stephTheBearJew Cultural Discourse BSer

23 years old
from Phoenicia, New York

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    • #Fit4RTX2017 goals!

      11 months ago


      I'm super excited to be attending my first RTX this summer, and my first con ever! (In case you guys couldn't tell, since it seems that it's all that I talk about when I hop into a chat or post in a group.) Whenever I think about it, I just get more stoked! What better way to carry that excitement out for the next few months than to join RTNY's #fit4RTX2017 challenge? I'm a sucker for social media, so I figure that screaming my goals across all my platforms is the best way to keep my shit together and make sure I don't give up on my goals. And just what are those goals?

      I've been trying to lose weight since my birthday in July, and I've done great! I've lost 15 pounds in the past 6 months, which is a pretty low rate, but it's more than I've ever lost, so it seems pretty great to me! But it's time to kick it into high gear. Despite continuing to try to lose weight, I've been plateauing around 175 for the past few weeks, and it's getting pretty frustrating. I've already worked myself down to 1300 calories a day, and I know any lower would be unhealthy, so I'm not going to cut down even more. The next step that makes sense is getting some exercise into my day- the only problem with that is that I'm 25 miles from the nearest gym, and it would take a solid 40 minutes to get there. I'm not about wasting that much gas every day, so I downloaded the 30 Day Fitness Challenge app. I tried this before, but I gave up after about a week. Not this time! I'm going to go through each full-body challenge, which has 6 levels, 30 days per level (I skipped the first level). So that's about a level per month, with a different set of challenges every day! Hopefully, keeping my calories low (by eating lots of fruits and veggies, of course!) and getting in some extra exercise every day will help me kick my metabolism into gear and get this plateauing weight down!

      I also know that I need to drink more water. Water helps you lose weight- makes sense, right? I've read that most weight loss is through either exhaling during exercise or urination (TMI, yet?). Also, when you don't drink enough water, your body holds on to what little water you do drink, which means water weight. The more water you drink, the more water moves through your system! I've got the Plant Nanny app downloaded, with a reminder to drink about 8oz of water an hour. To help me with this, the only beverages that I'm going to drink over the month of February is going to be water and tea! No coffee, no soft drinks, and no pre-bottled tea. Also, no milk- but I only drink almond milk anyway, so it's no big deal to cut that out.

      One more thing: Since September of 2015, I've been working on cutting meats out of my diet. Since December of 2015, I've entirely cut out pork and beef. I've struggled mentally with cutting chicken out of my diet- on the one hand, morally speaking, I cut out beef and pork because I like cows and pigs, so shouldn't I do the same for chickens? On the other hand, I need to get some sort of protein in my diet, and chicken has been my number 1 go to for a meal once or twice a week when I need to get a protein in. But I still eat fish, and there are plenty of other ways to get protein in; plus, most Americans eat way more protein than they actually need. I'm not particularly physically active at my job (being a librarian means a lot of moving around, but nothing compared to more physically-demanding jobs), and I'm really, really not physically active at home, even including my new fitness challenge. So I don't need that much protein in my diet; eating fish once a week and beans, nuts, and fruits and vegetables will suffice. So by July 6th, 2017, I'll have cut meat and poultry entirely out of my diet!

      Well, there's my low-down. Is anyone else joining the challenge, or doing their own #fit4RTX2017 challenge? Let me know! I want to hear your tips, tricks, and goals!

    • My unsolicited thoughts on Suicide Squad

      1 year ago


      So besides the whole Harley/Joker thing- which we all know is total BS, let's not pretend that abusive relationships are OK in any context and that Harley wouldn't have been just as strong a character if The Joker wasn't there- Suicide Squad missed out on a lot of opportunities because it was trying to jump on the bandwagon and be the anti-hero to everything that Marvel has been doing over the past 10 years. And that's where DC went wrong with this movie- Marvel has had 10 years to churn out The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Iron Man 2, and Thor before they got to The Avengers. We got all of these background stories, we got an introduction to these characters, what they had been through, where they had come from. Then, and only then, were they assembled into a team with all of their different nuances and personalities and weaknesses. DC wanted us to give a shit about Deadshot and his daughter, but all that they did was tell us to care; they didn't show us why we should. They rushed what Marvel had done over the course of five movies, over four years- starting with The Incredible Hulk in 2008 until The Avengers in 2012, and continuing well into 2017- into two-minute introduction scenes for each character. 

