8 Days Of Chanukah: A MiscellaneousSoup Challenge!


Chanukah is arriving! On Tuesday, the eight days of Chanukah will begin. To celebrate, I’m going to get back into the blogging spirit by posting every day! Will I cheat and make some posts ahead of time? Absolutely! Will I manage to make the goal? Most likely not! Will I have fun? …Yes? Will people actually read these? Excuse me, I need to go and laugh. No, they won’t.

Anyway, I’m going to make this interesting and challenge myself. Right here, I’m going to list what I want to do! This will give me an incentive to get everything done on time. After all, if I know what I want to do, that might make it slightly easier! So, here we go!

Day One: Who likes song parodies? I do! We’ll return to a classic segment on the blog! I’ll parody a song that I like and make it Chanukah-themed! What song will it be? Wait and find out!

Day Two: Zarion Kreena will be unchained to write a special, highly satirical holiday report on his odd Chanukah traditions!

Day Three: I like books. I’ll review a Chanukah book!

Day Four: This might be cheating, but it’s out of convenience. Shabbat starts at sundown, so I’ll post a link to a Chanukah-themed video on YouTube. It helps because I’m might not have a lot of time.

Day Five: Even though Shabbat will end at 5:52 pm and I might not have a lot of time to write something, I’ll write a little Chanukah story! I promise that it will contain none of my trademark morbid humor. This will be little-kid friendly.

Day Six: I’ll review a Chanukah-themed television episode, if I can find one.

Day Seven: I’ll write a Three Stooges-themed comedy sketch about Chanukah!

Day Eight: I’ll reminisce about a Chanukah memory. Which one? I don’t know!

Can I accomplish this? Most likely not. Tune in to see if I can! Have an excellent day!

Miscellaneous Soup Throughout The Years: Reminiscing For Fun


I remember when I first made this blog. Actually, strictly speaking, i only remember the circumstances, not the time. Okay, one quick search later and Miscellaneous Soup first became real on November 8th, 2009. I was at a Bigby’s with Dad. If I remember correctly, he mentioned blogs. I asked if I could start one, he agreed, and this was created. Here is an approximate timeline of the evolution of this blog.

Miscellaneous Soup, 2009-2010: A Baby

I would post random information about myself. Stories, fun trivia facts, inappropriately short posts that served no real purpose.

Miscellaneous Soup, 2011: The Toddler Years

I got more into posting random stories that I would make up on the spot, often with the help of my sister. I used Zarion as a pseudonym for “Internet Safety.”

Miscellaneous Soup, 2012-13: Morphing Into A Monster

I eventually took stories that I made up in my head and combined them with the blog, created a random series of things with no coherence. I was the only one who would get the joke. Definitely not optimal blogging if I want people to actually read this. As my sense of humor changed and I learned more about different forms of media, my sketches and jokes would change. One particularly shameful period was a sketch series about the recurring Aquaman characters. It was a blatant Simpsons ripoff. For a short period of time, I gave up blogging because I simply ran out of ideas. I simply felt that I was churning out whatever popped into my head in a bad way. Not the ‘Whee, I’m making random stories!” way, but the “Oh, no! I wanted to blog but I forgot! Here, I’ll make a random post with three sentences.” In essence, the quality went away, but the quantity remained, much like the Maximum Ride series or current episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. (ZING!) Also, I began doing poorly-written Saturday Night Live reviews, partially in character as two people, partially stream-of-consciousness, and mostly awful.

However, my creativity returned and I began blogging again. Last year, an English assignment revolved around creating a political blog. (zachgetspolitical.wordpress.com, if you feel so inclined to argue with me. Please don’t argue with me. I like happiness on the web, not senseless yelling. Well, unless it’s amusing. I’m getting off-topic.) I started making political posts and Miscellaneous Soup began anew. I shed the hidden inside jokes, recurring characters, and identity of Zarion Kreena. (Zarion is trapped in my basement, chained to the wall. Comment if you want him to return! ^_^) Instead, I started posting pictures of my face and actually revealing minor things about myself.

Inspired by Doug Walker (blip.tv/the-nostalgia-critic, assuming the URL is correct) I started doing book reviews, first of nostalgic books. Unfortunately, I panicked and stop doing them. Why? I set too many rules for myself and burned out. The Book Bag may return in time, but only if I really feel that I can do it.

Now, MiscellaneousSoup still has posts, when I remember to do so. (I need to remind myself somehow. Any ideas? Comment!) Even so, it continues to be what I initially promoted it as. A miscellaneous soup (TITLE DROP!!!) of whatever pops into my head. I will continue to post, because it is fun. Give me ideas, if you want to!

Still, the most important thing will always remain true. In the five years, two months, and six days that this blog has been alive, I still have no idea how to get the capital “I” away from my title. I’ve tried everything, darn it! I will forever be seen as a maker of typos by potential readers!

Have an excellent day, readers! Please, remind me to keep posting! Throw bricks through my window, comment, stalk me online, write poems!

