Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Song of Tuesday

Yes, today's video is "Zaman Zaman" by Fikret Kızılok. Lyrics are also wonderful but what I love most about this song is the music, composition. Each time I hear the music I feel I have to stop doing whatever I do and listen the whole song. Hope you enjoy!!!

Book of Monday

Today's book "Practicing the Power of Now" is written by Eckhart Tolle (Ulrich Leonard Tolle) and translated into Turkish as "Şimdi'nin Gücü Uygulama Kitabı". It offers some teachings that might help you allay your fears about future. When I read the book I likened some of his thoughts to "submission" belief in Islam. It means that If you want to have something you should put your best foot forward and leave the result to God. You don't need to think the rest because each consequence is a part of something bigger and your anxiety/fear is in vain.You cannot chance the past moreover your past doesn't shape your presence or future. Likewise your thoughts or plans about future cannot define the person you are now. Your thoughts about past/future are nothing but a delusion. Past gives you an identity -which does not reflects the truth- and Future promises satisfaction or creates fear. Both are illusional. As Tolle says "The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it."( A New Earth, p.96) There isn't any unsolvable problem 'now'  but there are complex thoughts that make the life unbearable.  
Apart from thoughts, waiting is another problem. Tolle differentiates waiting into two groups. First one includes waiting at the airport, post office, etc. and the second one includes waiting for a better job- just like me!- success, money,enlightenment or a meaningful relationship. The second one briefly means that you wait for starting to live. You want the "future" not "now". Unfortunately future won't bring you what you want. If you want to have something have it now! says Tolle :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Movie of Sunday

"Television shows happened in the TV set, but radio shows happened in my head." says Roger Ebert while criticizing Radio Days. Despite being sequential, TV and radio are totally apart. Unlike television, radio appeals to your imagination more than your eyes and it gives you a chance for completing the missing parts or constructing the setting in your head.

Allen's 'Radio Days' tells us the story of the golden age of the radio through funny vignettes tied by hit songs of 40s. Each one of the songs reminds our hero/narrator one of his memories. Woody Allen narrates the radio-centered life of an ordinary Jewish family in Rockaway. At the beginning he admits that he romanticizes the old boyhood memories. He adorns his memories by exaggerating humorous elements. Now and then he ridicules urban legends of the time. The most amusing example of these is the scene in which a part from the book of  'The War of the Worlds' is given as news. upon hearing the 'news' on the radio Aunt Bea (Dianne Wrest) is left alone in a broken car by her terrified date.

Sally White's misadventures are also amusing parts of the movie. The picture above is from the scene in which the breaking bulletin of Pearl Harbor is given at the time Sally White is recording a play. And the punch line is the response of Sally to this news:
- And what do we do now? Come back on Monday? Who is Pearl Harbor???
I don't even mention the burglars who win the jackpot by answering the phone in the house that they break in and confuse the hosts next day.
I say it is very entertaining film to watch and I leave you with this beautiful song by Carmen Miranda in 'Radio Days':

Monday, July 23, 2012

Book of Monday

Book of Monday is by J.R.R. Tolkien : Roverandom. It is a very funny fairy tale about a little dog called 'Rover'. But this name will change into Roverandom as the adventure goes on. It simply refers to the instant changes of the environment and appearance of our hero in the world of magic.
I want to start with the introduction part, because is explains the emergence of the story. It bases on a real situation. It says, Michael, son of Tolkien, has lost his toy dog on the beach. So Tolkien wants to explain this loss by telling a story. In his fairy world Rover is a spellbound dog who is bound to be toy at first. Because it has attacked a magician and tore his trouser. This magician is Artaxerxes and he turns him into a little toy and the adventure begins. Rover is sold to the mother of Michael. Michael loves the dog but cannot prevent its escape. After Rover runs off he meets other odd magicians, goes to Moon with Mew, visits the dreams of little children with the Man on the Moon. He also learns he is not the only Rover. There are Rovers on the moon and under the sea and they become little Rover's companions during his travel.

