Book 38: Easy Casino Gambling by Gayle Mitchell (2007)

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When I was in middle school, one of my favorite video games was called something like “Vegas Strike” – give or take (I tried to google it but couldn’t find anything and I’m guessing I must have forgotten a word or two). It was basically a casino game. My favorites were the slots, black jack, poker, and roulettes. I got so good at everything that I dreamed of going to Las Vegas one day and winning a lot of money just like my character did. I recall the prize money he got – in addition of the money he had already won – was either $500,000 or $5,000,000. Either one wouldn’t hurt. The last time I was physically in Las Vegas, though, I found out to my horror I had absolutely no knowledge of gambling.

Now thanks to this book, I will bravely go to Las Vegas, sit at a slot machine, and come home with more than I’ve bargained for. I think.

Book 35: The Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson (2006)

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 Hello, people. I’m back.

We will start today with one of the best books I have ever read. It is as informative as it is well written. It corrects several myths that have persisted and informs us on facts that we would never have bothered to look up on our own. Among other things, I learned that that we have at least nine senses, there are at least fourteen states of matter (as opposed to just solid, liquid, and gas), and Alexander Fleming wasn’t the one who discovered penicillin. A particularly memorable phrase is the authors’ description of the Oompa Loompa as “multicolored futuristic punks with Mohawks hairdos.” I’ll certainly remember that for a long, long time.

All in all, a very nice book. A quick read and I was sorry I finished it so fast.

On a Different Note . . .

I suppose now that I can finally breathe, I should write something on my WordPress account.

Vanessa Hudgens

First, I need to say something about Vanessa Hudgens, one of the stars of the annoyingly popular tween made-for-TV movie High School Musical. Apparently there are racy pictures of her circulating around the Internet. Because of this, even people who had never heard of her came to (vaguely) know who she is. Most of the pictures have been taken off due to legal stuff, although I’m pretty sure you can still take a peek on one website or another.

Vanessa is currently eighteen. Some people argue that because she’s an adult and because she can do whatever she wants with her body, there’s nothing wrong with taking certain pictures for her boyfriend and she should never have apologized. And those who criticize her must be insecure about their own bodies, of course.

I generally don’t think about her, but because I have started writing this, I guess I should elaborate some more on my position. Personally, I do think she can do whatever she wants – she is an adult. However, some people have suggested that she may still be a minor at the time she took those pictures. See the Dannon water bottle on her dresser? Well, apparently it has been taken off the market in early 2006. Assuming her parents bought water bottles in crates and that was the last of their supply, Vanessa would still be around seventeen. Her being a little younger when she took these pictures may also explain why she doesn’t even look like her and why – in the words of PerezHilton – she’s no more of an “amateur pornographer.”

What is somewhat amusing is the fact that just a couple weeks ago in an interview with the Teen magazine, Vanessa claims to be “a good kid” brought up “with very good morals.” She also loves being a role model, apparently. What confidence! I myself wouldn’t want anyone to look up to me. Though I am, on the surface, as much of a good kid as the next guy (or maybe even gooder), I don’t want that much pressure and responsibility.

I guess on her part, it would be kind of awkward and embarrassing to have your parents find out with the rest of the world that you’re not pure. Ah, well. That’s why you shouldn’t take nude pictures for a boy. Just a week ago I heard there’s a man got arrested for posting a nude picture of his then-minor girlfriend on myspace.

Kids, seriously. You shouldn’t even be having sex when you’re only fifteen.

Friends

I just found out that two of my friends just broke up. They met each other when they were twelve and started dating in high school. They went to the same university and they just graduated together. They have the same friends and the same favorite hangout places.

Yet somehow he just decided she’s not the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Ouch.

. . . I must be the only one still stuck in middle and high school. Everyone has grown up. Everyone has changed. Me, I just wish we could all look (and act) as innocent as we used to.

Writing for Newspapers

Next, I’ve been thinking about starting to write again. When I was younger I decided to major in something practical (i.e., science) because I didn’t think I could survive with a liberal arts degree. But now I know I can. I’ve discovered that I’m no longer interested in fiction stories because they are almost useless (no offense, but that’s how I feel), so I’m going to aim to write for a newspaper instead. Or a newsletter, whatever works. I don’t really know where to start, so anyone reading this . . . feel free to help.

And currently reading: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Bwahaha.

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