Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Song of the moment: "Check Yo Self"-Ice Cube

Classic Ice Cube song... with an even more classic beat. This song can will never be on the same level as "The Message", but it hits hard nonetheless. Oh yeah... did you know that this video is part two to the "it was a good day" video? Maybe I'm stupid, but I never realized that. Here's both videos combined... idk why I didn't just post that in the first place.

Thing that I'm currently anticipating: umm... I'm not really sure. I guess I have to go to the bathroom... sort of.

Doodle/image of the day:




















Random thoughts: My air freshener is supposed to smell "powder fresh". Although it was my idea to buy it, I'm starting to regret that purchase. My room smells like baby powder all the time.

Why is it that, whenever I spray my air freshener, it always ends up landing on me or whatever I'm trying to eat at the moment?

The other day, ASU sent me an e-mail to say that there was a "cold front" coming. Apparently, weather below 65 degrees is cause for concern, and students need to "dress appropriately" for the weather. I think they should send an e-mail when it's 115 degrees. That seems like it's a little bit more dangerous than a low of 47 and a high of 61.

Yesterday, I locked myself out of my room for the fourth time. It seems so evil to make a door that I can lock from the inside on my way out.

My bathroom smells pretty gross, and I'm not sure what to do about it. I kind of miss community bathrooms. They were always relatively clean.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Loveless Marraige

Yesterday, instead of working on my English paper, I was looking at clips of Everybody Loves Raymond on Youtube. Here's one of the funniest videos:

Although this video is meant to be humorous, it made me think about whether or not Frank and Marie's marriage was really loveless, and what things should be valued in a relationship. Throughout the show, Raymond's parents fight and bicker constantly, yet they have been together for over four decades (I just made this up... I don't know how long when their marriage is supposed to have taken place. I assumed that Robert and Raymond are in their forties and they were born after Frank and Marie were married). Also, despite their tumultuous relationship, Both Frank and Marie seem to take pride in their marriage and the amount of time they've been together. Situations like this beg us to ask the questions, "what is a functional relationship?" and "how can one determine whether to suck it up and live with the situation, try to work it out or simply walk away and cut their losses?" Honestly, I'm not really sure... are you?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Song of the moment: "Mother's Lament" -Cream

Not all music has to be serious and, If I'm not mistaken, this is a classic English pub song. There's nothing spectacular about this... it's just a great band fooling around.

Doodle/image of the day:



















Random thoughts: I feel weird today... when I woke up, I felt sick so I went back to sleep. I also slept from brunch until dinner. I've been in a sort of daze ever since

For every five of Kanye West's good lines, there's one really stupid one that makes no sense. Of course, that's not counting what he says outside of his music. In that respect, the ratio's a little more even.

It's only 11:00pm, but it feels really late

I guess I'll go watch Mulan now

Forgot About Dre

It seems like nowadays, everybody wants to talk like they've got something to say, but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of gibberish because mother----ers act like they forgot about Dre. If you've forgotten about Dr. Dre, shame on you. Andre Young is a very talented and influential rapper and producer hailing from Compton, California. Here's a couple of his hits to jog your memory:












you're welcome

PB&J on Wheat Bread... Back from the Dead!

I was bored so I thought I'd make a scary sandwich... Boo!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kwanzaa: Myth vs. Reality

Although it's only October, I thought that now was as good a time as any to dispel some myths about one of America's most misunderstood holidays. I'd like to start by giving a brief overview of Kwanzaa and it's origins. Next, I'll clear up some common misconceptions, and I'll end with my personal thoughts on the issue. If you feel that I have made any false statements, feel free to let me know.

What is Kwanzaa?: Kwanzaa is a non-religious holiday that was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor and chairman of black studies at California State University, Long Beach. In creating Kwanzaa, Dr. Karenga intended to give African Americans a chance to celebrate themselves and their history. Also, Kwanzaa was intended to promote values such as unity and self-determination in the black community. Kwanzaa has no basis in any single African country or tradition, but rather is a celebration of Africa as a whole, drawing infuences from various harvest festivals throughout the continent. Kwanzaa is an annual celebration that occurrs between December 26 and Janauary 1. For each day of Kwanzaa, a candle is lit, libations are poured, one of the seven principles is refelcted on and small homemade gifts are exchanged. While Kwanzaa was originally created for African Americans, it does not specifically exclude anyone.

