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Friday, January 1, 2010

Resolute

My 2009 Resolutions are:

- The obligatory "lose 30 lbs" by next Christmas vacation
- Explore new places in KC (Jess and i are making a list)
- Start a New Blog and/or update this one more often.
- Be in a house by April (or at least get the Tax credit)
- Make more decisions, quicker
- Get my car registration figured out (preferably before Friday)

Hold me accountable!
-Josh

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Don't Call it a...

Trying to make a comeback. Stay tuned.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Power Cords for a Teenage Heart

Holy crap! I can't even begin to tell you how insanely crazy this weekend was (unless you count that), and by weekend i mean since Thursday. I had planned to update... but that's not going to happen tonight, it's already past midnight and i haven't had time to sleep. I leave you with this, some pictures from The Get Up Kids reunion show!


sincerely,
pocket Josh

PS. I think i am going to try and redesign the blog very soon. Maybe that will restore my vim.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We Are All Soft

Kelly, an art director at Hallmark just passed away. I didn't know her very well, but i didn't need to, to know how good of a person she was. I had been following some of her recent hospital visits, but i had no idea it would have come to this... no one did. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends, family, and team here at Hallmark.

Life is a constant trial. I have been thinking about that a lot lately, but not too much, so not to make my head hurt. I guess it's true of me, when my mind isn't busy with work, i starts to wonder... but i am in a much better place now.

It seems Autumn has come early this year. I like it.

Sincerely,
Josh

PS. I got the pictures from the Seattle Trip. I will let you know where they end up.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Puget Sounds


I'm off to Puget Sound, Wa. for a week. I have been working like a mad man lately. I don't think i have worked anything less than 9 hours in the last few weeks of work (10 a day in the last week). But that's over. It looks like i am all packed and ready to go, but i guess it always looks that way until you are at your destination with only the underwear you have on. Either way, i am leaving in only moments. We have a rental convertible waiting for us, and plenty of plans.

Be jealous of the weather.
I just figured i would give an update to anyone who is still reading this. I am going to make a solid effort to blog more after i get back. Both here, and on my other blog.

love, Josh

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Front Page of the Sunday Paper.

Gah, sorry, another big break since i had last blogged. As of yesterday, I am now pulling double duty with blogs, working on Cre•a•tiv•i•ty, as well. Of course, that doesn't make it any easier to blog here, but i have come to grips with that. Besides this, I've been working rigorously on my sister's website... and even harder to level up in Worlds of Warcraft. I just wish there were more time in the day (cliche comment, sorry), but as it is i am already down to 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night. I think i might be going crazy because i swear the voices in my head all talk like David Sedaris now... I have several posts started, it's just a matter of time to finish them, and post them up on the interweb. Until then, have fun over at the other webpage.

internet junkie,
Josh

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Alpha Male Vs The Push-Over

About a week ago my the license on my domain name and hosting expired. After a short debate, i decided to renew them both. This is why my blog and website were down for a couple days, and now, about $150 later, are back up and running. Now that i have spend the money, i am going to make damn certain that i update my website, and blog more often... at least when things cool down.

I have been up to my neck almost all aspects of life since i had last blogged. I went home to see my Dad get remarried, i saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull twice, I saw the Strangers tonight, kickball, a vacation to the Ozarks, keeping busy at work, cycling, and when I can, Worlds of Warcraft. Really, I am having an unbelievable time with life right now. I am finding out things about myself, gaining some self confidence (for now), and have so many things to do it makes my head spin.

and i leave you with this...


Weezer - Pork and Beans
This video is amazing.



The loving Push-Over,
Josh-wa

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Pantone 7491

Earlier, i had a full post about how things are really stressful right now for me. And well pretty much just down right suck. However, I promised myself i wouldn't post about nonsense like that on this blog anymore (unless i do it creatively. haha.)

