Department of Mass Communication

… And The University Ends.

I’m graduating. Before the year ends, I would be done with my Bachelors and well on my way to live an adult life. However, I have no plans of moving out of my parent’s house. I have already got a job though. As soon as my exams end, I’ll join as a content editor in one of the news firms.

Truth be told, I had been looking forward to this part of my life since forever. These past four years, all I could hope was for the university to get over, so I could be done with all these assignments and write-ups, not to mention my obnoxious classmates. But something changed during these last six months. Always a part of a small group of three or four, I suddenly found myself becoming a part of larger one. I made new friends, and we all started hanging out more, going to places together, throwing parties, having get togethers at all times of the week. My classmates ended up becoming my closest friends. I interned alongside one of them, I even went on a tour with a few of these new friends.

Now that this is all ending, and I am just a footstep away from entering my new life, I just want to hold on to my university life a little bit longer. I have realized how terribly I’ll miss the mass-morning-wake-up texts, grabbing breakfast with friends at random places, trying out all the new happenings at town, contributing money to get a pizza, to have impromptu picnics and parties, to have emergency study groups and assignment preparations. To just sit on the department stairs and gossip and laugh and make fun of each other and imitate teachers.

I never though I’d miss university. Infact, I always thought that I’d forget it the moment I step out of the huge beige arch-shaped gate. The first three years here were pretty monotonous. But I suppose, this final year, everyone realized that it was our last chance at being kid. Most of us are 22, 23 already. Most of us got jobs already. It’s just a matter of time before some of us would drift apart, and I strongly suspect I would be the one of those who’d loose contact with everyone over the years. But for now, I want to cherish it all.

All the petty issues forgotten, all the silly misunderstandings erased, these last few weeks have been amazing. I got closer to a lot of people I didn’t even bother talking to during first three and a half years. I also got away from some people I had thought of to be my friends, but turned out they never were. I became somewhat less anxious, my confidence shot up just a little bit. I believe that the moment I started being myself, I found my people.

Ofcourse, there have been small squabbles too, but that’s something everyone should expect when hanging out with a group of thirteen, opinionated, crazy, loud-mouthed people. Fortunately for me, the place I am gonna start working at, seems like a great place. I felt comfortable there, and I hope it all works out.

As for the university itself, I have still got my exams coming. And it means I have still got a couple more study sessions and such, and believe it or not, for the first time in my academic life, I’m in dire need of these. That’s what you get for bunking classes during final week of degree classes I suppose.

You Is Kind. You Is Smart. You Is Important

Most of us live our everyday lives trying to please others. Be it your boss, your colleagues, your family, your friends or any of your other loved ones. Even though none of us would like to accept this, or we might not realize that this is what we have been doing, this is the ultimate truth. There is a part of us that always seeks for people’s approval. Some people overcome that aspect of themselves and stop caring about other’s opinion, but being humans, there will always be a part of us that would want to get appreciated or complimented for all the hardwork and sacrifices we make.

This phenomenon is not related to self-esteem in any way. Atleast I hope you are not relating it to self-esteem in any way. it’s a well known fact that people with higher self esteem take the compliments much more happily than the people with lower self esteem, who tend to think that you are just messing with them by throwing a compliment their way. Now you see, I’m not debating on how you should take a compliment, but rather on how we all have that desire to get complimented. It is not something you can – or should, for that matter – suppress.

Caring for other’s needs, sacrificing for your loved ones is indeed a noble thing, but that doesn’t mean you should stop thinking or caring about yourself. Learn to speak up. Tell other’s what you think. Don’t make your life all about serving others. Make it about yourself. I’m not asking you to be selfish. I am just asking you to consider your own happiness too. Do the thing that you love. Go for a walk at odd hours if you want too. Get a pet if you have been thinking about it. Eat what you are craving. Get a job that you like. Learn to live in the moment.

Financial problems and social norms tend to limit our desires in many ways. Figure out the substitute, the one you can follow through with out breaking any norms or burdening your pocket. Stressing yourself out over something you have no control over won’t help you or anyone else in anyway. Take a break. Breath. Recollect yourself, and then think about a way to get control of your problem.

