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Because I still care about it, here's the best of the orange blog for the past year.

Building on what was started in 2012, this year saw the blog go even more political, more social, more rant-y. Fine, there were also blog entries about the other side of love, the gooey side. And blog entries about nothing at all. This is me being a pseudo-intellectual. This is me trying hard to be the writer I'll never become. This is me attempting to make a decent job at writing, still. To the point that I finally allowed bold text on the blog, for the first time in the blog's almost nine years.

So, now, the list, which is aimed at those who aren"t reading.Collapse )

Just found out the clock inside the house is stuck at 10:55pm. Clearly didn't want to get over 2012.
Franz Trono

Heh. A video will make me jealous; a photo of you two, shit my pants. Challenge is on, brother.
Dexter Tan, who has since shit his pants after seeing a photo of me and Dia Frampton

Happy birthday @nikobatallones! Wish you all the best and all that good stuff... and also a [birthday] shoutout from @triplejlinda?
Lauren Montino

Happy birthday Niko! Always love getting your tweets. Courtney Barnett coming up for you in the next 10 minutes!
Triple J's Linda Marigliano, see above

You must like this girl if you're willing to give a Korean pop girl group 45 seconds of your precious indie seconds, no?)
Dexter Tan, not knowing the girl he's referring to is (already) my girlfriend

If you think of death as one long eternal nap then it shouldn't be too bad, right?
Jill Cruz

Crazy got you a Dia autograph, Niko. *stares intently*
Mika Ayson

Habemus Papam - I was, like, "the fuck is Habemus Papam?" I thought it was some Greek food that was trending. #ImGoingToHell
Neil Medina, upon the naming of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis

Sigurado ba kayong summer na? Parang spring kasi. Ang dami ninyong blooming.
Neil Medina

That should read "CORRECTION". Damn you Autocorrect...?
Mythbusters' Grant Imahara

I guess love makes you more positive.
Dinna Respati

There was a time when your favorite font was Comic Sans...
Franz Trono

Na-depress ang nanay ko sa "Rains of Castamere". Matutulog na lang kagabi, nagkuwento pa. E, hindi naman ako updated; hello, spoilers.
Dee Nermal

Thank you, low-tech Android Gingerbread phone, for sparing me from the sight of their Instagram video selfies with your incapabilities.
Alyssa Pabellano

Saw two videos of frying bacon on my Instagram feed today. Not that I'm complaining...
Alyssa Pabellano

There was a time when the photos in my feed were all Speculoos Cookie Butter. Now, it's all McDonald's minions.
Cam Adraincem

Marunong mag-Adobe CS but doesn't know shit aside from the basics when it comes to [Microsoft] Office. Kaya ako walang trabaho eh.
Anna Esguerra

Bakit ang daming nalulungkot sa engagement ni Adam Levine? Andito naman ako.
Neil Medina

Blood is thicker than water, but cream cheese is thicker than blood. So technically, cheesecakes are more important than family.
Dexter Tan

Hay nako. My 18,000th tweet went to @nikobatallones...
Mika Ayson

Once a year, we are allowed to be completely shameless and ask our favorite celebs for a birthday tweet. This is me being defensive.
Mika Ayson, before asking Colin Mochrie for a birthday tweet... and getting it

I keep tweeting Bones, Bones, Bones. I wish I won't misspell it as boner. #naughty
Franz Trono

I may be having too much fun with Ask.fm. It's like the perfect friend: it only wants to talk/hear about me.
Isa Rodriguez

At the game store getting my copy of GTA5, surrounded by six males staring at me like a microscopic specimen of some sort. No fun.
Chex Baquiran

Then perhaps she's marrying the wrong guy.
Neil Medina, after the then still not married Andi Manzano tweets about wishing to wake up to a breakfast buffet everyday

Kung kailan naman puro Noynoy tweets ko, wala ka.
Mika Ayson

President was in the news yesterday getting grilled by CNN and people were all supportive of him tapos wala ka, MIA.
Anna Esguerra

Ganito pala mamatayan ng crush.
Anna Esguerra, upon the death of Paul Walker

Here comes the judgy Buzz ng Bayan! Sila na ang magaling sa buhay. Charot.
Karla Peralta

You are Paolo, remember?
Hilary Isaac, referencing ABS-CBN quoting my tweet but calling me Paolo

Kakain ako sa McDo bukas. Sa Island McDo near ATC. Mga 2:30pm. Uupo ako sa may McCafe, naka-chef's uniform. Jessy Mendiola, hello, please read.
Neil Medina

WTH did I pick this for my security question: "what town did you spend your honeymoon in?" What honeymoon? #ugh
Dinna Respati

For eight years running now, and never a day too soon.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you'd never done before?
The whole having-a-girlfriend thing. Well, technically it all happened in 2012 - December, to be exact - but give me this one, will you?