Common Misconceptions:
Kwanzaa is an African Holiday: Although Kwanzaa is based on certain African traditions, the actual holiday was created by a dude in California.

If you celebrate Kwanzaa, you don't celebrate Christmas: Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday. This means that you can celebrate Kwanzaa regardless of your religion.

You have to be black to celebrate Kwanzaa: I don't think Kwanzaa has any restrictions on who can celebrate it. If you want to bust out your Kinara and light some candles, I don't think the Kwanzaa police will bust into your house and arrest you for not being black. Anyway, black people have fought racism for too long to become racists, themselves (that's what I'd like to believe).

If I give my black friend a Kwanzaa card, he'll appreciate it: I know it may seem politically correct, but I honesty don't know anyone who actually celebrates Kwanzaa. Unless your friend is really into that stuff, he's probably just as confused about it as you are.

My thoughts about Kwanzaa: Personally, I'm not a big fan of Kwanzaa. Although it was created with good intentions, I feel that, similar to Chappelle's Show, Fubu, The Boondocks, and that stupid "Read A Book" song, Kwanzaa ultimately creates more stereotypes and misconceptions than it dispels. While these types of things might be helpful for their target audience, the general public often gets a skewed view of them that lacks the same background and history. This causes confusion and false assumptions. Furthermore, I feel that it is inappropriate to link my identity as an African American to some sort of Pan-African ideal. While I do recognize and take pride in certain physical and genetic connections to people from the African continent, I cannot specifically trace my heritage to any one particular African country, and thus I see myself as more of an American than an African. Also, as a black person, a man, an American, a college student and many other things, I feel that I would rather live my life as a complex human being than waste it embracing a set of contrived and fraudulent traditions.

I hope that helped clear things up about Kwanzaa

p.s. I don't intend to offend anybody who celebrates Kwanzaa. If that's what you like to do, that's perfectly cool with me.
Song of the Day "Soul Of A Hustler" -Sun-N.Y

Most people only know Sun-N.Y from when he beat Jin on Freestyle Friday, but his 2005 debut album was pretty good. I haven't heard anything that he's done since then, but, from what I've heard, "Soul Of A Hustler" is his best song. Although the subject matter is nothing new, the raw emotion in his delivery really separates this from other similar songs. Overall, it's a really powerful track, and it definitely deserves a listen.

Thing that I am currently anticipating: I'm going to a corn maze tomorrow. I'm kind of excited... even though I'm not too keen on being lost in the dark.

Doodle/image of the day:



















Random Thoughts: I'm not a big fan of serial television dramas. They are far to confusing for me to understand, and they require constant viewing. I enjoy, comedies, reality t.v., documentaries and sports far more.

Some guy started playing "Thriller" on his laptop before my Philosophy 101 class started... wtf?

I always get really excited when I have notifications on facebook, but I rarely have the motivation to respond to people's wall posts and messages and stuff

We've started taking notes in class... I should probably write the stuff that's on the board down...bye.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

Today is Hump Day (in case you didn't know, every Wednesday is hump day... I'm not some kind of sex maniac), and who would you rather celebrate with than the master of "hump", himself (no, not Wilt Chamberlain)... Shock G a.k.a. Humpty Hump! That's right, here's Digital Underground and the "Humpty Dance"!

