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Saturday

In my opinion, Daria perfectly epitomises an important faction of teenagers. Like, seriously, she's intelligent but doesn't boast about it, nor does she conform to the 'standards' of others (i.e. her sister, Quinn). 
I recently bought the box set of this brilliant television series and instantly fell in love with it. In a sense, I see similarities between her and I. 
Not in the way we both present ourselves, just in our thinking processes. 
Many people have stereotyped Daria as 'depressed' or 'monotonous', but I completely disagree. Do we always have to stereotype people? She's a unique individual. 
Plus, she's hilarious in her own way. 

If you haven't yet seen this freakin' brilliant show - DO IT! NOW. 

Tuesday

So ... today was my first university lecture! It was for the compulsory subject of philosophy, which I found rather fascinating. Our lecturer spoke of the way an individuals belief system corresponds with the roof of a house, in the sense that, they guide and support us in decision-making, among many other necessities of life. We were also briefed on a number of philosophers who emphasised the importance of the common-good, as opposed to the ego-centric idea of things. For example, when developing a community, one must have a desire to fulfill the aspirations of his/her neighbours, and of course, him/herself. However, I found one specific point rather important. Our lecturer spoke of one's desire for power. This 'power', however, must be noticeable to others. For example, one may buy a sports-car, not because they feel comfortable in it, but because they can be seen as superior to others. Everybody views themselves from the eye of another. Everybody. 

Anyway, enough of the 'boring stuff', as many of my peers may state, which was intently visible by their positioning of facebook as a higher priority to lectures. Seriously, I was looking around the room, and a few people were on it. I mean, it's our first lesson! Wait 'till our second, for goodness sake.

Oh, and Jane Russell unfortunately passed away. Many may remember her in the classic film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with Marilyn Monroe. Apparently, she died of respiratory failure on Monday. She was 89.
May she rest in peace. 


I'm now going to leave you with my favourite song at the moment. Enjoy!


Moth's Wings - Passion Pit. 

Monday

Wow. So, I'm not going to complain about the confusion I am currently facing in my life; however, I will speak of the Academy Awards, which, pretty much, is the opposite of the current questionings I am undergoing.
Anyway, I found the award ceremony this year particularly enjoyable. I mean, there will always be parts where I am urged to fast-forward, that's inevitable, but I am satisfied with the choices made. Colin Firth and Natalie Portman's performances in The King's Speech and Black Swan were outstanding, as were the other nominees (i.e. James Franco, Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman etc). Moreover, the supporting categories were very tough. Without a doubt, Christian Bale deserves every award out there for his phenomenal role as Dickie Eklund, the half-brother of boxer, Micky Ward, in The Fighter. Geoffrey Rush was also spectacular, but his performance didn't reach the standard of Bale's. Regardless of this, I applaud Rush's acting capabilities. For those who haven't seen the film Shine, Rush provides the viewer with an honest view of the talents of an autistic man in Australia.
In terms of the supporting actress role, Melissa Leo was also a great choice. Her performance was flawless.  I also believe that Amy Adams and Hailee Steinfeld gave breathtaking adaptations of both a non-fictional and fictional character, which can be particularly difficult  .... especially coming from a fourteen year old! WOW. Plus, she is such a fashionista. Every outfit she wears is gorgeous. The way she exhibits a modernistic feel, yet intertwines it with a sense of ageless/classic beauty.
Oh, and who else laughed when Kurt Douglas was presenting? I thought he was great ... totally unexpected, though.

 The Academy Awards 2011.
 The Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011. 
The Golden Globes Award 2011.

I love Steinfeld's versatility and youthfulness. She has a matureness to her, although, she isn't pretentious, like other young stars *cough cough .... Taylor ... cough..... Momsen*. Oops, excuse me. 
Similarly, Jennifer Lawrence exhibits these qualities too. She's twenty years old and was nominated for her brilliant performance in the independent film, Winter's Bone. She doesn't act as if she's older than she is, and is proud of her youthfulness, hence her decision in wearing bright colours, which subvert the 'normalities' of the generic award ceremony gowns. 

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011.

So, another Academy Award Ceremony has passed us, and we're anticipating another year of 'great films. We've seen The King's Speech, True Grit, Black Swan, The Social Network, The Fighter, among many others, which were amazing films. What'll come next? 
Although, I am looking forward to seeing the film Water For Elephants. It looks so good! 

Sunday

I sincerely believe that every individual thinks of life after death, one time or another. Lately, I've consumed thoughts of the inaccuracies of life, coupled with the impact one can have on another.
But, trust me, I'm not an existentialist.
With all the natural disasters in the world, mixed with the ignorance the media exudes towards the human race, one's confronted by the way life just passes. We do not know our fate, nor do we know the exact actions we'll be taking in exactly 24-hours time.
Just like the saying goes, "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'The Present'. Thanks Eleanor Roosevelt for bringing some inspiration and hope into our lives.

