As I promised in my tweets, here is the birthday post. Today marks the third year anniversary of The Infinite Vertices and how do I celebrate it? In a library on my school’s campus. In case you hadn’t been reading my tweets, I accidentally spilled juice on my laptop two Sundays ago, and now it is being determined if the motherboard needs repair or replacement. This means that my posts can’t be in-depth as they usually are, because the computer lab schedules don’t work well with my blogging schedule.
That being said, I bring you interesting news about what’s to come in the near future (when I get my computer back from the computer repair guys). I’ve decided to combine The Infinite Vertices with my LGBTQIA blog “The Soyez Vous-même Blog.” The transition should begin as soon as I get my computer back (sometime next week). What this means is that The Infinite Vertices will still be here, but I will only be posting new posts on The Soyez Vous-même Blog (again: after I get my computer back).
Soyez Vous-même is French for “Be Yourself.” The title was inspired by the French McDonald’s LGBTQIA campaign “Venez Comme Vous Êtes” (Come as you are). So it’s not going to strictly be an LGBTQI blog, it’s going to be a… “Be Yourself” blog, inspiring equality, self-empowerment, and tolerance.
I’m sorry that this post isn’t as in-depth as it could be, but computer labs and class schedules don’t make this easy. I’ll keep you posted (up until I get my computer back).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, The Infinite Vertices! And happy birthday to anyone celebrating today!
As you know, on January 18, 2012, The Infinite Vertices and The Soyez Vous-même (along with thousands of other blogs) went on a temporary blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA. These were laws against internet piracy. I wanted to say that on behalf of The Soyez Vous-même Blog and The Infinite Vertices, I am not 100% against these laws against piracy. SOPA and PIPA were two laws that were too broad and would have ended up attacking innocent people caught in the grey areas of copyright infringement (covering a song, copying a picture for a blog, etc.) even when they claimed that those particular media are not their own.
What I do agree with is that piracy is wrong. That is: watching a movie for free on an illegal site and downloading music and software for free and whatnot is wrong. I typically don’t take a stance on controversial issues (except for equality-related issues of course). Piracy is something I feel passionately against, and I didn’t want people to get the wrong idea when I had the blackout on my two blogs.
One more time:
I’m against SOPA and PIPA but I’m ALSO against piracy. On my tumblr page, I stated that if SOPA and PIPA were to be revised correctly, I would reconsider my position.
P.S. I forgot to mention that I am 100% against censorship.
What do you think? (Leave a comment below and Vote in the poll on the sidebar)
I’m sure you’ve heard of the puzzle/action/adventure video game Portal and its sequel Portal 2. Now I’ve only played the beginning parts of Portal 2 (I’m on chapter 4 or 5), so I only know bits and pieces of the game’s storyline, but I’ll give a stab at it. It seems that a young mute girl by the name Chell (the character you play as in single player mode) wakes up in a massive testing facility with no memory of where she is or how she got there. We don’t know the date, and we only have small clues and hunches as to why there aren’t any other living humans (so far) in the game. There aren’t any humans, but Chell is most definitely not alone in the game. Along with talking turrets who try to make painful deaths by bullets seem cheerful, Chell is accompanied by Wheatley and the malevolent GLaDOS: two super computers who have control over the entire testing facility.
Chell has no idea where she is or why she is there, but she does know that she needs to get out. Wheatley accidentally awakens GLaDOS and she (GLaDOS) sees Chell as a test subject for a huge series of obstacles involving the dual-portal device. It’s not long after that we learn that the only way out is to complete these tests. These tests include avoiding being crushed to death, drowning, being burned by acid, being shot down by turrets, and much more.
Why am I bringing this up? Well shortly after playing this game, I became addicted, and I brought up the idea of turning Portal into a live-action movie to my friend. The plot I had for the movie was similar to Chell’s, however, there would be multiple people, each equipper with his or her own dual-portal device, trapped inside the testing facility trying to get out without dying. (Spoiler Alert: I would have multiple deaths in this film). Although the plot was different, it seemed as though someone already beat me to it. That someone is Dan Trachtenberg. The film, which I’m about to show you, isn’t your typical fan video with weak special effects and mild acting (Interesting choice of adjectives). The dual-portal device is a beautiful replica of the one used in the game and the portals it creates are shockingly identical to those of the game; the way the edges are fiery. I just wish/hope that this film because a full-feature film in the future. Who knows? It just might. The film was uploaded to youtube in August of 2011.
