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Well, this is embarrassing. 

Remember when I said that I’d get back on track and be all productive again? Yeah, that didn’t happen. I’m still as unproductive as ever, except now I’m not so rattled because I’ve been doing just okay in uni and there’s like a month left. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of things to do (papers, projects, reports), I’m just not as bothered as I was a month ago. I’ve been here before. I will crawl the rest of this semester if I have to.

Anyway, I finished reading one (1) book since my last blog entry. It wasn’t even on my reading list. I just picked up a book in the library, read a few chapters, got hooked so I downloaded the eBook off of the internet. Two weeks later I finished the book. As a science nerd, I found the book really, really interesting. My book review is already up at my review blog. But despite all that, I’m still three books behind schedule (well, not schedule, it’s the challenge I set for myself: to read 12 books this year). I want to catch up but then I’d feel guilty for not focusing more on my academics. 

About the sweets thing, I managed to avoid sweets for the most part. I ate a slice of cake yesterday because it’s chocolate cake, how can I refuse? And then just a few hours ago I had a sandwich with chocolate spread which I only ate because I wanted to try the chocolate spread, I swear. Other than that, I managed to cut off my almost-everyday peanut butter and/or chocolate spread binge and my buying-dessert-after-lunch habit at school. No, I didn’t lose a lot of weight (I think I lost like a kilogram).

Lastly, I wanted to mention that I started writing some fan fiction for this fandom I’m a part of. I’ve published two works on AO3, and I have a couple in the works (which I haven’t worked on for about a week or so now). My first kudos and first comment felt really good. 

That’s all I have for you for today. Have a nice rest of the day!

R

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Things Fall Apart - A Review

This is the second time I read this book. Last year I read it out of pure curiosity, this year it was part of my African Literature module. 

Last year I was disappointed, mostly by myself because I didn’t like the book I was so sure I would. I thought that this would change if I studied Things fall Apart academically, with a professor to guide me through themes and historical backgrounds. I was wrong. 

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TWW: Things Fall Apart (6.21)

• I decided not to start a new show and continue this rewatch instead cause it’s been a minute

• also the title makes me think of that horrible book I had to read in high school

• zoey and Charlie in the recap? Oooooh

• lol Charlie got a message from Zoey saying “!!!!” what a mood

• wait VP nominee?

• “we need Daddy to step in”

aldjandjsjs

• oh this the start of the shuttle leak plot nooo

• “I had a good teacher.”

“Thanks.”

“I meant Will.”

Lol

• oohhh this is the ep where Bartlet catches Charlie coming out of Zoey’s room

• lol how awkward

• also Charlie please shave that mustache

• “maybe it was me doing the screeching… inside.”

lmao Abbey

• ok what even was that dialogue? It was so weird and clunky sounding. they managed to pull it off but like what were they even trying to say?

• also I love how Abbey doesn’t give a f about Charlie coming out of Zoey’s room lol

• if Charlie didn’t want to “make an honest woman” out of Zoey then what was he talking about?

• also when Charlie asks Bartlet if he would have his blessing to marry Zoey and Bartlet says “I’m not the member of the family you should be concerned with” is he talking about Zoey or Abbey? I never got that.

• “remember 3 feet on the floor at all times.”

lol Josh stop

• Vinick probably meant what he said but yeah he just won over a ton of Democrats.

• also me literally every time Vinick speaks: we deserved him!!!

• the way they end the episode alludes to the fact that CJ leaked the shuttle story but in the end it turns out to be Toby. However a lot people hate that he did that so to explain his behaviors they theorize that Toby only takes the fall to cover for CJ

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The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning hip hop group based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. Inspired by the “hip-hop band” concept pioneered by Stetsasonic, the Roots themselves have garnered critical acclaim and influenced later hip-hop and R&B acts.