Here is a list of some stuff that happened this weekend:
- got rid of a ton of recycling
- got offered a job at a recycling place.
- met Lindsay's boyfriend at his surprise party.
- had an uplifting 2 and a half hour phone conversation
- saw Semi-Pro (it was pretty good).
- went to Palm Sunday service with Aaron's Dad.
- went to the Sweet Tomato.
- went to see Bodies Revealed at Union Station.
- did palates for the first time at 10PM Sunday.
- made custard.
Things that didn't happen?:
- go to the gym
- sulk
- shop at old navy
Lately, i have decided (for myself):
- St. Patrick's day is stupid. it's an excuse, not a holiday.
- you can't tell a person something they are willing to hear.
- i can't fix everything, even though i want to.
- finish "Body for Life"
- the heart is an organ to circulate oxygen throughout the body. it conveys no actual thoughts or emotions.
- people can be real douchebags even when they are not trying

Sorry for no fun stuff today. Maybe when work isn't so crazy it will be easier... but lately i haven't seen anything that is blowing my mind.

Thank you Lindsay for allowing me to come over and do laundry, and in turn, i didn't drink myself into a coma.

Love, Mr. Dusel

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Shades of Gold and Gray


In the past 72 hours i have been on the road at least 24 hours.
The Hale wedding is complete... It was probably one of the most fun wedding to be in, as well as to witness. From the Gospel Choir singing in the bride, to the cake catching at the reception. Or us weirdo Kansas City kids trying to get people on the dance floor by embarrassing ourselves to the iTunes playlist Aaron constructed. Nachos, Wheat, Beautiful Texans, lots of trucks, and sparklers...
Aaron's family was amazing, and their house was a taxidermy wonderland. I forgot my aliments for the weekend and bonded with a ton of nice people... i don't regret the drive at all.
Even love is better in Texas... Congratulations Heather and Aaron Hale. (Insert generic statement about how wonderful you are and how happy i am for you, because i have run out of words to describe.) Hurry back from that honeymoon.

Under the Honeymoon,
Josh

PS. Yes, i wore my dunks to the reception... they were a hit.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Back-Up Guy

I am lacking motivation. This week i was going to point out bad design... but i'm not sure i have the heart. I am not feeling cynical enough to tell people how bad they are. Besides, who am i to judge... i'm not the best designer in the world. I don't poop pantone colors and speak prefect kerning. So what does everyone think, lets take a vote, should i do a week of bad design? Thanks for reading.

Yours Truly,
Everyones Silver Medal,
Josh Dusel.

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sucker for Strings.

Here is a belated survey i said i would take. Enjoy. edit As usual i had to go back and fix some stuff because it didn't quiet make sense.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
I asked someone out in person. I drove half way across the country. I lost 30 pounds.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Sorta. Resolutions are kinda dumb. Really you should be making goals all year round, and you shouldn't need one time of the year to tell yourself, "holy crap, I suck! Time to not suck so much!" On that note, i did tell myself around that time to start losing weight, and i did. Make any this year? No, not really.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ew... if they were physically close that could create quite the mess... Not close to me, emotionally either

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not in this past year, or not close to me. Thank God.

5. What countries did you visit?
The good ol' U. S. of A.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A solid girlfriend. A house. Maybe a dog.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
12/09/07, because it was a good date. Thats really kinda it.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
A small increase in confidence and losing 30 pounds.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting dumped, and not getting a house.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Minor ones, nothing serious. A broken heart (collective "awh" please).

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably, the iMac I am on right now. Maybe the Wii.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Aaron Hale. For being an all around good dude.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
It's best if i don't mention it. I am over it now anyhow.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To my rent, my student loans, video games, and this computer.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
12/09/07, and going home over the summer and for Christmas. Ask most people and they will tell you those where the things i talked about the most at least.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
"Kill" by Jimmy Eat World "The Ponytail Parade" by Emery

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
I don't think this question makes sense. Harder, thinner, faster, stronger?

