Cursive is being phased out?

According to this story, cursive handwriting is being phased out of educational standards, with the constant evolution of technology.  Some states are fighting for cursive to be retained and/or brought back, for those whom have already deemed it unnecessary for the children of tomorrow to learn.

Personally, in one hand I’m not the least bit surprised that this is the current state of penmanship.  Technology is advancing so steadily, and hardly anyone writes with a pen and paper in general anyone, much less write in cursive.  But at the same time, there’s that sentimental, nostalgic part of me that is melancholy towards the notion of change and the idea that things that I grew up learning and utilizing are being phased out now and for the future.

Overall, I don’t think it’s a good idea for cursive to be dropped; it’s not a necessary skill in the future per say, but for historical educational purposes, it’s nice to at least be able to read it, even if it cannot be written.  One defender of cursive writing says this one poignant point:

“The Constitution of the United States is written in cursive. Think about that,”

It would truly be a sad day in American society if there were ever a point where an educated person would be incapable of reading the Constitution, right in front of their very eyes.

This makes me wonder about people and their written signatures; used to sign checks, greeting cards, or autographs if they’re famous/think they are.  I like to believe that signatures are all evolved from cursive writing in some capacity, and that they mutate and evolve into their current state by virtue of speed and natural styles.  At least, that’s the case of my own signature; that it once started as standard cursive, but as time passed, it eventually evolved into its mostly illegible, but more recognizable iteration.  The end result might not look like much, but the motions involved in creating it definitely stem from the ability to write in cursive.

Is it even possible to develop a signature without having a grasp of cursive writing?  Or are people of the no-cursive generation essentially creating signature symbols and claiming them to be legitimate signatures?

Unfortunately, I think this is a losing battle though.  If things have already gotten to this point where there are individual states that are fervently fighting a battle that’s mostly already been won by those who don’t feel cursive is necessary anymore, the battle is pretty much over.

Frankly, and I know I’m making wide-sweeping generalization umbrella statements, but I think the teachers of today are just simply dumber, and probably don’t have the cursive competency to justify teaching it themselves, so they collectively agree to phase it out instead.  All across the country, you hear of stories of teachers who in their 20s, and always being caught doing stupid shit whether it’s fucking their students, being dumb on publicly viewable social media, or having their unsavory pasts dug out from under their noses.  And these are the people in charge of educating the leaders of tomorrow?

One of the saddest things I ever heard was during the Trayvon Martin trial, when the “star witness” that looked like Precious took the stand and made a complete mockery of herself when she was systematically owned by George Zimmerman’s lawyer. I know the internet got a laugh of her bumbling responses, eventual indignant defiance and the whole “that’s retarded sir,” but I literally cringed when I heard the part where she said she “couldn’t read cursive.”  Like it were some foreign language or fucking hieroglyphics in front of her face.  One part of me dismissed her as being a complete buffoon for not being able to read cursive, but it also occurred to me that cursive was already becoming a lost, not even art, but form of communication.

When the day is over, whether cursive becomes extinct in schools or not, it doesn’t really matter.  If it disappears from school curriculum, it’s not really going to impact me.  If anything at all, the fact that I can both read and write in cursive might be beneficial to me in a future where the skill vanishes.  Maybe in the future when I’m old(er), I can secure a job as some sort of historian, based solely on the ability to decipher the alien writing known as cursive English.

Maybe in the future, I can woo a girl with eloquent cursive written mash notes, and impress her that I’m able to write in a “foreign language.”

Maybe in the future, I’ll be able to clandestinely correspond with fellow cursive-capable people in plain sight, and plot for grandiose things right in front of people incapable of reading cursive.

I also like this particular line from the article:

In years gone by, it helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate.

I know I brog as if I were the smartest person in the world, but obviously that’s not true.  Regardless, it makes me feel good about myself to read a line like that.

I bought a victrola

It’s technically a replica that doesn’t actually play music, but the point remains, I still bought a victrola.  I found it cheap on Craigslist completely on a whim, from someone who didn’t live far from where I worked, and I decided that I wanted it.  I like the way they look, and I’m a fan of vintage-era stuff like victrolas, and frankly, I think it’s cool to be able to have a victrola on display in my house now.

