Monthly Archives: April 2013

Evil acts and social currency: what terrorism and modern marketing have in common.

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Like most of you I spent this week considering the horrific events in Boston. We watched the 24/7 news feed. Talked to our co-workers. Lessoned our children. We took part in yet another big, heavy conversation. It’s a sick and sweet thing, observing our nation coming together over something terrible. Alas, it has become all too common.

Or has it?

In reality, these public displays of cowardly violence are fairly infrequent, at least compared to violence in general. At the Boston Marathon a bunch of people were maimed and three people died, including a child. Terrible yes. But this sort of thing happens almost every day in every big city in every country in the world. We barely even notice. Case in point, the day after the Boston tragedy Syria unloaded arsenal on vague revolutionary targets killing dozens of innocents. The story was on page four of my…

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Skate Shanghai // w Brian Dolle

This guy is right. Shanghai is a lot more modern and Westernized than people believe it to be. It’s pretty crazy to see the amount of Western influence on society

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This Week Blows

This week has blown major chunks. Everywhere.. Figuratively, literally, and purely just sucked. First we had the Boston Marathon Bombings; sidenote who bombs a marathon?? People have been running for 2-6 hours, cramping, suffering, and losing their minds and you said, “hey lets blow you up with Mama’s slow cooker!”? Thats some seriously loose shit right there. Not to mention CNN completely whiffing on getting the news right. Its an absolute disgrace how they let social media influence their reports, and then had to be shown up in a LIVE television interview. Do better. 

Not to mention that Jeff Bauman, among many other heroes that day, was able to single out a lead on the guy who placed a bomb because he blew up his legs. I don’t know about you, but there are some sick things going on in the world right now. 

Then we had Waco, Texas, where a fertilizer plant went KaBOOM. And I mean, this explosion made a girl go deaf. Don’t believe me? Check tape, bro. Its absolutely unreal. 

Wednesday went off a little easier for my mental palate, but come Thursday I started hearing two crazy thoughts. First, the missing Brown student has been suggested as a lead suspect in the Boston Bombings. Holy. Shit. This kid was going through mental depression, suicidal thoughts, and then left his house and never returned. Its been a month now, and it just got scary to think that this kid might have been the one. On top of that mind-fucking news, there was a shooting at MIT Thursday. I just can’t keep going with all of this. 

 

If this didn’t prompt the ENTIRE US Congress to fix and reevalute how they do things, we may be lost for good. It’s bad enough how we are now. Greed is the root of all evil. In every case. 

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Throwback Lupe

Lupe before he went extremely radical and started causing riots at inaugurations…..Food and Liquor still one of the best albums of all time, and definitely the last 25 years. Check out one of the bonus tracks here…

 

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by | April 10, 2013 · 2:45 pm

Nostalgia

I’ve been sitting at this desk for the last 8 hours it seems, wondering hopelessly about many items; tuition, my brothers, my game yesterday, how good this 20/20 Experience album is (seriously, check it out). But the main thing that I’ve been thinking about is how I treat people, and how often I meet new people. I can say that I’m not the best person to everyone, I’m also wildly passionate about certain things, and overly sensitive at times. I can’t control it. Making conscious efforts to say hi, and extend myself, not for networking, but because I genuinely love it. Finding new people who do different things has become one of my new favorite things to do. And I just felt like writing it out that this is my new habit. I’m gonna make a point of it now. Try new things…sounds really basic, lets see how it works out

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“You only live …

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
-Mae West

Self-suffiecient in interpretation

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by | April 4, 2013 · 3:41 pm