Author: jaydenthomas

We Can Do More Than Just Asking R U OK? How Osher Gunsberg, R U OK Day, and Michael Hurley Made Me Want To Be More Open and Honest About How I’m Going

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No way! How have I not posted anything on here since March? Not even some terrible picture taken from tumblr in a attempt to get a few clicks? Or some half assed think piece on Australia’s darling Sonia Kruger? Maybe I was waiting to come back for something important. I guess this is it then.

Yesterday was R U OK? day. I’m sure everyone was aware of it (hopefully). During the week there would of been a social media campaign and I’m sure traditional advertising was happening, but what caught my eye was a pamphlet around the size of a A5 piece of paper stuffed in my Hungry Jacks bag last weekend. What a great idea. I grabbed in for some serviettes but was left doing something more importantly than cleaning my salty fingers.

I started thinking about myself? Was I OK? Today when I’m writing this I’m fine. I’m great actually, but what about last week? I don’t think I was doing quite as well, but we can stop talking about me in the present as I always know in the long run I’ll be fine. Everything will all work out somehow.

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Survivor Kaoh Rong: What could go wrong?

So there is a chance I might be the worst Survivor fan out. Okay, so maybe not the worst fan, but maybe the worst fan blogger. Looking back over my highly unsuccessful blog I realised that I never even put my thoughts out on the internet about the ending of last season, Survivor Cambodia (not that anyone was reading anyways). So here I am sitting down to post about the pre merge portion of this season, only to make a quick pitstop a couple of months back.

What can I say about Survivor’s third full returnee season? Anti climatic? Is that fair? Yeah, I guess it is. Season 31 started out strong and kind of fell apart when we decided to “invent” voting blocks. Look I’m the biggest Jeremy fan. His blindside in San Juan Del Sur was traumatic to say the least, but we were promised a great returnee season. Instead it felt like a repeat of Blood vs Water where the winner literally walked their way to the million. Seriously many parallels between Jeremy and Tyson could be made, but I really don’t have the time or energy to fall down a rabbit hole, that would make me look like I don’t support or appreciate their game prowess, when it’s quite the opposite.

Okay I’m going to move on. Cambodia was cool, but things could of been taken to the next level if the underdogs came through the the final six.

Now I’m finally going to move on to this season, I think we’re in for a wild ride. These first six episodes have been solid, but the editors are really setting up a few castaways for the fall. Scot, Kyle Jason, Nick, and Debbie all think they have the game in the palm of their hands. Peter would of been grouped in with these guys if he had made the merge, but just like with Obama’s term as president, all good things should come to an end. 

So with that in mind I believe their is only five players left that could actually win, but thanks to the equal editing, in my eyes they all have as good of a chance as the next. The five people I can see winning are Aubry, Neal, Julia, Michele, and Cydney. Any of these I’d be extremely happy with, but for now not much is clear. Hell, I could be wrong and the winner of the season could be Scot Pollard. That would show for once and for all that nothing can be certain on Survivor after 15 years. 


Taylor Swift Has The Grammy For Album Of The Year All Wrapped Up

Come January next year, Taylor shouldn’t have another moment like this:
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Looking at the albums that came out between October 1st 2014 and September 20th 2015, nothing compares to the ground breaking and record making 1989. The album was the first album in ten years to make one million in its first week, and currently has spawned four hit singles, with three of them going number one.

Looking over the past year the most likely competitors to 1989 could be Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters; Uptown Special, Mark Ronson; To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar; and Rebel Heart, Madonna.

So can we already pencil in a win for Taylor to avenge her RRRRandom Access Memories moment?

Big Brother 17 ~ Thoughts Part 1

As an Australian, watching the American Big Brother format has taken some getting used to. For me Big Brother involved watching people sit around all day, and us voting out the boring ones. Oh and there could never be any talk of nominations. I start watching what I would now regard as the superior format of the show, and all of a sudden I’m learning all these new terms like Head of Household, getting backdoored, Power of Veto, and Battle of the Block. And everyone is also talking about Dan’s funeral which is funny because I though the French Survivor was the only reality tv show to have someone die while filming.

So I had some catching up to do. Over the past month or so I have been learning as I go along with the season (thankfully I didn’t start watching last year or I wouldn’t of learnt much) and hear are some of my thoughts.

First off I’m so glad the game is at where it is now. Can you imagine if James didn’t win HoH and if Shelli had sent home James or Jackie. The Sixth Sense alliance would still be strong and might of continued their power through to this week.

