The No Show

>> Thursday, March 25, 2010

Man I hate this guy...or gal. You know him or her too. They might even seem to be the greatest person in the whole world at times. But in this moment of disappointment you realize they're only human. (And you are too.) You drag your lazy butt all the way back home, or in my case the computer lab. Turn on that rusted work of metal you call a computer. Sign into the email account. "Class canceled. I had a huge emergency this morning. Sorry. See you next week." Thus he becomes the fly in your food in letdowns for the day.

Initially it feels like a waste of time. In the long run a waste of money. Overall, a sense of injustice and the emotion of getting scammed for hard earned green backs. The only upside would be the extra hour and forty-five minutes you'll have in the day. But that sense of euphoria only lasts for a matter of minutes.

The only one more disappointing than this is probably the classic stand up. This one can be worse depending on the situation. I have a feeling it's probably harder on the girls. They go through the trouble of getting all pretty for this mystery man. Generally, they contemplate more on what they'll wear with what and in what combination. It grows to be a high anticipation for the busy work day. Then, unexpectedly, the climax of the story turns out to be a sour one. If they're lucky the other person will call. The unfortunate inverse is quietly waiting at a table for two, then eventually leaving for home.

Yes my friends it is quite disappointing in both situations. What's the lesson here you ask? Well, it's been a bit of a reoccurring theme in the collection of writings you read here. Two things. (1) Bad stuff happens, its life, roll with it, and learn from it. (2) Be careful with your promises and obligations. The worse part about making a promise is not being able to keep it. As for now, hopefully the next one isn't canceled. Otherwise, nap time!

Dating and Relationships: 004

>> Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Signs. This topic spurs from a little game I used to play with friends in large crowds. It’s basically the “call out the couple” game. We spot two individuals anywhere in proximity of our stakeout. Usually it’ll be over a takeout lunch on a park bench, and with some luck it’ll be a sunny day. Now bear in mind I am a bit of a seasoned veteran and this game does require an amount of skills. Here are a few of my eagle eye secretes:

Hand Holding: A classic tell for lovers, but also a misleading throw off for good friends. Probably most famous through the Beatles’ song, “I want to hold your hand”. This one is like a combo factor. Combine it with any of the others and it’s almost a sure thing that the two are a couple.

Arm over the shoulder: If they’re that close and comfortable it’s in the bag. Unless they’re friends in denial or posing for a picture, then they’re a couple. This can be accompanied by a gentle rest of the head on the shoulder. Or some may notice the subtlety of the shoulders moving together to achieve maximum closeness.

Hand in the back butt pocket: Confirmed. Don’t even have to question this one unless they’re friends with benefits. But that’s for another discussion.

Hand rest (aka love tap): This one is a little hard to tell when people are walking by quickly. It might seem like a nudge or playful punch. But don’t let its misguiding nature deceive you. Usually it’s preceded or followed by a laugh or giggling from one or both parties.

Stupidity Factor: This is more like an underlying feature. People in love will usually do stupid things making them easier to spot out. They run into each other or other people because they’re locking eyes. They trip and stumble because just the sheer beauty of the other makes their knees weak. But it doesn’t matter when you look hard enough because they’re with each other. Fools in love.

Same in Success, Same in Failure

>> Monday, March 15, 2010

Perhaps it is by chance that I attend one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the country. (Or at least I like to think so.) We literally have people from every corner of the globe attending this tiny little university. Out of any other possible location they chose this one. Our ability to absorb information and to learn is unique from one to another. We are separate in every way possible right down to the color of our eyes or the way we eat.

More importantly, we all know what it feels like to do well in the classroom. There’s a sense of accomplish and success in every student. If you work your butt off and do your work, it should show. Everyone knows that feeling of pushing their brain to the extreme. We work into the late hours of the night ready to throw the towel in at any minute. But for some reason that escapes me, we press on. We fight the good fight, dance the night away, and party like it’s our birthday when we see that grade. We earned it.

Consequently, failure is just as common. Everyone knows failure no matter how full of it they might be. Failure, more than anything, teaches honesty and perseverance. Honesty in that maybe you belong in a different field of study. Telling yourself what you should really be doing in life. Perseverance in that the first piece of work you do is not the last. The starting gate is rough for some, but the final turn might is where they let the throttle loose and drop the hammer.

Never the less, these are only a few parts that bond students together. We are students that all strive to find meaning and perhaps a higher purpose. More importantly, we’re all investing into the hopes of a better future. That person sitting next to you is not so different after all.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. –Oscar Wilde

Single-lens Reflex Camera

>> Friday, March 5, 2010

It’s without doubt that there’s been a recent rise in the sales and hype over SLR cameras. Yes, they are highly expensive and you generally get what you pay for. Yes, they provide a better and more accurate image of what you’re capturing. Yes, everyone does seem to have one nowadays making it the latest trend. No, just because you have a SLR camera (and toss lots of money into buying one) does not mean you know how to take good pictures.

Photography is not about the equipment. Sure you might, and I highly emphasis the word might, be able to take a sharper image. But unless you actually know what you’re doing with the camera itself, you just wasted a large portion of your savings. Amazing pictures can still be accomplished even on the most basic point and shoot cameras.

A camera teaches you how to see without a camera. Good photographers have an eye for seeing something extraordinary out of the ordinary. Relying on post editors and changing the colors around to make them look all artsy fartsy seems lazy. By the way, this is coming from someone that’s color blind and physically can’t color correct on Photoshop. (And apparently I can’t fly planes either, but I can live with that.)

The Steve McCurrys and Ansel Adams of photography became titans because they knew how to use their gear. For the most part they, along with many others, are normal people. However, they have the ability to memorialize even the most every day type of events. Good art takes practice and concentration. They were curious, determined, and evolved internally and externally. That’s what makes a good photographer. Go suck on that SLR fan boys.

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