      I'm sure that this has been all said already, but seriously? I think that they did the best with what they had, for sure; the movie wasn't totally awful. But it's hard to care about these characters when DC is trying to tug at heartstrings that they've made no effort to have control over.

    • RTX 2017!

      1 year ago


      I just grabbed my ticket for RTX! I'm so excited! I've been so stressed out since Saturday when I realized that I wans't getting any of my emails from RT, so I had totally missed out on my DG email with an early access code. I've been stressing that I wouldn't get access to the tickets in time to grab a VIP ticket, which I've been saving up for, but the lovely, beautiful, hard working folks at member support got back to me with a code, and I just used it to grab my ticket! My hotel room is booked as a double, since it was the same price as a single and I figured I could snag it for someone who was waiting for the rooming thread to pop up before booking a hotel, so now all that's left is booking a flight and waiting until July!

      Anyone else going/just super fuckin excited to start getting the ball rolling even if it's six months early?? I can't wait to see everyone there!!

    • I miss writing essays

      1 year ago


      Like, I never would have believed it if someone told me while I was in school, but I miss writing essays. Maybe it isn't even the essay part, but the writing- I miss sitting down and being able to get all these thoughts down into words. Like my long post about reboots- it felt so, so good to just sit down and get out what I had to say, to articulate things in a way that best represented what I wanted to say, but was also easiest to understand and comprehend, for someone else to read. I absolutely love the word "articulate"- because that's what it is. It's thinking of the absolute best words possible that mean what you want to say, exactly as you want them to be understood, or at least as close as you can get to in physical words.

      I tutor online almost every day, and my strongest suit is helping high school and college students do their own essays. Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely never do any part of a student's essay for them- that's plagiarism, it's illegal, blah blah blah. But it's also really shitty to put in all this hard work, do a kick ass job, then have no one else in the world know that all that hard work and kick ass wording is your doing. I can't imagine a shittier feeling, as far as self confidence goes. But right now, I'm helping a student get an outline done for an essay about comparing and contrasting Cypher (The Matrix) and Darth Vader. And it feels so, so good to be writing even just an outline. I don't want to brag, but fuck it, I'll do it anyway- I'm just so, so good at being creative. I'm good at connecting two things that seem totally unconnectable, at finding the common thread in two seemingly unconnectable things, or finding that one little nugget of information that makes everything else seem so clear. I wrote two essays, my last semester of college, on how Katniss Everdeen and Ishmael (the Moby-Dick one, not the Bible one) are asexual characters. Two separate things that I was passionate about- asexuality and The Hunger Games- came together into one perfect essay, just because I wanted them to.

      Could this work creatively, in a non-fiction setting? God, I'd like to think so. Maybe I could write stories, maybe I couldn't. I've never tried it- I've never had the time, or quite the right motivation. It doesn't seem like something I could be paid for, and that seems like the best structure to do it professionally. I don't think that I'm not good enough to do it professionally, I just feel like it's not easy to do it professionally. I'm just one drop in this huge pool of creativity in the world- there are so many writers out there who do it "professionally." Or, at least, sort of professionally- I took a class on writers in New York, and you would not believe how little most writers make. Most "professional" writers make their keep through either touring, or some other side job. Writing is just the hobby, and some happen to be better at being paid for it than others. And out of the thousands upon thousands of people who are good at writing, and trying to make a living out of it, why should I be a special case? Because I think that I have the right knowledge and know-how and special tips and tricks that work well for me, more so than they seem to for other people? How do I know whether or not that's true? 

      I miss writing essays, if only because they gave me the structure and motivation to get all of my creativity out. I miss writing in a way that made a difference. I miss sitting down and getting thoughts down on something that's important, or especially something that doesn't seem important until you really sit down and think about it. Who else would ever sit down and say that Katniss Everdeen is such an invisible sexuality? Why does it matter? Why should it matter not only to asexual people, but to everyone and anyone else? Why does it matter that Cypher and Vader both betrayed their respective families? Why does it matter that Ishmael has been construed as the "wrong" kind of queer for so long? Who cares about these things? I do, and let me write it down in a way that makes sure that you do, too.

