Sunday, June 26, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 8

I like a lot of songs from this band, this one is no different.

I give you, The Feeling - Set My World On Fire, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 7

I was listening to a track of this guy and my sister was like... "He sounds like he's trying to be Jack Peñate.." then I played her this song, and she was singing along! She knew all the words when it was the first time I heard the song. It's a good song, the lyrics are sweet and the video is slightly dark.

I give you, Ed Sheeran - The A Team, enjoy!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Making A Change...

So I’ve come to realize that the most successful blogs are the ones which post EVERY day, sometimes multiple times a day, in a book-like fashion… chapter after chapter of everyday life. Most of it is the most boring shit ever, but it’s relatable so people keep coming back. Or it’s the people who are the most intimate with their audience, portraying every emotion and detail possible.

The first route isn’t possible for me… I’ve got Twitter to do that, and I much prefer to keep my Twitter and do it the way I’m doing it. The second route… I’ve seen too many cases where an audience member becomes too captivated by the blogger they’re reading and it becomes an entirely dangerous situation. I’d prefer not to be that intimate and personal with you all.

That doesn’t mean I’m not personal, or that I’m not transparent. I’d like for anyone who reads the blog here at DLP to contribute by emailing me (Sean_Bishop@dontlaughpeople.com) questions or topics you’d like for me to discuss. I promise to get to most of them, so long as they aren’t repetitive. If you’d prefer not to use email, you can always Tweet me (@Sean_Bishop).

And I hope you’ll spread the word around.

Note: Whatever you’d prefer to ask me, or suggest I write about, I’ll answer. I don’t intend on shying away from many topics (though I’m sure there will be a few I’d prefer not delving into for somewhat obvious reasons). So go ahead and shoot… ask whatever… suggest whatever. Help me to write the things that interest you all.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Introspect

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and pay attention to what I Tweet… you probably saw me talking about introspection this week. I’ve gone through this process several times before, I still can’t honestly answer who I really am, but I’ve got a much better sense than I’m sure most of you do unless you’re introspective yourselves. It’s the healthiest form of observation and self-awareness one can do, and it’s very humbling, but it’s also very troubling in the moment. You’ve got to be prepared to hurt your own feelings and really beat yourself up when going through this process… because the goal is to admit everything about yourself to yourself, and find a way to fix the things with which you’re not happy.

I won’t go into the process with you guys and what I’m “discovering” this time around, but I will say this: I’ve figured out how and why I tick. I knew it before, but seeing it from this light really casts a lot into how extreme it can be. All I can say is I’ve been somewhat troubled recently by some of the things I’ve discovered because they’re things I’ve tried not to blame myself for, but couldn’t blame others. They get lost on the fine line between acceptance and rejection, and when they come back, you still refuse to accept them so it hits harder. Being able to finally accept some of this stuff relieves a lot of stress, but knowing that you put off assuming responsibility or taking claim for your actions can really devastate the mind.

Unfortunately for me, the best time to practice introspection is during the night, so my sleeping pattern has also been screwed up… and that’s also led me to being a bit more cranky and difficult to deal with recently. But I feel like I’m in a fairly good state with myself right now as I’ve not found anything particularly major that I’ve yet to deal with emotionally, and after what I went through since the last time I was introspective, that says a lot to me about how well I actually handled a lot of things. But even still, the minor details do add up, and it does really weigh on your mind knowing that you’ve got things you need to address and correct when you didn’t think/realize they were really problems, or they caused problems.

Anyways, that’s why I’ve been the way I’ve been recently, and why I’ve not blogged this past week. I hope some of you can start on your own introspect as well… EVERYONE needs to once in a while.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

To WECU

I don’t do anything like this normally, but I have to today.

Most of you who follow me on Twitter probably already tune in to WECU Radio or check their site because you were affiliated with them before I even came along, but some of you aren’t familiar with them (yet). Last night’s show got thrown off track when co-host Tre had to deal with a family emergency. Jase carried on with the show and held it down even through the switchboard acting up.

Had fun after the show last night chatting with Soopa, Laos, Riles, and DC. Usually when the show cuts off air, we usually just bounce from the chat and carry on to Twitter or bed.

But I want to just ask you all to pray for Tre and his family for whatever they’re going through right now. I’m sure dude wants to update the WECU community with this, and we’re hoping we can get good news rather than bad, but no matter how it ends up, we need to pray now and later that his family is safe and okay.

