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Outbursts #030: I’m a Father!

By | Experimental, Introspective, Outbursts, UVa | One Comment

No. Not really.

Well. Yes. I am a father, but not by any “I fell in love, got married, and had kids” standard. Much like a big/little sib program, I’m involved in a University of Virginia program called the Peer Advising Family Network (PAFN). Most of the friends I have made at University are involved with this program, and it was PAFN that really allowed me to insert myself into the UVa community, grow in confidence, and learn to really enjoy helping others.

Interjection Note: btw, if you’re trying to watch the video and skip the blog post, skim to the bottom of the entry to find pretty obvious clue as to what the private video’s password is… Read More

Outbursts #029: Novels VS Films

By | Animation, Book, Drama, Impressions, Introspective, Movie, Outbursts | No Comments

The movie is better than the book. The book is better than the movie. Which is better? The debate for whether a film adaptation of a popular novel (or any novel, for that matter) can meet or exceed expectations of its fans has been one for the ages. For sure, numerous film studios (live action and animation) have hunkered down and spewed films that draw from pre-existing material. The advantages of this include many: having an original source to draw inspiration from, having pre-existing marketing material or ideas for fans to get excited about (therefore increasing revenue based purely on anticipation), and being able to work with your favorite childhood (or adulthood) characters and bring them to life. Many risks accompany such a decision, as well, however, ranging from total crashing and burning of the movie fails (Golden Compass and Animal Farm come to mind) to being completely forgotten in the voids of film making (not sure which is better). Read More

Outbursts #028: 2012 Spring Playlist

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The long and overdue is finally here (I’m also currently working on the Summer Playlist…so hopefully that comes around the corner soon too). Having finally returned to California after a fun month in Texas, I’ve finally had some down time where I don’t play StarCraft 2. I initially thought that I would have a week before having to get back into the swing of working again, but the heavens above weren’t so kindor…perhaps they were. Read More

Outbursts #026: . . .

By | Life, Outbursts | One Comment

As I sit here in an office of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, I idly search for any lasting drop of inspiration to write a blog post. Despite having 20+ drafts of posts discussing topics such as immaturity, false self expression, and the ever so elusive pursuit of girls (eer…) sitting in the dashboard, I am incapable of collecting enough mental facility to coherently finish the entries. Once the habit drops, it’s difficult to reset yourself on the train tracks that continue on into the infinite horizon. I’ve asked myself countless of times, “Once I start blogging…where does it stop?” Read More

Nomadic Journals from Texas: Days 1 & 2

By | Introspective, Life, Outbursts, Travel | No Comments

Texas is pretty flat. It was the first distinguishing feature pointed out by my host family’s mother: Texas is flat. Actually, no. The first thing you notice is that Texas is hot. Sure, 85-90 can feel OK if it’s not humid, but in Texas, it’s hot and humid, the worst combo. Honestly, if Texas weren’t actually so hot, then dang, this would be a place to die for (relatively speaking). Read More

Outburst #025: What now?

By | Introspective, Life, Outbursts, UVa | 2 Comments

I wrote a post a while back, reflecting on my transition between high school and college. It was a thoughtful exercise and one that was ultimately very revealing of my fear and unstable future. It has speedily reached 2012, and another wave of UVa graduates (about 6,ooo, to give an estimate) have walked down the lawn and wear the Honor of Honors. First off congratulations to the Class of 2012… Read More