My Top 10 Favourite Derp Crew Town of Salem Games of 2015

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Hey guys!

So indulge me here while I make a list of my top 10 favourite Town of Salem games this year. I made a steadfast effort this year to save all my favourite Let’s Plays into a playlist on Youtube and definitely one of my favourite series has to be the Derp Crew playing Town of Salem.

If you’re unfamiliar with Town of Salem, I made a post a long while ago about it that you can read here and familiarise yourself with. I used to be so addicted to this game late last year and earlier this year and played it continuously. It was so addictive; it feed the logical and curiosity-driven side of me. Long story short, it is a lot like the game Werewolf – or Mafia – or Polar Bear, depending on how it is called when someone probably taught you about it.

All of this being said, here is the countdown to my favourite episode of them playing it. I’m not going to describe any of what happens. Discovering the roles and what happens in the end is the best part after all. Plus, when I go back and watch this I want to be surprised all over again.

10. Grandma The GodFather (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 59)

9. MIND BLOWN: The Plot Twists! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 29)

8. Pokemon Murder Theme! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 86)

7. PART 100 SPECIAL!(The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 100)

Note: Referring to the first game only (0:00 – 20:48)

6. MY BEST GAME! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 37)

5. THE TRANSPORTER GOD! (Town of Salem QUAD FACECAM w/ The Derp Crew Ep. 29)

And to watch it all unfold from another perspective: The Ultimate Mafia Plan! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 30)

4. PIE WARFARE! (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 48)

3. The Fail Highlight Episode: ZePeePee and Kim Jong Un Dong (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 32)

Note: Watch 2:25 into the video till 4:53.

2. LoveMyNuts: The PERFECT Game (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 78)

1. How To Get a BoyFriend (The Derp Crew: Town of Salem – Part 61)

And to watch it unfold from Ze’s perspective: THE EXECUTIONER’S CHOICE! (Town of Salem QUAD FACECAM w/ The Derp Crew Ep. 58)

Well, that’s all from me! Hope to come back to these videos next year and watch them all over again. And, while this list is mostly for my amusement, if you end up watching all of the episodes, do let me know which one you would consider your favourite. 🙂

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

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My Daily Make-Up Routine and Collection

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Hi guys!

So if the last blog post I made was after a long break, this one is even longer. The last time I wrote here was probably three months ago – three very very busy yet important and fulfilling months. So, I thought a good first post after the break would be something light and non-committal on my end. Less of what has been happening with me, and more of a documentation of a particularly aspect of my life.

Getting into make-up for me was a very late exploration. Although I was exposed to make-up early on because I’ve had to wear it for school performances (plays, dances, musicals what have you), it was always my mum doing the make-up for me. And usually whatever make-up was lying around the house was usually (extremely) expired.

So the first time I had to try and understand the various ins-and-outs of the cosmetic world was when I was going for job interviews after uni. Actually, uni was a very good time for me to experiment. I stayed in the uni halls so it meant that I could buy a whole bunch of products to test out in my room without parents judging or yelling at me for buying them. At first my experiments would be limited to buying mostly Maybelline products. They were a cheap and reliable source – most of the time. I learnt fast that their lipsticks weren’t that awesome.

But I think after four years of experimenting with different brands I have solidified a pretty satisfying collection. This is what I wear on a normal workday:

  1. Primer – Benefit’s the POREfessional
  2. CC cream – 1028 Visual Therapy Moisture Infusion (01 Light Beige and 02 Natural Beige)
  3. Concealer – Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer (Cool Medium)
  4. Foundation/powder – Loreal’s True Match La Poudre Two Way Foundation (Nude Beige)
  5. Eyebrows – 1028 Definer Eyebrow Kit (01 Light Brown)
  6. Mascara – Maybelline’s The Falsies (Waterproof, Very black)
  7. Blush – Maybelline’s Blush Studio (I Love Pink!)
  8. Bronzer – Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (01 Light Matte) optional
  9. Eyeliner – Clio Waterproof Pen Liner (Kill Black) optional

So usually I will ensure that I get 1-7 down. On lazier days I only go up to 5 or 6. I usually never do 8 and 9, except on special occasions or weekends. I remember there was a time where I was wearing eyeliner almost every day.

Lastly, let me know which products you stick to. I know there are a whole bunch more that I have yet to try out. I watch beauty vloggers a lot and all the products they name just whiz by my head most of the time. I know I’m still not entirely satisfied with my blush and mascara. But I really love the CC cream and eyeliner I use. If you want me to review an individual product on this list, let me know as well.

