Quit Your Star Hunting

So this is how I’ve been feeling for the past few weeks: Tired, stressed, didn’t want to do anything…

maans tired

Source: Mans Zelmerlow’s Facebook page

Yesterday I was asked to write a complaint letter over something that I had absolutely nothing to do with, and it was extremely draining. After working on the paper for hours and churning out half a page of “professional-sounding non-rant”, the person who asked for the letter complained that it needed more rage. And then it needed less rage. And then it needed to have more details. And then it needed to sound like I didn’t write it. And it needed…and it needed…and it needed… etc. Had this letter been a cake order at work it would have needed over $200 of short-notice asshole fees. And then it was still rejected to the point that I was told the next morning that I didn’t know how to write. To top things off, I had just walked off an exam that I couldn’t finish and still wasn’t over my boss calling me in early to work a few days ago.  Long story short, I felt like the character in Sebalter’s “Hunter of Stars,” judged for everything. (Except in real life I’m not a lawyer or musician anything successful)

It’s really frustrating trying to do anything and having someone immediately shoot me down for doing everything wrong, like how it’s apparently wrong to listen to music while studying, walking barefoot everywhere, or even thinking about X when I’m supposed to do Y. I just want to do something that my family will finally say yes to, but I don’t know what it will be. It’s also great that my headphones broke and I’m off Mountain Dew, so there goes my therapist too…

Let’s hope the next post’s going to be a lot happier…

Those words will live forever

If you think you’re going to forget something, write it down. Even if you don’t bring your shopping list, you’re more likely to remember what to buy if you wrote it down. It’s easier to write a list (or story) and refer to it than keep it in your memory. Even Shakespeare agrees: Someone’s going to live forever if their story gets written down. That’s probably a good idea for Knez if he doesn’t want to forget someone who just died.

On the flip side, immortal words can be a bit of a problem, especially when someone decides to post something stupid on social media. It’s also annoying when it’s a memory that you want to forget, e.g. that annoying ex that you don’t want to see.

I’m going to assume that “Live forever” is supposed to be a love song, where Magnus’s character claims he will always live forever in others’ hearts. However, let’s say his character was in a relationship which ended badly. Despite the ex’s possibly wanting to never see the character again and deleting x amount of pictures/messages/etc, the ex would have to deal with a bunch of memories that won’t leave just because they were in a relationship with an artist. It would also be a major pain that “Live Forever” reached #3 in Swedish charts, was certified gold, and was also playing on radios in Thailand. While Magnus’s character is probably laughing about how he’s now living in the stars, the ex is probably bogged down with obnoxious memory triggers. They will have to wait to take one step at a time to finally say that they’ll be fine. Especially after hearing that the song didn’t qualify for the finals.

30 Days of Eurovision Challenge- Day 23

Prompt: An artist you would like to see at Eurovision

I don’t listen to much stuff outside the Eurovision world. Can I just plead the Fifth?

There was a rumor a few years ago that Damian McGinty (best known as a member of Celtic Thunder) was going to represent Ireland. From an ESC fan’s perspective that sounds like a good idea: He’s already worked with Phil Coulter (UK 1967, UK 1968, and Luxembourg 1975) for over 6 years in Celtic Thunder, is rather well-known in North America but still pretty much unknown outside of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and he has a pretty good voice. I was interested, but I wasn’t buying the rumor since he was still too involved in the Glee world at the time. It also didn’t help that RTÉ’s selection process for the Late Late Show Eurosong is as clear as the BBC’s internal selection process.

Now the only thing to do is hope that RTÉ ever decides to invite him internally or for a national selection (which hopefully will change now that Mr. Eurovision Johnny Logan has complained for years).

Song Title Survey- NF edition

1) IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?!
Crossroads- Satin Circus

2) WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Manboy- Eric Saade

3) WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Run Away- Sweet Brains

4) HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Möt Mig i Gamla Stan- Magnus Carlsson

5) WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Fight Against Myself- Elaiza

6) WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Begging- Anton Ewald

7) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
Für Elise- Traffic

8) WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Human Beings- Karin Park

9) WHAT IS 2+2?
En Godt Stekt Pizza- Staymann & Lazz

10) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Alone- Gromth ft. Emil Solli-Tangen

11) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Efter Solsken- Panetoz

12) WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Back 2 Right- Fool Moon

13) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Sängyn Reunalla- Mikko Pohjola

14) WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
God/Drug- MIAU

15) WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Shining in Twilight- Anastasiya Vinnikova

16) WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Fiddler on the Deck- Santiano

17) WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Hello Hi- Dolly Style

18) WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
The Righteous Ones- Ben Ivory

19) WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Ostarilla- Shava

20) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Survivor- Helena Paparizou

21) WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Candy Jar- MarieMarie

22) HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Hope- Hanna Sky

23) WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Ulvetuva- Fjellfolk

24) WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Dlinnaja-Dlinnaja Beresta I Kak Sdelat Iz Nee Aishon- Buranovskiye Babushki

25)WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Shout It Out- David Lindgren

26) WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Yes We Can- Oscar Zia

27) WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Kom- Timotej

28) DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Guld och Gröna Skogar- Hasse Andersson

29) IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
My Heart is Refusing Me- Loreen

30) WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
Lieblingslied- Mia Diekow

Asexual Eurovision Problems: That Pizza Looks Weird

I’m asexual. According to the dictionary, that means I’m not sexually attracted to anyone. It’s typically not a major problem unless someone tries to convince me through a 2 hour argument that I’m straight while the SO just rolls his eyes sighing, “Not again…” (And FYI:yes, aces can be in relationships.) That is, until I get to a forum or YouTube video and find people commenting about how hot [insert artist here] is. And all I want to do is yell at the computer screen, “Look, I don’t care if it’s 38 degrees Celsius outside. It’s cold; go put a shirt on.” (It helps that I live in the USA and use Fahrenheit sometimes: 38oF is 3.33oC, and that’s definitely too cold to walk around without a shirt.)

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Source: Måns Zelmerlöw’s FB

Let’s take example A: Throughout most of the blogosphere, people would probably pay a lot of attention to Måns. That’s probably their center of focus and I wouldn’t blame them. He’s in the center of the picture, is a visually attractive person, and he posts interesting pictures on Facebook/Instagram.

But then I have to shift my attention to his pizza. Or at least it looks like something similar to a pizza. What’s wrong with the pizza? Or is it even a pizza? There’s pepperoni on one side, but the other side looks like the crust got bitten by a mosquito and swelled up to the point that it looks like a demented calzone. Or is it a calzone? Is there any sauce in there, or is it just air? And why has no one noticed? There’s only one comment on his Facebook page regarding the pizza and the person’s only mentioned that it looks like Nederlandse Pizza. And the pizza that the person described looks like a normal pizza on Google Images. Måns, what is wrong with your pizza?!

This is what showed up on Google Images. Besides the bananas it still looks pretty normal.

 

I think I’m going to have to order some normal, well done pizza to calm down. No, scratch that. Let’s just make noodles at home; I don’t get paid until tomorrow…

maans passport

Come on, there has to be another $5 in there… I don’t have to be a hero of the bank; I just want enough to eat dinner tonight and not be broke…

 

 

 

Angry Birds

I don’t like the Dutch 2015 entry. I didn’t like it when the song came out, I didn’t like her Eurovision performance, and I still don’t like the song. By coincidence, I also recently got attacked by a bird while biking to the local grocery store. I’m not sure if it’s due to shiny headphones or just trespassing through the bird’s territory. Or if the bird was an Angry Bird, that I somehow looked like someone who stole eggs.

Marjetka says it’s not the headphones

It’s extremely unlikely, but maybe the bird was upset that Trijntje Oosterhuis has a great chance of getting a Barbara Dex Award. If it’s because of that, I’ll say I can’t see from the perspective of the bird. I can understand the original “fractured” dress’s symbolism for a heart being torn out and the backing singer’s outfit saying “YES NO” for confusion of whether the relationship exists. On the other hand, her parachute outfit didn’t make any sense in context to her performance in the semifinal. And that’s my biggest reason for voting her in Barbara Dex.

trijntje eurovision

I’m still confused about her SF outfit. Is it supposed to go with her ESC postcard?

It’s also extremely unlikely (the phrase is not exclusively for Delta safety videos) that the bird was upset about lack of representation from the Netherlands:  2012 had Joan Franka who wore feathers in her performance, 2013 had Anouk singing about birds falling out of the sky, and 2014 had the Common Linnets. After 3 years of avian representation, the Netherlands chose a (bird-free) song that Trijntje chose by looking through Anouk’s laptop instead. As there doesn’t seem to be an avian OGAE/ESC fanclub to complain through, the bird simply took out its anger on the nearest Eurovision fan around: the innocent person who was just biking to the grocery store.

At least it wasn’t as bad as this.

 

(Then again, it was Meijer…another Dutch connection…but I’m not even Dutch.)