Fred is a Tool

As my fruit snacks clearly illustrate, Fred was by far the lamest character on Scooby Doo. Honestly, he had about as much personality as plank of wood (haha... remember "Plank" from Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy?... that's not what I was referring to), and he seemed like the 1970's version of a "bro" (orange ascot and white sweater: Fred :: polo with popped collar and aviator sunglasses : bro). I think that Fred's only real purpose was to babysit his idiot co-workers (and velma) and to drive the Mystery Machine. If you think about it, he was the only one who was really fit to drive; Scooby was a dog, Shaggy was stoned, Velma was practically blind and Daphne was slightly more intelligent than the common house fly. Basically, Fred was being used by everyone else in the gang, and that is a major act of toolery on his part.
Then again, Scooby Doo probably isn't the best cartoon to analyze. It was a poorly-animated and excruciatingly formulaic kids' show from the '70's about a pothead, a ditzy redhead, a nerd, Fred, and a great dane who drove around in their psychadelic van and solved mysteries... yeah.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Song of the moment: "Killer Wolf" -Danzig

I'm not sure whether I like Glen Danzig better in the Misfits or Danzig (I haven't really lisltened to Samhain too much so I can't comment on that). Danzig definitely has more variety and a heavy metal/blues flair, but the original Misfits has a lot of raw power and great song concepts.

p.s. Is it me, or do all Danzig videos look the same. This looks just like the video for "I'm The One"

Thing that I am currently anticipating: My advising appointment. I'm meeting with my advisor tomorrow. Once I get that done, I'll be all clear to sign up for classes when they come out.

Doodle/image of the day: I'm currently in class (chill out... it's not like the teacher is saying anything that isn't in the book) so I can't upload pictures at the moment. this smiley face will have to be good enough for now :)

Random thoughts: I've gotten so used to multitasking during classes that it I feel weird sometimes when I'm only taking notes and paying attention. Is that bad?

Last night, I was at this math review session and I was actually able to help someone with their homework! It made me feel really smart.

It is really hard doing facebook graffiti (or using M.S. Paint) with a laptop touchpad thing. Mice are much better for detailed jobs like that.

I am pretty thirsty. What if I dropped dead from dehydration on my way back to my room? That would suck. I would probably donate my organs t whoever needs them... and a cannibal could have the rest of me.

My teacher is talking about Mao (not that Mao)... but it reminded me of Meow Mix


Did that last thought make any sense? If not, you should click on the links... it still might not make sense.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Song of the moment: "Fair Weather Fan" -Louis Logic

This is not my favorite Louis Logic song, but I think it's an interesting critique of hip hop fans, underground music and the pressures that artists face. Also, I really enjoy the beat.

Thing that I am currently anticipating: actually, it's a secret, but it has to do with ghosts and candy... nobody reads this blog anyway so it's okay if I sort of give it away (I didn't intend for that to rhyme).

Doodle/image of the day:
Just in case you think that I spend all my time doodling and blogging, here's a picture of some actual notes that I took in math class. Cool, right?
















Random thoughts: I should really fix my bike

Every time I use facebook chat, my computer momentarily freezes whenever I get a message. It's like my computer's way of telling me that I should be studying or doing something else productive instead of having meaningless conversations with old friends.

Actually, I got a message when I was typing that last thought and I had to type it over again.

It seems like most of my friends in college have some sort of moral objection against sports. By the way they talk about football, you would think that the coaches and players were part of some sort of conspiracy to commit human rights abuses or kill puppies or something. I always thought it was pretty cool to catch a one handed hail mary pass in heavy coverage or dunk from the free throw line in a game, but these people make it seem like it's a major faux pas on par with wearing white socks with dress shoes or a polo shirt with a tie... oh well

My water bottle is starting to smell funny... should I wash it out or can I just rinse it? It's made of stainless steel if that makes any difference.

Napoleon Dynamite

While I was at Target the other day, they had movies at sale prices ranging from $5 to $10. Although they offered a number of classic (or what I would consider classic) films including American Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Full Metal Jacket, I decided to purchase Napoleon Dynamite. While this movie may not have the same level of drama or plot development as the others, it is still one of my all-time favorites. This is because of the humor, the scenery and the overall spirit of the movie.

As a fan of awkward humor and quirky characters (The Office is one of my favorite T.V. shows), Napoleon Dynamite makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it. The combination of plausible situations and unusual outcomes is something that's extremely funny to me, and the minimal use of outlandish gags and complicated set-ups helps give the jokes a more natural and believable feel. Another aspect which I found entertaining was the dry, emotionless delivery of many of the characters. Whereas many comedies rely on over-the-top, energetic acting, it seems like Napoleon Dynamite took a more subtle, minimalist approach in terms of acting. the slow, monotone voices of characters like Napoleon, Kip and Pedro added an extra level of humor to their unusual lines. As cliche as it sounds, sometimes, less is more.

