My laptop is being a brat.

Me: Asus, what does this icon mean?

Asus: Both Windows Defender and Avast! are turned off, ma’am.

Me: Oh. That sounds bad. Why don’t we turn them back on?

Asus: HINNNNGGG.

(a few moments pass)

Me: …Excuse me? …Asus? …Are you– okay?

Asus: (exhales deeply) Yes, I’m alright.

Me: So — ?

Asus: W– what?

Me: So why don’t we turn them back on?

Asus: Turn what back on?

Me: Windows Defender and Avast!.

(Asus stares blankly at me)

Me: You said they were turned off. Let’s turn them back on.

Asus: Oh! Sounds great. HINNNG.

Me: …Asus. What’s going on?

Asus: HINNNGG– gah. No. Nope!

Me: What, “nope” ?

Asus: I can’t.

Me: You can’t.

Asus: I can’t turn them back on.

(I spend a few moments idly swirling the cursor and staring out the window; then,)

Me: (sighs) Reboot, Asus.

Asus: (screen brightens dramatically) YES! Sweet refreshness, here I come!

(screen becomes black; end scene)

Ballads — Old English to Eminem

I’m writing a reflection on the 1959 Soviet film Ballad of a Soldier (Баллада о солдате)– which has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! Cool.

I’m writing on the term “ballad,” its broad definitions, and what makes this film a ballad. The paper can only be one page long (which sometimes actually makes more grief than a 2-3 page paper), so my only criteria of a ballad are: narrative, and sentimentality.

This makes me wonder: can Eminem’s songs be considered ballads? According to my definition, they can. They are very emotional, often tell a story, and even include a chorus.

I wonder if Eminem would do a cover of “Barbara Allen.” … Maybe I wouldn’t want to hear it, though. I don’t know how I’d handle it if he called her a slut. (:

sincerely,
capricecake

‘The Perks.. Wallflower’ & Communication

In my Interpersonal Communication class, I’ve used the beloved character of Charlie to describe what it means to be a good or bad, but mostly good, listener. As always, I strayed a bit from the prompt, but I’m confident about what I’ve written and its relevance to the subject at hand. Here it is! :)

            A good listener has a strong mind and good heart. He or she uses their brain first to pay attention, and later to remember what they’d heard. They respond from the heart with concern and, ideally, they empathize. The goal of listening is understanding, which links the head and heart. When the receiver’s thoughts and feelings work together to receive and listen to another person’s message, that is understanding.

Charlie of the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a boy who understands when he listens. He exudes empathy like other teenage boys ooze sweat. But Charlie is more than just heart: he pays close attention to what people say, do, and feel, and he remembers it all. This indicates his brainpower. Because he offers safety and intimacy, various characters bare their souls to Charlie. However, he is a wallflower, and this actually impairs his listening skills in some ways. Listening is transactional, but Charlie is too withdrawn to “participate”; Charlie receives, but does not respond. Thus, when his friends want support or advice, he lacks the confidence and skill to provide it. As a result, Charlie is a receptacle for his friends’ thoughts and emotions, which leaves them only as satisfied as one who keeps a diary. As for Charlie, one of the core conflicts of the novel is that he, being a wallflower, is overwhelmed by all that he does not express.

Obviously, one fault does not make Charlie a bad listener. He generally does not practice any of the bad listening habits, with the exception of the period when he tunes out a chatterbox-girl who takes advantage of his reticence. Bad listening habits are designated as such because they negatively impact the communication and often the relationship between the sender and the receiver. In this example, Charlie creates a perfect atmosphere for closeness with his new friends, but he only achieves this closeness when he finally learns to “participate.”

… That’s it. Thoughts?

yours, capricecake

(Edited on 7.9. Just a touch-up~!)