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Networking.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Complaining.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my family back home in Pennsylvania, playing Mario Party, stuffing our faces and carrying on.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
I would like to say not... but that is probably not true.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Heroes probably. Lost is a good one year to year as well.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate? No. Things are clearing up now.

24. What was the best book you read?
Last year? Well, not much reading, but "Hand Job: A Catalog of Type)", also "Bridge to Terabithia"

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I discover music all the time. The greatest one? The Acorns probably.

26. What did you want and get?
My iMac.

27. What did you want and not get?
To be loved.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
"No Country for Old Men", "Once"

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to Dave and Busters. 23.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Happiness. Is that too generic? Emotional gratification.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
preppy indie hipster.

32. What kept you sane?
Xbox Live.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
of 2007? i'm not sure. If i had to think of one, i would probably have to say Michael Cera.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
African issues. RED, Fair Trade, etc.

35. Who did you miss?
My buddy Nick, and Kyle. My family. Lately, my deceased Nana

36. Who was the best new person you met?
In this year? There is a ton! Laura Jordan is probably at the top. Big thank you to everyone i have met in '07.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Everything happens for a reason. The rest you have to figure out for yourself.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Next Year, Baby" - Jamie Cullum

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Josh's Tired Heart.

So, my sister, "Kayla Collins", was on Girls Next Door last night. Yes, the show about Playboy models. And a lot of people are asking me about it. First off, wow, a lot of people watch that show, and... well, probably shouldn't be admitting to it. Just because it's based around smokin' chics, doesn't make it OK to watch. She was on the episode testing for the actual Playboy Magazine. Though people make me feel ashamed to be proud of my sister... i am. she is bold and she is doing what she always wanted to do, so more power to her.

Also, on Sunday night, Aaron and Heather had their Wedding Shower. It just re-enforces the fact that the wedding is just around the corner. While we were at Jack Stack celebrating, we (and by, we i mean my friend Laura because she is the only person that could possibly recognize this person), spotted Kate Spade and her husband Andy "Jack" Spade. Judging by this picture... it was absolutely her. Apparently, she is from this area originally, so it only makes sense that when she is home visiting with family that she would go to a generic BBQ restaurant. So other than spotting JoJo Simmons in Times Square, and Ryan Cabrara in King of Prussia, this is probably one of the only celebrity sightings i will ever have. Especially in Kansas City. Although, with my up and coming sister, who knows.

Tonight, Josh's Super Chunk Chili... i have to say it was pretty tasty. i forgot to take some pictures, but you will have to take my word for it.

-Josh

PS. i'm still without a 360.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Forgetting One Year.

"so this is the new year, and i don't feel any different."

2007 was a hard year for me. There were a lot of down times, but at the same time, there were a lot of highlights. Between this past year and the one before that, i feel like i have changed, but mostly grown a lot. Dispite this, here's to moving on. Here's to the new year; too the good times and the bad, let them shape me an make me a better person. Here's to you, me, and everyone i know to finding love and happiness in your everyday life...

Happy New Year.

-Josh

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Are You There?

There are certain things i miss about rural Pa, that just aren't the same out in the city. Stars are one of those things. I was stopped dead in my tracks tonight. I had to back up, lean onto my car, and just gaze into the glory of the sky. I love looking at the stars and wondering who might be simultaneously looking at the the same set. I think i caught a glimpse of a shooting star... so i made a wish. I never really have good luck with wishes, but i figured maybe i was due.

goodnight.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Better Than That

Happy Friday (er, Saturday now)!

Evel Knievel

This jump, in 1967, could have killed Evel, but only put him in a coma for 29 days. Instead, he died today, Nov. 30th, 2007 of diabetes. If this teaches us anything it's; to take risks. Don't be afraid to do what you want and what makes you happy. In the end, if you survived, it only made you stronger. Also, possibly that unbalanced blood sugar levels are deadlier than wicked high jumps. You decide. Either way, as hero and icon to many, rest in peace Evel Knievel.