I’ve promoted WECU on DLP since the show started up as WECU and you all should know that by now. All we can do is help each other rise and succeed. So if you support me (or even if you don’t) please hit up Tre on Twitter (@Tre_Is_WECU) or head on over to www.we-cu.com and leave a comment for him and wish him and his people well.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

To The Politically Correct, Gays, And Idiots...

I want to start this post off by telling you it will be highly controversial and perhaps even hateful at times. I am in no way singling out any particular persons (subliminally). I honestly do not feel hateful towards people for their sexual preferences (keyword) or their gender issues. And a lot of this has more to do with the pussification of our planet through pampering than it does with people’s sexual desires.

If you’re not familiar with the heat on Tracy Morgan right now, click that link and read up before continuing.

Idiots! Idiots left and right, I tell you! Before we even begin to think or accuse Tracy Morgan of being “straight-forward and sincere” with his comments, please, please, please remember that this man is a comedian/actor and is performing an act via theater! I know that comedians often go on rants of belief in their acts, and this may have been a case of that, but it’s still comedy!

In no way did I, an unbiased because I feel neither way towards the subject spectator, feel that Tracy Morgan was projecting his firmest beliefs and swearing to the God he spoke of that he felt absolutely, 100% each and every syllable of the things he said. To me, it sounded like Tracy Morgan acted out through theater a very popular opinion on a subject. This stance should have evoked laughter from the audience he was discussing through understanding that he was expressing the vulgar, over-the-top opinions of people the world over who are against gays. In the same light, the people he was acting like should have laughed at the fact that they agree.

If we take out any content which sits on the border of a topic or suggestive content from comedy (especially standup) we might as well just do away with comedy altogether. In fact, let’s just go ahead and get rid of evil in films, because there’s no way you can cast an actor to play a part in which they’re not really like in everyday life outside of that film.

Even if Tracy Morgan feels the way he feels (not all agreeable), he has a right to speak on it. And for him to suggest the things he suggested and people to respond with the way he suggested they act in the first place… well, your flame only fuels his fire.

But let’s think about what this man said anyways. Gay is a choice, not by birth. Well, chemical imbalances can affect a person’s sexuality, that’s been scientifically proven. However, those chemical imbalances can be controlled and regulated via drugs (that don’t have to be taken for life). Let us also consider it is proven that culture, community, and environment can affect a person’s sexuality. Therefore, while the chemical imbalance may be predetermined during creation in the womb (proof that it’s not caused by something the mother does or does not produce for the fetus has not been presented for either argument) to suggest gay may be from birth, there’s plenty of content to suggest that it is a choice as well.

Then he said God doesn’t make mistakes. If you’re religious, this is true, however offensive it may be to you, it’s true. God does not make mistakes. “Well then how do people murder?” They’re possessed by the Devil. “Why did God create evil?” Because light cannot be cast on an object without creating a shadow. Good cannot exist without knowledge of what is wrong. You cannot know something without understanding the alternative. “So you can’t know that it’s wrong to be Gay without understanding that it may be natural and not the person’s fault and that some people are ashamed of their sexuality.” Correct!

God doesn’t make mistakes, the Devil has influence though. Am I saying Gay people are evil? No. I’m saying they are negatively influenced though. I don’t believe a person is damned for something that may be chemically wrong with them, but the evils within them may be damned. Remember, God destroyed two entire, extremely populated cities. He didn’t say that the souls were damned though. But this sounds like I’m still suggesting that gay is by birth, which Morgan didn’t suggest, he said it’s by choice. No, I’m saying that it’s by choice one way or the other, whether it’s the person who decides one day they’re going to spite everyone by wanting what they shouldn’t want, or the choice of the Devil, infecting the minds and body of these people.

That doesn’t make Gay people evil, and I’m not going to judge people for their sexual tendencies. I don’t care. I’m not religious enough to say that I agree with God, but I understand the bible and religion well enough to comprehend their stance on the matters at hand.

Tracy Morgan said women couldn’t be sexually attracted to other women; they do it because they hate a man, or men. Again, a comment blown out of proportion through blind anger and hate instead of being looked at in the ironic light it should have been viewed under. If any of you say that you’ve never heard a female say, “I should be a lesbian, men are too hard to figure out,” you’re a damned liar and I hope you bite the tip of your tongue off. Everyone has heard a female say that stupid shit before, and that’s all Tracy Morgan was expressing!

