Monday, August 31, 2009

Border Crossing



“The greatest enterprise of the mind always has been and always will be the attempted linkages of the sciences and humanities. The ongoing fragmentation of knowledge and resulting chaos in philosophy are not reflections of the real world but artifacts of scholarship. The propositions of the original Enlightenment are increasingly favored by objective evidence, especially from the natural sciences.”

~Edward O. Wilson

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WOTF
















The Writers of the Future winners from last year are attending the week-long workshop in LA this week. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to attending next year and meeting the people with whom I have been corresponding. If I had the money, I'd fly down for the XXV awards ceremony next Saturday just to see what that's like.

Oh well, us broke-ass college students will just have to keep on writing and writing to pass the time. That and hanging out at Powell's Books.

Monday, August 24, 2009

The forest primeval



Cutting through the very non-primeval Rose Test Gardens on my way up into the West Hills.














Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ascetic










I'm rereading Evan Wright's Generation Kill and came across one of my favorite sections today.

"What unites them is an almost reckless desire to test themselves in the most extreme circumstances. In many respects the life they have chosen is a complete rejection of the hyped, consumerist American dream as it is dished out in reality TV shows and pop-song lyrics. They've chosen asceticism over consumption. Instead of celebrating their individualism, they've subjugated theirs to the collective will of an institution. Their highest aspiration is self-sacrifice over self-preservation."

Nostalgia trip: Life in a Humvee:




Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bizarre Videos

It's been awhile, but our friends in Japan continue to remain on the cutting edge of video strangeness.

Pani Poni Dash!



Afro Samurai - Afro vs. Darth Teddy, with Afro voiced by Samuel L. Jackson. Yes, for reals.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Urban Hiking

The redwood grove, a half-hour hike from my place.




One of my favorite lunch spots




I finally stumbled uponthis local landmark







Glimpses of the city



Sunday, August 09, 2009

Market day at PSU











Abe Lincoln, or Sandman?





What I brought back



The "library." My favorite nook.