Although the acting took a backseat, the backdrop of the movie played a major role. Maybe it's because I'm from a state with lots of people, buildings and trees, but the scenery in Napoleon Dynamite is one of my favorite aspects of the movie. Almost every outdoor shot is against a background of mountains and farmland. The vast expanses that Napoleon's world are both bizarre and oddly comforting. Perhaps it's a result of playing too much "Oregon Trail" (I always died trying to fjord the river) as a child or maybe it represents some sort of natural rejection of the pressures and crowded feelings of urban life today. Regardless of the reason, the plains and mountains of Idaho are appealing to me, and I feel that such a unique location is the perfect setting for Napoleon Dynamite's cast of quirky characters to reside.

Lastly, I enjoy Napoleon Dynamite because of the overall feel of the movie. The film has a 1980's to mid 1990's vibe to it. This is present in subtle ways which include the music selection, the use of VHS and cassette tapes and some of the clothing choices. Other aspects of the film even provoke comparisons to 1980's teen movies. However, the humor and lack of overused plot conventions keeps the film from feeling campy and predictable. This ability to create endearing characters and an interesting story without resorting to trite plot choices and cliches was something that I particularly enjoyed. In movies today, it's become a sure thing that there will be a makeout and/or sex scene, a bold (and cheesy) display of affection, jealousy between friends over someone that they both have feelings for and a serious event that causes the main character to rethink his or her views. Napoleon Dynamite is able to still be a great film without an awkward love triangle between Napoleon, Deb and Pedro or Napoleon dedicating his dance performance to Deb in order to regain her friendship. Furthermore, even without all of these things, Napoleon and Deb mysteriously make up, and all of the main characters (even Uncle Rico) find some sort of happiness by the end.

Ultimately, Napoleon Dynamite may not have riveting monologues or extravagant special effects, but it still should not be written off as generic teen comedy or a sign that film as an art form is dead. For a movie that was made without profanity, sex, generic plot conventions, a large budget or a fancy Hollywood studio set, I think that it's pretty damn good, and I laugh every time I watch it... but that's to be expected. What the heck would you do in that situation?... gosh!

In honor of Napoleon Dynamite, here's one of my favorite scenes:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Song of the moment: "Represent" -Nas

Classic track from a classic album. Regardless of people's thoughts on Nastradamus and "Oochie Wally" and all the random beef, this album cemented Nas' place in hip-hop history.

Thing that I am currently anticipating: Breakfast. I know I always talk about food, but it's parents visiting weekend so they're probably going to make something good to impress all the visitors.

Doodle/image of the day:
I generally don't doodle that much on Saturday mornings... I'm too busy sleeping, running, showering and watching youtube. Instead of a drawing, here's a picture of me from earlier in the week. It's a little washed out, but I think it came out okay.















Random thoughts:
On the weekends, I generally try to go to bed at a reasonable hour so I can wake up to run in the morning... all the juicy stuff seems to go down after 1:00am though :'(

The washers and dryers here are really annoying. It seems like the timers on them are completely useless. If it says my clothes have five minutes left to dry, I will come back in five minutes and they will say three minutes left. It makes me angry

On a related note, the download bar on my computer seems to display completely useless statistics as well. first it will say that there's ten minutes remaining. A second later, it will say there's five seconds.

I'm sorry that these random thoughts are not particularly well put together or structured. My mind's not in it at the moment. I forgot to put on deodorant... and I feel like I should pretty soon. I can't concentrate when I need deodorant.

that last statement isn't as gross as it sounds. I took a shower around twenty minutes ago, and I've been sitting in my computer chair since then.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Song of the moment: "Some Cow Fonque (More Tea, Vicar?)" -Buckshot LeFonque

I know this song from the Men In Black soundtrack, but Buckshot LeFonque seems like a pretty cool group. There isn't much info online about them, but they seem like they're worth checking out.