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I still don't do these things, no.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Does my girlfriend's brother's girlfriend count? No? Okay.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one.

5. What countries did you visit?
I haven't left the country this year. My parents did, though. Twice. Which leaves me a bit jealous, really. Oh, wait, I went to Hong Kong, right. And Macau. Right.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
The ability to be more patient, more understanding, and more surprising.

7. What date(s) from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
It's all been a blur, really. To be honest, though, I have a date in mind, but I'm no longer sure what date that really is.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Keeping this. A close second would be this event at work I did most of the logistics for.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I hate to sound cheery, but I can't think of anything here. Dinna is right. Love does make you more positive.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Let's just say "yes".

11. What was the best thing you bought?
For myself? I didn't really buy anything out of the ordinary. That said, where did my money go?

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Rainy's, for being so patient when I was this close to being the person I feared to be.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
I have a couple of people in mind, but it's no biggie, frankly.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Gifts, books, a handful of CDs from Hong Kong... okay, really? The future. No, really. I mean that one.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Waking up at half past four to surprise Rainy by picking her up from work on her birthday. Also, that moment when I went to Fully Booked and asked for a David Rakoff book she didn't know about.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
As a music blogger, these questions are getting harder to answer. Also, frankly, I don't think that way.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

I. happier or sadder?

II. thinner or fatter?
Fatter, still? I'm at 85 kilos now, which is no fun if you think of it.

III. richer or poorer?
Poorer. I assume.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
In the words of my father, being more proactive.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Eating. Or something like that.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
It's already done, so...

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Still am.

22. How many one-night stands?
Zero. You know I really can't do these things now.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
I really got into Bob's Burgers this year, although it's really a delayed thing. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a good fall thing.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, not really, but I thought I did.

25. What was the best book you read?
Speaking of books, I acquired too many of them and now I really can't keep track of them.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
London Grammar. Hannah Reid is still the best voice I've heard this year. I know I've said this everywhere, but it's true. (Aside: I should have mentioned Courtney Barnett last year. I've been a fan since "History Eraser" and now she's making waves and I feel like her mother. Only we are the same age, right?)

27. What did you want and get?
Someone who will stick with me.

28. What did you want and not get?
A second Singapore trip. I thought it would be an annual thing.

29. What did you not ask for but get?
A second job. Well, arguably it is.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
What did I watch this year?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Linda Marigliano played me "History Eraser" for my birthday. Imagine my delight. No, really, imagine my delight.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Again, I don't really know. I am approaching this whole thing with uncharacteristic positivity that I am beginning to think I am losing my edge. (Well, just this thing. I still complain a lot. But that's a spoiler.) I should say this: there will always be times when I fuck things up, but right now I am surprisingly willing to try again. It's knowing that people will not just let you go. Or at least some people will. One person will. I never had that in the last seven years.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Sticking with corporate. Striking yet subtle patterns. I realize I prefer Daniel Hechter and Uniqlo.

34. What kept you sane?
Having a routine. I am, still, a guy with ADHD.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I... I don't know what to answer.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
This year saw me write more political blog entries than ever before. Pork barrel was a big thing. The slow exposure of government shortcomings in the face of lofty promises is another. I have yet to write that blog entry defining my political perspective: I am not of one side or another, and I would never be on the extreme end of anything. but I am definitely against government bullshit. Currently, of course, it's the bald guy on top, the things he says, the things people unfortunately keep on accepting at face value.

37. Who did you miss?
No one. Who allowed me to anyway?

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't think I am supposed to answer these things now.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:
You're allowed to think solely of yourself when you're young. You're not young anymore.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
And I fall to the floor like my strings are cut / Pinch myself but I don't wake up / Spit in the wind 'cause too much is not enough / It starts and ends with you

It's been over a year...

...and I've never felt better.

