{WildTV#2} Jimmy Kimmel: Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

I know that I should just be encouraging you guys to communicate well, but look at these sad people! Please be nice everyone. Celebrities are people to. On the other hand, Justin Beiber’s part was so hilarious!

{WildTip#2} Speaking through Napkins

Tip: If you’re having trouble explaining something, try using pictures.
Dan Roam
*Disclaimer: This is not, I REPEAT NOT, an original idea. In fact, most ideas aren’t original ideas. ;)*
A couple months ago, a man named Dan Roam came to my college to give a lecture. Did I listen to him speak? Unfortunately, no. However, I do like his ideas. See, Dan Roam is well known for his idea: communicating through simple drawings on napkins is really effective. If you’re interested in learning more, click on the following link → DAN ROAM
Needless to say, my tip is to try to explain things to drawings. Just today, I helped my little sister’s friend solve an AP Biology problem. It was a genetics problem concerning recombination and map units. Tried to explain it to her using words and failed miserably, but with pictures? Definitely had an epiphany. It’s amazing what pictures can do for understanding.

{WildTune#2} Baek Ji Young – I Won’t Love

For all those who’s only introduction to Korean music is Psy’s Gangnam Style or even if you’re part of a new wave of K-pop enthusiasts that love Girl’s Generation, Big Bang, 2NE1, and/or etc, I would like to show you a song that I loved: Baek Ji Young’s I Won’t Love (사랑 안해 ).

Baek Ji Young is pop singer who was popular for inserting Latin beats into her music and dancing Latin-style dances while performing. In 2000, a sex tape with her and her manager, which he had taped without her knowledge, was leaked onto the internet. This caused a huge scandal in culturally conservative South Korea (at least they were in 2000). Her career received a huge blow and it was immediately after this that she wrote the song ‘I Won’t Love’. Six years later, she released ‘I Won’t Love’ as the principle track of her sixth album ‘Smile Again’.

On top of being an amazing song, releasing ‘I Won’t Love’ was a brave move for Baek Ji Young. It was her way of finally coming back from a blow to her career and her heart. In a world where the women are blamed for such acts, she stood tall and faced the criticisms and showed that she was strong and she won’t stand for silence.

Gather your strength and let out your roar.

{WildThing#2} Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds from ‘Firefly

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Our dear Captain Mal

If there’s anyone, absolutely any one fictional character, that I respect the most, it is Captain Malcolm Reynolds. The character is just wonderfully written and with Nathan Fillion portraying it, it is absolutely perfect. It is difficult to capture my sentiments towards this character into words, but I will try.

First, Mal has a brilliant sense of humor and I honestly think that this is lacking in characters these days. Humorless characters just feel dry to me. Don’t get me wrong, there are absolutely brilliant characters that have no humor whatsoever, but I tend to like characters that have a little humor to them, like Hannibal Lecter from the Hannibal series. Sure, he may be a serial killer, but even with the dark back story, he manages to toss in some humor now and then. If you’ve watched Firefly, and everyone should because it’s only 14 episodes plus a movie, you’ll remember the brilliant scene where Mal surprises us with a dress and a “pretty little bonnet”. Just beautiful.

Second, Mal will always protect the members of his crew to the best of him abilities and he will certainly never leave a person behind. He is honorable and absolutely ruthless towards those that threaten his crew. He will kill if he needs to and even when the going gets tough, he will not leave people behind, no matter what troubles they bring *cough*SimonandRiver*cough*

Gather your strength and let out your roar. Ultimately, Captain Mal is the perfect Wild Thing because he will speak his mind where he wants, when he wants and there’s no one that can convince him that it’s a bad idea. Even when being tortured by one of the most ruthless space gangsters, he’ll make jokes about the situation. His commitment to speaking his mind is honorable and deserves recognition.

Step #2: Gather your strength and let out your roar.

Election Day 2012: An amazing night.

Election Day 2012: An amazing night.

Prospective Wild Thing,

Remember when we were young and we’d scream and yell like little Wild Things? We’d scream and yell while we’re running around and playing games, of course, but there were also times of frustration and anger. Those were the times we’d scream and yell and although we were probably being unreasonable, we did it anyways. Our parents would tell us to be quiet and that there was no reason to scream and yell and they’d tell us to behave and be quiet. Sometimes we would listen immediately. Other times, we’d roar until our bitter satisfaction and then we’d calm down and move on.

