Legendary Heroes: Top 5 Overused English Words of the 21st Century

June 28, 2016

I hate introductory paragraphs, so let’s get right to the list.

Legendary. This moniker applies to every famous defunct band, dead entertainer or artist. I think people mean “iconic” when they say “legendary.” In any case, Let’s make a rule: From now on, someone has to be remembered 700 years after their death for them to be considered “Legendary.”

Queen of/King of/Prince of/Duchess of….  Any time an old musician dies, it turns out that they were royalty of some kind. That, or they were the Father of/Mother of/Grandfather of…. whatever it was they did. How about letting a great, pioneering musician be just that, instead of straining ourselves to come up with an available title for them.

Hero.This one erupted into the post 9/11 media scene like an over-turned taffy truck; no one wants that much taffy. Now everyone in an American uniform is automatically a “hero.” Let’s be clear: The only heroes are firefighters because they save people without killing people.

Literally This horribly mis-used word never dies… literally.

Leverage. As they say in comics, “Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhhhh!” Every time I hear an expert on the radio/TV/Podcast/Whatever-it-is-people-listen-to-now, they’re always talking about “leveraging” everything to achieve some goal. “We need to leverage the park benches to encourage sitting….” Before my brain explodes, please only use the word “leverage” if you are talking about Archimedes or working to free a man from a large rock using only a stick.


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Abandoned Soul

June 13, 2016

Nelly Cherry

abandoned

All alone as he was abandoned

Left to repair his walls as he was down and low,

He was lost not knowing the direction he was heading,

Alone and left to wander around the world all by himself

Given up and left uncared struggling on his own

Had to carry his burdens on his own as pain and suffering surrounded his soul

Had no hope as nothing in the world mattered anymore

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Three Short Poems and a Daisy

June 11, 2016

Eating

I’ve been eating a lot recently to evade fear and anxiety.

I feel rather uncomfortable in my body as a result.

Other than that, it’s a great solution.

As for my large belly, I tried sucking out the extra food through my navel with a vacuum cleaner, but nothing emerged.

I just need to build a second mouth, next to my first mouth and eat through it.

The food will go unharmed down a tube and be repackaged for other over-eaters.

I Believe a Lot of Stupid Shit

I believe a lot of stupid shit

I believe that I am self-aware star dust & energy and that I was formed in the Big Bang

I believe in Life Energy

And chakras

And my indestructible spirit

I believe in the connection of all life

The supreme power of love

And in controlling events through gratitude

I believe in God

I Forgot

I woke up and forgot.

I forgot if I was Palestinian or Jewish,

So I forgot which side was right & which side just wanted to kill me

I forgot if I had citizenship or not, so I didn’t know if I should hide or hate outsiders

I forgot if I was American or Afghani so I didn’t know which soldiers were the heroes and which were the bad guys.

I forgot all that and more and I was at peace


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What I Like and Don’t Like About the Shows I Watch

May 21, 2016

You can tell that a blog has passed its prime when it resorts to reviews. Unless, of course, it self-consciously and deprecatingly refers to its being passed its prime, in which case it is so brilliant as to be in a category all its own: “Sarcastically Over-Compensatingly Laziness-As-Genius,” or SOCLAG.

Luckily, none of that applies to this blog post, which is simply a review of some shows I’ve been watching online.

Daredevil

Synopsis: An allegedly blind guy has inexplicable super powers, beats up bad people and doesn’t shave.

Pros: Acceptable acting, impressive fights scenes, and the patience to wait an entire season before acquiring a superhero costume.

Cons: Very few female characters; they over-did his super-sensing powers so much that his blindness is just a cover – he needs a weakness.

Best line: “Where’s this asshole’s hand?”

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Synopsis: A woman who grew up in an underground bunker where she was kidnapped for 15 years now lives in New York City with Carol Kane.

Pros: The first season had some hilarious sight gags and technology jokes; just when you think they are strictly 2-dimensional, there’s some character development; Carol Kane is in it.

Cons: Sometimes the writing gets too surrealistic and absurdist, making the characters less interesting; the Blast From the Past “I grew up in a bunker” device loses steam as Kimmy adapts to modern life; also, I could do without the stale gay, racial, regional and even hipster stereotypes and jokes.

Best Gag: The iPhone bit

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Synopsis: Very attractive people with super powers fight each other.

Pros: the special effects look cool; women aren’t just love interests.

Cons: Because it’s not the movies, all the top-tier S.H.I.E.L.D. superheroes (the Avengers) are strangely on vacation; it takes too long to type “S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Orphan Black

Synopsis: A confusing array of people and groups fight one another and it has something to do with clones.

Pros: Tatiana Maslany – because it’s a show about clones, Maslany plays a diverse panoply of characters, all with different accents and mannerisms, from a lesbian biochemist to my favorite, a psychotic yet lovable Eastern European assassin. Maslany is amazing.

Cons: a bit over-the-top with all the killing – it’s hard to understand why the different groups are so quick to shoot, torture and blow each other up.

Writer/director obsession: butts – there are a lot of gratuitous naked butts

Best line: When Sarah’s young daughter asks, “What’s a Republican?” her grandmother answers, “Oh, sweetheart, let’s not give you nightmares.”

 

Grace and Frankie

Synopsis: Who cares? Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are in it.

Pros: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are in it; so are Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen.

Cons: Season two, episode one includes a Sassy Black Receptionist Woman at a hospital. Where did this now ubiquitous stereotype come from? Why would writers for a show busting stereotypes about old and gay people write in this character?

Best bit of season one: Lily Tomlin on the phone with Mike, Apple’s tech specialist for old people.


Yes, I watch other TV shows, but if I include them I will look at this post and think that all I do is binge-watch TV. Even worse, my mother will think that. So, I’ll stop here & invite you to click on the following daisy:

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Number Nine…

May 17, 2016

Look at these numbers:numbers

The last one on the right, number nine, doesn’t fit, and it’s not just because I drew question marks over its head. Read on and be prepared to abandon this planet before your head implodes….

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If I Take a Break, am I Broken?

September 15, 2015

The fabulous Daisybrain Blog is on holiday at the moment. The author is busy experiencing life, and will return with thrilling new blog posts shortly.

In the meantime, please browse through any or all of our 459 posts. Simply click the INDEX tap & randomly select a post from the list.

Alternatively, you can see where this daisy leads:

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Fake Definitions… from Daisybrain

September 7, 2015
  • Zoology: The study of zoos
  • Astronomy: The study of asses
  • Sociology: The study of sociopaths
  • Rhinology: The study of Rhinos
  • Sarcology: The study of sarcasm
  • Cardiology: The study of playing cards
  • Cosmetology: The study of the cosmos

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