"everybody knows that, you'd break your neck to keep your chin up."

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanks for Watching.

This year, I am thankful for:

- the internet.
- my job.
- the Hallmark gym.
- X Box 360, Halo 3 and it's online play.
- my Wii.
- Blockbuster Total Access.
- digital cable.
- frozen food.
- warmth.
- having music for every occasion.
- my iPod.
- women (?).
- finally getting over stuff.
- everything on the "list of awesome stuff".
- family that can treat me like a friend.
- friends that can treat me like family.
- meeting new people.
- you.
- rice crispy treats.
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- God (he is a given though, come on!)

Thanks,
Josh

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Shades of Grey

My motivation has been lacking lately (I wonder how often i have started posts out with lines similar to that). Work has been a constant struggle, I think it's probably because i haven't been off work in so long, and i haven't had a whole lot of tickets to work on. Now, i finally have work on my plate, and i can't seem to inspire myself. But it's not only work, when i'm home i don't even feel like working on my sisters website, or even blogging.

Have i lost my muse?

Lately, i have found myself much happier than usual (except when i am staring blankly at my computer monitor of course). My social life is getting much better... it's a shame that my work life is probably suffering for that exact reason.

Questionable Content. This web comic kept me from doing work all day Friday and already a lot of this week. It's probably the most relatable comic on the internet for me.

Last night, i watched:
Next - It was an original take on an age old story. A man, who can see 2 minutes into the future (that's the original part) is called upon to save the world, but he is reluctant (that's the boring story i have heard over and over again). The acting was drab and lifeless, especially Jessica Biel. If only you were as good an actress as you are hot in this movie. Parts were corny and uncalled for, such as the stupid love story element, and the "evil" FBI vs crazed Russians. However, the great action scenes and special effects made up for SOME of this. Sadly, not enough to make a full recovery. If only the rest of the movie was as good as the last 20 minutes. In the very end, they almost left it open for a sequel, but like Nicholas Cage, i was able to see into the future, and i saw a box office bust. ZING! Seriously, Epert, give me a call when you are ready to retire...


I think i should probably get to early, maybe get a fresh start on tomorrow. I promise i will post something a little more interesting later.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ghouls, Who Needs 'Em.

So, i have come to realize that my life lacks interest. And, without interest, there is no point of trying to ramble and make some sort of reading material out of it (like i am doing right now). So, i am sorry for the lack of updates.

Halloween is today (Happy Halloween!) and pretty much all of the holiday festivities had been expelled by this passed weekend, exept for pumkin carving last night. Saturday was a great party that was heavily documented through pictures, so I'll do my best to include some later. My Peter Griffin costume for this event was a disaster. I attemped to resurrect some college knowledge of theatre make-up, and make a Knox gelatin mask, but i was stopped short when it kepted falling off of my face. So i went with "plan B", which was drawing the butt-chin on. Though, it really didn't matter, because other than an additional 4 people, no one had any clue who he was. Disapointing. People were more curious about where the hell i found green pants. HAha. It was Urban Outfitters, by the way. Everyone looked great though. Alcohol helps.

Work has been... more different than usual. I have been doing some extracurricular activities and taking more "leadership" roles to spice things up. We are currently doing Generational Studies... I am learning a lot about both myself, and my "Generational Buddy".

Thats it for now. More words than media, but it will have to do for now.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Game of World Domination

I'm a huge geek.

"if my mind's the weapon, my heart's the extra clip."

