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Artifact 2

In theory hearing only what you want and ignoring the bad things in this world sounds like an innocent thing to do. Sometimes it’s not a bad idea but it is a rather selfish one. Seeing and hearing only what you want is somewhat a cowardly self centered thing to do. It is the simplest way of going to great lengths to avoid disturbing problems. I personally believe it is not a bad idea but at the same time I see the down side to it. It may be a result of denial. Continue reading


Artifact 1

From past experience, I have realized that it is sometimes nicer to just see and hear only what you want. If I decided to live in my mind, it would probably be a much nicer place than where I live now. It’s not like I come from a hard knock life or a terrible home, but like anyone else, I just don’t always like dealing with the stress of today’s world. Growing up in the 90s I was exposed to a lot of family shows from the 80s like “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “Growing Pains”, “Family Matters”, “The Cosby Show” and the list is endless. One thing all these shows had in common was a sense of togetherness. It was all about their family business and loving each other. In The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, no matter what sticky situation Will and Carlton got themselves into, Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian would fix the problem and love them. On Family Matters, though Steve got on Carl Winslow’s’ nerves or destroyed something expensive Carl’s family owned, no matter what it was, they still loved and supported the geeky nerd boy neighbor that was Steve Erkel. Now in my reality at that point in time, if I got into the kinds of nonsense Will or Erkel constantly got into, I would have had the living colors slapped out the cheeks of my face. The point is these shows created an alternate idea of a community and family is in my mind. Continue reading


What is “Nothing?”

“The Big Bang Theory” is basically a theory that two dimensions of nothing collide and explode to create something, which is the universe. “Nothing” is a loose pronoun that indicates the existence of not a single thing.  It is not used to express the value of something but the lack of quality in anything. It is a quantity of no importance. “Nothing” is significant because it describes the feelings of emptiness at a certain point in my life.  Continue reading


Reflection: What was I thinking?

I used to think I was a good writer before I found myself in this class. I used to write thing s for fun but this class just drained that enthusiasm out of me. I used to write for no one else but for the thrill of self-fulfillment and that mentality stuck with me for a while. I cannot say writing for this class has been the highlight of my year but I have learnt a few things about myself. I realized that my writing style was not reader oriented. I never stop to think about what everyone else would like to read. I wrote around what was on my mind or how I felt at the time an essay or blog was due. One could say I had a selfish way of writing but that’s just how I see the purpose of a blog space is. I figured it was an opportunity to share my thoughts on limited topics.

I think my writing has improved in a few ways. I have learned to understand how to capture a reader’s attention with my title and intro. My writing is a lot more reader oriented and I have developed a tolerance for unnecessarily long essays. I’m still not so much interested in them but writing them has become a breeze for me. I think writing for this class has improved or widened my range of vocabulary; I mean big words do tend to impress some people.

Writing for a blog really changed my perspective of college writing. Throughout high school I was thought to exclude myself from my essays and never make it too personal. Coming to this class I got the chance to make everything too personal. I am not sure if that was a good or bad thing but either way, it freed a little bit of my creative side.

In many ways I always tried to break the rules of blog posting in this class. One example would be my blog post “My Twisted way to F!@#$%☢ Reality”. The purpose of this blog was to show people that I could be partially crazy. I always try to step outside my limited boundaries and do what is very much unexpected. I hate being confined to a limited space so every once in a while I test myself to see how far past the line I could jump. If you still don’t get it the “F!@#$%☢” is me cursing at reality.


☺Thoughts of a Partially Mad Man☻

In theory hearing only what you want and ignoring the bad things in this world sounds like an innocent thing to do. Sometimes it’s not a bad idea but it is a rather selfish one. Seeing and hearing only what you want is somewhat a cowardly self centered thing to do. It is the simplest way of going to great lengths to avoid disturbing problems. I personally believe it is not a bad idea but at the same time I see the down side to it. It may be a result of denial.