Thing that I am currently anticipating: I'm not really sure... at the moment, I'm content. I'm perfectly happy with embracing the now.

Doodle/image of the day:
I had a math quiz today, and most of the questions were about material that wasn't in the homework or test review. We covered this material briefly last week, but I spent very little time studying it, and still do not completely understand it. Needless to say, I did not do very well on the quiz. This image reflects my feelings on the issue.







Random thoughts: currently, the weather in Tempe is hovering around 100 degrees. because of this, I dressed accordingly in "manpris" (if you don't get it, click on the link) and a t-shirt. However, on my way to class this morning, I saw people in outfits ranging from shorts and tank-tops to ugg boots, jackets and winter hats. When I asked my friends about this, they said that people in Arizona try to wear jackets any chance they get becuase there aren't enough truly cold days to justify only wearing winter wear when necessary. That's weird.

My legs hurt

I know I already ranted about Arizona's irrigation issues in an earlier post, but today I saw a guy spraying a hose at an already muddy patch of grass for at least ten minutes... that's ridiculous!

In a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, the actual cup part is chocolate. Maybe, it should be called "Reese's Chocolate Cup that Is Filled With A Strange, Oddly-Textured, Peanut Butter-Like Substance". I think it's kind of Catchy.

Despite the strange peanut butter, I actually really enjoy Reese's Cups... but I don't want one right now... I think I'm dehydrated.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Best Waffle Ever

I had an Amazing waffle for breakfast this morning. Here are some pictures.















first, I made a regular waffle with some raisins mixed into the batter (I wanted to use Craisins, but they didn't have them today). Next, I got some bacon and stuffed it inside the waffle. Finally, i covered it with syrup, and enjoyed my creation. I actually try to make waffles like this quite often, but this one was especially tasty.

Fortunately (for the sake of my arteries), I don't have enough time to do this on a regular basis. It's only for weekends and other special occasions.
Song of the Moment: "Curtains" -Elton John

This song only had one play on my itunes, but after hearing it now, I think I like it. I expect "Curtains" to get many more plays in the future.

Thing that I am Currently anticipating: Lunch. Although I'm not that hungry at the moment (I had a pretty large breakfast), I am looking forward to the social aspect of lunch. In my opinion, there's nothing better than spending quality time with friends.

Doodle/image of the day:












Random Thoughts: This weekend is the Grand Opening of the Barrett Honors College at ASU. It seems kind of weird for there to be a grand opening for something that has been in use since August.

Because it's the Grand Opening, there are lots of adults (real adults... not eighteen to twenty-year-olds) walking around with suits and nice clothing on. It was funny seeing the contrast at breakfast this morning between the enthusiastic, well-dressed adults and the sleep-deprived, pajama-clad college students.

Why is it standard for waiters and movie theater attendants to wear bow ties and other forms of formal attire? I think it takes away some of the class and refinement of a tuxedo when it becomes the uniform for popcorn-fillers and ticket-rippers at every movie theater across America. I don't mean to offend or demean people who do these jobs... rather, I just feel that the utmost formality shouldn't be required when you're selling tickets for Freddy Vs. Jason or March of the Penguins.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Song of the moment: "Live As It Gets" -Reef the Lost Cauze


Thing that I am currently anticipating: The weekend. I know it's only halfway through Wednesday, but I'm already in need of a break. Lately, sleeping has become my new favorite hobby, and it's difficult to fully enjoy this pastime when I have all these classes in the way.

Doodle/image of the day:


The picture is a little old, but I found it in my notebook today.
















Random thoughts: It really annoys me that I can't write while I listen to music. I was listening to 21 questions (yeah, I know that's it's kind of a love song... and it's by 50 cent, but it's still good, and I haven't listened to it for a while) and I had to pause it to rant about random crap on the internet

This morning, from the moment I got in my room to the moment I got to the dining hall, it took me 30 minutes. That's ridiculous! I know it probably takes about four or five minutes to take the elevator downstairs and walk to the dining hall, but 25 minutes is still a lot of time to take a shower and get dressed. Ideally, I would like to get ready in about fifteen minutes. I figure this will give me enough time to have a waffle, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and maybe a danish or some oatmeal for breakfast. Also, I would have time to fully digest this meal so as not to endure stomach discomfort while I ride my bike to class.

