Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Craziness of School

Hey Guys,

School is in full swing, and things are going great! I survived and grew greatly during our RA training and now classes are just starting to get down and dirty. This year I'm taking:

  • Elementary Statistics
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Modern Humanities
  • American History
  • Earth Science
  • Heath and Physical Education
Yeah, all Gen Eds. But I actually tend to enjoy them; there definitely is a saint out there who did a great job instilling that whole "loving learning" thing into me. :)

I'm hoping to get more time to blog over the weekend, perhaps make some comments about Obama's VP choice.
By the way, Michael Phelps is the man! He made the Olympics worth carving out time. The Chinese might have the corner on the "looking good while jumping in water" market, but once you get in the water, it's USA all the way!


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Goodbye Texas

The car is packed, my stereo is gone, Kati is finally done packing, and I'm minutes away from heading back to Okie-land. I'll see ya'll later.

Goodbye Texas!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ode to a Goatee

We had good times together, from the beginning in Richmond to the crazy class in FL. Then as time went on you really grew on me, and I became quite attached to you. You complemented my glasses well and further enhanced my "beatnik" image. At National Convention you almost became a personality yourself, setting off my "curmudgeon" performance and giving us the resemblance to that head Kirstin brought. You looked really cool while we were chillin' at the beach and went very well with my Tux at the premiere. But as the days until August drew ever smaller we knew it couldn't last forever, the day would come when the sacrifice must be made. Dress code at ORU didn't have the same feelings toward you that I did and it demanded our separation. When that fateful moment came, I knew it wouldn't be the same. My face will be smooth as I rebulid my groove. Goodbye my goatee, it was fun for a time, you know I will miss you as I try to rhyme.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Viva La Vinyl

The latest record comes out, the order is placed, anticipation builds, until the day finally comes when a flat, square, "capitol records" box shows up in the mail. The recipient excitedly cuts open the package to find the long awaited platter. The Beatles, Elton John, Pat Boone, all names you might expect to see, and all names you will not find on this record. They have been replaced by a simple "Viva La Vida," the apt new title for the latest offering from Coldplay.

Yes my friends, I bought the latest Coldplay album, officially titled "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," in sheer vinyl glory. I have become part of the resurgence enjoying Coldplay in all its 33 1/3 rpm glory.

There is something to be said for music you can hold, art you can touch. We have grown to take in music as a passive exercise in our busy society, listening while doing other things, completing other tasks. Music should be digested like any art form, pondered, considered, and critiqued. For me, having it in Vinyl only helps with the process.

I'm not going to deny that simply using iTunes would be far easier and probably give a better sound quality. It's hard to beat typing in the song you want and pushing the space-bar; however the extra effort required for the vinyl, brings a deeper appreciation of the music itself. You also get the huge booklet of photos and album art, words for the songs, etc. (Actually, in my case, it came with a surprise CD copy as well) The sound itself is different, more earthy and tonal, than its digital counterpart.

My current (modern) vinyl collection is still small, but it includes:
-"Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" by Coldplay
-"Fix You" (45 Single) by Coldplay
-"St. Elsewhere" by Gnarls Barkley
-"Whistle for the Choir" (45 Single) by The Fratellis

Grab an old turntable and some records, you'll enjoy it, and its slightly addictive.