Illuminate

There comes a moment when you have to just got to stop caring about what you’ve been so used to caring about up until this moment. You know what I mean? Seriously! Girls get so used to having this one guy in their life even if they don’t even like the guy seriously. So much that when they actually get a guy they love, they still have a hard time breaking the mind-bend-habit they have of  always thinking about this other guy’s attention! It sounds complicated, but after all, we are female and we are so complicated. And that is just one example for these type of feelings.

You do not even have to truly have a relationship with any new guy to make your self stop caring. Over time, it is almost like you become tired of always having to think about this person who does not feel the…

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Exactly how I feel when I can’t pen it down into words

Illuminate

This week in my Music Theory class we started talking about “form and analysis”. And well, because my Theory teacher also teaches the Theology of Worship class and the Philosophy of Worship class in my department, he sometimes accidentally ventures into his wise Biblical Wisdom mind instead of his extremely smart, brain melting theory mind. One of those ventures happened this week when he started talking about the different “forms” of music. He started with explaining how certain chord progressions have the potential to stir up certain emotions in listeners, and he soon began passionately explaining how every single human has a certain form they live by. And although my typical human form and reaction towards music theory is a stress headache, that day, the form was different…. and I liked it.

My Professor went on to talk about how humans are centered around a form of life. We are habitual and…

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Doctor Quack

When I turned twenty, I was under the impression that life was going to be a party for the next ten years. I was sorely mistaken. You see… I was warned about a couple things: my metabolism will decrease, I’ll get fatter, academic work will get harder, I’ll have to pay taxes; but there are a lot of things no one warned me about.

So I have written this list, projecting my personal experiences onto my fellow twenty-something friends and colleagues who are themselves possibly struggling with the same things I struggle with in this deeply confusing decade we call our twenties.

1. Twenties are the new teens.

People in their thirties often tell me that the thirties are the new twenties, so what does that make us? Well, unfortunately, as if we didn’t already suffer enough in the confusing and disorienting teenage years, we have to do it all…

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Funk's House of Geekery

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We’re bringing the Weekly Top 10 forward a few days this week for obvious reasons. Today is a day when couples are going to want to spend some quality time with each other partaking in traditional date-like rituals. One such ritual is the time-honored watching of a movie. If you head over to the romantic section of the video library you will quickly find that everything there is garbage. Valentines Day, Love Actually, Twilight…none of these are going are do anything to create a romantic mood for any self-respecting…

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Reasonably Ludicrous

This morning, I woke up to a horrible realization. Actually, that happens pretty much every morning, the realization being that I’m awake and no longer in the blissful world of dreams.

But on this fateful day, I came to recognize a much more devastating truth: I had spent four years of my life studying English.

You’d think kids who get into Stanford would be smart enough not to pursue their dreams, but I’ve always been quixotic (and as an English major, I can tell you that word’s based on a character…from a book!), so I studied what I loved, future be damned! My parents, idealistic saps that they are, actually encouraged me towards this! They said, “Russ, you can do anything if you put your mind to it!” Can you believe that?

So I kept at it. I enjoyed my major, and I’ve never been one to deny…

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streetsofsalem

Heart-shaped maps are one thing, but maps of the human heart are quite another, and I’ve got both on this Valentine’s Day.  The charting of emotional territory, as opposed to physical space, has resulted in the production of several interesting maps from the seventeenth century to the near-present.  Below are the companion Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart and Map of the Fortified Country of a Man’s Heart, ostensibly and anonymously drawn “by a lady” and published by the Kellogg Brothers of Hartford, Connecticut in the 1830s.  These heart maps, along with lots of other examples of the Kellogg’s impressive lithography, can be viewed at the online gallery of the Connecticut Historical Society and Museum.

I’ve brightened and cropped both maps so that you can better see the different regions that make up these human hearts. It’s very interesting that the woman’s heart is an “open”…

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