Virginia Tech shooting

17 04 2007

A bit of seriousness here. Only being a bit less than two years out of school, I can’t lie and say that the recent VA Tech shooting spree (to use the term ‘massacre’ seems too morbid, too depressing, too much for the aftermath) hasn’t affected me in some small way.

I was a college student once. I went to a state school at one point. When Bush got re-elected, there were riot-like occurrences happening in the Union and other buildings. I was afraid.

But nothing to this extent. First in a dorm, then later in a classroom. I thought about my school’s lecture hall — no windows. It’s basically a concrete bunker. If that had happened in one of my classes — there wouldn’t be any windows to jump out of.

Then I thought about the gunman. The first thing that stood out at me was the Asian description. What’s this going to do to the national perspective of Asians? Nearly every time I’ve seen an Asian in the news — it’s been attached to something bad. The Asian sniper in the Midwest. Andrew cunanan (aka the guy that shot G. Versace). Now this one. Asian-American male stereotype beware. Hell, look at William Hung. No wait, don’t.

Now it’s the healing process. I have a cousin, I think, at VA Tech. My family and I were worried. We’re pretty sure he’s okay. I listened to the radio this morning. One of the shows I usually listen to on my way to work was devoid of the entertaining silliness — replaced with serious and somber tones, in light of yesterday’s events.

I’m not going to speculate. I’m not going to blame. I’m just going to send out my thoughts of condolences, hugs, and healing vibes to all those affected. It can’t be easy. It’s not going to be smooth. But people will remember, and time will move on.

Side note: I had a close family member, gunned down. You can’t tell me that I don’t know how those people feel. I do.


The best way to act drunk

27 03 2007

Is to imagine that you’re a drunk trying so VERY hard to be sober.

Slowly enunciating every word, deliberating before every well-thought out sentence, placing your feet ‘just so’ on the floor so you will ensure avoiding every instance of falling over drunkenly…

Anyone can be a sloppy drunk. But the nuances to acting sober while drunk off your ass? Priceless.

Psst. Justin — this was PARTLY inspired by your hangover post — but not completely.

He’s just not that into you pt 1

30 01 2007

I’m going to start reading ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ soon. I’ll be making comparisons between it, my past romantic history, and my life, currently. Should be interesting conversation going on there.


28 12 2006

Somewhere in the discussion in Psych of Attraction, the subject of value came up. Someone stated survival and replication value (makes it sound so businessy, doesn’t it?). What about the quest to seek value in our lives (post-college age)… whether it be short term or long term?

Is it one’s career? Success? Social value? Biological value (ties into replication)?

Personally, I seek success over anything else in the short term. I do not need a man to complete this. Friends are also of value to me, as is my sanity (ha). Career success, financial success… sure, if/when I get married (which is not something at the forefront of my mind) — financial success of the man does play a part. But it’s not my focus right now.

I go for personal independence first and foremost. Long term is an issue, but not as pressing as the short.

Anatomy of a career

26 12 2006

It’s the end of a year (or at least 5 days from it)… and I suppose I could do one of those typical and expected year in review things. It’s not quite as full of milestones as last year was, since I was still a student at the beginning of 2005 and working at the end of it.

I’ve decided to do a different take on it this year — see my title.

I can’t really do the whole span of 4 odd decades of working because, let’s face it, I’m only 24. I’ve only been alive for 2 odd decades, and for most of that — I was a professional student (and making zero money from it).

Just from what I’ve seen so far this year… there are two ways you can go. Fight your way through the ranks at a large conglomerate or make it big quick in a small up and coming. It’s true, our economy is no longer run by the big men, it’s carried on the backs of small to mid-size businesses.

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Where does all the time go?

12 10 2006

Let’s face it. Between the new job and the new commute and the new sleeping schedule and the new life schedule — all that time, all that boredom I had while unemployed has completely vanished.

Why can’t there be an easy transition between the desperate “I don’t know what I’m doing and I don’t have a job and I don’t know where I’m going” stage and the completely exhausted “I have I job and I don’t know what I’m doing and there’s too much to do” stage? Seriously. The jarring difference between the two states leaves the 20-something in question completely bewildered and a bit lost. Therein lies another crisis after the QLC. Maybe the quarter life crisis comes in stages? It’s anywhere you don’t know where you’re going or what you came from?

They teach you about transition in school, but all that is relatively cushy and gradual.

This isn’t. This is life.

I don’t know if I like it. Stop it, I want to get off.

PB, this one’s for you.

2 10 2006

Has anyone ever seen/read/heard of Aaron Karo? He’s the guy who wrote Ruminations on College Life and Rumniations on 20-something Life. Also a standup comedian. And writes a hilarious email column that is delivered to my inbox every two weeks. I’ve been on email subscription for a couple of years now. I’m not quite sure if it was him or someone else that I got the idea of the quarter-life-crisis, but at any rate, I had an idea and I wanted to be part of it. At least put my name, well, eyes, on it too.

I had a professor in college, a slightly wacky guy (so I thought at the time) who was just bursting with ideas. He’s possibly one of my most favorite professors ever. He had a slightly crazy (to the uninitiated) way of speaking. But isn’t that the way with most creatives? Normal society just doesn’t understand. He had a habit of throwing out seemingly unrelated ideas (gray cubes, gatekeepers, and provolone — being some of the most notable and possibly most quoted) during his lectures for Visual Interpretation and Media Theory & Criticism classes — the only two I ever took with him. Part of his lesson plan was to introduce students to grant writing — concieving of projects and undertakings that companies would WANT to fund. Can you imagine, being a junior in college and recieving 10 grand (or more) from a large name brand company for a project you’ve always wanted to do? Project ideas ranged from media installations to films to mass surveys to lecture series. I always thought I had a rather clunky unpolished idea. I wanted to put my own spin on the quarter life crisis, but I didn’t have enough experience or knowledge to launch the idea in the way that I liked. Or at least an idea that I could make money off of. (This blog is completely not-for-profit.) I drafted a grant proposal, and never sent it out.

Being out of college for a year, and having the tools (with an easy interface) plus another year or two of blogging expertise, I decided to make my project idea a reality. It’s only been three months, and perhaps I should post this when 25 cent life is a year old, but it’s already been over 2 years in the making for 25 cent life. For a 3 month old blog, it’s doing relatively well, and I couldn’t be happier to finally have my idea come to a solid (as solid as things on the internet get) fruition.

Thanks PB!