you know that saying, "roses are red, violets are blue, etc..."? Aren't violets purple? Thus the name, "violets". My theory is that this poem was written by a man (duh... but wait, there's more). The reason being that color blindness affects 7% of men whereas it only affects .4% of women (for more on colorblindness go to http://www.hhmi.org/senses/b130.html ). If the hopeless romantic who wrote this could not identify the color red, he might very well have believed that violets are blue. On the other hand, some violets do actually look bluish. You be the judge.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"manpris"

Lately, it seems to have become fashionable for men to show their ankles. Whether you call them "highwaters", "floods", "manpris" or "cropped pants", you're basically referring to pants that end somewhere between the lower calf and the back of the knee. Personally, I enjoy feeling the wind on my ankles, and find no problem with the the style. However, others see it as a silly, useless trend. For me, the benefits of rolling up my pant legs are that I can easily change from the length of my trousers, I can avoid getting my pant-legs cought on my bike, I can avoid random scratches on my calves (I always scratch my legs up when I wear shorts), and I feel that it works well with boat shoes other similar footwear. Ultimately, I think that if it's okay for people to wear shutter shades, turquiose pants, Ugg boots and goofy scarves (hopefully not all at the same time), there's nothing wrong with cuffing my pants a little higher than usual.

Song of the moment: "Desire" -Pharoahe Monch feat. Showtyme

Apparently, this was on the Madden '08 soundtrack... I don't really play video games though so I just found out after looking at the youtube comments. Anyway, dope song from a dope album.

Thing that I am currently anticipating: more food... I ate a small lunch because I had some reading to do for English, and I've been late for that class more times than not. My reading was only two pages though so I now have about an hour to burn, and I'm too lazy to go back to lunch.

Doodle/image of the day:



















Random Thoughts: I keep a lot of plastic water bottles in my room (sorry, environment). Although these start out as perfectly normal containers, it seems that, after prolonged use, they develop a foul odor. Do these bottles have a limited lifespan? I guess i should just stick to my stainless steel water bottle.

I really enjoy watching House M.D. Although I don't always watch it on T.V., I try to watch all the episodes that I miss on Hulu. It sort of pisses me off that Fox waits such an obnoxiously long time to post episodes online. Also, one whole hour of television seems like such a long time to me. I'm a busy dude.

Today, someone said I have a Michigan accent. Wtf is that?

Two days ago, I bought a package of LifeSavers Gummies (tangy fruits flavor). I ate them all that night. Now, the empty bag just sits on my desk, and I keep reaching in there hoping to find some hidden gummy that had been passed over in my other searches... maybe if the gummy had put blood in its door, it would have escaped me.

Do you have to be skinny to wear "skinny jeans"? I feel that any type of clothing that has a particular body type in the name should be reserved for people who match that body type. I'm not trying to be mean... but why would a large person try to stuff themselves inside a skinny person's clothes? It seems uncomfortable.

"Skinny jeans" is a stupid name... it sounds like somethng a middle schooler came up with. I don't have any better suggestions though

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gun Show

This evening after dinner, I decided to kill some time by checking out the local gun show. I know that Arizona's firearm laws are less strict than the laws in a lot of other states, but I didn't expect them to allow such heavy artillery. The picture pretty much says it all... you could really hurt someone with that thing. When I asked how I could acquire such guns, I was told that the only way to get weapons of mass destruction like this is to do a lot of distance running, and avoid the weight room like the plague. I guess it just goes to show that track and cross country are probably the best sports ever.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

This evening, after a lackluster meal of ham and vegetables, I decided to venture into the dining hall one last time before I put an end to my dinner. This journey proved to be an especially fruitful one because I was able to acquire a bowl of what we cereal aficionados like to call "the swirls of the gods" (I just made that up. I'm not a cereal aficionado, and I don't think anyone calls it that. It would be cool if it caught on though". Yes, I spotted "the taste you can see" from across the room, and made a B line for the cereal dispensers so as not to lose my prize to some other flavor hunter. Anyway, feast your eyes (get it?... it's a joke) on the best cereal ever created.

