Unpopular Opinion Challenge, Day 18: A selection of video games that you enjoy that perhaps you really shouldn’t.
I don’t really play video games.
I played Portal, which I really enjoyed - and I’d like to play the second one, when I have the time.
For some odd reason, I actually have Warcraft (not WoW, but the original game, Frozen Throne edition) on my computer. From time to time I like to play a tower defense game. It’s a lot like solitaire. Mindless, and you can do it while you’re doing other stuff, just for the sake of doing something with your hands.
I played FFX when I was in high school, and I enjoyed that a fair amount.
I play an internet game called Kingdom of Loathing, which is actually the only game I really invest time in these days, and only out of habit. But it’s really clever and full of pop culture jokes, so it’s worth it.
Uh…and I play tetris on my phone when I’m waiting for something.
Unpopular Opinion Challenge, Day 16: Something in school you hated doing and it felt like everyone else loved.
I took precisely one art class in high school. Drawing I.
Let me break down for you the kinds of kids who take art classes in high school:
10% normal, well-adjusted smart kids who plan to go to [actual] college. Most of the time, their work is the best (even though “THERE PREPZ THO WHAT DO THEY NO OF PANE?”).
60% kids who fancy themselves “artists” and think going to a community college to become an art teacher is a fantastic idea (generally clad in Hot Topic clothes and seen jabbering away in beginner-Japanese about anime with their similarly annoying friends). Usually one of these kids is the best artist in the class, but the overwhelming majority of them are hilariously bad at drawing. Lots of “portraits” of characters from video games with pointy ears and probably “magical” eyes or whatever. This paragraph is the longest because these kids pissed me off the most.
10% boys who I could never figure out why they were in there, considering they seemed to hate the class and would probably feel more at home on a football field.
20% burnouts, which are like the kids in the 60% chunk, except they don’t even have community college aspirations. Sometimes they were really poor or had bad family situations, so their lack of motivation or ability is sometimes not their fault.
Needless to say, I hated my one art class. It felt like a giant waste of time, and there were pretty much no other smart kids around to talk to. I basically rushed through my drawings in that class so I could use the rest of the time as a study hall for my [real] classes.
This isn’t to say I think art is useless, but I do think you should aim to go to [real] college even if you want to put all of your hopes and dreams in your artistic abilities. You can really benefit from post-secondary education in fine arts fields, and better yet learn how to make a living off of art.
Because your mom isn’t going to buy your expensive brushes and canvas boards forever. I know “IT’S ABOUT PASSION, NOT MONEY!” but you need moolah to make art too.
Plus, you might find that the job market is already full of could-be art teachers. You might wish you had invested your interest in alternative studies. You might realize your obsession with shitty pottery and amateur painting was a high school phase.
Just go to goddamn college, kids. You can even study psychology because that still makes you “deep,” or something.
If anyone was left wondering, I really don’t like teenagers. I didn’t even like them when I was one.
Unpopular Opinion Challenge, Day 15: A habit you have that other people bug you over.
Biting my lips to the point where they’re eternally chapped beyond the help of chapstick.
Trying to keep up with my guy friends in shots, and then regretting it (although I don’t blame anyone for being bugged by this).
Being way too aware as as a consumer of media when it comes to television and commercials, and ruining television and commercials for everyone around me (“Did you see how sexist that was?!” “I wonder if they used a jib camera for this shot.” “SHUT UP YOU MISSED THE JOKE STEVEN MOFFATT WROTE.”)
Unpopular Opinion Challenge, Day 14: A hobby you have/find interesting that other people bother you over/make fun of.
Sitting on my floor and rearranging my bottlecap collection into patterns and arrangements (by colour, by type, etc…).
Blogging and trying way too hard to be hilarious on the internet.
Looking up things specifically to make myself angry (pro-life protests, Michael Savage radio excerpts, sexist marketing, etc…).
Thinking things like, “Oh, maybe I’ll touch myself for a bit,” but then being too lazy to get off of tumblr and actually do it.
Worrying about different apocalyptic situations.
Stream-of-consciousness journal keeping.
Making to-do lists, and feeling really good about myself whenever I get to cross something off. Or actually, just making lists in general (places I want to travel, vinyl I need to buy, weird places I want to have sex, master’s programs I’m interested in, etc…).
Unpopular Opinion Challenge, Day 12: Television programs you love but have gotten shit for liking.
Some people - very few people, but they exist - give me shit for liking Doctor Who. I KNOW! What kind of asshat? Well, I’m happy to report that they are few in number. The general rule is this: The only people who dislike Doctor Who are people who’ve never SEEN Doctor Who. No one watches it and thinks, “Well, this is rubbish, isn’t it - turn it off.”
Battlestar Galactica. Again, only people who have never watched it dislike it. Generally, people hear the title and they’re like, “Oh, that’s some kind of Star Trekky bullshit, all control rooms and buttons and beep boop boop and maybe blue people sometimes.” No. Battlestar Galactica is one of the highest quality shows about survival and military life and other science fiction themes I’ve ever seen.
…Local on the 8s! I just love The Weather Channel. My very first celebrity crush was Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel. What a goddamn hunk. Mmm-MMM! No, but seriously. I used to compulsively check the radar, and even to this day I think having The Weather Channel on is relaxing.