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Drink to Gladness

New month. Summer is over. Does that mean anything has changed?
I had a good holiday weekend; nothing special, but cheap. The best part was Kabobs (best pronounced like "Flight of the Concords" say it) on Monday night ($16). Each time they turn out slightly better than the last. Sunday night, I spend the night drinking and playing the Wii and Texas Hold'em for my buddy Jaybos birthday ($5). Saturday we watched Blades of Glory, and drank wine and ate pizza in front of Heathers new TV ($10, even though i spent $75 on the new Minus the Bear, and BioShock). And Friday after happy hour, we went swimming and drinking at Bobs pool, then went to McDonalds for a late night snack, and I watched American Psycho ($12). I ended with a full stomach, a nice tan (burn), and It was no St Louis, Chicago, or home, but it was still a good long-weekend with good friends.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Rest of the Story.

i'm sitting here and i can hardly feel my limbs. I feel as if i'm floating in place. Even my head is heavy on my neck. And as much as this sounds like a pleasant experience, i feel like i am the scum of the earth. Like life is just fucking with me. I looked at the clock a moment ago, and it was 11:11 again. I gave up on wishing long ago, because none of it ever comes true.



...I nodded off for a while...

*Edit
Last night, while drunk, i wrote some things that i probably shouldn't have. I kept to as little detail as possible with exactly how i felt, but when if comes down to it, i still may have said too much. I didn't sleep well at all last night, worry about what i said, and what might have been going on outside of these four walls. To summarize what has happened in the last few days is actually very simple: I was bummed out because living out here just got harder, so i had a little to much to drink, and i drank my problems away. And if any of you know me, that's really not how i do things. The reality of it is it actually made me feel worse and i became a sniveling girl. There are some things i need to clear up in my head by either working them out on my own or talking to the appropriate people. I don't want to keep waking up mornings with bedfellows that will plague me the rest of the day. I need to use what has happened to me and allow it to make me a better person. It's either do or die this time. Lets hope not literally.

-Josh

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Friday, August 24, 2007

F*ck the Rest of the Story.

Today, started out to be one of those days that you didn't care if you woke up or not in the morning. Everything was telling me to say in bed today. I will explain later. Research =Blue Q. Bob sent me this link. Thanks Bob.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Every Evening

If you get the time, please answer the question below, which i posted earlier today.

EDIT
As always, my mind has been racing. Not really about anything in particular either. All i can do is think about stuff. I am getting comfortable with my surroundings, but at the same time bored. The last couple days... maybe even weeks, have been a struggle. I have reached a point where i am spending most of my time by myself, and watching a lot of movies, hence the movie reviews all the time. Most of this is not by choice. Some people just don't want to have anything to do with me, some people i want little to do with, and others i feel guilty hanging around with. It's weird to have most of my friends in relationships. With my friends from home i hardly had this problem. Ha. Of course the single people back home still wanted to hang with me. I hate being the third wheel. I feel like somedays it's OK, and others I feel like I am taking away their time to be together. I guess the only solution is to find more single friends, or become better friends with the ones i already have. Gah. I am rambling.

I'm sick of complaining all over my blog. Then stop complaining! Shut up assholes, i know thats what some of you are thinking. But, it's not so much that i blog about it, but rather that i have so much to complain about, and i need some place to vent.

TMNT - My childhood Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has received another overhaul to refurbish the franchise. Years ago I heard that the next Ninja Turtles would be CGI, but there where some really ugly looking roughs, and talks of incorporating it into live action. I felt the stylized, sleek look of the Turtles, April, Casey Jones, and the rest of the supporting characters was definitely the way to go. The story was good and action packed. The only downfall, no Shredder, but i felt as if that may have been for the best. I had a good time watching this.

i'm done.

"Stay, cause i don't think i wanna live here dying all alone."

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Red Warrior

I gave blood today. First time. Before I got my blood taken, a girl that was trying to tell me how easy it was, passed out before my eyes. The nurses swarmed quickly around her to assist. They laid her out on an empty bed and let her come to. Needless to say, it kind of made me hessitate. Obviously, i survived to write another blog. Sorry. I felt really good about myself after i was finished. I will be going back in December.

movie reviews (quick ones, promise):
The Godfather - The iconic logo, the horse head in the bed, car bombs. The classic mobster movie that started it all. I finally understand all of the Family Guy references. It was a little long, but that is my only complaint. I hear the second one is even longer, but in general even better than the first. Pacino and Duvall are frightfully young in this film but, spectacular acting from him all of the players. You really grow to know, and like all of the characters, even if they are morally corrupt.