Watching Lakers vs Houston. Can't help but laugh every time the commentator says, "and he's blocked by World Peace!"
Dia Frampton

Human beings naman tayo eh. So dean na din natin siya.
Lauren Montino on Greendale's Dean Pelton

Doing a death stare with some fans. I was here first, ladies. FIRST!!!
Mika Ayson, during a meet and greet with David Archuleta

It's not a "cliffhanger". She didn't hang, she fell.
American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe on the auditioner that fell off the stage during the Hollywood round

Had I taped my old cat cheating with a younger cat by his preggo spouse and put it on [YouTube], it would have gone viral for sure.
Dinna Respati

Facebook is all hearts and flowers. Maganda rin sana kung puro mukha ni @adamlevine.
Drea Dizon

Yeah, it's the other way. So you told me to tune in just to see her hypothetically die. What?
Dexter Tan on a Glee plot twist that definitely involves Dianna Agron

Being an artist in the Philippines is hard. Come, let us sell out!
Krizzie Syfu

I hope everyone but Darryl gets offed and it turns into a show about him and how badass he is.
Siobhan Magnus on Norman Reedus' character on The Walking Dead

I'm getting addicted to [Wiltime Big Time] because of Nandito Ako. This is bad, really bad.
Mika Ayson

When will I ever see you, "Missing Plug-In"?
Erika Polinag

Why is everyone eating Magnum? Isn't that a condom?
Joseph Espiritu

Do these guys like... hire some people to patrol Twitter just to wait if someone drops their name?
Dexter Tan after a conversation that involved our tweets being seen by RJ Ledesma and Hilary Isaac

The iPhone can practically launch stuff into space by remote, and yet, every iPhone owner used the SAME ringtone? Come on, humans. Come on.
Raising Hope's Shannon Woodward

My parents chose the S&R sale over me.
Krizia Paras

Mama texted who Kate Moss is. Am sensing she's playing Draw Something again.
Arlene Amante

Why would anyone go to the gym wearing full force make-up? Concealer, foundation, eyeliner? Sabay Instagram!
Jessica Manzano-Angeles

Can you keep a secret? My actual height is 6'2". Hindi lang halata. Shhh.
Carlo Cruz

Dapat mas bawal ang iPad kesa sa DSLR pag concerts.
Jill Cruz

It's madness if her legs aren't anywhere to be found. There could be a center spread on the cover book for that.
Kimmy de Leon on the album art for Haley Reinhart' Listen Up!

Why is everyone my age having babies? Di ba pwedeng career muna?
Krizzie Syfu

My girl friends say that pa-beautiful eyes has lost its power. So did the puppy dog pout. So when all else fails, CRY.
Janelle Santos on tips to avoid getting tickets from police

Sort of thankful I'm not super hot and talented or I'd be doing embarrassing [song]/dance numbers on Sunday afternoon variety shows.
Jill Cruz

Dahil sa sobrang init, sobrang taas na ng ponytail ko. Di na to ponytail. Unicorn horn na to.
Noreen Santos

Overheard: "Kids, it was the summer of 2012 when your Aunt Robin decided to join S.H.I.E.L.D."
Marielle Antonio on Cobie Smoulders' stint on The Avengers

Good golly, I'm deleting that tweet. I was in the beach, people.
Janelle Santos, after tweeting that she hasn't worn a bra in days - because she was wearing a bikini top

Adele and I are the same age? What is this sorcery? Plus, I'm even older than her... by about a month.
Isa Arias

Oo ka na lang. You're one of us. You just don't spazz and squee like us.
Jean Bautista, calling me a Cookista

Warning: there are many Indonesians who cannot spell Philippines correctly. Before David, I couldn't.
Dinna Respati

My Photoshop skills went down the drain four years ago. I need a plumber.
Maica Hautea

Got called a Diablo widow at work. Good times.
Michelle Ayuyao

PBB Teens, kakaiba kayo. Di naman ako ganyan nung teenage years ko!
Ale Tejada

Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Holliday's duet consumed twenty years' supply of my voice.
Jaja Samaniego

Random people on the street: "si Jessica Sanchez!" Thrice ata to nangyari. As in strangers calling me Jessica Sanchez! Lord whyyy.
Madel Asuncion, who does look like Jessica Sanchez

Globe and Smart, unahan na kayo sa "I thought I was unlimited".
Kimmy de Leon on Miriam Defensor-Santiago's classic quip during Renato Corona's impeachment

Noynoy is too busy playing Diablo III to realize he (yes, he) won.
Mika Ayson after Renato Corona is proven guilty by the impeachment court

