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Ya Gotta Be Grateful

December 5, 2010

Here is a great little video just in time for the holidays. A nice little homemade rap about the holidays.

*DISCLAIMER: CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE*

I love this video for a few reasons.

A) It’s hilarious

B) It tells it how it is. Even if you don’t like some of the notions/messages/concepts/etc.. about Christmas, the holidays, or other things you still gotta show respect and be grateful.

C) It talks about supporting local, and supporting each other. It’s so true that where you spend your money you’re casting a vote. Do you want a local store to survive, or an online retail conglomerate? Keep that in mind as you’re shopping this holiday season.

So on that note go support a creative mind/struggling artist while you’re at it and check out his single at iTunes. What else were you going to do with that dollar?

Wow This Gives Me Schadenfreude

November 26, 2010

This is old news now, but remember that post where I mentioned that awful Arizona immigration bill? Well according to the Colorado Independent a new study of economic data shows that Arizona is now losing money hand over fist due to it’s immigration bill. Though the study was fairly small (it concentrated only on business lost or gained  by the local convention centers), it still shows the impact such a bigoted law can cause.

Ever since the passing of the law back in April cities, states, countries, and musical groups have boycotted the state due to their government’s passing of racially intolerant laws. Sadly this world is run by capitalism, and this backlash is a perfect example that the only way we can truly make change is through our spending habits and/or boycotting of certain products and businesses. Studies like this give me hope that change can occur if we keep the public and consumers educated about the events happening around them.

So suck it Arizona. You’re a beautiful state- one of my favorite really. But your leadership sucks.

Thanks

November 25, 2010

Yesterday I was walking down a street in Denver with a friend when we passed a homeless man. He was like every other homeless man you see on the street. Oversized jacket, a dirty wool watch cap, and an old guitar slung around his shoulder with a sign that said “Anything helps”. My friend handed me her coffee cup as she dug through her purse and produced a dollar bill. She then ran back and handed the dollar to the homeless man. He smiled with what remaining teeth he had, and waved us a good day.

My friend returned and grabbed her coffee. She then said, “My brother has a theory. That a dollar means a lot more to him than it does to me. And if he decides to use it on drugs or alcohol that’s on him.” This made a lot of sense to me- in that way that you have always witnessed a sunset, but never quite knew why it set. Then you take that astronomy class and discover that the earth rotates around the axis, causing the sun to dip in and out of view. It all makes perfect sense, yet was right in front of you.

Today is Thanksgiving. A day where we give thanks to those we love, and I know that I have so so much to be thankful for. The last few years of my life have been a bit up and down. Moves, heart aches, shifting my career/life into new directions. But along the entire way I can’t help but look back and be so gloriously thankful for everything I have in life- my friends, my family,  my health, and the freedom to a life I dictate. I know there are people out there who are so much more worse off than I am. There are people out there who worry about getting enough food for their family, people who are under constant threats of violence or sexual abuse, people who are terminally ill, people who don’t have the freedom to live and express themselves due to political or religious restraints. I am fortunate to have been born into the life I have been. I recognize that. And I am truly thankful.

But the question is what do we do with that gratitude? We gather our loved ones around the table tonight, but somewhere out there is someone less fortunate. Someone who doesn’t have a family to gather with, who doesn’t have any food to eat, and who can’t even afford a table. I do recognize these things, and I realize its time to start giving back. To share the great luck you’ve been born into. I truly want to leave this world a better place. And as much fun as I have galavanting around the world I know I have still left many lives untouched, and there is still so much good I can and should do. I recognize this, and in my long term goals it is something I want to do. I’m just trying to figure how. And I think we all can.

During these tough times where we’re all cinching down purse strings and trying to be more frugal it’s easy to forget that the dollar we’re saving can help someone else out so much more than ourselves.

Snowing in Seattle

November 22, 2010
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Picture from Snowpocalypse ’08

Today was a real treat for me. It was a real treat to all Seattlites actually. It snowed, well, a few flakes fell from the sky at least.

Maybe it wasn’t a winter like the one I had last year in Telluride, but for having skipped one of my favorite seasons for the past three out of four years it was wonderful. I loved walking outside and having the cold on my face. My cheeks ruddied from winter. The seasons are finally turning, and on clear days you can see the snow in the mountains. Crystal and Baker opened up this last weekend, and I’ll be skiing in Taos by the end of the week.

Between watching Warren Miller’s Wintervention and beginning my pre-season leg work-outs I can smell the ski season upon me. And I’m excited.

“Musings on the McRib” or “I So Wich I Didn’t Eat That”

November 16, 2010
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Yesterday I was driving home from school and noticed the sign on McDonald’s announcing: “The McRib is back!”. I don’t watch TV anymore, so without proper brainwashing from the media I had almost completely forgotten about an article I read awhile back announcing the return of the sandwich to all nationwide restaurants across the nation. Apparently this is the first time in 16 years that the McRib sandwich will be available nation-wide. And after some brief research on the topic I was shocked to see just how fascinating[ly boring] the history of the McRib is. Read more…

Flowers of Deceit

November 11, 2010
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As  I mentioned in my last post I am absolutely loving studying plants. I just find them so completely fascinating. Recently we learned about pollination, and it completely blew my mind how crafty plants can be.

First let me give you a brief summary of how plant pollination works. Plant ‘A’ acts as the male, and creates sticky pollen at the end of its stamen. Using a combination of fragrance, nectar, and color they lure in pollinators to be covered in pollen. Meanwhile Plant ‘B’ is acts as the female, and makes “her” pistil sticky so that it can receive the pollen when the above said pollinator flies over to “her” to receive its nectar. And that’s it, the birds and the bees of plant sex.

Of course some plants need to be more creative in luring a pollinator. Consider a special type of orchid found in Europe. It tricks male bees into thinking it’s a female bee, and then clandestinely attaches it’s pollen while the bee is trying to get it on. Check out the video below:

This is fascinating to me. Firstly, we all think flowers are these innocent things placed here for our aesthetic enjoyment- little did we know they are really deceitful and conniving. Secondly, I think it’s astonishing that this flower figured out the behaviors and aesthetics bees, and that it’s able to mimic it so competently.

Nature is a marvelous thing.

A Change of Palette

November 8, 2010

When I first decided to flee LA I was having serious conflicts as an artist. So much of me felt like I was giving up on being an artist. I never found found that deep passion to work in Hollywood and create films. But regardless I still felt like I had the capability, the ideas, and the imagination to create. I just could never find a place that allowed me flourish those things in LA.

Having last drinks with a fellow artist and friend of mine before left I was discussing this dilemma with him. How I felt like I was giving up. How I felt that Hollywood had defeated me. He responded by telling me that if you’re a creative person you will be creative no matter what area you fall in. Whether it’s with words, photography, sound, or paint. That made me feel better.

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