Holiday Post 2013 #2: Indifferent Ignorance Awards 2012

I never published the Awards at the end of 2012 because there was so much going on, but having taken eight months to get my shit done, I think it’s time to celebrate 2012.

Comedian of the Year: Tim Minchin

I was seriously worried that I was going to fail my Maths GCSE because I discovered Tim during study leave. I didn’t – and his atheism, beat poetry and contribution to Jesus Christ Superstar has helped me with my RS ever since. Amen.

 

Album of the Year: The One, The Only… by Chantal Claret

I had this on my iPod permanently during the summer; it’s so happy and catchy and funny and it’s really, really, weird to hear Jimmy on a record that doesn’t involve rapping.

 

Best PR Stunt: Mindless Self Indulgence’s Kickstarter and Conventional Weapons‘ Release

Oh my God, that Kickstarter video. I paid $30 for the deluxe CD, and it was worth every penny. If you’re going to see them at the Koko in November, drop me a line so we can wave at each other in the line.

Conventional Weapons was strange for me because I was a bit out of touch with MCR when it was announced, and over the months of its release I was out of touch with everything else too. I love it, though, and I love this band.

Best Book to Film Adaptation: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I was ready to hate the film, and didn’t. A few days after I saw it at the cinema with my friends, I looked up the trailer and was horrified. I texted Hollie “Found a US trailer for ‘Perks’. It was terrible.” She replied, “Fantastic, no one will watch it.”

 

I re-watched the film in April, and it clicked. (The book clicked on the second read too; I think Charlie has to grow on you for you to truly get him.) Ezra was perfect as Patrick and it’s nice that some other people thought so too.

Employee of the Year: Todd at Starbucks

Todd served my friends and I when we went to drink coffee and be nice to one another just before Christmas. We goaded him about the taxes thing, and instead of spitting in our drinks, he handed me an open letter that Starbucks had published explaining their lack of illegal non-tax-paying activity. I’ve deep-filed it with my Politics work, so have butchers here.

Come to think of it, he may still have spat in our drinks.

Mm, and his name may have been George.

Embarrassing Moment of the Year: Hollie and Jimmy Urine’s Microphone/Finger/Face Incident(s)

I’m not sure if they’ve been captured on video, but if you were at the MSI show at the HMV Forum last October, you’ll know Hollie as the girl who spoke into Jimmy’s microphone. ‘Nuff said.

The Indifferent Ignorance ‘Ignorant Fuck’ Award – The American Republican Party, Or UKIP

Okay, so they’re basically the same thing, but whatever. I really don’t like politicians, especially ones who think that abortion is bad because rape isn’t bad… or whatever the fuck they said.

Right, now that’s done for this year, I should probably start working out the 2013 awards, going by my track record…

AS Standards III: People I’d Like to Quote in Religious Studies Essays… and Really Shouldn’t.

I’m not sure which of the following I’ve already talked about, but I had to take an extended arm-break from revision this evening so I’m doing it the YouTube way:

1) “Not only is it, erm, erm, how do you say… right.” Bye bye Augustinian theodicy!

“… As a punishment for having a sort of schizophrenic discourse with a god who was created by man to explain the existence of feet in the absence of the knowledge of the existence of Tony.” Bye, er, any of my previously held religious beliefs?

 

2) Can I just copy and paste this into every answer ever please? (my bet is he was all for the Tory/Lib Dem coalition.)

 

3) “You only need to pray in a particular spot to a particular version of a particular god.” ‘Amen to that’ is the only response I can think of right now…

“He’s largely undiverted by the starving masses, or the inequality between the various classes…” Hello, problem of evil and suffering. Ah, Mackie’s Inconsistent Triad, how are you this evening?

 

4) This may or may not be about religion but I mostly like how it sounds.

 

5) “Isn’t this enough?” Hey, Richard Dawkins.

“Wow, that’s a good point, let me think for a bit. Oh wait my mistake that’s absolute bullshit.” Hey, teleological argument (it’s okay, I’m doing the cosmological argument. It’s got Ways).

 

6) Because it’s time to bring back the shameless MCR references (having just read the post back I think Aquinas helped jog my memory).

 

7) This is actually just about school in general, and the only bit that’s relevant to school is 9:30-10:30, but the rest, incidentally, is also hilarious (and quite true).

 

I’ve mentioned MCR, Tim Minchin and Ezra Miller in one almost-constructive post. Hallelujah.

(Okay now that’s reminded me of this and now I’ve kind of also included something about being queer… my job is done, and anyone who got through this post in less than forty minutes, videos and all, gets to guest-blog.)