I need to fix my bike

About fifteen minutes ago, I hit a person on a longboard head-on with my bike. Although nobody was injured, and the true cause probably had something to do with how I made a sharp turn in heavy pedestrian traffic with my camera in one hand, I can't help but think that this accident could have been avoided if I had taken the time to fix my handlebars. Currently, the connection between the fork and the handlebars (I don't know much about bikes or bike terminology) is very loose, causing my handlebars to droop down in a manner which makes it difficult to turn quickly and break. I should have fixed this problem last week, but it's given me a justification for channelling my inner Flobot by riding with no handlebars.

On a side note, the bike crash also seperated my chain from the toothed thing (again, I don't know bike terminology). this meant that I had to reattach it by myself, getting lots of grease on my hands in the process. Now that grease is on my pants... Oops!

Oh yeah... here's a picture of my handlebars

If you look, you can see that my handlebars are kind of loose.

And I took this picture while I was riding my bike this morning... probably not very safe, but danger is my middle name... at least it would be if I didn't already like my current middle name.

Lunch

Quarter pound burger
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Onions
Jalapenos
Ketchup
Curly fries
Regular fries
Delicious :)
Song of the Moment: I Need a Girl Pt. 2 -Puff Daddy, Ginuwine, Loon and Mario Winans

This song was a classic from the days before Diddy was concerned with voting or dying and expensive cheesecake

Thing that I'm currently anticipating: My World Religions class. Although my teacher has trouble staying on topic and writing coherent notes on the board, I am genuinely interested in the subject matter, and I enjoy the laid-back nature of the class. My only complaints are that my class notes are more or less useless for when studying for tests, and the length of the class (an hour and fifteen minutes tests the limits of my attention span.

Doodle/Image of the day:



















Random Thoughts: I'm not an expert on agriculture or lawn care, but it seems as if they way they water the grass at Arizona State is highly wasteful and ineffective. In a place where water is important, it seems like there would be a better way to irrigate the lawn than flooding it each day. The grass here isn't particularly green or healthy looking, and the only results of this method seem to be brown patches, mud, puddles of standing water and funny smells (I'm not sure if this has anything to do with the irrigation. It could be something else). Maybe it's just that I don't understand the specific needs of plants in southwestern climates, but it all seems a bit silly to me.

Why is Columbus Day a holiday? Columbus didn't even find America on purpose... he thought he was in India. If we're in the business of celebrating accidental discoveries, we should nationally recognize the day I found a two-month old cookie in my backpack or the day my friend discovered an expensive kitchen knife in the middle of the street. In honor of Christopher Columbus finding a new continent... and then denying that it was a new continent, here's a link to a list of the Top 10 Accidental discoveries.

It has recently come to my attention that I talk loudly at times. I've started to notice this more and more, and I've realized that it can be pretty awkward and annoying. I would like to publicly apologize for leading my friends down the path to premature hearing loss.

Why do people hate rap?

The other day, my English class was having a discussion on illegal downloading and its impact on the music industry. During the class, someone asked what the landscape of popular music would look like if the commercial recording industry imploded. To this, one of my classmates responded, "rap music would die, and good music would come back". After hearing this, I was initially shocked and offended at such a blunt, baseless statement. However, upon further contemplation, I realized that this was a common opinion among my peers. During conversations about music tastes, I often hear people say, "I like anything, but rap" or "I like good music, but I hate rap". As a lover of all music, I can never fully understand these feelings. Although I may not enjoy listening to a particular song or artist, I feel that music styles and genres are too large and varied to dismiss any one as a whole.

It seems as if much of the criticism about rap music is based on the common belief that rap music is merely people with no musical talent who say rhyming words about women, material possessions and crime over a repetitive beat which was sampled from an older, better song. Although certain examples of rap music certainly fit some of these criteria, this is a narrow-minded view that does not take into account the entire spectrum of hip-hop or its origins and development.

