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I read a really frustrating article today written by a man who seemed to think that libraries are easily replaceable by the presence of the internet and as such are completely unnecessary in our current society. I disagree on a whole host of levels, but I’m just going to address the ones that immediately come to mind with a minimal amount of thinking.

Libraries are FREE to use. You don’t have to pay to be a member, you can check out as many books as you like, along with DVDs (movies and shows), Blu-ray, CDs, audio books (sometimes digital AND physical), ebooks, comic books, books in other languages, childrens books, books about gardening, cooking, coin collecting, books about goddamned anything! While it is true that there are several books available for free online, it is actually very few compared to the amount of free and available information that you can obtain at the library.

Contrary to what the writer of this particular article seems to think, the internet is by no means free. Whether you pay through data on your phone or with a router at home, you are paying for the internet. Even if you go to a cafe or restaurant and use their “free” wifi you are paying in a number of ways. You are either using a laptop that cost money, paying for food/coffee (many cafes out there will only provide the password to paying customers) or if you are able to find an internet cafe, you are paying per use. And hard as it is for some to believe (apparently), not everyone can afford a computer in the first place. Nearly all libraries have computers that you can use, get this, FOR FREE. This was invaluable when I was traveling aboad and computers available to use for cheap or free were hard to come by. Every single library we approached allowed us to use their computers for free.

Another resource that I think people tend not to think of is that many libraries have a NOTARY on staff. When I got married and later bought a house I had to have several documents notarized for legal reasons. Whether it was a letter regarding a property I had lived at or when I was trying to change my name on my out of state bank account, having a notary that I could utilize for FREE was a life saver both in terms of time and convenience and above all money.

That’s just the free stuff that I can think of off the top of my head, not to mention services such as printing, copying, and faxing (these often cost a nominal fee).

The library is such an amazing resource and it makes me feel so sad and frustrated for the people who are missing out on so much just because they “don’t read”. The library is so much more than that

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Heathers

Do people like this movie? I have just finished watching it and I don’t really get it. It seems very cynical. Maybe it’s because I don’t like Winona Ryder, or because Christian Slater sounded like he was trying to be Jack Nicholson.

At the end it seemed like everyone forgot about Heather #1 and the dumb jocks. In addition, it really didn’t seem like there was any punishment for killing three people. Slater gives some psycho sounding speech and eats it. Another thing that bothers me about this movie is the lack of blood. There is no consequence in this movie. Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I really didn’t like this movie.

Also, does anyone else notice how often Winona seems to have some kind of diary or narration? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with her that didn’t. I thought this movie was strange. I didn’t really like it.

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Twilight Angst

I like romance. I’ve read Twilight, I’ll probably watch the movie. I like the feeling of affirmation I get from a fluffy movie where the guy gets the girl and vice versa, but there is something about this new “romantic” francise that chills me to my very bones. Even when I was reading Twilight, there was something that kept bugging me.

All Bella and Edward ever seem to talk about is each other. Doesn’t Bella have any other interests other than Edward? Apparently not, since when he leaves she collapses into a formless lump of putty until he comes back. The feminist in me doesn’t know whether to cry or find something to hit. Then today I saw this article on yahoo. Here is a quote:

It’s the most insanely romantic film since ‘ The Notebook ,'” said Harry Medved, a spokesman for Fandango.com, who described Pattinson’s Edward Cullen as “the ideal boyfriend. … He’s incredibly strong, superfast, impossibly handsome, he plays the piano and all he cares about is what’s on her mind.

Ahh! No! That is nowhere near my ideal! I understand that there is a big chunk of the female (possibly male?) population that considers this their ideal, but he is not the ideal. I do not consider “all he cares about is what’s on her mind” to be ideal. A guy should be able to have his own passions and interests. I do not want to be worshiped. I do not want someone who will agree with everything I say. I want someone who challenges me and considers me his equal.

To be honest, I find Edward to be a bit annoying and smothering. Surely there must be some non-fangirls out there who agree.

Anyone?

No?

Oh well. I’ll live.

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No plot synopsis or explanation for why they are my favorite. Well, there’s some reasoning, mostly just a list.

10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – The original or the remake, really. The original is pretty ballsy since it has about 10 minutes of nothing but Leatherface chasing the girl through the woods. The only thing I actually like about the remake is the little “archive” clip at the beginning and at the end.

9. Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness – Classic. Enough said.

