Facebook Told Me It Was Your Birthday, So…Yeah.

Today is my birthday. Turning 23 isn’t exactly a special milestone (other than, you know, still being alive, I guess), but nonetheless, hopefully it’s a fun day to hang with my friends, play some video games, and have a few beers.

But with every birthday, since the advent of Facebook, it’s been interesting to see who wishes you a happy birthday. Let me preface what I’m going to say by saying that I am, in fact, grateful that people acknowledge me on my birthday. It’s nice. But, realistically, how many people will I actually return this pleasantry to when their time comes?

See, the problem with having your birthday outed on the main page of Facebook is that it compels some people that you never talk to to wish you a happy birthday. And like I said, it’s nice, and very kind of them. It’s just that one simple factor that bothers me: the part where, apart from being Facebook friends, we do not talk. At all.

I don’t want them to feel compelled to do so because Facebook brings it up.

Look, if we don’t talk or would never talk in the real world, it just sits weird with me that you would take this opportunity to go out of your way for this. I mean, I don’t really use Facebook too often anymore, so unless we talk regularly, your chances of getting a happy birthday back from me is basically zilch. I’m not trying to be rude about it; it’s simply the cold hard truth.

And that’s another thing: Am I expected to say happy birthday back, just to return the favour? Scratch your back if you scratch mine? If that’s the case, fuck that noise. I should want to wish you well, not have to, and I think because of things like Facebook, the line between have to and want to on this subject gets blurry for some people.

Of course, if this bothers me as much as it does, the simple solution is to remove these people I maintain no contact with whatsoever from Facebook…but like I said, I don’t really use it all that much anymore, and being the lethargic son of a bitch that I am, I’m more content with time simply taking its course and the people on the other end cut the ties themselves. If they ever do.

And, if I may, one little aside: don’t beg people on Twitter, or any social network, to wish you a happy birthday. It’s just…I don’t know if “tacky” is the right word, but I’ll use it for now. Begging for acknowledgement at all because it’ll stiffen your ego boner for a little while is kinda immature, and I wish people would just quit that. 

My point in all this is I find it weird when people wish me a happy birthday when we don’t talk, I don’t want them to think they have to just because they discovered that it’s my birthday, and I’d be more comfortable if they didn’t say anything.

…but because they did anyways, I’ll say that’s nice of them.

Jamming some Aquabats again. These guys are a good example of a band that’s catchy as hell and just straight up fun.

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Problems I Had With “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Last night, I was able to catch the latest film in the Hobbit film series with some friends. And if you see the title of this post, let me assure you: I really enjoyed the film. It’s a lot of fun. Whether or not I prefer over the first film remains to be seen, but it’s still absolutely worth a watch. 

Now that that’s out of the way, I’m going to dive into the problems I had with it. I would make a list about all the things I loved about the film (the water barrel sequence, the production design, the music, Smaug himself), but all of these things more or less go without saying, though I feel as though some will be gushing to anyone with a willing ear about how incredible these things were.

I’m going to curate this list into two sections: narrative problems and technical problems. Having read the book before this film, I’m not going to rag on every last detail they changed (like Legolas being in this film at all), but there was a couple things that bugged me. That being said, there will be more narrative problems than technical, because it’s almost flawless in that department, but my biggest problem overall is a technical one, hence why it is almost flawless. And no, the 48 frames per second thing is not part of this, as I ended up seeing this one in the standard frame rate 24 fps, and having seen the first in 48 fps, I’ll say it was a little weird at first, but I got used to it and had no issues with it.

Before we begin, there will be a couple spoilers. Give this a read after you see the film so you can draw up your own opinions and not have mine sitting in the back of your head. As an extra precaution, click below to read. But if you got linked to the full post without the break to the actual list, I guess this part will look dumb.

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At least I think I’m pretty funny.If you’ve never seen this film, here’s the wikipedia page. I think it’s worth a watch.

At least think I’m pretty funny.

If you’ve never seen this film, here’s the wikipedia page. I think it’s worth a watch.

Probably still one of the favourite creations.

Also, if you watch this and wonder what “Doppler Barf” means, it’s like the doppler effect, but someone throwing up. There’s obviously a reason I don’t use that production name anymore.




Cat in the wall, huh? I know that game.

(via thelindsayjones)

For some reason, with Led Zeppelin, as opposed to being drawn into their straight up, more obviously rock songs, I get more drawn into their songs in this sort of vein (another example being The Rain Song, which is my all time favourite tune by them). That’s not to say I don’t like their other songs. Don’t be ridiculous, you goof! Led Zeppelin are fucking amazing through and through, and you knew that too.