So without further ado, here’s “Portal: No Escape” by Dan Trachtenberg:
I felt bad about not posting at all last month, but then I remember that I have never posted on this blog in any October… (I skipped May too, but it’s water under a bridge). To be honest, I wasn’t going to post on this blog today until I saw a very interesting commercial for AAMCO Transmission. I could care less about a car repair commercial, but this commercial really caught my eye—or should I say, “ear.” I unfortunately do not have a recording of this video to place on the blog as it was a local commercial. I do not remember what the beginning of the commercial had to say either (I just keep swinging and missing). What made me look up at the TV and listen was when the man said, “Turn off your TV. Turn off your computer.” He was clearly talking about something completely irrelevant to household electronics, and yet he took the time to tell us to rely less on technology and connect with the family and friends around us. This was the first time I ever saw a commercial that went out of its way to make a small public service announcement while promoting a product completely unrelated. Well that’s all I wanted to say. Since I don’t have the video to post, however, I will stop writing here ;-) .
Missy Higgins is my favorite singer at the moment. Her music is raw and her lyrics are colorful. In her song “The River,” from her first album, “The Sound of White,” she magically combines a mellow, happy melody with a somber story. In my opinion, it shows that life does not stop—the river does not stop flowing—just because we experience pain and loss. In a way (if you read the interpretation below), the river fixed things. There were clearly better solutions to the problems dealt with in the song, and that’s what the “bed” in the story represents. “Somebody’s bed will never be warm again. No, never again.” Let’s assume that the girl in the story is a victim of child abuse (verbal or physical) or she witnesses violence between her parents. The river, in this case, would represent the parent(s)’s failure to truly see the pain inflicted on the daughter. They were too late, now “never again” will they see their daughter. They can, however, learn from this and better their behaviors so as not to let another “river” solve the problem.
I’m done interpreting the song. Now, it’s your turn. Feel free to openly agree or disagree with my opinions; I’d love to see your point of view(s). Be sure to listen to the song yourself; you will instantly catch that ironic, and clever combination of happiness and grief.
|“The River” by Missy Higgins
“She ran until her face was numb with cold,
and wore a cotton gown
that blazed the night untold.
She ran until her feet refused to hold
so heavy a heart
for someone merely ten years old.And when she reached the river
her knees began to shiver.
Her head with pounding voices from home.
Behind her was a vision—
A painful apparition
of a darker world that no one should know
She dived beneath the water’s icy skin
And as her body lay there,
|“The River” as Interpreted by Me
She ran until she could run no more
And she wore
a beautiful dress.
She ran until her feet were unable
to hold the heart
of this 10 year-old girl.Once she reached the river
her nerves began to rise.
She remembered the painful words from her home
She came from a life
filled with pain, abuse, and negativity
which no one should ever have to experience
The girl dived into the cold water
As she lay there
Someone will have to live
So it has been a while since I posted on this blog, and to be honest, I wasn’t planning on posting here until I saw the movie “The Help“. I am 100% for equality. So it was no surprise that at multiple times in the movie, I wanted to pop into the story and smack all of the racist views and comments spoken by the antagonists. Every woman in this movie did a phenomenal job—antagonists and all. Now I’m not going to take too much time to get into the film, but there was something that hit me when I saw this movie. Up until the moment when Emma Stone‘s character “Skeeter” offered to reveal the views of the maids to the world, it seemed as though the African Americans had little or no expectation of change. They appeared to believe that this racist life was all that there was for them from then up to when they die.
This notion made me extremely grateful that there are/were activists who sparked hope and fought so that I, a black man, could walk through a park with a person of a different skin tone with limited judgment. I couldn’t imagine how my life might have been if there were no Civil Rights Movement.
We are, and may always be, in a struggle for equality. The slogan for the film is “Change Begins with a Whisper.” Something as small as one person speaking up can aid in creating a different society. Something as small as “you are gorgeous” or “you are worth it” can change a life. It can cause people to believe and stand up for what they believe is right. Beauty and Ugliness are not physical features. They are personalities. They are personalities that are sparked either by hope or fear. This is why I refuse to let anyone look at themselves in the mirror and see a person inferior to others. If we let people believe the fear in this world then we let them become ugly.
I propose a challenge to you: I want you to look at the first person you see and remind him or her of how gorgeous he or she is. It may be someone who is vomiting food to maintain a certain weight. It may be somebody whom which you loathe. Helping people see the better in themselves allows them to bring out the better in others. Just remember to see yourself as a gorgeous being, and this should be a breeze for you. You can’t help others unless you help yourself.
I have realized a few things lately. I haven’t written on this blog in almost a month. And the (by) Bravo Network is one of the most trashy channels I have ever seen. But I also noticed that I can be very judgmental.
I know I say that I don’t hate people and I am trying not to be judgmental. I think I should clarify that I am only openly judgmental on occasions. The thing that is bothering me is that I have so many negative thoughts that I disagree with flowing through my head. But it’s my head, so I fear that I truly do agree with those thoughts. At this moment, I feel like I’m saying what makes me a relatively nice person is that I don’t spit those negative thoughts out, but doesn’t that mean I’m lying to myself? I have been thinking about this lately and now I’m going to do some soul-searching to figure out what all of this negativity means for me and I’ll get back to you on that. In the meantime I think I want to write about how I hate Bravo, so be on the lookout for that. Only one pair of parentheses! ;-)