Author: jaydenthomas

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.

Emmy 2015 Predictions

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Homeland regained critical acclaim after a post season one slump, the sophomore seasons for the Netflix dramas are seen as the best for both shows, yet it looks like Mad Men will win the award for the fifth and final time, making it a record in the category (Mad Men currently shares the title for most wins with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and The West Wing).

Outstanding Comedy Series

Louie (FX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)

I’m a big Modern Family fan but please can they stop winning this award. While the show is still a good watch, it is nowhere near the early years when it also took out Outstanding Comedy. I think it could be Kimmy Schmidt, but I could easily be wrong. There are so many strong contenders here. Veep and Transparent are contenders, and I would love for Parks to win, but the chances are slim.

Lead Actor in a Drama – Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Lead Actress in a Drama – Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
Supporting Actor in a Drama – Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Supporting Actress in a Drama – Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)

Lead Actor in a Comedy – Jeffery Tambor (Transparent)
Lead Actress in a Comedy – Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Jan Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

the failed cover letter

A few months ago I applied for a job I knew I had no chance of getting, but I went for it anyway. My low expectations were well thought out, and meant I was not disappointed in any way. Here’s a terrible cover letter a used in my application.

As you can see from my resume, I have very little experiance and no degree. I have Kanye to thank, in part, for that. See ‘The Collage Dropout’ lead me to believe you could get anywhere in life without a degree. I was once talking about this in class in reference to myself, when a teacher jumped in and said only “creative types” could get away with not having a degree while having a career.

I also have myself to thank for why I currently don’t have a degree. While I was meant to be studying in the final years of school, I was too busy focusing on what was happening in the entertainment world.

TRUE STORY: One time while on Twitter in class I broke the “news” that Josh from ‘Big Brother’ 2012 would be leaving due to his brothers death. I was so proud of myself at the time.

No degree aside, I feel like I would be a perfect fit for the job of Staff Writer at Buzzfeed. I’m young, and would never fit the typical mould of a journalism student, just as Buzzfeed doesn’t fit the mould of your typical website. I feel like I have a knowledge and grasp on pop culture that others my age wouldn’t (knowledge is important as time is money, money is power, power is pizza, and pizza is knowledge. If knowledge comes after time, money and PIZZA it must be important. Lastly I believe that I am highly motivated to get results and get things done. As someone who has posted content online for the last two years with varying degrees of success, I know how it feels like not get the views or clicks you were hoping for. Every time this has happened, I’d pick myself up and try harder next time.

Lastly I’d like you to know I realise there is a very slim chance of me getting this job. To quote Jeff Probst: “(Contestant) has 0.00% of winning this game”. He has said this a fair few times before a season of ‘Survivor’ will start in interviews to press. The funny thing is a few times the people he thinks have no chance, have so much determination that they win the game. Maybe that will be me. The one that nobody expects to achieve anything gets to accomplish great?

I’ll end this letter with that reference to the greatest reality television show of all time, and with myself thanking you for even giving this letter any of your time.

Lonely Town

I’ve been working overtime
And I can’t get you off my mind

It’s a Sunday and in a attempt to amuse myself I’ve gone shopping. There is a photo taken of Aziz Ansari walking with a large clear umbrella, and holding a ice cream cone with three scoops in the other. All eyes are on him. He has the attention, but nobody to share the ice cream with. I feel like him right now, although the attention isn’t on me. I feel like it is though. There is something sad about seeing someone shopping alone, even though I know it more practical. I am carrying my bag of purchases in one hand, and I have my phone in the other. Holding my phone is very Jeff Winger of me. I hold it as though I’m seconds away from getting an important call. I’m not though.

I always thought things would change
but they never did

Another kid in Lonely Town

Nobody likes you…
Everyone left you…
They’re all out without you…
Having fun…

When I was a kid I knew I never wanted to be an actor because of the uncertainty that comes with the job. How did I become a struggling “content creator”. That term is a laugh in itself. Is that just a made up term for people that are making money while not really doing anything? Am I being to shady now? Probably. The shade is coming from the frustration. I’m busking every day and getting thrown ten cent pieces.

She takes just like a woman.
She makes love just like a woman.
And then she aches just like a woman.
But she breaks just like a little girl.

Today the world was introduced to Caitlyn Jenner. The photo’s were amazing, but I think Laverne Cox said it best. We should focus on her inner beauty, and how her true shelf can finally be released.

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