Zach Recommends: The Looney Teen Writer!


I have an odd habit of occasionally remembering small tidbits from books that I have perused in the past. However, I can’t remember the title or the author in most of these cases. I then go about searching through the Internet to find that book and read it again.

Recently, it took me one and a half days to find The Kingdom Of Strange, a book from my middle school years. (I recommend it, incidentally.) While searching, I came across a WordPress blog called The Looney Teen Writer. It is comprised of reviews, humorous fake summaries for books, lists pertaining to books, and literature-related posts. I love it.

It makes me laugh, it introduces me to new books, and the author responds to commenters. I highly recommend this blog. It earns my stamp of approval. Have an excellent day!

Next Time: “Miscellaneous Soup” fails to get the stamp of approval because the author keeps forgetting to update it.

SPOILER-FREE REVIEW: The Simpsons S26 E6 “Simpsorama”


I am not the biggest fan of The Simpsons. I hardly like the main characters and my only main reason for continuing to watch it revolves around the satire and the recurring characters. Futurama is my favorite out of the two. I love the science jokes, the main characters, and most of the recurring characters. I’m happy to see Futurama return, even if it is only in a crossover.

The Good:

At least every main character from Futurama had a line,  I actually liked the main characters from The Simpsons, and it did what only two prior episodes of The Simpsons could do. Make me feel emotionally attached to the main characters. It was hilarious, the background jokes were funny, and the minor references to past events in Futurama were enough to make me squeal like the goofy fan I am. (Darn you, writers! Don’t remind me of “Jurassic Bark” again! It’s so sad.)

The Bad:

Like every episode of The Simpsons, if you’ve read the main synopsis of the episode, then you know what’s going to happen for the first and partially second acts of the episode. To be fair, it may have been my fault for watching the clips that were made available pre-premiere.

Secondly, it was too short. I know, I know, everyone might say that, but I still wish that I could see more of Futurama. At least we got to see it one last time.

Final  Thoughts:

Sad, hilarious, and nostalgic. I tip my hat to Matt Groening for making this happen! A+

Comedy: An Unprofessional Rant About Mr. James Patterson’s “Maximum Ride” Series


IMMATURE ANGER

“Maximum Ride Forever” will arrive in May. So, what to say? Well, it seems like this trainwreck of a series WILL be going on forever at this rate! Oh, you say it’s the final book, Patterson? I’ll believe it when I see it! AGH! So this book takes place after the apocalypse at the end of the previous book, previously the final book? The characters were finally happy! Sure, it made no sense, but at least something happened to conclude the series!

Questions about the end will be answered? Oh, yeah, like in the previous book. Sure, sure. Just like the last book, a lot of hype and a ton of nonsensical plot twists. Broken flock? I am interested, as I was unhappy with that at the end of the previous book. Maybe that part will be satisfactory.

Finally, you couldn’t be content with inserting current trends in the fourth-onward books. Love triangles? SURE! Angst? To be fair, that was in the previous books, but we’ll wrap it up here! Wait…I just realized something. The age of supernatural books being the new thing is slowly dying out. Dystopian books are popular now. The apocalyptic world could be dystopian. Well, at least this might not be as bad as other dystopian books.

POSITIVES?

The chance for a good ending to the series. A proper one that respects the characters.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I’ll read it. If I like it, I like it. If I dislike it, I dislike it. It can’t be the worst book I’ve ever read. Please, stick to the Confession…series, Mr. Patterson. Please. You are best when you collaborate with other authors.

Bully For Me. Bully For You.


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To commemorate October as “Bullying Awareness Month,” I bring you the following insights regarding the subject…

As a latch-key kid, I basically came home from school, made my meals, and did my homework until my adult “roommates” came home. (To amuse myself I’d drive across the local park, set fire to things, and make Super-8 movies, usually of me driving across the local park and setting fire to things.) So when I was bullied at school, I not only didn’t have any sense of conflict management or support tools of any kind, but I couldn’t even really talk about it. At the time, the notion of “talking about it” just seemed like it would make it all the more real. So I kept it all bottled up inside and quietly hated myself for being bullied upon. The bullying wasn’t extreme, really, in retrospect: hardly ever physical, mostly just name-calling, the…

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Zach Recommends #1: Mahou Shoujo L’incandescent – an original story


Hi, everyone. I want to start writing blog posts again and this seemed like a nice place to start. I’m subscribed to several WordPress blogs, including a fairly new one. It revolves around a genre of anime (Japanese animation) called “magical girl.” As the title implies, the genre focuses on girls and women who receive superpowers, often revolving around magic. I am not much of an anime fan, but I’m trying to get into it, mostly with the help of my sister.

The new blog in question belongs to a friend of mine. It is an original “magical girl” story that features interesting characters, unique powers, and what looks to be a very suspenseful mystery. I highly recommend this blog to all of my friends. “ElectricNova”, the author, is very talented. I’m Zachary Krishef and I hope that you have an excellent day!