Pathfinder - Generic action blood-fest. Premise is, a boy who refuses to kill as a child, gets left behind in the Americas (before they were what we know today) where an Native American tribe raised him to be a "pathfinder". But when the Vikings come back in 15 years, he somehow becomes a stone-cold killer? There were some cool scenes especially in the beginning. But as the movie moved on, the "pathfinder" started using his "pathfinding skills?" to kill the Vikings. The costumes, sets and action scenes saved the movie for me... but not by much.

Heat - Great, gritty "cops and robbers" type movie with a star-studded cast. There were some sides stories i could have done without, and the 30 minutes to an hour too long. I figure if you get rid of the side stories, you fix both problems. Even though that gets rid of Natalie Portman's story. Basically, Al Pacino plays a detective who is good at his job, but is being foiled by a truly professional group of thieves led by Robert De Niro (with Val Kilmer).

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters For DVD - I wish it was as good as the earlier seasons, but somehow creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis have lost there touch. The movie is basically the show, normally 15 minutes, stretched into 80 minutes. Weird, random, off-beat humor with a little racism, metal music, rapping flies, a robot/ghost from the past/future, Plutonians, 2D aliens (Mooninites), roller-coasters, mad scientists, muscles, monsters, an exercise machine robot, fat old men wearing swear pants, rental properties, a watermelon alien, and of course a talking milkshake cup, box of fries and ball of raw meat. Oddly enough, you sort of learn more about the ATHF, but not really, and truly, does it matter? I still loved it of course.

I think the entire internet is broken. I can't sign into myspace, or post pictures on here. Thats my cue to stop.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Free King

For the last five days or so, it has been surpassing 100 degrees here in Missouri. The days seem short, but the weeks seem long. I guess thats how summer moves...

I find it funny how, relatively speaking, things never really stay "good" for me. And I guess the same can be said for my "bad" times. I am the type of person that learns to cope, adjust and deal with what i have been dealt. Same can be said for almost everyone, I suppose. We all get used to our surroundings, and habits, and mindsets, until something comes along that messes with it. Whether it's bad or good, and the severity, determines that amount of time it would take you to adjust. Also, if you are trying to adjust to something that has brought you down, and you are on a slow upward battle to get back to "normal", little glitches in your so called "normal" seem so much bigger. Is my real problem that i have to be "better than normal" to be happy? When you taste happiness do you ever really want to go back to just "OK"? So, when "happiness" becomes your normal, then you reach for the next level of happiness. It's either that or, like me, something changes and you are back to where you began. All of the best things i can think of that happen to me, are soon taken away. If i would look at my life as a graph and my starting point for happiness were 0, you would find that I would pretty well even out back to 0 (most likely a little bit below). I guess thats not too bad, but it would be nice to be above the keel for once.

When you are angry on a cell phone, you can't quiet convey it the same way as when you have a phone with a receiver. You can't quiet flip the phone closed hard, or push the button angrily; sometimes you just wanna slam that shit out of that phone down on the hook. Down fall of technology.

Things I've learned about having a dog (Part Three):
- you never have to worry about picking up any food you have dropped.
- you get a lot of extra exercise.

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

By the River Bed


Lately i haven't had time to post... and on top of that... nothing really interesting. Lately, i have made it my claim to start watching less reruns on TV and start watching something new, maybe a movie, a new TV show, play a video game, but mostly start reading more often. Here are some movies i have watched the last couple days:

Big Nothing - Simon Pegg, of "Shawn of the Dead" Fame, sports a brilliant (and surprising) American accent for this film. Along side him, David Schwimmer, and newcomer (the very cute) Alice Eve. This UK released dark comedy, is based around Charlie (Schwimmer), a man hopelessly determined to land a book deal to support his family. He meets Gus (Pegg) when he is forced to work in a call center, and hilarity ensues. The naive and innocent Charlie gets wrapped up in a blackmail scheme against a naughty priest, with the help of Gus, and Josie (Eve). It's not the best dark comedy i have ever seen, but it is a great movie. There are some hysterical parts, beautifully made indie-esqu animation sequences and camera work. Following up with a story that is not only about finding an "honest" living but about what secrets a person holds.

