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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

September 6, 2005

That was my sixteenth birthday.

This is a post another one of my e-pals posted, and I'm totally stealing it. Advice I would give my sixteen year-old self. I'll say these as if I was talking to me on my sixteenth birthday.

1) Don't slack off. You'll finally get to take German, so study hard. You only managed a 2.9 GPA last year, so do better.

2) Save every dollar you earn at the parking lot. Seriously, I don't even remember what I bought with that. How many sixteen year-old kids make 400 dollars a week?

3) Don't join Slage (a band I joined in high school). Bad Karma (another band I played for) should have taught you to stay away from Black Metal.

4) Practice guitar every day for at least an hour. Be dedicated when you practice. You were a prodigy when you started (seriously) but you gave up the discipline. Get it back.

5) Don't buy that guitar case. You won't even be using that guitar in a year.

6) Go to EFY.

7) In March, you'll get a huge opportunity to change your life forever- take it. I'd likely be married to Melinda right now if I had done that.

8) Speaking of Melinda, don't get jealous of the friendship she has with Matt. She'll be your GF in a year and a half- relax. Once she is your girlfriend, don't be jealous of the other guys in her life, even Burke.

9) Join that ballroom dance class with Matt.

10) Dedicate at least half an hour ad day to Kenpo.

11) Don't hurt Lindsay. She'll be one of the few who will help you later on when your whole life crashes.

12) Keep up a solid work-out routine.

My readers are encouraged to steal this one. It makes you think.

Friday, March 23, 2012

It doesn't snow in Florida

Today, I decided to go to the beach. As per Kate's request, I snapped some pics

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Don't like my opinion?

Good. If I wasn't annoying somebody it would be I was being too vague.

And as long as we're on the subject, listening to a news outlet's version doesn't make you informed. I have yet to hear a news anchor accurately state Florida's self-defense law.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

please tell me you're kidding

In case you haven't heard, the band Junkyard Prophet has become the latest in a long list of people who have embarrassed the christian religion this year. Yesterday, they were supposed to perform at a 6-12 school, then talk an anti-bullying message. Sounds sweet, right? Not really.

This is what they chose to do instead.

I don't understand why people act like this. They took an important message, sexual purity, and defiled it. To tell a 13 year-old girl she will "have mud" on her wedding dress if she isn't a virgin in not only hateful and untrue, but a mockery of the atonement. I don't know where the hell they get the idea that a woman should be "submissive" to her husband. And what does that mean, anyways? Does that mean she should degrade herself at his request? Participate in debauchery? Why do men act like this? how could a man claim to love a woman when he would so quickly disrespect her?

 [tangent] As a matter of opinion and taste, I can't stand submissive/wimpy women. This is probably because I was raised by a mother who is incredibly headstrong and firm, as are most women in my family. Every girl I've ever been serious about has been strong and firm. Now that said, There is a point where it becomes too much. When we cannot ever reach a compromise, it isn't gonna work. I'm an easy person to get along with, but when someones version of us "comprising" was her getting everything her way, she became my ex. 

Now then, The biggest problem with this kind of behavior is that it leaves a sour taste in peoples mouths about Christianity. When someone tells pure lies, and preaches hate as a doctrine, those who hear it don't want anything to do with it, and won't accept the truth when it is later presented to them.

There's an old sayin' down here in the south, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar." These hippo-Christians need to learn that.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

a great quote

For those who don't know, I study American Kenpo. The founder, Ed Parker, was a member of the church. (He was also Elvis' bodyguard, and gave Elvis a Book of Mormon.) Well, a few days ago I was reminded of a quote by Ed Parker that has I have always loved

"When you hear it, you've been lied to; when you see it, you've been deceived; when you feel it, you know."

In other news, I think I've finally got my game back. I got a number last night at a YSA event. Unfortunately, she is from Utah, and is attending BYU-I in a few weeks. But hey, it's a foot in the door, right?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

youtube: where every 14 year-old kid has a masters degree in everything. (A rant on trolling)

This is a debate I've found on youtube, typical of pretty much all youtube debates. I've copy/pasted it directly from the video, and only edited out profanity. 

