Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Anberlin

My most recent discovery is a band called Anberlin. They're an alternative rock band and most of their music is a little harder, but quite good. When I first heard their name I thought it was "Anne Boleyn," as in, one of the several wives of King Henry the VIII. I thought that was a little weird, so the realization that it was in fact Anberlin made everything a little clearer in my mind.

Anyway, as I said, most of their music is a little harder rock, but my current favorite of their songs (or at least of the ones I've listened to) is one of their ballads, Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum). It's much softer and more introspective. The lyrics are interesting too.

So here it is!



(Anberlin Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Super Junior

One of the awesome things about having roommates who like to find random stuff is that I then get to enjoy the random stuff as well. One of the latest finds is the music and dance of a Korean boy band. The music isn't necessarily amazing, although I definitely enjoy it, but the dance is quite fun to watch. It may not seem like they are doing much, since there aren't any crazy tricks or anything, but consider that there are a lot of them and that they are amazingly synchronized. I don't have very much exposure to Korean pop music, but I've enjoyed the brief introduction that I've had with it.



(Super Junior - Sorry Sorry)



(Super Junior - Super Girl)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Quinquatria

I was flipping through my blog entries this morning (June 15, 2010) and I noticed that this entry (March 19, 2010) was a simple draft, having no title and no content whatsoever. So, feeling the need to fill it I looked up the significance of the 19th of March and found out that it is an ancient Roman holiday entitled Quinquatria. Quinquatria was a holiday surrounding, or in honor of Minerva. So, if you'd like to know more, click on the link and read about it. I'm fairly certain that there are probably very few of you who knew anything about Quinquatria before this, so you'll be increasing your knowledge on the subject 100%, and that can't be a bad thing.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Clue Number Eight (Qulue #8)

This is where to look:

In the central courtyard of the Joseph Fielding Smith Building (JFSB).

Behind the middle rock of the fountain.

Across from the grate.

Under the lip of the marble ledge.

;)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Energy: Travis Barker

Ok. I'm a total sucker for energy. Pure, unmistakable energy. Like lightning. And waterfalls. There is just something powerful and amazing about so many things in life, and some of them are extra special. And you know you're seeing something like that when you get that feeling inside, that tightening of the chest cavity when something is truly breathtaking and all of the energy inside of you wants to reach out and answer the spectacular display of energy you see. Your heart rate increases, even though you're doing nothing but watching. You feel like your bursting from the inside out.

Every time I've felt this feeling, I've wanted to grab onto it and run with it. To hold onto it and let it drive my life. And for periods of time, it has. The first time I saw Irish dancers live, pounding the floor with their rhythms, I loved the feeling of awe that I got and I wanted to find a way to do what they were doing. I wanted to be able to feel energy through the rhythm and the beat. And I did.

In a different way, when I first started studying Linguistics, I knew I was in the right place because man, was I excited! It was so interesting, so cool, and I just wanted to study and learn more about the intricacies of the subject. Phonetics. Phonology. Morphology. Syntax (a personal favorite). Semantics. Pragmatics. I wanted to learn everything. In fact, often, when I discover a new subject, regardless of what it is, I get that feeling. That "this is so amazing and I wish I time to spend my entire life studying it and exploring it" feeling. Chemistry. History. Physics. Biology. Philosophy. Dance. Religion. Human Anatomy. Language.

In The Saint, when Simon Templar asked Emma Russell "What do you search for?" she responded "Energy." Like that was the most natural and obvious answer in the world. I love that movie, for a variety of reasons, but that's one of them.

The whole point of all of this today, is that one of my brothers showed me a video awhile back and I felt that feeling when I watched it. Pure energy, right there before my eyes. It's a video of Travis Barker who, if you didn't know, was (is?) the drummer for Blink-182. It's just a video of him doing a remix of Soulja Boy's "Crank That." That's it. But somehow, ignoring technique and difficulty, he performs with an unbelievable amount of energy. And it goes on and on. He plays the drums with this uncontainable energy. His whole body is invested in the drumming. And so, when I watch it, I feel the energy, and I want to do something to express the energy within me. Not drumming, because I don't know how to drum, but something. Anything.

So, watch it, and maybe you'll see it and feel it. Regardless of whether you do though, I just want to send out this recommendation that whoever you are, wherever you're at, chase energy. Chase those things which make you light up inside. Because it will make you happier in the long run. It will take you places that you want to go.



(Travis Barker Drum Solo Remix Soulja Boy)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Another update...

Ok, I've been messing with my blog a lot lately. I changed the layout again, colors, and other aspects. I'd like you to give it another try in the commenting area take make sure different browsers work.

The only quark it currently has is that the comments only turn up in black font, so they disappear behind the black of the background. However, if you highlight them, you can see them. I know, having to highlight words to see them is kind of ridiculous, but there it is. :) I actually kind of like it that way. It's surprising every time to see what's there!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Doppelganger Continued

Today in one of a my classes a kid asked me if I had ever seen the movie Rent, to which I responded that I had. He then asked me if anyone had ever told me that I looked like Mimi from Rent and I told him that no, that had never occurred to anyone before, or at least that they had never told me. Now, I couldn't remember who Mimi was so I whipped out my handy-dandy iPod Touch and looked her up. Turns out it is the actress Rosario Dawson. I've definitely never been told before that I looked like her. And for those of you who are familiar with the plot of Rent, she happens to be a stripper in that movie, so it made me laugh that the first character he associated my face with was this particular character in the movie. She also happens to be in Men in Black II, Seven Pounds, Eagle Eye, and the upcoming movie The Lightning Thief. Anyway, here is a picture of her. You'll have to let me know what you think.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

National Reading Day


Today is National Reading Day! In honor of the fact that it is Dr. Seuss's birthday, you should all run to your nearest bookshelf and grab your favorite Dr. Seuss book, or I suppose whatever next best thing you have at your fingertips. Read a little at least, and be thankful for books, because they're truly quite wonderful.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cymru am byth!



Happy Saint David's Day!

One of many holidays that gets little to no attention, St. David's Day has become one of those a little closer to my heart as I've studied Welsh over the last few years. St. David is the patron saint of Wales, and as such, St. David's Day is a day now devoted to the celebration of Wales. Basically, it is similar in many ways to St. Patrick's Day, but rather than being a day devoted to Ireland, it is Welsh.

There aren't many traditions associated with it here in the states, but every year those somewhat obsessed with everything Welsh gather and compare stories of Welsh travels and escapades in the past. We eat Welsh cakes and make Welsh love spoons out of gingerbread. Nothing too fancy, but the idea is there.

So, enjoy another subtle holiday and sing some Welsh songs and remember, Wales forever!

A Few Changes...

So, I just changed the template of my blog, and I haven't gone back to fix the layout of any old posts, so they might be kind of messed up.

The reasoning behind this change was that apparently the blog template wasn't allowing people who were on Firefox to leave comments. Only Safari would allow comments. So, I'm giving this a shot to see if comments can be left on Firefox.

Let me know what happens! Leave some comments!