Saturday, March 29, 2008

Noted.

New Jet Li movie out. Funny, I don't remember making a movie.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

It's that time of the year again...

Yes, it's about time for my annual CD purchase. CDs or artists currently under consideration, and a scale on 1 to 10 of how much they're under consideration, include:

  • The other Snow Patrol CD(9)
  • Weezer (I'm a lot like you so please, hello, I'm here, I'm waiting
    I think I'd be good for you and you'd be good for me)(10)
  • Elton John(7)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers(5)
  • Cake(5)
  • Modest Mouse(7)
  • Muse(4)
  • Death Cab(8)
  • Screw being confined to albums and just buy 10 or so songs off of iTunes (9)
I still have until school gets out, but I'm working on finalizing it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Found in translation

A few thoughts to 1) put them down on paper to see if they sound as good as they did in my mind, and 2) make blog post #2 for the month. So, without further ado:

• Analogies that I've been using in my life:
I've been feeling today somewhat like a cork in an ocean current. I'm headed somewhere with a future about it, but it's still really vague. And I've lost track of my personal references to track my progress. So I'm somewhere headed towards a certain future, but today is where I'm at. I consider myself successful by my standards, but I've yet to reach some future success that I feel vaguely drawn towards.

The second analogy comes from Elder Maxwell, so I'll just quote him directly:
"Furthermore, certain taste buds of our souls may have been burned over by sin, and our Father desires that we regenerate these by repentance. Our Heavenly Father also desires the development of what are presently the many other neglected taste buds of our souls. These, when they are really developed, will bring even greater happiness and true joy."
- Neal A. Maxwell, “The Pathway of Discipleship,” Ensign, Sep 1998, 7 (emphasis added)

one more line (non-analogical) from that talk:
"Failing to be valiant in Christian discipleship will leave us without significant happiness. Therefore, our active avoidance of wickedness must be followed by our active engagement in righteousness."

• considerations:
- I've been considering that I'm not nearly as 'deep' as I once thought. This is mostly due to the shallowness that our lives can attain if we become callous to routine, and routine becomes the norm. Perhaps I've lost depth, is that possible?

- I've been considering 'fashion'. I don't know that I can state anything about fashion, but it's been in my considerations. There's a lot to say here. Let me iterate just one example. My 'new' shirt from B.R. is now one of my favorites to wear. Of my close (think proximity) associations, I'm pretty sure I know who would applaud me on my purchase, and those who would be disgusted upon setting foot anywhere near a B.R. Wether or not I look good in the shirt is a matter of perspective. I've heard and read and been taught many times that how you feel you are perceived influences profoundly how you act. I feel more confident in my B.R. shirt because I know it's a shirt that looks a little sharper than a 'nice shirt'. I spent $37 on said shirt ('twas on sale), and accompanied the frivolity of the purchase with a $12 t-shirt to go with it. It's a little more than I'm usually willing to spend on clothes, and I've been mixed on how I feel about it.

• Things I've been pushing or trying in life:
- brutal punctuality
- insightful contemplation
- drinking more water
- reading something other than textbooks (I completed "The Richest Man in Babylon" this last week. An interesting read if nothing else. I'm not sure where to go from here. Maybe "The Little Prince". I need to find me some non-blogging time. Course, I need more blogging time, too).
- listening

well, time to move on, I've been on this post for a while and just realized I left my bookbag at home, which I will need for my next class. Ciao.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Another reason not to go green

So I was walking through the parking lot of the COB when I watched one of those Prius cars slipped by me quite silently. Impressive, I thought. Then I had another thought - I remember learning in my ASL class that if you pull up to a crosswalk and a blind person is crossing the street, you shouldn't back up because the person is using the sound of your car engine to determine their position on the crosswalk. What if you're driving a hybrid car? The engine is so silent, the blind person wouldn't even know that your there, and could feasibly walk right into your car. So next time you consider buying a hybrid car, consider how it might be harming the environment. Of blind people.