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Update: October 13th

1. As luck (and fun fun friendship) would have it, Jess Paul of Wrecked Radio and I have collaborated on another album review; this time, Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die’ is the subject of our musing.

When it’s shiny and done I will post a link here. Or the video.

2. Instead of TFiOS, I read Brunonia Barry’s 'The Map of True Places.' Excellent book, and timely in my case—I’ll tell you why in my book review. Don’t worry, I do still plan on torturing myself with John Green.

Okay. Okay.

After reading the wonderful article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about author John Green being such a doll to my hometown, I think I have to read A Fault in Our Stars, now.

I’ve been putting off reading it because, frankly, my obsessive-compulsive disorder is largely focused on a fear of terminal illness. (Spoiler alert, there, for those of you that didn’t already know.) So TFiOS was off limits in my misfiring brain. But it’s time to enjoy a story and nip my avoidance behavior in the bud.

I’m a fan of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, so I look forward to finally seeing what all the fuss is about. Of course, I’m clued-in to many of the major plot points, thanks to tumblr.

I’ll post my review in a couple days. If you’ve read TFiOS, let me know what you think?

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crissle:

thewritewire:

10 Words That You’ve Probably Been Misusing
1) Travesty
What you may think it means: a tragedy, an unfortunate event
What it actually means: a mockery; a parody
This one, I’ll admit, is my own personal error. For the longest time, I equated travesty with tragedy, mostly because in passing, they sound like the same word. It’s stupid, I know, but if you knew how many times I confused fetal position with beetle position, you wouldn’t be laughing. It’s a serious problem.
2) Ironic
What you may think it means: a funny coincidence
What it actually means: contrary to what you might expect
It’s not ironic that you bumped into a talking turtle in a sweater vest right after you told your friend how cool it would be to bump into a talking turtle in a sweater vest. It’s a coincidence, and believe it or not, those two words are not related. Also, you should probably lay off the drugs because I’m pretty sure animals shouldn’t be talking.
3) Peruse
What you may think it means: to skim or glance over something
What it actually means: to review something carefully/in-depth
How this definition got completely turned on its head, I’ll never know, but I’ll be sure never to say “I’m going to go peruse my math textbook” ever again, just in case someone overhears and tries to hold me to it under the real meaning.
4) Bemused
What you may think it means: amused
What it actually means: confused
Again, with the whole “words sounding alike” issue. I’m starting to think I just need hearing aids. This is getting out of hand.
5) Compelled
What you may think it means: to willingly do something, to feel like you need to do something
What it actually means: to be forced to do something (willingly or unwillingly)
The word you’re looking for is “impelled.” I agree, it doesn’t get enough attention.
6) Nauseous
What you may think it means: to feel sick
What it actually means: to cause nausea
When you eat too much ice cream and declare to your mom or the nearest adult, “I feel nauseous,” what you’re actually saying is that you are causing people around you to feel sick. Thanks, jerk. (For the record, “I’m nauseated” is the way to go.)
7) Conversate
What you may think it means: to hold a conversation
What it actually means: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
This word is a mix of conversation and converse, and doesn’t actually exist, like unicorns or YOUR DREAMS. (I’m kidding. Unicorns are totally real.)
8) Redundant
What you may think it means: repetitive
What it actually means: superfluous, able to be cut out
“Including this sentence is redundant because you already mentioned your love of Santa Claus in the previous paragraph.” This has always been my exposure to the word redundant, so it only makes sense that I would think repetitive was correct. I can’t be the only one? Right? RIGHT?
9) Enormity
What you may think it means: enormousness
What it actually means: extreme evil
I don’t know where the “extreme evil” thing came from (probably the Devil) but enormity makes more sense as enormousness in my mind.
10) Terrific
What you may think it means: awesome, fantastic
What it actually means: causing terror
Okay, so “causing terror” is more of an outdated definition but I still thought it was interesting. Maybe keep this fun fact in the back of your mind the next time you call your favorite camper, “Terrific Tommy,” because technically, a few decades ago, that might have been an insult. Unless instead of a camper, he’s a serial killer. In that case, go for it.
Info via DailyWritingTips.com, Cracked.com, and WriteItSideways.com. Image via GinnyTonkin.com.

umm i pretty much use all of these incorrectly #wordsmeanthings i’ll do better.

