Are We Human or Are We Dancer?

Hello my fellow internet-addicts! So, I recently listened to this song called Human by the Killers. First off, it’s important that I say what an exceptionally good song this is, particularly the lyrics. Check it out below before you look at my little explanation.

“Brandon Flowers from the Killers said that the lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson, where he stated America was raising “a generation of dancers” (basically suggesting that americans lacked the imagination to be original instead of copying others).”

the-killers-human-coverFrom a lyrical perspective, the Killers have generated a lot of metaphors – the word dancer could almost be substituted for puppet. The diction of the song is also important, for example the word “cord” could relate back to the strings of a puppet, and the words “cut the cord” is a metaphor for becoming your own person, cutting the strings that make you the puppet.

The really great thing is that he’s never really sure whether he is a human or a dancer.

And so the question arises, are we human or are we dancer?

Are we completely are own persons, or are controlled by others?

You want to know what I say? Lets be both. At least in the sense that we are our own persons, but we’re still being influenced by others. I am human, but I am also dancer.

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So let me know what you think? Do you agree with my conclusions? Disagree? Let me know in the comment section!

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On the Subject of Television

Hello my fellow internetees! So, yet another lazy summer day going by, and I can honestly say that I’m enjoying every second. Although I do have concrete plans of go-carting, fantasy conventions, and amusement parks, I have to say I rather enjoy the days like this one – where I have nothing planned whatsoever.

However, much to my disgust, I find myself staying indoors watching TV, instead of going out and enjoying the lovely temperature and sun. Now, don’t get me wrong – I do go out rollerblading, running, swimming, sunbathing, biking, etc. I just feel like I’m watching way too much TV.

The thing is, though, I live in Thailand, but I am on “vacation” in my home country, Sweden. TV in Thailand is, in one word, awful. There are three channels I can watch, because the rest of them are either sports channels or in Thai (which is a language that I don’t speak). So, the thing is, I don’t watch TV on a regular basis – seriously, I don’t watch more than maybe one hour per week… if even that.

top-gear-10But now, everything on the television is so normal and familiar – and after 10 months of barely anything normal or familiar, it’s great… normal television. And although this has resulted in me watching more TV than I perhaps should, in my defense, I’m making up for 10 months of barley any TV watching.

And also, they send out Top Gear several times a day, and I can’t resist Top Gear.

If you don’t know what Top Gear is – it’s essentially a car channel, that has very little to do with cars, and more to do with hysterical british humor. I particularly enjoy the episode where they try to make amphibious cars, but that’s just me…

Ok, back to topic – watching TV might not be the worst thing in the world, but I think I’m going to try to be outside more and do more “social things”.

So what about you? Do you feel like you watch too much TV? Too little? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Music Monday – Strange Charm by Hank Green

Hello internetees! So, very briefly: this is one of the nerdiest songs ever to come into existence, so naturally, I love it! It’s by Hank Green, who is one of the founders of nerdfighteria, and it’s really just an awesome song!

Check it out down below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0kXkWXSXRA

Not only is it awesome, it’s also very informative!

The Host – Movie Review

Movie Information:

Director: Andrew Niccol

Actors: Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wanda), Diane Kruger (The Seeker), Max Irons (Jared Howe), Jake Abel (Ian O’Shea). Click here for a list of the full cast.

Runtime: 125 min

Release date: 29 of March, 2013

Genre: Sci-Fantasy, Romance.

So, for those of you who have been living in a cave for the past month, the Host is a movie that just came out, and it’s based off of Stephenie Meyer‘s international bestseller, The Host.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.The-Host-Movie-Poster-Large

Now, that was the description of the book, and not the movie, but seeing as the movie and the book are about the same thing, I thought I’d be lazy and just use the book one.

I believe that the first thing I should discuss is, of course, my opinion of the movie, and there are a few words that come to mind. BrilliantPerfection. Awesome

Despite the fact that the movie leaves you with a severe “movie-hangover”, it was amazing (for some reason I am italicizing all of my adjectives… I’m not really sure why, though).

The movie did keep very well to the plot, in my opinion, but it did leave out somethings that I wanted to see. However, it did take away the parts of the book that I didn’t like, so I guess you could say that it balanced itself out.

Sometimes, it almost felt like they were downsizing Wanda’s role (a little bit), which is strange seeing as she is the protagonist, but not the point where it was noticeable for people who hadn’t read (and weren’t obsessed with) The Host (book). Or at least, the person I went to the movies with didn’t notice anything – and this person hasn’t read The Host.

The-Host-Affiche-Max-IronsThe acting was, surprisingly, good. In Twilight (also by Stephenie Meyer, for you cavemen who don’t know this) the acting wasn’t that great, to be honest. I like the movies just fine, and I adore the Twilight Saga books, but I didn’t really like the acting. However, I felt like the actors in The Host made the story so incredibly believable – and I did, in fact, cry once. Although, I cry on a daily basis, so it isn’t that much of an accomplishment, to be honest.

For all the women out there, I have to ask – are feeling as conflicted as I am? In the book, I adored Ian (to a point where it scared the-host-movie-poster1the people around me), but in the movie I, for some reason, felt more drawn to Jared (much to my disbelief/horror). I do find both actors attractive, it’s not that, I’m just liked Jared more.

(ARGH! Can’t handle all of these feels!)

The only part of the movie that I clearly disliked was the actor they chose (SPOILER ALERT!) to play Wanda after she “gives Melanie back” to Melanie. She seemed too… voluptuous for the sweet, pixie-like, person I’d envisioned in my mind. But then again, what do I know about casting?

All in all, it was a great film, and you’ll enjoy it even if you haven’t read the books.

Anyone else see The Host? Anyone going to see it now after my review? Let me know in the comments section down below. – Notice the excruciatingly bad rhyme I just did.

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