Looks like I’m kissing WordPress goodbye once again, since I’ve now purchased and acquired my own domain on Blogger.com. I’ll be posting there from now on, so any of my few followers here can find me posting all future content there. Here’s a link to the website. Hope to see you there!
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I’ve been doing a bit of self-assessment, but that can only take an individual as far as they themselves know. I get literally no feedback on my blog, view counts are embarrassingly low for the amount of time I’ve put in and I really want to turn things around. However, it’s difficult to do that when no one tells me what I can do to change and improve, when that’s exactly what I’m looking for. To me, it seems that when I try new things, I get a bit of recognition, but when I stick with them, I arrive back at square one (less views). I want that to change. Actually, scratch that, I NEED that to change.
It might sound overly hopeful and unrealistic, but this is honestly something I’d like to aspire towards for a living. People ask me what I want to do with my life, I tell them I either want to be a critic or a film actor. Unfortunately, I live in a small town where recognition is far from priority. Some would say I need to move, but my chances of moving somewhere are slim because the economy is bad and my income is embarrassing. Not to mention if I end up moving in hopes of finding a better medium or means to my career aspirations but don’t find anything, I’m trapped in an ocean filled with sharks, barracudas and other carnivorous predators. This isn’t what I need.
What I need is a foundation that isn’t just going to work, but thrive. I need to know what I can do to stand out. I realize what I’m doing is very similar to what other people do. I try to keep the posts coming on as frequent a basis as possible, but nothing comes of it. Like I said, it’s tough to know where to go when no one will give me advice when my posts are literally my only hopes that someone will at least acknowledge what I do. If I can’t accomplish that, then I must be doing something wrong. The problem there is that I’m not even told that. It’s like grabbing a student while he’s taking his test, putting him in detention and he asks why, only to be told “you did something wrong.” He asks what and he’s once again told “you did something wrong.” Nothing more.
I want to know what anyone reading this blog wants me to do. But more importantly, I want to know what I can do to steer not just this blog, but myself in an uphill direction. Do I focus on movies? Food and drinks? Should I incorporate more and make it literally all-encompassing? Or should I focus on only one thing? I’ve been writing personal journals, would that be potential blog material with the possibility for growth? Should I tackle videos instead (or in addition to this)?
I’ve posted and posted and have asked little of my (few) viewers, but if there’s anything I ask of them now, it’s what I can do to help myself while satisfying and entertaining you. Because, let’s be honest, no one wants to be stuck working retail with minimum wage income for the rest of their lives, least of all me. I need guidance, direction and any possible help to get off this stagnant plate and onto something that moves and grows. Please, help me out and let me know what I need to do.
To anyone who offers their own help and advice, I sincerely thank you.
I’ve teased you and kept you waiting for my ranking of each and every film from 2012, so without further adieu, I give you the list:
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Django Unchained
- Moonrise Kingdom
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Life of Pi
- The Avengers
- Wreck-It Ralph
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- Ruby Sparks
- The Hunger Games
- The Expendables 2
- 21 Jump Street
- Les Miserables
- Men in Black 3
- Snow White and the Huntsman
- Killing Them Softly
- Project X
- The Dictator
- Rock of Ages
- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
And now for the other list, the movies from 2012 I want(ed) to see, but just couldn’t fit into my schedule.
End of Watch
The Cabin in the Woods
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Secret World of Arrietty
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Raid: Redemption
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Safety Not Guaranteed
People Like Us
Zero Dark Thirty
Rise of the Guardians
Poor, poor gingerbread men. For years they’ve dreaded the holiday seasons, being warmly crafted and immaculately detailed only to become someone’s afterthought for dessert. What’s more is that no one cares about gingerbread men. Not because they aren’t adorable or don’t appear delectable, but because they just don’t taste that great compared to its seasonal siblings. In a world where chocolate and pumpkin are the turkeys and steaks of dessert, gingerbread men are the bland, forgetful pork chops.
But some still mourn and decry the deformation of gingerbread men. We all know they love the taste, but the very idea and essence of eating an inanimate object is downright ruthless. Fear thee not this year, gingerbread rights activists, for Nabisco has come to ease the pain with the Gingerbread Oreos.
It’s odd we’re not being treated to a Pumpkin Oreo variety, given all the incarnations and resurgences we’ve already been bombarded with. But unlike political ads and campaigns, most people don’t mind it. Seems no one thought to litter dead horses on the beaten path.
I for one am glad Nabisco have swayed away from the latter, yet they also worry me. If Gingerbread Oreos are supposed to eliminate the guilt of amputating gingerbread men then they’ve succeeded, but only partially. For starters, we now have gingerbread flavoring in a processed creme between two cookies. And just to ensure us of their underlying sadism, Nabisco have inserted a smiling gingerbread man on the cover. I don’t think he’s emoting happiness.
