Tangent, cosine, adjacent.. ? Nope, just two tangents 

Well it looks like I’ve committed to writing a third post for the theme of tv shows and video games having taught me something, so let’s see how long I can keep this up…
The next show is “suite life on deck.” It was a spin off of the show “the suite life of Zack and Cody.” For those of you who don’t know either show, I’ll begin by introducing “the suite life of Zack and Cody.” The show is based on two twin boys who live with their mom in a hotel that she is employed by. The twins have a typical life, except that they have the constant excitement of living in a large hotel. Now as far as “suite life on deck goes,” it’s still based on the twin’s life, but now they attend a school onboard a cruise ship and they’re older.
Now even though they were older in the show, I myself was still quite young (another show from my childhood), so I still had a few concepts to be introduced to, and one of them was placebos. They explained it in a way that made it very easy to understand.
I distinctly remember sitting in my psychology class I took a few semesters ago, where my teacher mentioned placebos, and I was brought back to the moment when I first heard about them, through that tv show. 
Now even though I promised you all that I would continue with the theme of what I’ve gained from tv shows and video games, I’d like to digress, and elaborate on the concept of placebos. 
To me, the concept of placebos is amazing. I can’t imagine anything to have such a profound affect on your body, as much as your mind does. Our minds are powerful, and our bodies are sensitive to our thoughts. Every unappealing or unfavorable thing that occurs to our body can correlate in some way to our mind and our thinking. When stressed out, some may break out, some may loose hair (or get grey hairs), and some may gain that unfavorable pouch of fat that loves to form where the stomach and pelvic region meet. When relaxed, we appear healthy, because our minds are healthier. When someone sweats because of heat, versus when someone sweats because of nerves (typically smells worse than B. O., but we’ll go with B.O. as the name for now..). It’s all based on what’s going on in our minds. Where I work (a rock climbing gym), the customers I encounter are put into a situation that can induce terrible B.O. I’ve noticed that kids tend to produce the foul smell more than adults, but adults have their fair share of nervous sweating as well. It seems that the fear and adrenaline that surge through a person who is more uncertain of the situation they’ve found themselves in, produces a more unappealing smell than usual. I know pheromones may come into play, but I’ve formed a little hypotheses of my own… What if, back in more primal times, this nasty smell was supposed to warn others that there was danger nearby (like how gas from gas stoves has been made to smell nasty as hell when the knobs are turned and the gas starts leaking, in order to alert the owners of a leak). Or since confidence and security in oneself during situations of uncertainty is an admirable quality of a leader, maybe the scent was supposed to notify others of social ranking. 
Readers I think you may be upset to know, but I just went on a tangent while going on a tangent, so back to my first tangent… 
The mind is powerful, and the results from changing your mindset are amazing. Also, the ability to trick yourself into a false belief (or belief that isn’t fully full proof) that brings about positive results is fascinating. 
Such as the idea of faith. Not faith in any particular religion, but a faith in a higher deity. The belief that there is an explanation to all of this, and that there is someone (something) looking over you, or some universal pull to lead you down the correct path. Having faith in just the basic idea of a higher power is very calming. You don’t feel alone anymore. When you find yourself in silence, all alone with your thoughts, you know that your deity is like an imaginary friend sitting right beside you. 

Ohana

I’m not sure how many of these posts I’ll end up doing, but hopefully I’ll get through the short list of things I’ve gained from tv shows and video games. 
So onto my next tv show: lilo and stitch. Just as I did with spongebob, I’ll give you a brief description of the show. It’s a cartoon based in some tropical area, where hula dancing is a thing, and you can also find a water fall near a secret lair (which is basically a crashed spaceship inhabiting a sandwich eating sloth-gerbal-hamster-like thing, and a whale (or is he a shark…) with anthropomorphic qualities). There are these creatures called “mutations,” and some shoot lava, others are fast, and some can lift even more than an ant can in proportion to their own body weight. Lilo is a little girl who lives with her older sister, and they adopt Stitch (a mutation), believing he is a puppy. One day he begins to mutate to his alternate state, and lilo finds out the truth. Throughout the show, the mutations can speak like people (although stitch sounds like he’s gurgling while talking) and they hold conversations with one another.
In one episode I watched as a child, they introduced the idea of a rhetorical question. Up until that point I had not heard of a rhetorical question, so I watched intently to see if I could grasp the concept. 
They brought it up in a way that made learning a new word at that age, very simple. 
Now whenever I think of rhetorical questions, I remember that exact episode of lilo and stitch. So to any parents who complain about their kids mindlessly watching tv, they may be grasping concepts and learning words, that they may not have ever known about up until that point. Tv can be educational to some extent.
It also can serve to expose kids to deep emotions and sentiments that they may not encounter on a day to day basis. For example, a simple, yet meaningful quote can be derived from this little cartoon “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten” 
To most, the sentiment behind this little quote is more than enough to bring a warm glow to their heart. It promises security and love, a instinctual desire that can resonate within us all. 

