Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jim Hensen meets Jónsi

If Jim Hensen was still alive, he would've loved this video. If you don't know who Jim Hensen is, he's the creator/founder/artistic director for the Muppets, Sesame Street, and even Labrynth with David Bowie. And if you don't know who Jonsi is, you need to. He's the lead from a little band known as Sigur Ros. One of the best (probably the best to my knowledge) things to ever come out of Iceland. And now, he's out doing solo work. It's so nice to see true artistic expression-true joy in music. Go get a cd of Jonsi, or vinyl if you prefer. Help support musicians.

Broken Social Scene

Check out Broken Social Scene! Their recent album brings back all the glory I found in them back in the day. If you're a BSS fan-you'll enjoy this new album that explores the depths of their complexities, and exposes their efforts to form symphonic beauty out of chaos. Enjoy.

Cry Baby

If there's one type of movie that inevitably makes me emotional, it's got to be sports movies. I know-cheesy, bad acting, bad scripts, etc. But for some reason, the memories I have of my own athletic history (and my dad being a coach) get at me when I watch sports movies. It doesn't really matter what sports movies...Remember the Titans, Hardball, Glory Road, the Gridiron Gang, Hoosiers...

...if the movie has some lead actor that is trying his hand at comedic atheltics (aka Waterboy)-only tears of frustration and pain exit my eyes. One movie that gets me every time is Coach Carter. I know that it's extremely cheesy, but for some reason, I get so inspired by these flicks. Here's a speech given by one of the inner city players on Coach Carter, right after he's had an ephiphany about the direction of his life, and when he can turn to no one else-he turns to his coach.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Thank you Sir, you saved my life.”

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Proud Brotha

I'm so proud of my sister. Kayleigh Sye is amazing on many different levels. I can't believe she's graduated college, and even a semester early! She's engaged and now has a three year old daughter. Basically, she's passed me up really quickly. The unfortunate thing is that she is back in Pomeroy for the duration of the summer. What a buzz killer. I'm praying that she doesn't get trapped there! I love her so much, and can't wait for the future.

Highschool Kayleigh.

Collegiate Kayleigh.

Little Kayleigh.

To infinity, and beyond...

Kayleigh Sye, love you.

Back to Boise

I know that it has been an extremely long time since I've blogged. But I hope to get started doing it again. Since you last heard from me, I've wrapped up in Olympia, and moved my way back to Boise, Idaho. I know it doesn't make sense. I'm back in Idaho working on my Masters in Cultural Communication, and hope to be done sooner than later. But the plus is that I am back in Hyde Park-and really like my house. I love being so close to Camel's Back and to Harrison. It's the best play you could live in Boise.

I am still working for Abercrombie and Fitch, specifically in the Hollister here in Boise. It's been difficult because there's no way to move up in the company while I'm here, but I am just seein' how things pan out. My co-workers are interesting-to say the least.

I have just finished up semester number one at Boise State University, and have never experienced so much anxiety over school in my life. I am hoping that the Fall turns out quite differently. But we will see if that happens or not. Have learned lesson after lesson about grad school and how to survive in it.

Even though I know a ton of people in the area, I also know that being connected and staying connected has been a challenge. Keeping up those relationships take time and effort. I am happy to have rekindled some great friendships being back, and I'm settling into a great community of friends. I can't wait to see how things grow and develop.

Stay tuned for:
New friends coming back!
New work stories filled with ridiculous characters.
New reviews on the places that have opened up since I was here last.
Oh ya, and other new stuff.