The Host - Magnolia Pictures is a risk taker of independent, foreign, and documentary films. In the past it has panned out well for them. The Host, i felt was a little disappointing. I was hoping for a Korean made monster epic, and what i got was a cheesy indie film. Based on it's low budget, the most impressive part of the movie was the visual effects. The monster was great, especially in the first scene were you get an upfront look at it. The fact that they show the monster instead of shrouding it in mystery until the end of the film says volumes about the movie. The very beginning of the movie starts with scientists getting rid of "dusty" phermaldahyde into the sewer, which apparently is the main ingredient in creating man-eating beasts. Then the film started to move in loops when they tried to add the fact that there was a virus being spread by "the host" (aka. the monster), which had nothing to do with the real plot of the movie. There was also a weird sense of humor, where i felt that the main character was probably mentally handy-capped. Also, i felt the very ending, though surprising was off-center and left me uneasy. In it's defense, i was also very tired by the time the movie was over, and i had a lot on my mind at that point. Altogether, i still felt it was a good movie, just not to it's potential.

The book i started was "Body for Life." Have i turned into "that guy"? i hope not. But i am curious, and if this book can help me lose the rest of the weight that has been hanging onto me, then it won't be so bad. Even if they guy on the cover totally looks like a douche-bag.

This weekend was draining... and still is... i guess thats because it's not over yet. I have gotten myself into a situation with my living arrangements. GAH. I am not really sure where i will be living after 2 months are up. And even less certain where i will be in 8. I went to a house warming party today and it was a great time, but i did make me think about my own living arrangements. Tomorrow, another party.

I picked up the new "the Starting Line" CD, as well as 300. I don't normally buy a DVD before I buy it. But i have been told that i am pretty much guarantied to love it.

Thats it... there thats a another huge post for everyone to read until i get to post another.

"All I wanted was to fly. How could you sit and watch me die?"

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Made of Mirrors

Mulheres Barbadas
Spectacular illustrations, free to download and print.

That's all i have to post when it comes to interesting design news. So, yet again, I have come to the dilemma of not having anything more to post about, but i still feel compelled to write something anyhow.

I've been thinking a lot about destiny and fate lately. Does God have a path planned out for me? How do my actions shape me? My mistakes, my triumphs. There is a theory... basically everyone has heard of in some way shape or form; the Butterfly Effect. Most people have heard of it from the movie by the same name, starring the hottie Ashton Kutcher. Of course, many other movies have been based off of the same thing (i.e. It's A Wonderful Life). The basic theory of this is that the tiniest thing plays a part in the over all way things turn out. Such as, a butterflies wings create the slightest breeze from them flapping. With this, and atmospheric changes, could mean the difference between the creation or prevention of a tornado. The slightest changes in a surface could mean a different result each time. A drop of sweat rolling down your brow will make a different route each time because of tiny variation in the skin. Did I lose you yet? In a larger picture, it's called the Chaos Theory. As I see it, it's saying things happened the way they did for a reason. With even the slightest change to your everyday life, this could have a ripple effect changing millions of other things that could happen in your future. I can't say i have had the easiest life, but i certainly haven't had the hardest by any means either. I feel the events leading up to this point in my life have made me the person I am today. My move, my heart breaks, my friends, my job, my family. I feel like some people don't sit back and use what they have learned. But at the same time, there is a balance, where you can't live in the past either. I hope I can live my life to the fullest and get all that I can out of it. You only live once right? But, I am doing my best to just let things pan out like "they were meant to be."

"why can't you treat me the way that you want to be treated"

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