Okay, and I’ll admit that my infatuation with Mafia Jinx and her flapper dance had something to do with this spontaneous purchase.  A little something.  Just a little.

So who wants to dress up as, and be my flapper Jinx to take pictures with an actual victrola prop?

Not going to lie, I’m actually really pleased with this impulse buy.  Even as replicas, they still sell for like upwards of $150+ on Amazon or eBay.

It makes me happy every time I turn around and see it’s big ass gold horn.  I’m not entirely sure what I’m really going to do with it other than have it as a prop for pictures and for it to sit there and look cool, but I’m still glad I have it.

It’s not really my place

But man, are things rough, surrounding me.  I can handle unfortunate circumstances headed in my direction; sure there might be some poorly-veiled cries for an ear, and/or some whiny sound brog posts that might emerge here from time to time.  However, there’s nothing but a similar feeling of helplessness when bad things happen to loved ones and closest confidants, and there’s little to really do to help them other than be present and supportive.

We all want to be heroes in times of need, but in most ordinary cases of unfortunate events, there’s really not much that could be done, other than the dreadful waiting game.  And having time to think, reflect and conjure up worst-case scenarios is about the last thing anyone ever really wants.  Still, the martyr complex in me would rather undertake bad things happening to me, than to see it heaped in droves onto those I care about the most.

As I said, it’s not really my place, but the fact of the matter is that there is a residual effect on me, not that there’s anything about this that is directly about me in the first place.  I’m just very weary and exasperated with the way things are going, and feeling like there’s not a whole lot I can do to help make problems resolve and go away.  It’s cliche to say that life is unfair, but when you see negative things happen to people that don’t deserve them, it really makes you wonder just how exactly the world seems to want to operate.

I thought about writing a condensed version of this on Facebook or something, but I didn’t want to be accused of fishing for attention or vaguebooking or whatever the fuck people say to agitate me when I don’t want to hear it.  But on my brog, it’s fair game, and since hardly anyone but people that are a little more interested in my opinions reads it in the first place, I feel it’s more appropriate to elaborate what’s going on in my head during these unwelcome trying times.

Video game health restoration, in general

After I finished writing about herbs and health restoration in Resident Evil in a previous post, my mind drifted off like “yeah, herbs are so unorthodox and illogical, unlike health items in other video games wait

And so I began to think about health items in varying other games, and then inappropriately applying them with real world logic.  Doing such basically takes a lot of fun and imagination out of them in one regard, but in another regard, creates a whole lot of funny theoreticals and imagery.

Like take for example, food.  Food is pretty much one of the most commonly used things designated as a health restoration item in a wide expanse of video game genres.  It’s mostly because food is awesome, and for all living creatures, a necessary staple for living.  But apply some real world logic to how food is presented in video games, and then it makes absolutely no sense at all.  If anything, eating food amidst the throes of combat should probably be considered detrimental in the big picture.

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Resident Evil and herb application: can we get some consistency?

I’m not entirely sure what brought on this train of thought, but I was thinking about the Resident Evil series.  Namely the fact that aside from first aid sprays being a way of replenishing health, there are medicinal herbs scattered throughout the fast locations throughout the series.

Seriously, if you apply the growth of herbs to the real world, then herbs are pretty much the most versatile plants on the planet, as they’re able to grow/exist in not just Raccoon City, but as well as in the Spanish countryside, Chinese ghettos, African shantytowns, war-torn Eastern Europe, as well as extreme climates such as Antarctica and an active volcano.  Oh, and pretty much 2,000 leagues under the sea as well.

But this post isn’t to discuss the absurdity in how unbelievably resilient herbs are, it’s really about how there’s absolutely no consistency in which the herbs are used throughout the Resident Evil series.  In later games like 5 and 6, there are actual character motions that show how they’re used, but they’re completely different from one another.  In earlier games in the series, herbs are used in the menu screen, and therefore it’s left completely ambiguous to how they’re actually applied.

Regardless, I find it silly, and a little bit absurd that the series, despite it being entirely continuous by the same creators (for the most part), could never really nail down one consistent method of how to apply such an iconic and trademark concept such as medicinal herbs.

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