Fun With Hashtags

Well hello there friends!I have this friend who says “Kelly, inside my head is a circus. Sometimes other people can hear the music too.”

Right now I’m going to share some of the circus in my head with you.

Long long ago, we would play “games” on Twitter using hashtags. Like replacing one word in a movie title with “bacon” or first draft band names (Velvet Underpants, Deep Fuchsia), and they are really fun because my mind runs about a jillion miles an hour most of the time and I can riff on something like this all the livelong day.

Well thanks to Timehop I discovered this list of #tolkienpop that I did four years ago (today!) so I’m posting them here because most of them made me laugh all over again today.

– I Touch My Elf (DiVinyls)
– Fly On An Eagle (Steve Miller Band!)
– Sgt Baggins Lonely Ents Club Band (The Beatles)
– Meat Is Mordor (The Smiths)
– Friday I’m In Lothlorien (The Cure)
– Bombadil The Bass (Actually the band name, Bomb The Bass)
– The Sun Always Shines On Sam Gamgee (a-ha)
– Papa’s Got A Brand New Ring (James Brown)
– Moria Dreamin (on such a winter’s dayyyy) (Mamas & The Papas)
– Beleriand Bop (Ramones)
– Roll Over Mithrandir (Chuck Berry)
– Roll Over Bombadil (Chuck Berry)
– Good Golly Mithrandir (Little Richard)
– Merry Merry (The Monkees)
– Knockin On Rivendell’s Door (Bob Dylan)
– Forlond Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
– Westfarthing Lineman (Glenn Campbell)
– Try A Little Enterness (Otis Redding)
– The Night They Drove Old Wormtongue Down (The Band)
– Say It Loud (I’m Dwarf And I’m Proud) (James Brown)
– Pippin Is A Punk Rocker (Ramones)
– Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan) (See what I did there?)

See? ALL DAY LONG. And I did! Those are all throughout September 10, 2009. And now you get to enjoy them too. Leave your contributions in the comments. (:

…amazing things will happen.

I’m reading “The War For Late Night“, and I was reminded of this:

All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.

Conan O’Brien said this on his last Tonight Show, and it resonated with me then – January 2010 – because I have tried to be kind and not cynical since I learned what cynicism was. (That was a long time ago, by the way, I didn’t look it up after Conan said it on tv.)

I don’t claim to be able to put a dent in the universe or anything, but I try to help where I can. I do easy stuff like donate to the Red Cross on my phone, or retweet someone I know who worked really hard on a good app and now wants to get attention for it. I volunteer to help out at different nerd events around town, and I am working with my friend Jean on App Camp 4 Girls to help make the world a better place for nerdy girls like me. I try to help and I try not to be a super complainer; there are other people who are way better at it and honestly most of what I have to complain about would be considered First World Problems, so I go for the joke or the smile or the fun thing instead.

Here’s how I know it’s working for me:

This makes me feel like I’m doing something right. So I’ll keep it up. I have worked hard, and I have tried to be kind, and I have two amazing jobs and some fun side things too. I like to think they are related.