How Has The Internet Changed Your Life?

I’ve decided to weigh in on this weeks first topic from the GameOverGreggy Show: How Did The Internet Change Your Life?
Seeing as how every member of the show is a content creator and make their living using the Internet, it’s pretty clear how it has impacted their lives. I thought it would be interesting to discuss how the Internet has affected my life as a consumer.

The Internet has become a resource I (and probably billions of people) use every single day. I have Internet access on every computer I use, as well as on my cellphone, which I carry with me everywhere.

I also think it’s important to mention that the Internet is very different from how it was, even 10 years ago.Primarily, I think that the Internet has become a source for connectedness and interactivity. You can connect with people from all over the world, or interact with any content you wish. Social media might be one of the most important tools of this generation.

I’ve spent a big portion of my life in school, so it’s easy to point to the Internet as an efficient research tool. I’m very happy I didn’t have to spend hours pouring over encyclopedias while researching papers.

For me entertainment wise, the Internet has replaced things like T.V., and to a certain extent, movies. I can stream anything I want and on my own schedule. I’m also a big fan of YouTube and I use it for entertainment almost daily.

I get all my news online, and the Internet has made it easy to search for the things I want to know about. I’m also active on social media, but I’ve always preferred to keep a low online profile and see how others interact.

One of the coolest things the Internet has accomplished is the ability to talk with someone from across the world, but still be face to face with that person. My sister spent a year in France, and being able to talk with her online and see her made it feel like she wasn’t on the other side of the world. It’s also awesome how easy it is to connect with friends and family through social media. Some relationships can be impossible to maintain due to distance or time, but the Internet allows those connections to stay alive, even if their just a profile on your friends list.

Let me know in the comments what you love (or hate) about the Internet, and how it has changed your life!

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The Worst (Trivial) Things That Ever Happened To You

This week I’m going with topic 2 from the GameOverGreggy Show. Greg asked the guys to share some stories about the worst trivial things that have happened to them, and his example was lending his PlayStation memory card to a friend and that friend losing it.

I liked all the stories told. I especially enjoyed Tim’s story about dropping his Transformer off the Golden Gate Bridge when he was a kid, and Colin’s story about his dad throwing away his old computer towers he’d been saving.

For me, the first memory I thought of was about an external hard drive I had in high school. It was filled with movies and T.V. shows, all of which I had seen multiple times and hadn’t watched in a while. One day I was cleaning up my computer desk when I accidentally elbowed that hard drive and watched as it crashed to the floor. I scooped it up, horrified, and tried plugging it in. Sure enough, it was broken. I was so sad that all those files were gone and needing to buy a new hard drive really sucked. I eventually got over it and accepted that those files could be replaced. I was also taught a valuable lesson on backing up important files!

One other story I’ll share is about this blanket I used to carry around with me when I was a little kid, probably 5 years old. I was a thumb-sucker and I’d always have this blanket with me. I looked exactly like this: linus
I think my parents were trying to ween me off the whole thumb-sucking thing, and they knew the catalyst to me doing it was when I had this blanket in my other hand (something about both at the same time just felt right). So a few times they threatened to throw the blanket away if I left it lying around. Being a little kid, I of course left it somewhere and sure enough, when I went to a retrieve it for a good old thumb-sucking session, the blanket was gone. I remember crying and begging my parents to give it back and being so upset that they would do this. Thinking back it still seems kind of mean to do that to a child, but I think they were right in the end.
Funny thing is, I found it years later in a plastic bag under the stairs. I guess they didn’t have the heart to throw it away. And no, I did not fall back into the old routine.

Let me know in the comments your stories of the worst trivial things that ever happened to you!

Top Five Movies of All Time

WHAT’S UP EVERYONE! *spoken in true Greg fashion*

A bit of a light week topic wise on the GameOverGreggy Show. Understandable considering Colin and Tim were sick (and Kevin, but we don’t talk about Kevin). Kristine did a great job stepping in and though almost all the topics were submitted from Patreon subscribers, it was still a pretty good show.

The topic I’m going with this week is topic two: Top Five Movies of All Time.
I agree completely with Nick that it’s too hard to pick a top five list and rank them. Instead pick five movies that you love, because for movie lovers the list always changes. Consider my list a combination of movies I love, and ones I want to recommend to the world!

#1. I’ll start with a movie I’ve loved for a long time: “Garden State”, starring Zach Braff and Natalie Portman. This movie came out when I was a teenager and it was a time in my life where the story resonated with me (although it’s about being in your mid-twenties). The soundtrack is perfect, it even won a Grammy. For years if anyone asked me what my favourite movie was, I went with “Garden State”.

#2. Second movie that comes to mind is “Almost Famous”, starring Patrick Fugit and Kate Hudson. I heard good things about this movie and finally decided to watch it last year. I’ve watched three more times since then. Kate Hudson’s character is one of my favourites of any movie.

#3. “Short Term 12”, Starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. is a Netflix pick I highly recommend. The performances of the two leads are exceptional and the story is fantastic. Instead of endlessly scrolling the lists on Netflix, give this one a shot.

#4. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. The two leads have such great chemistry and the cinematography is excellent.

#5. last one I’ll mention is “American History X”, starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. Both actors are incredible and this one really is a must-see.

I could go on all day recommending movies (I took one look at my collection and wanted to add ten more to this list), but the topic said five so I’m sticking with these. Let me know in the comments what five movies you love and want me to watch!

Happy movie watching!

Hey Kinda Funny Family!

Welcome to my blog about all things Kinda Funny! My name is Jonathan Pirrie and I’ve been a fan of Kinda Funny since day one. For those who don’t know, Kinda Funny is a company founded by internet personalities Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino and Tim Gettys. Kinda Funny has two YouTube channels, each having its own flagship podcast among other content. They also have a daily twitch.tv show where Colin and Greg go through the nerdy news of the day and discuss it with their fans. Though I’m a fan of all the content these guys put up, I care most about the two podcasts and I watch them religiously. Both podcasts are the same in structure: each member brings one topic of discussion to the table and they provide their opinions on the subject. I’ve decided to take my seat at the table and join in on the conversation. Once a week I will blog about one topic the guys discussed from either the GameOverGreggy Show or the Kinda Funny Gamescast. Feel free to leave a comment on each post and let me know your thoughts on the topic!