Till next time,

cumuloq

Being a Kid: Ask Questions

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Hey guys,

Currently listening to this awesome cover of “Don’t” by Ed Sheeran by Drew Tabor (that voice!)

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Credits go to /hannahschildrenshomes.org

So I did something yesterday that I realised was somehow oddly satisfying that I want to share with you guys. Basically it began when I past by Reddits’ “Ask Like I’m Five” thread, which basically has a person asking a question and people on Reddit will answer the person like they are a five year old kid. This is an amazing tag for people who have really tough questions, esp. philosophical or scientific, and have people answer them in the most straightforward and simple way – oh, if only life was that easy and people we pass by on the streets or our teachers or parents or friends could be just as straightforward.

Well, this thread inspired me, for a day, to write down and take note of all the random questions I had in my head. Over the course of the day, I realised that I was asking and being more inquisitive about things around me, I was asking questions that I did not know I had – but genuinely wanted to know. This also made me feel more guilty. It made me guilty of the fact that I had never been proactive enough to actually find out the answers to my questions and that, at my age, I should already know the answers to them by now.

Such questions included:

  • Why does Stephen Hawking use the electronic voice when there are voices like Siri nowadays that sound a lot more humanlike?
  • If you Google Search “am i on the internet” what will show up?
  • Why do fingers prune in water?
  • Why do eyedrops need to be thrown away after a month?
  • What is the Lousiana Purchase?
  • Why do leaves need to be swept off the street?
  • Why do smells trigger memories?
  • How does toothpaste help burns?
  • How many times can you use a face mask in a week?
  • Why do humans ask so many questions?
  • What is swastika?
  • Why did the Nazis use it as their symbol?
  • What is the origin of the phrase “by the way”?

As mentioned, there was something oddly satisfying about listing down all the questions I thought in one day and to find out the answers. I guess it is visual proof that I am learning something useful in that day and that it is not all gone to waste.

And imagine the number of questions a kid asks!

Maybe I’ll make it a regular practice to spend one day a week actively noting down the questions I ask and writing down the answers. I found this a really enlightening experiment.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

Nostalgia and Criticising Others’ Childhoods

Nostalgia has been a recurring topic lately in my classes. We were talking about how this current generation think they’re the best, i.e. they have an incredibly high level of self-esteem. However, previous generations adamantly attest that it is the complete opposite: this generation is self-centred and demanding of things that they should not demand, e.g. higher pay when they start working and more vacations.

And during our discussions we all boiled it down to nostalgia. The older generation will always reminisce about how they grew up as a child and assume that the new generation should follow the status quo, i.e. go through everything they’ve done. But isn’t that wrong?

And I kind of connected this to when we were introducing ourselves in another class and the teacher and an older student were complaining about how Harry Potter was not as amazing as everyone thinks it is and that it doesn’t have anything new that has already been done, e.g. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. I took that moment to look around in the circle and saw some interesting expressions – people who obviously looked a bit insulted.

Credits go to Gawker.com

Credits go to Gawker.com

Personally, I believe that the trends of a person’s childhood, whatever they’ve grown up with, is something personal, something of their own. The same way I grew up with Harry Potter, Lizzie McGuire and Simple Plan, I’m sure that the people of this generation are growing up with The Hunger GamesHannah Montana and One Direction. Sometimes it can’t be helped what is immediately available to us when we grow up and how it influences us; and while we may not all love the movies and books present, it is still a nostalgic attachment for us. More importantly, while we can discern that they are not the best and, heck, not innovative or new, they are still the first things we came across and the first things we see and read.

Hence, I believe it is ridiculous to assume that a kid today who loves The Hunger Games and spends their allowance on concerts and movies that others think are just badly made carbon copies of what they grew up with is stupid. We are forgetting that there will always be a generation before us who will assume the same of us.

And it is equally ridiculous to assume that we should all be the same. The caveman cannot gripe that today we don’t have to deal with running away from predators and starting a fire. Similarly, generations before us cannot gripe that we spend too much time on technology – because how can we equate today what “too much time” is? Likewise, we cannot assume that children today should grow up the same way that we did. Since we went through a particular route as a child, it does not mean that we should force our children to go through the exact same. Times change and progress will not be progress if we continue on an endless cycle. (I believe this is the central concern of many dystopian novels these days.)

