Franz Ferdinand Is Haunting Me!!!!!!

Okay, seriously, Internet, what the frack? Why do you keep making me run into this band?!

Let me start from the beginning. I was watching a montage on the Internet a few months ago, and it was set to this song called “The Fallen” by some Indie band named Franz Ferdinand. I thought it was good, had a catchy beat, so I downloaded it.

Then, later, I discovered this funny video set to a song called “Do You Wanna”. It was funny, and again, really catchy, so I looked it up, and again, it was by Franz Ferdinand. Okay. Fine. It was a coincidence, right?

But the other day, I was taking a bubble bath (I LOVE my bubble baths), and this very spicy song starting playing on my Pandora radio. It was called “No, You Girls Never Know” and guess who it was by? Franz FREAKING Ferdinand!

What the fraaaaaaaaaack?!

I swear, this is some conspiracy theory. It’s like this band has personally targeted me over the Internet and I’m just fated to like them. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they’re really good (at least the three songs I’ve heard by them), but…what the hell?!?!

D/M Fan Art!

I’ve had a DeviantArt account for like two years, but I never actually posted any artwork until a few days ago. And what did I post fan art of? Yeah. The Doctor and the Master.

Here’s all my work so far. You can check them out here, or go to my DeviantArt page at http://redcatie7.deviantart.com/. They’re not so great, I know, but I think some of them are pretty funny.

Movie Reviews: Divergent & God’s Not Dead

This past Friday, I went to the movies and saw two great films: Divergent, and God’s Not Dead.

Divergent, as you may know, is based on a popular teen’s novel by Veronica Roth. It’s about a dystopian society (of course) sometime in the future, in what used to be Chicago. The main character is a girl named Beatrice (Tris) Prior. The city is split up into five factions: Abnegation (in which Tris resides), which honors charity and selflessness; Amity, the faction of peace; Candor, which is all about honesty and justice; Dauntless, for the brave and daring; and Erudite, where the intelligent live. Tris and her brother must choose which faction to live in. To prepare for this, they and their friends are given tests to see where they belong. Tris’s tests reveal that she is something called “Divergent”, which is dangerous. Ultimately, Tris chooses Dauntless, for the brave. I won’t say much more, but let’s just say there’s suspense, action, a little romance, you know. Everything you want in a teen movie.

The acting is fantastic. Shailene Woodley plays Tris, and boy, is she good. Do you want to know what I first saw Shailene Woodley in? Freaking Felicity: An American Girl. And now she’s in basically the new Hunger Games, AND is starring in the other movie based off a popular book for this year, The Fault In Our Stars (And NO, I’m not going to see it, because I know what happens and I can’t stand sad endings!!!!!). She’s come pretty far, am I right?

But you all probably know what a good movie Divergent is, because it’s so popular. I’d rather focus on the other movie I saw, God’s Not Dead. It’s about a college kid whose philosophy professor forces his class to sign a paper saying “God is dead.” But the kid is a strong Christian and refuses to sign the paper, so the professor makes him debate him in class over the matter. If the kid loses, he fails the coarse.

It’s a movie about faith. The film also involves an Indian girl whose traditional Muslim father will not allow her to practice Christianity, an faithless reporter diagnosed with cancer, a businessman who has lost his morals, and others. Even though a few sad things happen in the film, there’s ultimately a happy ending. The kid’s endeavor ends up touching many lives, including that of his bitter professor. It’s a highly uplifting film, and I encourage all Christians to not only see it, but invite their friends whose faith is struggling. Even you don’t believe in God, it’s a wonderful story.

Well, until next time, my friends.

My Favorite Childhood Cartoons

Lately, I’ve been having a splash of nostalgia, so I decided to write about the cartoons I grew up watching. (I’m a 90’s baby. It was pretty much the height of children’s television.)

The Powerpuff Girls was probably my first favorite TV show, except for Blues’ Clues (but that’s not exactly a cartoon), and it was definitely my introduction to superheroes. Without Bubbles, Buttercup, and especially Blossom, I would have never realized how kickass women can be. Unfortunately, it would set an unrealistic idea for me that superheroes were actually a real thing, and that as a kindergarten age girl, I could be one.

Blossom was my role model growing up. I mean, sure, I liked Bubbles because she was sweet and blonde like I was (no more), and I thought Buttercup was a bad ass bitch, but I wanted to be like Blossom most of all. Smart, a leader, and plus I loved that red bow. (Incidentally, it was probably Blossom who originally caused me to aspire to gingership.)

The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy was an object of fascination for me when I got a little older, and I’m not sure why. Obviously, my favorite character was Mandy (Remember the episode Grim and Billy finally got her to smile and it triggered a Big Bang?), but I loved Nergal and Eris too.

