Good point…

(Reblogged from theystillmakephonebooks)

A Slow Venture Into the Future

I’m writing this with this new smartphone I got. I resisted this tech for a long time (didn’t want the extra bill) but I was accosted and challenged by my wonderful girlfriend to “step into the future.”
We’ll see if it will be worth it - I’ll try to make this phone worthwhile. Thank you for indulging me in my selfish rantings.

(Reblogged from backlogbeat)

I’m late on this, but good kid, m.A.A.d. City by Kendrick Lamar is the best rap album I’ve listened to since Fishscale.

I’ve Gotten to the Age Where…

I’ve realized it’s better to be there for your nieces and nephews than cool to them.

My Own Collaborative Art Project

I haven’t posted on this thing in a while.  When I first created this thing, I called it The Past Blog because I figured I (by “I” I mean “my girlfriend” in this case…and I was right to assume…) would find this exciting for about, one month, then lose interest or find something else to invest my time in.  So far, I (referring back to me now) am exactly correct.  I called this The Past Blog because after I had forgotten about it, and remembered it some time in the future, it would be exactly what its title suggests: a quirky little moment in my past.  Right now though, that title is taking on a different meaning to me, and from what I am coming to learn, the title makes a lot of sense.

I have been in college for about seven years now.  I have never been proud of this - in fact, I know I should have been done years ago.  I have never been able to get through it for a variety of fundamental reasons, and recently my reasoning has just been exacerbated more than resolved.  I want to finish my degree in english (something I never thought I’d do before; in fact, my one friend has a degree in english, and when he received it, at that time I thought that was a degree I’d never have, or want.  Now, I am trying to finish a degree in english.  It is only because the only thing I’ve found that I like, or even enjoy moderately, is poetry and writing; books, etc..  I enjoy what I do outside of school, and I enjoy some of the things I read in school.  I mainly enjoy what I read outside of school.  I hate - I hate - the people I share my classes with.  They are either far too ignorant to be in college, or they are so annoyingly self-interested that they believe every idea they have ever come up with is entirely unique, and has never been examined in such a way before.  I dislike, and distrust, most of the teachers I have.  They are either entirely too self-absorbed to provide accurate preparation for our graduation with this degree, or they are so entirely self-absorbed with their own imagined genius that they feel like the time they share “CONVERSING” with their students - mind you, I say “CONVERSING,” not just fucking “talking,” or “teaching” - is so valuable to us.  They take all the time we have to spare, and more, thinking they are expanding our minds, when all they are doing in reality is puffing their chests and stroking their own egos, which should not be nearly as large as they are.  It’s disappointing, annoying and embarrassing.  There is only one teacher who I have had in the past…four years that has given material to me that has helped me expand my thinking in a positive way, and has shown understanding of the material himself, and even he is insufferable at times. As for the other classes I have: they are teaching these kids things that I learned of, at the very latest, in my freshman year of high school.  There is no reason this should be involved in a college course.  If a student is in an English Renaissance class and needs to be told what a sonnet is, or what a slant rhyme is, then they should not be in college, and this course should be changed or eliminated.

The point of this post is this: in one of my classes, I was supposed to be a part of a collaborative group that creates an installation piece for the city we are in.  Along with that, we are supposed to volunteer at local art groups, or other institutions in the city associate with the arts, so we can learn about what these groups do, gain valuable experience about our field, and create contacts with these organizations so we have something to look forward to after graduation.  In theory, this is a good idea.  However, the class has been executed very poorly.  First of all, with regards to my group: I can’t stand any - any - of the people I am affiliated with in it.  I couldn’t even change to another group if I wanted to…because I don’t want to.  I don’t like anyone else either.  Sometimes I wish I was more easily open to any idea, like these kids are, even if their ideas have been recycled to the point of absurdity, so I can be a part of any of these groups, but I just can’t.  Because of this, I have pretty much ostracized myself from the group.  You can check out their blog for the project (yes, “colllaborative” is spelled wrong…no, I don’t know if it was done intentionally) and see what you think of their idea.  Tell me if I am wrong to think that I think we could’ve done better.

Faced with a failing grade, and my failure in this class pending, I started to think this morning about what the true nature of this class was supposed to be about.  Create an installation, with a group possibly, and make it mean something to you; something that could speak to those who see it.  With all the things I have been discovering recently, all the ideas that I had never heard of before and am just coming to understand about this world, I thought: why don’t I create a project that I think is worth pursuing?  Why don’t I create a project I believe in, instead of tearing down everyone else’s ideas?  After all, that’s how I started writing my own…eh…poetry.  So now, with the title of this blog staying the same, I want to use this place to write down my process of creating my own installation piece that I think would be worth pursuing.  Maybe I’ll even pass the class if I do this well enough.

At this point, however, that doesn’t mean anything to me.

Mastodon is my favorite band that is still active.  They are in my top 3 bands of all time.  Pantera is number one, though I hate Phil Anselmo.  Anyway…their new album, The Hunter, is coming out September 27th, and if it’s anywhere near as good as Crack the Skye, it will be amazing.  I found this music video on their official YouTube page, the song is called Deathbound, and you can download it for free here, at Adult Swim’s Singles Program.  I’m posting this because this is one of, if not the funniest music videos I’ve ever seen.