I very rarely get complimented on my accent, so I'm having that one!
Andrew Collins

Note to self: when choosing what NBA team to root for, the most important consideration is looks. Kahit talunan.
Monica Alcoseba

If I had a secret lover I won't keep it as a secret.
Jackie Uy

You know you're a Potterhead when you write and mention herbology when you mean botany.
Edsel Mendoza

Okay. I thought of that as well. You'll be Twitter buddies by that time. Yiheeeeeee!
Lauren Montino, after I got a(nother) reply from Triple J's Linda Marigliano

Ahhhh, does fro suffice?
So You Think You Can Dance finalist (and later winner) Eliana Girard on what adjective best describes her

Bitch, shut up, Amy is talking!
Korinne Lirio while watching Face to Face

Shoutout to Robert Pattinson: if you date me, I would never cheat on you.
Mika Ayson

OO NA MAY TWISTER FRIES NA. FB, Instagram, Twitter, oo na. Like hindi every year nagkakaroon, eh.
Ranice Suguitan

When my dad's officemates tell me that I'm so big, I can't tell if it's because I'm older or fatter.
Mika Ayson

I hope you forgive me when, in the first two seconds, my brain registered "oh, a brunette Ashley Tisdale."
Dexter Tan on... you guess who

You just dissed my number one and two favorite radio stations in one swipe. I feel so worthless now.
Jayvee Sacramento on my hatred for the Magic and boredom for the Monster

Just for the record, I didn't make the first move.
Carmel Puertollano

We had a Filipino nurse last night and at one point we couldn't understand what she said. Dad said, "call Niko!"
Kira Merritt

Tutoring my sister in math. I hold a math degree but fifth grade divisibility rules are... what again?
Cheska Baquiran

Had to read your tweet out loud to figure out why you apologized. And then I sang it.
Cam Adraincem after I tweeted her "sio, sio, sio, siomai", in reference to, yes, a Haley Reinhart song

Lokokin ko kaya si ate, sabihin ko i-announce sa mic, "Blair Carabuena, window 9."
Carlo Cruz

Tagalugin ko kaya yung blog ni @nikobatallones tapos sabihin ko ako gumawa nun. Anyway, according to Sen. Tito Sotto, di yun plagiarism.
Tracy Gumapas

Dear Ashley, (yes you!) what in the world happened to Amanda Bynes?
Cams Sioco

Dear Teng, alam kong nakita mo ako kanina. At alam ko ako ang swerte sa buhay mo. Kaya dapat manalo ang DLSU ngayon.
Clarence Arreza moments before a UAAP game in which DLSU lost

To the woman in the airport that was upset by the fact that I am not actually @ginnygoodwin: I know, I'm disappointed too.
Last year's So You Think You Can Dance winner Melanie Moore

Hot mental image right now.
Triple J's Linda Marigliano after I mentioned Ryan Gosling to her

Ay, mahirap ngang tumapat diyan. Sorry 'nak.
Lauren Montino on the tweet right before this

Kilala ko na yung Mario Maurer: siya ang susi para pansinin ako ng maraming babae. Daming tweets!
Neil Medina

Umaygaaaash! Di ako vain! Oh, salamin at camera, layuan mo na ako! Utang na loob!
Gay Marie Cosmiano

I don't think the pick-up line "you look familiar" works on me anymore.
Survivor: Philippines astaway RC Saint-Amour

Old man in front of me in the MRT: "Dapat pumasa na ang RH Bill. Ang dami na masyadong tao dito."
Inka Magnaye

Mamimiss ko ang mga pagkakataong kailangan kong lokohin ang sarili kong inlab ako makapagsulat lang ng wedding, honeymoon at landian scenes.
Majet Labrador

December 21, 2012 was "just a day, just an ordinary day." And I spent it "just trying to get by." I wonder where Vanessa Carlton is now.
Daniel Escolano

OMG, this is the part where the leading lady who resigns from her job puts her mug and pen holder and all other personal stuff in a box!
Hazel Elizes, on her last day at work

Once again, the best of the orange blog!

It's been a good year for that blog. A bunch of new experiences meant a bunch of new ideas for the blog - and heaven knows how stale it has become lately. It's interesting how more political my blog has become. How more smart-ass at times. How very cynical it has become (one reason and one reason only). And how that all threatens to change in the new year. You'll all soon know why.