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”

Finals are over finally! .-. So with that said, you can expect to hear a lot more random, odd blog posts about what I haven’t had the chance to write about all semester. 
The first thing I’ll begin by addressing is this: tv shows and video games, though they may appear vacuous and overly time consuming, while producing nothing of worth outside of the virtual realm, have taught me a few things. 
I will actually be touching on this topic a few more times, possibly in this one post, or I’ll separate them into a few individual posts, but we’ll see. The first show I’d like to address is spongebob. For those of you who don’t know the show, I’ll explain it briefly. It is a cartoon that follows a sponge’s life, and incorporates his best friend (a star fish), his neighbor (a squid), his friend (a squirrel with a mask that allows her to live underwater), his boating instructor (a blowfish), his boss (a crab), and his boss’s daughter (a wale). Now as you can see there is a general aquatic theme with the sprinkling of impossibilities, but acknowledging that isn’t what I’ve gained from the show exactly. Over the years we are constantly changing and developing, both in our minds and our bodies, but the changes are usually quite gradual and inconspicuous. Thinking back to the times when I watched this show, I realized that a million things went right over my head. Let me just mention a few names of things in the show and I think you’ll get the gist. The show is based in an under water town named bikini bottom, where “Mr. Crabs” and “sandy cheeks” just so happen to live… I rest my case… 
So as you can see there is very apparent innuendo simply in the names, so who knows what else I wasn’t grasping as a child. Though I’m kind of disappointed in my younger self for not being sharp enough to notice those very obvious innuendos, I’m also intrigued by how a simple childhood show can give me so much perspective into how the mind develops over the years. At that age I thought I understood spongebob. Though, it turns out that I didn’t comprehend it for all of its components. 
So that makes me wonder… What do I feel I understand fully at the moment, that I may not fully comprehend for all of its worth. Now there may be room to argue that it’s simply because I was young, and after a certain age, you naturally grasp everything, but I beg to differ. We may look at something and believe we understand it’s true complexities, but in reality we only have a superficial understanding of it. Like things such as people, languages, cultures, social groups we’ve never been immersed in (body builders, chess players, gamers, players, jocks, cheerleaders, intellectuals), etc. We will never truly understand these things without taking the time to understand them. 
Although, perhaps it involves immersing ourselves in the topic, detaching from it, finding a new topic, and coming back to it with a different perspective (one of prior knowledge of the topic, but also has additional knowledge form that new topic, that may help with better comprehending the original topic). 
At this point, I’ll play it safe and conclude that it’s possibly a mixture of years of mental development, experience, and new perspectives, all rolled into one. 

