Monday, September 26, 2011

Art Stuff

I've been pretty bored recently so I worked on some new art stuff and cleaned up some old doodles.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Knowledge Reigns Supreme?

This is a quote by Big L from the song, "Da Graveyard". I'm not sure how much thought he put into it or what exactly he meant, but I always found that line to be particularly interesting and poignant.

Every day, I see people at school who are obsessed with academic perfection. They study for freakishly long hours, get into heated arguments with professors about fractions of percentages on grades, and are fiercely competitive about test scores. Furthermore, they give off the vibe that a person's value is closely tied to their success (or lack thereof) in school. A person with higher grades is a rival or idol, and a person with lower grades is an unintelligent loser.

This view seems simple and narrow minded. Do these people ever stop and consider that school judges individuals in a very specific manner on very specific subjects. With such a narrow focus, it's inevitable some people will be less than perfect. Also, there are people who simply choose not to put all of their effort into that particular area.

Believe it or not, there's more to life than test scores and final grades. In most cases, education is intended merely to be a means to an end. If someone feels that they can achieve their desired end without devoting excessive amounts of time and attention to the means, does that really make them a less valuable person? Does being the best at school really make someone a more valuable person outside of the classroom?

Basically, my point is that people should chill out. Education and intelligence are important things, but they certainly are not the most or only important things. To me, "I don't have it all upstairs, but who the f--k cares?" expresses all of this in a blunt, concise package. Unfortunately, Big L died in 1999 (RIP) so I'll never hear his interpretation of the quote, but I'd like to think that he meant something along those lines.

here's the song:

Doodles from Class

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I'm Listening To

Yelawolf has been hit or miss for me so far, but this is a straight banger.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Textbooks Suck

This is how my Religion in America textbook started the chapter for today:

In "Rip Van Winkle," Washington Irving's 1819 short story, Rip awakens from a twenty-year sleep to find himself a stranger to almost everything he had known. The story contains nothing about religion. but if it did, and if Rip had slept ninety years starting in 1680, his astonishment would have been even greater.

I understand that they want to emphasize how much religion in America changed between 1680 and 1770, but was this really the best way to do it? It's like saying, "if Ashton Kutcher was black and born in 1937, he would be like Bill Cosby". Sure, they're both actors, but adding that many conditions makes the comparison a little absurd. Does anyone else think that this sentence is ridiculous, or am I just overreacting? I did watch season eight of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" last week. Maybe it's rubbing off on me.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Some Thoughts

Some people that I've talked to aren't aware that a dollar sign is just a 'S' with a line through it. If my name was Steve and I wrote it as "$teve', they would be legitimately confused.

The other day, I made a smoothie with sparkling grape juice, vanilla Greek yogurt, blueberries, and applesauce. It was really really really really good.

Crossword puzzles are easy to start, but difficult to finish.

I just watched a clip of the ending to Training Day on youtube. Now, I really want to yell, "I run $&#@ here. You just live here" to my roommate... currently, I don't have a roommate though. Also, I can't think of an appropriate context.

I need a new hobby. I was playing Super Smash Bros, but I no longer have television. Pokemon? Bonsai? Scrimshaw? What's something fun that I can do alone? ... Actually, I guess that rules out pokemon. Don't you need friends to play against?

What I'm Listening To

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Go Green! Go... Bronze?

I may be a Sun Devil, but I'll always have a little Spartan in me. Because of that, I was particularly offended when I saw Michigan State's atrocious new 2011 Nike Pro Combat football uniforms.

Generally, I'm a fan of the pro-combat stuff, but Nike does have a tendency to buck tradition in favor of cool colorways and graphics. I think that's the case here. Since when was "bronze" one of MSU's color's? I think the fight song explicitly says, "fight for the only colors: Green and White!". Those are supposed to be the only freaking colors! They didn't even include white at all. If I didn't know better, I would think that these were Baylor's jerseys.

Above all, what pisses me off the most is the fact that they're wearing these when they play University of Michigan. Who goes into a rivalry game without their school colors? Next thing you know, we'll be in neon yellow like Oregon. Leonidas wouldn't take this crap.

Here's an article and more pictures if you're in to that type of thing:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dom Sirius - "Cool as the Gang"

Here's a new track from my homie, Dom Sirius. It's real hip hop with a smooth beat, nice flow and tight lyrics. Give it a listen and spread the word.

Also, I'll post more of of his music as it comes out.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

double bassed god

Q: If Lil' B was in a Jazz band, what instrument would he play?
A: The Bass

p.s. my scanner totally butchered the original drawing, but I couldn't think of any way to fix that problem. Any suggestions?