the trio! Look for Emma Watson mouthing the boys’ lines. It’s hilarious and adorable!

Finally, we have “Harry Potter – A Look Back” from WarnerBrothers themselves. It’s a great summary clip of all the past films. It’s also nice to see how the films have grown from literal adaptations to artfully crafted films (to be honest, I’m being a bit generous but I think you get what I mean!). You’ll also get a glimpse of just how many amazing British actors have put their mark on the Harry Potter films. I love seeing how the trio have grown up over the past decade; I still can’t believe they started when they were 10/11/12 and are now 21/22/23. Essentially, I’ve grown up with the books AND this cast. It’s stupid, but I’ll always remain attached to this trio, this “Holy Trinity.”

“YOU MAKE ME WANT TO THROW MY PAGER OUT WINDOW!”

Another week, another post with my favorite YouTube videos!

So this past week I’ve been a bit busy with my internship and trying to survive in the trip digit weather in Davis. As a result, I slacked in the YouTube department (shocking AND sad), but it’s hard to focus on opening a tab and watching short clips when all I want to do is sleep because it’s the least physically demanding activity. However, I did have the time and concentration to watch these amazing clips!

The first one isn’t a new clip at all; in fact, it’s been around since the beginnings of YouTube and has been somewhat of an Internet meme, with various forms floating throughout the Internet (one of my favorite gifs is the Super Mario version of this dance). I happened to watch ‘Maury’ this past week and this led to an intense ‘Maury’ clip watching session on YouTube. This show used to be my after school entertainment for most of middle school and the beginning of high school and still remains as one of the most hilarious and entertaining hours on television. I still have trouble believing that Maury is married to renowned journalist Connie Chung. What do they talk about at the dinner table? So strange. Anyway, this video is one of the BEST moments on Maury ever, made even better by the addition of Outkast’s “The Way You Move.”

If you want more amazing Maury moments, do yourself a favor and check out the Holy Maury Mother of God tumblr. It’s a goldmine for Maury macros and gifs and it’s one of the best things on the Internet.

The next one occurred a few hours ago at the BET Awards. Basically, this girl, Tiffany Green, won a contest to present the Viewers Choice award and had to use the HTC Evo 4g tablet to announce the winner. There’s speculation that BET purposely put Chris Brown on the tablet, but had Rihanna’s name on the teleprompter in order to confuse her and drum up some publicity. Well, it worked because the moment is awkward. Drake came out to accept the award, but it’s still unclear who the actual winner is (Chris Brown? I don’t really care, to be honest). I love the face she makes at :43 and the repeated use of “This is awkward.”

The last video is also very recent. This past weekend, the Glastonbury Festival took place in lovely England and it’s been lots of fun watching all the performances online no, not really…it’s just made me even more jealous of everyone there. Beyonce closed out the festival Sunday night as the first female headliner in several years! She definitely proved herself as a worthy headliner by dancing, singing, and jumping all over the stage. During “Halo,” she briefly interacted with the crowd, much to the annoyance of her bodyguard who looked as though he was going to have a heart attack each time someone touched her. I spent an embarrassing amount of time watching her entire set on YouTube, some of the videos multiple times, but I am not ashamed to admit that I would’ve killed to see this in person! People may fault her for not writing her own songs or using a backing track, but you have to admit…GURL CAN PERFORM.

This is the Destiny’s Child/”Telephone” medley from the Glastonbury set and it’s so good. I wasn’t a huge fan of Destiny’s Child but a lot of their songs are insanely catchy and just fun to dance to. Plus it brings me back to the good ol’ days of the late 1990s/early 2000s. Look for the references to obsolete technology in “Bug a Boo.” It made me laugh. I wonder if those born post 1995 have any idea what she’s singing about?

I am a YouTube addict

This is the truth. I can waste hours on YouTube watching anything from tv show clips (if it hasn’t been taken down…) to concert videos (as painful and shaky as some of them may be) to old commercials from my childhood (I’m still stuck in the 90s).

Because it’s summer and I have more free time, I can watch EVEN MORE YouTube videos now! Well, to be honest, it’s not like school really stopped me before. Shameful, utterly shameful. Anyway, I’m going to try to make posts once a week with my favorite YouTube videos that I’ve found recently and hopefully other people who haven’t seen them already, will enjoy them too!

The Secret Life of the Disneyland Character aka “Tigger and Pooh Bear: Got Swag Cat Daddy at Disneyland!”
*the original video seems to have been pulled so this is a copy that has been re-uploaded

I love how these guys thought they were gonna Tigger all these moves and really it was the other way around.

Sqee aka “mini warbler performing to teenage dream”

Not a huge fan of Glee anymore, but who can resist a tiny kid singing ‘Teenage Dream’ almost as good as Darren Criss and his crew?

Harry Potter and OH-MY-GOD-SOMEONE-PASS-ME-THE-KLEENEX-ASAP aka “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Final Trailer”

The film adaptations of Harry Potter have never been as good as the books, in my opinion, but the people at WB have always done a great job at putting together the film trailers. This is the very last HP film trailer (unless the series gets a reboot) and it is absolutely fantastic! They show a bit more than the other Deathly Hallows trailers and one scene in particular is totally going to kill me, if done right.