Yes, I know, this is another rant, but I felt it was really something bugging me at the moment. Reviewers always complain and generalise young adult content without considering that they probably went through the same process when they were younger – terrible Mario Bros and Street Fighters movies were prevalent in the 90s but looking back and they become cult favourites with nostalgic fan boys quoting lines and scenes, overanalysing scenes that aren’t really meant to be analysed.

Credits go to pixelbedlam.co.uk

Credits go to pixelbedlam.co.uk

Terrible novels in the past are now classics and canoned. Who says this won’t be the same for Twilight fifty years down the road? Who says literature students won’t end up studying the words and writing dissertations on its cultural influence?

There will always be imitations and adaptations in every generation – and maybe it’s also inevitable that as we get older we become more nostalgic and more skeptical of what comes out from the cultural milieu. But I think an overarching rule should always be to never insult someone else’s childhood. “Oh you loved Harry Potter? But it’s just a rip-off of -” No. No. I grew up with it and it was what really got me into other books and movies.

At the end of the day, we can share in our love of books and movies together – but also respect others for what got them into books and movies too.

Till next time!

Cumuloq ❤

Where My Childhood Idols Are At Now

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So it has definitely been a while since I’ve posted in this topic. Almost to the point at which I considered just changing this day to something else. But, heck, I thought why not just keep to the nostalgia?

In the past, when I was a kid, one of my favourite things about the internet was filling in my favourite things lists. It sounds really stupid and trivial – but I just liked doing that when I was a kid. I guess it gave me some sense of understanding of myself. If I liked certain things then I could determine what kind of person I was, right?

So today I decided to revisit my old “favourite actresses” list and share why I liked them back then and include just a fun gif set of their “then and nows”.

1. Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg was on my favourite actresses list when I was younger ’cause of her lead role in Harriet the Spy. Thanks to that movie I wrote in my own diary when I was younger and spent a lot of time in my backyard pretending I was up to “spy business”. I liked to make believe the lives going on with my neighbours and friends.

Later on I loved her in Inspector Gadget as Penny and then on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Buffy’s younger sister, Dawn. I’ve also seen her in EuroTrip and Ice Princess, and I caught part of her performance in Gossip Girl – before I stopped watching it. If anything, I can say she’s still doing really well for herself.

2. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Since I started off with one BTVS girl, I might as well go on with another. I’ll be honest and say that I probably shouldn’t have watched a majority of the movies Sarah Michelle Gellar was in when I was eleven – but I practically did anyways because she was there. This included I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions (Yeah, really shouldn’t have watched that back when) and The Grudge.

But mostly I knew her from Buffy. Buffy has honestly shaped a lot of my views in terms of what an action heroine should be like. She was smart, sarcastic, and generally kick-ass.

3. Drew Barrymore

Speaking of kick-ass, Drew Barrymore was another idol I had when I was a kid and I honestly watched so many shows she was in which include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Wedding Singer, Ever After and Charlie’s Angels.

Honestly, I had her as an instant favourite in so many of my favourite lists. To me she was the ideal anti-princess, she emoted so well in her films and her characters always stood up for what they believed in (take note that when I say this, I’m referring to the latter three movies and not E.T.)

4. Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci was like a staple diet among all the children movies I watched when I was a kid, so it is almost inevitable that she is in this list and was one of my favourite actresses at the time. When I was young I just thought she was beautiful and she had this dark Gothic vibe to her that was just so intriguing.

Movies I used to devour with her in it included The Addams Family, Casper, That Darn Cat and Sleepy Hollow.

5. Hilary Duff

I think it’s inevitable that I finish this list with her. Hilary Duff was the ultimate idol when I was a kid. Before Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, there was Hilary Duff. I bought all of her albums – on cassettes at the time, memorised all the lyrics and I tried to create my wardrobe around her style in the movies.

The list of Hilary Duff movies I’ve watched is pretty extensive (so I won’t put links to them here and let you Google any unknowns yourself): Casper Meets Wendy, Cadet Kelly, Agent Cody Banks, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story, Raise Your Voice, The Perfect Man, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, and (a very random) Beauty & the Briefcase.

Now that they’ve been listed, my two cents: personally I think they’ve done pretty well for themselves; they’ve all branched into different projects that I’m not really interested in. But it’s kind of nice to see them grow from how I remembered them when I was a kid. I guess you can also kind of see the type of kid I was in the past from the people I used to like back then.