      I miss writing essays. I miss showing people that they should care about what I have to say. Let me show you why these things are important- let me show you new ways to think about the things that you already think about every day. Let me show you. I know that I can; I just need you to tell me that you're listening.

    • I never learn...

      1 year ago


      I hope this title sounds deep and meaningful, but I just mean that I stayed up late last night again to read half of the second compendium for The Walking Dead. So how about those cannibals, guys? Huh? Guys? Am I right?

    • Movie reboots...

      1 year ago


      I posted something along these lines in a movie thread, and a journal post from a few days ago, but this is probably a better place to get all of my thoughts down. 

      I think reboot movies are in a very, very special niche of their own in American cinema. This has been a topic for a few years now, but has become especially relevant this movie season with the new Ghost Busters, as well as the Rocky Horror reboot that was on Fox this past week. Let me get this out of the way right off the bat- movies are mostly for fun, or at the very, very least, for some entertainment. If you aren't having fun watching a movie (or watching, or reading, or listening to anything, for that matter), then why make yourself miserable by watching (/reading/listening to) it? 

      With that out of the way- you can't be overly critical of reboot movies. You can't be overly critical from either side of the coin- those who want to view the movie in and of itself, independent of what it's a reboot of, or considering where it came from and comparing it to the original. You can't be constantly comparing it to the original- it isn't. The only reason it's being rebooted is because the original was so popular, so well loved, so much a part of the culture that it was the result of. It's not fair to the movie to say that it isn't as great as the original, because of course it isn't- it isn't a part of American cultural memory the way that the original was. Think of the original Rocky Horror- it became a cultural icon because it took its time with becoming a cultural icon, a cult hit, to weave itself into counter culture. You simply can't have that in a universe where it already exists, where culture has already been altered because of it. Of course the new Rocky Horror isn't as much of a splash as the original! That's because it already exists in a culture that the original changed! So of course this reboot- as with any other- isn't as good as the original.It doesn't exist in and have an effect on the same culture as the original.

      But let's be honest- on the other hand, yes, of course we wouldn't have the reboot if the original hadn't been so popular. So don't compare it to the original- but at the same time, don't be overly-critical of its independence and originality. Don't critique a reboot as though it were its own, independent thing. Because it isn't! Is the new Ghost Busters the best thing that's ever happened to American cinema? Of course not! But it's not necessarily a bad movie in its own right, either. You can't compare it to the original...but you can't view it as a completely independent thing, either. That's not what it's there for. It's there so that viewers of the original can enjoy being reminded of what the original was all about, without having to watch the same movie from 30 years ago over and over and over again, and so that new audiences can begin to be ushered into the culture of it, as it were. Are there any little girls who are looking forward to dressing up as Bill Murray this Halloween? Of course not! But they can still dress up as Kate McKinnon, or Leslie Jones, and still be just as big a fan of the 2016 movie as anyone was of the 1984 movie.

      So just feel free to enjoy movies that you want to watch, or walk out of the ones that you don't like. But just don't be overly critical of them in the meantime- most movies are there just for fun, or to tell a story, and to help people be entertained. What's so wrong about that?

    • Finishing half a book in a night

      1 year ago


      Mentally, nothing feels better than getting home from a late night at work, laying in bed for a few hours, and getting the last half of the first compendium of The Walking Dead all done. 

      Physically, nothing feels worse. 

    • Remakes??

      1 year ago


      Watching the rebooted Rocky Horror just makes me think- and I thought the same thing with Ghost Busters- that you can never fully enjoy a reboot if you're just comparing it to the original. But at the same time, you can't really enjoy it for what it is if you don't compare it to the original (because let's be honest, on its own, neither the new Rocky Horror nor the new Ghost Busters were at all phenomenal on their own). So I guess you just have to sit back and enjoy it for what it is- an homage to the original and a good excuse to get younger kids into the franchise. 

  • Comments (2)

    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      7 months ago

      Thanks for the friend request! I dig your snapchat photos!

      • stephTheBearJew Cultural Discourse BSer

        7 months ago

        Hay hay hay! Thanks!!

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