If someone or something is bothering you, speak up about it. Don’t put yourself second to other’s needs. Don’t forget, you’re accountable for your own self. And that you are worthy of everything that is good in the world. Even when you’re trying to please someone, don’t let them make you sad or miserable in nay way.

Most of all, try to be happy. And opinionated. And don’t hesitate to share your wisdom among your friends or family. Now don’t thrust your believes or opinions onto someone, but don’t let them affect your point of view either. It’s what makes you unique. Just don’t loose your own happiness while trying to make everyone else happy. Just remember that you are just as important, and just as good and just as smart as those around you.

Supernatural 200th Episode

“Fanfiction” 10×05 – The 200th Episode of Supernatural

Note: This post contains spoilers

It’s nearly been ten years since CW first aired the pilot for Supernatural. I fell in love with the show during the first few scenes, and now, 200 episodes later, I am still truly, madly, deeply in love with it.

When I first found out about the title for this milestone episode – ‘Fanfiction‘- I was a little dubious. I mean, the writers had already taken a huge risk for the 100th episode “The French Mistake,” by bringing down the fourth wall. I wasn’t sure how far they would be able to take it this time, but I have to give it to them; this episode was priceless.

I am still high on the nostalgia brought on by the episode, so this post might seem like a rant. But here is what you need to know about this EPICsode.

The episode begins with Dean working on the impala, and coercing Sam into going out hunting, or atleast investigating a case that involves a missing drama teacher. After finding out that the woman was last seen in auditorium, the brothers make their way to the school and  stumble upon a high school musical production of ‘Supernatural’ based on the published work of Carver Edlund. The director and writer of the show, a high school girl named Marie, has turned Chuck’s work into a musical, and has even continued the work where he had left it off  in ‘The Swan Song’, turning it into a fanfiction.

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Dean and Sam are not only gobsmacked by everything, the costumes, the dialogues, the props and most importantly, the singing. Dean doesn’t approve of singing because,

“There is no singing in supernatural… And even if there was, and that’s a big if, it would be classic rock…’. – Dean Winchester

The musical also focuses on the ‘BM scene’ (Brothers Melodrama NOT Bowel Movement), because you know, subtext, which makes Dean go:

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Speaking of subext, it reminded us all of:

simply because:

There was also some emphasis on ‘Destiel’ because ofcourse, the girls playing Dean and Castiel were actually a couple. Dean’s reaction to that was pretty intense too ;)

Why don’t you take a sub-step back there ladies?” - Dean Winchester

Upon finding out about ‘Destiel’ Sam’s main concern is it’s pronunciation. He even tries out loud words like ‘Samstiel’, ‘Sastiel’ and ‘Casdean,’ making all shippers on tumblr go Whooooo!!

Anyways, it turns out that there is an actual scarecrow that’s abducting people who’re quitting or bad mouthing the production. To investigate the case further, Sam and Dean decide to stay on the set and the hilariousness ensues. They soon figure out the culprit behind these attacks, but in order to defeat the goddess who is responsible for the abductions, they have to first fulfil Marie’s vision of the show.

Dean, who is horrified by Marie’s fanficiton that includes robots, spaceships, ninjas and a sex change for Dean, actually recaps seasons 6 to 9 in a single run-on sentence for her, which she instantly deems as ‘the worst fanfiction I have ever heard…

At one point they even try to tell Marie and May, Marie’s assistant, that they are the actual Winchester brothers, but the girls claim that they are too old to be Sam and Dean. Although they do compare them to Bobby and Rufus.

Anyways, the night of the show, Sam and Dean gear up the kids and Marie. Dean’s pep talk goes something like:

Just before the intermission, Sam kills the goddess, Marie kills the scarecrow, and the day is saved. Marie later offers Dean a prop samulet.

The episode ends with a cover of ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’ which brought tears of joy to everyone’s eyes. Including Sam and Dean’s.

Along the characters of Dean, Sam and Castiel, the musical also included the characters of John and Mary Winchester, Bobby, Jodie Mills, Ash, Crowley and some other few. The girls even included the long forgotten Winchester brother Adam, who is still in the cage trapped with Michael and Lucifer.

Watching the show, the brothers realize what they’ve been missing: Being out on the road together.