So, maybe next week (or next time – no promises) I’ll tackle my old favourite actor list?

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤

When You Finish A Book

Came across this little gem while surfing the net, and I thought I’d share it with you:

The truest part here, for me, is where one minute you’re reading and the next minute you’re not. And it sounds really “duh”, but those lines just sum it up perfectly. One minute you’re at a good pace and you are at a good emotional level with the characters and the plot and then you realise the words stop and you’re just holding a book that is no longer speaking to you – it becomes, once more, an inanimate object.

Thank goodness I’m only halfway through Gaiman’s Neverwhere and taking it as slow as possible.

Till next time,

Cumuloq ❤

The Dystopian Trend: The Giver, The Hunger Games and More

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Source: usmagazine.com

Currently reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver and, maybe it’s ’cause I’ve just been stuck reading dystopian novels, but I was wondering why the dystopian teen trope has been perpetuating a lot lately. And this has very little to do with the fame of Harry Potter and Twilight. On the contrary, I’d put The Hunger GamesDivergent, The Maze Runner and The Giver in another separate category of its own.

The trope I’m talking about (and have probably already spoken of in a previous post, specifically this one) is that of a contained world, a world governed by very specific rules and one teenager who is brave (or foolish) enough to question the status quo.

Understood, The Giver was written way back in 1993 – when I probably should have read it when I was a kid but didn’t. But there must be some reason why Hollywood is so adamant in making these particular books movies now.

And, understood, Hollywood’s choice in movies may not be of particular concern to us – but it should be. I believe it’s been made aware many times that there has been a close relationship between Hollywood movies and politics and even the CIA. If you’re unsure of this situation, read this article by The Guardian here, or this article by Salon of “When the CIA infiltrated Hollywood”.

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Credits: shockya.com

The question is: what is with this fascination with this particular (aforementioned) trope?

In all these movies there is a central figure to the dystopian world which you can point the blame to – in the upcoming, Mockingjay Part One, it is clearly President Snow: white, pure, sterile. His symbolism and propaganda is blatant. He stands for all colours united as one (white incorporating all colours), and at the same time he is the white out, the eraser of every thing that leaves a blemish on society, the correction pen to your mistakes. In Divergent it is Jeanine Matthews who attempts to create a serum that literally controls everyone’s movements.

There is a clear evil in all of these stories: the desire to subjugate a society into abnormally restrictive behaviour.

Is this how we’re supposed to see the world as teenagers? Is this the impression we seek to present our children? That any form of control should be rebelled against? And if we do not allow them this extreme of freedom – do they assume any action we have upon them is the exact opposite?

Back to The Giver, as I’m reading this novel I have also the tendency to read reviews at the same time, just the first few comments of them, the good and the bad. Reading these reviews I see extremes: those who praise the novel for its insightfulness and those who condemn it for its propaganda – I have yet to see what the eventual message of the novel is, but I can only assume that the debate stands thus: how much control over a nation is too much control? And are authors, and then, Hollywood, currently sending the right message to teenagers today in their interpretation of novels.

Novel interpretation is a slippery slope – a bias movie crew (screenwriter, producer, director and actors alike) can easily skew the opinions of easily impressionable masses, especially if your target audience is children and young adults.

Personally for The Hunger Games Trilogy, I felt that a weaker reader could easily misinterpret the final novel of the trilogy. Katniss could easily be a symbol of retribution, revenge and rebellion – instead of hope for negotiation and change for the better. Reading The Maze Runner, readers who are unable to discern a unreliable narrator could easily see Thomas as a role model instead of an incredibly flawed yet justifiable hero.

These books rarely make it clear to readers that the protagonist is not the hero, the dystopian society is not essentially hell, President Snow is not essentially the villain – and movies less so.

At the end of the day, I’m not condemning this genre, or the people who perpetuate this trend. But I’m just wondering what impact this trend may have on children – will they be more rebellious to controlling governments because of these movies (is this an intended influence by political figures on Hollywood? Just a thought?) or will this bring about positive change as children question more of what is good and bad in our society as a whole.

The only thing I hope for is that these movies open fruitful discussions that enable youths today to see the idea of control and propaganda and dystopia in all its nuances – and to never fall in either extreme, to never ’cause violence for peace or peacefully resign to violence.

– cumuloq ❤