Yay I only use the first one wrong!!

I hope you don’t mind me chiming in with my theory of why some of these words got mixed up, and how to remember the differences…
Enormity I sort of understand—when we hear it used in sentences like, “You don’t understand the enormity of the situation,” while it may be written or said with the correct definition in mind, I think that might get lost simply in the -mous versus -ity in the opposing words. However, if you take a second look at when and how it’s used, usually enormity implies some kind of catastrophe.
Redundant and Repetitive I think might be explained by the two terms being conflated in our culture by now. i.e. If something sounds repetitive, it is probably a redundant point in whatever you are speaking/writing about.
Conversate I attribute to George Bush’s made up words that became popular to ridicule, and then just assimilated into daily vocab.
Compelled is something I like to envision a villain saying to his unlucky guest, when he’s about to spill the beans about “getting rid” of said guest. ex. “I’m compelled to tell you, for your sake, of course, that you will not be living much longer.” Because the villian goes by his own rules, and can be “compelled” by his own vanity, or compelled by pressing circumstances.
I’m omitting Travesty, Ironic, and Nauseous/Nauseated because I feel like those are simple fixes. People familiar with plays will probably be able to explain travesty. The whole nausea spectrum is misused even by nurses (so don’t feel too bad about it if you slip up—just amused). Ironic, well, just look up Alannis Morisette.
Bemused and Perused (they rhyme!) I can’t ignore, because I have misused the fuck out outta these words. I think the perused problem probably came about because of sarcasm—people saying they were going to peruse something, with the obvious intention of doing the opposite.
Bemused I usually took to mean “slightly amused”, but when you look at other words that have the “be-” prefix, you get things like befuddled, bewitched, betwixt, etc. All those words seem to imply a confused state. 

jellobatch:

crissle:

thewritewire:

10 Words That You’ve Probably Been Misusing

1) Travesty

What you may think it means: a tragedy, an unfortunate event

What it actually means: a mockery; a parody

This one, I’ll admit, is my own personal error. For the longest time, I equated travesty with tragedy, mostly because in passing, they sound like the same word. It’s stupid, I know, but if you knew how many times I confused fetal position with beetle position, you wouldn’t be laughing. It’s a serious problem.

2) Ironic

What you may think it means: a funny coincidence

What it actually means: contrary to what you might expect

It’s not ironic that you bumped into a talking turtle in a sweater vest right after you told your friend how cool it would be to bump into a talking turtle in a sweater vest. It’s a coincidence, and believe it or not, those two words are not related. Also, you should probably lay off the drugs because I’m pretty sure animals shouldn’t be talking.

3) Peruse

What you may think it means: to skim or glance over something

What it actually means: to review something carefully/in-depth

How this definition got completely turned on its head, I’ll never know, but I’ll be sure never to say “I’m going to go peruse my math textbook” ever again, just in case someone overhears and tries to hold me to it under the real meaning.

4) Bemused

What you may think it means: amused

What it actually means: confused

Again, with the whole “words sounding alike” issue. I’m starting to think I just need hearing aids. This is getting out of hand.

5) Compelled

What you may think it means: to willingly do something, to feel like you need to do something

What it actually means: to be forced to do something (willingly or unwillingly)

The word you’re looking for is “impelled.” I agree, it doesn’t get enough attention.

6) Nauseous

What you may think it means: to feel sick

What it actually means: to cause nausea

When you eat too much ice cream and declare to your mom or the nearest adult, “I feel nauseous,” what you’re actually saying is that you are causing people around you to feel sick. Thanks, jerk. (For the record, “I’m nauseated” is the way to go.)

7) Conversate

What you may think it means: to hold a conversation

What it actually means: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

This word is a mix of conversation and converse, and doesn’t actually exist, like unicorns or YOUR DREAMS. (I’m kidding. Unicorns are totally real.)

