Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Books that Remind Me of the Friends Cast

Friends is my favorite TV show at the moment (10/10 would recommend!). What's best is the relationship between the cast, and how they're all loyal friends to each other. Each member has their own quirks, so today, I'm going over book characters that remind me of Friends characters. All covers are courtesy of, and link to, Goodreads!

1. Rachel Green
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So her cooking skills aren't great, but her fashion sense is usually on point!
Because she was spoiled and extremely focused on shopping...

2. Monica Geller
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For her and Mei's germophobia...
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3. Phoebe Buffay and Ross Geller
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Ross thinks unagi means "awareness", but it's really just a type of eel.

For her belief in things people normally wouldn't believe in and for his interest in paleontology/digging up stuff, Phoebe and Ross remind me of...
Toby and Lemonade have plenty of investigations throughout the summer and are avid Bigfoot believers.

5. Chandler Bing
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His character arc reminds of the one faced by Collins.

6. Joey Tribbiani
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For his constant mentions of food...
Fizzy and Joey actually have a lot in common. Both sometimes feel like leftovers (especially in Season 10), but have fierce friends and family to remind them that that isn't true. Also, they're both obsessed with food (one with cooking it, one with eating it!).

And that's a wrap!
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Do you watch Friends? Do any books remind you of the characters? Want me to do a similar post for another TV show? Tell me below!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Check-in On My Birds' Summer Accomplishments

I know summer isn't over yet (but let's face it, it almost is :'( ), but my birds have been up to mischief, so I decided to do a midway check-in on what my birds have been up to this summer.

Because I know some of you haven't met my birds yet, I wanted to take a photo of them together. Obviously, Pringle is used to the camera (the star she is), but Lola seems to be a bit confused.

Lola: I'm so tired.

Lola: Hey, look at this weird stain I found!

Lola @ Pringle: What are you looking at? Why are you so still?

Lola: Oh, I see it now!
Pringle: seriously?

And there we go! That's the photo I was looking for!
This summer, my birds have been very productive. For example, Pringle has chewed up nearly the entire front bar of the swing I gifted them. She even chews when Lola is swinging on the other side, which is a bit problematic.

Lola: Get me out of here!

I also purchased them a toy with some beads, two balls made of ratan, and a bell. But I really had no hope for the chewable ratan balls anyways.

What's missing?
Aside from her hard work, Pringle has been taking time to rest.
No disturbances, please!
And Lola has been busy singing! Every morning, I play a little music for these guys. So far, they seem to enjoy "Don't Call Me Up" by Mabel.

I think they're having a great summer! What have your pets been up to? Tell me below!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Wish Were Real So We Could Be Friends

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

There are a lot of books I wish I didn't end because I love the characters so much. In fact, there should really be a place to meet them - sort of like a Disneyland, but with book characters (and butterbeer, because I didn't get to drink that in Universal Studios, and no I'm not mad about that at all)! While that idea's probably not coming true any time soon, I'd at least like to share 9 book characters I'd befriend. All covers are courtesy of Goodreads.

1-3. Gigi, Bea, and Neerja from Smart Girls Get What They Want 
My study sessions would be 10x more interesting with these girls! Plus, I reread this on Sunday and I'm missing them already!

4. Samantha Lee from Under A Painted Sky
Her connections to Chinese astrology and culture are really interesting, and she's such a sweet person overall.

5. Mei from American Panda
I think she'd be a really good listener, and the best study partner.

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6. Cammie Morgan from I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
Best travel buddy ever, if I could convince her to lend me a private jet...


7. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series.
Another study buddy! (Why is everyone I pick a nerd :') ). But Hermione is awesome in countless other ways, and I bet we'd have so much fun. There are plenty to prank with magic around here...
The Harry Potter Gang! Lighting is so poor, lol, but in my defense I took this years ago.
8-9. Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell from Stalking Jack the Ripper
I can't just pick Audrey, because Thomas would throw a fit. And besides, these two make a dynamic duo, and I'm not breaking that up!
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Which fictional characters would you want to be friends with? Tell me below!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Formula for the Validity of Excuses

Whenever you make up an excuse, how legit is it? What about excuses that come from your friends, etc.? Did the dog really eat their homework? Maybe not, but is there some truth to it? Read on to find out!

To try to figure out how much of an excuse is complete gobbledygook and how much actually has some truth to it, we have to first break up the excuse into parts (if some of these are confusing, don't worry; I'll be explaining them later). Here are the three main components to every excuse/things you should consider whenever you hear an excuse:

  1. Your relationship with the person who's telling you the excuse
  2. The person's history with this sort of event (ex: they "lost" their homework but they never do it anyways)
  3. What the excuse blames (ex: time, money, another person)

    Based on these factors, I've created a 100% foolproof mathematical formula to decide how legit your friend's/family member's/coworkers' excuses are. Here's how it works:

    1. Assign a value from 1-5 to represent how close you are with the person who's giving you the excuse. (1 being total strangers, 5 being inseparable). This basically is how much you trust them. Call this value A.

    2.  Assign a value from 1-3 to represent how the person usually deals with situations like these (1 meaning they always lie, 3 meaning they usually never make excuses for situations like so). Call this value C.

    3. Assign a value from 1-10 based on what the excuse revolves around (from 1 representing something wacky, 10 representing something realistic). Call this value B.

    The formula for how legit an excuse is then: 

    Possible values range from 0 to about 6.5. The higher the value, the more truthful the excuse.

    What does this look like? Here's an example:

    Excuse: A hard-working employee that's worked with you for three years can't come to work today because their child has a doctor's appointment. You've also noticed that every two weeks or so, they haven't been coming because of various appointments. 

    • A: You know the employee works hard, and has worked with you for quite a while. They aren't absent that often, so you let A = 7.
    • C: Whenever the employee is absent, it's because of an appointment. This probably means that the appointment excuse is invalid, but you can't be sure, so you let C = 2.
    • B: The excuse revolves around a child's appointment, which is pretty realistic. You let B = 9
    • The final result you get is about 5.5, meaning that though the excuse may have some fiction in it, the employee's history makes up for it.
    Where does this formula come from? I weighted trust and prior experience over the actual excuse, because that's really how we evaluate excuses. If we someone who know won't lie to us, it doesn't matter what they say, we're likely to believe them. I also converted everything to a logarithmic scale because it makes things easier to compare.

    Disclaimer: this post is made for fun, not to go around wondering if people are lying to you. Use it for funny excuses, but don't get too caught up. At the end of the day, what matters is that you trust people, and don't break that bond :).

    I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of excuses. Want more math-ish posts? Science-y ones? Tell me below!
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