Originally when I started this blog I meant for it to be focused mainly on fashion, but lately I'm feeling that if I think something it interesting enough to share, or whatever piques my interest, is allowed on here. After all, it is MY blog and I set the limits. I'd like to think that whoever looks at it would be able to tell a lot about who I am based on the things I choose to write about.

I'm almost finished reading the book Carrie, by Stephen King. My mom is a huge Stephen King fan and owns almost all of his books, not to mention books he's published under his other pen name; Richard Bachman. We currently have an entire bookshelf filled with just Stephen King books:

I've only read a handful of them, and I'm only really familiar with the more popular ones (made into movie stories) except for The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon which I fell in love with when I was much younger and still remember well. So I've sort of challenged myself to read them all, and in chronological order. There are so many so this would probably end up taking me at least a year if not much longer. And after each book I've finished, if there is a movie that's been made from it, I want to watch it; and of course take note of the differences between the two.

Carrie was written in 1974 but set in 1979. There are certain references made throughout that I'm not completely familiar with, and like any book I read, I like to know exactly what is going on. Even if I don't need to know the meaning of the reference to understand the plot of the book, I feel it's doing a disservice to the writer by not fully taking in all of the details he's given us. Specifically, I got to the part where Billy Nolan is setting up the buckets of blood on the school stage, and King refers to him as "a hunched, half-mad Rube Goldberg intent upon creating the better mousetrap." So, I had no idea who Rube Goldberg was. And upon further research I've found that he actually makes a connection to other interests of mine.

Basically, he was an american cartoonist, engineer, inventor, sculptor, and artist. His main claim to fame was that he depicted cartoons of complex machines that would perform simple tasks. And actually, the idea of this (though not completely credited to him alone) had quite an impact on pop culture; television programs, movies, cartoons, games, etc. At first I wasn't completely sure I understood what sorts of machines and gadgets this entailed, but I've found quite a few examples that made me quickly realize I knew exactly what became of this mans legacy without actually knowing his name or story. These are some of my favourite references to Goldberg machines in pop-culture:

The first I recognized right away, is the breakfast machine from the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure:

And the movie Casper has a similar breakfast machine though not shown in such detail, as well as other inventions since Caspers dad was an inventor, these are some .gifs I made showing the chair ride with Kat, down to the lab:

In The Goonies, one of my all-time favourite movies, they have a pretty complicated contraption at the front of the Walsh house that enables the gate to the yard to be opened, presumably so unwanted intruders can't get in unless the invention is activated:

Back to the Future also shows a series of machines at the beginning of the movie that are for making breakfast but they are basically defunct. (What's with all of the inventions specifically for making breakfast? Like that's the one thing that people just really don't want to do manually)

In Edward Scissorhands, there is the scene which shows the invention to make cookies which is quite complex and seems to feature what look like tiny robots as part of the process (again, some .gifs I made):

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is another movie with a crazy breakfast machine:

There are also two good music videos I know of that feature Goldberg type machines:

OK GO - This Too Shall Pass
This video is actually sooo amazing I can't even imagine how long it took to create. OK GO always have really crazy music videos, I can't think of many bands that have music videos as cool as them.

The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
This video (also begins with dominoes) is really awesome to watch too, the band is actually playing within a whole set up of a carefully placed sequence of objects.

Aside from that, there's the board game Mousetrap! Which was actually my favourite game growing up.

And last but not least, I should have known that there's an X-Files episode completely centered around Rube Goldberg machines. The episode called "The Goldberg Variation" is episode 6 from season 7. I haven't seen it yet, but it has guest appearances from Willie Garson (who I will always know as Stanford from Sex and the City) and Shia LaBeouf who would only be 13 at the time.


I could spend hours looking at stuff I wish I could buy on FredFlare. Actually... I just did. The list of things I want or think I need is long, but I'm just going to post a few really great things that I'd get if I had the cash.

To start,

The cupcake pillow

coinciding with this Ice cream lamp

I'm obsessed with this pink cuckoo clock

And I have always wanted one of these clocks

Clear phone- I never had one of these as a preteen but I always wanted one so I need to make up for it now

This Diana camera

Scrabble is my favourite board game and I like mugs of all kinds

These pretty cat eye glasses

I will take all of the trolls please

I need these rollerskates more than anything because I'm pretty sure rollerskating is the only "sport" I could manage

Clear bags are the best, this pink one is a great size

I do usually stick to over the shoulder bags though because I'll lose purses if I'm putting them down when I go places. This would be so perfect for summer, I love the scalloped detail

If I owned this I would always pray for the day someone asks for a comb and I'd get to whip this bad boy out. Actually I'd probably just comb my hair with it in public all the time so people would notice and say "neat"

Bunting is my new favourite thing. Something about it feels cheerleader-y to me and I'm way into that trend right now

This pen to go with my lipstick lighters, I guess everything I own can just be shaped like a lipstick

And I just wanted to brag that I already have this Snoopy Sno-cone machine and it's from the late 80's early 90's so it's ~retro~
Somehow I got to searching for pictures of abandoned amusement parks today and I came across these pictures from a blogger from Japan. Or at least, the website was in Japanese and the aforementioned amusement park is in Japan. I think it is called Tohoku place? I am really attracted to the juxtaposition of an attraction once so alive, colourful, maintained; turned desolate and overgrown. It's spooky yet beautiful, kind of bittersweet. Whoever took these pictures picked the perfect day because the weather (specifically the fog) makes for an even creepier vibe and it just looks like a place I would dream of, like it isn't real.

I'm sure most amusement parks are quite large, they cover a lot of land. I wonder how often really they are just abandoned like this because it seems odd that if a place closed down it wouldn't be torn down after and made available for something else to be built. If there's no reason for it to still exist other than to take these cool photos. I haven't found too many other notable places like this one, but I'd like to come across more.

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For some stupid reason, Tumblr won't let me upload these .gifs even though I've changed the size, tried uploading from a different source, and changed the file type. It keeps saying "error uploading" and it's only doing it for the .gifs I made from this old Lite Brite commercial. But they are working fine here, so I figured I'd post them. Aside from my personal Tumblr I have an X-Files blog and a .gifs blog. To see more of the many .gifs I've made please visit www.kewlgifs4u.tumblr.com