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Obama Gets on Board

October 23, 2010

The other day I posted about the It Gets Better Project by Dan Savage (check out the new website, it’s much better than the Youtube site it replaced).

Well a few days ago our President, Mr. Barack Obama, submitted a video himself. A wonderful gesture from the President. It’s amazing to see our leader support a grass roots effort against the bullying of our nations youth. So kudos to Dan Savage for starting the project, and kudos to the President for supporting it. See the video below: Read more…

“Something EXTREMELY Important.”

October 21, 2010
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Break-ups suck. Plain and simple. Whether you’re on the receiving end or the delivering end, it’s never ever fun.

I don’t need to express the complex mix of feelings involved, because I believe most of us have felt it. We’ve all felt it, yet we’re all convinced no one in the history of the world could be feeling such heart ache, such pain. That we’re the only ones alive who have lost something so important.

These ideas aren’t wholly mine, but come from one of my favorite episodes of this American Life. It’s episode #339: Break-up. A much recommended listen to anyone going through the heartache of a break-up. It has a brilliant act talking about break-up songs, and one of my favorite monologues ever, posted below.

It’s a beautiful/funny reminder from a beautiful/funny creature there are much more important things in life than failed relationships…

Back to Bikram

October 20, 2010

You ever go back to a hobby, a song, or a poem after awhile and become completely exhilarated? Having that beautiful realization of how amazing it is, and how much you’ve missed it. Well I’m there right now with bikram yoga.

I practiced a good amount when I lived in LA, and I loved it. I moved and the ski season approached, and took over my life. Road tripping in the spring, and I was pretty busy this summer getting my bearings in my new home. But now that I’m settled in and winter is approaching I’m beginning to rediscover myself and my hobbies here in Seattle.  Read more…

The Existential Crisis Post

October 19, 2010
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Hi blog. It’s me. Your writer.

Sorry I haven’t been more diligent about writing in the past few months. Things have been a bit busy, and amongst other things I’ve been going through a bit of an existential crisis. And in all honesty it kind of started with you.

But I don’t think that’s abnormal. I think most amateur bloggers have web 2.0 existential moments. I know I posted some thoughts on this phenomenon awhile ago. What’s the point of blogging? Who’s going to read this? Why? It’s hard enough to expose your creative and personal thoughts, and it can be especially scary to broadcast them onto the internets. The creative mind is always vulnerable when it exposes itself, and I guess over the last few weeks I’ve been feeling a bit vulnerable. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about. It’s quite the opposite. Everyday I have thoughts and reflections I’d love to share. But writing them is a whole other story. Read more…

Things That Make Me Inspired

October 14, 2010

When I was traveling in Peru I fell back in love with photography. As soon as I got home I kind of forgot. Well, I shouldn’t say I forgot. I’ve just been overwhelmed with school, getting re-accustomed to life in Seattle, and some other stuff.

Anyhow, here is a beautiful time lapse video I stumbled upon. It reminded me of how much I love photography, and how moving images can be.

Enjoy.

It Must Get Better

October 5, 2010

When I first heard about, the suicide of Tyler Clementi (a college student who killed himself after his roommate broadcast a webcam of him making out with another man) I was furious. Very little upsets me more than bigotry and intolerance. A friend of mine on Facebook posted with equal furor. They were angry and confused why the people responsible (Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei) were getting charged with an ‘invasion to privacy’ indictments instead of being charged with manslaughter or a hate crime. I agreed, arguing that a new charge to be created- “cyberbullying“.  Too often these days I read about young adults and teenagers ending their lives due to cyberbullying. But after some reflection I’ve come to approach this topic with a cooler head. This recent rash of teen suicides is not the result of technology or bullys, it’s the result of a close-minded society that allows intolerance to breed within its borders. And it’s a mindset that must be stopped.

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And You Thought Your Commute Sucked

August 23, 2010
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Wow. Check out this article about China’s recent nine-day traffic jam. Nine days!!! Even in the worst LA traffic I’ve never been stuck for nine days. This article struck a chord with me. Recently I’ve been thinking a lot more about urban planning, and the whole traffic issue has come up over and over again. How do we fix vehicular congestion, and how do we fix it considering that the concept of everyone driving their own independent gas driven vehicles proves to be more and more ill-fitted towards an increasing global population?  Read more…

3D Bus!

August 9, 2010

I’ve been obsessed with design, and urban planning recently. I think it probably has to do with my return to study a different subject (more on that later).

Anyhow, I just wanted to share a cool little article on a 3D bus that China is developing. A very innovative concept, and a wonderful way to add new public transportation to already busy roads.

Check it out.

No Love Parade

July 24, 2010

Yesterday at the Capital Hill Block party I was crammed in between 25 some people trying my hardest check out some music. While this was happening some jerk came by and pushed a lage group of people, which then turned into a mini-mosh pit. I stood my ground and acted as a restraining wall for my smaller female friends- the whole time shocked by how easy it was to cause a massive group disturbance as well as this moron’s complete disregard for other people. This contemplation then triggered a deeper response. Somewhere inside me I was hoping no fire or other incident occurred where we had to flee the scene quickly. Because that was not happened. We were almost completely trapped within this horde of people.

Then this morning I woke to this headline: “Stampede at German Music Festival Kills 18“. My heart sank. This is something that shouldn’t have happened. Given the growing popularity of music festivals crowds are only going to grow bigger and bigger. Better crowd control is going to be needed, or else more and more cases like this are going to happen. The Capital Hill Block party could have easily had a similar headline had something drastic occurred, it was that crowded. Read more…

Old Spice Man

July 20, 2010

I know I haven’t written in awhile, but I’m going to try to set up some time in the future to write a bit more. Along with socializing, school, summer (it seems like all time consuming things start with ‘s’ don’t they?) I’ve been a bit distracted.

Anyways, check out the video below and this link. A brilliant bit of viral marketing by the people over at Old Spice.

Sheer brilliance. He’s involved in Web 2.0 by directly contacting twitter and facebook users. The videos are funny, offbeat, and short, perfectly fitting the bill for viral videos. And all of the videos are very cheap to produce. I think you’ll be seeing a lot of copy cats in the near future. You just wait…

In the meantime watch this…

Then go and watch the 184 other responses. Surprisingly it will not be a waste of your time, I promise.