Friday, June 24, 2011


I just listened to this talk on TED and it has really got me thinking about the culture of dependence that we currently live in.  I don't know exactly what Joshua Walters was trying to say in his presentation, however as I listened, I saw a man who does not let his disease limit him.  Bipolar disorder is not a small thing, and that is what makes it all the more amazing that he can see the benefits behind it, as apposed to just using it as a crutch to justify a stagnate unexceptional life.
I see so many making excuses and, to be 100% honest, I find myself looking for excuses to why I can't succeed, or even excel.  After a while, those excused become our focus and soon we embrace them.  What is amazing, however, is that those who do not limit themselves based on their "problems" or shortcomings and who don't let those things become excuses; those are the people who truly do achieve greatness and live exceptional lives.


“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Things to see and do

 The Great Mosque of Djenné, the largest mud brick building in the world.  Photographed by Larry Louie, Canada

Wangi Wangi island, Indonesia. "While few young children are now born on boats, the ocean is still very much their playground. Here Enal plays with his 'pet' shark." Photographed by James Morgan, UK

  A hot air balloon reflected in water in the Yarra Valley, Australia. By Tim Barker, Australia

  "This was shot just after a sunset on the roof of a palace at Shugruf village in the Haraz Mountains of Yemen. No extra lighting was used. The sun has just set (see the top right corner of the image) and mist has started to rise from the valley below." Photographed by Matjaz Krivic, Slovenia

A sadhu making his way out of a cloud of colours during the Holi festival in India. Photographed by Poras Chaudary, India

A mass ordination of 34,000 monks at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Now fully ordained, the monks wear the orange robes they received earlier that morning, and simultaneously bow in prayer. Photographed by Luke Duggleby, UK 

The San people of the Kalahari desert in southern Africa. Photographed by Chris Johns (National Geographic)
The Congo ­Basin.  Photographed by Randy Olson (National Geographic/Abrams & Chronicle)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that

I love looking at all the amazing new things that are happening in the world of medical technology.  It totally blows my mind every time.  Remember that this guy had to keep his talk to 18 minutes, because there is so much more incredible technology on the way that he didn't even have time to mention.
I better hurry up and get into medical school or the field will become so technically advances that a technologically inept individual like myself will be useless.

By Your Side - Matthew Mayfield

I don't even know where I found this song or this guy, but I really like this song.

Iron and Wine

So I went to the iron and wine concert in salt lake a couple weeks ago.  It was good, but done in the wrong venue.  Soft beautiful music like his should be played outdoors or in a theater with seats, where you can sit back and take in what is being sung.  Here is my favorite Iron and Wine song.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Philosophy of Beauty

My brother showed me this film and I really liked a lot of points it made.  I don't know if I agree completely with the view of contemporary/modern art presented, since it seems very selective.  I think, however, this selectivity was intentional to force the point that SOME contemporary/modern art has gone too far and is all about shock value and money, as apposed to beauty or even an idea.
If you have and hour, there are six 10 minute videos found on youtube and it is well work the time.  The manner in which this philosopher takes you through what beauty really is and how it has been presented throughout time is wonderful and also a little saddening.  This documentary is, of sorts, a look into this poor old romantics heart and of view of his longing for the a return to what beauty used to be.  I wholeheartedly agree that the old representational art of the past is beautiful and that there is nothing more awe inspiring than Roman and Victorian architecture.   More of it in our lives would be so good for us.  At the same time, I can't help but believe that there is still so much that is beautiful being created today and we should be just as eager to seek that out as well. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I'm Pumped

I give too much time to movies sometimes, but some are definitely worth the couple hours spent watching.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Beauty according to wikipedia

Beauty is a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, meaning, or satisfaction.[citation needed] Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.[citation needed]
The experience of "beauty" often involves the interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being.[citation needed] Because this is a subjective experience, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."[1] In its most profound sense, beauty may engender a salient experience of positive reflection about the meaning of one's own existence.[citation needed] A subject of beauty is anything that resonates with personal meaning.[citation needed]
The classical Greek noun for "beauty" was κάλλος, kallos, and the adjective for "beautiful" was καλός, kalos. The Koine Greek word for beautiful was ὡραῖος, hōraios,[2] an adjective etymologically coming from the word ὥρα, hōra, meaning "hour." In Koine Greek, beauty was thus associated with "being of one's hour."[3]
A ripe fruit (of its time) was considered beautiful, whereas a young woman trying to appear older or an older woman trying to appear younger would not be considered beautiful. In Attic Greek, hōraios had many meanings, including "youthful" and "ripe old age."[3]

Sunday, June 5, 2011