acosmist - One who believes that nothing exists
paralian - A person who lives near the sea
aureate - Pertaining to the fancy or flowery words used by poets
dwale - To wander about deliriously
sabaism - The worship of stars
dysphoria - An unwell feeling
aubade - A love song which is sung at dawn
eumoirous - Happiness due to being honest and wholesome
mimp - To speak in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips
I admire Robin Tunney for being able to act in this show for 5 years with this perfect man staring at her all the time. I wouldn’t last 5 seconds.
I admire every human being in a scene with Simon Baker for being able to act in this show for 5 minutes with this man staring at them all the time.
YEAH FUCK YOU
The funny thing about this is that her breakup songs garner infinitely more attention than the non-breakup songs.
After all, it’s not quite so easy to ignore the fact that an artist releases a song as a single where it contains a line that says, “That’s fine, I’ll tell mine you’re gay,” and receives such a negative response as a result that she changes the line and re-issues it as an attempt to cover her ass and be like SRY GAYS I MEAN GUYS JK LOLOLOL I SUPPORT U
It’s also difficult to ignore the fact that she released two versions of Forever and Always, with the first version being fast and assaulting, where the second version released was accompanied solely by a piano and making her paint herself as the victim. Again.
Or the fact that she fucking remixed You’re Not Sorry to help promote her episode of CSI.
Or the fact that, without naming names, she says Camilla Belle is “better known for the things that she does on the mattress.”
For being a very popular 23-year-old idol to many impressionable girls, she is not setting a positive example for them.
So, let me say this once and only once: The number of her breakup songs doesn’t mean a thing; it’s their influence and the way she presents herself in accordance with them that truly causes her to garner such a powerfully negative air with regards to them. The content of the music is where the negativity is spawned, and just because she has almost twice as many non-breakup songs to breakup songs in her catalog doesn’t mean a damned thing, and not to mention that some of her non-breakup songs are just as bad.
Like Mean, for instance. “All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life and mean.”
Or You Belong With Me. “She wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts.” So, what, it’s wrong for a girl to wear short skirts if she wants to? That automatically makes her a target?
Or, how about Stay Stay Stay. Let’s look at the fucking opening lines— “I’m pretty sure we almost broke up last night; I threw my phone across the room at you.”
Way to go, Taylor. Even though that’s not a breakup song, you’re still doing a hell of a job conveying a positive message to your impressionable listeners.
But then again, what do I know. I mean, it’s not like I have listened to every single song she has ever commercially released since the beginning. It’s not like I’m familiar with all of her content. It’s not like I have a single goddamned clue as to what I’m talking about.
Don’t you ever fucking tell me that just because she has less breakup songs than non-breakup songs that that somehow makes the things she does somehow okay or better.
the amount of stupidity in that response is appalling.
Really? Well then, perhaps you’d care to educate me. After all, your rebuttal is most compelling; I’d like an expansion upon it, if you please. It shouldn’t be much of a chore for someone like you.
I’d love to.
1) the whole “That’s fine I’ll tell mine you’re gay” wasn’t meant as an insult against gays. Its literally saying, “I’ll tell my friends youre gay so thats why we broke up. you tell your friends a lie, and I’ll tell mine a lie” That lyric was written when she was 16, and SHE changed it before it became a single. youre 24 years old, think back to when you were 16. Did you ever say something you didnt mean, and then later took it back? exactly.
2) She released two versions of Forever and Always, youre right. You pulled the part about making it slower to paint herself as being victimized, straight out of your ass. It’s a more emotional portrayal of the song. That song was written right before the album released, taking a spot of a different song that was meant to be on it. she later went back and made it more emotional. I’m not quite sure how that paints her as a victim. that song wasnt even a single, and wasnt even on the normal edition of the album.
3) Have you ever thought that MAYBE just MAYBE the directors and producers of CSI wanted her to remix it? she never released the remixed version, it was never on an album.
4) the fact that she has said ‘shes better known for the things that she does on the mattress” is FAR better than half of the crap thats on the radios now. not to mention, BTR wasnt a single.
5) I guess she’s not supposed to stand up for herself in Mean. Just let others (like you) knock her down.
6) OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. its people like you that make me want to rip my hair out. Have you noticed that Taylor never once said it was bad to wear shorts skirts? or that its better to wear sneakers? shes simply pointing out the differences between herself and this girl. Taylor has always been on the bleachers, hidden from this boy, whereas the girl is popular, has friends, is a cheerleader. she never said this girl is a slut, whore, not good for him, NEVER. she pointed out the fucking differences.
7) Stay Stay Stay. your argument in this is just ridiculous. its a silly song. sorry, I forgot that thats just way too negative for people to hear. lets change the radio station to play “‘cause I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it, sex in the air I don’t care I love the smell of it, sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me”
8) youre right. “what do you know?” Nothing. You said yourself, you havent listened to her songs.
9) I can tell you, from personal experience, I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift since I was 12 years old. She has shaped me in ways that my parents or friends never could. Because people havent always been there for me, but music always has. so you can take your anti taylor swift opinion and shove it up your ass.
Christina, I cant tell you how much I love you right now and AMEN TO THIS SISTAH PREACH IT. It amuses me soo much to see the ridiculous things people have to say about Taylor. You took the words out of my mouth and made them 2638409 times better. Thank you so much.
Every frame of the Harry Potter movies, condensed into a barcode.#oh my god #look at this #how it starts off with reds and oranges and purples #bright colors #and then it gets continuously darker towards the end #it’s so fitting to the story #and then there is that strip of white at the end #which has to be the king’s cross scene #and it’s just #light #in a dark time #which is extremely beautiful
you know why theres a white part at the end? because happiness can be found even in the darkest of times
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS?
I mean, can we just talk about how this parallels the actual education system? Where they’re so concerned about teaching us things like logarithms and graphing that we don’t know shit about what’s actually out there in the adult world, like doing taxes or writing checks or anything? I mean, “It is the view of the Ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be sufficient to get you through your examinations, which after all, is what school is all about.” School children are often under the impression that getting A’s in all their classes ensures a successful future, but really, it’s so ignorant because the real world isn’t just one big question-and-answer paper. There is so much more to the world than being able to give back information like some kind of super-computer, and brainwashing children into thinking that theory is key is just going to lead to a bunch of children falling flat on their faces when they’re pushed into the adult world and feel as if everything new they try to do is wrong because it wasn’t taught to them step-by-step. I just really love Harry’s line, “And how is theory supposed to prepare us for what’s out there?” because I feel as if sometimes we just learn things for the sake of knowing them, despite whether it is actually useful. Yes, school is important, and getting bad grades isn’t a good way to start your future, but it’s so much more than that, you see.
this sounds a lot like something Hermione would say
I think that’s the reason why everyone has such strong negative feelings toward Umbridge (as a person, not a character). I can’t tell you how many times I heard people say that they wanted Umbridge to die more than Voldemort. And I must say that I feel the same.
Voldemort is a racist dictator. While these have existed, and still do, the majority of us don’t live under such a tyrant. We’ve heard about them in history books and on the news- but they’re already dead or on the other side of the world. While we can be horrified at the terror such a person can spread and how, well, evil they can be, a character of this archetype doesn’t strike a personal chord with most of us.
But Umbridge does. As stated before, she represents everything that we hate about the public school system. Most of us know or have a teacher, professor, principal, or school administrator who, to probably a lesser degree, personifies what Umbridge is saying. They teach only to the test, or tell teachers to do so, they insist on including useless things in their curriculums, they PASS LAWS SO THAT SUCH A SCHOOL SYSTEM CAN CONTINUE. This is something that affects nearly every public school in the US, (and I’m guessing the UK as well). Nearly every student has to go through school learning things that they will never use in real life and that in no way prepare them for the real world, just so the various boards of education can use the higher test scores as ‘proof’ that we’re ‘smarter’ than other states, countries, etc., and therefore deserve more funding.
We hate Umbridge so much (again, as a person, not a character) because she represents a villain we all have in our own lives. Possibly every single person who has read this book can connect with the frustration Harry and the other students feel.
We hate Umbridge so much because everything she is, everything she represents, is very real and very personal to every single one of us.
