Two things I’m currently sort of intrigued with:
1. Terence Trent D’Arby. For some reason I can’t not watch his music videos. He sends out this really effeminate vibe with his clothes, hair, and accessories, and yet he’s macking on different chicks. I don’t know what to make of him. Then I read his wikipedia page, discovered he changed his name to Sananda Maitreya, and found this little gem on why –
“The name Sananda Maitreya, on the other hand, purportedly came to the artist in a series of dreams, after which he considered it to reflect his present self better than his former stage name. Said Maitreya: ‘After intense pain I meditated for a new spirit, a new will, a new identity…’
He proclaimed in an interview that ‘Terence Trent D’Arby was dead…he watched his suffering as he died a noble death,’ in what was perceived as an attempt to reinvent himself artistically and free himself from what he believed to be the oppressive nature of the record business.”
Seriously, this is one strange guy whom I’d like to meet.
2. Librarians. I will occasionally think of jobs I’d like to do if my current one didn’t pan out. Being a librarian seems like a seriously fun (and eeaasy) job, so I looked into what degree you’d have to earn to get hired and discovered that the minimum needed is a freaking master’s. MASTER’S. For being a librarian. I first laughed, then frowned, then became confused. I read the government’s description of what it entails in case I missed something – You need that to know how to work with a filing system, how to do research, how to use a computer, how to read, how to organize workshops, and help people find books. Isn’t that worth just a week or two of on-the-job training or a summer class at the most? I also recently heard the valedictorian from my high school class is getting this degree, when she was easily smart enough to do pretty much anything. Baffled.