Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Are Animals Smarter than us?

clipped from www.npr.org
Remember how, in advance of the tsunami in 2004, animals all around Indonesia and Thailand and Sri Lanka ran uphill well before the waves that killed 250,000 people arrived, how they were responding to some instinct for cataclysm, one now comforted out of existence in our own psyches.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Extraordinary, Uber-Classic and Live-Changing Albums

The other day I was digging through boxes of stuff in the attic... Junk.

While sifting, I came across tons of CD Jewel Cases that I threw in there because I used to put all my CD's in those booklet album things. It made me come to realization, just how digital our generation has gotten. I mean, I don't even use CD's anymore. They are ancient to me. I hate them! I mean, they get scratched, they're annoying to buy, and they are annoying to burn. Instead, I like to have my music neatly organized on one of my 500GB External harddrives... all categorized by Genre (I am a perfectionist). Any how, enough tangents. The point of this post was to update everyone on one of my most important "lists".

My inner chords struck as I was looking through my old CD's. I feel like Music is our 6th sense. It can do everything from making you feel like you want to dance (Salsa)... to making you want to get into a fight (Metal, Crunk) It can make you feel like you are living in a futuristic world (Trance)... to making you feel like you are in your childhood again (?). Just like your other senses: touch, sight, hearing, tasting, and smelling make strong connections to memory in your brain, so does the reverse process of music to memory.

Anyhow I wanted to put together a list of Albums that I thought were classics. You know... the ones that you used to play over until your CD practically melted...and you were willing to buy another copy!... The type of album where EVERY song is amazingly good...Yea... Those ones. Anyhow, this is my list so far. I will update it as my memory allows. Feel free to hit me up to share yours, I will post it.

Radiohead - OK Computer
Greenday - Dookie
Metallica - The Black Album
Carlos Santana - Supernatural
Korn - Follow the Leader
Marilyn Manson - Anti-Christ Superstar
Bob Marley - Greatest Hits
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Local H - Pack Up the Cats
Nirvana - Nevermind
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
All-American Rejects - Move Along
The Postal Service - Give Up
Keane - B-Sides & Rarities (AKA Little Broken Words)


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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Boston Accent



I laughed for a good 5 minutes while watching this. 1stly because this dude really put in the time to make this. 2ndly, because everything he said was so true. And 3rdly because I can just imagine all the yuppis and trendy southenders watching this video right now, trying to learn more about their deeprooted blue-collar Boston history.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Skateboard Child

Skateboarding is better...

Skateboarding is quite possibly the best thing that could've happened to our generation of Americans. It hit me again yesterday when I got together with two of my friends to skate a local park in Arlington, MA. I looked around and the 3 of us were obviously a good 7 to 9 years older than the rest of the kids there. One of my buddies Marcus, hasn't touched his skateboard in exactly 2 years. The last time I touched mine was about 7 months ago. My other buddy, The infamous Ryan Manita rolled up to me and stated, "Look, that was us once." It was true, you could see it in those kids eyes. The tore up board, the duct tape on the shoes, the all day summer concrete sessions and of course the night sessions in the city all hit me in the face with that all too familiarity.
I asked myself: What keeps me coming back to this goddamn thing we call "skateboarding"? (By the way, skateboarding is not a sport, nor a hobby, nor anything for pussies). I mean seriously, I'm 20 years old. Shouldn't I be worrying about how I'm gonna make enough money for my rent? Or shouldn't I be worrying about the career, the friggin' loans, the debt, the f**ked up system? Or even keeping my family together, and keeping the girl happy? You realize it all adds up as you get older.
Yea, perhaps I should get my priorities straight, but in that 5 second time frame... my head and my soul are clear. When I'm dropping in, throwin' my leg down and pushing faster, hearing that snap of 7ply wood and rolling away smoothly after catching a 360 flip, I don't even realize it, but there's no better feeling in the world.
Ryan could probably explain it better, but the reason for this is it fulfills all my notions of nostalgia, childhood, and adventure. Growing up, skateboarding was definitely a lifestyle. I mean, if you skated, it was so much apart of you, that everything you did revolved around it.

  • Your clothes: (my favorite was the black shirt with the huge DC logo across the front, sported by everyone from Josh Kalis, Stevie Williams, and Danny Way...illness).
  • Your shoes: "hmm, nah those Emerica's shoe laces ripped on me in like 3 sessions"
  • Your finances: "I have 33 bucks, should I go for those Abec 7's or should I just save up for a new deck?"
  • POV: A practical stairway or ramp for handicap people to walk into the VA hospital was more seducing to a skateboarder's eyes than a 45 year old pedophile's in the 1st grade.
In that lifestyle you created art. Whether it was your style, your bag of tricks, or the perfect line your created, it was all art. Even that ridiculous crack in the pavement that you had to cover up with a piece of sheet metal, that creativity in and of itself is a work of art that only a skateboarder would be able to understand.
Aright, well, that's enough rambling for now. To be continued my masterpiece about why skateboarding is better. I hope I don't sound like a fool, but even if I do, f*ck it, I don't care. I'm smarter than you haHAAAA.

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