8) Redundant

What you may think it means: repetitive

What it actually means: superfluous, able to be cut out

“Including this sentence is redundant because you already mentioned your love of Santa Claus in the previous paragraph.” This has always been my exposure to the word redundant, so it only makes sense that I would think repetitive was correct. I can’t be the only one? Right? RIGHT?

9) Enormity

What you may think it means: enormousness

What it actually means: extreme evil

I don’t know where the “extreme evil” thing came from (probably the Devil) but enormity makes more sense as enormousness in my mind.

10) Terrific

What you may think it means: awesome, fantastic

What it actually means: causing terror

Okay, so “causing terror” is more of an outdated definition but I still thought it was interesting. Maybe keep this fun fact in the back of your mind the next time you call your favorite camper, “Terrific Tommy,” because technically, a few decades ago, that might have been an insult. Unless instead of a camper, he’s a serial killer. In that case, go for it.

Info via DailyWritingTips.com, Cracked.com, and WriteItSideways.com. Image via GinnyTonkin.com.

umm i pretty much use all of these incorrectly #wordsmeanthings i’ll do better.

Yay I only use the first one wrong!!

I hope you don’t mind me chiming in with my theory of why some of these words got mixed up, and how to remember the differences…

Enormity I sort of understand—when we hear it used in sentences like, “You don’t understand the enormity of the situation,” while it may be written or said with the correct definition in mind, I think that might get lost simply in the -mous versus -ity in the opposing words. However, if you take a second look at when and how it’s used, usually enormity implies some kind of catastrophe.

Redundant and Repetitive I think might be explained by the two terms being conflated in our culture by now. i.e. If something sounds repetitive, it is probably a redundant point in whatever you are speaking/writing about.

Conversate I attribute to George Bush’s made up words that became popular to ridicule, and then just assimilated into daily vocab.

Compelled is something I like to envision a villain saying to his unlucky guest, when he’s about to spill the beans about “getting rid” of said guest. ex. “I’m compelled to tell you, for your sake, of course, that you will not be living much longer.” Because the villian goes by his own rules, and can be “compelled” by his own vanity, or compelled by pressing circumstances.

I’m omitting Travesty, Ironic, and Nauseous/Nauseated because I feel like those are simple fixes. People familiar with plays will probably be able to explain travesty. The whole nausea spectrum is misused even by nurses (so don’t feel too bad about it if you slip up—just amused). Ironic, well, just look up Alannis Morisette.

Bemused and Perused (they rhyme!) I can’t ignore, because I have misused the fuck out outta these words. I think the perused problem probably came about because of sarcasm—people saying they were going to peruse something, with the obvious intention of doing the opposite.

Bemused I usually took to mean “slightly amused”, but when you look at other words that have the “be-” prefix, you get things like befuddled, bewitched, betwixt, etc. All those words seem to imply a confused state. 

In which I will talk about things and possibly show my face

I may or may not be doing some music review type stuff in collaboration with Wrecked Radio (that may or may not be videos) but will at least be write-ups. Keep a weather eye open.

POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated August Releases

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August is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out next month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated August Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well! 

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William Beckett - Genuine & Counterfeit (8/20)
The one thing you have to give credit to William Beckett for is that he has yet to waste time on making the next move in his music career. Since the dissolution of The Academy Is in the fall of 2011, Beckett has released several EPs showcasing that he can still bring pop rock sensibilities to the table away from his band and make it work. Songs like “Compromising Me” and “Dear Life” still share the same swelling vocals of old, mixed with simple, honest lyrics and hand clapping, feet stomping pop rock riffs. 

Now we get his first full length, Genuine & Counterfeit, and while there is no mystery surrounding what he can achieve flying solo, we have a full blown outlet to the various tasters he has given us over the past year. Lead single “Benny and Joon,” with it’s twinkling synth sound, echoing gang vocals, and rattling guitar and drum parts, is a sure sign that we can expect hopefully nothing but great hooks on what should be a surefire end of summer record. - Jason Stives

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That kind of lux just ain’t for us
We crave a different kind of buzz…

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Loving this whole EP.