Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Iconic Protest Picture

I’ll preface this post with this picture. In it is an anonymous man who stood in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks the morning after the Chinese military forcibly removed protestors from in and around Bejing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989. This post will be a bunch of pictures I have found here and there.

4 Branches Of Government

Sad but true.

Male Dominated Culture

It’s all about different perspectives and influences.

90s in One Photo

I’m a huge Will Smith fan. From Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to iRobot, I am Legend and the Pursuit of Happyness, he’s been a generation defining actor for me.


Fear Makes The Wolf Look Bigger

This is my favorite picture as it applies to the current state of affairs in the United States in my opinion.

Most of these pictures are from one of my favorite websites to browse, Reddit.com

As you may have noticed, I changed the layout. I have been messing around with some. Let me know what you think. Anyway, here are a couple of quotes I’ve compiled along the months that I value.

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

– Andre Gide

I especially like this one by Gide. It’s simple and yet so powerful. Gide reminds us that upon exploring new frontiers, we must be willing to lose the security of what we know and pursue what we do not. Powerful and excellent.

Always provide correction in private and praise in public.”

–Scott Delinger

This does not seem like a helpful one at first glance due to its simplicity. And yet, I cannot tell you how far this has taken me. Take the opposite, praise in private and correct in public, for example. The ramifications are obvious and breed unnecessary confrontation regardless of intention. People do not like looking bad in public and love being lauded in public.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

– Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, an American author and humorist)

A general pattern I have noticed in many quotes is their astounding simplicity. They are concise and specific yet carry a lesson applicable to many areas of one’s life. Twain follows suit in this quote. Everyone identifies kindness with safety, security and a general good feeling. If in doubt, just be kind.

Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.”

-Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

This quote holds merit beyond its mere message. The powerful and underlying point is that there is no need for anyone to ever deny information unless an ulterior motive is present. This exemplifies the entire United States government’s relationship with its populace.

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him”

-Booker T. Washington

Hate is a weak emotion. It may feel good in the short term to employ such a powerful emotion but be wary. Often times it manifests itself into something worse, both for you and the other person. These are just a few I have been keeping in mind. Other than that, here are the three songs I’ll recommend you check out:

“Sydney I’ll Come Running” – Brett Dennen

“So-So” – B.O.B. off his No Genre mixtape.

“Dammit” – Vonnegutt

This one was recommended to me by my buddy Zach. He knows his music and has pretty good taste too. Zach writes for a blog called Before The Bigs. I recommend checking it out if you like new and upcoming artists. Alright, I’m out.

Yo, it’s been a busy two weeks. I graduated from Syracuse University on 5/15. That was pretty sweet to say the least.

Syracuse University Commencement Program 2011

I went to see Neek the Exotic, Large Professor and Satchel page in concert. Caught Cappadonna in the crowd and he spit a couple of freestyles along with AG the Coroner, Father D, Satchel Page and Mr. Cheeks. I took some videos here.

Neek The Exotic

Went to a concert for the 50th birthday of Melle Mel aka Grandmaster Flash. T-Ski came on and performed. He was pretty good, not going to lie and said some funny stuff. He shouted that he was not under any circumstances Lil Wayne. Claimed at one point to have forgotten the words to his song. Talked about how old he was because when he released his first single he was 18 in 1980. And then he shouted out underage drinking. He was pretty funny and not to mention a good rapper.

T-Ski

Then ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots came out to perform. I caught Black Thought freestyling acapella on stage because ?uestlove was having technical difficulties setting up his laptop. He was pretty frustrated the entire time and cut the act short towards the end. S’all good. I also got to see Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five actually perform. He was wearing an interesting outfit and then performed “The Message” which I was able to catch on camera here. I can’t believe I got to see that classic song live.

Melle Mel in an officer suit

Melle Mel in an officer suit talking on a mic

Then I went to Boston for a day for an interview!

A Church in Boston

I also survived the rapture on Saturday. And in celebration I watched “The Killing Machine” directed by and starring Dolph Lundgren with my buddy Nick. We are pretty big action movie fans as some of our favorite actors are Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren. I caught some of the highlights of the movie.

"If you don't mind"

"Drop Your Guns"

A classic action stance.

Dolph Lundgren in an action stance.

And finally, Dolph Lundgren in an action stance against a wall, that is all.

The classic hide behind the wall trick done to perfection.

I had my first day at my summer internship in a campaign office for a political candidate at the state level. It was pretty interesting to say the least. Met the senatorial candidate for a moment as she was very busy. I bought a Jamaica national football jersey from the store next door. I was really looking for Cameroon jersey. Webo and Idrissou are two of my favorite football players, epecially Idrissou after he joined Stoke City. I had to call residents of an area and remind them to vote for a candidate my senatorial candidate endorsed at the special election the next day. I basically would call, ask them how they are, to consider the candidate I was endorsing and to remind them to vote tomorrow. I had some hilarious and humbling responses. One lady was polite till she heard my mentioning of my political candidate and then went, “Oh God! Oh God!” while proceeding to hang up the phone. I was cursed out in what seems like Italian. It was a mixture of Italian and English. Another guy answered the phone and began to breathe on it while I could hear his TV in the background. A barrage of “Hello?”‘s did not help my cause.

Then there was an older lady, 89 she said, who told me she used to vote in every election until she had her stroke three years ago. She explained that she was essentially bed ridden and very ill. I figured she just wanted to talk so I chatted with her for a couple of minutes. Talking to her was a humbling experience that reminded me that I have the right to vote and I should exercise it as often as I could. I also began to think that the whole political system of campaigning is an extremely weird model that is highly susceptible to corruption. A colleague from France told me that the campaigning money for each presidential candidate is capped at $20 million. She explained that there were no calls to houses and all the other forms of marketing/campaigning.  It’s amusing to notice the propensity of corruption in the United States campaigning model and see our zeal for voting essentially commercialized or at least, prone to. So it’s been an awesome two weeks so far. Good start to summer.