Unlike the Candy Corn Oreos, these babies don’t puff their souls out like a collection of chain smokers. After a few seconds the scent of ginger does begin to linger about and mildly tease, which is more than what I can say for all those shades of brown. The gingerbread man’s wife must have had some deep, dark (brown) secrets.
Peeling a cookie off the creme isn’t terribly difficult, so quadruple stuffing them won’t be much of a challenge, assuming that’s your style. I can’t say the same for the peel off packaging, which all but left my cookies sucking in the air of staleness. But enough future worries, it’s time to sink my teeth into the last bit of soul these gingerbread men have.
Since the nutrition facts replicate Candy Corn Oreos, I’m underwhelmed. Gingerbread might be the less accessible sibling to vanilla with its inoffensive blandness, but the creme and cookies just don’t come together for an enjoyable experience. I’m sorry, but for an Oreo to be not but a bore is a serious crime. Even licking the creme off a cookie isn’t enjoyable. Doing so is more of an exercise, because the creme is so stiff and processed that it might just stir up a less than pleasant memory for older men. What I do like is that the ginger does at least come through, despite two boring goldies diluting an already dull flavor. And that’s just the problem: The ginger flavor isn’t prominent enough which, combined with two cookies that aren’t working any “mmmhmmm” magic, creates for a dismal experience. Like their colors, gingerbread Oreos prove themselves to be the pork chop stuck between sides of mashed potatoes (without gravy, I might add).
But why should I settle for something unfulfilling? I want to offer a swing no one else would think of, something I’m sure Epic Meal Time would cringe at. Then I remember i still have a package of Candy Corn Oreos lying around. The time has come for my Triple Double initiation.
If you thought (more) water did nothing to your vodka, you haven’t experienced anything yet. The Candy Corn creme completely dominates the gingerbread cream. I might as well make a quadruple stuffed Candy Corn Oreo while I’m at it. But that will have to wait until after I call the hospital, due in part to my inevitable heart attack.
In Short: Even gingerbread purists will likely have a tough time savoring this latest Oreo batch.
Serving Size: 2 cookies
Calories: 150 (60 from fat)
Total Fat: 7 grams (2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 1 gram of polyunsaturated fat, 3 grams of monounsaturated fat)
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Sodium: 80 milligrams
Potassium: 15 milligrams
Total Carbohydrates: 21 gams (0 grams of dietary fiber, 12 grams of sugar)
Protein: Less than 1 gram
Mondays suck, but I’m here to make them suck just a bit less. Besides, we’ve officially entered the first days of Fall, so that’s something to look forward to. Assuming pumpkin and candy corn flavors and themes are to your liking of course. But we’ll get to those some other time. For now, you can dwell on the latest crop of my weekly stumblings. Enjoy!
Depth of Field Test: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2hkzAx/mrdoob.com/lab/actionscript/pv3d/dof/05/
Pop Culture Ice Creams (if Ben & Jerry’s want to completely dominate the ice cream market, they’d better incorporate these flavors, both permanently and nation-wide. Or they could do them regardless just to be awesome): http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1yqT32/jonnyetc.prosite.com/18214/220082/home/pop-culture-ice-creams
47 (More) Brilliant Advertisements: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2npMLZ/www.rsvlts.com/2012/08/04/brilliant-advertisements-photos/
Yes, it’s rather abrupt to bring a Weekly Stumblings when I posted a late one just a few days ago. But I naturally want to do a better job at keeping my word by providing them every Monday. And since I’m right in the middle of working six shifts in a row, it’s probably a good idea to post it before going in for the fourth night.
So enough preface, here are the latest weekly stumbling:
(More) Brilliant Advertisements: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2npMLZ/www.rsvlts.com/2012/08/04/brilliant-advertisements-photos/
How Long Does It Take to Burn X Calories? http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1ehK4r/www.healthassist.net/calories/
5 Ways to Hack Your Brain: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2DYV5w/www.cracked.com/article/127_5-ways-to-hack-your-brain-into-awesomeness/
How Stop Lights Should Be: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1Lk88i/www.boingboing.net/images/201011191019.jpg
Marathon Reviews: Monster Cereal
Marathon Reviews: Milky Way
Marathon Reviews: M&M’s
Critical Consensus with a Crate of Salt
More Epic Movie Scenes
The Blossom Experiment
Blu-ray’s We’re Still Waiting For
And many more!
It’s become increasingly apparent that my blog can’t and therefore won’t be sustained on quick little review quips alone. I’ve been posting more and more standard length reviews and have also begun expanding to more column-like posts, as well as lengthier reviews. Because of that, I’ve decided to rename my blog to simply Rathburn Reviews.
So sue me, it’s not original to simply use my last name, but I’m a sucker for alliteration, and I honestly think it rings quite nicely. Quote Reviews for movies will still be included, they just won’t be the backbone of the blog any more.
Here’s hoping for this change to be for the better!