You don’t know the half of it

I find it funny that even with so much knowledge, one can’t see through a forced facade. This my readers, is my post on just how little a parent can know about their child’s knowledge of worldly things. And by worldly, I mean all that junk that we see way to young that corrupts the brains of adolescents across the globe. From innuendos, to just plain knowledge about terms of different sexual actions, etc.
I don’t remember how the conversation came about, and I’m pretty sure they assumed I was spaced out, but my parents approached the topic of how people seem to pick up random knowledge purely by watching different tv programs. Then my mom proceeds to refer to me, to my dad, saying how little she thinks I grasp all the innuendos being flung about in merely a half hour episode.
Little to both of their knowledge they’re just not the type of people you would usually lead on to the fact that you are very aware of all things sexual. When watching episodes of tv with them, I will sometimes hold back my laughter due to a dirty joke, or crude comment, a character made in the show. I try to mask my amusement with a blank expression as if I didn’t get that very simple innuendo.
So to all parents of little children, and children ranging from all ages, your kids may know more than you think. With shows like “Jessie” on Disney channel, having a little kid under the age 8 at least, mentioning bras already, kids aren’t to far behind from getting into the basics of the other stuff as well. It’s kind of like trying to shield your kids ears from all the cursing done around you every day. Sometimes you accidentally walk by an enraged person and then a bad word slips from their lips, and you didn’t even have time to create a distraction for your little child. That actually reminds me of something I witnessed the other day at the gym. These men were all upset because one pair of men wanted to use the racket ball court, but another pair of men reserved it. One of them happened to be uttering a curse word in a big bad wolf scary kind of tone, just as a lady and her two adorable little boys passed between them. One of the little boys heard, and got scared and inched a little closer to his mom as they kept on their way. The mom chuckled a little as her voice was still laced with empathy when she asked the little boy “did that scare you?”.
It’s inevitable, we all are going to find out about those kinds of things in life no matter what. We can’t help it, it’s all around us.

Bye readers, I hope you all have a great day :).

Press pause or reset

Do you press pause or reset? When two people date for a few months or longer, but then breakup, what do they do if they get back together? Is it assumed that you resume where you left off, or clear the slate, pushing a further commitment farther in the future?
This situation was brought up in a show that I’ve mentioned before, called “how I met your mother”. The main character Ted was dating a girl that I shall keep anonymous (for fellow HIMYM watchers who haven’t seen the episode), and she kept dropping hints about a further commitment. Because she felt that the months they dated before should count as well.
Personally I think that you should probably resume rather than reset. You already know each other, and how you’ve felt before. If you both come back together agreeing that you made a mistake and are meant to be together, you shouldn’t wait and wait before you commit further. Although you should delve into what the cause of your break up was. Leaving that problem behind could just cause it to resurface later on in your relationship.

That’s all I can think of on that topic for now, but if you have your own points on why you should reset or press pause feel free to comment below :p.

Bye my fellow bloggers :).

Re-watching shows

I have come to find that I get into tv series way to much. To the point where when I finish the entire series I may watch it again just because I know I like it. So far it’s happened with the shows Greek, How I Met Your Mother, and I’m pretty sure there are a few more that I just can’t remember now. Oh, I just thought of another, DDD (Drop Dead Diva). My point is though, that I re-watch shows even when I already know exactly what’s going to happen!!
I think it may have to do with the fact that it is familiar and I know that it will bring me guaranteed entertainment. I know that I won’t risk 30 minutes of my life on some crappy tv episode all because I was reassured by a friend that it “gets better as it goes along”. I guess I like knowing what I’m getting into when I sit down to watch something on tv. I tend to get irritated when I waste my time on something so boring, just because I was trying to give whatever it was, a chance.
Another reason why I probably re-watch tv series is because I become attached and fond of all of the characters in the show. Or sometimes the series’s ends to soon or in such a bad way that I crave to re-watch it in its prime, and possibly stop right before it ends badly. I’ve never actually done that though, because I can’t stand to leave it unfinished even though I have already seen those episodes. But then they’re not in order of how I recently watched them I think to myself. So I have to re-watch them as well.
Even though I may seem insane for re-watching entire series of shows, I have reasons for why I re-watch all of these particular series. For ‘Greek’, it was to watch my favorite characters fall in and out of love time and again, while other love triangles and couples were being formed around them (plus the added drama of breakups and random hookups). When it came to ‘Drop Dead Diva’, it was Jane who brought me back for seconds, to watch her little effervescent personality in her new plus sized body, opposed to her old super model physique. The way Jane handles cases (she’s a lawyer :p) and life around her just draws you in. At last, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ made me fall in love with the tight nit group of friends, and Barney’s random acts of pick up artistry that were eloquently planned and plotted inside his play book.

So a question for you all….are any of you addicted to re-watching some of your favorite shows? :p