The Roots’ original lineup included Black Thought (MC vocals) and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), who were classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts. As they began to play at school and on the streets, they added another MC named Malik B., bassist Leonard Hubbardand keyboardist Scott Storch. Another MC, Dice Raw, frequently made album appearances with the group from 1995 to 1999 before leaving to record a solo album. Scott Storch also left to pursue career as a producer following the Do You Want More?!!!??! album, He produced songs such as Still D.R.E. by Dr Dre. The Roots filled his void with another keyboardist, Kamal who is still a member. A beatboxer named Rahzel also joined the group and contributed from 1995-1999. Alongside Rahzel was vocal turntablist, Scratch who greatly contributed to The Roots’ sound, most notably in live concerts. He left the group in 2003. Malik B. left the group in 2000. A guitarist, Ben Kenney, enjoyed a short stint with the group and contributed to their Phrenology album, but left to join Incubus. A percussionist, Knuckles, was added in 2002 and guitarist, Kirk Douglas (a.k.a. “Captain Kirk”) repleaced Kenney. A vocalist, Martin Luther toured with The Roots in 2003 and 2004 and contributed to their album The Tipping Point. The current members of The Roots are Black Thought (MC vocals), ?uestlove (drums), Hub (bass), Kamal (keyboard), Knuckles (percussion), and Captain Kirk (guitar).

The Roots’ debut album, Organix released in 1993, was actually a live recording from a concert in Germany that the Roots sold at their shows. The album earned enough industry buzz to earn the Roots offers from major record labels, and they signed with DGC records, which at the time was better known for its grunge music releases.

The Roots’ first album for DGC, Do You Want More?!!!??! (recorded live without the use of samples), was a moderate hit on alternative radio. Their 1996 release Illadelph Halflife was the group’s first album to crack the Top 40 on Billboard’s album chart, spurred in part by MTV’s airplay of the video for “What They Do”, a parody of rap video clichés such as the “beatdown shot,” and “Clones” which was their first to single to reach the top five on the rap charts.

In 1999, The Roots released Things Fall Apart (named after a novel by Chinua Achebe), their breakthrough album. The track “You Got Me”, duet with R'n'B singer Erykah Badu, earned them a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.

In 2000, Dice Raw left the group to record his solo debut album, Reclaiming the Dead.

The Roots’ reputation as a hip-hop live band made Jay-Z call on them for his MTV Unplugged album in 2002. The album featured good recreations of many of his great songs, played by the band with a little help from female vocalist Jaguar Wright.

2002’s Phrenology introduced a more mainstream sound for the Roots, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. The album’s sales were boosted by radio and TV airplay for two duets on the album, “Break You Off” (featuring Musiq Soulchild) and “The Seed 2.0” (featuring Cody ChestnuTT). The video for “The Seed 2.0” earned a nomination for the MTV2 Award at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. “The Seed” was also featured on the soundtrack to the Mandy Moore movie Chasing Liberty. Phrenology was certified gold (signifying U.S. sales of at least 500,000 units) in June 2003.

The Roots’ 2004 release, The Tipping Point, took its name from a 2000 book by Malcolm Gladwell. The album earned two more Grammy nominations: one for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the track “Star”, and another for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for the track “Don’t Say Nuthin’”. The album was an immediate hit, debuting at #4 on the Billboard album chart and selling over 100,000 copies in its first week of release.

On November 15, 2005 The Roots released two compilation albums, Home Grown! The Beginner’s Guide To Understanding The Roots, Volumes 1 & 2. These two separately sold discs are a compilation of past hits, live performances, and rare remixes compiled by ?uestlove himself. They also feature 70 pages of liner notes written by ?uestlove. These two albums marked the Roots’ last releases on Geffen Records.

The Roots’ album, Game Theory, was released on August 29, 2006. The album, which features a track that samples the song “You and Whose Army” by Radiohead, was released on Jay-Z’s Def Jam.

The Roots next album ‘Rising Down’ was released on April 29th 2008. Features tracks with Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Saigon, and other greats.

The Make Me Songfacts reports that The Roots’ eleventh album, undun, is their first concept album. It tells the story of a man called Redford Stephens who died in 1999 at the age of 25. We hear Redford retelling his life post-mortem and attempting to deconstruct what led to his undoing.

The Roots are also the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airing first on March 2nd, 2009.

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Things Fall Apart was such a beautiful book that I honestly did not fully grasp until the very end. Everything written was deliberate and though I hated the main character he wasn’t written to be loved but rather to just be understood.

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“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”

Things Fall Apart, Novel by Chinua Achebe

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