Didn't Like Classical.

Didn’t Like Classical.

February 14, 2011  |  Blog, Thoughts  |  No Comments

My first date, we went to see “Romeo + Juliet” at the movie theater. I awkwardly placed my arm around her. I did so though it really wasn’t comfortable (probably for the both of us). After the movie, we talked as we waited in the lobby to be picked up by her sister. Classical music came on over the speakers. She said she didn’t like Classical. I lied to her and said I didn’t either. Her name was Elizabeth — the first of many with the same name.

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Thoughts On Thoughts

Thoughts On Thoughts

February 13, 2011  |  Blog, Thoughts  |  No Comments

I've thought often about the use of this site. Part of me is content with the content on this site, though ill-content with my prolificacy. I manage to keep myself busy with various small and large projects across the board from photography, video, design to written words. When first building out this site, I was hesitate about calling it a "blog" and to an extent I still am (though I admit, it looks quite similar to such). Blogs to me seemed uninspired, and sounded like "filler-songs" to those who like whole albums-as-art....

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The Future of Sudan

The Future of Sudan

November 20, 2010  |  Blog, History, Politics, Travel  |  No Comments

The story of Sudan is a complicated story, so it’s no wonder many are unsure what exactly is happening in Africa’s largest country. It has been an embittered battle fought on many fronts composed of many different tribes, languages, and religions, and lasting for decades. Since 1955, two civil wars have been fought between the north and south. The second ended after 22 years of bloodshed with a peace agreement in 2005, granting Southern Sudan autonomy for six years. On January 9th of 2011, a new chapter will be pressed with ink-stained fingers....

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Online Distraction.

Online Distraction.

August 14, 2010  |  Big Picture, Blog, Featured, History, Technology  |  3 Comments

Yes, I know. It has been a long time since I’ve written here on this blog. Well, much of the reason that I haven’t is actually a result of the topic that I’ve wanted to write about: distraction. I wanted to write. Really I did. I also wanted to read the books on my bookshelf. But something was getting in my way. Distraction was my problem, and it still is. Well, I needed someone to blame for it all. Was it the incessant chime of a new email in my inbox? Was it work ringing my cell phone? Was it that next big project I wanted to get done on my computer? Was it the text messages vibrating night and day in my pocket? Was it the movie my roommates were watching downstairs in the cool basement on a hot summer’s day?....

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This is bad for your health.

August 12, 2010  |  Blog, Technology  |  No Comments
Facts:*

Your Brain on Computers – Attached to Technology and Paying a Price | NYTimes.com
The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In | NYTimes.com
The Medium is the Medium | NYTimes.com
Taming the Digital Distractions That Make Your PC a Time Waster | NYTimes.com
Going Offline in Search of Freedom | NYTimes.com
First Steps to Digital Detox | NYTimes.com
Frontline: digital nation – life on the virtual frontier | PBS
Is the internet making us quick but shallow? | CNN.com
2010: Year of digital distraction? | CNN.com
Parents obsessed with their mobile device | CNN.com
I’m quitting the Internet. Will I be liberated or left behind? | Slate Magazine
Multitasking – Switching Costs | American Psychological Association
Scaling the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement | The National Bureau of Economic Research

All articles written in the past year.

*That is if the internet is in fact, fact.
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The Feminism Needed by Men

The Feminism Needed by Men

May 31, 2010  |  Blog, Featured, History, Politics  |  1 Comment

Since childhood, it seems I have always been drawn to history. One of the first books I remember reading dealt with the American Revolution. And my grandparents had one of those satellite dishes big enough to communicate with E.T. so I would often watch documentaries on the History Channel with my grandfather. There was something in the characters of history that led me to believe that there was still something to be learned from their actions — otherwise why would we bother writing down their experiences? I recently watched the HBO miniseries, John Adams, which caused me to think more about that time period, and what issues are still addressed today. His relationship with his wife, Abigail became most of my focal point in thought. And with that came feminism....

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At the Lunch-Counter

At the Lunch-Counter

May 21, 2010  |  Blog, History, Politics  |  1 Comment

In this past week, Rand Paul, the Tea Part candidate, and son of wealthy Texan congressman Ron Paul, has been in the news for winning the Republican primary for the Kentucky Senate seat. He has since gained more press for stating that he favors 9 out of 10 titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The one he questioned is Title II of the Act, which prohibits private business from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. Basically, he believes that the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina (which became a landmark event during the U.S. civil-rights movement in 1960) should have never been told by the Federal government to serve Black customers. Doing so would infringe upon Woolworth’s Constitutionally-enshrined freedoms. He does say however that he will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act, and that he is not in favor of any discrimination of any form....

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On Travel

On Travel

May 4, 2010  |  Blog, Featured, Travel  |  1 Comment

In 2007, I quit my first real job that I had for over three years. There was one main reason in mind for doing so: travel. I’m not necessarily one of those travel junkies like Rick Steves (which is fine if you are), as he seems fascinated with always getting away. I like getting away, but it's not my point. I may just be floating my own boat, but I feel I view travel differently than most. The idea of traveling to most people is seen as vacation and escape. For me, I’d often rather engage the local community than have a fun and relaxing time, even it that means being uncomfortable sometimes. Traveling has become a way to free myself of self-absorption and the poor decisions I make in that inebriated state. Traveling and its experiences give me a fresh perspective on the life I live at home....

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A Native Hill

A Native Hill

April 29, 2010  |  Big Picture, Blog, Featured  |  2 Comments

The title I’ve chosen for this blog, “A Native Hill” comes from one of my favorite authors and social commentators Wendell Berry. He wouldn’t much approve of the idea of me writing this on my new laptop consuming a real amount of electricity (with an old but perfectly functioning laptop downstairs connected to a new TV), and especially lobbing this content onto a virtual world of computers linked together with industrialized “server farms” across the globe in an isolated community of individual web users. But nonetheless, he might appreciate my attempt to express even a small amount of what I’ve learned from him to other open ears....

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