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How The Walking Dead finished their worst season with its finest hour

A major criticism with The Walking Dead’s second season that there was to much time spent on the farm doing nothing, which isn’t wrong of anyone to say. The first half of the season is spent with Hershel and family looking for Sophia, and just as you think Rick’s group will be able to move forward to Fort Benning (a place they never get to by the way), they spend the second block on the episode on the farm deciding on what to do with Randall.

So I can see why fans were disappointed after the fast paced first season. On rewatch the season runs much smoother, but week to week this would of been a pain. The major reason for being stationary for so long was to flesh out individual characters. Whatever the writers were trying to do, it didn’t have the same effect as the character development seen in season four with Scott M. Gimple at the helm.

Looking back I can see what was created in this season working so much better condensed into eight episodes. You would still have major moments with Carl being shot, Shane killing Otis, Sophia emerging turned from the barn, and the decision on what to do with Randall. For the most part the events of season one were lifted from the comic series’ first volume (six issue arcs), so I don’t know why they thought the comics second arc would be suitable to stretch out.

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Adam Goodes: Why are we kicking someone while they’re down?

Normally Twitter is not the place to get a clear opinion out there, with its 140 character limit, but yesterday comedian Nazeem Hussain was able to do exactly that.

His tweet read: “Aust racism is so futuristic that racists become victims for being called racist & victims become aggressors for calling it out #AdamGoodes”

I’m not writing this to discuss why crowds are booing Adam Goodes. What ever made up reason you have for doing so I don’t want to hear about it.

Firstly, I want to talk about the incident between Goodes and a thirteen year old girl that took place two years ago. When he was called a ape from the cheer squad, he rightly pointed her out.

From that moment on we only got excuses. I heard “She didn’t deserve to be called out because of her age”, “he embarrassed her in front of a massive crowd” and “she didn’t do anything wrong because she didn’t know what it meant”. I don’t know which one of those is the biggest cop out.

I can say with the 100% certainty the only way to make a change, is to speak about it. Goodes called her out and spoke about it. Unfortunately nothing has changed.

I remember sitting down to watch the first Australian Idol grand final between Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll. As a massive fan of Shannon Noll (at the time I should add, Guy has gone on to be well accomplished singer, the only one out of all these shows to make a impact overseas I should add) I made a joke saying I didn’t want “gay Guy” to win. I was told off immediately. I didn’t even know what gay meant at the time or even what I was saying, but I understood from then on it wasn’t right.

Unfortunately not the same can be said for this situation. She didn’t know what she was saying, and at the time she did say sorry, but she couldn’t of meant it that much if her Mum has know come out in her defence saying she felt victimised by Goodes.

She said, “If he hadn’t acted like a pork chop it wouldn’t of mattered”. Basically saying he brought it on himself.

Joanne, the mother of the girl, isn’t the only one to tell Goodes how he should of acted or how he should take the booing. Any public figure who wants to get their name back into the headlines (I’m looking at you Shane Warne and Jason Akermanis) has put their hand up and offered an opinion. Majority of these people who are telling him that he is being a “sook” have something in common. They have never been discriminated against based on their gender, race, or sexuality.

It’s incredibly hard to walk in someone else’s shoes, which is why no one can really understand how Adam Goodes is thinking. The only person that can understand how he is thinking is the man himself, but I can tell you this. When you go through life being discriminated against, and then have to listen to a crowd of football supporters heckle you every time you touch the ball, it feels like it may be that exact reason due to past experiences.

And look maybe out of all those people booing, maybe only a hand full of them were truly racist. Maybe the rest really just don’t like him as a player. What ever the reason is, it was effecting him.
As a nation we proudly celebrate “Movemeber” which not only raises awareness for prostate cancer, but also for men’s mental health. We have government org’s that are trying to reduces the stigma surrounding men and their mental health. Only for Goodes to be told that he’s a sook and he need’s to suck it up.

Even the Chairman of Beyond Blue himself, Jeff Kennett, joined in with the chorus. Kennett said, “as good a player as he is…he is provocative”. This came after we had been told that Goodes was “genuinely struggling”

Saying that he basically brought it on himself is a terribly thing to say when someone isn’t doing well. Is that what we as a nation stand for? To lay the boot into someone when their down.

I don’t care if you’ve played over 300 games like Adam or you’ve walked away from your first game. I don’t care what colour of skin you’ve got. I don’t care if you’ve done something “provocative”. If you walk away from playing a game of football, and end up feeling like he is, then it’s time for us, as a sporting community to back off.