Eurovision Saturday Roundup

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Now that Eurovision has entered a “new” year on September 1, maybe I should comment briefly on what’s been happening weekly.

In the absence of Eurovision, I’ll find something entertainment-related to comment about, so here we go

I’m rewatching Junior Eurovision 2008 later today. The 6th edition took place in Limassol, Cyprus on November 22, 2008, and 15 countries competed. This will be the last one that I have not seen in full as I have seen every edition since 2009. I am still planning to watch the rest, so stay tuned

Per Wiwibloggs, one of the biggest Eurovision news sites, OGAE Ukraine wants OGAE Russia kicked out from the much larger OGAE International over principles. This is a part of the reaction to the Russian invasion in Ukraine

Ukraine had already announced earlier that they will be selecting their 2023 representative by the end of the year, so we’ll see what comes out of it.

I mentioned in my 14 Things post that online song contests are a thing. This is the OGAE song contest where OGAE clubs (read: official Eurovision fan clubs) send a song that has not competed at the main contest or in the national finals and then have other clubs vote for it. This runs for almost two months and is being hosted by the club’s Australian branch.

The bid proposals from the 7 cities have passed, although I haven’t heard back since Queen Elizabeth II died that same day

Finally, some non-Eurovision songs I’ve been listening to this week:

  • Bebe Rexha feat David Guetta — I’m Good
  • Nicki Minaj — Super Freaky Girl
  • BLACKPINK — Pink Venom
  • Wacka Flocka Flame feat Roscoe Dash and Wale — No Hands
  • Bad Bunny — Titi Me Pregunto
  • Sam Smith and Kim Petras — Unholy

I used to watch CNN International 24/7 but…

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I haven’t really watched in forever

It all started one day in 2004 after Ronald Reagan’s death that I just wanted to see what was happening. But I quickly wanted more out of it. I knew there was more of CNN than I was seeing, given that I’m living in the United States and did a bit of digging on the internet or how global the channel is. Enter CNN International.

I started watching because I wanted to know what was going on around the world. I love learning about countries, so I’m always down for Eurovision and the Olympics (and the World Cup).

I ended up tuning in to CNN International religiously (even when we got hit with 4 hurricanes that year) because of the news happening all over the world, but also because the anchors and reporters were top-notch (I’m one of those people lol).

I stopped watching in 2005 and didn’t get back to it until one day in 2009 when I was flipping through the channel at the end of my day in college and I saw that my local cable provider had added it in three days earlier. So, again, I started watching religiously.

During that time, greed took over on their part. The management (and the ones that came after) started gutting the journalists I got to know and love and replaced them with the ones that keep making headlines themselves despite the old adage that journalists should never be part of the news. I stopped watching in 2016

My last run with it went from 2019 to early 2022. It had carried me through the pandemic, but I also saw that the most meaningful shows only came on in the middle of the night, morning hours, and afternoon my time. The US primetime lineup is exactly the same as the main CNN primetime lineup (they had this for 10 years now), and I just couldn’t do it anymore. Plus, it’s hard to find the channel when you cut the cord.

So why am I bringing this up? One, I wanted to be a journalist. I love writing, but at the time, I didn’t feel like I would want to pursue the career. I always admired them, sometimes much more than most people. Two, I was in college pursuing a degree in Accounting, and this was a way for me to unwind from the coursework. Three, I got to meet other CNNI fans all over the world at the height of it between 2009 and 2011 and I felt like I have a solid network (and I still follow them on social media to this day, even if we’ve gone on to other things).

I will say this, despite the troubles… the journalists at CNN are real and credible and nothing in this world will convince me otherwise. However, the greed from both management and some of the anchors had taken over and while the new boss is trying to clean up the act, I don’t think it’ll be enough to get this longtime fan to come back. So, in short, I have moved on to getting news mainly from local sources and some independent news outlets (and no, don’t take anything at face value, no matter who is saying it).

Let me know your thoughts on the news industry as a whole.

My First Post (on WordPress) as The Most Inconsistent Person in the World

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Yep, you read that right (and judging by my bio), I am a very inconsistent person. Most people may or may not admit it, but I can admit to being an inconsistent person in real life. Why do I mean by that? Well, for starters, I don’t go through life normally. In fact, I am on a spectrum and remembering to do and say things have been really tough. Also, I am tone-deaf on a LOT of things. I don’t know if there is anyone else out there that feels the same way, but if there are… I got you.

In this blog, I will share my tips on focusing on even the most mundane of things using my favorite apps, as well as sharing my thoughts on my favorite things in the world. I love watching Eurovision (even as an American. I will get to that later), playing Pokemon and Bingo games (specifically Bingo Blitz and Bingo Pop), watching anti-MLM and general scams videos, YouTube Poops (think of them as pop culture on steroids), laughing at memes (not necessarily making them tho), watching the news just for news anchors, and being a lurker. By day tho, I am a freelance tutor. I mostly tutor math. In fact, I am planning to include a random math problem in nearly every post by posting a question at the beginning and then solving it at the end.

My blog is targeted to people over 18 who have trouble focusing on even the basic things in life, and those who also need an outlet to say what’s on their minds without people swarming them (within reason, of course). I actually started this on Google Blogspot, but I can tell you… let’s not do that. So I moved here to WordPress.

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