Random Things

I tend to spend very much time in my own thoughts. I've often received such labels as introvert, thinker, geek, quiet guy, etc, and for the most part those are very true. I tend to think much more than I talk.

Anyway, a couple days ago, I had fallen into my typical thinking mood. And in this particular case, I was thinking about Facebook, what it was like when I started using it years ago, and what it's morphed into now. I started remembering all of those chain notes that went around, often quizzes and such and if you got tagged in the note, you were supposed to take the same quiz for yourself and tag other people in it. I always found those particularly fascinating… They had a way of drumming up some interesting information about people, and being the kind of person I am, I like interesting information about people. There was one in particular that I remember, called '25 random things about me'. I enjoyed doing that one so much, that I've decided to do it again. Only this time, I'm only going to do 10 things, since you probably wouldn't care to read much more than that.

  1. I love collecting old things. Specifically coins and books. I started collecting coins when I was nine years old, and it's become quite extensive. It includes ancient, foreign, and U.S. coins. I have coins from mid-4th century Rome, a coin from England with King George III on it (the king in power during the American Revolution), coins from the German Empire before Hitler was in power, and coins from five out of the six populated and civilized continents. I have a very high fascination with old things.
  2. I'm red-green color blind. My girlfriend likes to tease me because of this. I can usually see the colors separately, but when you put them right next to each other, sometimes I can't even see a little bit of color. And yes, I can tell when traffic lights are red and green, so don't worry.
  3. I've always been very fascinated with Russia. Especially its culture, history, language, and music.
  4. I have a very firm opinion of Taylor Swift and One Direction and am occasionally much more outspoken and harsh about it than I should be.
  5. If I could meet any person from history who's now dead and gone, it would be Sergei Rachmaninoff hands down. I don't choose Jesus simply because I know without a doubt that I'll see him when I die.
  6. When it comes to food, I'm a texture guy. If the texture isn't right in a food, it can make my stomach turn even if the taste and smell is really good. In the same way, some of my favorite foods are just because the texture is amazing even if I don't find the taste particularly good.
  7. I'm not a squeamish person, except when it comes to hand injuries. I don't know if it's something that comes from my piano playing, but it makes my stomach turn when I see even just a dislocated finger.
  8. I have a strange compulsion to tear, crumple, and crease paper. If there is a piece of paper in my hand that I don't need, it will be destroyed. It's the same thing with those wooden coffee stirrers that some cafes have. I simply must tear them to pieces.
  9. Trumpet is one of my favorite instruments to play, but only if I'm in shape for it.
  10. Longboarding is one of my favorite pastimes. That's how I impart my natural manly need for the thrill of danger and risk. Flying down a hill faster than 35mph on a chunk of wood is perfect for that.

So there's my ten random facts. For all you fellow bloggers out there, give this a go and then post the link to it in the comments here so I can see your random facts.

 

Rach on!

Mitch

Read this list carefully:

  • A love of photography
  • A delight in crazy storms, wild weather, and/or tornadoes
  • A fascination in people named Mitch
  • Deep sentiment for Ansel Adams
  • A wild obsession with the grayscale

If you possess any of these things, you simply must read on and do as I advise.

Mitch Dobrowner Storm

This is a picture taken by Mitch… Mitch Dobrowner. He’s a photographer who recently traveled with a renowned extreme weather/tornado chaser. He was also greatly inspired by Ansel Adams, one of the most famous and talented photographers who ever lived and who is often considered one of the pioneers in photography as an art form. The pictures that resulted from Dobrowner’s weathery excursion are awe inspiring to say the very least.

Here’s my advice… Click the link below. It’s a link to a google image search for Mitch Dobrowner’s storm photography.

http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&client=safari&tbo=d&tbs=isz:l&tbm=isch&q=photographer+mitch+dobrowner+storm&oq=photographer+mitch+dobrowner+storm

Trust me. Click it.

Rach on!