It’s important, I think. All of the roaring and the screaming we did as children was important for us. Over time, we’ve learned to control our emotions and our feelings. We’ve been told what to do and what not to do. In the end, we come to the conclusion that only kids can be wild and crazy and adults need to act responsibly and be composed. Well, you all can question my maturity when I say this, but I believe that adults should be allowed to roar and be wild. Sometimes, we just need to find time and scream. It’s not safe to have everything bottled up inside.

Some of you may think that as adults, we should be more mature, right? I mean, how does one even roar anyways? Is it enough to just scream out loud whenever? What if we scream into a pillow like teenagers, is that enough? Is roaring just a negative thing? Should we only do it when we’re angry or feel that some great injustice has been done on us? Just what does roaring even mean?

Well, when I think of roaring, I think of it in terms of a lion. Lions, like the Wild Things, are magnificent beings and they’ll always find a way to surprise you. When a lion roars, it’s asserting its position in life, in the hierarchy it has created and is defending constantly. It comes from a position of strength, power, and understanding. So, when we roar, we are also roaring from a position of strength. When the Wild Things roar, they mean to be heard. Whether you need to defend your position, voice your opinion or fight for others, you should roar with the full intention of being heard. Do not stop at someone merely acknowledging your existence. Let your feelings, concerns, and praises be heard. Say something like you mean it. I’ve recently learned that when I try to ask for things from people that seem busy, I always start my sentence loudly and end it in a whisper. WELL THAT NEEDS TO GO! To everyone, remember this: Roaring means to not only communicate, but to communicate with the intention of really being heard.

As a child, one of the things I loved the most about little Max was that he was brave enough to venture out and pretend to be King of the Wild Things. By screaming and roaring, he found respect, acceptance, and Wild Things that loved him dearly. Sometimes, that’s just what it takes.

{WildThoughts#1} Letting the Beginnings Begin

Sunset over the Bay Area

The Bay Area = My home <3

Clever. If there’s anything I’ve never been called it is clever. That and organized. Sadly, that probably translates into my writing. At least, that seems to be the consensus of those that grade my papers… NEVERTHELESS, I will continue to work hard on this project “How to be a Wild Thing” and hopefully, it’ll make sense…after a year or so!

After a week of posts, I’ve decided that “How to be a Wild Thing” should be structured like this:

  • On Tuesday’s, I’ll post a new step towards being a Wild Things.
  • On Wednesday’s, I’ll post an example of someone that has taken that step, a WildThing.
  • On Thurday’s, I’ll post a WildTune which has music related to the blog or to the step. That concludes the central days: TWTh.
  • From Friday to Sunday, there will be WildTV’s, WildTips, WildTales, and maybe some other new things, if I think of something else.
  • On Monday, there will be WildThoughts. That concludes the week!

I thought that I should conclude the first week (and the following weeks) with a WildThoughts post. So, I’m not really sure if the whole “WildT___” this is cheesy, but bear with me.

Step #1: Discover who you are and be brave enough to show it.

This is the first step towards being a true Wild Thing and I hope that everyone understands that we shouldn’t just follow in Dan Humphrey’s footsteps. The reason I posted Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk wasn’t just because it was a brilliant TED Talk, but because she demonstrated Step #1 in a way I knew was only possible in these times.

Writing is power and when writers write, they write with the force of thousands of years of history, civilization, and bloodshed behind them. It doesn’t matter if you’re Darwin writing On the Origin of Species or Stefanie Meyer writing Twilight or even if you’re another Food Network star writing your newest cookbook. Writing dictates people’s politics or lack there of. Writing forms thoughts and ideas in others and creates world and universes for those that read the writing.

