The Bearded Awesome

TV/Media Commentary and Societal Insights. With a Beard.

Monthly Archives: June 2012

So, what’s the deal with gay people, anyway?

After showing this conversation to a few of my friends, I’ve been told that my response might actually be beneficial to publish and share online, for people who a) Want to see how I handled someone hell-bent on believing homosexuality (or any non-straight orientation, I guess) is a choice; or b) Are legitimately interested in what the deal with gay people is, or something.

I normally save this blog for articles and keep personal insights to my Tumblr, but I thought people who enjoyed my very early piece, 4 Reasons I Would Never Choose to be a Gay Guy, might enjoy my response, which is basically a more mature, in-depth evolution of that comedy article.

I also figured, if I devoted the energy to craft such an in-depth response to someone really ignorant and undeserving, it might be worthwhile to share it with people who ARE worth putting that much time and effort into. So this one’s for all of you. Hopefully you’ll be enlightened or entertained.

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3 Ways the “YOLO” Mentality Sucks

We all need ways to help us get through the day, especially when life keeps giving us lemons but our juicer is broken so you can’t even make lemonade. There are billions of crazy fortune cookie sayings that, instead of telling us our fortune, tell us “the sun only rises for those who wish it to” or “consume goat’s blood over the Hellmouth on the hour of the beast.”

Should I be worried?

But cheesy inspirational phrases do have a point—living your life completely safe will definitely make you hate it. Which is why concepts like “Live like you were dying” or “YOLO” (an acronym for “You Only Live Once” that’s actually pronounced phonetically because God hates us) and variations of the like have always had popularity one way or another. “YOLO” in particular, after being popularized by that one guy from Degrassi who’s also a rapper apparently, has exploded with teens and young adults lately. Drake has actually described it as a legitimate “movement” (remember that nothing else important is happening in the world right now) and it’s a popular Twitter hashtag, reason for pranks, and even Zac Efron apparently tattooed the motto on himself, which is again the most important thing happening in the entire world.

NO ZAC! NOT YOUR PRECIOUS BOD!!!

The media can have its field day with Efron and teen pranks, but ultimately you can’t stop people from being fucking stupid. That stuff’s going to happen with or without a dumb motto. The problem, though, is that even for people who don’t consciously say the phrases like jackasses, the “YOLO” concept of “live your life to the fullest” is used copiously by young adults in their 20s—people who are out of school with no idea what to really do next. It’s an age where, yeah, we can be doing random shit. It’s way more likely that the job we’re working or place we’re living or even significant other we’re with won’t be the same in the next 5 or 10 years. And that’s okay, because plenty of people use their 20s as a time for exploration (especially in the current market) so of course you’ll be doing different things. But some people use “YOLO” or less BS phrases like “Carpe Diem” as their foundation, and instead of it being motivation to try new things, it just screws them over, mentally, emotionally and even physically.

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New Retrospective Review Blog Up!

If you’re interested, check out We Live Again!, a episode-by-episode retro-review for the 90s actions cartoon Gargoyles. Much of it is for fun and for me to play around with different reviewing styles that wouldn’t quite jibe with KSiteTV, but it’s also a reason to go back through what’s still a very solid show and get further some insight into it. If you’re a longtime fan or a newbie, you should get some enjoyment out of it, so take a look!

Currently I’m putting up two reviews a week on Monday/Tuesday and Friday/Saturday, depending on my other obligations. It may change after we’re out of the five-part pilot, but as of now there’s plenty of Gargoyles goodness coming your way!

Check it out!

4 Reasons Why Hardcore Fandoms Have Balls of Steel

The whole concept of being a “fan” of something has exploded in the past few years, no doubt thanks to things like the internet, and the internet, as well as the internet.  Being totally in love with and knowing everything about the thing you like no longer makes you a nerd, it’s just kind of accepted.  Movie fans, sports fans, music fans, video game fans—everyone’s on the same level now in terms of societal acceptance of utter devotion, now that it’s so much easier to form a fan community with people all across the globe.

That being said, there’s still a huge chunk of fans that are on a wholly different playing field.  People that become well-known staples within the fanbase—running websites, moderating message boards, crafting loads of fanfiction, fanart and GIFs, organizing campaigns, travelling to conventions, following concerts.  I myself have pretty much gotten out of the habit of being crazy intense with fansites after some bad experiences.  Now, I don’t want it to sound like “I don’t participate in fandom” because I’m a pretentious dick or something.  I mean, I kind of am a pretentious dick, but not about this stuff.  In fact, me not being able to get too fully immersed in some of the most intense fandoms just means I don’t have the balls to be in them, and here’s why.

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