8. The Descent – Terrifying. This movie really freaks me out, I can’t even watch it. I’ve only seen it once.

7. 28 Days Later – I usually hate zombie movies, but I love this one. Most zombie flicks feature very lethargic zombies who are simply after brains for whatever reason. I love that in this movie the zombies are incredibly quick and mostly just super angry and alive rather than the usual “living dead” billing that zombies generally get.

6. Nightmare on Elm Street – I know the movies ended up pretty sketch, but the first few work for a Halloween movie marathon with the lights out.

5. The Shining – Classic. I just can’t pass up Jack’s decent into madness, especially the part when Wendy finds the huge stack of papers that say nothing but “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

4. Nosferatu – Black and white, silent horror. Is there any better kind? Has to be the scariest version of Dracula that I have ever seen. Most of the other portrayals of vampires are too sexy to be all that scary.

3. American Werewolf in London – I think this movie is more funny than scary, but since it’s about werewolves, the horror element is inherent in the plot. I can’t pass up the clever use of music just before David turns into the werewolf (Bad Moon Rising – CCR and Blue Moon – Sam Cooke). Favorite line: “Aw, David you’re hurting my feelings.”

2. The Crow – Not so much horror as incredibly awesome. It takes place the day before Halloween, which is enough to give me an excuse to watch it every year. There are three sequels, but best to stick with the original, I think.

1. Psycho – I usually don’t associate this with the “horror” category per se, but rather with psychological thriller, but it’s pretty horrifying just the same, don’t you think? This is also my favorite Hitchcock film.

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So I just noticed that I seem to be updating this site a lot, but not with any news about myself. Most of that has to do with the fact that I am back up at school and therefore incredibly busy (as many of you will know from my “hell week” updates this past week. Just got done with midterms and looking forward to things slowing down a bit. So since things have slowed down a bit, here’s an update on what I’ve been up to!

In between readings for class I’ve been reading a bunch of other things as well so here’s an update of my reading list so far this semester.
Dwelling Places – Vinita Hampton Wright
Last Chance to See – Douglas Adams
The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

I’ve been writing a lot this semester, so make sure to check the writings section to see the newer poems that I’ve posted. Just to give you a taste, here is my favorite. Don’t forget to leave lots of comments!

Thighs

I think that I
Am beginning to like my thighs-

Their thickness and weight.
The way pale white
Gives way to brown.
The deep purple-red
Of stretchmarks
Faded with time

I love the way
Their soft plumpness
Encourages caress.
The way
My mesh shorts
Swish across them
With every step.
The comfortable tension
Of jeans stretched over them.

Also, you can now follow me on twitter if you so desire, though I’m not sure why you would want to. But if you feel so led, head on over to my twitter profile.

Movies: Don’t forget to check out the film commetary blog that I started with my friend Tiffany, we updated a lot last week, so check it out! Some of the movies we’ve covered so far:
*There Will Be Blood
*No Country for Old Men
*Mamma Mia
*Lars and the Real Girl
*Being John Malkovich

Youtube: I’ve been posting videos pretty regularly, so I don’t have as much to update, but I still have a couple of videos for you guys.

A horror movie cut of the Mary Poppins trailer

And the ever addictive Neil Cicierega

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Things that are Unnecessary Part 1

Why the hell is there going to be another Saw movie? I hate it when there is a decent movie that turns into total crap because the studio won’t stop making sequels.
But here’s the main reason why I don’t want there to be another Saw sequel:
While I think that the overall plots of the sequels are actually fairly decent, the movies have become so over-the-top disgusting that it overshadows any decency that the story might have had. The movies would be so much better if they would just imply the gore rather than showing us all the slicing and dicing, or if they would at least show less of the gore. The Saw movies have some really great twists, too bad it gets ruined by the gory over-share.

I didn’t even bother to watch Saw IV, why would I go through the trouble of seeing Saw V?

Also: The poster, Texas Chainsaw Massacre anyone? Or Silence of the Lambs? Why does Hollywood insist on getting all their ideas from crazy serial killers in WI? Oh well, ideas have to come from somewhere I guess.

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Ever had this conversation?
“Let’s watch a movie!”
“What movie should we watch?”
“I don’t know what do you want to watch?”
“I have no idea!”

Well never fear, now there is hope for all the indecisive readers out there. Just pop on over to http://hoffmin.blogspot.com to see what Tiffany and I are watching. My brilliant friend Tiffany and I have decided to pool our combined movie knowledge and have started a film commentary. Our first commentary, on There Will Be Blood is now posted and you should go read it.

Ps. If you haven’t checked out Tiffany’s blog yet, you should, like right now. The link is over yonder on the right side of the screen with the other links.

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