Tracy Morgan said he’d stab his son to death if he found out he was gay. Again, I dare any of you to tell me you’ve never heard a man suggest “when I have kids, if I have a son and he’s gay, I’ll kill him!” Again, I know that there are people who actually kill their children for being gay, and I in no way condone that or understand it, but the fact of the matter is, a lot of people say that, go through finding out their son is gay, and while they may not accept it, they don’t necessarily hate or change their relationship because of it. But Tracy was acting out a very popular opinion through theater.

This politically correct society we live in though? It has to come to an end. I’m not encouraging hateful rants to be made 24/7, but I’m so tired of people not being able to deal with words, names, etc. Woe is me characters. I’m tired of the parents who took the word “fail” out of school because they couldn’t stand being called a failure when they flunked in school, and don’t want their children to go through the same. Failure is not a name, it’s an act, and they acted a failure, therefore they failed. Deal with it. I’m tired of the parents and committees who forced schools to dumb down and work to the slowest, dumbest pace in the classroom, instead of trying to force everyone up to the fastest, smartest pace in the classroom.

When I was in high school, I didn’t do classwork or homework from Monday evening through Friday morning. I learned the content that was “taught” (reflected rather) on Monday IN CLASS and I went in Friday, took my tests, and passed with an A. Meanwhile, the rest of the idiots who got by for attempting class and homework every day of the week, failed their tests, or struggled mightily to get a C on them. Do you know who suffered at the end of the year because they didn’t do the same shit over and over again in class every single day of the week yet still passed the test? Me. In hindsight, I should have sucked it up and done the work; but I shouldn’t have had to dumb myself down for everyone else. I didn’t go to school to not learn. I skipped school because they don’t teach anything. I skipped school out of protest of the fact that we pamper our children nowadays to the point that it cripples them.

Do you know why unemployment rates are climbing among American youth out of college? Do you know why more and more people live at home with their parents through 40? Do you know why America is less and less industrial every year? It’s because these children are pampered, having their asses wiped and powdered even after adulthood, come out of public schooling thinking they can’t be insulted or treated like the dumb fucking idiots they are, get told by their employer that they’re not smart enough or strong enough emotionally to be competent in the work force, and collapse because they were never prepared to have to deal with being told they have a weakness.

Believe it or not, only a few parents in this world can create a superman (or superwoman for you feminist cunts out there who have to be treated as equal superior to mankind) who is capable of being the smartest, strongest, fastest and most able to directly jump into the workforce without problem. That’s not a knock at you or your child. The knock to you is that you don’t toughen your child up from when they’re children. Spank them when they’re bad! Tell them they’re bad for not eating their vegetables and send them to their room and take the lightbulb out of the lamp and the cable box from their room and make them go to bed early. Make them sit in a corner with their hands folded in their lap for a minute after the 15 that they scream and cry like the little fucking brats that they are and they realize they were wrong and walk up and sincerely apologize to you for the way they were acting and the things they said/did before the punishment. I’m tired of you assholes giving up when your child cries because one fucking group of people determined it was immoral for a parent to make their child cry in any circumstance because a child can’t cry on their own. I’m tired of you assholes not spanking your children or making them eat soap because a group of people who didn’t like when it happened to them had enough money to buy the power to influence lawmakers to say it’s wrong to spank your child.

This is a weaker nation (and world) than it was even 15 years ago. It’s a weaker nation (and world) because we pamper everyone. I’m tired of living in this world with you assholes who think you’re progressive, but all we seem to be doing is digging a hole for our species.

So to all of you politically correct bastards, fuck you! To all you gays who get offended by jokes, grow a set and be a man! To all you dykes and lesbians who are offended by the suggestion that you’re just out for revenge on men, take something to control your fucking hormones! To all of you straights who get offended for the gays because you’re politically correct… go suck a dick!

You fucking faggots!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Second Best?

In life we often settle for second best. If we fancy a particular kind of ice-cream and the shop is out - we often choose something else that may reduce the craving but not satiate us. If we go to the cinema and the film we want to see is fully booked - we often choose something else to go and see, so as to not waste the journey. If the food joint we wanted to eat at is closed – we often go elsewhere. Generally in life we’re, maybe not happy to but certainly, willing to opt for something else. But should this be the case when it comes to relationships?

