Christmas List 2013

I don’t want any of you to be overly stressed on what to buy me for Christmas!  For your convenience, I am listing all the items I would enjoy:

  1. VANS Graph.  I could use a new pair of kicks.  The shoes I’m wearing are a bit holy.  $90
  2. I7 & Motherboard.  The Ivy Bridge’s 22nm manufacturing process is a marvel in component engineering.  $1,600
  3. New Shirts.  These are clutch  since I can dress down at work!  £16
  4. Updated NAS.  I’ve been rockin’ an oldschol NAS200 like a caveman.  $2,500
  5. Star Wars mints.  In all honesty, I just want the tin.  $10
  6. LCD Projector.  My current DLP belongs in a museum.  $2,800
  7. VPN.  Sharing & privacy is an act of love.  ฿.075
  8. PS Vita with Persona4 & Ys/Memories of Celceta.  Ys is an underrated classic.  $260
  9. Ashton Cigars.  Light and classy – like me.  $50
  10. Domain.  2 digit .COM since I like running my own URL shortening service.  $38,000
  11. Phone.  The Note III has a decent amount of screen real estate.  $300
  12. Reaper of Souls.  A gift card will suffice since this won’t be out til 2014.  $40

Let me know if you have any questions!

How To Build a Community
  • Turn off your TV
  • Leave your house
  • Know your neighbors
  • Look up when you’re walking
  • Greet people
  • Sit on your stoop
  • Plant flowers
  • Use your library
  • Play together
  • Buy from local merchants
  • Share what you have
  • Help a lost dog
  • Take children to the park
  • Garden together
  • Support neighborhood schools
  • Fix it even if you didn’t break it
  • Have potlucks
  • Honor elders
  • Pick up litter
  • Read stories aloud
  • Dance in the street
  • Talk to the mail carrier
  • Listen to the birds
  • Put up a swing
  • Help carry something heavy
  • Barter for your goods
  • Start a tradition
  • Ask questions
  • Hire neighborhood young people for odd jobs
  • Organize a block party
  • Bake extra & share
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Open your shades
  • Sing together
  • Share your skills
  • Take back the night & turn up the music
  • Listen before you react to anger
  • Mediate a conflict
  • Seek to understand
  • Learn from new & uncomfortable angles
  • Know that no one is silent; though many are not heard
  • And this above all – help and take care of each other

“One love, one heart, one destiny.” ― Bob Marley


My Old Word Cloud

Behold — my old word cloud from old bloggin’.  A few items of interest: beautiful, soul, think, death, and judgment.


RIP: Lawrence Altomare

Lawrence Altomare

I still miss my grandfather to this day.

He was always loving & never judgmental. Even if you made a mistake and the worst happened… he would always be there for you. If you accidentally beat someone… he would be there by your side saying, “Lets just finish this together…”

He was someone you could be yourself around; he always knew how to have a good time; he was always the life of the party. He was always slow to anger and somehow knew when to keep his mouth shut. If he did speak, he never yelled – yet his voice always had a deep assertive volume.

I consider myself so lucky to have had him in my life. I love him so much. I know its a stupid thought — but I like to picture him laughing, dancing, and gambling in heaven…



Facebook truly is a wasteland of extreme vanity & corporate liberalism… no wonder I spend less and less time on there.

You Are Fragile

Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?” – Isaiah 2:22 ESV

If there’s one thing I am certain of – is that we are fragile creatures.  I think there is much shame in placing trust in the weakness and frailty of our flesh.

When you get right down to it, there’s only 1 opinion that matters anyway…

Breaking Bad is Overrated

If Breaking Bad was a musical group  it would be U2.  It has to be the most overrated show in existence.  Theres plenty to nitpick about: inconsistent characters, no development, mediocre dialogue, lack of sophistication, horrible one-liners, sloppy closures, etc.

All of the above can be ignored.

But what truly ruins the show for me is its lack of social commentary.  The show is not clever, witty, or intelligent.  The War On Drugs was never touched upon; shocking considering that is what gave Walt so much power.  The show never touched upon the impact on the neighborhood and schools.  The show did not properly play out on the politics and bureaucratic structure of the police.

Breaking Bad is not smart.  It is overly simplified; designed to be enjoyed by the masses.  Breaking Bad is written for the lowest common denominator; sacrificing artistic expression & political significance for a one-dimensional anti-hero that is easy for Average Joe to relate with.

Did I enjoy the show? Yes.  Was the cinematography beautiful? It was breathtaking.  Unfortunately that is not enough to justify the show’s ratings.  I enjoyed it, but I will never watch it again due to it being brain candy and not requiring much thought.

My Rating: 81% (B-)

If you want to watch something with a bit more depth, I suggest The Wire.