This college application essay writing stuff is extremely bugging. They say you need to be yourself and write, but that’s not true. If I did write like how I write on this blog, no college would ever accept me. We all exaggerate ourselves on our applications just to show how cool we are. Of course, we can’t exaggerate too much, like say, I’m Batman! But we can tweak details here and there to suit us. I’m not saying I’ve done that, yet.
The most irritating about these kind of essays is the rewriting phase. You have to keep changing, editing, modifying. In fact, the first draft that you wrote three months ago would be replaced by something that looks nothing like it, for better or worse. It’s a bit discouraging, but its necessary.
Last night I had a weird dream, weird in a good way. It was so weirdly good that I hated getting up this morning because of it. From what I can remember (and this is eight hours after I woke up), there was this girl who I don’t know that well. We’ve spoken a couple of times, but only online. She’s extremely beautiful and smart, so you can see why I would have wanted to talk to her, at least online. Sure, she’s way out of my league, but you can’t blame a guy for trying right? Anyway, this girl, she’s there. And I don’t know how, but she and I are together in this dream, in a relationship. It feels right, being with her in the dream and we talk about stuff that I can’t remember and laugh and enjoy each others’ company. It wasn’t a wet dream, it was a dream that reaffirms everyone’s inner romantic who yearns for the right person to share their love with. Weird.
Anyway, after I woke up, I was checking my mail, still kind of woozy from the dream, when some random girl decides to chat with me. Here’s how that went…
Girl: Hi there… How ru doin today? want to chat 4 a lil bit?? …Im bored and wanted to meet new people :] (At this point I should’ve just ignored this psycho-emo chick. But no, thanks to the dream, I was also open to meeting new people and finding true love.)
Me: uh who are you?
Girl: Cool… Well, my name is Jenni I’m originally from Miami… Can I ask you a question?
Girl: Which kind of girlz you in to ? r you in to BIG TITS or a HUGE ASS?? ;]
me: great, a spammer
this is new
Girl: ;p hard q, huh? :P want to see???i’ve got a couple free mins…
me: haha no thanks
And so I decided to take the high road and block this girl who was offering to take her clothes off for me. First time that’s happened.
I saw Looper yesterday. I have to see it again before I can post my thoughts on it, it’s that cerebral. Today I found out that my sister has 81 followers on twitter, but she refuses to show me her twitter page. I wonder what she tweets about…she seems to be a big Christina Aguilera and Revenge fan (yuck) and I haven’t known her to be an intellectually stimulating writer. I guess that’s the opposite of what Twitter expects. I have 5 followers on Twitter now. ‘Tis a damn shame. I should probably blog about my new job now.
I got an internship at a startup called Classle. Their service is pretty cool, conceptually. It purports to be a social learning platform that uses gamification to engage its users. In reality, its a very watered down version of what immediately springs to mind by that description because the user interface is pretty backward i.e. facebook in 2003. But they’re getting there. My job is to incorporate the gamification elements in the site and do creative stuff. I’m working with two other friends of mine and we seem to make a pretty good team. Our first assignment, which isn’t over yet, was to design a corporate video that they could use to show potential users at various colleges and to post on their homepage so that it doesn’t look as bad as it does now (my idea!). We finished the script in a week and did some storyboards to show them the look of the video, which we modeled on duolingo’s homepage video (pretty fantastic, go check it out). The only problem with our plan was that they don’t know anyone who can animate the video for free and are asking us to find people to do it. We agreed to do the voice over for it, but it seems that startups don’t have a lot of resources (Ya think?!). The creative stuff has been pretty creative and I’ve been doing the lion’s share because my friends go to college and I don’t (Freedom!).
I saw Magic Mike today and it was pretty goddamn awesome in a Soderbergh kind of way. His year has been pretty productive: Contagion, Haywire and Magic Mike. After The Bitter Pill and Liberace, he says he’s quitting the big screen and possibly go to television. That’s bittersweet news for me because Soderbergh is definitely one of my idols when it comes to pacing, editing and color tones for films. Most of his films are crafted in the editing room and he’s proud of that fact. Magic Mike is all about the world of male stripping, and yet ultimately it’s about how change is tough for all of us, even those of us that have big dreams that we tell people about. It’s also an excellent example of how you can close digital is coming to film, but it’s not quite at that point. Maybe in the next 20 years, we will have no more celluloid films.
I’m using my blog as more of a vent tool with this post because the bulk of my writing these days is going into the essays, so I find myself drained of the need to blog. Once in a while however, I get drained of the essay stuff so I will constantly post. Twitter is appealing to me only for the fact that I can possibly communicate with rockstars like Rian Johnson and James Franco. Let’s see.