In one of my previous blog post, “My Twisted way to F!@#$%☢ Reality”, I try to justify my reasons for ignoring the many harsh realities of life. In that blog post I talk about the idea of community that Ari LeVaux creates in his Article for the Atlantic. In his article “A Different Education: Compost and Community, Not Literacy” and compare the Lower Ninth Ward to TV shows I saw as a child but mainly to the movie “Pleasantville” by Gary Ross. Ari LeVaux paints a picture of a loving community that is managing to survive and rebuild their homes after hurricane Katrina. He talks about how much good is coming from the school that was founded at the Lower Ninth Ward, which distracts from the actual mess of a life the kids and teachers were living in. The movie Pleasantville paints a picture about a perfect community that ignores natural human flaws, problems and society issues. I tried to use them as reasons to justify why I preferred to ignore bad things and hear only the good. Continue reading


My Twisted way to F!@#$%☢ Reality

From past experience, I have realized that it is sometimes nicer to just see and hear only what you want. If I decided to live in my mind, it would probably be a much nicer place than where I live now. It’s not like I come from a hard knock life or a terrible home, but like anyone else, I just don’t always like dealing with the stress of today’s world. Growing up in the 90s I was exposed to a lot of family shows from the 80s like “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “Growing Pains”, “Family Matters”, “The Cosby Show” and the list is endless. One thing all these shows had in common was a sense of togetherness. It was all about their family business and loving each other. In The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, no matter what sticky situation Will and Carlton got themselves into, Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian would fix the problem and love them. On Family Matters, though Steve got on Carl Winslow’s’ nerves or destroyed something expensive Carl’s family owned, no matter what it was, they still loved and supported the geeky nerd boy neighbor that was Steve Erkel. Now in my reality at that point in time, if I got into the kinds of nonsense Will or Erkel constantly got into, I would have had the living colors slapped out the cheeks of my face. The point is these shows created an alternate idea of a community and family is in my mind. Continue reading


Mind of a Blog Junkie

I never really could understand why someone would sit at a computer looking at blogs for hours. Here I am sitting with my laptop, “surfing the world-wide web”, when a friend pots a link to a picture of a sexually explicit nature on facebook. Being a curious fiend, I opened this link that I never would have guessed was about to open my eyes to a world of the some worth twisted and intriguing minds of millions of people. This profound picture took me to something other than a soft core porn site but a place where people are allowed to share their thoughts as some sort of digital art. It was like a link into the minds of millions. Continue reading


Bella Naija

Bella Naija is a Nigerian owned website that post news about current events in the Nigerian entertainment industry. The comments I managed to run into seemed to be praising a group of famous musicians from Nigeria. The original poster does not seem to join most of the conversations about the articles she post. I think that would be because it is mainly just a news outlet. The comments relevantly justify the well doing of the people the article is written about. In simpler words they agree that the people in the article are doing a good job with what they do. One does not have to register with the website to leave a comment. Just an email address and name is required.  I guess this would limit the commenting to only people who have e-mails and are willing to give them out. I think It would also make people watch what they say because the administrator would know who they are. I think basic guideline for effective web commenting would be to actually know what the post is about. Not knowing what a discussion is about tends to leave the commenter looking dumb.


2021

The year is 2021 and I have just won the award for movie of the year and I am worth billions of dollars living in London. You would think I am happy with my life but I am incomplete because I have no one to share my wealth with. For a brief weekend I am back in Chicago, to see some old friends. As I am walking the streets of down town Chicago with these friends, I randomly run into that one girl I let get away. In my head I am ecstatic to see her and would probably run on walls if it were possible. I can tell she is happy to see me to, but at the same time confused and scared. As her puzzled smile begins to dim down, mine does too because I am not sure what is about to happen.  With some kind of freaky electricity in the air I notice this little boy standing right next to her holding her hand. She looks at me looking at him and for a brief second I am heartbroken because I thought I had lost her for good. All this happening in less than a minute; I look back at her and her face suggest otherwise. Like there is a possibility I may have a second chance; like there is a possibility that this child is mine. I wonder, could this be the answer to my problems.


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