So, the list, which, this time around, is not aimed at anyone.Collapse )

Seven years, huh? Really, Nicksy? You're still doing this? And on a PC with a temperamental mouse. Because they won't replace it.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Hit a car. Fix some paperwork in a police station. Travel for work. Travel alone. Buy myself concert tickets. Drink seven bottles of beer and not get drunk. I have so many things to list here.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
You know my answer to this one.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
The three friends that have gotten pregnant have since given birth. Hello, Jessica.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Two granduncles, but I'm not close to them.

5. What countries did you visit?
Singapore. Again. It's a work thing. Well, half of it. Was there for eight days. Spent four days training, one night watching David Cook, and three days catching up with friends and feeling more tourist-y than ever before. I remain proud of the fact that I sent someone to the roof deck of the Esplanade on the basis of good views of the Singapore skyline.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Some fortitude, to put it one way.

7. What date(s) from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I was prepared, all year, to answer 15 March, but then 9 December and 22 December came along...

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

9. What was your biggest failure?
I could've dealt with the March 15 thing better. Meaning, I could've spoken less about it, if not none at all.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Mostly coughs and the occasional asthma attack. I had a terrible evening allergy in the middle of the year, which forced me to switch the spot where I lie down.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I... don't know. I never really had a major purchase this year, mostly because I was still paying off my laptop.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My new colleagues. It helps that I already know them, but I must point out nonetheless, that they are much better at being human beings than my past (offline) colleagues.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
I hereby withdraw my answer to question 38 of the 2010 edition of this review.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Chocolate bars. No, not really. The laptop. Yeah. And food. More food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
That Singapore trip, because it's my first time to travel alone. Also, the prospect of getting to shop for CDs again.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
First Aid Kit's "Emmylou".

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

I. happier or sadder?

II. thinner or fatter?
Fatter. All the walking I did before went kaput once I started my new job, a place where people throw blow-outs for every birthday.

III. richer or poorer?
I'd rather be modest.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Being more open.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spending money on taxis. Not that I had any choice. But sometimes it makes sense, and sometimes it doesn't, like that P700 trip to heartbreak...

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I already spent Christmas. I thought this was a yearend survey?

21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I must be more open. Yes.

22. How many one-night stands?
I want to answer "yes" just for kicks. No.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
I quit my job at BuddyTV so I watch less television now - well, actually, I watch the same amount, but not as intensively. (I mean, I still have Castle backlog. And a bigger Glee backlog.) This year I got int Homeland like everybody else. Also Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

25. What was the best book you read?
Just finished Danny Wallace' Friends Like These, which is a pretty good book, if you ask me. It's hard having to go through all these new books I bought over the past year though...

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Ren Harvieu. I would've answered Kimbra but technically I didn't discover her: Alyssa told me about her. This is the year I began a music blog, so it's pretty hard to answer this question, if you ask me.

27. What did you want and get?
An actual new chapter.

28. What did you want and not get?
I don't know. I never really thought about it.

29. What did you not ask for but get?
An actual new chapter. I know. It's contradictory. But I didn't pester my dad to give me a job. It just fell on my lap.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Same as last year: I didn't see a lot of films this year.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned twenty-three with a trip to the bookstore and some French... well, no, Filipino... cuisine... umm...

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I don't have any complaints. This year was a really good year. So good, even I find my happiness a little off-putting. But there are some things that have yet to pay off, and I'm the long-term overthinker here, so I'd say it's knowing that what you're doing will pay off.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
I found myself buying more corporate stuff this year because, you know, work. I'm slightly gravitating towards stripes. Fine, vertical stripes in appropriate outfits.

34. What kept you sane?
I don't know, but I think I definitely was. Except for that stretch from March to July.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
How do I answer this without being stalker-y? Leanne Decker. Umm... and Linda Marigliano. She read my tweets at least seventeen times this year. Yes, I counted.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Cybercrime Prevention Act. The TRO is almost over and our politicians have dragged their feet on it. Granted, it's because they passed the RH Bill and the Sin Tax Bill (now a law) and sort of dilly-dallied on the FOI bill... okay, lemme change my answer. What political issue stirred me the most? It's Noynoy Aquino's hatred of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

37. Who did you miss?
I never thought of these things this year.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't want to jinx it, so no, I won't mention her. Edited mantra: be more open, but some things are worth hiding just a little bit longer.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
You have to say yes more often. I know, it sounds like a Yes Man rip-off. (Danny, I haven't read that book. Nor seen the movie.) But I realized this when, on my first free day in Singapore, I bumped into a colleague (who wasn't due to leave until the next day) who invited me to just walk around... places. I said yes, and we went walking, and five hours later I felt fine. Had a bunch of adventures, good conversation, you get the idea. Tried it again, and I find myself having... this.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
From Duran Duran's "What Happens Tomorrow": you've got to believe it'll be all right in the end.
And it's quite hard to get the television writer in you away.

