Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Overdue

Sorry for the delay in posting. It seems that I have been extremely busy of late. Here's a quick anectode via fark.com:



This is Georgia.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Big Week

This was a big week for me. Here's just a quck rundown for updating's sake:

I hurt my ankle again. I wasn't able to walk on it for two days, but it's getting better slowly. Its pretty much standard procedure for me by now.

In a brief moment of hasty irresponsibility and weakness, I bought a new Washburn D10SCE acoustic/electric work of art. And I am subsequently in love.

Jon Foreman released Winter. Check out Fall first, then check out Winter. Trust me there.



And a very Happy Birthday to my father, Romondo Davis. May it be full of family and airplane rides.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Big News

I'm excited to announce that MSN has put up full episodes of Arrested Development, my favorite TV show of all time. Watch them here.

Jon Foreman


Jon Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot, will release the second iteration of his four EP project on Tuesday, entitled Winter. I have been listening to his first, entitled Fall, nonstop since I downloaded it last month. It is disarmingly honest, original and beautiful. Throughout, he smoothly trills through lines like;

"Over and Over, I hear the same refrain
Its the rhythm of my heart
and my sleepy girl's breathing
Its the rhythm of my Southbound train."

It's such gripping poetry, and has me addicted like I have not been in a long time. Listen to Cure for the Pain, thanks to the AM Music Blog

On the website, there are jpegs of the hand written lyrics of all of his songs. Check it out, its some of the best music I've ever heard.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Casablanca


Earlier this week, I watched Casablanca on a date with my girlfriend Lauren (wha-what!). She loved it. I loved it. Everbody loves it. Here are my favorite quotes from one of the greatest movies of all time:

Rick: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

Rick: I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy mixed up world.

Sasha: Yvonne, I love you, but Rick pays me.

Renault:I'm shocked, shocked to find that there is gambling going on here!
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Renault: Oh, thank you very much. Everybody out at once.

Rick: I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray. You wore blue.

Laszlo: This is a very interesting cafe. I congratulate you.
Rick: And I congratulate you.
Laszlo: What for?
Rick: Your work.
Laszlo: Thank you. I try.
Rick: We all try. You succeed.

Ilsa: But what about us?
Rick: We'll always have Paris.

Rick: Here's looking at you, kid.

Thanks to Wikiquote for making it all possible.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Shakespeare


If I'm alloted one quirky, nerdy thing about me, it would have to be my interest in language and grammar and communication. I recently had my attention drawn to one William Shakespeare. He is of course one of the most influential voices in history, and a legend and pioneer in his art of play-writing. But, I am far more impressed by the effect that he had on the English language. I found a website that had a list of all of the words that he coined and was the first to ever use. I assumed that such a list would include words like 'thesaurus,' 'etymology,' and 'defenestrate.' I was suprised to find that the words that Shakespeare invented are some of the most common and accepted out there. Here's a sample:

accused
bump
dawn
switch
label
investments
submerge
secure
deafening

That's fascinating to me, but like I said, I'm a nerd.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tetris


This was a big day. Today, I broke my all time Tetris record, scoring 43,115 points and reaching the 12th level. My fingers are sore, and my eyes are burning from the concentration that it took. But I'm still excited about it. Tetris is a fascinating game when you really look at it. A quick wikipedia search reveals that the game (Russian: Тетрис) was originally designed by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984. The Soviet government began marketing it in 1988, thus forever blessing the western world.

I can't help but think that the lifestyle of a Soviet citizen such as Pajitnov contributed to the style and the conflict of the game of Tetris. Every piece has its own specific shape and its own specific role. The point of Tetris is for these pieces to fall into place; reducing excess, and efficiently using the space and resources provided. It fits perfectly into a socialistic world view. No real reflection on that, I just think it's interesting to consider how Mr. pajitnov's surroundings and world view affected his art. It's typical, I suppose.

But, yeah, 43,115. Believe it.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Well, I just pulled back into the Reege after my week-long excursion home. Its good to be back. I also got to be a groomz-man in my good friend Chris Elsken's wedding in Greenville. For the sake of time, and to set a precedent (seeing as how this is my first entry of 2008,) I'll chronologically rapid fire this shizznit:

-The Atlanta airport is the most poorly laid-out aeropuerto in the world.

-Picking my seat on a nonstop connecting flight from Atlanta to St. Louis is one of the most crucial decisions I could make.

-Flying over downtown St. Louis is extremely exciting for me. It's a perspective of understanding who I used to be, by seeing all of the places I've been at once.

-My dog back home always seems to remember me.

-Christmas is about family. I love that I could experience it so perfectly this year.

-I love my family.

-Being so attached to and so familiar with and so loved by my group of friends is such an enormous blessing.

-Flying out of Lambert gives me a triumphant feeling. As though I've accomplished something great, and I must get back to it.

-Small Carolina towns like Easley seem to be the most genuine places in the world. They're populated by farmers and barbers and politicians, and not akin to the harsh realities and sacrifices of modern economic achievement.

-Southern Weddings are taken waay to seriously.

-I hate tuxedos.

-Chris and Julie Elsken are an amazing couple. I praise the Lord for their love for Him and for each other.

-Being surrounded by three different cultures in the last week or so has shown me one very particular thing: people are all the same. We all have our family quarells, our ecstatic realizations, our inside jokes. We have our stigmatic discomfort, our sudden elation, and our draining monotonies. The differences in cultures and races and backgrounds are a great thing. But I've come to realize that those differences are just in the details. It's a freeing concept to think that I am no different from a 22 year old African tribesman, or a 22 year old Chinese student, in terms of our humanity. I love that.



The wii is a big hit. I think I'm going to keep it. It's good to be back in the AUG.