"@DietDoktahPeppur Sorry but metal and blues are not music. When you say that "metal has its major roots" in classical music, what you mean is that it is simply a bunch of melodies and harmonic progressions stolen directly from classical and put on obnoxious instruments and voices of (at best) mediocre singers. Writing good music is not only about creating pretty melodies; it is about creating those melodies and developing them in a way that makes sense. Obviously you don't understand classical."

"@fjghtuekslieathi356 Ouch. Metal and blues may not be your cup of tea, and I'll admit I like classical better, but just because it's bad in your mighty opinion does not mean it is "not music". You have every right to like or dislike whatever music you wish, but then so does everyone else. If you can't see past someone's musical prefrences being different than yours to hear them out, I honestly feel sorry for you. You're missing out."

"@fjghtuekslieathi356 Writing music: Writing about sounds that should happen in a specific order.
Writing good music: Do the same thing, but make it so these sounds at this specific order creates specific emotions into some people.
Classical music: Specific set of rules that make writing good music somehow easier.
Blues music: Specific set of rules that make writing good music somehow easier.
Metal music: Specific set of rules that make writing good music somehow easier."

"@fjghtuekslieathi356 [poopy]: Characteristic of some music pieces, independant to the set of rules (or lack thereof) chosen.
Retarded: People who prefer a set of rules just because all the [poopy] music written following that set is lost, leaving only the very best of it, or loath upon the more recent sets because they only heard one bad piece written in it.
Totally retarded: People who loath upon people who enjoy more flavours than they do."

"@fjghtuekslieathi356 Pretentious [people]: People who believe that nobody but them can understand the depth of something."

"@superdupper1841 You misunderstand me. It is not "my opinion" that classical is "better" than metal. What I said is a fact, that classical is more worth listening to because metal and blues just take melodies and sounds from masterpieces such as the one in this video. Also, classical pieces have musical forms more complex than "verse, bridge, chorus." I'm not saying no one has the right to listen to metal; I just don't understand why they would want to instead of classical."

"@BernardMitochondrie Writing good music: creating new sounds and melodies that are aesthetically pleasing and/or emotionally stimulating, and then thinking of ways to develop upon those melodies and sounds in a way that makes sense.
Classical: exactly that
Blues: take old sounds from beautiful masterpieces and and put them to a bad singer's voice and verse, bridge, chorus
Metal: the exact same thing
Arrogant ignoramus: persons who thinks writing good music is that simple "

"@fjghtuekslieathi356 Aesthetical please: Emotion.
Making sense: Obedience to a set of rules.
Emotion stimulation: What happens when good music is played. That's not simple to do, though, but that's the point.
Blues: Set of rules totally different than classical. Different scales, use of chords, tensions, harmonic behabvior.
Metal: Set of rules very close to classical, save for a sparce usage of blues scales and rythm emphasis."

"@fjghtuekslieathi356 Fast judgement: Things that happen when you accuse someone you don't know at all of something (e.g not understanding depths)
Narcissical behavior: Act of judging all tastes and beliefs but one's, fast. Assuming one's taste is better. Refusing to admit subjectivity of taste.
Lack of culture: Thinking blues is just a lame copypasta of classical, when classical was merely a very thin part of the inspiration bundle."

"@BernardMitochondrie Sure, whatever. You can define terms however you want. They're just words. The point is that, while tastes are subjective to a certain extent, classical will always be more "emotionally stimulating," or "aesthetically pleasing", whatever, and intellectual than blues or metal. And if someone truly thinks otherwise, I would suggest that they are simply less enlightened, NOT that the person himself is necessarily "inferior."
Now please stop trolling me."

Okay, people, this is youtube, not the U.N. Being right doesn't actually matter. Let's all calm down, shut up, and enjoy the music. 

Thank you. 

Monday, March 5, 2012


So, I have another cracked filling. Same exact situation that led to my tooth being pulled in Dec. If ever there was an FML situation, this is it. I cannot take another extraction.