SAVING PEOPLE
HUNTING THINGS
THE FAMILY BUSINESS
BACK IN SWING.

Dean also accepts the samulet and they go on their merry way.

And then, there was the cameo of all the cameos! OH MY CHUCK!

So, here is the rant review. You have got to watch the episode. It’s epic. All in all, it’s a dream come true for all Supernatural fans.

P.S: A proper review would be posted later. I’m too psyched up to write one right now!

P.P.S: These gifs all belong to their rightful owners. I found them on Tumblr

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Stunning images of deforestation (and other consequences of globalization) via Google Earth

Originally posted on Quartz:

Visuals are hard to shake. That’s why, on Nov. 20, the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be addressing the issues of deforestation and other earthly destruction in an exhibition called Mind the Earth in Copenhagen, using images shot by none other than Google Earth.

The exhibition first started as an individual project by urban planner Kasper Brejnholt Bak, who started collecting Google Earth images of beautiful places he stumbled upon several years ago, and then began zooming in on themes of globalization, urbanization, and climate change. He whittled 1000 images down to 80 for the DAC show.

Below are some of the exhibit’s satellite images that capture these themes:

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Neza-Chalco-Itza barrio, the world’s largest slum of four million people, located in Mexico City.

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Ice floe in Antarctica: Rising water levels caused by ice melting in Antarctica poses severe flooding risks to many countries.

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Intersecting highways in Los Angeles, CA.

Deforestation of rainforest_ Bolivia_km30 A beautiful if disturbing shot of deforestation in Bolivian rainforest, where trees are being replaced by cattle…

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Forget Taylor Swift: Spotify is facing a much bigger problem

Originally posted on Quartz:

Spotify is growing nicely. The Swedish-born streaming music service now has 12.5 million paying subscribers, and 50 million active users.

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That’s an increase of 25% on both measures over the past six months —attractive growth rates in anyone’s book.

The update on subscriber growth was contained a fairly defensive blog post by CEO Daniel Ek this morning. Recall that last week, Spotify was engulfed by a wave of (negative) publicity when Taylor Swift withdrew her entire catalog from the service. “Our whole business is to maximize the value of your music,” Ek wrote.  “We don’t use music to drive sales of hardware or software.”

The last comment can be taken as a thinly veiled dig at Apple and Google, which are both embarking upon ambitious plans to do exactly that. Ek’s throwaway comment is perfectly timed, because the Financial Times is reporting (paywall) that Google-owned YouTube will finally launch its long-awaited, subscription-based…

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Sam Simon: ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Gives Away Fortune After Cancer Diagnosis

Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

This is one way to turn tragedy into triumph. Once his terminal cancer takes his life, Sam Simon, the co-creator of ‘The Simpsons,’ will donate his millions to help animals, feed families in need, and so much more.

Sam Simon, 59, has lived over two years longer than he was expected to when doctors found terminal cancer inside his colon. Now, he wants to bring a more fortunate future to helpless animals, suffering families, and people in need of service dogs by donating his entire fortune to multiple organizations once he dies.

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

Originally posted on TED Blog:

blog_learn_to_code_art_revTeens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet in November, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, “but that doesn’t really make you fluent.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1657]Fluency, Resnick proposes in today’s talk, comes not through interacting with new technologies, but through creating them. The former is like reading, while the latter is like writing. He means this figuratively — that creating new technologies, like writing a book, requires creative expression — but also literally: to make new computer programs, you actually must write the code.

The point isn’t to create a generation of programmers, Resnick argues. Rather, it’s that coding is a gateway to broader learning.“When you learn to read, you…

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‘The Walking Dead': Josh McDermitt Teases A Change In The Ricktatorship

Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Are you ready for the return of ‘The Walking Dead’? In our EXCLUSIVE interview with Josh McDermitt, the star reveals Rick’s leadership may be in danger. Who could be taking over?

Josh McDermitt, 36, who plays Eugene on The Walking Dead, had a lot to say recently about season 5 when HollywoodLife.com caught up with him in New York City.  While discussing all of the “Type A” personalities that we last saw trapped in a train car –namely  Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Abraham (Michael Cuditz), and Daryl (Norman Reedus) — it was revealed that a new sheriff may be coming to town to lead the group of survivors.

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