Note: This list only includes network shows. The Walking Dead, which is on cable, is definitely on the list. I just don't have the time to go through everything... yet.

Castle (ABC 9/24) -- Castle and Beckett had sex! CASTLE AND BECKETT HAD SEX!

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC 10/23)
Raising Hope (Fox 10/2)

Nashville (ABC 10/10) -- It's not the sort of show I'd try, this being a soap-ish drama revolving around the country music industry, but it has Connie Britton on it, and it's got a lot of buzz. Okay, and yes, Hayden Panettiere.
Survivor: Philippines (CBS 9/19) -- Duh. Philippines.

Glee (Fox 9/13) -- Admission: I forgot to put this on the list. But seeing how the show deals with graduation will always be interesting. Also, I vowed to stick with this show somehow when I began covering it.
Last Resort (ABC 9/27) -- Partly because the concept is awesome, partly because of Dichen Lachman.

Community (NBC 10/19) -- No Dan Harmon, just thirteen episodes, a Friday night slot...
Fringe (Fox 9/28) -- Final season for another show I love (and began watching to compensate for not having seen Lost then). Also a shorter season, but it should be tight.

The Amazing Race (CBS 9/30)

666 Park Avenue (ABC 9/30) -- Interesting concept, but I'm not yet sold on whether I should really follow it.
Go On (NBC 9/11) -- Good reviews for Matthew Perry's new show, but I've yet to be really convinced.
The Mindy Project (Fox 9/25) -- Could be too chick flick-y for me, but Mindy's viewpoint is good, so said me after reading her book.
The New Normal (NBC 9/11) -- This has Modern Family written all over it. Only with Ryan Murphy involved. I weaned myself off Modern Family eventually, and I might have the same feelings for this one.

2 Broke Girls (CBS 9/24) -- I managed to watch this on a delay, so why not now?
Parenthood (NBC 9/11) -- I've yet to watch season 3, I'll admit, but my mom loves this, and so do I.

"Be yourself."


"No, I don't like that thing you do."


"Just... just don't try so hard to please, because you can't please everyone."


"Why the fuck did you do that? Could you please be considerate?"

But I did not do anything wrong!

"That's what you think!"


I do not understand the rules anymore.

I've always complained about how these damn social rules only apply to me and not to everybody else.

I mean, what do I have to do to be accepted?

Or can I still do anything? Because, I know, I rant a lot, I hate most of the world, I've lost hope in humanity, I've become a terrorist, I've become a Satanist, ellipsis, ellipsis, ellipsis. Yet I know people who are worse than that, and who still find themselves in the company of friends who'd spend time with them.

Me? I guess someone blacklisted me. I must be on someone's "do not get close" blacklist. A widely circulated one.

If I invite you, you find a way to beg out. Or, you do go, grudgingly. Or, worse, you ask if I'll provide every fucking thing just so you go. What am I, a free lunch machine?


Do you want to go with me?

"Are you paying?"


I make friends, but at the same time I'm not any confident things will last.

People say I should stop being so angry at the world if I want people to stick around. And I try. But people will do things that will reaffirm my anger. So why is it still my fucking fault?

Introducing Niko's depressing playlist...

Because there's a song for every time you're writing a cheesy blog entry!

Partly inspired by Cam's thing for Haley Reinhart's "Undone", which led to my thing for Haley Reinhart's "Undone". It includes, well, Haley Reinhart's "Undone", as well as:

"The Reason" by Hoobastank
"I Will" by Dia Frampton and Blake Shelton
"The Last Day On Earth" by Kate Miller-Heidke
"All The Plans" by Starsailor
"Open Up Your Arms" by Ren Harvieu
"Going Missing" by Maximo Park
"Ten Days" by Missy Higgins
"Trouble Is" by Allison Iraheta
"You" by the Pretty Reckless

I should put this on my other blog.