While many rap musicians have little or no formal music training, a good rapper still needs an understanding of musical concepts such as timing and rhythm. Also, a well-written and performed rap verse often requires things such as breath control, rhyme, meter, metaphors and similes. All of these aspects certainly add to the artistic value of rap music. Furthermore, many rap groups such as The Roots incorporate live, original instrumental music into their work, and many producers including Pete Rock and Dr. Dre have an in-depth knowledge of classical composers and music theory. Often, sampling a song is more involved than simply finding a lesser known riff and passing it off as a new creation. A producer has to know which sounds from which songs would best complement the voice of the artist, the lyrics and the mood of the track. Also, sampling can often breathe new life into an older piece of music, and attract new fans to the original artist.

In terms of content, I don't accept the argument that rap is a bad music genre because of the current themes that popular artists of today talk about. In the same way that it would be foolish to say that all rock songs are about drug use and promiscuous sex, it is a broad generalization to say that all rap songs talk about gang violence and objectifying women. The term, "rap" is not synonymous with any of those things, and to identify it as such is to oversimplify something that is extremely diverse and complex.

Ultimately, the whole point of this post is to encourage people to open their minds and think before they speak. The mere fact that you dislike one example of something shouldn't be enough justification to dismiss that genre as a whole. Where would we be today if Lewis and Clark got to the great plains and concluded that the western half of America was nothing but grass? Where would the Lakers be if they decided that Kobe Bryant was worthless after he failed to get them out of the first round of the playoffs in his rookie season? Where would popular music be if fans assumed that all of their music sounded like "love me do"? Don't be afraid to listen to new and different things. Whether it be punk, country, classical music or hip-hop, there's a lot of good music out there, and you may never get to hear it if you conclude things before you've had a chance to explore.

In honor seeing the full spectrum of rap music, here's some videos that show some lesser known artists and themes in hip-hop.










p.s. I'm sorry if this is a crappy article. I don't have much experience in blogging or writing things like this. If you have any constructive criticism, I'd be happy to hear it. Also, feel free to share your thoughts on music in general.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lesson Learned: Women don't like being compared to cars. Apparently, when I try to make an honest metaphor, I deserve to be verbally ripped apart, but when R Kelly says that his lady reminds him of his Jeep, he gets millions of dollars and tons of radio airplay. Granted, the women that R Kelly generally talks to have probably been compared to far worse things (i.e. urinals), but it's an interesting occurrence nonetheless. Despite all the mixed feelings and controversy, I'd like to take this opportunity to display some music videos devoted to women and cars.







p.s. I don't intend to offend women, R Kelly, or fans of R Kelly in any way. I am simply pondering an interesting fact of life.

p.p.s. I was going to put "Little Red Corvette" by Prince on my list of songs about cars and women, but it's not on youtube :'( ... It's a great song though. You should check it out... unless you're not into that type of thing... yeah.
Doodle/image of the day:














this is just some random stuff i doodled up




Song of the moment: "Hit It and Quit It" -Funkadelic


Thing that I'm currently anticipating: Breakfast. mmm... waffles, bacon, pineapple juice

Random thoughts: I was going to go running with my friend this morning, but she's not feeling well. I hope she feels better. I only sort of felt like running though... I got about 4.5 hours of sleep last night.

I feel like "Choosy" should be spelled with an "E". Where the heck does that letter go when you turn "Choose" into an adjective? Is it afraid of "Y" or something? "Y" is a pretty scary letter. Something about not always being a vowel creeps me out. It's like a zombie letter or something... or an Animorph. Okay... maybe not.

Zombieland was a pretty good movie. I was not expecting Bill Murray to die... that was really funny. Oops... did I just ruin the movie for you? My bad. What other movies has Woody Harrelson been in besides Zombieland and White Men Can't Jump? He's like a 1990's version of Mark Hammill (and the rest of the original Star Wars cast besides Harrison Ford)... people only remember him from one movie

Wtf happened to Steve Guttenberg?

Inaugural blog post

Hello, everyone. In an effort to alleviate my boredom, I have decided to create a blog. This blog has no real theme... I will mainly talk about things that I do and think about. Enjoy!

p.s. I have no affiliation with Jif Peanut Butter... I just think that it's delicious.