Dexter’s Laboratory is another show I remember with fondness. What I want to know is, how the f**k did that little brainiac come from such dumbasses as his parents? Frankly though, DeeDee was smarter than anyone ever gave her credit for. Think about it. All those measures of security, and she still broke into Dexter’s lab every stinking episode.

Duck Dodgers might have been the precursor to my love for Doctor Who, what with all the space travel (yet somehow I’m not a Trekkie). I was never a huge fan of Looney Tunes, but I freaking loved this show. Daffy Duck as an “action hero” was hilarious.

I remember watching a lot of classic Spongebob, beause it came on right after Nick Jr. I still maintain that the new episodes will never beat the ones I watched.

It was really sad for me when House Of Mouse left the air, because I loved watching all those old Mickey Mouse cartoons, plus the idea of all my favorite Disney characters going to one place and just hanging was really awesome to me.

Catdog. I hardly need to explain why this one was on the list. One question though…

HOW THE F**K DID THEY POOP?

Justice League was my OTHER superhero show, after TPG retired to Boomerang. I freaking loved this show. My favorites were the Flash, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern (even though as superheroes go, I’m a huge fan of Superman). I remember Martian Manhunter used to freak me out. (Incidentally, the Flash was voiced by Michael Rosenbaum, who would go on to portray Lex Luthor in what would be my favorite TV show as a preteen, Smallville, also a show based on DC Comics.)

And finally, Liberty’s Kids on PBS was my favorite show to watch on Sunday morning while my dad made pancakes. I loved the character of Sarah, because she was pretty and British and refined, but also didn’t take any sh*t from James or anyone. Plus, it interested me in American history. (Too bad that didn’t carry over into adolescence.)

Anyway, that’s all I got to say for now. Smell you all later! 😀

Bad Jokes

Q: Where does a king keep his armies?
A: In his sleevies!

A boy asks a girl to go with him to prom. She says yes. He goes to buy tickets and has to wait in the ticket line. He goes to rent a limo and has to wait in the limo line. Before he takes the girl to the dance, they go out to dinner and the boy has to wait in the food line. When they got to the dance, the girl asked him to get her some punch, and there was no punchline.

Q: What did the tie say to the hat?
A: “You go on ahead, I’ll hang around.”

A monk wants to open a flower stand, so he goes to the bank to take out a loan. But on the way, a sheep attacks and kills him. So the moral of the story is, only ewes can prevent florist fryers.

Q: What do Winnie The Pooh and Jack The Ripper have in common?
A: Same middle name.

“How’d that intruder get in?!”
“Intruder window…”

Why did Timmy fall off the swing?
He had no arms.
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Not Timmy.

Q: What kind of bees make milk?
A: BOObies.

Two strings walk into a bar. The first tries to order something. “I don’t serve strings in this bar,” the bartender says roughly and throws him out. The second ruffs himself up, ties his ends together, walks in, and orders. “Hey, didn’t you hear what I told your buddy?” the bartender says. “Yeah,” the string says. “Aren’t you a string?” the bartender says. “I’m a frayed knot,” the string replies.

Q: What is Chuck Norris’s favorite drink?
A: Fruit punch!

FML: Singing

As you may have seen from this blog, I know music. Well, it goes a little farther than that…in another life, when I had a different name…I was a singer.

But then, some things happened in my life, and I foreswore singing forever. Well, it seems like destiny wants me to sing, despite the fact that it no longer brings me any joy. So, I grit my teeth and do it. Not because the one person I’m really singing for is listening, but because I keep having it foisted on me.

But there’s this talent show coming up at my school. My mom really wants me to enter it, but I don’t want to. Or least, I didn’t. But that was before I found out there was a fifty dollar cash prize for the winner.

…I’m going to end up entering this bitch, aren’t I?

The thing is, what would I even sing, anyway? I’d have to pick something really good to win. And…would he even show up to hear me?

Fine. FIne, I’ll sing in the stupid talent show. But I swear, if I don’t win this thing, I’m done. I’m doing it for the money. Not because I like singing. Not anymore.

Ten Truths About Music

1. If a song’s stuck in your head, it’s stuck, and there’s pretty much no way to get it out beside listening to something else. And sometimes, not even then.

2. You can listen the same song over and over and over and over and over and over and not get tired of it, if it’s the right song. Thank God for YouTube loops.

3. Not having your headphones with you is one of the frustrating things in the world.

4. Music can be therapy.

5. It’s alright to have a wide taste in music; you don’t have to adhere yourself to one specific genre. Just because I generally prefer alternative, doesn’t mean I can’t also enjoy One Direction or Marshall Tucker.

6. Just because it’s not your personal preference, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate it.

7. Music can be medicine. It can excite or stimulate or soothe. But remember, it can also be addictive. (Not that it’s a bad addiction; quite the contrary.)

8. Sometimes, music can hurt. But a good hurt.

9. Getting a song stuck in your head is a psychological phenomenon.

10. Music is a way of life.