Why Kelly Clarkson Is the Only American Idol

Weirdest name anyone's ever yelled while getting their chest waxed

I love Kelly Clarkson.

Not in a “I want you, I need you” sort of way, but in a musician kind of way. I’ve never been shy about my love of pop music, and Kelly Clarkson is a master of the genre. She’s definitely not the type of pop artist that gives you a whole performance a la GaGa or Britney, but she has to subsist on talent, and some solid pop song writing.

Frankly, I don’t really care that she won the first American Idol. I’m probably one of three people in the US that doesn’t watch it, and I really can’t stand it. The one good thing that came out of the show that spawned the Hollywood monster known as Ryan Seacrest is that Kelly Clarkson became a pop star.

But why do I love her?

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The Equilibrium of Being Single

It’s 3:07 am, and I’m still up. I’m not out partying, not out drinking, just one of those nights when you can’t fall asleep. I don’t know how it is with anyone else, but any time I’m up after 2 am and it’s not for a reason (hanging out with friends, finishing work, etc.) I get a general sense of melancholy. It’s not bad, it’s not good, I think it’s just my body’s way of telling me to power down and go to sleep. I fight back by turning on Miles Davis in iTunes and writing. As you can see right now, I’m winning that battle.

I always found it funny that people have to be “ready” to go into a relationship, that they have to reach some mystical point to be ready to open themselves up to someone. I think being open is just that, being open. I think whether you’re single or you’re taken, you should be open regardless.

Now, I’ve been single for most of adult life. I have friends who are the exact opposite of me. The total time that I’ve spent in a relationship is the total time that they’ve been single. I guess in some grand cosmic scheme, that’s some sort of balance right? Regardless, I just think there are two different types of people. People who seem to find their equilibrium being single, and people who find their equilibrium being in a couple.

Me, I fall squarely in the single camp.

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The Sweats Rule

At the end of the day, you can't beat a hoodie

I recently got into a conversation with a friend on whether girls actually care how guys dress or not. Basically, we’re seeing if the age old adage “The clothes make the man” was true or not. The gist of the conversation basically boiled down to that it’s not a key component, but it adds ‘bonus points’. What I got from the conversation was that guys that are ridiculously good looking can dress like hobos and still get away with anything. The rest of us average guys need to invest in a wardrobe that consists of more than “my most comfortable pair of jeans and my 3 year old sneakers”.

However, that got me thinking, is it true the other way around? What exactly do I look for in a girl in the way she dresses? Don’t get me wrong, when you first see a girl, you can get a pretty striking impression from what they wear, ranging from the slutty, to the sexy, to the awesome (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Handbag).

But at the end of the day, I have the Sweats Rule.

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Single or Taken: The 5 Minute Rule


Recently being admitted to grad school, I was flogged through a bunch of socials, orientation events, and a variety of other icebreakers where I’m supposed to meet my fellow classmates and get to know them. Forced social interaction is just one of those things that I loathe. Thankfully, life and acting classes has allowed me to appear pleasant enough to go through just enough of the social graces to prevent me from being an outcast. Yay society.

However, while I’m being flogged through said social events, my mind starts to wander and assessing random thoughts and ideas. While being introduced to Whoeverthe Hellyouare who graduated from Idontcareatall University, you start realizing a few certain things. This is why I can confidently say that within 5 minutes in a social situation, I can tell whether you’re single or not.

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See Siri. See Siri Run.

I dislike Macs. I really do. I’m not a fan of their design aesthetic, I’m not a fan of their OS, and I’m really not a fan of people who are slaves to Apple and people who buy Macs because “they’re pretty”. That said, I am supremely impressed with their devices. The iPod, iPad, and the iPhone revolutionized their respective markets. No matter how you argue it, I don’t think you can argue against the drastic impact that these devices have had not only on technology, but on culture as well.

I know that the iPhone 4S wasn’t a drastic upgrade, but for me, I had the 3GS, it was time for an upgrade, and the most intriguing thing about the iPhone 4S was Siri. Listen, ever since I read Batman, I’ve always wanted an Alfred. Since I’m not a billionaire, I can’t have my own butler/bodyguard/manservant/trainer of heroes with me, so I’ll have to settle for Siri. I was cautiously optimistic, but voice recognition technology has failed me before.

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A Buddy Comedy, starring Cancer: A Review of 50/50

(Only about a month late)

First off, I just have to preface this with the fact that I am a huge fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I’m a huge fan of his, and I personally think that he’s the everyman actor of my generation. A blog post about this is in the works, but anyways, on to the movie.

I’ve been looking forward to this movie since I first saw the previews. I had a feeling it was one of those indie films that had the feel-good sentiment that allowed a studio to really punch it up. I was a bit hesitant when I found out that Seth Rogen signed on, but I had faith that Gordon-Levitt could carry the film, and indeed, he does. The fact that Anna Kendrick is in this little gem is just the cherry on top.

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