I love this fandom, always have, always will
let me just point out that these issues apply on about 95% countries with an education system not only “the US and possibly UK”
I completely agree with you, but some Americans can act really annoying. You don’t know a first thing about Europe do you? Or do you just not care? School systems are pretty much the same everywhere in the world. NOT JUST IN AMERICA OR ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES
Sorry for overreacting a bit but I think you guys should stop feeling so different from the rest of the world, I just wanted to make that clear
(photo via Red and Black)
Traditions Monday: Why I Go Back To Athens
I’ll admit it: I am a lifelong Georgia Bulldog fan. I graduated from our state’s flagship university in 1984.
My wife and oldest son are also UGA graduates, and my youngest son is a student there. Attending Georgia football games in the fall has been a Murphy family tradition since the Herschel Walker years. The team has seen its ups and downs and has hit a bit of a dry spell the past couple of seasons.
I was in Athens earlier this fall and had to endure yet another disappointing loss - this time to Arkansas. So why do I do this to myself?
Why do I make the four-hour trek down I-16 and Ga. 15 five or six weekends a year to immerse myself in frustration and regret?
It came to me when I was running at 7 a.m. on the day after the game. I ran past North Campus, down through the J-school and Reed Quad, past the Tate Center and on to Myers Quad, where I lived as a freshman. I then circled up past the Science Library, my left knee aching a bit as I hit the incline up Ag Hill, before heading back down past BioSciences and Chemistry and Physics/Astronomy.
“I love this place,” I thought.
And that was it - my little epiphany. It’s not about the game. Never has been.
I ran past a row of maple trees outside of the Chemistry building. I carved my wife’s initials in one of them when we were dating back in the day. They were mere saplings then; they are 50 feet tall now. I paused a moment to run my fingers over those rough letters.
I gazed upon the giant ground sloth skeleton in the Science Library - first found on Skidaway Island, it became a curious touchstone for me when I was homesick as a freshman. I jogged through Myers Quad, where I saw R.E.M. perform when we were all still students, and first thought, “Hey, they’re actually pretty good!”
I peered up at the silver dome gleaming above Park Hall, where I took graduate-level English classes with the one-of-a-kind Dr. Bufkin. The J-School plaza was where I called my mom from a pay phone one bright and sunny afternoon to get my MCAT scores and exclaimed after hearing them, “I just got into med school!”
It was at the University of Georgia that I saw “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” one Saturday night after midnight and debated health care reform (even then!) at the Demosthenian Literary Society.
We drank sangria and played video games on Fridays at the Dawg House, engaged in campus-wide snowball fights when classes were cancelled due to blizzards, club-hopped, road-tripped and watched a few years of great Georgia football featuring guys named Herschel, Buck and Lindsay and Freddie.
As I completed my run - a full 30 years after my freshman year on the beautiful UGA campus - the sun came up over the horizon, the birds sang and I thought, “This could be 1980 all over again.”
Except that it wasn’t. A generation and a half of UGA students have come and gone since then.
I saw a young coed in skinny jeans, her long hair pulled back into a ponytail, struggling up the steps to the Science Library with an over-stuffed backpack, and I wanted to stop her. I wanted to tell her that life was too short, that she should revel in this moment, that she should enjoy every second of college because she’s going to spend the rest of her life trying to get back to this point, right here. And she’ll fail, because once it’s over, it’s over. Everything else is an imitation, a sham, a mirage.
I didn’t speak to her. She probably would have sprayed me with mace, or, at bare minimum, called campus security about the creepy old 40-something dude in running shorts who accosted her.
But she made me realize why I come to Athens.
It’s not the football.
It’s the memories - of a time when the whole world lay before us, when the possibilities were endless, when we pushed the envelope of what we thought we were capable of and ruptured it egregiously. It’s a reminder of the carefree nature of youth, of the ability to lose oneself in the collective delirium of a brilliant football play in Sanford Stadium, of the hedonistic pleasures of a simple glass of wine with a good meal and good friends while the young and the beautiful cavort mindlessly about, unconcerned about tomorrow because of the limitless possibilities of tonight.
A pilgrimage to Athens unearths recollections of the intellectual and personal discoveries that made me the man I am today.
I go to Athens because it reminds me of why we are alive.
And it makes me grateful for the blessings I have been granted in this great country, and through my wonderful alma mater.
God bless you, Athens. Because of you, for a few weekends a year, I am young again.
Mark E. Murphy, M.D., is a Savannah physician and writer.
Published on Savannahnow.com