I understand dating someone who is second best if your first choice is uninterested in you, of course you have a right to move on and be with someone else and possibly learn to love that person more than your first choice. It’s when the person who’s second best knows they’re second best and put up with it, which is what I can’t understand.

Why would you stay with someone if you knew you weren’t their first choice? Is it because you hope they’ll get over this person and see you as first choice with time? Is it because they’re your first choice and you’re willing to ride their “crush” out? Or is it because you have extremely low self esteem?

Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 6

I like a bit of this band!

I give you, Paramore - Monster, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 5

Heard this song just the other day and I really like it so I thought I'd share it.

I give you, Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 4

I absolutely love "Like A G6" and this is a track from one of the artists on that track.

I give you, DEV ft. The Cataracs - Bass Down Low, enjoy!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Technology

What is this foul mood which develops when technology malfunctions or disappears?! I never realised how much I use my phone until I don't have it. I'm not too fancy with my technology. I don't have a smart phone or HTC or iPhone, nor am I addicted to Crackberry. I use my phone moderately - or so I thought - to make a few calls but mostly for texting. I use it as my alarm as well as my clock. Unfortunately, tonight, when I don't have it, due to a series of unfortunate events which are all related to rushing, I seem to need it the most.

I need to chase people up about plans for tomorrow and about a gift for tomorrow - for this I need phone numbers. Ah yes, that other thing phones are good for, storing numbers. Of course I have a paper address book.. which is, of course, empty. I also quite like hearing the voice of someone I love as I pass out, or receiving nice night time text messages. Then tomorrow, I need to wake up early, and I don't have my alarm to wake me. I will probably need to give other people wake up calls also.

It's sad that I'm looking forward to tomorrow, just so I can get my phone back and, what seems like, my life back! At least I still have the internet and Facebook to connect with people through otherwise I don't know what I'd do..

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Breaking Dawn Trailer Released!

I am a GIANT Twilight fan, as is Jesscah, and we are both very excited that the Breaking Dawn Trailer in full has been released earlier than expected! We especially love the headboard smash! I've got goosebumps! Cannot wait for this film!

I hope you fans all enjoy!

Thank you Perez!


Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 3

I love this artist, I know she's Sean's guilty pleasure, don't tell him you heard that from me though! I reckon this will be my new favourite song of the moment.

I give you, Shontelle - Say Hello To Goodbye, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 2

There's something so beautiful and calming about this song. I think their voices really compliment each other.

I give you, Nicole Scherzinger ft. Sting - Power's Out, enjoy!


Soundtrack To My Month Of June - Track 1

My apologies that May didn't have many songs - I didn't have much time to post them, plus I was listening to lots of white noise and classical music while revising.

I love this song. I've been listening to this song non-stop!

I give you, Wiz Khalifa - Roll Up, enjoy!


Only Me..

Sean has singlehandedly been holding down the blog lately and I do feel quite guilty for that. I finished my exams and second year at university on the 18th of May, and since then I've been out with friends, catching up with people I haven't seen in a while, working my two jobs, as well as helping out at my sister's house with some painting. My "freedom" from university hasn't been that much fun but I intend on making it fun!

I'm going to Spain with my high school girlfriends in a month! Eeeek! So excited! I'm also going to Thorpe Park soon, which is an amusement park here in England. I'm organising Orange Rockcorps again for my friends and I to go to, so working out which project we can all attend and making sure everyone's free on the day of the gig. I'm also waiting for my close friend to have her baby - she was due yesterday but she doesn't seem to want to come out! I want to knit her a lil hat, so I need to learn how to purl, so I can do ribbing for it.

This leads me onto my next thought. I've got 4 months off now, to do a lot of things, to get ready for this next year of studying as well as getting ready for real life. I need to work out now what I want to do for the rest of my existence and I need to work out how I'm going to get there. I believe setting goals and targets are a good way to do this, but I'll need your help. I need to make sure I stick to my goals and targets and that I achieve all I want to before I start my third, and final year, of university.

Ideally, I want to:
1 - Learn how to purl
2 - Make the baby her hat
3 - Learn how to sign
(I've always wanted to know how to sign, more and more deaf people come into my place of work and I feel really ignorant when I can't converse with them, so I need to learn.)
4 - Read up on my modules next year
5 - Pick my option modules for next year!
6 - Learn everything I should have already learnt the past 2 years that I'll need for next year
7 - Read ahead for this year
8 - Get healthier and fitter
9 - Blog more regularly
10 - Help Sean get the blog up to the standard he wants it to be at
11 - Be a good St. John Ambulance member
12 - Learn what I love in Science so I can be passionate about my project/dissertation for final year


So these are my targets, I might add to them, but for now I'm committed to these. It's in writing so I've got to stick to them! I'll keep you posted on how I'm getting on and what I've been up to, I'm sure!

Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Better Day?

Well yesterday was miserable even before the meat freezer incident. Thank God it wasn't the other freezer. If I'd have lost my ice cream sammiches I'd have gone mental. Spoiled deer meat is bad, ultra-bad but let's be honest. Losing ice cream sammiches is equal to apocalyptic days. And I'm getting my axle today.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Appreciate Your Loved Ones

Alright, I won’t do this ultra-serious shit often, but I want to say a little something. My apologies in advance if this sounds at all cliché.

Y’all need to appreciate your friends, family, and loved ones. It’s real typical and obvious to say, and to hear it, I know you’re thinking, “That’s true, but no shit!” My point isn’t about the typical though, it’s the atypical. Every last one of you has a family member, best friend, or the person they love who they may associate with still, or don’t associate with as much anymore. Whether your reason is legit (which it very well may be), you’re still growing distant with that person.

It’s easy to “blame” them for it as well. It might really be that person who is causing the gap to widen. But I want to remind you all that it’s still easy to pick up a phone or send a quick message on one of these social network sites, or whatever, and just let them know you’re still there if they ever need you.

Some of you are like this with a “friend” who always seems to be in need of something and you just can’t keep sacrificing. I understand that. I’ve been in that position. But chances are, those aren’t your real friends, they’re acquaintances… huge difference. But I know you all have a cousin, aunt, uncle, parent, sibling you just don’t speak to as often anymore, I’m sure you do, everyone does. Take some time out of your day that you’ll probably only use on Twitter in the first place, to let them know you thought about ‘em and hope they’re doing good, even if you don’t want to make plans to go chill at the mall and people-watch for a couple hours. “But Sean, that’s gay to tell some of these people you thought of them.” No, you’re gay for not being able to deflate your chest a little and let the people who you expect to be there for you when it comes down to crunch-time that you know they’d be there and you’d do the same.

Seriously, when’s the last time you just pulled your mom off the couch or kitchen counter and forced her to hug you? Not one of those hello-goodbye hugs, or those 3-second one-arm body contorted to the side hugs around the shoulder? One of those bearhugs with your face buried in her clavicle and you telling her thanks for helping you grow, giving you life, and being the most amazing woman in your world? When is the last time you stopped talking shit during commercial break of the game to tell your dad you love him and appreciate whatever he was able to supply you with in life?

To all my family, friends, and my woman, I love you all and miss you when we’re not around each other.

Dear World,

Stop going to WalMart wearing the most stupid shit possible.

Signed,
Sean

http://www.peopleofwalmart.com

Dear Buick

Thank you for making my life Hell.

Signed,
Sean

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Boredom

Crab legs and ice cold Budweiser does the trick, momentarily.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blogger or Tumblr?

For some reason, Tumblr seems to be doing a lot better than Blogger and the networking over there is a lot better. I'm back and forth on which style of blogging I prefer... this seems like a more direct and full-means for doing what I want to do, but Tumblr's got a very fun direction and it's a lot easier to interact with the community over there.

I've been wondering what I can do to get more hits, and while the past two months, especially May, were very successful (May gave us our record for monthly views), I'm not sure how else to go about it. I almost feel cheated by Google in the fact that, I really don't know that anyone is seeing my blog on Blogger or through Google Search engines, it feels like any hits I get, it's directly because of me spamming links on Twitter and various other places, and having my site feed discovered through Twitter links and getting hits from being posted on a larger site.

I had a goal to set up my site and I wanted it to be through Blogger because it made the most sense and I wasn't going to be paying a ton for unnecessary features. But through a very limited advertisement of what Google offered when purchasing the domain, I'm left with no options of expanding Don't Laugh, People when I should have no problems with that.

So I'm stuck wondering if I should just move over to Tumblr for now to do my blogging as it's a more network-friendly site... if I should just create a Tumblr and post links to here from there, or if I should find a way to pick up my domain and carry it elsewhere, paying tonnes for unnecessary features.

Perhaps my commitment to Blogger and what I started is blinding me... maybe I've got to put on shades and just carry on...