OOYL

I’m feeling very thoughtful and short on words at the moment. A good recipe for blogging as apparently the younger generations don’t like to read, but they do like deep things. Here are some of my thoughts for today.
  • Putting others before yourself is highly rewarding
  • Spending at the very least a short amount of time every day to be alone, unwind, and talk to God in whatever way you do best is crucial to living well, and maintaining a low stress level
  • Laziness leads to frustration and eventually self-contempt
  • Shallow conversations lead to shallow relationships

As I have no more words to say, I leave you with a short message from my dear friend Yoda.

Rach on!

Rap Part II

Now for me to continue and finish my short, two-part series on rap.

As a Christian, I have a hard time listening to a lot of what’s out there as far as the rap/hip-hop music scene goes. Musically, there’s a lot of good stuff out there, but even if the music is good, I simply do not enjoy listening to a song about sex, or a song that completely objectifies women. Solution? Christian rap. Even as Christian music as a whole is still recovering from 90’s and 00’s CCM, Christian rap is making a name for itself, not only because the music itself is good, but also because the lyrics are down to earth, and understandable to Christians and non-Christians alike.

In order to prevent myself from biased generalization, please understand that no genre can be fully described as a whole. Not all Christian rap is as I just described it; there is a whole lot of Christian rap with terribly composed music and painfully unrelatable lyrics. But I’d like to introduce you to two artists who do indeed fit well into my claim that I made above.

These artists are Lecrae and Trip Lee. Many of you may know about them already. They have both been making music for a long time that has always been up to date, relevant to culture, and convicting. Check out these songs by them.

 

Disclaimer: By the phrase “I’m good” he’s not referring to his own character, but rather the term meaning that he’s okay, or he’s doing fine.

I’d highly recommend checking out their other music. There’s lots of it. Plus, if you have any other Christian rap artists that you really like, post their name in the comments, I’d really like recommendations. And if you have any particular thoughts on either of these songs, feel free to voice them.

Rach on!

Mirror

1. Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars… Dang.

2. I really like Lil Wayne’s rapping. He’s got a unique voice that he doesn’t have to do crazy over-dubbing and postprocessing to in order to be recognized (ahem, Eminem), and his writing is really good. It’s poetical, has great imagery, and he has a really fascinating and ringing tone to the words and rhymes he crafts. Alas, it’s too bad most of his songs are filthy, lyrically.

3. I found the lyrical content of this song very thought provoking.

4. I apologize if you are offended by the obscenity.

5. I’d like to hear what y’all think of this song.

Rach on!

Owls

Owl

Hello. Today, I am writing to you about a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. Owls. Owls are nice, owls are neat. You like owls. You wouldn’t believe how many owls there are in the world. Like there are so many owls in the world like you wouldn’t even know. That’s a lot of owls. Owls are big. I once saw an owl that was eating a car. It was bigger than a tree. The car wasn’t bigger than a tree, but the owl was. Lots of owls are that big. But you wouldn’t know that because they’re invisible. That’s why I’m telling you about it. How did I see the owl eating a car? His invisible maker was broken and once he was finished eating I asked him about owls and he told me that there are lots of giant owls. If your car mysteriously disappears it might be because a giant owl ate it. Or maybe someone stole it. If your car mysteriously disappears, you should call the police.

I like owls. I hope you do to. Owls are lots of fun and some of then are really big. That’s why there are lots of owls.

Rach on!

Time

This post serves solely as a reminder for you and for me. Consider the things you need to get done and the time you have to do it. Don’t waste time, as it will affect your own desires and abilities to get things done. If you’re anything like me, you love to procrastinate and justify that procrastination as a normal thing and that you’ll get done what you need to get done eventually. However, getting things done right away is self-fulfilling and eliminates the danger of finding out that any given task will take much longer than you expected.

I urge you to consider the things that you have to get done for the day and get working on them. Free time is much more satisfying without the underlying pressure of neglected responsibilities. Granted, sometimes we do need a break when we’re trying to get something done. I am all for that, but I do warn against letting that get out of hand. While taking a break is distinctly different from procrastinating, it is easy to blur that line and take a much longer break than needed; to pass off our procrastination as “taking a break”. Don’t fall into that trap.

If you’re one of those people like me who are bad at time management, do something about it. Don’t use the excuse that that’s simply how you are. Getting things done is worth it. You will thank yourself later.

Rach on!