Leonard Zelig

Yesterday I watched 'Zelig', a Woody Allen movie released in 1983. "The film was photographed and narrated in the style of 1920s black-and-white newsreels, which are interwoven with archival footage from the era and re-enactments of real historical events." says Wikipedia. Its hero is Leonard Zelig a man with the ability of changing appearances when he needs to feel in safe. After his disorder is observed, doctors try to diagnose the disease. Dr.Fletcher is the only person who sympathizes him and she diagnoses him as chameleon man through hypnotism. Zelig explains the reason of the transformation: He transforms into the strong people around him because it is safe to have their abilities or to be one of the herd is harmless. This Zelig thing still works, I think. World is filled with chameleon people who is with the stronger ones all the time. And the film is a masterpiece.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Curse Of The Title

I think our name has turned out to be a curse for me! I, literally, do nothing these days on the one hand. And on the other hand I want to build an impeccable life just like the beautiful flower above. Not only simple but also something perfect. I know after I decide on which way to walk I will do the best of it. I just can't decide, even think about it. Hard work isn't the one that gets you older but the instability and anxiety. As days pass they grow and grow and become an elephantine burden on your shoulders, and make your head hard to carry. I miss lots of chances by a neck or I don't even want to run after them. I guess stumbling at the dawn of a new beginning is inevitable. Hope it will come to an end soon. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Big Bang Theory - 'Dirt People'

I have just watched episode 15 of the 4th season. And I loved it. It was really funny with the joke Humanities. Although I'm a literature student, I enjoyed it. There are trans of some parts I loved:

Amy: And consider this, without you to make the case for the physics department, the task will fall to people like Leonard and Rajesh.
Sheldon: Are you trying to scare me? ‘Cause you’re succeeding.
Amy: Well, then prepare to be terrified. If your friends are unconvincing, this year’s donations might go to, say, the geology department.
Sheldon: Oh, dear,not, not the dirt people!
Amy: Or worse, it could go to the liberal arts.
Sheldon: No!
Amy: Millions of dollars being showered on poets, literary theorists and students of gender studies.
Sheldon: Oh, the humanities!
And during the party:
Sheldon (behind them): No, no, no, I’m just here for your money. I don’t want to shake anyone’s germy hands. Explain it to them, Siebert.

p.s. The dialogue part is taken from http://bigbangtrans.wordpress.com/series-4-episode-15-the-benefactor-factor/

Friday, July 6, 2012

Barış Manço

When I got really tired of people I try to unwind by listening songs. This is the best song of Barış Manço, or my favorite one:). It reminds how vain this world is and we have to watch our manners coz good fame is the only thing we can leave behind. It sounds cliche but still true.

57 Chevy

Hello again after five months!!! And this site deserves its name 'twolazzies'from now on. Unfortunately we couldn't write even a word during that time but we have learned lots of things. All related to human beings. Nearly everything has changed since last year. Our city, neighbors, friends, attitudes and ourselves of course. I can't even remember most of them but I can write recent events that kinda affected us and changed our point of view against people. The toy car you see up is a memory of the particular day I will be talking about. Last week I got a phone call from one of the friends of A. who says the university she is working for will make an exam for MA students and I should apply for it. I got excited upon this news and applied for it immediately. I went to İ. with A. and took the exam. In the exam the head of the department asked a question about his own works. Then during the oral interview we were tested about our enthusiasm,as a shy person I can't say it was successful. Nevertheless I kept my shirt on. But the bomb exploded (:) after we came home. That 'friend' wrote on her Facebook status 'I interviewed some 30 odd people today,and learned that I should be more mechanical than being sympathetic.' That stone was for me?? What kind of an instructor could write that biased statement. Then I decided not to go there, coz I don't think people who are incompetent about human relations can teach me anything useful. It was a hurtful way to see how people change.