Now, the issue that Chimamanda brings up is the Danger of a Single Story. When you only have a single story of a place, a nation or a group of people, it results in misinformation and stereotypes. Of course, I feel that on some level, we all know this even though we don’t really try to break those stereotypes. The one point that Chimamanda brought up that struck me the most was her initial inability to write stories about her own culture. I find that sometimes, I’m also caught in this trap. No matter what, most fictional plot lines that I’ve thought of are based on Western culture and rarely include anyone that distinctly Chinese or even Asian for that matter. Mostly, I feel that if I try to write a story with Chinese or other Asian characters, it’ll immediately be labeled as “cultural” writing. Maybe I’ll be accused of lacking “Asian Authenticity” if the characters don’t use chopsticks. Now, I’ve noticed many instances where the media tries to tear down these stereotypes, for example, when the one Asian soldier was rescued by Captain America and Captain America spoke slowly and loudly to make sure he understood, the soldier replied with “I’m from Fresno, Ace.” However, there aren’t enough stories with non-white protagonists to satisfy me and the images of other races are still very stereotypical.

Solution? WRITE EVERYONE! Or use any form of expression that you enjoy! The point is that the only way to turn around stereotypes is to spread the knowledge. Rewrite history.

{WildTale#1} Dancing into the Night: Part 1

Please don’t stop the music.

Please don’t stop the music.

Please don’t stop the music….

“OK EVERYONE! STRETCHING IS OVER! EVERYONE INTO THE CHANGING ROOM AND GET YOUR FIRST OUTFITS ON! THE SHOW IS ABOUT TO START!”

I felt the nervous energy rushing through our bodies as we hurried towards the dressixng room. It was an old storage room filled with old and broken things like instruments, tables, and chairs. Everything was pushed aside to make space for the thirty-four dancers and their dancing clothes. A week before, a whirlwind of dancers came in and rearranged  everything from top to bottom to make room for their boxes and boxes of leotards, tights, and chiffon skirts. The room is now buzzing with life, energy and the musical memories running through our heads…

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Advanced dance. There are few places where I felt more out of place than in this class. Surrounded by black girls, the select few Hispanics, and one guy. These were the girls and guy that were unafraid. Not shy nor apologetic. These were the ones that were brave. Unlike me.

Of course, the only reason I signed up for this class is because of the dance shows. The Advanced Dance class put on two dance shows every year. There is a short one in the middle of the year and a long one at the end. All the dances, except for the finale, are choreographed by the students. The finale is choreographed by our dance teacher, Ms.R. I had hoped from the beginning that I would be chosen as one of the choreographers. There was a part of me that hoped that it would be like the stories from those inspirational books I read. Maybe, I would “discover myself” through this process and afterwards be a better me. I’m not exactly sure what I thought would happen, but what did happen was nothing like what I would imagine. I never would’ve guessed.

{WildTip#1} Publishing Posts on a Schedule

So, WordPress has the option for you to publish posts on a time that you schedule. It’s a wonderful tool, especially for those hoping to post once everyday. Now, I had a post that I wanted to go up yesterday, but I found out that it didn’t go up and I realized why. So, I’ve decided to change my post and just make a post on how to publish post ahead of time for confused people like me.

First, you want to click the “Edit” button next to “Publish immediately”

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Then, you enter the time that you want it to be published. Remember that it’s on military time! Then, click “OK”.

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Then, you click “Schedule”!

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For some strange reason, I assumed if you clicked “Save Draft”, it would immediately post as I scheduled it. Somehow, I completely ignored the giant “Schedule”.

{WildTune#1} San Cisco – Wild Things

San Cisco – Wild Things

The Wild Things will chase you down
They’ll steal your throne and break your crown
Don’t ever look them in the eyes
You’ll only find a nest of lies

You’ve got the hatred that you
You’ve always hated and you
You’ve got to face them
Now…

Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La. La.
Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La. La.

If you waltz with the Wild Things
They’ll break your nose and steal all your things.
And it gets worse, late at night…
After the long day when you can’t fight

You’ve got the hatred that you
You’ve always hated and you
You’ve got to face them
Now…

Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La. La.
Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La.

The Wild Things will chase you down
They’ll steal your throne and break your crown
Don’t ever look them in the eyes
You’ll only find a nest of lies

Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La. La.
Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La. La.
Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La. La.
Try to stay away from where the Wild Things play
La. La. La. La. La.

You’ve got the hatred that you
You’ve always hated and you
You’ve got to face them
Now.

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This song was the inspiration for the blog’s title and also helped me survive through midterms, papers, and finals. Great song!