A Geek’s Journal From 1976

I have recently been enjoying Steven Thompson’s new blog A Geek’s Journal 1976. Steven was a teenage geek in 1976 and he is blogging all of his old diary entries from that year. Each entry is from the current date – 35 years ago. Here’s an excerpt from today’s entry:

After school I took the bus straight over the river again. I picked up one great comic, one great magazine and two not bad comics…as well as finally giving in and buying HUSTLER. Tried to avoid that last one but guess I didn’t try hard enough. I did manage to avoid actually opening it or even flipping through it, though. Stuffed it right under the chair pillow unread. Maybe the more I learn about myself, the more I realize I don’t really need that kind of thing. I can do without it. Maybe I can hold out past my limit this time without any trouble. I hope so.

While I was over there, I ordered my very first triple from Wendy’s but when I got home I found dad had got my usual six coneys. So…I ate all of it!

In the midst of all the posturing, bravado, and “personal branding” in the blogosphere these days, it’s refreshing to see a project with this much heart. There’s a certain level of exposure and vulnerability to a project like this that I find appealing not only because of the often cringe worthy events recorded there in, but because of the both funny and sad way it is written.

30 Under 30 Under 6: Only The Good Die Young

On the heels of my celebrity death list post come Buzzfeed’s “30 under 30 Celebs: Most Likely To Die Young This Summer”. The list of at-risk young stars and starlets goes down like this:

  1. Lindsay Lohan via drugs, alcohol, propensity for being involved in car crashes, child star curse.
  2. Justin Bieber via angry teenage mob
  3. Robert Pattinson via slightly older angry teenage mob
  4. Tila Tequila via all of her life choices
  5. Heidi Montag via implant explosion
  6. Nick Jonas via diabetes
  7. Kendra Wilkinson via STDs
  8. Britney Spears via sadness
  9. Levi Johnston via ATV accident
  10. Ke$ha via alcohol poisoning
  11. Ali Lohan via proximity to Lindsay Lohan
  12. Snooki via assault
  13. Frankie Muniz via race-car driving, child star curse
  14. Mischa Barton via drugs
  15. Taylor Momsen via drugs
  16. Kristin Cavalleri via drugs
  17. Jodie Sweetin via drugs (specifically meth), child star curse.
  18. The Cast Of Glee via exhaustion, teen mobs
  19. Jake Gyllenhaal via precipitous fall (of his career)
  20. Amy Winehouse via inevitability
  21. Lady Gaga via strangulation by costume
  22. Mary Kate Olsen via strangulation by clothes
  23. Jay Cutler via diabetes
  24. Anne Hathaway via nefarious boyfriend
  25. Noah Cyrus via family’s life choices
  26. Kirsten Dunst via alcohol poisoning, child star curse
  27. Dakota Fanning via vampires
  28. Jonathan Lipnicki via child star curse
  29. Michael Cera via backlash whiplash
  30. Sienna Miller via vicious girl-on-girl hate

Andrew WK: Harm

Despite all the rumors Andrew WK is human after all. Or at least his persona is had the all-too-familiar angst/lust/confusion of a typical 17 year old. He recently published an article in the Gaurdian about obsessive feelings he had towards his girlfriend and how he ended up expressing those feelings through song. A song that ended up leading to a juvenile restraining order.

It turned out that the assistant to the head of school got a copy of my song on cassette and gave it to the girl I had a crush on. This was probably the worst thing that had ever happened in my life. She heard the song and was completely freaked out. Within three days, every kid in school had a copy. She told her friends, teachers and parents: “This guy at school is stalking me and threatening my life.” She played them the song and they called the police.

The song is actually pretty good for a crazed 17 year-old. Have a listen (The lyrics can be found below th fold) and then go read Andrew’s full account of the embarrassing event:

Andrew WK – Harm

Also, yes I’m very aware that this story is likely not true and simply part of the Andrew WK “project” (marketing machine) and is simply just a story. For that, I may actually appreciate it even more.
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