Every morning, I make my way out of bed and into the hands of journalists from various outlets (i.e. Television news programs / news headlines made on the ninemsn website), and I come to realise, we view deaths and destructions in our world as if they're all fiction. We view these programs the same way as we view, The Simpsons. We read newspapers as if we're reading a James Patterson novel. We expect some fancy detective or mediator, or ..... mentalist, to come along and solve all these problems. I hate to say it, but we're entertained by the news. The reason behind my rant, is the suggestion that, we view our life and others as if it's all fiction. If we intentionally hurt somebody, either physically or emotionally, we ask if they're okay, but in many cases, find it extremely funny.

This morning a bold headline read: Man, 81, faces WA court on murder charge.

Now, I want you to be honest - if you came across this headline, would you be shocked, or apathetic? I know I may sound unsympathetic, but we're confronted by these headlines day-after-day and we just look upon them as if it's apart of our daily regime. Do you empathise with this victim? I'm guessing No, because we aren't supplied with a list of his/her favourite things, favourite past time, relationships etc. All we're given is information on this senior-citizen who has murdered somebody. Murder. That's a strong word, although we see it as nothing. It's not as if journalists expect us to emotionally react to this headline. They're just doing their job. And, I don't blame them - I mean, I'm an aspiring journalist, which may seem ironic, but, I love the investigative part of the process. Looking beyond the headline into the actual event.


"An 81-year-old man extradited from Tasmania has appeared in a Perth court charged with the murder of a woman 19 years ago.
Ronald Leslie Pennington appeared in East Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday morning charged with wilflully murdering Cariad Anderson-Slater in July 1992.
... The cold case was reopened after the discovery during demolition work of human remains, believed to be those of Ms Anderson-Slater, buried at Pennington's former residence in the Perth suburb of Woodlands.
Pennington, a retired schoolteacher, has denied any involvement in Ms Anderson-Slater's disappearance.
In court on Saturday, Pennington, carrying a walking stick and wearing an open-necked white shirt, was told he did not need to enter a plea.
"It's alright, you've got a stick, you don't need to stand," the magistrate told Pennington before reading the murder charge.
Pennington was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on March 9.
He was told he could make a bail application to the Supreme Court."
So, this murder happened when I was less than one month old, yet this 'discovery' occurred over 18 years later. Are we given any information on Cariad Anderson-Slater? No. Oh wait, yes we are, we are told that Anderson-Slater's human remains were found. I hate to say it, but, this individual is treated as if they're nothing. They would have had a life, a mother, a father, they may have been exceptionally good at mathematics, and hoped to own their own business in the future. That is me just hypothesising. But, you get the picture. This, ultimately, prompted my thoughts in philosophising over the truths of life. Some live to 100 years of age to receive a telegram from the queen, others live to care for their children/grandchildren/friends/siblings/pets etc. 
In my local area paper, a headline reads "Super gran is one of a kind". It goes on to state that Vi Robbins will turn 109 on February 28. "Vi keeps volunteering at the ... Hospital, where her daughter Gail Avis said she does the filing - and a lot of socialising". Overall, it's stories like these that bring hope into our lives. However, on the opposite side of the page it states "Join fight against ovarian cancer", which brings us back to earth in coming to the realisation that cancer killed. It shows us that cures for cancer, among other diseases are needed. However, there are people who are raising funds and contributing to the best of their ability in achieving this ultimate aim. For example, it reads, "Ovarian cancer survivor Colleen Roberts hopes for an end to the lack of knowledge about the disease". Luckily, she is now in remission and rallying for a cure to this dreadful cancer. 
My ultimate point is, we don't realise how lucky we are. However, we also do not know what or where we will be tomorrow. I would hate to end up in a tacky headline. I want to be remembered positively, with no vents of negativity. Let us all be like Vi Robbins, contributing to our community and living our lives to the fullest when we reach 109 *hopefully*. But, we must also remember that our earth is filled with individuals like Ronald Pennington who commit life-threatening crimes. I mean, look at Gabrielle Giffords. She was the target of a vicious crime, but thankfully she is undergoing a speedy recovery. On the other hand, however, take a look at the victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. All they needed was a few extra seconds to escape these tragedies. Australian 60 Minutes exposed a couple who lost their 23-month old daughter to the vicious floods. They then continued to state that all they needed was "2 minutes" to escape this terrible tragedy. 
All in all, life is filled with disadvantages, and advantages. I just hope I've popped your bubbles in viewing events in the media, fictionally. These stories were not crafted by the writers of Criminal Minds or Cold Case. These are real people and real events. It's not the journalists fault, it's ours - the viewers, the one's who are, in some cases, 'entertained' by these traumatic events. I understand that we must be kept up to date with the latest news, but we mustn't be ignorant. This will only transcend to the real world. And trust me, this ignorance started transcending years ago. We are the one's who can stop it. 


(http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8216844/man-81-faces-wa-court-on-murder-charge / Cumberland Newspapers - Courier News - Tuesday, February 22, 2011 / 60 Minutes - February 13, 2011, Channel 9 - 8:30PM). 

Saturday

Now, I must admit, I'm a sucker for a good animal video, hence why I absolutely adore this video. It's the epitome of cute. This cat has taken on the care of a bunny after its mother died.

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Intellectual nerd who would rather perform pieces of sophistication and donnishness than of popularity and doltishness. Living in a fairy tale dreamland with leprechauns and unicorns acting as psychotic investigators, with red floral dresses and long cheater-like hair.

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