Archive for ‘motivation’

July 7, 2012

A book, a fight and an explanation.

Here are some things that I absolutely loved this week:

1. Nick Miller’s new book Isn’t It Pretty to Think So

Just so happen to be a friend of mine, but that does not alter my opinion that this book will be a classic book of this century. An equal amount of the underbelly of West Hollywood and the beauty of Los Angeles as a whole to make you feel like you’ve lived there your entire life. Additionally, the dialog between characters in this book kept my highlighter running dry. Available in print and kindle. GET IT WHILE IT’S HOT!

2. Jaime Lanister vs. Eddard Stark Lightsaber Battle

Makes me miss Star Wars AND Game of Thrones. ’nuff said.

3. FINALLY somebody made an Obamacare explanation for a 5-year-old. Not that any 5-year-old I know would ever want to know about it. But if they did, here it is!

Full article here

Now You Know.

November 10, 2011

To Put it Frankly


Now You Know

November 10, 2011

Surfer thinks he’s Jesus

Ok the title is deceiving. He doesn’t really. But he’s practically walking on water here… Right?

Surfing has always been something that I enjoy doing, but scares the living daylights out of me! ( yea, I said that “scares the living daylights out of me” like an OGma)

I believe that people who surf the big waves are seriously cut from a different cloth. There is no way I would ever EVER surf a wave higher than three feet! Ok, Im a wuss.

ANYWAY, there is a point to this post, but someone had too much coffee again and tends to get tangential (yes, that’s a word) when she’s strung out on caffeine.

Garrett McNamara (this guy)

… broke the World’s Record for successfully surfing the biggest wave, 90 feet!!

Full article here

Aaannnddd here he is in action.

Now You Know.

November 3, 2011

Go Get ’em Oakland!!

So the word “occupy” has been springing up in everyday conversation with friends, which means it is becoming “sticky,” as Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point would describe the new craze. And I say craze because, having written my senior thesis on protests in the US, I came to the conclusion that protests spreads just like any other fad or fashion trend out there. It only takes a few celebrities to back the trend until the masses follow suit. And with major protestors like Noam Chomsky and Cornel West involving themselves in this movement, it was only a matter of time until almost every major city in America (and some outside of America) involved themselves in this major “Occupy x city” movement.

Aside from protests and their trendy factor, I also learned the characteristics of the ideal type of protestor. That is, the people who have less to lose simply because they have lost everything already. Most of the time, these are the students because they usually have no image yet created in the community and have no house or family to take care of. In other protests, it is literally the people who have lost their homes and jobs and have nothing to lose anymore so have no choice but to fight.

Enter Oakland, California:

Full Article here
Ranked this year as the most dangerous city in California, Oakland is quite surely ranked as the most dangerous in terms of protests in California as well.

I can contribute this conclusion to the fact that people in Oakland are far worse off than, say, people in Long Beach where the population is huge but not ENOUGH people want to risk their livelihood for a protest. Things are getting bad in Oakland because they have all their cards out on their table. This is their last “Hoorah” for change.

Now, I am not disregarding the crime rate in this city and its contribution to the size and impact of their protests there, but the crime rate and the poverty rate go hand-in-hand and this is a true sign of people who are completely fed up with where they see their economy going.


My hat’s off to you, Oakland.

Now You Know

September 14, 2011

Art Overload

In the past few days, I have been absolutely obsessed with finding new projects to fill my days now that I’m done with school and missing the orderliness of having a set schedule everyday. In doing so, I have started up a little juice delivery business here in Long Beach with a friend.

We are calling it Salud, which means “health” in spanish. Not only does it mean “health,” but it is also  the word used to cheers drinks!

So it worked out pretty well that way. We’re pretty much saying “Salud a la Salud” or “Cheers to Health.”


So, like I said, we are just starting out. But I decided to make my own stamp for our logo. Just a simple stamp that we can label everything with. I came up with this:

I made two different versions just to see which one came out the clearest. I also used linoleum and not rubber because it was cheaper to do some test runs on. But it came out quite nice!

My friend Cristina was at my house during my art project and she introduced me to this amazing video that one-upped my little stamps to the fullest extent! (Intro is pretty long, but it’s super worth it! You can start the video at 0:45 if you want.)

So beautiful. I can only wish that one day I can have as much patience as these artists. I feel like the process of making stamps, along with any other expression through art, comes at a pretty high price of patience.

“He that can have Patience can have what he will.”

Now You Know.

September 2, 2011

End-of-Summer reflections

I like to compare the end of the summer and the end of a travel journey to the end of someone’s life.

There are always certain expectations you have in the beginning. Goals are set and visions are vivid with adventures and projects to come. You know you only have a certain allotted amount of time, but you also know you will not take any second of it for granted. You will make every second count and live completely in the moment!

Then the first day of summer comes and you find yourself just wanting to lay in bed all day and watch tv or just hit snooze over and over. The phrase “ok tomorrow i will do it!” becomes such a normal expression that you no longer realize how many “tomorrows” have passed you by.

By the end of the summer, you have dabbled in a few of your manifested projects, but you soon lose interest in a good deal when they become too hard to accomplish. You just move on to the next project only to abandon it for the same reason.

Now here comes the end of summer. The nights start becoming cooler. You have to start carrying a jacket with you during the day if you plan on staying out until the sub goes down. Shorts and a tank top are no longer an option.

You are reminded of how short summer is and how much time you wasted taking it for granted. Now, with the last week of summer slowly coming to an end, you have tried to fill every one of your last days doing everything you meant to do during the summer:

Museums, beach, write a story, ride your bike, take a walk at sunset, enjoy summery nights with good friends, drink an iced coffee, read a book on the beach.

However, now you’ve rushed everything so much that it’s become a mechanical chore you find yourself needing to do instead of wanting to do.

The upside to this story is you always get next summer to learn your lesson and start all over.

However, if we’re looking at this as your entire life and not just a summer that comes once a year, you need to start thinking RIGHT NOW about how you want to spend your time. Because life is not a season. This is the only chance you get.

I leave you with a video I made in Peru last September of a time-lapsed sunset over Miraflores. The video was about an hour long and i sped it up to less than a minute. Enjoy!

August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs just resigned as CEO of Apple computers.

In keeping with this theme, I’d like to add this amazingly inspirational speech Jobs gave at the Stanford University graduation ceremony in 2005.

Here is his resignation letter:

PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

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